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Amazing GRACE | December 8, 2020

Amazing GRACE
 

Enrollment is Now Open!

 
If you have not already completed your re-enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year, don't wait! Enrollment is now open to the general public. Due to capacity enrollment and lengthy wait pools this school year, it is imperative that our current families re-enroll as early as possible to secure an enrollment seat for the 2021-2022 school year. Have any questions? Contact our Director of Admission, Mrs. Katie Fowler Day, at kfowler@gracechristian.net
 

Lower Campus PTF Christmas Store

The PTF has graciously brainstormed a new way to do the Christmas Store this year. Instead of doing a store where kids can "shop" like normal, they have bought supplies for each child to make two ornaments to gift to their family members. We're requesting all LC parents to send $2 in an envelope designated "PTF" by December 14th! Any questions? Contact ptf@gracechristian.net
 

Parenting in the Age of COVID

NCAIS is offering a free parent education event on December 14th at 7:30 p.m. As COVID numbers on are the rise, parents are struggling with balancing social distancing recommendations with the emotional and mental wellbeing of their children. This presentation by Elise Howell, MA, LCMHC, a mental health counselor at Southeast Psychological in Charlotte, will address the trends and changes in mental health and parenting during the age of COVID. Strategies for building resilience, hope and maintaining perspective in uncertain times will be shared.
 
Pre-registration is required and can be found on the NCAIS website under Professional Development or by clicking HERE.
 

Last Week's Pizza Palooza Winners

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Congrats to last Friday's Pizza Palooza winners - Upper Campus: Mrs. E. Walters and Anna Marrow and Lower Campus: Ms. Goeking and Collier Kirton. Our winners can stop by the front desk to receive their gift certificate for a free cheese or one-topping pizza, courtesy of our sponsor, Papa Jones on Avent Ferry Road!
 

Shop Shutterfly? Support GRACE!

As you're ordering your Christmas cards and photo books, don't forget to use our Shutterfly Storefront. It is a great way for parents, teachers and staff to earn money for GRACE - without the time commitment of a traditional fundraiser. You simply use this unique URL to shop and GCS receives 8% commission on every order! 
 

Biblical Worldview Integration

A few weeks ago, Head of School Eric Bradley sent an email to all GRACE teachers requesting they share an example of how they integrated a biblical worldview into their lessons that week. We thought our GRACE community would enjoy reading some of their responses. We plan to share a few responses a week over the next several weeks.
 
"In English class, we just finished the novel, Esperanza Rising and discussed the topic of justice and fairness and whether or not it was good to strike for equity. We talked about Micah 6:8 and how God expects us to show justice and mercy.  I also encouraged them to consider whether it was a "Christian" thing to do - willingly "break" a law (strike) to achieve equity. Great discussions ensued including examples of how Christians can be "light" and strive for justice for the oppressed." - Veronica de Vries, Upper Campus English Teacher
 
"We have been learning about the author's purpose and the author’s point of view (opinion) in reading. We discussed how important it is to compare any author’s opinions to the Bible and what God says. We also looked at several Psalms and the book of John and discussed the author’s purpose, but also discussed that the Bible’s authors were inspired by God, so their purpose was a little different. Great discussions!" - Christi Schwalk, Third-Grade Teacher
 
"This week we are talking about the letter C. We taste-tested carrots and cucumbers and graphed our favorites. Before we graphed, we talked about how long it takes carrots to grow and how when they come out of the ground they all look different. This was a moment when we talked about how God made us all to look different on the outside but on the inside, we all have hearts that we can ask Jesus to live in.  hey loved seeing the different sizes of the carrots and how we connected God to something simple as carrots." - Dru Murphy, Transitional Kindergarten Teacher
 

Upper Campus Exam Schedule

Parents and students can access the Upper Campus exam schedule by clicking this link.

 

Lower Campus Lost and Found

 
Is your student missing a shirt? Water bottle? Jacket? If you can’t find an item, please send your student to look for it in the Lost and Found in the Gym. Any items not retrieved will be donated on December 16th.
 

Order your Yearbook!

It's a great time to order your 2020-2021 GCS yearbook! This year's theme is "Here We Are" because we are so thankful to be together at school. Yearbooks cost $45; to purchase, go to jostensyearbooks.com and search for GRACE Christian Raleigh. You know you are in the right place when you see the G-Eagle.