If your student is entering TK-6th grade for the 2018-2019 school year, you can now purchase your child’s school supplies online. No more worrying about finding the correct type and brand of product in the store (or multiple stores) as your GRACE PTF has done the homework for you. GRACE now has a storefront through The Write Stuff where you can order exactly what is needed from your child’s supply list. Your PTF has worked with The Write Stuff to make sure the brand, color and dimensions match what is included on the lower campus supply list for next year.
Upon purchase, kits will be shipped directly to your home. If you purchase by June 30th the kits will ship free of charge — after that date an additional charge of $5.95 will be added. The last day for ordering supplies through this online store is July 14th. See the flyer below, check out our storefront via the link above, and spend those days of school supply shopping relaxing by the pool!
The supply lists for next year have been posted on the GRACE website at the bottom of the Summer Work & Supplies page if you would prefer to do the shopping yourself. Note: Only lower campus grades (TK-6th) are included in the online store as students on the upper campus have different enough schedules to make bundling next-to-impossible.
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 parents volunteers to help make these events successful. Our end-of-year luncheon is scheduled for Friday, May 11, 2018.
Food should be dropped of during morning carpool, already cooked/baked.
If at all possible, PLEASE use disposable/throw-away containers/dishes. If you have to use another dish that you want to get back, please mark it with your last name and “upper or lower“ so we can get it back to the correct campus for you to pick up on Monday.
Congratulations to the following GRACE students whose artwork is currently on display at Crabtree Valley Mall. Please stop by the mall anytime between now and May 8th to see the beautiful GRACE student art. The display is located downstairs near the H & M entrance.
This morning our campus once again was able to honor the men and women of the North Carolina Army National Guard (1-130 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion and the Det. 1 Co B 638th Aviation Support Battalion) by welcoming them as they came on campus this morning prior to their deployment ceremony at Hope Community Church. Mr. Bradley spoke to the battalion commander after their procession down Buck Jones Road and he shared that the soldiers and their families were “blown away” by the presence of our students along the street and campus. They were extremely appreciative of our support. These soldiers will be serving in Afghanistan. Please keep their safety and the health and well-being of them and their families in your prayers.
A Soldier Met a Boy Who Loves Jesus
It was 1st grader Hudson Quirk’s idea that the deploying soldiers needed to hear Numbers 6: 24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” With the help of his teacher, Mrs. Huntley, this verse was printed on cards to give to the soldiers. One soldier, so moved by Hudson’s earnest and sincere concern for the troops, took the card, and in exchange, gave Hudson the unit patch from the shoulder of his uniform.
The GRACE Latin Club participated in the 67th annual North Carolina Junior Classical League State Convention at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The GRACE Latin Club competed against other Latin clubs across North Carolina in various academic and creative arts contests on both Friday, April 13th and Saturday, April 14th.
1st place for personal website (Graham Rogers)
1st place – Middle School Skit
1st place – Graphic Arts (Lee Robinson)
1st place – Dramatic Interpretation Advanced Poetry (Devon Willard)
2nd place – Creative Writing (Kathryn Robinson)
2nd place – Graphic Arts (Caroline Wingerd)
2nd place – Non architectural Models (Lauren Williams)
3rd Place Video Project (AJ Kinrade)
3rd place – High School Skit
3rd place – Graphic Arts (Lela Arruza)
3rd place – Latin Sight Reading (AJ Kinrade)
4th Place Video Project (Luke Robinson)
5th place – Latin Sight Reading (Lauren Williams)
5th place – Academic Testing Roman History and Life (Felix Jarvis-Earle)
Congratulations to all members of the club and to their hardworking faculty sponsors, Dr. Inman, Mr. O’Brien (pictured) and Miss Hawks (taking the pictures).
GRACE is hosting a FREE Family Fellowship event on Tuesday, April 24th in the lower campus gym from after school, until ~6:30 pm. There will be face painting, balloon artists, games, a movie, and popcorn!
In addition, we are combining this event with a Chipotle (Cary Crossroads) Spirit Night! All GRACE related orders from 4-8 pm, whether dine-in or carry-out, receive a 50% donation back to the school! We encourage families to go grab Chipotle at Cary Crossroads for dinner and bring it back for our Family Fellowship event! There will be tables, so we can dine together in the gym!
Tell your friends to dine at Chipotle at Cary Crossroads on Tuesday April 24th between 4:00-8:00 pm and ask them to say they are there to support GRACE! To make sure that your purchase counted, remind the cashier to push the “Fundraiser” button. Check your receipt — it will say “Fundraiser” at the bottom when the transaction is correctly entered.
In the days after the tragic shootings in Parkland, Florida, I shared a response on behalf of the school. In that note, I promised to address security on our campuses, and since then, I have spent a great deal of time considering what to share about this topic. I have struggled with the appropriate balance between transparency and the liability that such transparency might furnish. As I have considered what to write, one passage of Scripture continues to come to mind:
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.” I Peter 5:6-9
Peter’s words are as relevant today as when he wrote them as we consider the evil that continually surrounds us. In addition to the warning, he reminds us that we are not alone in dealing with this challenge or the evil prevalent throughout the world. This passage commands us to be sober and vigilant. This is the driving thought as we consider the safety of everyone that comes onto our campus.
In light of the call to be sober (clear-headed) and vigilant (alert, attentive, cautious, and observant), several actions have been taken to improve campus safety for our students and staff. These changes include, but are not limited to the following:
The exterior doors on both campuses are locked and only accessible through fobs or keypads.
On both campuses, guests are required to submit identification that is scanned through the Raptor Security System, providing the school with a rapid background check.
Security cameras have been added on both campuses to provide increased visibility of our doorways and property and can be accessed by our administrators at any time.
On the upper campus, the rearrangement of the front desk allowed for the installation of a large screen monitor that provides visibility of the main doors on that campus. The glass treatments in the reception area allow for individuals to see out, but not for guests to see in.
On the lower campus, security camera images are monitored throughout the day by the administrative team.
In the Activity Building, the solid entrance door was replaced with one that has a window to allow staff to see outside the building.
The school continues the practice of monthly drills and periodic staff emergency training.
This year, we required staff and student drivers to have identifying stickers on their windshields to help us track people on campus.
We have been intentional about partnering with our local police forces (Cary on the Upper Campus and Raleigh on the Lower Campus) and they have responded with an increased presence on both campuses.
Earlier this year, we created a school safety committee to review and monitor our current practices, as well as make recommendations for changes.
The above points provide a brief overview of some of the steps that have been taken to protect the students and adults on our campuses. There are other things that take place that go unnoticed, but are ways we work to protect our community. For instance, last summer, we allowed our lower campus to be used by the local police as a training facility. These officers participated in drills throughout the building, developing response strategies for different scenarios. We will continue to seek opportunities to connect with local law enforcement agencies in an effort to help them have familiarity with our facilities.
Even with the things shared above, we know there is need for more work to be done. We need to increase the amount of training for our staff and students on how to respond in case of an emergency. As a parent, you are aware of the unique safety challenges our community faces. On the lower campus, the shared property with the church provides challenges in monitoring who comes into the parking lot. The upper campus is very open, with students traveling between our two buildings. To that end, we have coordinated a visit with a team of agents from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (NCSBI). In April, these agents will review our current security practices and procedures, as well as provide recommendations on how to improve these practices. These recommendations and the work done by our Safety Committee will provide us with a great strategy for improving campus security.
As a GRACE parent, you can help us with campus security in a variety of ways:
When visiting either campus, always check in at the front desk.
Please speak to your students about the importance of not opening doors for unknown individuals and of the importance of not propping open doors in any campus building.
On the Lower Campus, please use the signs provided by the school when picking up your child in carpool.
When on campus, report any suspicious individuals, behavior, or vehicles.
As I mentioned in the original email, the more the individual members of our community connect and get to know one another, the greater the safety of our overall community.
Please cover our campus in prayer every day.
I began this letter by citing a passage from I Peter 5:6-9. I think it only appropriate to conclude the letter with the passages immediately following those, which provides one of the most beautiful blessings in all of Scripture:
“But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and dominion forever and ever.” I Peter 5:10-11