Archive for January, 2019

#WhatsUpAtGRACE January 29, 2019

The January 29, 2019 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter includes a list of upcoming events – all with links to additional information. Take a moment and make sure your calendar is up-to-date!

Next Tuesday, February 5th, is the PTF’s Chick-Fil-A Spirit night! Make plans now to not cook then!

Don’t forget, our annual Celebrate GRACE fundraising dinner is Friday, March 1st. You can RSVP now and reserve your space (or reserve a whole table) and there is also an opportunity in today’s newsletter to sign up as an event volunteer.

If you missed a previous edition of the weekly newsletter, they are all posted in GRACE News on the GRACE website. We also encourage you to keep up to date with all future events by consulting the GRACE Calendar.

Vivian Edwards Retires

On January 31st, GRACE will say farewell to Vivian Edwards.Vivian has been a part of the GRACE community in some fashion since 1989!  After her triplet boys were born in 1989, her daughter, Michelle, began preschool at GRACE’s precursor, Mount Olivet Christian School. Vivian began working as GRACE Christian School’s bookkeeper at the beginning of the 1997-1998 school year when Michelle was in 7th grade and her boys, Andrew, David, and Chris were in the 3rd grade. 

Over the years, Vivian has seen and been a part of much change at GRACE. She watched as we went from Mt. Olivet Christian School to GRACE Christian School in 1995. She has seen our enrollment go from roughly 200 students when she started working here, to now over 770. She still remembers participating in writing scripture on the floors, walls, and beams as they dedicated the 801 Buck Jones Road building (Lower Campus) to the Lord. In 2003, she watched as her daughter, Michelle walked across the stage as part of GRACE’s very first high school graduating class. She watched as God continued to roll out the blessings as we partnered with Hope to purchase the Upper Campus.  For many, many years Vivian was THE finance department for GRACE. She has worked tireless hours over the years paying bills, managing the bank balance, keeping us on budget and paying our employees on time!

Vivian is looking forward to having more time with her family – which now includes three grandsons.  Her husband, Allan, recently told her that they would be globetrotters once she retired! Vivian’s favorite verses are Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart  and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him,  and he will make your paths straight.”  She has lived by these verses trusting God to direct her at all times.  

Please join me in thanking Vivian for her years of service at GRACE, and congratulating her as she trusts the Lord to continue directing her path.

Fella-Ship Breakfast

All the Men of GRACE are invited to the second annual “Fella-Ship” Breakfast on Friday, February 1st (in lieu of the monthly Donuts for Dads meeting) in the Upper Campus Chapel. This month’s guest speaker is Al Byrd, the Chaplain for the NC State Football team. He came and spoke a couple years ago and it was a very memorable testimony so you do not want to miss his message. We will also have the GRACE 12th grade boys joining us for this event so come and fellowship with them.

The doors will open at 7:30am and there will be fellowship time until 8:00am. Please park to the right of the building then enter through the Student Center door with the blue awning and follow the signs up to the Chapel. See Map for details.

#WhatsUpAtGRACE January 22, 2019

The January 22, 2019 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter has a long list of upcoming dates and events so be sure to click it open and move the events you want to be a part of to your calendar.

Don’t forget!

  • Our annual Play4Kay charity basketball night is this Friday, January 25th – we are waiting on the event t-shirts to arrive and will distribute them as soon as they come in to the families that purchased tickets by the t-shirt deadline.
  • Our annual Celebrate GRACE fundraising dinner is Friday, March 1st. You can RSVP now and reserve your space (or reserve a whole table) and there is also an opportunity in today’s newsletter to sign up as a volunteer for this event.

If you missed a previous edition of the weekly newsletter, they are all posted in GRACE News on the GRACE website. We also encourage you to keep up to date with all future events by consulting the GRACE Calendar.

CFA Night: February 5, 2019

The next Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night is Tuesday, February 5th! 

Take the night off from cooking, grab Chick-Fil-A, and support GRACE!!!  You DO NOT need to show a flyer, but their donation is only for purchases made between 4:00-7:00 pm.  Also, play the spinning wheel inside the restaurant to win free food and prizes!!!  Spins are only $1 and everyone wins! 

Chick-Fil-A donates 100% of the earnings from the spinning wheel to GRACE and a GRACE family owned business will be matching the donation earned through spins!  We hope to see you there!


#WhatsUpAtGRACE January 15, 2019

The January 15, 2019 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter includes links for you to reserve your spot at both:  

  • our annual Play4Kay charity basketball night (Friday, January 25th)
  • our annual Celebrate GRACE fundraising dinner (Friday, March 1st)

Lower campus families remember that tonight is our STEAM night and we invite you to come with your student for an evening of innovation and fun.

Now is a busy time for new families to consider GRACE as their future school home. You can help us find the right families for GRACE by writing a review (link in the newsletter) and letting your friends know about our upcoming Open House Sessions. Thank you in advance for supporting GRACE in one or both of these ways.

If you missed a previous edition of the weekly newsletter, they are all posted in GRACE News on the GRACE website. We also encourage you to keep up to date with all future events by consulting the GRACE Calendar.

Equipping Parents: Summit Ministries

Summit Ministries is a resource that GRACE trusts for reliable biblical worldview training. We wanted to share with you some free resources they’ve made available to teachers and parents and those who work with middle and high school students. There is an upcoming webinar on January 31 on Truth & Relationship in a Sexually Confused Culture (January 31, 2019) If you’re not available during the scheduled time (3-6 P.M. PST) you can register to access the simulcast afterward, but you must be registered to do so.

Also available from Summit Ministries is a series of videos under the heading of Practical Tips for Equipping Gen Z (this link ONLY available until January 30, 2019) This is a recorded webinar with world class speakers, Dr. Jeff Myers, Jason Jimenez, and Mike Sherrard discussing Gen Z and relationships, role models, identity and biblical authority.

We are prayerful you find this helpful as we partner together to equip our students spiritually!

Host an International Student

GRACE is a certified school for international students which means we have been accredited and certified by the US government to be able to do this. To further assist us, we partner with an organization called New Oasis who recruits students from China. This organization is used by many of the independent schools in our area and has a reputation of doing an excellent job of vetting students and giving them excellent support while they are here in the US. We will limit the number of international students to 10% of our high school population and our desire is for international students to join the GRACE student body in 9th or 10th grade and return each year until they graduate.

At GRACE, we have the opportunity to welcome these students and share the Gospel with them as they learn about the US and live in our culture. Our students have the opportunity to learn from our international students about different cultures and become global citizens themselves.

As we begin to plan for the 2019-2020 school year, we will need host homes for these international students and invite you to consider this. If you are unable to host, could you help us spread the word? Do you know someone who would be a great host family and be blessed by this experience? If so, please let us know!

A host family must provide:

  • Transportation to and from school (must live within 10 miles of school)
  • Nutritious meals
  • A separate bedroom (may share a bathroom)
  • Parental supervision of a young adult eager to work hard and learn about American culture

A host family will receive:

  • An amazing cultural experience
  • A monthly stipend of $1,100 from New Oasis
  • Ongoing academic and social support from New Oasis
  • A mutually rewarding experience

Some common questions and clarifying answers:

  • “How long is the host family commitment?”  Although the student will most likely be an incoming freshman or sophomore, attending GRACE for 3–4 years, the host family commitment is for one school year, with the student returning home during summer breaks. Many host families do create deep and lasting bonds with their exchange student and look forward to having them back after summer break, but we only ask for a one-year commitment. Also, if you do need to go someplace without your exchange student, it’s not a problem—one of our respite families can step in for short-term hosting.
  • “Won’t the exchange students want to be with someone their own age?”   Not necessarily. New Oasis has had great success with empty nesters and families with small children. These home environments can provide a restful safe haven where peer-related anxieties to perform/behave/speak in very particular ways are less demanding.
  • “Not knowing the student makes me a little uneasy.”  New Oasis does a great job vetting their applicants and only accepts students who can excel academically and socially. Beyond this, a lot of time and energy is put into matching students and host families by interest. But even after a match is made and the exchange student has selected you based on your profile (created from your application, references and home visit), you will begin communication with your exchange student before their arrival, and both parties have to be on the same page and feel at peace about the arrangement.

Thank you so much for taking the time to think and pray about how you can help us find wonderful families that can share the love of Christ in tangible ways through the hosting experience. On a personal note I, Mandy, have had a wonderful time learning about culture and being blessed by students who have lived in our home through the years!

If you would like to apply to be a host family, please fill out the application at or contact Drew Cardwell (, our host family coordinator for New Oasis, to share your thoughts about how to spread the word.


Art Contest

The Joey O’ Bocce Classic for Cystic Fibrosis is now accepting entries for their t-shirt design contest. Last year we had more than 35 entries from GRACE and one of our 7th graders, Everett Quinto, won.  His t-shirt design was printed on the t-shirts for the event. He and his family were honored at both the pairings night and the event, received free t-shirts, dinner and lunch, and played as a team at the tournament. (value of greater than $400). 

So get out your markers or colored pencils and start creating! Design entries should be submitted in color on white tabloid/ ledger sized paper (11″ x 17″) to Merrily Boyd (lower campus) or Elizabeth Walters (upper campus) by Friday, February 1st. The winning entry will be notified by email and posted online at Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and the Joey O’ Bocce website.

The Joey O’ Bocce Classic Tournament is a local fundraising event that raises money and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis is a progressive genetic disease that affects the lungs and the ability to breathe.  Every year, teams compete in a Bocce Tournament and last year, the event raised over $25,000 for Cystic Fibrosis research and medical expenses. This year, the event will be on April 28th, 2019.