GRACE News

GRACE Christian School Closed January 18, 2018

In light of the amount of snow already on the ground and the expectation of continued snowfall for the next several hours, GRACE Christian School will be closed on Thursday, January 18, 2018. Please note the reminders below for upper campus students and for how snow days affect hot lunch.

Upper Campus Students Academic Expectations on Snow Days:

  • 7th – 12th grade students will be responsible for all per-assigned work and for online turn-ins.
  • AP students will communicate with and may meet for online classes with teachers.

Hot Lunch Snow Make-Up Policy

  • If you ordered a hot lunch for your student for tomorrow or the snow day earlier this mornth, a make-up day will be included on the next ordering cycle.
  • In an ordering cycle that includes a make-up day, the day will be designated as SNOW DAY MAKE-UP DAY for the date that is being made up. The same meal that was missed will be ordered on this day and no new orders will be accepted.
  • Please note that the make-up day will not necessarily be the same day of the week as the missed day.   Due to the limitations of RenWeb, the make-up day will not show up as a purchased day on the calendar; you will need to make note of it.
  • If there is more than one missed day, there will be an equal number of make-up days included in the next ordering cycle.

 

GRACE Christian School Closed January 17, 2018

In anticipation of the snowfall associated with tomorrow’s storm, GRACE Christian School will be closed on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

Upper Campus Students Academic Expectations on Snow Days:

  • 7th – 12th grade students will be responsible for all pre-assigned work and for online turn-ins.
  • AP students will communicate with and may meet for online classes with teachers.

Hot Lunch Snow Make-Up Policy

  • If you ordered a hot lunch for your student for tomorrow or the snow day on January 4th, a make-up day will be included on the next ordering cycle.
  • In an ordering cycle that includes a make-up day, the day will be designated as SNOW DAY MAKE-UP DAY for the date that is being made up. The same meal that was missed will be ordered on this day and no new orders will be accepted.
  • Please note that the make-up day will not necessarily be the same day of the week as the missed day.   Due to the limitations of RenWeb, the make-up day will not show up as a purchased day on the calendar; you will need to make note of it.
  • If there is more than one missed day, there will be an equal number of make-up days included in the next ordering cycle.

 

#WhatsUpAtGRACE January 16, 2018

We hope you are staying warm during our wintry weather. Given the current weather forecast, there will be an announcement about school tomorrow coming later today.

While you wait for that, please enjoy this week’s January 16, 2018 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter. If you have a student on the upper campus, be sure to read the information about academic expectations on snow days and remind your students that they are responsible for keeping up with assignments and due dates. This information can also be found on page 18 of the Parent-Student Handbook under the heading Inclement Weather.

There are a couple of events coming up that we’d like you to note on your calendar:

  • January 19th: Military Appreciation Night at the basketball game and “America Dress Up Day” on both campuses
  • January 26th: Our 9th annual Play4Kay (Hoops for Hope) Charity basketball night to benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund
  • March 2nd: Our 3rd Annual Celebrate GRACE Fundraising Dinner featuring comedian, motivator, and inspirational speaker Kenn Kington

In addition, this week’s newsletter contains information about the 2018 Driver Education class, how you can host an international student, a community service opportunity for high school students, how you can contribute to this year’s yearbook, and pictures from kindergarten and TK.

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: Jaime Hartley

GRACE Theatre and Dance instructor Jaime Hartley brings to our school a passion for her craft, limitless optimism, and an incredible resume of experiences.

Jaime was raised in Lehman, Pennsylvania, a small country town with no traffic lights where everyone knew everyone else. Jaime’s parents still live there in the house she grew up in. Jaime has one brother, Jason. During her school years, she was sure to let all her teachers know that she was nothing like him. She shares that there was nothing wrong with him, he was actually pretty awesome, it was just they had the “whole sibling rivalry thing” going on.

Jaime remembers many amazing teachers in her school and remembers two, Jeff Smith (English) and Jonathan Pineno (Chorus), in particular. These men taught Jaime in both middle and high school and she remembers their genuine care and concern for every student. They took time to listen and cared about what was going on in their lives. Mr. Smith was a Christian and unapologetically so. Jaime remembers this about him and strives to live out her faith in a similar way.

Jaime has vast experience in the performing arts ranging from being a back-up vocalist for Eddie Derwin and the Polka Naturals to studying at the Laban Conservatory in London. In case you were wondering, The Polka Naturals are known for “polka music with a spiritual flavor” and Jaime sang on their album, All Praise to Him.

Jaime describes her time in London as a turning point in her relationship with Christ, “In London, I was living out my dream; I had performed and worked with several professional dance companies and was studying at the Laban Conservatory, but I was miserable. In spite of having everything I thought I wanted, I was aware of a void. I remember going with a flat-mate to her church and hearing the pastor speak on this subject. It moved me and I began to seek a relationship with Christ and nothing has been the same since.”

Jaime’s favorite Bible verse is Psalm 9:9-10, The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed and a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.”

Jaime is especially happy to be on staff at GRACE where she can teach theatre and dance in a school that loves the Lord. It is her prayer that her students will be able to be use their experience in theatre and dance to share the love of Christ to others.