Take the day-off from cooking! City BBQ is generously hosting an all-day GRACE Spirit event where every meal purchased by a GRACE supporter (just show your printed or mobile flyer below and have them scan the barcode!)
Thank you to everyone who attended the March 29th Celebrate GRACE Fundraising dinner. We had a wonderful evening of fellowship and were reminded by the staff, student and parent speakers about what a special place GRACE is.
Thank you to the GRACE Stream Team for recording this event capturing the heartfelt testimony of each of our speakers.
- All In! with Beth Hawks, Middle & High School Science Teacher
- All In! with David Bandy & Megan Boutwell, Class of 2019 Seniors
- All In! with Jonathan Mitchell, Keynote Speaker
- All In! Photo Montage
As of April 1st, the combined giving from Celebrate GRACE, the October Annual Fund Drive, and year-end gifts has allowed us to reach 78% of our 2018-2019 annual fund goal of $300,000. If you can help us reach 100% we encourage you to use this Online Donation Link and make your contribution.
Thank you to GRACE student Emily Hodges for capturing so much fun at the Celebrate GRACE Photo Booth.
The next Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night is Tuesday, February 5th!
Take the night off from cooking, grab Chick-Fil-A, and support GRACE!!! You DO NOT need to show a flyer, but their donation is only for purchases made between 4:00-7:00 pm. Also, play the spinning wheel inside the restaurant to win free food and prizes!!! Spins are only $1 and everyone wins!
Chick-Fil-A donates 100% of the earnings from the spinning wheel to GRACE and a GRACE family owned business will be matching the donation earned through spins! We hope to see you there!
The Joey O’ Bocce Classic for Cystic Fibrosis is accepting entries for their t-shirt design contest. So get out your markers or colored pencils and start creating!
Design entries should be submitted in color on white paper (11” x 17”) to Merrily Boyd (lower campus) or Elizabeth Walters (upper campus) by Friday, February 1st.
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 https://tbiedu.secure.force.com/HostFamilyApplication or contact Drew Cardwell (firstname.lastname@example.org), our host family coordinator for New Oasis, to share your thoughts about how to spread the word.
What Is Play4Kay?
Uniting players, coaches, and fans to do something for the greater good that far exceeds wins and losses on the court, the Play4Kay initiative is the largest fundraiser of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and plays a major role in their success.
The “pink phenomenon” in women’s basketball began during the 2004-2005 basketball season, when Coach Yow’s cancer recurred after being in remission for 17 years. Play4Kay is the grassroots fundraising initiative of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. It was originally called Think Pink, later Pink Zone, and most recently and finally, Play4Kay.Women’s basketball teams wore pink in honor of Coach Yow and those battling cancer. In 2007, this movement resulted in the establishment of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and its Play4Kay initiative.
For the past nine years, numerous sports, groups, and organizations have hosted Play4Kay fundraisers that resonated with their fans and the community, all while raising funds for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Play4Kay events allow members of the basketball community to play a part in the Kay Yow Cancer Fund simply by doing something they love, playing ball. Coach Yow wouldn’t have it any other way.
GRACE Christian School and Play4Kay
GRACE Christian School has been part of the Play4Kay program since it’s inception, using the name “Hoops 4 Hope” for many years and it has become a tradition at our school. Representatives of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund use GRACE as a model for how high schools can become a part of this initiative. If you have never been to a Play4Kay event at GRACE, plan to attend on January 25th and see the GRACE community doing what it does best: loving others well and serving those around us.
Every minute, one woman is diagnosed with cancer. One mother. One daughter. One wife. Help us raise money in support of scientific research and programs that serve the under-served by support this year’s Play4Kay event. Tickets for all attendees are $10. Note: Eagles Club Passes are not accepted for this game.
Purchase Tickets or Make a Donation
Purchase tickets and/or make a donation in honor of a loved one at: www.GRACEChristian.net/play4kay/
Extra Special Concessions
For concessions on Play4kay night, you will be able to purchase CookOut cheeseburgers and hamburgers, Chick-fil-A sandwiches, and pizza along with a variety of drinks, candy, and popcorn.
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 (www.wakeupandread.org), 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 email@example.com. We need help in counting and transporting the books in late February.Thanks!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org