Archive for September, 2019

College Connections Newsletter

SEPTEMBER 2019

The mission of the GRACE college counseling department is to support our students and their families in preparing for a future in which each student’s God-given talents will shine.

As it relates to the college selection and application process, it is our goal to help students identify the type of environment in which they can be excellent and then walk with them through the process of getting there.

As part of this endeavor, the College Counseling department publishes a monthly College Connections Newsletter.

September 24, 2019 | Amazing GRACE

WE HAVE SPIRIT, YES WE DO!

Next week is GRACE Homecoming, and we’re ready to show our school spirit! We invite all GRACE students, staff and faculty to dress up the week of September 30th to October 4th.

Monday, September 30th: Pajama Day
Tuesday, October 1st: Tacky Thrift Day
Wednesday, October 2nd: Favorite Sports Team Day
Thursday, October 3rd: Christmas in October Day
Friday, October 4th: Decade Day (UC) and GRACE Day (LC)

Make sure you’re following our new GRACE Instagram account – instagram.com/gracechristian.raleigh – to see all the fun!

And don’t forget to join us for the big Homecoming Game on Friday at 7 p.m. against Arendell Parrott Academy. We will have a pre-game Tailgate Bash for the entire family including food trucks, inflatables, carnival games and more from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Athletic Field. In addition, we will have giveaways including rally towels and megaphones for the first 500 fans in attendance. That night we will honor our 2019-2020 Homecoming Court, GRACE Alumnus of the Year and Honorary GRACE Alumnus of the Year.

Want to make Homecoming a huge success? We still need volunteers. Sign up today!

REMEMBERING MRS. MARILYN MARTIN

This week, GRACE would like all of our families to take a moment to celebrate the life of Mrs. Marilyn Martin who passed away on Friday, September 20th. Mrs. Martin was a kind, joy-filled follower of Christ. Alongside her husband, David, she was a mainstay at GRACE events for years. She played an integral role in the Martin family decision to donate the land for what is now the GRACE lower campus. Last year, the Martins were honored as our first honorary alumni of the year. We are all recipients of the wonderful legacy Mrs. Martin has left behind. Please keep the entire Martin family in your prayers. 

COMING UP

PTF Fundraiser at Chick-fil-A
September 26 | 5 – 8 p.m.
Eat chicken, give back! GRACE PTF invites our families to dine at Chick-fil-A Crossroads Plaza on September 26th between 5 – 8 p.m. and 10% of your purchase will be donated to GRACE. No flyer required! Also, the Chick-fil-A cow and prize wheel will be on-site for a chance for more fun and prizes. We hope to see you there!

GRACE Annual Fund
October 17 – 25
The Annual Fund is the most important area of fundraising for GRACE and provides the resources to make improvements to our campus facilities, instructional technology, and professional development opportunities that otherwise would have to be delayed or eliminated. Mark your calendars and join us in praying expectantly to see how you can help GRACE be known for generosity during our Annual Fund drive.

INTRODUCING TRAVELING TALON

This high-flying Eagle is ready for an adventure and hopes our GRACE community will enjoy taking him along on your family travels to share with the rest of us.

Heading somewhere fun and want to save a seat for Traveling Talon? Email cbarnhill@gracechristian.net with your travel dates and destination! We’ll arrange Traveling Talon’s passport and pack his bags. All we ask is that you snap some pictures of Traveling Talon with your family that we can share on our GRACE social media channels. (Oh, and you’ll have to bring Traveling Talon back to school after your trip so we can prepare him for his next adventure!)

Share your KNOWN story
 Our theme for 2019-2020 school year is “Known” and comes from John 10:14, “I am the Good Shepherd. I know my own and my own know me.” Over the course of the year, we will share with our students the incredible concept of being known by, and developing a personal relationship with, Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We would love to hear your own “Known” stories throughout the year. Please send them to cbarnhill@gracechristian.net. 

September 17, 2019 | Amazing GRACE

Work of Art

This weekend, GRACE upper campus students had a blast “chalking” in downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District as part of SPARKcon’s ArtSPARK. Ten teams of 40 students and 17 parent chaperones enjoyed the day together. Two of the squares were honored with Sparkcon sponsor recognition. Red Hat celebrated the cassette tapes square design by Lena Giuggio and created with her team, Heidi Rogers, Caroline Murray and Laura Wingerd. Design Box honored the square created by Kiara Azamar, Ava Mendez and Bri Gower. Congrats to all who participated. Way to represent GRACE!

Hooray for Homecoming

Homecoming is right around the corner! If you are interested in helping make this year’s event a memorable one for all our students, TK-12th, please sign up to volunteer. Help is needed on October 4th for the pep rally, the tailgate bash before the football game, and the coronation of the homecoming court during halftime of the football game. Sign up today.

Also, the Upper Campus Student Council invites all high school students to the All That Jazz Gala in the GRACE Gymnasium from 7:00-11:00pm on October 5th. Tickets ($20 per individual ticket) are available here.

Coming Up

Fall Break: Don’t forget to schedule your parent-teacher conferences during fall break! Lower campus parents should have received scheduling information directly from their teacher. Upper campus parents can sign up for slots here.  

Spirit Week: Join us from September 30 to October 4 as we celebrate GRACE Spirit Week leading up to Homecoming. Stayed tuned for more information!

Grandparent Day: Grandparents should have received invitations to Grandparent Day scheduled for October 25th. We have a special day planned, and we look forward to celebrating such an important part of our school community.

School Snapshot

Last week on September 11th, GRACE students, faculty and staff wore red, white and blue to celebrate Patriot Day – a day of tribute to the individuals lost and injured in the attacks, first responders, and the many who have risen in service to defend our nation’s freedom.

Service Opportunities

Pop Tabs for the Ronald McDonald House: Tomorrow, September 18th, GRACE first graders will visit the Ronald McDonald House, which provides a place for families to call home so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little to no cost. Please send in any collected pop tabs for the children to donate. The funds generated from recycling the aluminum helps offset house expenses.

Stock the Freezer: The GRACE PTF Care Team is looking for volunteers willing to stock the freezer with meals to support our GRACE community. Interested in dropping off a meal? Sign up here.

Follow GRACE on Instagram

Want to see what goes on behind the scenes at GRACE? Follow our new Instagram handle: @gracechristian.raleigh.

September 10, 2019 #WhatsUpAtGRACE

There is a lot going on at GRACE and the September 10, 2019 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter is an easy way to stay connected to all the important dates and opportunities. 

Moms, don’t forget that our first Moments with Moms event is this Friday on the upper campus at 8:20am. This is a free event, but signing upis required so that we can be prepared for you. 

Have you missed a newsletter? Find old issues on the GRACE website in GRACE News. Wondering what’s coming up? The GRACE Calendar has information about upcoming events!

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent Conferences are the afternoon of Thursday September 19th and all day on Friday September 20th.

Lower Campus (Grades TK-6th)

Parents with students on the lower campus should have already received communication directly from your students’ teachers on how and when to schedule a conference.

Upper Campus (Grades 7th-12th)

On the upper campus, please use the links below to schedule conferences with your students’ teachers. Please sign up for a conference slot with each teacher you want to meet with and note the room number where each meeting will be held. There will be chairs outside of each door for you to sit and wait for each teacher. Students are encouraged to come to the conferences with their parents. 

Host Czech Students for One Week

GRACE is hosting a group of Czech students who will be visiting Raleigh from October 2-9.  We are in need of host homes for pairs of students to stay with to help with communication and language practice. They will enjoy getting to know our culture and being part of our Homecoming festivities, but they will also have their own schedule while they are here. They will come to school in the mornings and go home with you in the afternoons and have activities planned during each school day.  This is a great opportunity to expose your students to a different culture.

Contact Upper Campus principal Mandy Gill (MGill@GRACEChristian.net) if you are interested and/or have questions. 

#WhatsUpAtGRACE September 3, 2019

We hope everyone had a restful holiday weekend and we pray that we will not have any Dorian-inspired extra days off this week. We will use the ParentAlert system in RenWeb to notify you of any schedule changes so make sure that you have the settings enabled to allow phone calls and text messages. 

Please read the September 3 2019 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter for information about Picture Day, Homecoming t-shirts, Grandparents’ Day, and more. 

The PTF’s GoPlaySave fundraiser ends today. Thank you to everyone who has purchased and/or sold books! Did the deadline catch you off-guard? You can still order online today

Have you missed a newsletter? Find old issues on the GRACE website in GRACE News. Wondering what’s coming up? The GRACE Calendarhas information about upcoming events!

Community Service Opportunities

MS Cross Country: September 10

GRACE high school students can earn community service hours by helping the MS Cross Country team host their first meet on Tuesday, September 10th. Contact Beth Chapman at BChapman@GRACEChristian.net for event details. 

JAARS Mission at the Airport Event: September 14-15

All are invited to come out and learn about JAARS (Jungle Aviation And Radio Services) at Cox Airport located at 1616 Hwy 64 West in Apex, NC (near Beaver Creek shopping center).  At a “Missions At The Airport” (MATA) event you can ride in a missionary aircraft, talk with JAARS Missionaries and staff involved in logistical missions support, and so much more.  MATA will take place on Saturday, September 14 10:00-6:00 & Sunday, September 15 2:00 – 6:00.  JAARS helps make Bible translation and language development possible, especially in the most remote and difficult places on earth.  

GRACE High School students can earn volunteer hours by working a shift at the Hospitality Tent for this event. Questions? Contact GRACE parent Kellie Sigmon at 919.632.3519

GRACE Community Service Day: Spring 2020

We are in the early stages of planning our 2020 High School Community Service Day and looking for meaningful service projects. If you would be interested in helping us plan for this event or having a group of students serve with a local mission you are currently involved in, please contact Gina DeBruhl at frontdesk@gracechristian.net

Hope Connection: Ongoing Opportunities Throughout the Year

Hope Connection is a local ministry, founded by a member of our GRACE community, that helps meet the needs of survivors of abuse and addiction. There are many ways in which high school students can support this ministry including staffing merchandise booths at Duke football and basketball games and working in the Deja-vu Thrift Store on Buck Jones Road.  For more information and/or to sign up go to https://www.hope-connection.org/volunteer.html