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Information Meetings for Transition Years

GRACE desired to help parents navigate the transition from elementary to middle school and from middle to high school as smoothly as possible. One of the many advantages of being a TK-12th grade school is that we know exactly what will be expected of students in the years ahead and we invite parents to attend one of the meetings below so that you and your student are ready for the next step in their educational journey.

Transition to middle school (designed for 5th grade parents)

  • Thursday, November 30th at 6:30pm in the lower campus library.

Transition to high school (designed for 7th-8th grade parents)

  • Monday, November 27th at 5:00pm in the upper campus chapel.
  • Wednesday, November 29th at 8:15am in the upper campus chapel.

Order a GRACE Yearbook

Did you know that you can order your 2017-2018 yearbook at any time during the school year? Search for GRACE Christian School Raleigh at jostensyearbooks.com.  You will know you have found the right yearbook when you see our G+Eagle logo (pictured at right). Select Yearbook from the options, complete the information that includes your student’s name and pay with a credit or debit card.  It’s that easy.

Re-Enrollment Information

Re-Enrollment Dates

Thank you for the opportunity to partner with your family in the education of your child.  At GRACE Christian School, our goal is to know, value, and love each student in our community, to equip them for academic success, and to come alongside them as they develop age-appropriate life skills. This is accomplished through a combination of strong academics, enriching student activities, Christian role models, and biblical worldview teaching. My hope is that every GRACE family continues to partner with us in the process of preparing our young people to impact our culture for Christ.

With that in mind, priority re-enrollment for the 2018-19 school year opens on Wednesday, November 8th and ends on November 15th. At that time, we will open up enrollment to new families considering GRACE. Please note that this past year we had wait lists at several grade levels. With this in mind, it is imperative that you re-enroll as early as possible in order to reserve your place.

Re-Enrollment Instructions

Because you need to verify personal and confidential information, re-enrollment must be done though your RenWeb ParentsWeb account.  Note:  RenWeb does not support the re-enrollment function on mobile devices. You must re-enroll by going to www.RenWeb.com on a computer/tablet.

  • Enter our district code (GRACE-NC), your User Name, Password, and click on Login.
  • On the home page, click on Family Information in the blue column at the left of your screen.
  • On the following screen, click on Enrollment/Re-enrollment tab in the left-hand blue column.
  • You will be prompted to click on each student you are planning to re-enroll and then proceed through a number of screens that will ask you to confirm your student and family information.

Note: if you are enrolling a sibling as a new student, you will need to create an application for the new student. To access the online application for new students, see the information in the How to Apply page of this website or click on this link for the Online Application.

Tuition Pre-Payment

A $500 tuition pre-pay per student (maximum of $1000 per family) will be processed through your FACTS account in January 2018 and will be credited to your account in October 2018. Note: You should have noticed last month that your October 2017 FACTS payment was reduced by the amount of the tuition prepayment made in January 2017.

Withdrawal Policy

  • Families who re-enroll and pay the nonrefundable tuition prepayment but withdraw their student between April 1, 2018, and the first day of school will be responsible for a late withdrawal penalty equal to 10% of each student’s annual tuition.
  • Families who withdraw their student during the first semester will be responsible for 50% of each student’s annual tuition.  
  • Families who withdraw their student during the second semester will be responsible for 100% of each student’s annual tuition.
  • All tuition prepayments will be forfeited if student is withdrawn prior to October 1st.

2018-2019 Tuition

Each year, the Head of School and Board of Trustees prayerfully consider the annual school budgetary needs. After considering the increased costs associated with planned facility improvements on both campuses, expansion of our academic programs, a competitive salary and benefit package to retain and attract excellent staff, there will be a modest increase in tuition for the 2018-2019 school year.

GRADE 2017-2018 Total Annual Fees 2018-2019 Total Annual Fees Annual Increase Monthly Increase
Transitional Kindergarten $5,875 $5,995 $120 $10.00
Kindergarten $7,710 $7,880 $170 $14.17
1st – 5th $8,875 $9,100 $225 $18.75
6th – 8th $9,720 $10,010 $290 $24.17
9th – 12th $10,250 $10,550 $300 $25.00

Thank you for your continued support of GRACE Christian School. God has blessed our community in incredible ways and we can not wait to experience what He has in store for us in the future.

PTF Sponsored Luncheon – Help Needed

A few times a year, GRACE’s PTF organizes a lunch to let our GRACE faculty and staff know how loved and appreciated they are. But it takes you to help us make these events successful.

Please consider signing up (http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f094fadaf22a0fc1-november?scrlybrkr=1b96521d) to bring food or beverage – or volunteer to help set up/tear down – to make our November faculty/staff appreciation lunch a special time for the people who pour into our children year after year.

Please note:

  • Food should be dropped of during morning carpool, already cooked/baked.
  • If at all possible, please use disposable pans. If you have to use your own dish, please clearly label it and make sure to pick it up from the front desk after school.

Technology at GRACE Updates

The Technology at GRACE (TAG) Department desires to partner with you in safeguarding your student’s web presence. In the past, we have been responsible for monitoring internet usage and web browsing for all students. Beginning Wednesday, November 1st, parents will receive a weekly “Securly Web Report” which will list search results and web browsing for your student so that you can partner with us in this important activity. 
 
The Securly report will be sent to each “parent/guardian” email address listed in RenWeb. If you do not want to receive these reports for a particular email address, you can follow the instructions contained in the initial report to remove an email address. Please note that the report will be emailed from support@securly.comIf you do not receive a report on Wednesday, please check your email spam folder and add this email address to your safe sender list. 
 
Additionally, parents are now able to submit a tech support request to TAG for help with questions you may have about RenWeb and Securly. Tech support questions can be submitted on the GRACE website, in the Technology section, under the heading Tech Support. A member of the TAG staff will answer your question and/or resolve your problem as quickly as possible, with the goal being within one business day. Please note: this is not a 24-hour per day service. Staff hours are school days from 8:00am-4:00pm.
 

PTF Weekly Update – October 30, 2017

PTF Positions Need Filling

PTF is able to provide support to our families, students, teachers and staff thanks to the time and dedication of our PTF members.  If you have any interest in using your gifts to serve on PTF please consider filling one of the open positions:

  • Lower Campus Vice President
  • Upper Campus Care Team Member. 

Please contact Renée Drumgo at ptf@gracechristian.net if you are interested in filling one of these positions or if you would like to serve in any capacity.

Teacher Coffee Cart

PTF will be blessing our teachers and staff the morning of November 3rd with a coffee and tea cart.  PTF will make rounds to each teacher to serve them from our coffee/tea cart.

Care Team Request Form

Care Team offers extra support to our families who are experiencing a life event/need (e.g. new baby, loss of a family member, etc.).  This link allows access to the Care Team request form which will allow you to submit a confidential request for your family or another GRACE family.  Your request will be directed to the appropriate Upper or Lower Campus Care Team members based on your form submission. Care Team Request Form

Care Team Meals Signup

Care Team has already filled many requests this school year to help our GRACE families.  Now our freezers are running low.  Help Care Team restock the freezer so that they can provide meals to our GRACE families in times of need. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d48aca928aafe3-help

Thank You!

PTF had a great turnout for the City BBQ Spirit Night on October 20, 2017.  Thank you so much for all of your support!

Staff Spotlight: Merrily Boyd

If you have had a student at GRACE in grades TK-6th, no doubt, you have enjoyed the fruit of Merrily Boyd’s labor. As the art teacher on the lower campus, Merrily has the honor of inspiring our youngest students in their artistic accomplishments.

As an elementary student, one of Merrily’s fondest memories is from fifth grade when a painting she did in art class won the “Save Our Sounds” poster contest and Greg Fischel presented her award. 

Psalm 121 is a favorite of Merrily’s as it shows God as our protector and the One we should turn to for help in times of trouble. As a relatively new mom, the 3rd verse of this psalm, “He who watches over you will not slumber…” has taken on new meaning. She loves how this verse depicts God as a vigilant, loving parent.

Merrily grew up in Raleigh and graduated in 2004 from Meredith College with a bachelor’s degree in studio art and art history and completed her master’s degree in elementary education at NC State University in 2012. Merrily has been part of the GRACE staff for the last nine years joining the staff in 2008 after getting connected to three members of the GRACE staff, including Kathie Thompson and Beth Hawks, at a camp where she was volunteering. After finding out she had not been offered a job she had applied for elsewhere, Merrily prayed and surrendered her future employment to God. Less than three hours later Beth Hawks and former GRACE teacher George Taylor mentioned that Mrs. Thompson was looking for an art teacher for GRACE. As soon as Merrily heard this, she knew God had heard her prayer and was directing her steps. Merrily began working at GRACE that fall and enrolled at NCSU to begin her masters in elementary education. When asked what she loves most about her job, Merrily states that she is most grateful to combine her love of art and her love of children and get paid to do so! Merrily uses her own experience as a reminder that God is good, that He cares about us, that He answers prayer, and that all too often, we underestimate all of these truths.

When asked to reveal something that most people didn’t know about Merrily, she shared that prior to coming to GRACE, she and a friend moved to Texas for three months for the sole purpose of working the Texas Renaissance Faire!

Merrily is grateful to be at GRACE and appreciates the team atmosphere and the culture that is always striving for excellence and looking for ways to improve and grow. Merrily and her husband, Michael, met on a blind date and have one son, Gibson.

Annual Fund Campaign Day 10

 

Support the 2017-2018 GRACE Annual Fund Campaign

It’s the final day of the 2017-2018 Annual Fund Campaign. Thank you to everyone who has participated and made a commitment. Gifts to the Annual Fund allows GRACE to invest in critical resources in many areas of school life including academics, athletics, fine arts, safety, security, and technology. Each day during the campaign we will highlight a different aspect of GRACE and how the Annual Fund supports each one.

Please prayerfully consider how you can be a part of this year’s Annual Fund Campaign. Strong parent participation is a key factor in us gaining access to outside foundation funding. Every gift, regardless of the amount, counts toward our goal of 100% participation. Please make your commitment (or let us know about the giving you are already doing) by filling out the 2017-2018 Annual Fund Commitment Card.

Day 10: We are Thankful for our Christian Worldview

The educational process at GRACE Christian School is based upon the belief that the Triune God is the Creator of all that exists and is the Author of all truth. God chose to reveal Himself and His truth through the Word of God and through His creation. God’s Word is thoroughly integrated into every subject and activity. The rigor in all classes prepares our students to compete in every academic arena in order to develop community and world leaders who will stand for biblical standards in a fallen world.

 

 

What is the Annual Fund and What Does it Do?

If you’re not sure what the Annual Fund is, or how those funds are used, please read the following series on Giving to GRACE:

Make your commitment today! Fill out the 2017-2018 Annual Fund Commitment Card now!

Annual Fund Campaign Day 9

 

Support the 2017-2018 GRACE Annual Fund Campaign

It’s week two of the 2017-2018 Annual Fund Campaign that started last week and will conclude on October 20th. Gifts to the Annual Fund allows GRACE to invest in critical resources in many areas of school life including academics, athletics, fine arts, safety, security, and technology. Each day during the campaign we will highlight a different aspect of GRACE and how the Annual Fund supports each one.

Please prayerfully consider how you can be a part of this year’s Annual Fund Campaign. Strong parent participation is a key factor in us gaining access to outside foundation funding. Every gift, regardless of the amount, counts toward our goal of 100% participation. Please make your commitment (or let us know about the giving you are already doing) by filling out the 2017-2018 Annual Fund Commitment Card.

Day 9: We are Thankful for our Academic Program

GRACE is first and foremost an academic institution that seeks to equip, challenge, and inspire our students to love learning, to think critically and to apply their knowledge and wisdom to affect their world for Christ.  

Students in GRACE’s elementary program are given the tools and the knowledge to solve age-appropriate problems by learning how to share, take turns, and develop the understanding that every person is worthy of respect and kindness. All students gain foundational skills in reasoning while learning how to communicate with coherent arguments, and demonstrate personal responsibility.

The middle school program is designed to prepare students for a college-preparatory high school academic program. Teachers also work with students to expand their awareness of the world beyond themselves, appreciate the opinions of others, and manage their time effectively.

High school students are provided with ample occasions for self-advocacy, collaboration and practical opportunities to think critically. Advanced Placement® and honors classes are balanced with opportunities to participate fully in fine arts, athletics, and community outreach.

What is the Annual Fund and What Does it Do?

If you’re not sure what the Annual Fund is, or how those funds are used, please read the following series on Giving to GRACE:

Make your commitment today! Fill out the 2017-2018 Annual Fund Commitment Card now!