Archive for February, 2019

Bricks 4 Kidz

GRACE is partnering with Bricks 4 Kidz to offer an after-school enrichment class on Fridays at GRACE for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. There are six sessions, each session features a different build, and all sessions include the Mini Figure Factory in which your student will design and take home his or her own Mini Figure at the end of the session. Session dates are March 22nd, March 29th, April 5th, April 12th, April 26th, and May 3rd. The cost for the six sessions is $110, payable directly to Bricks 4 Kidz. 

Bricks 4 Kidz is a STEM-based after-school enrichment program that provides your child with an intellectually engaging and fun after-school experience by teaching conceptualization and problem-solving.  Using LEGO® Bricks and Technic® Elements as well as batteries and motors, students will be building working models and exploring the science behind them.  Not only is a Bricks 4 Kidz class exciting, but it helps students improve their fine motor skills, reinforce STEM principles, explore their creativity and most importantly, teaches engineering skills to prepare the next generation for the future.  Students will explore themes across myriad fields in the Natural and Life Sciences, Energy, Space Exploration, Inventions and Contraptions, and many others!  All sessions include our Mini Figure Factory in which your child designs and takes home his or her own Lego® Mini Figure at the end of the session.

To register online, please visit the Bricks 4 Kidz Registration Page for GRACE Christian School. 

Winter Sports Wrap-up

Congratulations to all the GRACE winter athletes on a great season. Some notable accomplishments for each team are listed below:

Varsity Boys Basketball

Team Results

  • 2019 EPIC Regular Season Champions
  • 2019 EPIC Tournament Champions
  • Cary Academy Holiday Tournament Runners-Up

EPIC Player of the Year

  • Jaylon Gibson

EPIC Coach of the Year

  • DeShannon Morris

EPIC All-Conference

  • Jaylon Gibson 
  • Matthew O’Conner
  • Jacob Hukins
  • Honorable Mention – Britton Kilby

Varsity Girls Basketball

EPIC All-Conference

  • Hannah Morris
  • Honorable Mention – Ally Tharrington

Varsity Boys Swimming

EPIC All-State

  • Ryan Wahlers –  200 Individual Medley

EPIC All-Conference

  • Ryan Wahlers – 200 Individual Medley
  • Ryan Wahlers – 200 Medley Relay 
  • Ben Murray – 200 Medley Relay
  • Carson Blackmore – 200 Medley Relay
  • Landon Lauffer – 200 Medley Relay

Varsity Girls Swimming

NCISAA State Record

  • Ana Johnson – 100 Butterfly (Tie)

NCISAA All-State

  • Ana Johnson – 100 Butterfly 

EPIC All-Conference

  • Ana Johnson – 100 Butterfly
  • Ana Johnson – 200 Individual Medley

EPIC Individual Meet Champion

  • Ana Johnson

Middle School Girls Basketball

  • Finished 3rd Overall in the CAMSC
  • Made it to Semi-Final round in the CAMSC Tournament

#WhatsUpAtGRACE February 26, 2019

This last week has been anything but typical for our GRACE community. Please continue to pray for the McCardle family as they grieve the loss of their daughter, Skyler. In light of her passing, this week’s February 26 2019 #WhatsUpAtGRACE has information about the service that will be held at GRACE on Friday evening and information about processing grief.

The Celebrate GRACE Auction remains open for bidding and will close on Thursday night at 10:00pm as originally scheduled. Winning auction items will be available for pick up starting on Monday, March 5th. We are working on a new date for the Celebrate GRACE dinner and hope to have that information to you next week.

The theatre production 75 Years on Broadway has been rescheduled for March 8th and 9th. Tickets purchased for the February dates will be honored for the same day of the week/time of day as the original purchase. If you need to swap tickets for a different performance, please contact Melissa Hendges at

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.

A Special Note for GRACE Families

GRACE Family,

GRACE Christian School is a loving community…

These are the opening words of our Mission Statement. Today, the need to serve as that loving community is greater than ever. By now, you are no doubt aware of the tragic passing of one of our students. Please continue to pray for her family as they deal with her tragic death. Please continue to pray for her friends and classmates as they deal with the shock of her passing and process their grief. Additionally, her family has asked me to share the following message:

“The family would prefer that our daughter’s passing not be the subject of any news coverage and story. The media may try to contact classmates and friends asking for stories or information regarding her. We are asking that the response be a polite ‘no comment’ in an effort to protect the family’s privacy and to not contribute further to their emotional distress.”

On Wednesday, I spoke to the Upper Campus students on the topic of integrity and on the importance of being an honest person. Today, as I have searched for the words to share with our community, it seems dishonest to say or to do anything other than acknowledge that there are no words to adequately describe this moment. However, here we are, seeking for God’s direction and a sense of meaning. As I searched Scripture this morning, I came across the passage in John 16 where Jesus is warning his disciples that there will be a time when He will no longer be with them. He warned them that there would be a time of weeping and mourning. However, in verse 22, He shares “So you have pain now; but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.” We know that at the moment of her passing, she was present in the arms of Christ, in a place where her healed heart is rejoicing with a joy unlike anything anyone on earth has ever experienced. We are grieving and in the place of pain, but we can take solace and comfort in the promise of future joy.

In the coming days, our administrative team will continue to share resources with you concerning dealing with loss. Our Guidance Counselor met with our Lower Campus staff on Friday afternoon to advise the teachers on how to speak to younger students about loss. On Monday morning, we will gather with our Upper Campus staff to do the same. Please know that we are also corresponding with local pastors and counselors and plan to have additional support on hand Monday.

I know that many parents and students are concerned about the spread of the flu virus, which is understandable. As the family has shared, the complications associated with their daughter’s situation are extremely rare. On campus, our maintenance staff and evening cleaning crew will continue to perform a deep cleaning of our buildings as we have done over the past week. We also will continue to clean and sanitize high traffic and high touch areas throughout the school day. Our school nurse will continue to send students home if they are showing any sign of illness. However, please be mindful that the best way to prevent the spread of illness is for families to keep students at home when there are signs of illness, especially a fever.

In closing, I would like to share a prayer that a friend shared with me yesterday afternoon:

I pray that in some way, somehow, somewhere, the glory of God and His faithfulness will be known and people will be drawn to Him. I pray that everyone associated with Skyler’s life will sense and KNOW the all-encompassing love of God, supremely manifested through His Son, Jesus.


#WhatsUpAtGRACE February 19, 2019

We hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend! Please take a minute to read the February 19, 2019 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter to help you get back into the swing of GRACE things!

The Celebrate GRACE Auction opened this morning and there are so many fun things that you can bid on. As an incentive, all registered bidders who have made at least one bid by Sunday, February 24th, will be eligible to win a $100 Amazon gift card. The winning name will be drawn on Monday, February 25th and announced in next week’s newsletter! So, if you haven’t already, use the link above or the one in the newsletter and get registered and start bidding! If you have participated in the auction before, your old username and password should work. If they do, be sure to update your credit card information on the bidding site.

We are in the final stages of planning the annual Celebrate GRACE fundraising dinner for the evening of March 1st. Please take a moment to RSVP to Celebrate GRACE right now so that we can give our vendors an accurate headcount. The dinner beings at 7:00pm on Friday, March 1st and you can reserve an individual space, multiple spaces, or even a whole table.

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.

2019 District VI GFWC Art Results

Way to go GRACE art students!  GRACE had 24 GRACE artworks place in the 2019 District VI GFWC Arts Festival on Saturday, February 16th.  All first place winners will move to the State level competition. 

1st place:

  • Payton Chapman, 602V-Pastels Drawing, Leaves on pink background
  • Zoee Stewart, 604V Sculpture, Mermaid
  • Julie Rakitine, 612V Mixed Media, Scratch art of a rooster
  • Avery Hawley, 601C Ceramics, Holy Cow
  • Madison Rhoads, 903C Wood Craft, Wooden Wave
  • Lela Arruza, 904C  Paper Craft, Japanese Scene in a book
  • Lela Arruza, 906C Nature Craft, Mask of Leaves
  • David Bandy, 910C Dye Craft, Silk resist circle of a triangle
  • Colby Kulinski, 915C Glass Craft, Blue, green, and red striped long dish

2nd place:

  • Zoee Stewart, 602V Pastels Drawing, Hummingbirds on navy background
  • Brianna Taylor, 604V Sculpture, Fish wire sculpture
  • Hannah Graham, 609V Color Pencil Drawing, Bird colored pencil
  • Koen Hendges, 602C Metal Craft, Boat wire sculpture
  • Jessica Hoyle, 902C Metal Craft, Wire Bat
  • Lela Arruza, 903C Wood Craft, Wooden block
  • David Bandy, 905C Decorative Painting, Spray paint self portrait
  • Lee Robinson, 910C Dye Craft, Block print self portrait
  • Lela Arruza, 915C Glass Craft,  Stained glass lily pads
  • Lee Robinson, 902V Pastels Drawing, Praying mantis over city
  • Ava Mendez, 912V Mixed Media, Scratch art with bottles and pumpkins

3rd place:

  • Payton Chapman, 601C Ceramics, Cheesecake
  • Avrie Lanning, 602C Metal Craft, Snitch wire sculpture
  • Madison Russell, 904C Paper Craft, Dragon out of book pages
  • Kennedy Springer, 902V Pastel Drawing, Op Art

#WhatsUpAtGRACE February 12, 2019

It was a busy end of week and weekend with GRACE spellers and speakers competing in ACSI competitions. Pictures and links to results are included in the February 12, 2019 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter.

We are in the final stages of planning the annual Celebrate GRACE fundraising dinner. Please take a moment to RSVP right now so that we can give our vendors an accurate headcount. The dinner is Friday, March 1st and you can reserve an individual space, multiple spaces, or even a whole table.

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.

2019 ACSI Speech Meet

On Saturday, February 9th, thirteen GRACE high school students competed in the ACSI Regional Speech Meet,  designed to help students develop techniques to speak audibly, articulately, expressively, and with poise and confidence. Students demonstrate their ability by delivering a memorized poem, speech, or passage. Participants do not compete against one another, rather, they are judged against an established set of criteria. Congratulations to the following students on their accomplishments:


  • Isaiah Anderson
  • Sophie Aruzza
  • Caroline Wingerd,
  • Lee Robinson
  • Lauren Meeson
  • Kristina Pattison
  • Meredith Wells


  • Sean Moss
  • Jordan France
  • Cameron Clarke
  • JJ Camp
  • Ben Murray
  • Jaylon Gibson
In addition, Lee Robinson was recognized for excellence at the awards ceremony.

2019 ACSI Spelling Bee

2019 ACSI Spelling Bee Winners from GRACE:

 First Grade:

  • Princess Ugochukwu, 3rd Place

Third Grade:

  • Levi Suarez, 3rd Place

Fourth Grade:

  • Luke Turner, 4th Place

Fifth Grade:

  • Nate Hickman, 3rd Place

Sixth Grade:

  • Connor Woodworth*, 1st Place
  • Collin Sanchez, 3rd Place

Seventh Grade:

  • Campbell Baker, 4th Place

Eighth Grade:

  • Hannah Graham, 3rd Place

* Connor Woodworth also placed 4th in the Spell-Off event for grades 5-8, so he and the other participants in 1st- 5th place will go on to the ACSI Southeast Regional Spelling Bee in Atlanta on March 16th.

2019 GRACE Spelling Bee Participants:

First Grade:

  • Michael Olaitan
  • Aaron Smith
  • Finley Stewart
  • Princess Ugochukwu

Second Grade:

  • Gabe Ojie
  • Maddox Hickman
  • Lucas Gomide
  • Lily Petty

Third Grade:

  • Anna Stephens
  • Levi Suarez
  • John Papuchis
  • Michael Gunter

Fourth Grade:

  • Judah Hickman
  • Caroline Gausmann
  • Luke Turner 
  • Caralyn Woodworth

Fifth Grade:

  • Nate Hickman
  • Hudson Baker
  • Jennings Fitzhugh
  • Emerson Lee

Sixth Grade:

  • Connor Woodworth
  • Collin Sanchez
  • Chase Ward
  • Ava Jenkins

Seventh Grade:

  • Caleb Hickman
  • Campbell Baker
  • Emma Long
  • Hannah Bradley

Eighth Grade:

  • Hannah Graham