GRACE News

#WhatsUpAtGRACE November 14, 2017

The November 14, 2017 #WhatsUpAtGRACE includes information on parent meetings for those of you who are in transition grades and moving from elementary to middle school or middle to high school.

Don’t forget that priority re-enrollment ends tomorrow. We will open up enrollment to the public on the 16th. Re-enrollment is completed in RenWeb and a link to instructions is included in the newsletter.   

Did you miss seeing GRACE on the news last week? If you did, there is a link in the newsletter to the report ABC 11 did on our Christmas Parade Float. You can see the float live this Saturday at the Raleigh Christmas Parade. 

Also included in this week’s newsletter are:

  • A recap of the 7th-8th grade missions trip to Kentucky
  • Upcoming dates and ways for you to get involved in our school
  • Information about auditions for Meredith Wilson’s Music Man
  • The upper campus exam schedule
  • Information about how to link your cards to benefit GRACE

All students, don’t forget to be filling Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes! Boxes will be collected and dedicated tomorrow on the upper campus and Friday on the lower campus.

If you missed a previous edition of the weekly newsletter, they are all posted in GRACE News on the GRACE website. Keep up to date with all future events by consulting the GRACE Calendar.

 

Staff Spotlight: Megan Yabani

For the last five years, Megan Yabani has been making first grade fun at GRACE. In fact, when asked what her favorite thing is about working at GRACE, she shares that it is laughing with the kids. She loves the moments during the day that something is just “too fun” so she has learned to be flexible and make the most of those moments. Megan believes that some of the best learning happens when the kids don’t even realize it because they are enjoying it so much. Megan works hard to create these type of learning opportunities in her classroom including games to learn phonics sounds or tossing a giant blow up dice for math.  Megan loves to encourage her students and continually reminds them, “Don’t be afraid to shoot for the moon. You just might miss and hit the stars.”

Megan cites Romans 8:37 as her favorite verse as it reminds her of the incredible things we can accomplish with God on our side, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”

Megan grew up in New Hampshire and taught skiing & snowboarding lessons for eight years. Megan went to Cornerstone University in Michigan and taught Kindergarten in Michigan before moving to North Carolina. She is so thankful she moved south as, in addition to better weather, she met her husband here. Megan’s husband, Prince is from Ghana and they have been married three years. They met at church in Chapel Hill. And yes, his real name is Prince.

When not looking up classroom ideas on Pinterest, Megan enjoys playing volleyball. She played in college and now plays in beach volleyball tournaments.

 

Information Meetings for Transition Years

GRACE desired to help parents navigate the transition from elementary to middle school and from middle to high school as smoothly as possible. One of the many advantages of being a TK-12th grade school is that we know exactly what will be expected of students in the years ahead and we invite parents to attend one of the meetings below so that you and your student are ready for the next step in their educational journey.

Transition to middle school (designed for 5th grade parents)

  • Thursday, November 30th at 6:30pm in the lower campus library.

Transition to high school (designed for 7th-8th grade parents)

  • Monday, November 27th at 5:00pm in the upper campus chapel.
  • Wednesday, November 29th at 8:15am in the upper campus chapel.

2017 Fall Exam Schedule (Upper Campus)

Students in grades 7-12 will take exams on December 14th, 15th, 18th, and 19th. On exam days, students will have a shortened school day so that they have ample time to study for their exams.

Students will have the essay portion of exams that include an essay during regular class time on December 11th, 12th, and 13th. Consult the schedule below for specific details.

Note: Students on the lower campus do not have semester exams.