After a careful assessment of our campus buildings and the surrounding access roads, GRACE Christian School has made the decision that GRACE will operate on a regular school day schedule for Monday, September 17, 2018. As always, please use your best judgment to determine if your student can get to GRACE safely. If you feel that you cannot travel from your home to school safely, please stay home and notify GRACE via the appropriate attendance email address (TK6Attendance@GRACEChristian.net and 712Attendance@GRACEChristian.net) .
Don’t forget that tomorrow is Pajama Day as we kick off Spirit Week. After school activities will be held unless you hear differently from the GRACE staff member in charge of your activity.
Please note that GRACE does not automatically follow the decisions of the Wake County Public School System; do not assume if WCPSS is closed/delayed that we have made the same decision.
Due to the imminent landfall of Hurricane Florence, we will be operating on a half-day schedule on Thursday, September 13th, and will cancel school on Friday, September 14th.
The following events, scheduled to take place this week are rescheduled as indicated:
The AP Bio Field Trip scheduled for September 11-13 will be rescheduled.
The 9th Grade Principal Coffee scheduled for Thursday, September 13th has been rescheduled for Wednesday, September 19th
The 1st Grade Principal Coffee scheduled for Thursday, September 13th has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 4th
The New Family Welcome Coffee scheduled for Friday, September 14th at The Gathering Place at Hope Community Church has been rescheduled for Monday, September 24th and relocated to the Upper Campus Student Center
The Varsity Boys Football game at Southampton Academy scheduled for Friday, September 14th has been rescheduled for Friday, October 26th.
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
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH
Dress Up Day: PJs (Early Birds vs. Night Owls)
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH
Dress Up Day: Superheros (Marvel vs. DC Comics)
Dress Up Day: Styles (Western vs. Hawaiian)
Homecoming t-shirt distribution on both campuses
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH
Dress Up Day: Sports (Professional Teams vs. College Teams)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST
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.
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
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND
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).
GRACE Picture Day is Friday, September 7th. ALL staff and students will be photographed as these are the pictures that are used for the yearbook. Lifetouch prefers that you ORDER YOUR PACKAGE IN ADVANCE using our Picture Day ID: BW018085Q0. However, you will get a proof envelope with the pictures that were taken and be able to purchase pictures upon receipt of those proofs.
There is a lot going on in the lower campus library. Summer Reading Logs are due by August 24th. In addition, there are several interest meetings scheduled for book clubs and STEM clubs coming up in the next few weeks. All interest meetings meet in room 137 (Innovation Station):
Aug 23: 4th Grade Boys Book Clubs (during lunch)
Aug 23: 6th Grade Boys Book Clubs (during lunch)
Aug 24: 5th Girls Book Club (during lunch)
Aug 29: 6th Grade STEM Club (2:50-3:30pm)
Aug 30: 4th Grade Girls Book Club (during lunch)
Aug 30: 6th Grade Girls Book Club (during lunch)
Aug 31: 5th Grade Boys Book Club (during lunch)
Sep 12: 6th Grade Girls Who Code Club (2:50-3:30pm)
The Season Opener Tailgate Bash (Hawaiian Style) is kicking off the football season with a community wide pregame tailgate bash on September 7th. The Tailgate Bash is a family fun event that features food trucks, Kona Ice, a blow up obstacle course, beach volleyball, cornhole, limbo, a photo booth, and more. Come dressed up in your most outrageous Hawaiian outfit as prizes will be awarded for the most school spirit. FREE leis giveaways to the first 200 guest.
We need YOU! Volunteers are needed to help make this event a success to help setup, staff and clean up after the event. Please sign up for a slot and check in at the volunteer tent located inside the admission gate at the Athletic Field.
All volunteers names will go in a drawing for one GRACE swag bag full of great items to be given away to one winner.
Thank you for giving of your time and helping at the bash!
Each campus principal will host a coffee and questions event for each grade level during September. Parents are invited to meet with Dr. Morris (Lower Campus) or Mrs. Gill (Upper Campus) for an informal Q&A about their grade. This session is for general questions, comments, and suggestions, not for personal student or teacher specific issues. For the latter, please make an appointment with the appropriate principal for a private discussion.
Held in the Library from 8:15-9:15am
Transitional Kindergarten: September 4th
Kindergarten: September 6th
1st Grade: October 4th
2nd Grade: September 25th
3rd Grade: September 20th
4th Grade: September 19th
5th Grade: September 18th
6th Grade: September 27th
Held in the Walker Conference Room from 8:15-9:15am
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.
Parents, please note the following events as part of our Equipping Parents Information Series:
Standardized Testing Information Night
Who: 2nd-8th Grade Parents
When: Monday, August 27th at 6:30pm
Where: Upper Campus Chapel
What: GRACE will be administering ERB’s CTP4 standardized assessment for the first time this school year during the week of September 10th. Come and learn about ERB from an ERB assessment representative to know more about it and why GRACE has made this change.
Math in Focus (New Math Curriculum for 2018-19)
Who: K-6th Grade Parents
When: Tuesday, September 18th at 6:30pm
Where: Upper Campus Chapel
What: Come learn about our new math curriculum: Math in Focus – Singapore Math. A representative from the company will share with parents about the program, strategies, and what to expect for their children in the first year of the program.
The start of school is just around the corner and we are looking forward to students filling our classrooms and halls again. It has been a busy summer for our facilities staff and we know you will enjoy the updates to our campus buildings. The Back-to-School Edition of #WhatsUpAtGRACE is full of links to letters, forms, and other important dates and times. Please take a moment to read it so that you will be prepared for the first day of school.
GRACE invites all students and parents to our annual “Meet and Greet” on August 8th from 3:00-5:00pm to meet your teachers and reconnect with your classmates. Both campuses will be open and teachers will be in their classrooms!
As returning families know, the beginning of the year is full of things to read and forms to fill out. We appreciate you taking the time to review the following information and fill out the appropriate forms and bring into school on the first day.
All 4th-12th Grade Students: Parents and students must complete the mandatory Technology at GRACE Orientation Videos (takes 20 minutes) and submit the online agreement by August 9th so that your student may receive their computer on time.
After Care Registration: Complete both the appropriate registration form below AND the Emergency Record Form linked above. Both forms must be received before your student may attend After Care.
Please take some time before school starts to acquaint yourself with our policies and procedures as outlined in the 2018-2019 Parent Student Handbook. This document should have the answers to all your “where to go for…” and “what to do in the event of…” questions.