College Connections, Issue 8

I sincerely hope that your transition to GRACEVLE has been smooth for your family and everyone is adjusting to the new normal. It’s important that high school students continue to work hard during this time – while the Spring 2020 semester will be treated uniquely as it relates to just about everything, it is important to not make that an excuse for doing less than your best.  

If your student is signed up for a summer enrichment activity on a college campus, be sure to follow up with that program on the status of those events. With the uncertainty around the present circumstances, many events will be rescheduled, canceled, or moved online.

As you can imagine, there is a lot of stuff moving from “live” to “virtual” as it relates to colleges. Many admitted student days, as well as prospective student tours and open houses, are moving to a webinar/virtual format. This month’s College Connections Newsletter has several links to virtual events as well as some great articles written by college admissions offices to help you navigate this season in history.

March 31, 2020 | Amazing GRACE


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.


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 –

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:


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 and searching for GRACE Christian Raleigh. Can’t remember if you ordered a yearbook? Email and she can check for you!


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.


Technology FAQS

Virtual Learning Agreement (Grades TK – 4)

Virtual Learning Agreement (Grades 5-12)


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

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.