Archive for January, 2020

January 28, 2020 | Amazing GRACE

Join us on February 14th from 8:20 – 9:30 a.m. at the Upper Campus Student Center for PTF’s Moments with Moms. This is a time for the women of GRACE to gather for fellowship, light refreshments, and an inspirational message “Love Letters from God” by guest speaker Michele Bandy. You’re encouraged to invite other women outside our community to attend as we celebrate Valentine’s Day together and be encouraged through a message of God’s love. All who attend will receive a handmade Valentine’s Day cookie to take home. RSVP here.

CELEBRATE GRACE: RESERVE YOUR SEATS (…AND VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!)

Step back into the 1920s and join us at Cypress Manor to experience a night full of jazz, feasting, and celebration as we come together to benefit the GRACE Annual Fund. This year’s Celebrate GRACE will be a night full of fun and surprises – and you will NOT want to miss out! In addition to a silent auction with exciting items available only to attendees to bid on, the evening will also feature a Live Painting by Bryn Gillette and live jazz by the Daze Work Band.

Tickets to this year’s event will go fast. So ladies and gents, be ready to get all dolled up with your 1920s-style get-ups or come dressed in black, white and gold business casual.

Grab your friends and reserve your free tickets today! (Singles, couples, and groups are all encouraged to attend.) If you are interested in serving as a table host(ess), email mbandy@gracechristian.net to sign up! We also NEED VOLUNTEERS to make the night a success! If you’d be willing to serve on our set-up, decoration or clean-up crew, sign up here.

YEARBOOK ORDERS 

Now is 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!

UC STUDENT COUNCIL ELECTIONS

Upper Campus students: The Student Council is beginning the process to elect the Student Council Executive Leadership and Class Representatives for the 2020-2021 school year. This is a great way to serve your classmates and the school community. You can find the applications online – Executive Council here and Class Representative here. The job descriptions are included with the application, but if you have any questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Stone, Mrs. MacBain, Mrs. Fitts, or a current Student Council member.

PLAY4KAY: $14,000 RAISED

What a great night of fun, fellowship and basketball at last Friday’s annual Play4Kay event. In total, we were able to raise more than $14,000 for the Kay Yow Cancer. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make the evening a success! Click here to see pictures!

COMING UP

NO SCHOOL: LOWER CAMPUS
February 7 
GRACE will be hosting the ACSI Regional Spelling Bee on lower campus.

DONUTS FOR DADS
February 7 | 7:45 – 8:45 a.m.

Men of GRACE: Join us for Donuts for Dads! Our guest speaker will be Larry Falivena, fellow GRACE dad and advocate for people suffering from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). After his own ALS diagnosis in 2017, Larry knew that he wanted to raise awareness of this disease and help raise funds for ALS research. He made national headlines by taking his family around the country this past summer to meet with other people who have been affected by ALS and tell their stories, all while visiting every Major League Baseball park – an “Iron Horse Tour.” Come join the Men of GRACE as Larry talks about his trip, his diagnosis, and what God is doing in his life. The event will be in the Student Center of the Upper Campus.

MOMENTS FOR MOMS
February 14 | 8:20 – 9:30 a.m.

This is a time for the women of GRACE to gather for fellowship, light refreshments, and an inspirational message “Love Letters from God” by guest speaker Michele Bandy. RSVP here.

EARLY RELEASE
February 14 

Early release for students; Staff in-service day.

NO SCHOOL: PRESIDENTS’ DAY
February 17
No school for staff and students. Presidents’ Day observed.

CELEBRATE GRACE
February 28
Join us for a roaring good time as we celebrate – ’20s style – GRACE Christian School. Tickets are going FAST – so reserve yours today. RSVP deadline is February 14th! Remember tickets are free, but reservations are required. Adults only!

SCHOOL SNAPSHOT

Last week Mrs. Walters took a total of 38 middle school art students to the Cary Arts Center. While there, the students had the opportunity to throw pots on clay wheels and create glass fused dishes.

How to Recognize the Warning Signs of Anxiety or Depression in Your Child

As the saying goes, life is full of ups and downs. Having fun with friends, trying out a new sport or hobby, or accomplishing a goal we set can bring a smile to our faces and instill a sense of contentment and happiness. Other times, when we’ve made a bad decision, experienced loss, or just had a day where nothing seemed to work out right, life can feel sad, lonely, and unmotivating. 

All of these experiences and feelings are normal reactions to life’s joys or stressors. However, sometimes the balance of ups and downs regularly feels off-kilter, and everyday tasks and relationships feel burdensome or filled with nervousness and fear. It is especially concerning when this type of struggle seems to be plaguing our child. 

When to Seek Help

So, what is “normal” anxious or depressed behavior for a child? And when should we be concerned and seek additional help from a professional? 

Depression and anxiety are classified as mood disorders. It’s normal for kids to feel sad, down, or irritated, but when negative feelings and thoughts linger for a long time and limit a child’s ability to function normally, it might be depression or anxiety. The symptoms of depression and anxiety can vary from mild to severe and may include:

  • Frequent sadness, tearfulness, and/or crying
  • Decreased interest in activities or inability to enjoy previously favorite activities
  • Persistent boredom, low energy, or willingness to give up easily 
  • Social isolation, poor communication
  • Low self-esteem and guilt with negative and/or self-critical thinking
  • Increased anger, hostility, or irritability
  • Feeling nervous, on edge, or panicky
  • Difficulty thinking, concentrating, or making decisions
  • Frequent absences from school or poor performance in school 
  • Changes in appetite (weight loss or gain) or sleep (trouble sleeping or sleeping too much) 
  • Persistent physical illnesses such as headaches and stomachaches for which no other cause can be diagnosed
  • Running away from home or talk of running away from home

It can be hard for parents and other adults to know when a child is depressed or anxious. An irritable or angry mood might seem like a bad attitude or disrespect. When a child acts like everyday problems are more difficult than they really are, it might seem like laziness or carelessness.

The key is to recognize when the problem or mood isn’t going away. A parent should trust his or her gut instinct about a child and seek the help of a school counselor or other professional if needed. At GRACE Christian School, our families have access to our full-time school counselor, Dr. Karri Hawley.  

Tips to Manage Stress

If you think your child is struggling, consider taking some of the following actions.

  • Have them exercise. This is a mood-booster because it releases endorphins (chemicals in the brain that make you feel good). It also raises self-esteem and confidence.
  • Teach them relaxation techniques, such as breathing exercises or listening to music. This can help clear their head and reduce feelings of stress. 
  • Help them set goals or do something meaningful. Getting involved in an activity or helping others can grow positive feelings and self-worth.
  • Encourage them to share feelings and get support. Therapy with a counselor can address behavioral patterns, interpersonal communication, and problem-solving abilities.
  • Talk to a doctor about available medications. Some children have a hormonal imbalance that is best corrected by medicine. Research shows that for many teens with persistent depression a combination of therapy and medication is the best treatment.

At GRACE, we are thankful for the opportunity to partner with you in helping to raise children that are truly equipped for life! 

January 21, 2020 | Amazing GRACE

Play4Kay

GRACE is delighted to be hosting our 11th Play4Kay Charity Basketball event to benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Join us this Friday, January 24th. Games begin at 4:00 pm (JV boys), 5:30 pm (Varisty girls), and 7:00 pm (Varsity boys). Come dressed for a PINK OUT and be ready to cheer as we face our rivals, Cary Christian!

Save time by purchasing your tickets now.

MOMENTS WITH MOMS

Join us on February 14th from 8:20 – 9:30 a.m. at the Upper Campus Student Center for PTF’s Moments with Moms. This is a time for the women of GRACE to gather for fellowship, light refreshments, and an inspirational message “Love Letters from God” by guest speaker Michele Bandy. You’re encouraged to invite other women outside our community to attend as we celebrate Valentine’s Day together and be encouraged through a message of God’s love. All who attend will receive a handmade Valentine’s Day cookie to take home. RSVP here.

CELEBRATE GRACE: RESERVE YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Step back into the 1920s and join us at Cypress Manor to experience a night full of jazz, feasting, and celebration as we come together to benefit the GRACE Annual Fund. This year’s Celebrate GRACE will be a night full of fun and surprises – and you will NOT want to miss out!

Tickets to this year’s event will go fast. So ladies and gents, be ready to get all dolled up with your 1920s-style get-ups or come dressed in black, white and gold business casual.
Grab your friends and reserve your free tickets today! (Singles, couples, and groups are all encouraged to attend.) If you are interested in serving as a table host(ess), email mbandy@gracechristian.net to sign up!

RE-LINK YOUR HARRIS TEETER VIC CARD!
Like shopping at Harris Teeter? They give a portion of your purchases of select items back to GRACE! Click here to link your VIC card today. (Must be re-linked every year!)

COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY
Juniors and seniors who need community service hours: Volunteers are needed for The Red Rose Benefit on Saturday, February 29th at Edenton Street United Methodist Church. The Red Rose Benefit is a dinner and silent auction fundraiser for the Ruth Sheets Adult Care Center. The Ruth Sheets Center provides day care for frail, senior adults. The event will run from 3:30-9:15 p.m. and students are needed to serve dinner and help with clean up. Interested in serving? Contact Pete Cotter at 919.218.5029 or pcotter@mdough.net.

CELEBRATE GRACE 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 Auction. It is a great way to promote your business to the GRACE community of over 500 families. Previous auction items have included:
– Vacation homes at the beach, mountains, or lakes
– Business donations for experiences, baskets, restaurants, merchandise, and more
– Spa day, birthday parties, guys only, etc. 
– PE Teacher for the Day, Librarian for the Day, School Nurse for the Day and more

If you are interested in donating, please contact Michele Bandy at mbandy@gracechristian.net.
As an extra incentive to make this year’s Celebrate GRACE even more excited, we will be hosting a special silent auction of specialty items for attendees to bid on. We’re asking GRACE classes – TK all the way through 12th grade – to consider joining together to create special themed baskets of items (family fun night, mama’s spa day, gentlemen’s golf weekend, etc.) to donate to the auction. If you’d like more information about donating to the silent auction or would be willing to coordinate for your grade level, please contact Caroline Barnhill at cbarnhill@gracechristian.net.

DRIVER EDUCATION CLASS

GRACE will once again offer a Driver Education Class this summer – June 1-5, 8 am-2:30 pm. The cost of the class is $65.00. The registration form is available on the GRACE website or at the front reception desk. PLEASE NOTE – NO PAYMENT IS REQUIRED AT THIS TIME. We will notify you when the payment is due. To secure space in the class, please complete the registration form and turn it in at the front desk. Requirements – you must be 14 ½ years old by the first day of class and enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year at GRACE. Class size is limited to the first 40 students. If you have any questions, please contact Willa Bea Coates at wcoates@gracechristian.net.
COMING UP

SUPERHERO STEAM NIGHT
January 21 | 5:45 p.m.

Lower Campus Families: tonight is Family STEAM Night. Students can come dressed in superhero costumes if they would like or create their own costume during the event. Pizza will be available for FREE to attendees from 5:45-6:10.  The STEAM activities will begin at 6:10. RSVP here.

PLAY4KAY
January 24 | 4 – 9 p.m.

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. Click here to get your tickets and donate to the Play4Kay foundation.

NO SCHOOL: LOWER CAMPUS
February 7 

GRACE will be hosting the ACSI Regional Spelling Bee on lower campus.

DONUTS FOR DADS
February 7 | 7:45 – 8:45 a.m.

Men of GRACE: Don’t forget to join us for Donuts for Dads – where the men have a chance to interact with each other and hear a speaker’s testimony before beginning their day. The event is held in the Upper Campus Student Center. Please park to the right of the building and enter through the door with the blue awning.

MOMENTS FOR MOMS
February 14 | 8:20 – 9:30 a.m.

This is a time for the women of GRACE to gather for fellowship, light refreshments, and an inspirational message “Love Letters from God” by guest speaker Michele Bandy. RSVP here.

CELEBRATE GRACE
February 28

Join us for a roaring good time as we celebrate – ’20s style – GRACE Christian School. We can’t wait to see you there. More info to follow on how to reserve your tickets. For more information, contact mbandy@gracechristian.net.

SCHOOL SNAPSHOT

Last week our GRACE kindergarteners celebrated the union of the letters Q and U in phonemic awareness! A fun time was had by all!

2020 Red Rose Benefit (Volunteer Opportunity)

EVENT: The Red Rose Benefit
Contact: Pete Cotter
919-218-5029
pcotter@mdough.net

WHEN:
Saturday, February 29, 2020. Volunteers are needed from 3:30 until 9:15 pm.
WHERE:
Edenton Street United Methodist Church located at 228 W. Edenton Street in
downtown Raleigh (across from the round Clarion Hotel). Parking is available.
WHAT:
The Red Rose Benefit is a dinner and silent auction fundraiser for the Ruth Sheets
Adult Care Center. The Ruth Sheets Center provides day care for frail, senior
adults.
DUTIES:
Student volunteers will be helping to:
• serve hor ‘dourves
• serve dinner
• clean up tables
MISCELLANEOUS
• Pizza will be served for volunteers
WHAT TO WEAR
•White collared shirt/blouse, black pants, black/dark polished shoes
SIGN UP
•Call or email Pete Cotter at 919.218.5029 or pcotter@mdough.net with your cell and email address.

January 14, 2020 | Amazing GRACE

CELEBRATE GRACE: RESERVE YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Step back into the 1920s and join us at Cypress Manor to experience a night full of jazz, feasting, and celebration as we come together to benefit the GRACE Annual Fund. This year’s Celebrate GRACE will be a night full of fun and surprises – and you will NOT want to miss out!

Tickets to this year’s event will go fast. So ladies and gents, be ready to get all dolled up with your 1920s-style get-ups or come dressed in black, white and gold business casual.

Grab your friends and reserve your free tickets today! (Singles, couples, and groups are all encouraged to attend.) If you are interested in serving as a table host(ess), email mbandy@gracechristian.net to sign up!

WAKE UP AND READ

GRACE Christian School will be collecting new and gently-used books to benefit the children of Wake County from January 13th to February 14th. Students can drop books in the bin in the lower campus lobby. Book donations should be appropriate for children birth -12 years of age. Used book donations should be gently-used (covers and pages intact, clean, and readable). We cannot accept coloring books, activity books or magazines. Book donations that are not acceptable for young children may be exchanged with other literacy organizations for more appropriate titles. Please contact Mrs. Gehringer (919-783-6618 or cgehringer@gracechristian.net) with questions or to volunteer.

COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY

Juniors and seniors who need community service hours: Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, which license and provide ongoing support to families who foster or adopt, need child care during foster/adoption interest meetings and or continuing credits to maintain licensing. Boys and Girls Homes of NC is hosting a meeting on February 19th from 6-8:30 pm, which will be held at Hudson Memorial Church in Raleigh. They are in need of students 16 years or older to provide child care during the meeting. If you are interested, please contact Amy Sirhal at asirhal@gracechristian.net to find out more.

SECOND-QUARTER HONOR ROLL

Congratulations to our 6th – 12th graders who qualified for the Honor Roll this quarter! Click here for the full list.

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:

  • Vacation homes at the beach, mountains, or lakes
  • Business donations for experiences, baskets, restaurants, merchandise, and more
  • Spa day, birthday parties, guys only, etc. 
  • PE Teacher for the Day, Librarian for the Day, School Nurse for the Day and more

If you are interested in donating, please contact Michele Bandy at mbandy@gracechristian.net.

DRIVER EDUCATION CLASS

GRACE will once again offer a Driver Education Class this summer – June 1-5, 8 am-2:30 pm. The cost of the class is $65.00. The registration form is available on the GRACE website or at the front reception desk. PLEASE NOTE – NO PAYMENT IS REQUIRED AT THIS TIME. We will notify you when the payment is due. To secure space in the class, please complete the registration form and turn it in at the front desk. Requirements – you must be 14 ½ years old by the first day of class and enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year at GRACE. Class size is limited to the first 40 students. If you have any questions, please contact Willa Bea Coates at wcoates@gracechristian.net.

COMING UP

AUTHOR VISIT 
January 16 
Children’s book author and illustrator Jonathan Miller will be on the Lower Campus to share his art, read his books and discuss with students the writing process. Be sure to ask your children about his visit!

NO SCHOOL: MLK DAY
January 20 

Consider using this day to talk to your kids about Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy, or perform an act of service in his honor.

SUPERHERO STEAM NIGHT
January 21 | 5:45 p.m.
Lower Campus Families: our next Family STEAM Night is scheduled for Tuesday, January 21. Students can come dressed in superhero costumes if they would like or create their own costume during the event. Pizza will be available to purchase by the slice from 5:45-6:10.  The STEAM activities will begin at 6:10. RSVP here.

PLAY4KAY
January 24 | 7 p.m.
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. Click here to get your tickets and donate to the Play4Kay foundation.

NO SCHOOL: LOWER CAMPUS
February 7 
GRACE will be hosting the ACSI Regional Spelling Bee on lower campus.

CELEBRATE GRACE
February 28
Join us for a roaring good time as we celebrate – ’20s style – GRACE Christian School. We can’t wait to see you there. More info to follow on how to reserve your tickets. For more information, contact mbandy@gracechristian.net.

SCHOOL SNAPSHOT

Mrs. Eichhorst’s 7th-grade scientists tested the unique properties of water. They love stations because they can move at their own pace while allowing Mrs. Eichhorst to have one-on-one time with students who need extra help practicing skills like measuring and math.

GRACE: The Best of the Triangle!

Over the last week, GRACE Christian School has been honored by Cary Magazine and Cary Living as one of the best private schools in the area. These awards are voted on by thousands of magazine readers – and school rankings are one of the most voted upon categories.

We are thrilled to see GRACE honored and are thankful for all our community members who voted.

GRACE is the Place!

College Connections, Issue 5

Happy New Year! The January issue of the College Connections Newsletter has links to some great articles for all high school students about excelling in their public speaking and learning to be coachable along with information about what a gap year is and how to make the most of it. 

For parents of 9th-11thgrade students, there is an article about how to interpret PSAT scores. If the article leaves you with more questions than answers, I invite you to attend a free PSAT seminar this Sunday, January 12th at NCSU hosted by our friends at Collegewise. This one-hour seminar will help you better decipher and understand what your PSAT score is telling you. 

Already, 39 seniors have received at least one offer of admission from a college they have applied to. NCSU and UNC-Chapel Hill will release there early action decisions at the end of this month and we look forward to celebrating with more students. Seniors, don’t forget to update Naviance with your admissions decisions! 

January 7, 2020 | Amazing GRACE

SCREENAGERS

GRACE parents, grandparents and teachers: reserve your spot! On Monday, January 13, GRACE will be showing the documentary “SCREENAGERS” at 6 pm at the Upper Campus. SCREENAGERS addresses the most pervasive parenting issue of our time head-on—depicting teen struggles over social media, video games and internet addiction. (Students will have their own viewing of the film that week, as well.) The film empowers kids to best navigate the digital world and provides practical resources to help them do it. Tickets are free but we request your RSVP by clicking here.

KEEP GRACE HEALTHY!

Parents and students: We are excited to get back to school and embark on the second semester. It is, however, flu season so please, parents, keep your students at home if they show signs of illness or have been diagnosed with the flu. Students, remember that washing hands, sneezing or coughing using a tissue, and not sharing food or drinks can really help to keep the germs at bay. We thank you for your efforts to keep our school family healthy.

AMAZING GRACE, INDEED

Did you see the latest issues of Cary Magazine and Cary Living? GRACE was voted as one of the Triangle’s “Best Private Schools” in both the “Maggy Awards” and “Diamond Awards.” We agree! Go Eagles!

OPEN HOUSES

Now is a busy time for new families to consider GRACE as their future school home. You can help us find the right families for GRACE by writing a review on Facebook, Google or Niche, and letting your friends know about our upcoming Open House Sessions. The next sessions are January 14th (Lower campus) and January 23 (Upper campus.)

And for the first time, GRACE is hosting a Kindergarten Experience Day for families considering GRACE for their rising kindergarteners. Thank you in advance for supporting GRACE in one or both of these ways.

COMING UP

SCREENAGERS SHOWING
January 13 |  6 p.m.
Join us for a showing of the documentary “Screenagers”  at the Upper Campus. Reserve your free tickets here.

SUPERHERO STEAM NIGHT
January 21 | 5:45 p.m.

Lower Campus Families: our next Family STEAM Night is scheduled for Tuesday, January 21. Students can come dressed in superhero costumes if they would like or create their own costume during the event. Pizza will be available to purchase by the slice from 5:45-6:10. The STEAM activities will begin at 6:10. Stay tuned for more details!

PLAY4KAY
January 24 | 7 p.m.
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. Click here to get your tickets and donate to the Play4Kay foundation.

Celebrate GRACE
February 28

Join us for a roaring good time as we celebrate – ’20s style – GRACE Christian School. We can’t wait to see you there. More info to follow on how to reserve your tickets. For more information, contact mbandy@gracechristian.net.

SCHOOL SNAPSHOT

Traveling Talon had a blast on Christmas vacation heading to Florida with the Hairr family!