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)
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
A mutually rewarding experience
Some common questions and clarifying
“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
“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!
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.
Support GRACE by dining out Monday, November 5th at City BBQ in Cary—Grab lunch or dinner (or both!) and make sure to tell them you are there to support GRACE!!! We receive 25% donation back to the school!
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.
All GRACE women (and their non-GRACE friends) are invited to Field of Rubies, a fun night of food, fellowship, vendor booths and fashion. Support our lady entrepreneurs as they showcase their gifts and talents.
There will be goods and services for sale. All proceeds go directly to the business owners. A catered buffet will be provided at no additional charge.
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.
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 712attendance@GRACEChristian.net on the upper campus.
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.
It was a fun-filled week of GRACE spirit last week with dress-up days, the Homecoming parade and pep rally during school on Friday, and the football game and homecoming coronation on Friday night. Thank you to everyone who made it such a fun night.
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).
The first Donuts for Dads event of this school year will be this coming Friday, September 7th from 7:45am to 8:45am. Our guest speaker will be Isaiah Whelpley, GRACE’s Christian Life Director. The event will be in the Student Center of the Upper Campus.
For security reasons, please enter through the main doors. The receptionist will greet you there and point you to the Student Center. 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. Fellowship time will be from 7:45am to 8:15am and the guest speaker and presentation will follow from 8:15am to 8:45am.
Thank you to everyone who played a part in planning and serving at this year’s Ignite Retreat for high school students. It was a great three days of digging into God’s word and focusing on what it means to respond to the truths found in the Bible.