GRACE News

November 12, 2019 | Amazing GRACE

STUDENT-LED COLLEGE FAIR

In an effort to provide information about the college search and application process, GRACE Junior Seminar students have conducted research on over 20 schools and will have “booths” set up in the chapel to share what they’ve learned. They will be prepared to answer questions and present short information sessions. While it is geared toward high school students and parents, anyone is invited to drop in between 1:40 and 3:15 p.m. on November 19. If you have any questions, please contact ljacobs@gracechristian.net or ccole@gracechristian.net.

CALLING ALL GRACE MOMS

Women of GRACE: Join us this Friday, November 15th, from 7-9 p.m. for a moms’ night out of fellowship, refreshments, gift- making stations and an inspirational message for you and your friends. Leave encouraged, uplifted and embraced in your identity in Christ. Purchase your tickets here.

SHOP WITH PURPOSE

Our Shutterfly Storefront is a great way for parents, teachers and staff to earn money for GRACE! So this season, as you purchase your Christmas cards and photo books, use this unique URL to shop, and GRACE Christian School receives 8% commission on every order.

And don’t forget about Amazon. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers. Select GREATER RALEIGH AREA CHRISTIAN EDUCATION, INC. to designate GRACE as your charitable organization.

FILL YOUR BOX!

It is time to fill those Samaritan’s Purse boxes! Do you need ideas? Then shop at Five Below at Crossroads Plaza between November 10th – 17th and 10% of your purchases will be donated back to GRACE. Teacher should have sent home flyers with your student. You will need the flyer at time of purchase. The GRACE PTF thanks you all for your support!

UPPER SCHOOL EXAM SCHEDULE

The Upper Campus exam schedule has been announced; please click here to view the schedule.

COMING UP

OPEN RE-ENROLLMENT
November 12th
Want to guarantee your spot at GRACE for 2020-2021? Priority re-enrollment for GRACE families opens up on November 12th. And remember, GRACE wouldn’t be GRACE without YOU!

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD COLLECTION
November 20th and 22nd

Make sure to turn in your shoebox by November 20th (Upper Campus) and 22nd (Lower Campus.)

NO SCHOOL
November 25th and 29th

Thanksgiving Day holiday. We are thankful for you!

SCHOOL SNAPSHOT Bringing home that 🏆 ! Let’s hear it for the NCISAA 2019 8-Man State Champions – the GRACE Eagles. 🏈💙🦅🧡

November 5, 2019 | Amazing GRACE

REMEMBERING MR. DAVID MARTIN 

This week, GRACE would like all of our families to take a moment to celebrate the life of Mr. David Martin who passed away on Sunday, November 3rd – just several weeks after his beloved wife, Mrs. Marilyn Martin. For all who knew him, Mr. Martin was a dedicated servant of Christ – kind, compassionate and generous. GRACE is a better school because of the influence and investment of the Martins. We will miss the sight of the Martins at GRACE school and sporting events, but we rejoice in the knowledge that David and Marilyn are together in Heaven, rejoicing and worshiping at the foot of the Savior they served so well on Earth. 

Please keep the entire Martin family in your prayers. 

“Well done, well done
My good and faithful one
Welcome to the place where you belong
Well done, well done
My beloved childYou have run the race and now you’re home”- The Afters, “Well Done” –

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

If they haven’t already, your student will be coming home with an empty shoebox for Operation Christmas Child. Please fill your boxes and take some time to pray over them (and the children who will receive them) as a family. GRACE will collect the filled boxes during the national collection week.

The Upper Campus will collect boxes on Wednesday, November 20th, while the Lower Campus will collect theirs on Friday, November 22nd. We will have a special time in chapel dedicating the boxes we collected. The goal for the Lower Campus is to collect 425 boxes!

LOVE A GOOD PARTY? WE NEED YOU!

GRACE is hosting the fifth annual Celebrate GRACE event on February 28, 2020, and we’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our planning team to make this event a huge success. You can help the school by serving on one of our committees: auction, table hostesses, decorations, hospitality, and event day volunteers.

Planning meetings are scheduled for Tuesday, November 12 at 8:30 am and 2:00 pm in the Upper Campus Administrative Conference Room. Please join us at one of the initial meetings or email Michele Bandy at MBandy@gracechristian.net if you’re unable to attend but interested in volunteering. Thank you for considering one of the ways you can support the school through volunteering your time. Celebrate GRACE Planning Meeting signup

ART CLUB T-SHIRTS

Want a GRACE Art Club t-shirt? Shirts are less than $15 each.  Sales are open until November 11th, so act quickly. Purchase your shirt here.

CANDY COLLECTION

Tired of arguing with your kid about whether they can eat a Reese’s Pumpkin at 7:15 a.m.? Us, too! If you’re looking to offload some of those Halloween treats, GRACE is willing to take any extra, individually wrapped candy. Candy donations should be dropped off at the Lower Campus office.

COMING UP

6th GRADE TRANSITION MEETING
November 7th | 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
All current 5th-grade parents are invited to join us for coffee as we discuss your student’s exciting transition to 6th grade. We will meet in the Lower Campus library. 

NO SCHOOL
November 8th and 11th
Veteran’s Day holiday.

CELEBRATE GRACE PLANNING MEETING
November 12th | 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Want to help us make our annual Celebrate GRACE a huge success? Join us for one of two planning meetings at the Upper Campus Administrative Conference room. Sign up here.

OPEN RE-ENROLLMENT
November 12th
Want to guarantee your spot at GRACE for 2020-2021? Priority re-enrollment for GRACE families opens up on November 12th. Be on the lookout for more information to come later this week. And remember, GRACE wouldn’t be GRACE without YOU!

PTF MOMS’ NIGHT OUT
November 15th | 7-9 p.m.
Women of GRACE. Join us for a moms’ night out of fellowship, refreshments, gift making stations and an inspirational message for you and your friends. Leave encouraged, uplifted and embraced in your identity in Christ. Purchase your tickets here.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD COLLECTION
November 20th and 22nd

Make sure to turn in your shoebox by November 20th (Upper Campus) and 22nd (Lower Campus.)

NO SCHOOL
November 25th and 29th

Thanksgiving Day holiday. We are thankful for you!

SHARE YOUR STORIES!

Know of a GRACE alum who is doing cool things in the world? A GRACE teacher who has made a unique impact on your student? A staff member who has gone above and beyond in serving our community? We want to hear from you! Email cbarnhill@gracechristian.net.

SCHOOL SNAPSHOT

Join us this Saturday at Parrott Academy as our GRACE Varsity Men’s Football team battle to be our NCISAA’s 8-Man State Champions!

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!