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2018 ACSI Creative Writing Festival

GRACE Christian School participates in the annual ACSI Creative Writing Festival. Finalists for the ACSI event are selected from among entries submitted for the school level event. The GRACE and ACSI Creative Writing Festivals provides students an opportunity to demonstrate their writing abilities and skills. This student activity is not a competition but rather a program geared to help students improve their creative writing abilities.

  • General Information: All students in grades 4-12 are encouraged to participate. Students can submit a writing piece from this school year or create a new one. Submissions in multiple categories are welcome.
  • Deadline: Entries are due by Friday, January 12, 2018 at 3:00pm to your English teacher.

For more information read: GRACE Creative Festival 2018

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.

2017 Fall Exam Schedule (Upper Campus)

Students in grades 7-12 will take exams on December 14th, 15th, 18th, and 19th. On exam days, students will have a shortened school day so that they have ample time to study for their exams.

Students will have the essay portion of exams that include an essay during regular class time on December 11th, 12th, and 13th. Consult the schedule below for specific details.

Note: Students on the lower campus do not have semester exams.

Upper Campus Clubs Week of November 13th

The following upper campus student clubs are meeting this week (November 13-17, 2017)

Tuesday

  • The Christian Students Providing Community Service Club is meeting from 3:15-3:30pm in room 201 (Mrs. Jacob’s Room)
  • The Creative Writing Club is  meeting from 3:15-4:30pm in room 203 (Mrs. Petty’s Room)
  • The Indoor Track & Field Club is meeting from 3:30-4:30 in the Activity Building (Gym area)

Wednesday

  • The Math Club is meeting from 3:15-4:15pm in room 136 (Mrs. Stone’s Room)
  • The Chess Club is meeting from 3:30-4:30pm in room 111 (Mrs. Wingerd’s Room)
     

Thursday

  • The Try Something New (TSN) Club is meeting during lunch in the art room (Mrs. Walter’s Room)

 

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.

Staff Spotlight Daniel Fairchild

It is fitting on a week when our nation honors military veterans, that the staff spotlight shines on Daniel Fairchild, a chaplain in the United States Air Force Reserves. Daniel grew up in a military family, so the military, and the men and women who serve in it, have always been dear to his heart. After earning an undergraduate degree in communication studies from Palm Beach Atlantic University, Daniel earned his Master of Divinity from Campbell University Divinity School.

During his time in seminary, Daniel felt called to minister to the men and women who serve in our nation’s military and he completed Commissioned Officer Training with the United States Air Force, graduating in 2012 as a 2nd Lieutenant. He also entered the Chaplain Candidate Program and, after four years of training, he recommissioned as a full chaplain and was promoted to 1st Lieutenant. Last summer, Daniel served as the chaplain at Tyndall AFB in Panama City, Florida where he led the Protestant religious services, performed counseling sessions, visited troops, and contributed to the spiritual resiliency of the men and women at the base. On October 1st of this year Daniel was promoted to Captain, and he plans to return to Tyndall AFB this summer to serve again.

In addition to serving our nation’s military, Daniel has been serving GRACE for the last three years as a middle and high school Bible teacher and varsity tennis coach. Daniel loves working at GRACE with men and women who have a passion for the Lord and desire to impact the hearts of our students for Christ.

When asked to share a memorable moment from his own high school years, Daniel shared that under the support and encouragement of his appropriately named Culinary Arts teacher Mrs. Burger, he and his friends won 3rd place on two separate occasions at a culinary arts competition. Following his high school success in the culinary arts, Daniel added to his food credits in college with two years of employment at Chick-Fil-A which included playing the part of the cow.

Daniel met his wife, Meghan, at a Bible study in Orlando when he was visiting an old college roommate. The study was at her house and Daniel knew after their first conversation that he wanted to marry her. They were married not long after he graduated, have a two-year-old daughter named Nellie, and love doing ministry together serving the youth and children at Redemption Church of Apex.

Daniel shared that the best advice they have received as a couple was that they need put our “yes” on the table first, and then pray to God to reveal what we are saying yes to. This is different than asking for direction from God and waiting for a “yes’ or a “no” to our see if our plan is his will. Instead, start with the “yes” and trust that He will give you His will.

Daniel’s favorite Bible verse comes from the book of Daniel. He likes it because it displays the faith of the men in the fiery furnace as they proclaim that God has the power to do what He pleases, but even if He does not do what they want Him to, they will STILL serve the Lord. (Daniel 3:16-18) This is the type of faith Daniel wants to represent to his students and the men and women under his care in the Air Force.

 

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.