Posts in Elementary School

ACSI Spelling Bee Results

Congratulations to the students who placed at the District 3 ACSI Spelling Bee hosted by GRACE on Friday, February 9th. The winners in grades 5-8 all participated in the Spell-Off event after their grade level bees.

Congratulations to Asher Hickman, first place winner in the Spell-Off, and Meredith Wells, second place winner in the Spell-Off. These students will proceed to the ACSI Southeast Regional Spelling Bee in March. Winners from the Regional Bee will go to Washington DC for the National Championship.

Grade Level Winners from GRACE:

Grade 1:

  • Fourth Place: Sutton Vallecorse

Grade 3:

  • Third Place:Anastasia Kamal

Grade 4:

  • First Place: Eli Stewart
  • Second Place: Presley Nunnery
  • Third Place:Nate Hickman

Grade 5:

  • First Place:Connor Woodworth

Grade 6:

  • Fourth Place: Hannah Bradley

Grade 7:

  • Fourth Place: Hannah Graham

Grade 8:

  • First Place: Asher Hickman
  • Second Place: Meredith Wells
  • Fourth Place: Jalil Harvey

WAKE Up & Read Book Drive

GRACE will once again be collecting gently used children’s books for the WAKE Up and Read Book Drive. The goal for the 2018 Book Drive is to collect 110,000 books by March 3, 2018.  These books will be distributed to over 7,700 children in 10 elementary schools, 17 early education centers, and community centers for summer reading. Drop off your donation in the Lower Campus collection bins.

GRACE families can make a difference in our community just by donating books!  Please clear your cluttered shelves of books your kids have outgrown, or bring in favorites of your own. 

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 via email at We need help in counting and transporting the books in mid-February and early March.

Staff Spotlight: Mary Claudia Huntley

Mary Claudia Huntley has been part of the GRACE community for 14 years. She was already a GRACE parent when the opportunity to join the GRACE staff presented itself. At the time, she was teaching in the public schools and she was excited that she would no longer have to hide her faith as a teacher.

Mary Claudia considers it a joy to teach and especially enjoys watching her students’ personalities emerge. She loves being able to openly point students to Jesus Christ when they come to her with issues, to encourage them to have strong character, and challenge them to live Godly lives.  Asked what she loves best about being a first-grade teacher, Mary Claudia was quick to state that she loves that first graders have wonder about everything. From the smallest ant to God’s mightiest creation, they are amazed at it all. This is the childlike mindset God calls us to have and Mary Claudia thinks we should all be more like her first graders!

Mary Claudia grew up in Wilson, North Carolina, surrounded by music. She was involved in choir, piano, and a well-known high school chorus. In addition to music, her two brothers gave her many years of experience in backyard sports and during school she played soccer and ran track. She states that this was valuable experience to prepare her to be a mom of two boys and a teacher to so many boys each year! Mary Claudia earned her degree in elementary education from Meredith College. While at Meredith she met Scott Huntley and they married shortly after graduation.

As a young adult, Mary Claudia was in a 12-member singing group from her church near Washington, D.C. They performed live for the National Day of Prayer where Dr. James Dobson, the Senate Chaplain Dr. Richard Halverson, and many other famous people were in attendance. While singing was memorable, Mary Claudia also remembers bumping (literally) into Justice Sandra Day O’Connor during a break! Mary Claudia describes her as being quite surprised, yet very kind as her entourage escorted her away!

Mary Claudia’s favorite Bible verse is Micah 6:8 which says, He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Mary Claudia claimed this verse for her young boys 20+ years ago because she knew that if they grew up and did justly, loved mercy, and walked humbly with their God, all the other things would come together. Through the years, this verse helped so much in raising her boys. When things were not going well or life was uncertain, she clung to this verse as a promise.

2018 Creative Writing Festival Entrants

The following students have advanced from the GRACE Creative Writing Festival to the ACSI District Level Creative Writing Festival. Thank you to all of the students in grades 4-12 who submitted entries to the festival. 

Congratulations to the following:

  • Caitlin Hewitt, Grade 4, Rhymed Poetry, When the Wind Whispers
  • Victoria Katz, Grade 4, Short Story, The Princess, the Pearl, and the Pig
  • Bryan Mann, Grade 5, Short Story, Stranded
  • Addy Neira, Grade 5, Essay, Pleasing God Through Good Works
  • Kate Mckinley, Grade 5, Short Story,The Poplar Mission
  • Sage Collier, Grade 5, Short Story, A Pricey Piece of Junk
  • Chase Trawick, Grade 5, Short Story, Joey Stinks
  • Elle Robinson, Grade 6, Short Story, The Hunters
  • Asha Mathew Powers, Grade 6, Short Story, God Will Provide
  • Juliana Escuti, Grade 7, Short Story, The Wolf
  • Stella Giuggio, Grade 8, Short Story, The Paper Town
  • Zoe Chiu, Grade 8, Short Story, Ghost
  • Meredith Wells, Grade 8, Short Story, Stop Drop and Roll
  • Caroline Wingerd, Grade 9, Short Story, The Singha
  • Grayson Nico, Grade 9, Short Story, The Weight of Bronze
  • Devon Willard, Grade 11, Short Story, A Lone Night
  • Felix Jarvis Earle, Grade 12, Free Verse Poetry, My Dad The Pilot
  • Rachael Litavecz, Grade 12, Short Story, Rapunzel Dysfunctional

Celebrate GRACE 2018 is March 2nd

Celebrate GRACE is a once-a-year opportunity to fellowship with the GRACE community in a special way. This free event is a chance to spend an evening enjoying a fabulous dinner with old friends, make new friends, and be entertained and inspired by professional comedian and keynote speaker, Kenn Kington. Due to space limitations, this is an adults-only event.

Kenn is one of the most popular comics on XM radio and performs regularly across the country. Kenn has spoken to hundreds of companies inspiring focus in the midst of change, maximizing productivity, and developing record-breaking product launches. Kenn has written two bestselling books on relationships and records a regular radio show/podcast that inspires thousands to experience life to the fullest. When you hear Kenn, rest assured you will be entertained, encouraged, challenged and inspired. Watch this Video of Kenn to see what a treat this night will be and make plans to attend!

Gather your friends and make plans to spend the evening enjoying great fellowship, delicious food, and celebrating all that makes our school great. You can reserve your seat or a table for eight and fill it with your favorite members of the GRACE community via our online Celebrate GRACE RSVP Form.

After-School Enrichment Classes

Attention Parents of Kindergarten– 5th grade GRACE students,

We are pleased to announce that we will host a special after-school enrichment activity for our elementary students this semester. Bricks 4 Kidz® will be providing a LEGO® Engineering Explorers class for interested kindergarten through fifth grade students. 

Classes will be held on Thursday  and Friday afternoons for eight weeks beginning February 1st.  The Thursday class is already full. See this Bricks 4 Kidz Friday Class Flyer describing the program. To register your child, please go to the Bricks 4 Kidz website.

We are excited for this opportunity for our students and look forward to hearing all about their experiences.  

Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night on February 8, 2018

Take a night off of cooking and enjoy the fellowship of the GRACE community by coming to the Crossroads Plaza Chick-Fil-A on Thursday, February 8th from 5:00-8:00pm. 10% of your receipt will be donated back to our school!

You do not need to bring this GRACE Spirit Night at Chick-Fil-A Flyer, but you do need to dine in or drive-thru during 5:00-8:00pm for GRACE to receive credit.


GRACE Christian School Closed January 19, 2018

In recognition that many neighborhood and secondary streets will be treacherous during the morning commute hours, GRACE will be closed on Friday, January 19, 2018. All school events (including the Military Appreciation basketball game) are cancelled as well. 

As stated in the Parent-Student Handbook, “Snow days will be made up if the administration feels that the instructional time has been compromised due to excessive missed days of school.” Since we have missed four of the first eleven days of this semester, we will use Friday, February 16th (previously a staff work day) as a school day for students. Students and staff will still be off Monday, February 19th in observance of the President’s Day holiday. 

Note: Beginning Monday, January 22nd, a portion of Buck Jones Road north of GRACE (in the direction of Jones Franklin Road) will be closed. If this is your primary route to GRACE, allow extra time for the detour. 

Stay safe. See everyone Monday after the great weekend thaw/melt.