Archive for December, 2019

December 17, 2019 | Amazing GRACE

CHRISTMAS VIDEO

This Christmas, we want to remind you of how thankful we are that you choose to be a part of GRACE. Your family – and especially your children – are such an important part of our community. We pray your Christmas season will be filled with moments of love, peace, joy and wonder at the love of God sent to us through His precious son, Jesus Christ.

Click here to play this year’s Christmas video.

SAVE THE DATE FOR FAMILY STEAM NIGHT

Lower Campus Families: our next Family STEAM Night is scheduled for Tuesday, January 21. The event will be superhero-themed and dinner will be served. Stay tuned for more details!

HOST FAMILIES NEEDED!

New Oasis International Education is looking for families willing to open their homes to our brave students who have traveled all the way from China to study.  New Oasis seeks to build an excellent pool of available families that meet their standards for hosting for GRACE Christian School. These standards include having an available private bedroom, the ability to provide transportation for the student, and of course, a supportive, caring, and safe home environment. While hosting a student, families can expect: 
– a local, dedicated New Oasis student coordinator
– monthly stipend of $1100/month to cover the cost of the international student’s food, transportation, family entertainment, and basic toiletries 
– partner school support 
– complete academic support provided by a New Oasis academic coordinator  

The process to become a host family is simple. First, contact your local program coordinator Stephanie Moore at smoore@tbiedu.com with any questions you may have and to learn more about the program. When you are ready to begin this exciting journey, complete your application by going to this link: https://hostapplication.tbiedu.com/application.

LEAVE US A REVIEW!

Want to give GRACE a gift this Christmas? We would LOVE for you to leave us a Niche, Google or Facebook review! These reviews play a critical role in helping us connect with more potential GRACE families. Not sure how to do it? Click here to read more about how to leave a Google review and click here to read more about how to leave a Facebook review.

DON’T FORGET TO RE-ENROLL

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to re-enroll your student for the 2020-2021 school year. Enrollment is now open to the general public, and many of the classes are beginning to fill up. Have an enrollment question? Please email kfowler@gracechristian.net.

COMING UP

ELEMENTARY CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
December 18 | 9 – 10:30 a.m.
Please come join us in the Lower Campus gymnasium as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, through performances by our elementary students.

UPPER CAMPUS EXAMS
December 17 – 20
Full exam schedule can be seen here. Note: LEAP students will be taking their exams in the Chapel.

PLAY4KAY
January 24
Our annual Play4Kay fundraiser will take place on Friday, January 24th as we host Cary Christian for a night of celebration, commemoration, and coming together as one community to fight against cancer. To receive this year’s special edition Play4Kay Vintage t-shirt, you must order your tickets by December 20th. For $12, you will receive both your ticket and t-shirt. Click here to get your tickets and t-shirts and donate to the Play4Kay foundation: 

SCHOOL SNAPSHOT

Check out some of our teachers feeling festive this Christmas season! Looking good, everyone!

Last week, our GRACE PTF baked treats for our teachers and staff as part of the annual Jingle Jangle! We’d like to thank all our parent volunteers who do so much to care for us.

Parents, see this note below, shared with permission from TK teacher Mrs. Murphy:

Wonderful PTF,

I was excited about today’s cookie exchange going into work and expected the workroom only to have a few plates of yummy treats. Instead, I was surprised and ecstatic to find TWO rooms with huge tables FULL of treats and goodies! I cannot tell you what a blessing this was to me! This is my first year working at GRACE, and little did I know how much this simple act of love and kindness would bless my heart. You may think as you were standing in the kitchen baking that this was not very much…but let me just say it meant the world to me. Your sweet hearts were being the true hands and feet of our Lord and Savior. A servants heart is like no other and I am blessed to have you all in my life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the amazing ways today in which you blessed me. This community of parents make me feel loved, valued and KNOWN every single day. 

In Him, Dru Murphy

More Than a Game: 7 Guidelines for Parents to Keep Gaming Healthy

Many students love the adventure online gaming brings. But many parents can feel overwhelmed trying to navigate this intersection of family, faith, and technology. At GRACE Christian School, we believe in equipping students for life, which involves partnering with parents. 

Truth is, not all gaming is bad. Modest doses may lead to better motor skills, problem-solving, and some relaxation. But a routine of “just ten more minutes” may cause harm.

Watch for Warnings

Ease of access to screens of all sizes can turn gaming from a hobby into a problem. This can reveal itself in slipping grades, weakening friendships and family bonds, and worsening emotional instability. Potential warning signs include the following:

– Overlooking after-school chores

– Rapid, sustained decline in time spent on homework

– Anxiety from sudden shifts in schedule

– Extreme irritation when asked to stop gaming

– Aggression toward siblings or pets that disrupt gaming

– Indifference toward time with family and friends

Watch for these warning signs over time, measuring them against the fruit of the Spirit, starting with love, joy, peace, patience, and gentleness (see Galatians 5:22-23). Remind your children that God desires integrity, correct priorities, and self-control. 

Keep Gaming Fun and Healthy

Parents can help children game responsibly. So maybe instead of selling the Xbox, try implementing these guidelines to keep gaming fun and healthy.

1. Create gaming times.

Limiting gaming to one or two hours a day can unlock benefits for gamers without unleashing the risks. Have any gaming turned off at least 30 minutes before bedtime, and avoid using extra gaming time as an incentive. 

2. Set the example.

Our kids learn from our habits. If you’re constantly thumbing your phone or tablet, you may be fueling your child’s gaming habits.

3. Make family time screen-free.

Family dinners, weekend adventures, and even chores can bring families together when conversation displaces screens.

4. Leverage parental controls cautiously.

You’re a better parent than Nintendo. Use the parental controls tech companies provide, but beware of loopholes. Your child is tech-savvier than you. 

5. Game together.

Visiting your child’s gaming world can build trust in the real world. Grab a controller and join him or her in some racing or world conquering. After your shared gaming experiences, chat through the following questions:
– “What do you like about this game?”
– “Does anything you don’t like happen during this game?”
– “What would you do if …?” 

6. Read game reviews.

Read game reviews with your child. This provides an excellent opportunity for your child to learn the why behind a “no” or “yes.” Use sources like Plugged In and Common Sense Media with your kids to understand a game’s story and characters, and whether a game is in line with your family’s Christian values.

7. Talk about online bullying.

Remind your children that their Christian values aren’t shared by everyone playing online. Any chats during gaming that make your child uncomfortable should result in a conversation with a parent. Check in with your child regularly about what they see and hear from online players.

Have a Conversation

When kids bristle at healthy limits, remember: Leading them well is more important than being liked. Keep calm. Hear them out. Speak the truth in love. And reach out to other parents and to school personnel for help.

See How GRACE Supports Healthy Tech Habits

Beginning in 4th grade, GRACE students have their own laptop to use in the classroom. In grades 5-12, our students use these laptops at school and home.

We prepare our students for online learning. Beginning in Transitional Kindergarten (TK), our students are taught healthy tech habits. Our IT department has written a complete TK-12th grade Scope and Sequence for digital and library skills. Our broad curriculum covers everything from learning to type to curating a positive digital footprint. Areas of emphasis in this curriculum include Media Center use, computer literacy, internet safety, research and information fluency, and social responsibility and ethical use.If you’d like to know more about how we’re educating students to thrive in a digital world, schedule a tour today at GRACE Christian School. We look forward to hearing from you!

December 10, 2019 | Amazing GRACE

GET READY TO CELEBRATE GRACE

Who is ready to enjoy fun and fellowship at this year’s Celebrate GRACE? Our annual fundraising dinner will be held on February 28th at Cypress Manor (across the street from Upper Campus). More details are to follow but don’t forget to mark it in your calendar. Anyone interested in helping with the event can contact Michele Bandy at mbandy@gracechristian.net.  

PLAY4KAY

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This year, our annual Play4Kay fundraiser will take place on Friday, January 24th as we host Cary Christian for a night of celebration, commemoration, and coming together as one community to fight against cancer. GRACE Christian has become one of the biggest contributors to this national foundation through our continued hosting of this annual event. Together, we can make this year the biggest one yet!

Now is the time to go purchase your tickets for this event! To receive this year’s special edition Play4Kay Vintage t-shirt, you must order your tickets by December 20th. For $12, you will receive both your ticket and t-shirt. Go to this link to get your tickets and t-shirts and donate to the Play4Kay foundation: https://www.gracechristian.net/athletics/play4kay/

In addition to coming together as a community to support our basketball teams, honor cancer survivors, remember those who have fought and donate to an incredible cause, you can also volunteer in many ways during the night. Please email wbrewer@gracechristian.net if you are willing to volunteer in any capacity.

GRACE’S SCHOOL PROFILE 
Have you ever wondered how colleges compare the high school experience of different applicants? A key part of the process is using each high school’s “profile” to interpret the transcript. The GRACE School Profile is sent with every transcript to every college as a way of assisting in the process of evaluating our students’ academic accomplishments. This document is a great overview of the GRACE mission, culture, and values along with key academic information and we invite all GRACE families to look through it.

CHRISTMAS STORE 

TK-5th Grade Parents, don’t forget to send in $2 with your student by December 12th marked “Christmas Store!” There are still a few slots open for volunteers to help run the store. If you’d like to sign up, please click here.

YEARBOOK ORDERS

During the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, don’t forget: now’s a great time to place your order for your GRACE 2019-2020 yearbook. 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!

DON’T FORGET TO RE-ENROLL

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to re-enroll your student for the 2020-2021 school year. Enrollment is now open to the general public, and many of the classes are beginning to fill up. Have an enrollment question? Please email kfowler@gracechristian.net.

PLEASE CHECK LOST AND FOUND

We still have a number of items in the Lost and Found! Please make sure your student checks the lost and found for any missing items. Check out this video of some of the items we have found on Lower Campus.

ONLINE AUCTION: WE NEED YOU!

Are you a GRACE business owner? A family with a vacation home? Season ticket holders? We would be honored for you to consider donating to the Celebrate GRACE Online Auction. It is a great way to promote your business to the GRACE community of over 500 families. Previous auction items have included:

  •  Athletic game tickets to UNC, NC State, Duke, and Carolina Hurricanes
  • Vacation homes at the beach, mountains, or lakes
  • Business donations for experiences, baskets, restaurants, merchandise, and more
  • Spa day, birthday parties, guys only, etc.

COMING UP

COLLEGE CONNECTIONS
December 11 | 8 – 9:15 a.m.
Join us in the Upper Campus Media Center as the College Counseling Department hosts College Connections, a drop-in meeting for any parent in any grade who has questions related to the college selection and application process. Want to read our latest College Connection’s newsletter? Click here

THEATRE & DANCE SHOWCASE
December 9 | 7 – 9 p.m.
Join us at the Upper Campus Chapel for a special Christmas Showcase put on by our GRACE Theatre and Dance department.

CHORUS, BAND & STRINGS CHRISTMAS CONCERTDecember 12 | 7 – 9 p.m.
Join us at the Upper Campus Chapel for a special Christmas Concert put on by our GRACE Music Department.

ELEMENTARY CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
December 18 | 9 – 10:30 a.m.
Please come join us in the Lower Campus gymnasium as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, through performances by our elementary students.

UPPER CAMPUS EXAMS
December 17 – 20
Full exam schedule can be seen here. Note: LEAP students will be taking their exams in the Chapel.

SCHOOL SNAPSHOT

Congratulations to Mrs. Dunning’s seventh grade STEM class for placing first in the nation in the FBI’s Safe Online Surfing Internet Challenge. This year, 2,160 schools participated in the competition that promotes internet safety and tests student awareness of online threats. Mrs. Dunning’s students placed first nationally for schools of our size. Special Agent Jessica Nye came to campus to present a certificate and gifts to Mr. Bradley, Mrs. Dunning, and the students.

GRACE’s Seniors spent the day volunteering with Operation Christmas Child. 

College Connections, Issue 4

Please enjoy the December issue of the College Connections Newsletter. We’ve linked several interesting articles and videos that address issues that are relevant for all high school students. There are also a couple of scholarship opportunities highlighted for juniors and seniors. 

Our next College Connections meeting is this week on Wednesday, December 11th from 8:00 – 9:00 am in the Upper Campus Media Center. Come with your college questions or simply to listen to answers that others ask. Parents in all grade levels are welcome to attend.  

Congratulations to the 18 seniors who have already received at least one offer of admission from a college they have applied to. Seniors, don’t forget to update Naviance with your admissions decisions! Speaking of applications, seniors with a January 1stapplication deadlines should submit their applications (and their transcript release form) by December 27thso that we can send your school documents in advance of the deadline.

December 3, 2019 | Amazing GRACE

CHRISTMAS STORE

Parents, after the Thanksgiving holiday break, Christmas activities will abound at GRACE. A favorite holiday tradition is the Christmas Store on the lower campus where students shop for a Christmas gift to be given to their parents/guardians. Every item is one dollar and students will shop either December 12th and 13th with their class during the school day. If you have a student in grades TK-5, please make sure to send in $2 with your student in an envelope marked “Christmas Store” by December 12th.

Volunteers are needed to help run the store. If you’d like to sign up, please click here.

GIVING TUESDAY!

As you’re thinking through your end-of-year giving, please consider giving a donation to GRACE Christian School. All donations are tax-deductible. To make a donation, or to find out more about giving to GRACE, click here.

JINGLE MINGLE

If you love to bake and want to show off your skills, then now is the time to get your “holiday bake on!” We are asking for volunteers to sign up and bring 2 dozen of their favorite homemade or store-bought cookies, bars, brownies or candies on Monday, December 9th. To sign up to bring treats, please click here. If you’d like to volunteer to help during the morning of the Jingle Mingle (we need volunteers for both upper and lower campus), please sign up here.

DON’T FORGET TO RE-ENROLL!

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to re-enroll your student for the 2020-2021 school year. Enrollment is now open to the general public, and many of the classes are beginning to fill up. Have an enrollment question? Please email kfowler@gracechristian.net.

FAN CLUB T-SHIRTS

Want to cheer on the Eagles wearing a Fan Club 2020 t-shirt? They are available for purchase here. All sales are due by 4 pm on December 4th.

OPEN HOUSE
Know a friend who is interested in GRACE? We have Open Houses this week on December 3rd at 9:30 a.m. for the Lower Campus and December 5th at 9:30 a.m. for the Upper Campus. Prospective students are also welcome to sign up to “shadow a student” for a day. Prospective families can reach out to our Admissions Director Katie Fowler at kfowler@gracechristian.net for more information.

COMING UP

DONUTS FOR DADS
December 6 | 7:45 – 8:45 a.m.
The Men of GRACE will host Donuts for Dads on Friday, December 6th. Our guest speaker will be Eric Bradley, GRACE’s Head of School. Refreshments and fellowship begin at 7:45 a.m. and the guest speaker and presentation will follow from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m.The event will be held in the Student Center of the Upper Campus. Please park to the right of the building then enter through the door with the blue awning. If you have any questions, please email Greg Robinson at  menofgrace@gracechristian.net

THEATRE & DANCE SHOWCASE
December 9 | 7 – 9 p.m.

Join us at the Upper Campus Chapel for a special Christmas Showcase put on by our GRACE Theatre and Dance department.

CHORUS, BAND & STRINGS CHRISTMAS CONCERT
December 12 | 7 – 9 p.m.
Join us at the Upper Campus Chapel for a special Christmas Concert put on by our GRACE Music Department.

ELEMENTARY CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
December 18 | 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Please come join us in the Lower Campus gymnasium as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, through performances by our elementary students.

UPPER CAMPUS EXAMS
Full exam schedule can be seen here. Note: LEAP students will be taking their exams in the Chapel.

SCHOOL SNAPSHOT

The 3rd Grade Boys Book Club decorated collars and posed for a picture after completing The Curse of King Tut’s Mummy.

The 3rd Grade Girls Book Club after finishing Clementine. The girls ate clementines and decorated a hat like the character did in the book.