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Host an International Student

GRACE is a certified school for international students which means we have been accredited and certified by the US government to be able to do this. To further assist us, we partner with an organization called New Oasis who recruits students from China. This organization is used by many of the independent schools in our area and has a reputation of doing an excellent job of vetting students and giving them excellent support while they are here in the US. We will limit the number of international students to 10% of our high school population and our desire is for international students to join the GRACE student body in 9th or 10th grade and return each year until they graduate.

At GRACE, we have the opportunity to welcome these students and share the Gospel with them as they learn about the US and live in our culture. Our students have the opportunity to learn from our international students about different cultures and become global citizens themselves.

As we begin to plan for the 2019-2020 school year, we will need host homes for these international students and invite you to consider this. If you are unable to host, could you help us spread the word? Do you know someone who would be a great host family and be blessed by this experience? If so, please let us know!

A host family must provide:

  • Transportation to and from school (must live within 10 miles of school)
  • Nutritious meals
  • A separate bedroom (may share a bathroom)
  • Parental supervision of a young adult eager to work hard and learn about American culture

A host family will receive:

  • An amazing cultural experience
  • A monthly stipend of $1,100 from New Oasis
  • Ongoing academic and social support from New Oasis
  • A mutually rewarding experience

Some common questions and clarifying answers:

  • “How long is the host family commitment?”  Although the student will most likely be an incoming freshman or sophomore, attending GRACE for 3–4 years, the host family commitment is for one school year, with the student returning home during summer breaks. Many host families do create deep and lasting bonds with their exchange student and look forward to having them back after summer break, but we only ask for a one-year commitment. Also, if you do need to go someplace without your exchange student, it’s not a problem—one of our respite families can step in for short-term hosting.
  • “Won’t the exchange students want to be with someone their own age?”   Not necessarily. New Oasis has had great success with empty nesters and families with small children. These home environments can provide a restful safe haven where peer-related anxieties to perform/behave/speak in very particular ways are less demanding.
  • “Not knowing the student makes me a little uneasy.”  New Oasis does a great job vetting their applicants and only accepts students who can excel academically and socially. Beyond this, a lot of time and energy is put into matching students and host families by interest. But even after a match is made and the exchange student has selected you based on your profile (created from your application, references and home visit), you will begin communication with your exchange student before their arrival, and both parties have to be on the same page and feel at peace about the arrangement.

Thank you so much for taking the time to think and pray about how you can help us find wonderful families that can share the love of Christ in tangible ways through the hosting experience. On a personal note I, Mandy, have had a wonderful time learning about culture and being blessed by students who have lived in our home through the years!

If you would like to apply to be a host family, please fill out the application at or contact Drew Cardwell (, our host family coordinator for New Oasis, to share your thoughts about how to spread the word.

WAKE Up and Read

Attention, all GRACE Families: we need your new and gently used children’s books for the WAKE UP AND READ Book Drive starting this month!

GRACE Christian School is having a book drive, January 10 – February 14! We are supporting WAKE Up and Read (, whose goal is to collect over 110,000 new and gently-used books for children ages birth-12 to distribute at select schools and community centers across Wake County. GRACE families can make a difference in our community just by donating books. 

Look for the book collection bin at GRACE Christian School, Lower Campus – and please help us fill them. You can also support this book drive by purchasing new books to support the drive at local retailers.  

If Upper Campus students or parents want to volunteer, please contact Mrs. Carol Gehringer at 919-783-6618 or at We need help in counting and transporting the books in late February.Thanks! 


Elementary STEAM Night

S.T.E.A.M. is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics collaboratively to teach real-world problem based learning with student inquiry and critical thinking. Students engage in experiential learning, persist in problem solving, and work together through this creative process. These are the innovators, educators, leaders and learners of the 21st century!

GRACE’s S.T.E.A.M. event will focus on Math activities through all subject areas with different age-level activities and engaging sessions led by our faculty!

Come for fellowship and pizza ($1 a slice) from 5:45 p.m.- 6:15 p.m. and then rotate through sessions as a family. Please RSVP to the event. The RSVP link will also allow you to pre-order pizza slices.

Donuts for Dads – November 2nd

The Men of GRACE will hold our next Donuts for Dads on Friday, November 2nd. Our guest speaker will be Britt Pettigrew with Cru (Campus Crusades for Christ). He will talk about his ministry and give advice on raising our kids to have a relationship with Jesus Christ while they are in our houses and when the leave to go off to college. This discussion will be applicable for dads with kids of all ages. Please join us between 7:45am and 8:15am for refreshments and fellowship with other men. The guest speaker and presentation will follow from 8:15am to 8:45am.

The event will be in the Teen Center of the Upper Campus. Please park to the right of the building then enter through the door with the blue awning. You are welcome to drop your kids off at their appropriate campuses starting at 7:30am to allow ample time for fellowship prior to the speaker.

All men associated with GRACE Christian are invited: dads, grandfathers, faculty, husbands of faculty, etc.

For questions contact Greg Robinson


Grandparents’ Day Information

Our campus is buzzing with activity as we are preparing the way for our grandparents to join us for our annual Grandparents‘ Day on Friday, October 12th. Grandparents will begin the day at Hope Community Church with light refreshments being served at 8:00am, program following at 9:00am and classroom visits beginning after the program at both campuses.

Morning Drop-Off Instructions for Parents

Parents, please use the carpool line on Grandparents’ Day and keep foot traffic to a minimum as the parking lot will be very busy with grandparents arriving for the program.

Parking Instructions for Grandparents

Parking is available for grandparents at both campuses and shuttle buses will run between campuses. Please allow extra time for arrival, parking and shuttling in order to arrive by the 9:00am program.

  • If you have a handicap placard, we encourage you to park at our 801 Buck Jones Road Campus. Please put your hazard lights on when you turn into our property so that we may direct you to an appropriate parking space. We will have golf carts to assist you from your car to the main entrance.
  • If mobility is not an issue and you have a grandchild in 7th-12th grade, please park at the 1101 Buck Jones Road Campus. The shuttle will depart from the front of the Upper Campus building — look for the orange tent! You will be dropped of at the main entrance to enjoy the program and then you can return to the Upper Campus via bus after the program concludes.

Student Dismissal

Don’t forget that Friday is a half day and students can be dismissed with their grandparents with a note to your student’s teacher (lower campus) or a note to on the upper campus.

Live Streaming

If you are unable to join us on Friday and would like to see the program, you may watch online at GRACE Live Stream. The live stream will commence at 9:00am when the program begins.

All Things Homecoming

You’re invited to celebrate with us at the annual GRACE Homecoming and Spirit Week beginning September 17-21. Experience one or more of the festivities, come fashioned with your favorite blue and orange spirit wear and see our community come to life through Eagle Spirit.


Volunteers are needed for setup, game attendants, court hospitality, parking lot crew, clean up and dance setup and clean up too. All volunteers have an opportunity to win one GRACE swag bag filled with logo goodies. Homecoming Volunteer Sign Up


  • Dress Up Day: PJs (Early Birds vs. Night Owls)


  • Dress Up Day: Superheros (Marvel vs. DC Comics)


  • Dress Up Day: Styles (Western vs. Hawaiian)
  • Homecoming t-shirt distribution on both campuses


  • Dress Up Day: Sports (Professional Teams vs. College Teams)


  • Dress Up Day: Spirit Day (everything Eagles)
  • 12:40-1:00pm: Homecoming Parade in the Lower Campus Parking Lot 
  • 1:15-2:00pm: MS/HS Pep Rally in the Lower Campus Gym
  • 2:15-2:45pm: Elementary Pep Rally in the Lower Campus Gym
  • 5:30-End of Game: Parking Shuttle Service from Lower and Upper Campus parking lots to the Athletic Field (Athletic Field parking lot is only for drop off, pick up, and reserved parking passes)
  • 5:30-7:00pm: Tailgate Bash before the game at the GRACE Athletic Field including a bounce house, a photo booth, balloon artist, face painting, cornhole, volleyball, spike ball, and more! There will be giveaways including rally towels, pom poms and #1 foam fingers. Food trucks including Big Mikes BBQ, Jim’s Old Time Hot Dogs, Kona Ice, and the Eagles Club Snack Station. Bring your own tents, tables and chairs and enjoy the company of your fellow Eagles.
  • 6:30-9:00pm: Alumni Hospitality (look for the Alumni Tent for complimentary refreshments)
  • 6:50pm: Presentation of Distinguished Alumni Awards
  • 7:00-9:00pm: Football Game between the GRACE Christian Eagles and the Cary Christian Knights
  • Halftime: Homecoming Court with the Coronation of the King & Queen.

Homecoming Court

The following students were nominated by their classmates to be part of the 2018 Homecoming Court. One senior prince and one senior princess will be crowned King and Queen during halftime at Friday night’s game by the 2017 Homecoming King Messiah Pankey and 2017 Homecoming Queen Micah King and

  • Freshman Katie Wilson
  • Freshman  Cole Armstrong
  • Sophomore Caroline Furman
  • Sophomore Grayson Farless
  • Junior Samantha Saenz
  • Junior Landon Lauffer
  • Senior Megan Boutwell
  • Senior  Molly Church
  • Senior Grace German 
  • Senior Ellie McNair
  • Senior David Bandy
  • Senior Kyle Gower
  • Senior Daniel Jagt
  • Senior Matthew O’Conner


  • High School Homecoming Dance, “Fire and Ice” in the GRACE Gym. Purchase tickets online for $20 or buy before/after school from Student Council. Guests must submit a Dance Guest Form to Mrs. Fitts by September 19th and all young ladies must have dresses checked (Wednesdays from 3:15-4:00pm in the Walker Conference Room).

Calling All the Fun People

Do you like to volunteer, be a part of a team or have fun? Do you enjoy fellowship and building community? Do you like quality events? If you answered “yes” to any of these, join Event Coordinator Michele Bandy on Wednesday, May 23rd at 8:30am at the Upper Campus for coffee and treats to find out more about the 2018-2019 calendar of events. Sign-Up is appreciated but not required and drop-ins are welcome.

GRACE events is looking for interested parents or grandparents who are interested in being a part of making the following events great!

  • Football Season Opener Family Fun Tailgate Bash
  • Homecoming
  • Celebrate GRACE Auction
  • Celebrate GRACE Dinner

If you’re curious to know more, come to the interest meeting and see if this is for you. There is a place for any interest level and everyone is welcome. Grab a friend, serve together, and make lasting memories!

Honoring the Military

This morning our campus once again was able to honor the men and women of the North Carolina Army National Guard (1-130 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion and the Det. 1 Co B 638th Aviation Support Battalion) by welcoming them as they came on campus this morning prior to their deployment ceremony at Hope Community Church. Mr. Bradley spoke to the battalion commander after their procession down Buck Jones Road and he shared that the soldiers and their families were “blown away” by the presence of our students along the street and campus. They were extremely appreciative of our support.  These soldiers will be serving in Afghanistan. Please keep their safety and the health and well-being of them and their families in your prayers.

A Soldier Met a Boy Who Loves Jesus

It was 1st grader Hudson Quirk’s idea that the deploying soldiers needed to hear Numbers 6: 24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”  With the help of his teacher, Mrs. Huntley, this verse was printed on cards to give to the soldiers. One soldier, so moved by Hudson’s earnest and sincere concern for the troops, took the card, and in exchange, gave Hudson the unit patch from the shoulder of his uniform.