Thank you to all the lower campus families that supported our summer reading program. All students who participated in our Summer Reading Olympics received an international flag eraser for their participation.
In addition, a number of students went above and beyond to reach Bronze, Silver, or Gold Medal status in our Olympic Event Challenge. These Olympic Medalists read books in specific genres or themes to complete an Olympic event. Completion of five, ten, or fifteen events qualified them for an Olympic medal of Bronze, Silver, or Gold.
Aloha! The second annual Football Season Opener Tailgate Bash will begin Friday, September 7th at 5:30pm at the GRACE Athletic Field. Have fun enjoying your GRACE family before taking in our first home football game (kick-off is 7:00pm)
This family fun event features food trucks, Kona Ice, a blow up obstacle course, limbo, a photo booth, beach volleyball, cornhole, prizes for the fan with the most Hawaiian spirit, and complementary leis for the first 400 guests.
Volunteers are needed to help make this event a success. Community service hours will be given to high school students who volunteer.
We are excited to begin another GRACE EAGLES Athletic season for the 2018-2019 school year! We are excited about the continued growth in our athletic programs with over 70% of our students in middle and high school participating in GRACE Athletics! We are looking forward to making more strides this coming year by using the athletics platform to equip students for life.
There are some exciting things happening as well as some changes this coming year. As members of the NCISAA, our private school state association, we will be moving up to the 3A classification as the NCISAA has extended to 4 classifications (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A). Classifications are based off of HS enrollment. With this new classification change we have re-formed our high school conference, currently the EPIC (Eastern Plains Independent Conference). Our conference will still have our original members such as Cary Christian and St. David’s but we will be adding Arendell Parrott Academy in Kinston. We are looking forward to a re-formed 3A conference but also playing some new 3A competition across the state.
We are also planning to launch a middle school girl’s lacrosse team this Spring. We have seen much interest in this area and also a program that we could host on campus. As part of this launch, combined with the past 5 years of declining interest in softball, we have made the decision to not offer softball this spring. We are hopeful that Girls Lacrosse will be able to be a more sustainable offer alongside our other female sports in the spring given the challenges of low participation and off-campus facilities. If you are interested in MS Girls Lacrosse there will be more information regarding workouts, meeting the head coach, and program plan in the months ahead.
Please use our athletics website GRACEAthletics.net for team schedules, dismissal times, results, as well as other important information such as physical forms and concussion information. Please be sure to SIGN UP as a FAN to receive alerts such as game/practice cancellations, score updates, or other game changes via text or email.
We are excited to partner with a new athletic training service, Select Physical Therapy. GRACE Athletics will now have an athletic trainer fully devoted to our school to care for the health, safety, and well-being of our student athletes. We are excited to have Bailey Jeutter join our GRACE Athletics team to lead us in this area to support our student athletes, parents, and coaches. You will definitely see her present at practices and games so be sure to give her a special GRACE family welcome.
We are grateful for our GRACE coaching staff as it continues with its faithful veterans along with the following new faces (some are old faces moving into new roles):
William Brewer – In addition to continuing as the Varsity Baseball Head Coach, William will also take on the role of Assistant Athletic Director and Transportation Manager
Kara Chase – JV Volleyball
Kiley Shepard – Middle School B (Orange) Volleyball
Lauren Raymer – Varsity Volleyball
Carlin Johnson – Varsity Girls Basketball (last year Carlin assisted with this team and will move into the Head Coaching role this year)
Nathan Dewey – MS Boys Basketball
Maggie Stancliff – MS Girls Lacrosse
Roman Pibl – Varsity Swimming (last year Roman assisted with this team and will move into the Head Coaching role for this year)
Hunter Dotson – Game Day Manager (Intern)
There are a few more positions we are hiring for in the Fall including MS & Varsity Girls Tennis as well as MS Cheerleading for the Winter. If you know of any candidates, please email their contact information or ask them to contact me at email@example.com.
I pray that this year we are able to display servant leadership and provide an atmosphere where our student athletes, coaches, parents, and volunteers reflect humility, sportsmanship, and integrity through the avenue of interscholastic competition for the glory of God!
Please make sure to come out and support your GRACE Eagles and show off some of your #EaglePride at our home events! GO EAGLES!
If you are planning to see the Harlem Globetrotters when they are in town next week, you can save money on your order. The Harlem Globetrotters Flyer shown below has the special savings offer that has been extended to the faculty, staff and students of GRACE Christian School.
If you know of any contacts who would be interested in our MS Softball Coaching position, please email Athletic Director Devin Terris (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will be making a final decision regarding MS Softball season by Thursday, February 1st due to having to release reserved fields from the Town of Cary and notify opponents if we are unable to fill the position.
New VB Tennis Head Coach Justin Patton
Coach Patton is a recent Southeastern Seminary Graduate who also competed competitively in tennis as well as served as an assistant varsity coach in local NC Public schools.
Athletic Paperwork / Physicals
Please make sure to have an up to date physical on file before try-outs officially start. You may double check your expiration date or paperwork status with Brittany Oxendine (email@example.com) .
Interest Meetings on the Upper Campus
January 30, 2018 at 7:45am
Varsity Girls Soccer – Room 131
February 7, 2018 at 3:30pm
Varsity Boys Golf – Walker Conference Room
MS Baseball – Student/Teen Center
February 14, 2018 at 3:30pm
Varsity Girls & Boys Track – Student Center
Varsity Baseball – Room 302 (Activity Building)
Varsity Boys Tennis – Room 114 (Mr. Fairchild’s Room)
On Friday, February 2, 2018, the Men of GRACE invite all dads, granddads, and senior guys to a special “Fella-Ship Breakfast. This event will meet in the upper campus chapel and will begin at 7:30am for breakfast and fellowship. Our keynote speaker will begin at 8:00am and we promise to have the men on their way to work and the students on their way to second period at 8:45am.
Our speaker is Johnny Evans. Johnny is a former NFL and Canadian Football League punter and quarterback and current radio sportscaster for the NC State Wolfpack football team for the last 32 seasons. He was a standout punter and QB at NC State, where he led the team to an 8-4 record his senior season, and was named MVP of the 1977 Peach Bowl and voted All America as punter. He was drafted in the 2nd round of the 1978 NFL Draft and played three years with the Cleveland Browns. After leaving the Browns, he played 3 years in the CFL with both Montreal and Edmonton. Johnny currently serves as the Eastern NC Director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is President of Evans Commercial Properties. Johnny and his wife, Beth, co-lead a weekly FCA Adult Chapter Bible Study for 750 people in the Triangle community.
GRACE Christian School is proud of our long-standing association with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and are honored to be part of the Play4Kay network. It is our privilege to host our 9th annual Hoops for Hope event to honor those in the GRACE community touched by cancer and to raise funds for this worthy organization. Our goal is to surpass the $60,000 mark for our cumulative event total.
This year’s Hoops for Hope event is scheduled for Friday, January 26, 2018, and will include three basketball games (JV Boys/4:00pm, Varsity Girls/5:30pm, and Varsity Boys/7:00pm) as well as a bake sale and a special tribute to our GRACE cancer survivors.
We are thankful to the many local businesses that have partnered with us for our 2018 event. Thanks to their generous support, tickets purchased on or before January 7, 2018 will receive a complimentary event t-shirt and all players will receive pink shoelaces to wear that night. Thank you to our GRACE Business Partners and Play4Kay event sponsors for their support of this event:
100% of sales from admissions, event-night games and the bake sale will be donated to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. We encourage you to attend this special event with a grateful heart and a generous spirit. If you cannot attend on January 26th, you can still support this event by making a donation in honor of someone you know who has been affected by cancer on our Hoops for Hope / Play4Kay Fundraising Web Page.