With more than twenty-one years of working in education, and twenty-one homecoming weeks under my belt, I consider myself something of a homecoming week expert. Homecoming weeks always consist of crazy, creative outfits, students stressed out about parade floats and dance dates (not always in that order), and teachers trying to maintain order and keep the academic progress moving forward amidst the chaos. Homecoming weeks are fun and exhausting, as they offer a welcome break from the routine while simultaneously reminding us of the benefits of the routine.
Today, I experienced my second favorite homecoming memory, as our lower campus neighbor, Hope Community Church, hosted a special service to honor and pray over members of the 449th Theater Aviation Brigade and the 2-130th Aviation Operations Battalion who are deploying to Kuwait and Iraq in support of Operation Spartan Shield and Operation Inherent Resolve. As the soldiers and their families arrived, they were greeted by over 400 flag-waving, cheering GRACE students and staff members decked out in as much red, white, and blue as possible. In a week filled with debates over the meaning of patriotism and symbolic speech, it was incredibly powerful to see the staff and students demonstrate their support of our servicemen and servicewomen. The soldiers shared hugs and high-fives, took selfies, and thanked our students for their support. Soldiers and staff members alike shed tears as we thanked them for serving our nation. The soldiers concluded their time with the students by marching in formation between the rows of GRACE students before entering the church for the formal service.
There is a certain irony in that these servicemen and servicewomen came onto our campus in preparation for their deployment as we celebrate our school’s homecoming week. As they prepare to leave their homes and families, we are eagerly anticipating the return of GRACE alumni for our parade, football game and other weekend activities. Please join me in praying for not only these, but all of our servicemen and servicewomen throughout the world (including class of 2010 GRACE alumni Kenny Yacynych, currently serving in Afghanistan, pictured) who place themselves in harm’s way so that we may enjoy the freedoms for which so many have fought and died before them. Please pray that God would watch over and protect them so that in the not too distant future, they can enjoy a blessed homecoming of their own with their loved ones.
In case you were wondering, my all-time favorite homecoming week memory is easy to pick and will never be topped. In 2009, the date of the homecoming dance fell on the same day as my wife’s due date with our youngest child. Amy, always a trooper, chaperoned the dance with me, staying at the venue until the last student left. About eight hours later, she gave birth to Audrey. I had not thought about it until now, but maybe that is why Audrey always wants to go all out when it comes to dressing up for homecoming.
The GRACE community is comprised of many individuals that are business owners in our local community. We encourage you to use the GRACE Family Owned Business Directory support these businesses when you have needs that can be met by their company. By supporting the GRACE community, we support our school.
If you are a GRACE parent or grandparent who owns your own business and would like to be included in a future version of the directory, please fill out the GRACE Business Directory Form. If you have questions about the directory, please contact Cathy Cole in the Upper Campus office.
Additionally, GRACE appreciates the support of the following local businesses who have partner with us and contribute to the success of many of our special events. We encourage the GRACE family to choose our business partners when you have a need for their products/services. See Business Partner Program for more information. To sign up as a business partner, complete the Business Partner Commitment Form.
PTF is gearing up for the 2017-2018 school year with lots of great activities and opportunities for fellowship and service. We would love to have you as a part of our GRACE PTF team. If you would like to volunteer with this amazing group of dedicated individuals please come help with one of our existing committees listedhere. We are also in need of people to fill the chairperson roles for the following positions:
Upper Campus Vice President
Upper Campus Grade Level Parents (2)
Hospitality Committee (2)
Family Fellowship-Lower Campus
Your gifts and talents would be a blessing to PTF and to our School community. Please feel free to contact Renee Drumgo email@example.com(919) 665-7691for additional details or to volunteer. Thank you.
Homecoming festivities will be held the week of September 25th-30th, include many events, and require many volunteers.
If you are interested in being a part of next fall’s homecoming activities, please attend a Homecoming Planning Meeting on Thursday, May 18th from 1:30-2:30pm in the Walker Conference Room on the 1101 Buck Jones Road Campus.
On April 5th, the GRACE Athletic Department and the Eagles Club hosted a Coaches Appreciation & Talon Elite Members dinner. Dinner included special“Talon Elite” appetizers provided by GRACE’s tailgate king, Jay Davis. Guests enjoyed keynote speaker Chris Corchiani (former NBA and NC State basketball player), a recognition of the GRACE coaches, and the Oreo cooking challenge (which was won by middle school country coach Jason Tischer).
Thanks to the 152 families that pre-ordered their Play4Kay / Hoops for Hope tickets online, we already raised over $5,000 for this year’s event; Combined with the $43,500 already raised over the last 9 years, we are well on the way to our goal of topping the $50,000 mark for GRACE’s total contribution to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
The fun starts at 4:00pm with the junior varsity boys basketball game. The girls take the court at 5:30pm and the varsity boys team will play at 7:00pm. Events are planned for all three half-times as well as the time in-between games.
If you ordered your ticketsbeforeJanuary 8th, your event t-shirts were sent home with your student. Please wear those shirtstomorrowas they will act as your “fast pass” to bypass the admissions table and enter the gymtomorrownight.
If you purchased your tickets onlineafter January 8th, your name will be on a list at the admissions table; stop there first to get your hand stamped for entry and re-entry into the gym.
Food & Fun
There will be amazing cakes to bid on in a silent auction and our basketball parents have donated delicious baked goods for purchase at the game. Starbucks coffee will be there and there will also be a raffle where you can win free waffles for a week, month or year from the Waffle House! Raffle tickets can be purchased in the main lobby and at the bake sale table. Eagles Club will have a fully stocked concession stand for you as well.
Duct Tape A Teacher to a Wall
We are looking forward to duct taping a teacher (or two) to a walltomorrownight. Donations jars are at the main lobby of the TK-6 campus and in the lunchroom at the 1101 campus or you can donate online at www.GRACEChristian.net/play4kay. If each of the 780 GRACE students donated $2.56, we would raise $2000 from our duct tape campaign!
We are looking forward to a great evening of fun, fellowship and fundraising for a great cause. If you cannot maketomorrow’sevent, our Stream Team has you covered – tune in online at at tinyurl.com/gracestreaming. Online donations will be accepted through the end of the event on Friday night.
Students, don’t forget Friday is a PINK OUT on both campuses! If you don’t have a pink event shirt for this year, wear any pink shirt or a Hoops for Hope t-shirt from one of our prior events!
This year, as part of our Play4Kay / Hoops for Hope charity fundraiser for cancer, five of our staff are willing to be duct-taped to a wall!
In order for one or more of them to have this experience, we need your duct tape donations – $1 will purchase one foot of duct tape. Mr. Bell (6th grade History & Bible) will be duct taped at the JV game if $750 is reached or surpassed. After the Varsity Girls game, based on the level reached (see below), there will be one additional duct taping event. Donation jars coming soon!
$1,000 – Mr. Pibl, AP History
$1,250 – Mr. Bookman, 8th/11th Grade History
$2,000 – Mr. Jenkins*, College Counseling, MS/HS PE (*will include Mr. Servi)
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 8th 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 $50,000 mark for our cumulative event total.
This year’s Hoops for Hope event is scheduled for Friday, February 3, 2017, 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, a chance to duct tape a teacher to a wall and a special tribute to our GRACE cancer survivors. Buy your tickets, duct tape and make a donation in honor of a loved one now!
We are thankful to the many local businesses that have partnered with us for our 2017 event. Thanks to their generous support, tickets purchased on or before January 8, 2017 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 our Hoops for Hope Event Sponsors:
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 February 3rd, 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.
The varsity football team will play its last home game of the season Friday, October 21st (Kickoff at 7pm) and we hope that all the GRACE fans will come out to cheer the Eagles to another victory. Our opponent is Rocky Mount Academy and the game will be a tough match – the Eagles need your spirit to spur them on.
Rocky Mount is one of the eastern North Carolina communities that has been hard hit by the flooding associated with Hurricane Matthew. The GRACE administration has decided to use Friday night’s game to show our neighbors in Rocky Mount that GRACE is a loving community.
We would like to raise money to help those in Rocky Mount that have been hardest hit by the hurricane. Admission to Friday night’s game for all spectators will be free; GRACE encourages all attending to make a donation instead. All donated funds will be sent back to Rocky Mount with their team for distribution by their Head of School and her leadership team.
GRACE is pleased to officially announce the 4th edition of the not-quite-annual GRACE Trip to Europe let by AP history teacher Roman Pibl. This year’s trip is to Prague, Czech Republic (where Dr. Pibl’s parents are from), then to Vienna, Austria and ending in Krakow, Poland (to visit Auschwitz).
The trip is open to the entire GRACE family. Students in 10th grade or higher can travel without their parents, students under 10th grade must travel with at least one parent. The cost of the trip is approximate because of airfare not being finalized, but the range with airfare included ranges from $2800 to $3300.
The tour company we will be using is Perillo Tours. The reason that this company was picked is because of the high quality of hotels and food that are included. You will not be staying in student or budget hotels, yet the cost of the tour is in line with typical student tours. If you are interested, please email Dr. Pibl at RPibl@GRACEChristian.net.