Archive for April, 2019

#WhatsUpAtGRACE April 30, 2019

The April 30, 2019 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter has information about today’s City Barbeque Spirit event, the 2019 Spring Exam schedule for upper campus students, fall athletic information, information on ordering a yearbook, and more.

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.

#WhatsUpAtGRACE April 23, 2019

Welcome Back! We hope that everyone had a restful and joyful break and is ready to work hard for the final month of school!

The April 23, 2019 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter has some great information about things that are going on at GRACE as well as a link to our staff’s recommendations for fun summer activities.

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.

PTF Spring Events – Save the Date!

City Barbeque Spirit Night, April 29, 2019

Take the day-off from cooking! City BBQ is generously hosting an all-day GRACE Spirit event where every meal purchased by a GRACE supporter (just show your flyer and have them scan the barcode!) GRACE will receive a 25% donation of the total cost!

Kona Ice at Field Day, May 3, 2019

Kona Ice will be part of our Field Day festivities for all TK-5th grade students.  We will be collecting $3 from each student.  Forms will come home in your child’s folder the week of April 23rd. 7th-12th grade students will have the option to purchase Kona Ice during their lunch.  Kona Ice has dye-free, gluten-free and sugar-free options. 

Parent Summer Luau, May 15, 2019

GRACE Parents deserve some fun too!  Come join PTF to celebrate the end of the school year.  We provide breakfast while you relax and enjoy catching up with friends before school is out for the summer.  An Eventbrite and Signup will come out after the break with more details!

School Supply Purchase Program, May 2019

PTF has a new school supply partner.  We are happy to provide you with the opportunity to order your child’s school supplies for next year without ever leaving home.  Our new partner 1stDay School Supplies provides all name brand, quality products.  Be on the lookout for more information in the coming weeks.

Printable PTF Save The Dates Flyer

GRACE Summer Bucket List: The Ultimate Activity Guide for Raleigh Area Families

Summer is the prime time for family bonding, memory making, and experiential learning! With the warmer season right around the corner, many parents are wondering how to make the most of this time with their kids. Thankfully, the Raleigh area is full of fun opportunities for all age groups.

The faculty and staff at GRACE Christian School in Raleigh, North Carolina have created this summer “bucket list” of their favorite summer activities to help you plan for an exciting and meaningful break.

Picnic in the ParkKids eating ice cream cones in the summer
Pack a picnic and head out to one of the amazing park systems in the area. The City of Raleigh’s Pullen Park or Dorothea Dix Park are great options. North Cary Park has hiking trails, play structures, large slides, and a boulder that kids love to climb on, as well as access to the Black Creek Greenway which connects to trails around Lake Crabtree and through Umstead Park. 

Go on a Treasure Hunt
Geocaching is an exciting outdoor activity that not only allows students to enjoy nature, but also promotes valuable skills such as problem solving and navigation. A real-life treasure hunt, geocaching involves using GPS to discover “geocaches” (usually a hidden box with a small toy or trinket) placed by volunteers. When a geocache is found, you sign the attached notebook, and leave something for the next treasure hunter. We’ve heard there are hidden geocaches at Kids’ Together Park in Cary, MacDonald Woods Park, and Lake Johnson.

Have Some Water Fun
Beat the heat with a day of swimming, splashing, or sailing. Raleigh is only two and a half hours from some of the best beaches in the Carolinas. Visiting Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Fort Fisher gives you access to the ocean, restaurants, an aquarium, and a civil war site. Don’t forget to try Britt’s Donuts if you go to Carolina Beach. If you’re not a beach lover, check out the Splash Pad in Southern Pines or Wet-N-Wild in Greensboro for water-related fun. Closer to home, the Bond Park Boathouse, Lake Crabtree, and Lake Johnson all offer inexpensive watercraft rentals including sailboats, canoes, paddle boats, and paddle boards. Note: check each lake for what they offer.

Try a New Sport
Consider trying some unconventional or “niche” sports that can foster fun and healthy competition while keeping the whole family active. White Oak Park in Cary features three pickleball courts. Take up frisbee golf at Kentwood Park or Cedar Hills Park in Raleigh. If it’s a rainy day, head to one of the many bowling alleys in the area.

Write a Pen Pal
Connecting with a pen pal over the summer can be exciting, nostalgic, and a great way to maintain writing skills. Perhaps your child could exchange letters with a cousin who lives across the country, or, if you’re a subscriber to Focus on the Family ClubHouse magazine, a pen pal program is offered for children ages 8-12. There is also the opportunity to sponsor a child through an organization such as Compassion International, and to bless a student in an undeveloped country by exchanging monthly letters.

Plan a Movie Date
Who doesn’t love to catch a good flick? For a more traditional experience, check out the summer movie programs at local theatres, some of which offer $2 tickets for morning showings. For an exciting, outdoor movie experience, check out the NC Museum of Art or the Raleigh Little Theatre in Raleigh or the Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. You can even host an outdoor movie night in your neighborhood by using a sheet and projector. Don’t forget the popcorn and candy!

Take Cooking Lessons
Cooking is a valuable life skill. Getting boys and girls into cooking can foster creativity and empower them to be healthy eaters for years to come. It’s always fun to try a new recipe at home, but for more guided coaching, check out cooking lessons for kids and parents offered by Flour Power at Parkside Town Commons, Whisk Kitchen Store in the Waverly Place Shopping Center, Taste Buds Kitchen at Beaver Creek in Apex, or Williams and Sonoma at Crabtree Valley Mall.

Go Camping
Jordan Lake is perfect for first-time campers or big groups. Offering large campsites, bathrooms/showers, and RV sites, it’s an ideal experience for families. If you’re a backpacker, check out Raven Rock State Park, where campsites are about 2.5 miles from parking, and can be reached by hiking or canoeing. William B. Umstead State Park also offers both campsites and a variety of hiking trails. If you love fishing, check out Eno River State Park. Last but not least, Falls Lake State Recreation Area has something for everyone, with a range of camp sites including RV camping, family tent camping, and hike-in backpacking.

Visit Local Museums
The Raleigh area is filled with must-see museums. We’ve compiled the following list to help you beat the heat or rainy-day boredom.



Day Trips

Enjoy the Arts
Add a couple concerts or plays to your summer bucket list to help your kids experience the joy of the arts. Check out the lineups at Koka Booth Amphitheater, Raleigh Little Theatre, Red Hat Amphitheatre, or Walnut Creek Amphitheatre. The NC Art Museum also has outdoor theater events and concerts in the summer, and the Town of Apex has summer music and movies at the Apex Historic Depot and at the Apex Nature Center.

Watch Baseball
Take everyone out to a ball game! Whether you choose to support the Durham Bulls, Carolina Mudcats, or Holly Springs Salamanders, kids of all ages will enjoy experiencing “America’s pastime.” Check the schedules for events like family night, post-game fireworks shows, or other promotions that amp up the fun.

Cool off With a Treat
Even if you’re on a healthy eating mission this summer, an occasional cold treat is well deserved. Here’s a list of our favorite spots to cool off in a delicious way.

  • Goodberry’s – this Raleigh frozen custard shop has been around since 1986, has nine locations across the Triangle, and is known for their “flavor of the day”
  • Howling Cow – ice cream made on campus at NC State with fresh milk and cream from their Raleigh farm is available at the Talley Student Center on NC State’s Campus and some local supermarkets
  • Pelican’s SnoBalls – incredible shaved ice with hundreds of flavor options in Apex and Raleigh
  • Sunni Sky’s – Angier’s nostalgic homemade ice cream stand is worth the drive (cash only)
  • Kilwins – A confection shop with chocolates, ice cream, and more with multiple locations in Cary and Raleigh
  • Two Roosters Ice Cream – visit one of their Raleigh shops or their food truck location for beloved classics and unique flavors
  • Maple View Farm – fresh ice cream featuring classic and monthly specialty flavors located in Hillsborough

Give Back
Last but certainly not least, summer is a great time for parents to teach their kids to live missionally by creating opportunities to give back. Thrift2Gift always welcomes volunteers, and Rise Against Hunger relies on helping hands to pack meals to send overseas. The SPCA of Wake County welcomes junior volunteers to love on dogs and cats while they wait for forever homes. Even without a specific organization, children can bless neighbors or the elderly by offering to mow grass, clean up yards, or wash a vehicle.

If searching for the best private school is on your family’s to-do list this summer, schedule a tour at GRACE. We look forward to welcoming you to campus!


#WhatsUpAtGRACE April 9, 2019

It’s been a busy couple of weeks at GRACE and the April 9 2019 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter has links to pictures from many of our recent events including, Celebrate GRACE, Community Service Day, and the High School Prom.

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.

We hope everyone has a safe and joy-filled Easter Break next week and that you are able to rejoice and celebrate in the resurrection of our Lord and Savior. We will see you back at school on Tuesday, April 23rd.


2019-2020 Student Council

Congratulations Incoming Student Council

Congratulations to the students who were elected by their peers to serve on the 2019-2020 Student Council. 

Lower Campus

Lower Campus Student Council Elections will be held the second week of May. This post will be updated after the election. 

Upper Campus

  • President – Landon Lauffer
  • Vice President – Kate Meeson
  • Secretary – Kristina Pattison
  • Treasurer – Grayson Farless
  • Event Coordinators – Kate Petty and Claire Brantley
  • Club Coordinators – Hannah Morris and Dylan Murray
  • Sergeants at Arms – Bradley Obusek and Keenan Baker
  • Chaplain Team: appointed by Director of Christian Life
  • Rising 7th Grade – Sage Collier and David Griffith
  • Rising 8th Grade – Caleb Hickman and Milo Horton
  • Rising 9th Grade – Walker Blount and Payton Chapman
  • Rising 10th Grade – Carter Ward and Ellie Whichard
  • Rising 11th Grade – Lily Lauffer and Kaden Sigmon
  • Rising 12th Grade – Faith Faircloth and Garrett Keen

Thank You Outgoing Student Council

Thank you to the outgoing 2018-2019 Student Council for your faithful service.

Lower Campus

  • Presidents: Sage Collier
  • Vice President: Ava Jenkins
  • Secretary: Aubrey Lodholz
  • Chaplain: Kate McKinley

Upper Campus

  • President: Molly Church
  • Vice-President: Lauren Meeson
  • Secretary: Katherine Matthes
  • Club Coordinator: Trek Thorne
  • Treasurer: Samantha Saenz
  • Event Co-Coordinators: Hannah Morris & Amelia Bradley
  • Co-Sergeant at Arms: Keenan Baker & Co-Sergeant at Arms: Bradley Obusek
  • Chaplain Team: Derrek Chen, Grace German, Daniel Jagt, and Kaden Sigmon
  • 7th Grade Class Reps: Caroline Raymer & Elle Robinson
  • 8th Grade Class Reps: Payton Chapman & Landon Wheeler
  • 9th Grade Class Reps: Lindsey Brookhart & Ava Taylor
  • 10th Grade Class Reps: Grayson Farless & Nathaniel Grieci
  • 11th Grade Class Reps: Landon Lauffer & Kate Meeson
  • 12th Grade Class Reps: Lela Arruza & David Bandy

Community Service Day 2019 Recap

Thank you to the many parent volunteers that transported and worked alongside our high school staff and students for our 2019 Community Service Day. Nearly 300 staff, student, and parent volunteers spent last Wednesday working for a variety of community-based ministries as part of our annual service day. Meanwhile, back on campus, 7th grade students packed over 10,000 meals with Rise Against Hunger and helped GRACE cross the 100,000 meals packed threshold. 

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Celebrate GRACE 2019 Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended the March 29th Celebrate GRACE Fundraising dinner. We had a wonderful evening of fellowship and were reminded by the staff, student and parent speakers about what a special place GRACE is. 

Thank you to the GRACE Stream Team for recording this event capturing the heartfelt testimony of each of our speakers.

As of April 1st, the combined giving from Celebrate GRACE, the October Annual Fund Drive, and year-end gifts has allowed us to reach 78% of our 2018-2019 annual fund goal of $300,000.  If you can help us reach 100% we encourage you to use this Online Donation Link and make your contribution.

Thank you to GRACE student Emily Hodges for capturing so much fun at the Celebrate GRACE Photo Booth.

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2019 Prom

Thank you to the junior class for creating a magical woodland wonderland for the 2019 “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” High School Prom. 

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