Archive for March, 2020

March 31, 2020 | Amazing GRACE

CHAPEL: LIVE STREAMING 

Don’t forget, Mr. Whelpley will be holding chapel live on our Social Media channels. Last week, hundreds of you were able join us for a time of worship and encouragement. Upper Campus chapel will be on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. on Instagram Live and Lower Campus chapel will be held on Fridays at 9 a.m. on Facebook Live.

DONUTS FOR DADS

All of the devotion, none of the calories! On Friday, April 3, we will host our first-ever virtual Donuts for Dads. Head of School Eric Bradley will share a brief devotion, followed by a time of prayer. We will begin at 7:30 a.m. and be done by 8 a.m. All GRACE dads are invited to join us via Google hangout:

Join by video –meet.google.com/ayp-mxcf-sfq

Join by phone – +1 224-858-8324‬ PIN: ‪155 140 710‬#

FAMILY RESOURCESWe’re continuing to look for more resources for our families as we all navigate this unprecedented time. Dr. Karri Hawley, our school counselor, has put together some groups and tools we hope you’ll find helpful.

Calming GRACE Facebook Group

Dr. Hawley has started a Facebook group geared toward GRACE parents who have children who may be struggling with anxiety. You can request to be added to the group by clicking here.

General, Social and Emotional Well-Being Resources

10 Well-Being Tips During the Days of COVID-19: Pelin Kesebir, Assistant Scientist the Center for Healthy Minds, shares 10 well-being tips for the time of COVID-19.

Staying Sane While Working from Home with Kids
: These eight tips from Focus on the Family can help create a successful and less stressful environment for you and your kids while you are working from home.        

Social-Emotional Activity Choice Board:

Talking with your Children About Coronavirus and Social Distancing

Talking With Kids About the Coronavirus: Here are some tips from Focus on the Family for talking to kids about the coronavirus.

5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety about the Coronavirus: Article by the New York Times.

Teens and Social Distancing:

YEARBOOK

Fortunately, the yearbook was complete before our shift to GRACEVLE. That means this year’s yearbook will be the high-quality book you expect it to be. We do not yet know what distribution will look like yet, but we will have them. You can still place your order by going to jostensyearbooks.com and searching for GRACE Christian Raleigh. Can’t remember if you ordered a yearbook? Email bhawks@gracechristian.net and she can check for you!

REMINDERS

Make sure you are following GRACE on Facebook and Instagram. We have so many exciting things in store to keep our community “together” online. Also, Lower Campus families, search “GRACE Christian School Lower Campus Families” on Facebook to join that page, as well.

HELPFUL LINKS

Technology FAQS

Virtual Learning Agreement (Grades TK – 4)

Virtual Learning Agreement (Grades 5-12)

SCHOOL SNAPSHOT

Keep sending shots of what you’re doing during GRACEVLE! We love to see them. Check out this blog post of some student work from last week.


Show us something your student is working on for a chance to be featured in an upcoming edition of Amazing GRACE! Email cbarnhill@gracechristian.net.

GRACEVLE Enrichments: Week 2

Thanks to all who are sending in pictures of the fun things your students are working on during our time of Virtual Learning!

Check out a few of the pictures we received from last week.

At-Home Family Fun Resources

As promised, below are some additional resources that we hope may be helpful as you’re looking for fun activities for your child to explore during downtime.

Art Resources

  • MetKids: The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a dedicated kids section on its website, complete with videos, an interactive map, and a “time machine” that brings the viewer to different art pieces in the museum.
  • The Art Assignment: Weekly PBS videos, hosted by curator Sarah Urist Green, that explore art and history.
  • Google Arts & Culture: Explore different works of art, famous places, and more in Google’s interactive space online.
  • Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems: Doodle along with beloved children’s book author Mo Willems.

Zoo + Outdoor Webcams and Tours

Educational Resources

  • Scholastic: The company put many of its educational lessons and resources online for free, including online books and activities.
  • Crash Course and Crash Course Kids: Educational video lessons on everything from space and science to mythology and literature.
  • Club SciKidz: Activities and videos for kids on topics in science and math, including daily science experiments.
  • Carmen Sandiego: Download the free printables to solve word puzzles and unscramble secret messages by answering questions about geography.
  • Ranger Rick: The website is free to all visitors through the end of June.  
  • Mystery Science: The website’s most popular science lessons are available for free.
  • Beanstalk: The company is offering its interactive kids classes for free.

More Resources

  • NASA: NASA has hundreds of photos and videos of planets, space, and more, available to view for free.
  • The Deep Sea: Scroll to the very bottom of the ocean with the help of this interactive visual about the deep sea.
  • ScratchJr: Kids can create their own interactive stories and games.
  • America’s Test Kitchen: Recipes and activities are available for kids for free.

Get Moving

  • Les Mills: Born to Move workouts – designed for kids!
  • GoNoodle: Free movement and mindfulness videos created for kids.

March 24, 2020 | Amazing GRACE

CHAPEL: LIVE STREAMING 

Almost one week into GRACEVLE! We’re so encouraged to see the level of teaching and learning our students and teachers have already displayed.

Start this week, Mr. Whelpley will be holding chapel live on our Social Media channels. Upper Campus chapel will be on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. on Instagram Live and Lower Campus chapel will be held on Fridays at 9 a.m. on Facebook Live. We hope your students will enjoy these times of worship and encouragement as much as they do at school!

THIRD-QUARTER HONOR ROLL

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

YEARBOOK

Fortunately, the yearbook was complete before our shift to GRACEVLE. That means this year’s yearbook will be the high-quality book you expect it to be. We do not yet know what distribution will look like yet, but we will have them. You can still place your order by going to jostensyearbooks.com and searching for GRACE Christian Raleigh. Can’t remember if you ordered a yearbook? Email bhawks@gracechristian.net and she can check for you!

FAMILY RESOURCES

As promised, below are some additional resources that we hope may be helpful as you’re looking for fun activities for your child to explore during downtime.

Art Resources
MetKids: The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a dedicated kids section on its website, complete with videos, an interactive map, and a “time machine” that brings the viewer to different art pieces in the museum. // The Art Assignment: Weekly PBS videos, hosted by curator Sarah Urist Green, that explore art and history. // Google Arts & Culture: Explore different works of art, famous places, and more in Google’s interactive space online.

Zoo + Outdoor Webcams and Tours
Jenkinson’s Aquarium Penguin Cam: Check out how the penguins are doing at Jenkinson’s Aquarium in Point Pleasant by viewing the live stream on their website. // Duke Farms Eagle Cam: Take a look at the bald eagles at Duke Farms in Hillsborough. // Cape May Zoo: Zoo employees will conduct a virtual tour every weekday, starting at 11:30. Each tour features a short clip of a different animal and an education lesson about it. // San Diego Zoo: Check out one of the zoo’s various live webcams, from koalas to tigers. // Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute: The National Zoo has live webcams of its naked mole rats, giant pandas, and more.

Educational Resources

Scholastic: The company put many of its educational lessons and resources online for free, including online books and activities. //Crash Course and Crash Course Kids: Educational video lessons on everything from space and science to mythology and literature. // Club SciKidz: Activities and videos for kids on topics in science and math, including daily science experiments. // Carmen Sandiego: Download the free printables to solve word puzzles and unscramble secret messages by answering questions about geography. // Ranger Rick: The website is free to all visitors through the end of June.  // Mystery Science: The website’s most popular science lessons are available for free. // Beanstalk: The company is offering its interactive kids classes for free.

More Options

NASA: NASA has hundreds of photos and videos of planets, space, and more, available to view for free. // The Deep Sea: Scroll to the very bottom of the ocean with the help of this interactive visual about the deep sea. // ScratchJr: Kids can create their own interactive stories and games. // America’s Test Kitchen: Recipes and activities are available for kids for free.

Get Moving

Les Mills: Born to Move workouts – designed for kids! // GoNoodle: Free movement and mindfulness videos created for kids.

REMINDERS

Make sure you are following GRACE on Facebook and Instagram. We have so many exciting things in store to keep our community “together” online. Also, Lower Campus families, search “GRACE Christian School Lower Campus Families” on Facebook to join that page, as well.

TECH TIP TUESDAY

With all that’s happening in the world, technology has been a huge blessing by allowing us to learn from and connect with one another. But, like always, technology has its challenges and limitations… and screen time and stress can be intertwined. Take a look at this article, “How Parents Can Help Youth with Stress.” It includes some helpful ways parents can help their children develop skills to combat stress, as well as some talking points you can use around the dinner table!

HELPFUL LINKS

Technology FAQS

Virtual Learning Agreement (Grades TK – 4)

Virtual Learning Agreement (Grades 5-12)

SCHOOL SNAPSHOT

Our lower campus students have been sending in photos of their amazing art projects they are working on from home! 

Show us something your student is working on for a chance to be featured in an upcoming edition of Amazing GRACE! Email cbarnhill@gracechristian.net.

GRACEVLE Week 1: Artwork

Our GRACE students are having a blast working on their at-home art assignments. Check out their work below!

March 17, 2020 | Amazing GRACE

YOU ARE WHAT MAKES GRACE AMAZING!

Can we all take a moment to sit and reflect on all that has occurred this past week? I don’t think when we sent out last Tuesday’s Amazing GRACE that we knew what was in store for us in the days to come.

But we find comfort in knowing God did. Nothing that is happening right now has caught God off-guard or unaware. In fact, He is proven Himself so faithful in how He has equipped our teachers, staff, leadership, and families to respond to these unprecedented times.

Our technology and leadership team were able to put together a Virtual Learning Environment in less than two weeks that was so impressive, it has since been sent to the entire North Carolina Association of Independent Schools as a model for other schools to follow.

Our teachers, many of whom may understandably feel out of their comfort zone, have enthusiastically committed to doing whatever it takes to continue providing your children with an exceptional education that you have come to expect here at GRACE.  

You, our parents and families, have been incredible in your outpouring of love and encouragement as our leadership team makes difficult decisions to do whatever is best for your student. You cannot even begin to imagine the depth of prayers that have been lifted to God for His provision and direction over this past week. Your emails of love, care and support have been so encouraging to us. We thank you.

In fact, the only complaints we are hearing from our teachers and families is a collective sadness over missing our everyday interactions as a school community – the laughs, hugs, voices and togetherness. So we are committed to doing everything we can to keep that sense of community that makes GRACE so special going. If you haven’t already, we ask you to go ahead and follow GRACE on Facebook and Instagram. We have so many exciting things in store to keep our community “together” online.

REMINDERS

#1: You and your family are KNOWN. VALUED. LOVED.

#2: God doesn’t call the equipped. He equips the called.

#3: We are all in this together! As you learn fun tips and tricks that you think other GRACE families may find helpful as we move to a virtual learning platform, share them with us a cbarnhill@gracechristian.net. We’ll compile a list of them to share in next week’s Amazing GRACE.

HELPFUL RESOURCES

Technology FAQS

Virtual Learning Agreement (Grades TK – 4)

Virtual Learning Agreement (Grades 5-12)

GRACE Christian Moving to Virtual Learning Environment

GRACE Families, 

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and our GRACE Christian School employees, thank you for the outpouring of support over the past few weeks as we have navigated uncharted waters. Concerns surrounding COVID-19 have created a volatile environment, requiring a great deal of patience and flexibility these past few days. It is in times like these that we are most thankful for our loving community. 

Over the past two weeks, our teachers and administration have been planning how to deliver instruction in the event that we are unable to have classes in our traditional manner. Our hope was that we would be able to continue to gather daily on our campuses as usual but that the rapidly changing environment made that plan less likely. After meeting with our Board of Trustees and reviewing our options, we believe it is in the best interest of the health and safety of our community for GRACE to shift to a virtual learning model beginning the week of March 16 and continuing through Friday, April 3. Spring Break will continue as scheduled for the week of April 6. At that time, we will reassess the situation and return to a traditional schedule if conditions allow. In the meantime, GRACE facilities will remain open only for GRACE employees, as needed.

Please review the following information concerning the virtual learning model:

Calendar

  • Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 —  These two days will serve as teacher workdays for our staff. Upper Campus students are encouraged to check Talon to review potential reading assignments in preparation for the week. 
  • Tuesday, March 17 — Beginning at 9:00 a.m., students and parents are invited to come to campus to pick up any necessary materials for remote instruction.
    • For Lower Campus students, our staff will have textbooks/ workbooks packed up by name for each student. Between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., these materials will be ready for pickup. Please drive through the campus as if you were picking up your child for carpool.  During that window of time, a staff member will meet you in the carpool line, get your name, and your child’s materials will be delivered to you. If your child brought everything home already, then you will not need to come to campus.
    • For Upper Campus students, parents or students can pick up any folders or other necessary materials from their lockers anytime from 8:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. Since many of the courses have online resources and most of the students carry their folders with them throughout the day, there may not be many students who need to do this on Tuesday. 
  • Wednesday, March 18 – Friday, April 3 — Classes take place in the virtual learning environment. Each student in fifth through twelfth grade is required to review and sign the “Student Expectations” document, which is mentioned later in this document. 
  • Monday, April 6 – Monday, April 13 — Spring Break 

Instructional Details

For students in 5th-12th grades, teachers will create a classroom experience using Google Hangouts. In this environment, teachers have the ability to present information and interact with students in real time. Students will be able to share work, respond to questions, and participate in classroom discussions. Lesson plans and assignments will be posted on Talon as usual. Teachers will have designated, daily office hours where students can ask questions and seek additional help, as well as times set aside for group help sessions. Students are expected to attend each class session, just as they would in the traditional school environment. Students will submit work through Talon. Enrichment teachers will provide fifth-grade students with a menu of activities to complete throughout the week. Sixth-grade elective teachers will provide activities for students to track independently. Teachers will track student progress to ensure participation and check-in with students who may be struggling or non-participatory.

For students in K-4th grades, teachers will utilize the educational learning platform Seesaw. While many classrooms already use Seesaw, others do not. Each family will receive an invitation from their child’s teacher to join a Seesaw class, along with instructions on how to participate within the platform. Each classroom teacher will follow an established weekly home learning calendar/ schedule posted in Seesaw with assignments and links. Teachers will start the day with a pre-recorded, posted video welcome for students on Seesaw. They will then have activities for each predetermined content area for the day. Your child’s teacher will be emailing you to provide more detailed information tailored to that teacher’s classroom plans. Also, Mrs. Roycroft will be providing additional science materials for third and fourth grades. Enrichment teachers will provide students with a menu of activities to complete throughout the week. 

For our TK students, Mrs. Murphy will provide daily activities to emphasize fine and gross motor skills, development of math and language arts skills,  and continued refinement of writing skills.  She will also provide video communication via email each morning, with a daily message, devotion, and activities for the day. Additionally, Mrs. Murphy and Mrs. Lodholz will be checking in with individual families and students throughout the week. 

Essential Links and Resources

  • Technical Support
    • Email support@gracechristian.net with any technical support questions. Our team will reply as soon as possible to support you. 
    • We will be developing a “Frequently Asked Questions” document that will hopefully address any questions you may have.

We are always thankful for the GRACE community, but even more so in times like these. Of course, one could argue that there have never been times like these before. As we confront the challenges brought about by COVID-19, we are committed to continuing to provide an excellent GRACE Christian School educational experience. Thank you in advance for your patience as we deal with the unforeseen challenges ahead as we transition to this new learning environment. Thank you for your continued prayers and support. 

March 10, 2020 | Amazing GRACE

BOARD OF TRUSTEES ANNOUNCEMENT

In January, Ryan Armstrong and Moss Withers became the newest members of the GRACE Board of Trustees. Ryan and his wife, Holly, have been members of the GRACE community for ten years and are the parents of three GRACE students. Moss and his wife, Kendall, have two children at GRACE, and two preschoolers at home. Please visit the GRACE Board Directory on the school website to read Ryan and Moss’s bios.

The GRACE community would also like to thank Jamie Null, who stepped down after more than five years of service as a trustee. Jamie’s classroom experience, joyful spirit, and servant leadership were a tremendous asset to the board and to our entire GRACE community.
MARCH MISSIONS MONTH!

Our GRACE Student Council is leading March Missions and this year we are sponsoring a local ministry, Refugee Hope Partners, and an international ministry, Onthatile Children’s Ministry in South Africa. Each grade will collect items for Refugee Hope Partners:

TK – Backpacks and pencils
K- Backpacks and fat markers
1st – Backpacks and crayons(24 ct. only)
2nd – Backpacks and erasers and pencil cap erasers
3rd – Backpacks and pencils and pencil sharpeners
4th – Backpacks and expo markers
5th – Backpacks and glue sticks
6th – Backpacks and notebooks and loose-leaf paper

And don’t forget, this Friday is March Madness Missions Night from 6-9 pm. Dinner for purchase will be served (hotdogs and pizza) and lots of fun games and basketball games will be projected on the big screens in the gym. All proceeds will go to Onthantile Children’s Ministry.

YEARBOOK ORDERS

The yearbook is finished, and we think it is beautiful (We may be a bit biased).  Please place your order at www.jostensyearbooks.com. Search for GRACE Christian Raleigh. You’ll know you are in the right place when you see the G-Eagle.

LOST AND FOUND

The Upper and Lower Campus Lost and Founds are overflowing! Please make sure you or your student check the lost and found for any missing items before they are donated on March 12th! And remember to please label the inside of bags, boxes, PE clothes and coats with a Sharpie and we will do the best to get them back to you. Thank you!

BUSINESS PARTNER SHOUT-OUTS 

GRACE appreciates the support of local businesses who partner with us and contribute to the success of many of our special events. We encourage our 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 contact Michele Bandy at mbandy@gracechristian.net

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

Golden Eagle Partners
Dr. Kelly Ritter Orthodontics |CBS Roofing | Buy & Sell with Beth (Real Estate) | Hendrick Cary Auto Mall | Dr. C. Ashley Mann, DDS | Ritter Garden Design | Stephanie Hudson – MEI-Travel | Evans Contracting Group | Triangle GoPlaySave | Ray Teachey, Farm Bureau | Shine Raleigh

Silver Eagle Partners
Apex Wings | The Guys Place A Hair Salon for Men | Carolina Civilworks

Bronze Eagle Partners
Ancora Counseling Center

REMINDER

With concerns about the flu and Coronavirus in the country, please remember to keep your sick child home! Students should not return to school unless they are 24-hours fever-free without the assistance of medicine. Thank you for doing your part in keeping our school community safe.

For more information from the CDC on safety precautions for COVID-19, click here.

COMING UP

EARLY RELEASE
March 13
End of third-quarter early release. Staff in-service day.

MARCH MADNESS MISSIONS NIGHT
March 13 | 6 – 9 p.m.
The lower campus student council will show the ACC tournament games, provide many different games for students, and have snacks for purchase with the purpose of raising money to support an international missions organization to be determined by the 2019-20 student council executive council with the guidance of its sponsors.

COLLEGE FUNDING COACH
March 18 | 6-8 p.m.
GRACE Christian School is hosting The College Funding Coach® on March 18th from 6:00- 8:00 pm in the Upper Campus Chapel. This seminar is for any family wanting to learn how to pay for college. The purpose of this workshop is to help parents understand college costs and plan for the best ways to pay for them. You can register to attend through this link: Register for College Funding Coach Workshop.

AUTHOR VISIT
March 19
GRACE will host an author visit for our 3rd-6th graders. Carol Boston Weatherford, New York Times best-selling author and poet, will be reading from a few of her books, and discussing the writing process.Ms. Weatherford’s books tell stories of African-American historical figures/events. She blends poetry with words to make music, celebrating family stories and traditions. If you have any questions about her visit or pre-ordering her books, contact Mrs. Gehringer (cgehringer@gracechristian.net).

UPPER CAMPUS COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY
March 25
Each year we send our high school students around the Triangle to serve local ministries and non-profits. We do this to equip, challenge and inspire our students to develop a heart of service and to impact the world for Christ. Please mark your calendars. We still need several parent volunteers to drive and help serve alongside our students. If you are interested in helping please email Gina DeBruhl at gdebruhl@gracechristian.net.

SPRING BREAK
April 6 – 13
Enjoy your spring break!

SCHOOL SNAPSHOT

Bravo to the cast and crew of Cinderella! Our students put on some wonderful performances last week. As always, we couldn’t be more proud of the God-given talents on display at GRACE.

Last month, our GRACE PTF hosted a “Moments for Moms” where our GRACE mothers got to hear from speaker Michele Bandy on the topic “Be Loved” on being loved by God.


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March 3, 2020 | Amazing GRACE

MARCH MISSIONS MONTH!

Our GRACE Student Council is leading March Missions and this year we are sponsoring a local ministry, Refugee Hope Partners, and an international ministry, Onthatile Children’s Ministry in South Africa.

Each grade will collect items for Refugee Hope Partners:

TK – Backpacks and pencils
K- Backpacks and fat markers
1st – Backpacks and crayons(24 ct. only)
2nd – Backpacks and erasers and pencil cap erasers
3rd – Backpacks and pencils and pencil sharpeners
4th – Backpacks and expo markers
5th – Backpacks and glue sticks
6th – Backpacks and notebooks and loose-leaf paper

March Madness Missions Night will be on March 13th from 6-9 pm. Dinner for purchase will be served (hotdogs and pizza) and lots of fun games and basketball games will be projected on the big screens in the gym. All proceeds will go to Onthantile Children’s Ministry.

CELEBRATE GRACE RECAP

Friday night’s Celebrate GRACE was one for the books! Our attendees had the honor of hearing from the Lauffer family, witnessing the dedication of the David & Marilyn Martin Gymnasium, as well as learning about our plans for the Annual Fund to continue to grow and improve our school. To see pictures from this year’s event, click here.

If you were unable to attend Celebrate GRACE but are still interested in donating, remember that all donations up to $100,000 are going to be matched by an anonymous donor. Click here to donate – we will announce the grand total we raised next week!

If you won an auction item, make sure to coordinate to pick it up from Angela Morrison at the Lower Campus. And congratulations to Beth Marks, who won the $100 Amazon gift card in the auction registration giveaway.

LOST AND FOUND

The Upper and Lower Campus Lost and Founds are overflowing! Please make sure you or your student check the lost and found for any missing items before they are donated on March 12th! And remember to please label the inside of bags, boxes, PE clothes and coats with a Sharpie and we will do the best to get them back to you. Thank you!

BLACK HISTORY MONTH 

One way the Lower Campus celebrated Black History Month was through a door decorating contest. Congratulations to Mrs. Colyer’s fourth-grade class for their winning entry. The class will get to enjoy a pizza party in the coming weeks to celebrate. To see the other entries, make sure you’re following GRACE on Facebook and Instagram.

REMINDER

With concerns about the flu and Coronavirus in the country, please remember to keep your sick child home! Students should not return to school unless they are 24-hours fever-free without the assistance of medicine. Thank you for doing your part in keeping our school community safe.

COMING UP

CINDERELLA
March 5-7
GRACE Christian School’s Theatre Department presents Cinderella. This new adaptation by William Glennon is full of comedy, poignancy, charm, and enchantment in just the right amounts. Reviewers have commented that this is “the funniest and most enchanting version” of the beloved story available. Click here to purchase your tickets!

EARLY RELEASE
March 13
End of third-quarter early release. Staff in-service day.

MARCH MADNESS MISSIONS NIGHT
March 13 | 6 – 9 p.m.
The lower campus student council will show the ACC tournament games, provide many different games for students, and have snacks for purchase with the purpose of raising money to support an international missions organization to be determined by the 2019-20 student council executive council with the guidance of its sponsors.

COLLEGE FUNDING COACH
March 18 | 6-8 p.m.
GRACE Christian School is hosting The College Funding Coach® on March 18th from 6:00- 8:00 pm in the Upper Campus Chapel. This seminar is for any family wanting to learn how to pay for college. The purpose of this workshop is to help parents understand college costs and plan for the best ways to pay for them. You can register to attend through this link: Register for College Funding Coach Workshop.

UPPER CAMPUS COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY
March 25
Each year we send our high school students around the Triangle to serve local ministries and non-profits. We do this to equip, challenge and inspire our students to develop a heart of service and to impact the world for Christ. Please mark your calendars. We still need several parent volunteers to drive and help serve alongside our students. If you are interested in helping please email Gina DeBruhl at gdebruhl@gracechristian.net.

SCHOOL SNAPSHOT

Congratulations to GRACE freshman, Laura Kim, for winning 9th place in the Senior Category of the NCDOT Aviation Art Contest. A near-record 2,420 students, representing 269 hometowns, 219 schools, and 77 counties across North Carolina, participated in the 2020 Aviation Art Contest.

College Connections, Issue 7

There are a lot of college planning events happening this month, both on the GRACE campus and in the greater Raleigh area. Details on several of the events listed below along with links to helpful articles, summer enrichment opportunities and scholarships can be found in the March 2020 issue of the College Connections Newsletter.

In order of  the event:

  • March 11th(all parents)
    • The March College Connections drop-in meeting is from 8:15 am – 9:15 am in the Upper Campus Media Center.
  • March 11th(9th& 10thgrade students & parents, but all are welcome)
    • A seminar on college planning for freshmen and sophomores and their parents co-hosted by Collegewisewill be held after school from 3:30 – 4:30 pm in the Upper Campus Chapel.
  • March 18th(all parents, students are welcome to attend)
    • A seminar co-hosted with the College Funding Coach on paying for college will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 in the Upper Campus Chapel
  • March 19th(all high school students with or without their parents)
    • The Raleigh National College Fair will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center from 4:30 – 7:30. Representatives from over 100 colleges will be present to discuss their institution with you. This event is free, but registration is recommended.

For families looking for summer enrichment opportunities, be sure to check the Summer Opportunities Page on the GRACE website frequently as I am receiving information and updating the NC and out-of-state opportunities weekly.