Amazing GRACE | September 20, 2022

Amazing GRACE

Weekly News from GCS

ERB Testing

Students in grades 2-9 will participate in ERB's CTP5 standardized assessment next week, September 26- 29, 2022. September 30 has been designated as a makeup testing day for students who are absent earlier in the week. Our fall testing assesses students on benchmark content from their previous grade level in the spring and provides relevant data for feedback and instructional focus for the duration of the school year. According to ERB, "the CTP helps compare content-specific, curriculum-based performance to the more conceptual knowledge base found in reasoning tests." The assessment data reports will provide relevant and timely feedback for parents and teachers to determine individual student mastery of concepts and skills and areas for growth and improvement and instructional focus this year.

All students in grades 2-9 will complete traditional paper/pencil tests and need to bring two sharpened Number 2 pencils with them to school for testing. No online testing will take place this year.
How can parents help? Please ensure your students get a good night's sleep before testing and arrive at school well-nourished, encouraged, and prepared to do their best! There will be no tests in other courses/content areas during the week of ERB testing. Results from testing will be available by the end of October.


GCS Homecoming 2022 - We Need You!

Our most festive event is only a few weeks away: GRACE Homecoming on October 7. The Bash begins at 5:30 – giving you plenty of time before our 7 p.m. kick-off to get food at the food trucks or BYOT (bring your own tailgate) and play some games, enjoy the inflatables and connect with one another.Cheer on the Eagles as they take on the LCA Lancers. The King and Queen will be crowned at halftime. Your presence will make this event more special.  See you there!
Here are the link to the sign-up 

Homecoming Dance

The dance will be held on October 8th from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at the Upper Campus Student Center. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here. Please see the Homecoming Dance email for more information.

See You at the Pole

On September 28th at 7 a.m., students nationwide will pray at the flagpoles of their schools. Parents are also welcome to join us in prayer (the lower elementary will need a parent to accompany them). Our student leaders will introduce topics of prayer and then allow time for prayer on this topic. Depending on the turnout, we may break up into smaller groups to pray after a topic is introduced. 

Here is the official website for more information: https://syatp.com/
GCS Yearbook Orders & Shout Outs

You can buy your yearbook now and not have to think about it again all year.  Go to jostensyearbooks.com and search for GRACE Christian Raleigh.  Remember that the price increases after January, so getting it early saves money.
Additionally, we would love to get some of our Shout Outs in early this year so we aren't scrambling for them in March. Any Shout Outs that come in by December will help us greatly! It could be a great way to prepare for Thanksgiving. Here's a link to the form.  
Lower Campus Principal Coffees
Lower Campus Principal Lynnae Morris will be available to connect about your student's adjustment to the new school year and other grade-level information. We will meet at 8:30 a.m. in the Lower Campus Conference Room.
September 20th - 3rd and 4th grade Parents
September 22nd - 5th and 6th Grade Parents

Principal and Counselor Coffees

We have a series of coffees where our Upper Campus Principal Mandy Gill and Director of College Counseling Cathy Cole will be available to connect about your student's adjustment to the new school year. We will also discuss specific grade-level information. We will meet at 8:15 a.m. in the Upper Campus Media Center.
September 22nd - 8th Parents
September 23rd - 9th Parents
October 4th - 10th Parents
October 6th- 11th, 12th Parents

CDL Drivers Needed

GRACE is in need of additional drivers who possess Commercial Driver's Licenses (CDL). If you have a CDL and would be interested in driving for field trips, athletic events, and other needs, please contact Megan Brookhart ([email protected]).
Vote for GRACE, Win GCS Swag - Voting Closing Sept. 30
Let's show the Triangle that GRACE Christian School is the best school in the area by voting for GCS in the Cary Living Diamond Awards. Once you voted, let us know by entering your email here. You'll be in the running to win some GCS swag!