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#WhatsUpAtGRACE November 6, 2018

Happy Election Day! The November 6, 2018 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter includes details about re-enrollment, what to do with extra candy, the upper campus fall exam schedule, information meetings for middle school parents, and the PTF-sponsored Field of Rubies event planned for the end of this month.

If you missed a previous edition of the weekly newsletter, they are all posted in GRACE News on the GRACE website. We also encourage you to keep up to date with all future events by consulting the GRACE Calendar.

 

 

City Barbeque Spirit DAY

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! 

Middle School Info Meetings

6th Grade Parents: November 8th at 6:00pm in the Upper Campus Chapel

Are you a 6th grade family wondering what the transition to the upper campus will look like? What things will be the same and what things will be different? You are invited to the Upper Campus Chapel at 6:00pm on November 8th where Upper Campus Principal will lead an information session covering what you and your student can expect next year.

7th & 8th Grade Parents: November 8th at 7:00pm in the Upper Campus Chapel

Are you a 7th or 8th grade family and are wondering what the GRACE High School program looks like? Do you know the value of GRACE’s high school program? Do you know how to access our College Counseling department to assist you in the college admissions journey? Do you know how Junior and Senior Seminar classes benefit your child? You are invited to the Upper Campus Chapel at 7:00pm on November 8th where Mandy Gill will lead an information session introducing you to the GRACE High School program and how it will prepare your soon-to-be high school student for college and career.

#WhatsUpAtGRACE October 30, 2018

Please take a moment to read the October 30, 2018 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter. There is a lot going on in the upcoming weeks and a lot of ways for you to get involved in the community at GRACE. Take a minute and pick the way that works best for you and your family!

This week Amazon Smile is increasing their charity donation to 5% (instead of 0.5%) so all purchases made through November 2nd at smile.amazon.com will benefit us even more than usual! Make sure you have selected GRACE Christian School (Raleigh) as your designated charity for us to receive the benefit and thank you in advance for doing so.  

If you missed a previous edition of the weekly newsletter, they are all posted in GRACE News on the GRACE website. We also encourage you to keep up to date with all future events by consulting the GRACE Calendar.

Donuts for Dads – November 2nd

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.

For questions contact Greg Robinson menofgrace@gracechristian.net

 

Fall Athletic Pictures Available for Purchase

All of the fall athletic pictures have been added to Warlick Photography’s website. The pictures will be available to order through November 8, 2018. To view the pictures:

  • go to warlickphotography.com
  • click on GRACE Eagles
  • click on GRACE Eagles Athletics 2018-19
  • password is TalonSports (the password is case sensitive) – click on the sport you would like to view

Please email wendy@warlickphotography.com if you have any questions.

#WhatsUpAtGRACE October 23, 2018

Please take a moment to read the October 23, 2018 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter. In addition to the results of last week’s Annual Fund Campaign, it also contains a list of the first quarter honor roll recipients.

Don’t forget that hot lunch orders for November are due today by 4:00pm.

If you missed a previous edition of the weekly newsletter, they are all posted in GRACE News on the GRACE website. We also encourage you to keep up to date with all future events by consulting the GRACE Calendar.

Annual Fund Update

GRACE Families,

Thank you for your continued support for the Annual Fund. As of this moment, our current participation rate is 45%. I am appreciative of all of the families who have registered to participate in this year’s campaign. The funds we will receive will be invested directly into facility and instructional improvements across both campuses. Please know that while last week represented our campaign to encourage participation, the Annual Fund Link is always open for families to participate. Also, if you are currently participating or intend to participate during the current school year, please use the link to indicate your intention. Lastly, at the end of this note, I am including the three points that I included in last week’s email about Annual Fund to help explain the purpose and significance of this portion of our budget.

As always, thank you for the opportunity to serve your family,

Eric Bradley, Head of School

  1. GRACE is almost entirely tuition driven when it comes to our operating budget. This is a recommended best practice throughout the independent school community. Our sources of revenue beyond tuition provide a very small amount of our annual income (lunch program, aftercare/before care, summer camps, facility rentals). In each of these cases, we keep the cost to families as low as possible, to the point that we work from a break even budget. Additionally, we do not have an endowment that provides additional supplemental revenue. Overall, this is a very responsible and appropriate approach to school budget management that follows professional best practices. The bottom line is that we are not dependent on donations/development dollars to run our operations each year. This is why we emphasize the point that the Annual Fund enables us to make improvements to programs and facilities without having to impact our general budget.
  2. Our budgetary approach above provides very little “extra” for additional items beyond the annual budget. The additions and progress that we have made through Annual Fund purchases have allowed us to make improvements without impacting the budget. To put into perspective, thanks to the Annual Fund, we have spent approximately $480,000 since the start of 2016 school year on campus improvements without having to touch the general budget! A sample of what has been done — upgraded all of the restrooms on the Lower Campus, new flooring throughout the Lower Campus, new library furniture on both campuses, new furniture and renovations for three Lower Campus classrooms, the creation of the “lounge” for the sixth graders (remember, this also helped get the sixth and fifth graders out of the second floor hallway),  document cameras for the Lower Campus classrooms, projectors for both campuses, a tractor for operations, a complete overhaul of the reception areas on both campuses, additional security cameras, installation and implementation of the raptor system, a baby grand piano, stage microphones for the Upper Campus chapel, etc…We hope to make several more improvements over the course of the current year, including a new 14 passenger bus and additional security improvements on both facilities. Again, and it is a point worth emphasizing, these improvements were made without impacting our operating budget.
  3. A common question concerning the Annual Fund is that if the point is to generate money to support initiatives throughout both campuses, why is the participation important? In other words, why do we put a thermometer noting participation and not the amount of money raised? Simply put, because it shows buy-in and support for our programs. We want to grow our school in the future.  Hopefully, you have experienced our efforts to improve the experience for our families and to provide excellence in our classrooms. We need to continue to make improvements to our facilities if we want to continue to provide great service to our families and we wish to be a factor in an extremely competitive marketplace. In the near future, we want to add additional science labs to our Upper Campus.  We would like to add a few additional classrooms as well. We also need a varsity gymnasium on the Upper Campus. Depending on process, this wish list will cost anywhere from $6 million to $12 million. Our school does not have a history of capital campaigns and many of our families make deep sacrifices simply to afford our tuition. If we want to grow, it is very likely that we will need to gain support from outside entities, through third party donations or grants. The first question that is asked in each of these conversations relates to annual fund support, both with families and staff. If our own community isn’t demonstrating support, then why would a third party? This is why we emphasize participation.

Field of Rubies: November 30, 2018

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.

The night will wrap up with a fabulous fashion show sponsored by Pink Magnolia Boutique, Thrift to Gift and others. Go home with some wonderful door prizes and gift baskets. This is a free event, however, you must have a ticket to attend. Sign up today!