Archive for October, 2019

College Connections, Issue 2

I invite you to enjoy our second College Connections Newsletter. There are great articles linked about filling out the FAFSA and the importance of the “Why this College?” essay question. 

Don’t forget that the College Counseling section of the GRACE website has a lot of college planning resources for you to use as you navigate this process. 

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 your student identify the type of environment in which they can be excellent and then walk with them through the process of getting there. We hope this resource will help in that endeavor.

October 29, 2019 | Amazing GRACE

KINDNESS TREE

As we continue our October character education focus on “Kindness,” check out the Kindness Tree in our lower campus lobby. All lower campus classes have designated “kindness reporters” whose job it is to be on the lookout throughout the week for classmates who perform any act of kindness (such as helping a classmate, using kind words, inviting a friend to join in and play, etc.). At the end of each week, the kindness reporter will write their classmates’ names on hearts along with the act of kindness the classmate was observed doing, and the hearts are added to our GRACE Kindness Tree.

MOMS’ NIGHT OUT

GRACE moms – do you need a night out with the ladies? GRACE PTF presents Equipping Parents Series “Moments with Moms.” Join us on Friday, November 15th from 7-9 p.m. in the Upper Campus Chapel for a night of fellowship, dessert, hot chocolate bar, and a Pinterest craft night for the ladies of the GRACE community. Invite a friend and come out to hear from inspirational speaker and GRACE mom, Sherry Braswell of Sherry Braswell Ministries, as she delivers a message of encouragement to “be EMBRACED in your identity in Christ.”

Tickets are $20 each and include refreshments and 4 takehome crafts to keep or give away as gifts. The Pinterest stations include: earrings, sugar scrub, dipping oil, and a paint-poured Christmas ornament. 

 Purchase your tickets here.

COUNTDOWN TO CANDY!

Already worried about the mountains of candy that are going to appear in your home Thursday evening? Have no fear – we’ll take it off your hands! GRACE is, once again, willing to take any extra, individually wrapped candy. Candy donations should be dropped off at the Lower Campus office.

BUSINESS PARTNER SPOTLIGHT

GRACE appreciates the support of local businesses who partner with us and contribute to the success of many of our special events. We encourage the GRACE family to choose our business partners when you have a need for their products/services.

If you are interested in becoming a business partner with GRACE, please see below or refer to the Business Partner Information Sheet to see what is included at each level. For more information contact Michele Bandy at mbandy@gracechristian.net.  

To sign up as a business partner, complete the Business Partner Commitment Form.

 

Golden Eagle Partners

 

Silver Eagle Partners

Apex Wings

The Guys Place A Hair Salon for Men

 

Bronze Eagle Partners

Ancora Counseling Center

COMING UP

DONUTS FOR DAD
November 1st | 7:45 – 8:45 a.m.
Men of GRACE – join us on Friday to learn from our guest speaker, Anthony Moreland from the GRACE IT Department. Anthony has an incredible testimony and a passion for break dancing which he uses to give glory to God. Please join us between 7:45 and 8:15 am for refreshments and fellowship with other men. The guest speaker will follow from 8:15 to 8:45 am. The event will be in the Upper Campus Student Center. For more info contact grobinson@noresco.com.

NO SCHOOL
November 8th and 11th
Enjoy a long weekend. On November 8th, we have a Staff In-Service Day, and on November 11th, we are off for Veteran’s Day. Take a moment to pray in thanks for our GRACE parents and grandparents, and other brave men and women, who have served our country in military service. 

MOMS’ NIGHT OUT
November 15th | 7-9 p.m.
Join your fellow GRACE moms for a time of fun, food and fellowship. Purchase your tickets here. https://www.gracechristian.net/school-life/grace-communities/ptf/event-payment-form/

ANNUAL FUND
Last week, we saw record numbers of our GRACE community come together in support of our Annual Fund – making this our most successful year of giving to-date! GRACE, you are truly known for generosity – and we could not be more grateful!

SCHOOL SNAPSHOT

This weekend, the GRACE office staff celebrated the marriage of Mary Michael Coates daughter of Willa Bea Coates (upper campus office). Mary Michael graduated in the class of 2010 and was the first recipient of GRACE’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

Our GRACE Seniors accompanied their kindergarten sidekicks to Phillips Farm last week and a good time was had by all! Thank you, seniors!

October 22, 2019 | Amazing GRACE

KNOWN FOR GENEROSITY
This is our last week of the GRACE Annual Fund. We want you to be a part of All families. All in.

The donations we receive through the Annual Fund allow us to make improvements across our two campuses. For 2019-2020, we would like to use Annual Fund contributions toward projects such as:

  • New bus
  • Security fence around Upper Campus
  • Lower Campus classroom renovations
  • Upper Campus greenhouse
  • Lower Campus outdoor classroom
  • Shade canopy for Lower Campus playground
  • New instructional technologies
  • Apple TVs for classrooms

To make GRACE as affordable as possible for our families, we do not build in extra costs to our tuition to cover the above items. We rely on the generosity of our community to help us meet these goals. We ask for you to prayerfully consider partnering with us to help make these needed improvements to our school. Make your donation today by clicking here.

GrandparentsDay

We hope all our GRACE grandparents are able to join us for this year’s Grandparents’ Day on Friday, October 25th at Hope Community Church (821 Buck Jones Road). Grandparents can arrive at 8:00 a.m. for light refreshments, and the program will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. Grandparents are invited to visit the children’s classrooms after the program. For those unable to attend, you can view the program online

Parking is available at both campuses, and we will run shuttle buses between campuses. If a grandparent has a grandchild in 7th-12th grade, please park at the 1101 Buck Jones Road Campus. If a grandparent has a handicap placard, we encourage grandparents to park at the 801 Buck Jones Road Campus. Grandparents should put their hazard lights on when turning into school property so that they can be directed to an appropriate parking space. 

After the classroom visits, students may be dismissed with their grandparents. Grandparents can RSVP by October 22 to Melissa Hendges at 919-747-2020 ext. 1014 or mhendges@gracechristian.net. We look forward to a great time with a vital part of our GRACE community.

NOTHING COULD BE FINER
Come and see the beautiful artwork of our GRACE students on display at the North Carolina State Fair from October 17 – 27. This year, the list of talented GRACE artists include: Payton Chapman, Lena Giuggio, Calise Graham, Walker Hawley, Mason Hess, Vivian Jia, Ryan Kyritsis, Ava Mendez, Dani Porter, Elle Robinson, Lee Robinson, Wyatt Savage, Rebecca Sharda, Grace Shibley, Dillon Smith, Jacob Taylor, Caroline Wingerd and Lauren Wingerd.

FIRST QUARTER HONOR ROLL
Congratulations to our 6th – 12th graders who qualified for the Honor Roll this quarter! Click here for the full list.
 
BUS DRIVER NEEDED
Have some extra time and want to serve as a part-time bus driver at GRACE? We need you! Click here to learn more and apply.

COMING UP

GRACE ANNUAL FUND
October 17 – 25
This is our last week of the GRACE Annual Fund. We want you to be a part of All families. All in. Make your donation today by clicking here.

EQUIPPING PARENTS SEMINAR
October 22 and 23
Learn from Dr. Karri Hawley about the causes of anxiety in students, ways to manage their stress and more. Sign up here.

THE SECRET GARDEN
October 24 and 26
The GRACE Theatre department is proud to present The Secret Garden. The show is presented with special arrangement by Samuel French Inc. Make sure to purchase your tickets today.

SCHOOL SNAPSHOT
Want to check out this year’s homecoming pictures? Click here for the album.

GRACE 4th Graders had a blast visiting downtown Raleigh last week. The students were able to not only get on the House floor, but also meet with two current representatives and sit in their chairs! 

Last week our 6th Graders had a wonderful time together at the 6th Grade Spiritual Retreat – an overnight trip to Camp Caraway in Sofia, NC.

FOLLOW GRACE

Want to see what’s going on around campus? Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. And don’t forget…tag us in your best GRACE photos for a chance to be featured! We can’t wait to see your Eagle pride!

October 15, 2019 | Amazing GRACE

STUDENTS & ANXIETY | Equipping Parents

We live in an anxious age. However, throughout scripture, we are told not to be anxious. As parents, how do we equip our children with the tools to manage their anxieties? In our first “Equipping Parents for Life” seminar, Dr. Karri Hawley will identify the causes of anxiety in students, ways to identify the difference between normal or concerning behaviors, and ways parents can help their children manage stress.

When:
Tuesday, October 22nd (Evening: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, October 23rd (Morning: 8:15 – 9:45 a.m.)

Where:
Kathie Thompson Library on the Lower Campus

Parents can use this link to sign up to attend.

Academic Mentoring Available

GRACE is proud to offer a variety of mentoring services. From NHS Tutoring to Math and Writing Centers, we want to help our students on their journey to becoming capable, lifelong learners. For more about GRACE’s Academic Mentoring program, click here

Both upper and lower campus students can request one-on-one NHS tutoring by filling out this form.

KINDNESS MATTERS

October is Bullying Awareness Month, and GRACE is celebrating by encouraging KINDNESS! Last Friday, lower campus students had a blast spreading kindness through the Kindness in Chalk event. Make sure to ask your student what they are doing to spread kindness to those around them.

COMING UP

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.

PTF INTEREST MEETING
October 18 | 8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Interested in learning more about PTF? Join us Friday, October 18th from 8:30 – 9:45 a.m. in the Upper Campus Student Center. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. Committee chairpersons will be in attendance to report on what is happening in the various committees. We are asking anyone interested to come out to learn about what PTF is doing this year and to discuss our plans to make PTF better going into the future.


COSTA RICA MISSION TRIP INFO MEETING
October 21 | 6 – 6:30 p.m.
We are holding a parent information meeting for the upcoming High School Costa Rica mission trip on October 21 from 6 – 6:30 p.m. in the Upper Campus Chapel. If you have any questions, please email Isaiah Whelpley at iwhelpley@gracechristian.net.


EQUIPPING PARENTS SEMINAR
October 22 and 23
Learn from Dr. Karri Hawley about the causes of anxiety in students, ways to manage their stress and more. Sign up here.

THE SECRET GARDEN
October 24 and 26
The GRACE Theatre department is proud to present The Secret Garden. The show is presented with special arrangement by Samuel French Inc.

Purchase your tickets today.

SCHOOL SNAPSHOT

Want to guess which baby picture matches up with which Senior? Senior baby pictures are on the Upper Campus Library windows from now until November 1st.

A Beginners Guide to Growth Mindset: How Parents Can Help Their Kids Squash Fear of Failure and Become Lifelong Learners

If there’s one thing educators know for sure, it’s this — mindset matters. Day after day, we see how students are impacted by their attitudes and beliefs about their own abilities. With a growth mindset, the sky’s the limit. On the other hand, a fixed mindset is often a recipe for failure, frustration, and a long-term lack of fulfillment. Here are the basic definitions and differences:

Growth Mindset: A belief that one’s intelligence can be developed. Students with this mindset believe they can become smarter and achieve more…and they do! They are not afraid of making mistakes and are able to persist through life’s various challenges. 

Fixed Mindset: A belief that one’s intelligence is static. Students with this mindset believe their qualities and abilities are unchangeable. They compensate by shying away from challenges, becoming defensive toward constructive criticism, or trying to prove themselves.

The terms “growth mindset” and “fixed mindset” were originally coined by Stanford Professor Carol Dweck. Her research described how growth mindsets foster success not only in the classroom, but in life.Consider these five strategies for helping your student develop one.

Examine the mindset you are modeling.

“I’m no good at math.” “Sports are not my thing.” “My brain just doesn’t work that way.”

“I can’t read maps.” Do you catch yourself casually making statements like this?

Parents are a child’s first teachers. If we want our children to develop growth mindsets, we have to embrace them for ourselves. Let your child see you trying new things, getting out of your comfort zone, and responding to challenges with grace and grit.

Learn about the growth mindset with your child.

The science behind growth mindset is fascinating. If the old adage “if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again,” isn’t motivating your child, consider going deeper and helping them understand how the brain truly works. 

In a nutshell, modern science explains how malleable the human brain is, and how it can actually grow through our experiences, actions, and habits. Consider reading the book “Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It” by JoAnn Deak, Ph.D. Learning about the brain is also a wonderful opportunity to highlight God’s unique design.

Have intentional conversations about what your child is learning and how they are performing in school.

How you talk about the school day can make or break your child’s mindset. Whenever possible, avoid dismissing mentions of mistakes and challenges and turn the conversation to what was learned from a hard experience. 

Praise is important and helps build self esteem, but be mindful of what you are praising. Rather than praising talent or effort, try praising your child for the approach they took to a challenging task, the strategies they used, and the process you saw them engage to reach the finish line.

Help your child overcome fear of failure.

Every parent strives to provide unconditional love, but with some children, our responses to failure have to be well thought out. Try to encourage a sensitive child by highlighting their mistakes as learning experiences.

Children that shy away from challenges because they fear they might fail often need help envisioning the potential outcomes. Try posing the question, “What’s the worst that could happen if you…” When parents do this, kids often see that the rewards of trying something new are greater than the potential pitfalls.

Plan activities with your child where it’s safe to fail.

If your child has anxiety around potential failure, the first step is changing the conversation. So, “I can’t do it,” becomes, “You can’t do it yet.” Parents — check out this awesome video on The Power of Yet.

The next step is to get out there and practice. Go to a children’s museum during a non-peak times and encourage your young learner through some of the stations. Sign up for piano lessons. Encourage your teens to try a new sport in a recreational setting. And make sure they remember what fail truly stands for:

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See How Your Child Can Grow at GRACE Christian School

If you’re looking for a school where your child will be encouraged and equipped as a lifelong learner, we invite you to learn more about GRACE. Our teachers work to instill a growth mindset in every student, and spent the summer reading titles like Carol Dweck’s “Mindset,” and “Grit” by Angela Duckworth. Their research benefits students in powerful ways.

To learn more about GRACE Christian School, download our free e-book today.

October 8, 2019 | Amazing GRACE

IT’S SHOWTIME!

Tickets on sale now for the GRACE Theatre Department’s performance of The Secret Garden. The show is presented with special arrangement by Samuel French Inc.

About the show: Mary Lennox, a sullen and spoiled young orphan, is sent to live with her brooding uncle at gloomy Misselthwaite Manor. Discovering a hidden, neglected garden, Mary plants the seeds of new life for all those drawn into her secret refuge. A wonderful story of transformation from the author of the immensely popular Anne of Green Gables.

Show dates:
October 24 at 7 p.m.
October 26 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Cost for students, faculty, staff and senior citizens: $10
General admission: $12
(This year’s production will have general seating.)

Buy your tickets online today.

TRAVELING TALON

Our high-flying eagle has created quite the buzz! If you’d like a chance to take Traveling Talon on your next adventure, please email cbarnhill@gracechristian.net to put in your travel request.

ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK!
Did you know it’s National Yearbook Week? Our upper campus students work hard each year to make our yearbook the best it can be. If you’re a lower campus parent wondering – “Does my child even care about the yearbook?” – just take it from this mom, the answer is: “YES!”

To order, go to www.jostensyearbooks.com and search GRACE Christian in Raleigh, NC. You know you’re at the right place when you see the Grace Eagle!

COMING UP

October College Connections
October 9th | 8 – 9:15 a.m.
Come by the Upper Campus conference room between 8 and 9:15 a.m. for our College Connections meeting. This meeting is for any parent (in any grade) who has questions related to the college selection and application process.


Early Release
October 11th 
Don’t forget – this Friday is a half-day for students as we wrap up the 1st quarter. Time flies when you’re having fun!

School Picture Retakes
October 15th 
Lifetouch will be back on campus on October 15th to make-up and retake school pictures. Students having their photos retaken, bring along your envelope from the original session. Find more information on ordering at www.my.lifetouch.com

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.

THE SECRET GARDEN
October 24th and 26th
The GRACE Theatre department is proud to present The Secret Garden. Purchase your tickets today.

SCHOOL SNAPSHOT

Homecoming 2019 was a huge success. We felt the GRACE spirit all week long. Thank you to all our many volunteers who served throughout the week to make it such a success.

FOLLOW GRACE | Want to see more of what’s going on around campus? Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

October 1, 2019 | Amazing GRACE

READY FOR HOMECOMING!
GRACE students, families, faculty and alumni – we hope you’ll 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 at the Athletic Field. In addition, we will have giveaways including rally towels and megaphones for the first fans in attendance. That night we will honor our 2019 Homecoming Court, GRACE Alumnus of the Year and Distinguished Honorary GRACE Alumnus of the Year. Look in your inbox for an email from Michele Bandy, Events Coordinator, for more information about Homecoming 2019.

COLLEGE CONNECTIONS

Calling ALL parents! Do you love what you do? Are you willing to share your passion for your career with GRACE juniors? If so, please contact Cathy Cole (CCole@GRACEChristian.net) in the College Counseling Department and let her know! We would like to invite you to come to GRACE (11 am – 12 pm on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday) to present and answer questions for 15-25 minutes in each of our Junior Seminar classes.   

Also, on the second Wednesday of each month between 8 – 9:15 a.m., the College Counseling Department will host College Connections – a drop-in meeting for any parent (in any grade) who has questions related to the college selection and application process. Mark your calendar and plan to attend October’s connection event on October 9th. 

Want to learn more about our College Counseling resources? Click here for this month’s newsletter.

COMING UP

Lost and Found Clean-Out
October 4th 
The upper and lower campus lost and founds are overflowing! Please be sure to check for lost items at both campuses. Any items not collected by Friday, October 4th will be donated.

Donuts for Dads
October 4th | 7:45 – 8:45 a.m.
Men of GRACE: join us for Donuts for Dads this Friday as we hear from Chad Poprocki from the Men of Armor ministry and fellow GRACE dad. The event will be held in the Upper Campus Student Center. Please park to the right of the building and enter through the door with the blue awning.

October College Connections
October 9th | 8 – 9:15 a.m.
Come by the Upper Campus conference room between 8 and 9:15 a.m. for our College Connections meeting. This meeting is for any parent (in any grade) who has questions related to the college selection and application process.

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.

SCHOOL SNAPSHOT

Field trips are in full swing! Check out some of our kindergarteners on visit Downtown Cary where they learned about our various community helpers.

FOLLOW GRACE

Want to see more of what’s going on around campus? Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GRACEchristianschoolor on Instagram at www.instagram.com/gracechristian.raleigh. And don’t forget…tag us in your best GRACE photos for a chance to be featured! We can’t wait to see your Eagle pride!