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May 5, 2020 | Amazing GRACE

THANK YOU, TEACHERS

GRACE parent Jeff Trower put together a wonderful video tribute to our GRACE teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week. Make sure to check it out. We love you, teachers!

FRIDAY FACEBOOK BINGO

This Friday, following our Lower Campus Chapel (via Facebook Live) the Whelpleys are hosting a virtual game of GRACEVLE Bingo around 9:30 a.m. They will start a new live Facebook video specifically for the Bingo game. See the options below to get your bingo card(s) to participate. This is open to everyone in the family. Families without Facebook accounts can still participate in both the Chapel and the Bingo game. 

Simply CLICK HERE to access the official GRACE Christian Facebook page.

Option #1: CLICK HERE to access the bingo card online. Using this link you can click new card to clear your card and get a new one.

Option #2: Printable Bingo Cards are available.  Print a card (or a few) to use and mark as you go. There are a number 20+ pages in this pdf so be sure to select only 1 page.

We are excited about this fun opportunity. We will give SHOUT-OUTS to winners, but it would be ideal if parents have a small prize for their children when a Bingo is achieved. Contact Mr. Whelpley at iwhelpley@gracechristian.net with questions.

THE MEMORY PROJECT

The Memory Project is a nonprofit organization that invites students to create portraits for youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents, and extreme poverty. The goals of the portraits are to help the children feel valued and important, to know that many people care about their well being, and to act as meaningful pieces of personal history in the future. Since 2004, the Memory Project has created more than 160,000+ portraits for children in 55 countries.  www.memoryproject.org

Again this year, GRACE high school 2D Art and Advanced Art classes have created portraits for orphans and underprivileged children in Russia as part of the Memory Project. We’ve participated in this project for several years. It gives our art students the opportunity to creatively practice kindness and global awareness.

GIVING TUESDAY

Today is Giving Tuesday. Under normal circumstances, this would be a time we would share an Annual Fund request. However, this year we are asking you to consider something completely different. The COVID-19 shutdown has placed a strain on many of our local churches as they deal with decreased tithes and greater demands for support. To that end, as you are able, we encourage you to support your home church or local church ministry during this year’s Giving Tuesday. 

NHS INDUCTEES

Congratulations to these outstanding sophomores and juniors who have been accepted into the GRACE Chapter of National Honor Society. The official induction ceremony will take place in August. 

Anna Kate Armstrong, Cole Armstrong, Sophie Arruza, Davis Blount, Lindsey Brookhart, Melanie Carlson, Mike Chase, Zoe Chiu, Ire Debayo-Doherty, Stella Giuggio, Abby Guerra, Kaden Haslam, Asher Hickman, Emily Hodges, Michael Kaleta, Jack Keady, Ken Malacinski, Zachary McNutt, Ava Mendez, Sarah Mitchell, Bradley Obusek, Thomas Rhoads, Emma Grace Tessneer, Cooper Tew, Jonathan Till, Will Walters, Carter Ward, Meredith Wells, Ellie Whichard, Katie Wilson, Robbie Hartsfield, Lily Lauffer, Jacob Stansberry, Cade Tischer, and Sam Vanderkin

YEARBOOK

It’s not too late to a 2019-2020 yearbook! You can still place your order by going to jostensyearbooks.com and searching for GRACE Christian Raleigh. Can’t remember if you ordered a yearbook? Email bhawks@gracechristian.net and she can check for you! Yearbooks will be distributed by the end of the year. Also, plans are being made for a virtual yearbook signing in conjunction with Jostens! Stay tuned for more details!

NEW SENIOR INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

GRACE families – does your place of employment offer internships? Want a neat way to give back to the GRACE community while also helping your business? Consider participating in our GRACE Senior Internship Program. Find out more by clicking here or by emailing Laura Jacobs at ljacobs@gracechristian.net.

STRAWBERRIES FOR SALE!

As some of you know, Mrs. Boyd (TK-6 art teacher) and her husband grow strawberries on their farm, Primrose Farm, in Granville County.  If you are interested in a basket of fresh strawberries, Mrs. Boyd will be in the lower campus parking lot with strawberries on Saturdays from 10 AM-12 PM for the next few weekends. Strawberries are $15 per gallon basket.  (Please email her at mboyd@gracechristian.net by mid-day Friday if interested so she can bring enough baskets.) All social distancing guidelines will be followed!

GRACE BUSINESS OWNER SPOTLIGHTS

Vortex Pro Wash provides professional exterior power washing, soft washing, cleaning, maintenance, and restoration services to residential, commercial and industrial clients. You can trust us on your property AND with your property. Contact us today for your free quote. We provide exceptional service, in a professional manner, and at a fair price. .

And don’t forget to check out our Business Partner page to see a full list of businesses that sponsor the school. We also have a GRACE Family-Owned Business Directory.Are you a GRACE business owner? We want to hear from you! In light of the COVID pandemic, we understand many small businesses have been impacted. If you are a business owner with a product or service that other families may benefit from, please let us know by sending us your business name, a one or two-line description, and the company’s website! (Note: Due to many individuals working for the same company, please no direct sales! Thank you for understanding.) We will send out a list of these small businesses in upcoming editions of Amazing GRACE.

REMINDERS

Mr. Whelpley will be holding chapel live on our Social Media channels. Upper Campus chapel will be on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. on Instagram Live and Lower Campus chapel will be held on Fridays at 9 a.m. on Facebook Live.

COMING UP

National Day of Prayer: Mark your calendar! This Thursday, May 7th, is the National Day of Prayer. There is a helpful guide of ways to pray for our leaders and nation.

Donuts for Dads: Nathan Ennis, GRACE’s director of technology, will be leading the devotion for this Friday’s Donuts for Dads.

Nathan will share a brief devotion, followed by a time of prayer. We will begin at 7:30 a.m. and be done by 8 a.m. All GRACE dads are invited to join us via Google hangout:

Join by video –meet.google.com/ayp-mxcf-sfq

Join by phone – +1 224-858-8324‬ PIN: ‪155 140 710‬#SCHOOL SNAPSHOT

Fourth-grader Olivia Reites enjoying virtual learning with a furry friend!

Show us something your student is working on for a chance to be featured in an upcoming edition of Amazing GRACE! Email cbarnhill@gracechristian.net.

GRACEVLE

We are looking for short videos of your students during Virtual Learning! If you have one you’d like to share, please email it to cbarnhill@gracechristian.net.

WE NEED YOUR OPINIONS!

GRACE’s Technology in Business students need your help with a project. They want to find out what you like about GRACE so they can share that with families who don’t know about GRACE. Please take a few minutes to answer their questions for lower campus and upper campus students. Which grade level can get the most students to participate?

College Connections, Issue 9

I’m not sure about you, but March felt three years long but in a weird way, I’m a bit shocked that April is already over. The landscape for college admissions continues to evolve in light of the pandemic, and I encourage you to reach out to me to discuss any questions you have about college admissions, standardized testing, AP testing, etc.  You can use the link below my signature to set up a meeting time.

For all high school students, it’s essential for you to strive to finish this semester well. Seniors, your letters of acceptance likely contains a caveat that you finish your senior year with grades that are consistent with the academic record you were admitted with. For everyone else, colleges will want to know how you used this semester to demonstrate leadership, integrity, perseverance, creativity, etc. This month’s College Connections Newsletter contains a link to an article that can help you identify all that you can do during this season rather than focusing on what you cannot do.

 

April 28, 2020 | Amazing GRACE

UC STUDENT COUNCIL 
Our upper campus student council elections are complete and we are pleased to announce the following officers:

President: Grayson Farless
Vice President: Keenan Baker
Secretary: Kristina Pattison
Treasurer: Lily Lauffer
Event Coordinators: Amelia Bradley and Cynthia Sanchez-Diaz
Club Coordinators: Ire Debayo-Doherty and Jacob Taylor
Sergeants at Arms: Bradley Obusek and David Griffith
Rising 8th Grade Class Reps: Sage Collier and Cole Schafer
Rising 9th Grade Class Rep: Elle Robinson and Campbell Baker
Rising 10th Grade Class Reps: Walker Blount and Payton Chapman
Rising 11th Grade Class Reps: Davis Blount and Ash Fields
Rising 12th Grade Class Reps: Nathaniel Grieci and Andrew James

NEW SENIOR INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

GRACE families – does your place of employment offer internships? Want a neat way to give back to the GRACE community while also helping your business? Consider participating in our GRACE Senior Internship Program. Find out more by clicking here or by emailing Laura Jacobs at ljacobs@gracechristian.net.

CHAPEL: LIVE STREAMING 

Don’t forget, Mr. Whelpley will be holding chapel live on our Social Media channels. Upper Campus chapel will be on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. on Instagram Live and Lower Campus chapel will be held on Fridays at 9 a.m. on Facebook Live.

STRAWBERRIES FOR SALE!

As some of you know, Mrs. Boyd (TK-6 art teacher) and her husband grow strawberries on their farm, Primrose Farm, in Granville County.  If you are interested in a basket of fresh strawberries, Mrs. Boyd will be in the lower campus parking lot with strawberries on Saturdays from 10 AM-12 PM for the next few weekends. Strawberries are $15 per gallon basket.  (Please email her at mboyd@gracechristian.net by mid-day Friday if interested so she can bring enough baskets.) All social distancing guidelines will be followed!

GRACE BUSINESS OWNER SPOTLIGHTS

Matt’s Auto Shop is an automotive repair facility located in North Garner, close to downtown Raleigh. We do it all; tires and oil changes, major engine repair, classic vehicle work, alignments, but we specialize in difficult drivability and electrical diagnostics. We are excited for the future and do full electric and hybrid repair, as well as classic vehicle electric conversions! Follow us @mattsautoshop on Instagram for a monthly giveaway and cool pictures. Check our website for info on how we’ve handled Covid-19 since the beginning.

Restored helps working moms cultivate intentional community while providing faith-based resources they need to feel seen and supported in their multi-pronged roles as wife, mother and worker. Follow along on our blog, Instagram or Facebook and join us for our next virtual or in-person event!

Warlick Photography & Design, LLC. We take family, senior & athletic portraits. We also do graphic design – posters, advertisements, banners & logos. Instagram – warlickphotography / Facebook – Warlick Photography  

LearningRx Brain Training complements classroom learning by developing the underlying cognitive skills the brain uses to think, read, learn, remember, and pay attention.  Our clients work one-on-one with a personal brain trainer, doing fun, but challenging mental exercises that improve core brain skills including: auditory processing, memory, logic, and more. LearningRx remains open during this unique time, providing remote cognitive assessments, consultations and delivering one-on-one training to our clients.  More information about our unique programs, peer-reviewed scientific research, as well as expected client outcomes may be found online or call us at 919-232-0090.

Oak City Labs is a software consulting agency that exists to solve problems. We partner with leaders in the health care, life sciences, and engineering industries to create technology solutions that overcome pressing challenges and drive change. 

Are you a GRACE business owner? We want to hear from you! In light of the COVID pandemic, we understand many small businesses have been impacted. If you are a business owner with a product or service that other families may benefit from, please let us know by sending us your business name, a one or two-line description, and the company’s website! (Note: Due to many individuals working for the same company, please no direct sales! Thank you for understanding.) We will send out a list of these small businesses in upcoming editions of Amazing GRACE.

REMINDERS

Make sure you are following GRACE on Facebook and Instagram. We have so many exciting things in store to keep our community “together” online. Also, Lower Campus families, search “GRACE Christian School Lower Campus Families” on Facebook to join that page, as well.

COMING UP

Donuts for Dads: Greg Robinson, the founder and leader of Donuts for Dads, will be leading the devotion for this Friday’s Donuts for Dads. Greg is the father of a current GRACE junior and a 2019 GRACE graduate. He is also married to 5th-grade teacher, Christi Robinson.

Greg will share a brief devotion, followed by a time of prayer. We will begin at 7:30 a.m. and be done by 8 a.m. All GRACE dads are invited to join us via Google hangout:

Join by video –meet.google.com/ayp-mxcf-sfq / Join by phone – +1 224-858-8324‬ PIN: ‪155 140 710‬#

SCHOOL SNAPSHOT

Congratulations to our 2020 Prom King and Queen – Garrett Keen and Emma von Koch!


Check out GRACE student Zane Suarez’s digital edition of the Eagle News from home. Great job, Zane!

Show us something your student is working on for a chance to be featured in an upcoming edition of Amazing GRACE! Email cbarnhill@gracechristian.net.

April 21, 2020 | Amazing GRACE

NEW SENIOR INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

GRACE families – does your place of employment offer internships? Want a neat way to give back to the GRACE community while also helping your business? Consider participating in our GRACE Senior Internship Program. Find out more by clicking here or by emailing Laura Jacobs at ljacobs@gracechristian.net.

CHAPEL: LIVE STREAMING 

Don’t forget, Mr. Whelpley will be holding chapel live on our Social Media channels. Upper Campus chapel will be on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. on Instagram Live and Lower Campus chapel will be held on Fridays at 9 a.m. on Facebook Live.

SEEKING GRACE BUSINESS OWNERS!

Are you a GRACE business owner? We want to hear from you! In light of the COVID pandemic, we understand many small businesses have been impacted. If you are a business owner with a product or service that other families may benefit from, please let us know by sending us your business name, a one or two-line description, and the company’s website! (Note: Due to many individuals working for the same company, please no direct sales! Thank you for understanding.)

We will send out a list of these small businesses an upcoming edition of Amazing GRACE.

GRACE STUDENTS DURING VLE!

We are working on a project to showcase what life has been like for our students during virtual learning! If you’d like to record a short (10 seconds, tops!) video of your student doing their work, participating in a classroom Google Hangout, etc. Please send them to cbarnhill@gracechristian.net. (If possible, please record your video horizontally instead of vertically!)

DONUTS FOR DADS

All of the devotion, none of the calories! On Friday, April 24, we will again host our virtual Donuts for Dads. GRACE Board Member and father of two GRACE graduates, Darrel Hegar, will share a brief devotion, followed by a time of prayer. We will begin at 7:30 a.m. and be done by 8 a.m. All GRACE dads are invited to join us via Google hangout:

Join by video –meet.google.com/ayp-mxcf-sfq

Join by phone – +1 224-858-8324‬ PIN: ‪155 140 710‬#

REMINDERS

Make sure you are following GRACE on Facebook and Instagram. We have so many exciting things in store to keep our community “together” online. Also, Lower Campus families, search “GRACE Christian School Lower Campus Families” on Facebook to join that page, as well.

SCHOOL SNAPSHOT

First-grader Palmer Pauletich’s Easter craft! Keep sending shots of what you’re doing during GRACEVLE. We love to see them. Show us something your student is working on for a chance to be featured in an upcoming edition of Amazing GRACE! Email cbarnhill@gracechristian.net.

April 14, 2020 | Amazing GRACE

SENIOR DROP-OFFS

Over the last few days, our staff has enjoyed dropping off senior signs and cap and gowns to our GRACE Class of 2020. Check out this post to see some of the pictures!

CHAPEL: LIVE STREAMING 

Don’t forget, Mr. Whelpley will be holding chapel live on our Social Media channels. Upper Campus chapel will be on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. on Instagram Live and Lower Campus chapel will be held on Fridays at 9 a.m. on Facebook Live.

DONUTS FOR DADS

All of the devotion, none of the calories! On Friday, April 17, we will again host our virtual Donuts for Dads. Lower Campus PE teacher and JV football coach Corey McGuire will share a brief devotion, followed by a time of prayer. We will begin at 7:30 a.m. and be done by 8 a.m. All GRACE dads are invited to join us via Google hangout:

Join by video –meet.google.com/ayp-mxcf-sfq

Join by phone – +1 224-858-8324‬ PIN: ‪155 140 710‬#

YEARBOOK

Fortunately, the yearbook was complete before our shift to GRACEVLE. That means this year’s yearbook will be the high-quality book you expect it to be. We do not yet know what distribution will look like yet, but we will have them. You can still place your order by going to jostensyearbooks.com and searching for GRACE Christian Raleigh. Can’t remember if you ordered a yearbook? Email bhawks@gracechristian.net and she can check for you!

REMINDERS

Make sure you are following GRACE on Facebook and Instagram. We have so many exciting things in store to keep our community “together” online. Also, Lower Campus families, search “GRACE Christian School Lower Campus Families” on Facebook to join that page, as well.

HELPFUL LINKS

Technology FAQS

SCHOOL SNAPSHOT

Keep sending shots of what you’re doing during GRACEVLE! We love to see them.


Show us something your student is working on for a chance to be featured in an upcoming edition of Amazing GRACE!

College Connections, Issue 8

I sincerely hope that your transition to GRACEVLE has been smooth for your family and everyone is adjusting to the new normal. It’s important that high school students continue to work hard during this time – while the Spring 2020 semester will be treated uniquely as it relates to just about everything, it is important to not make that an excuse for doing less than your best.  

If your student is signed up for a summer enrichment activity on a college campus, be sure to follow up with that program on the status of those events. With the uncertainty around the present circumstances, many events will be rescheduled, canceled, or moved online.

As you can imagine, there is a lot of stuff moving from “live” to “virtual” as it relates to colleges. Many admitted student days, as well as prospective student tours and open houses, are moving to a webinar/virtual format. This month’s College Connections Newsletter has several links to virtual events as well as some great articles written by college admissions offices to help you navigate this season in history.

March 31, 2020 | Amazing GRACE

CHAPEL: LIVE STREAMING 

Don’t forget, Mr. Whelpley will be holding chapel live on our Social Media channels. Last week, hundreds of you were able join us for a time of worship and encouragement. Upper Campus chapel will be on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. on Instagram Live and Lower Campus chapel will be held on Fridays at 9 a.m. on Facebook Live.

DONUTS FOR DADS

All of the devotion, none of the calories! On Friday, April 3, we will host our first-ever virtual Donuts for Dads. Head of School Eric Bradley will share a brief devotion, followed by a time of prayer. We will begin at 7:30 a.m. and be done by 8 a.m. All GRACE dads are invited to join us via Google hangout:

Join by video –meet.google.com/ayp-mxcf-sfq

Join by phone – +1 224-858-8324‬ PIN: ‪155 140 710‬#

FAMILY RESOURCESWe’re continuing to look for more resources for our families as we all navigate this unprecedented time. Dr. Karri Hawley, our school counselor, has put together some groups and tools we hope you’ll find helpful.

Calming GRACE Facebook Group

Dr. Hawley has started a Facebook group geared toward GRACE parents who have children who may be struggling with anxiety. You can request to be added to the group by clicking here.

General, Social and Emotional Well-Being Resources

10 Well-Being Tips During the Days of COVID-19: Pelin Kesebir, Assistant Scientist the Center for Healthy Minds, shares 10 well-being tips for the time of COVID-19.

Staying Sane While Working from Home with Kids
: These eight tips from Focus on the Family can help create a successful and less stressful environment for you and your kids while you are working from home.        

Social-Emotional Activity Choice Board:

Talking with your Children About Coronavirus and Social Distancing

Talking With Kids About the Coronavirus: Here are some tips from Focus on the Family for talking to kids about the coronavirus.

5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety about the Coronavirus: Article by the New York Times.

Teens and Social Distancing:

YEARBOOK

Fortunately, the yearbook was complete before our shift to GRACEVLE. That means this year’s yearbook will be the high-quality book you expect it to be. We do not yet know what distribution will look like yet, but we will have them. You can still place your order by going to jostensyearbooks.com and searching for GRACE Christian Raleigh. Can’t remember if you ordered a yearbook? Email bhawks@gracechristian.net and she can check for you!

REMINDERS

Make sure you are following GRACE on Facebook and Instagram. We have so many exciting things in store to keep our community “together” online. Also, Lower Campus families, search “GRACE Christian School Lower Campus Families” on Facebook to join that page, as well.

HELPFUL LINKS

Technology FAQS

Virtual Learning Agreement (Grades TK – 4)

Virtual Learning Agreement (Grades 5-12)

SCHOOL SNAPSHOT

Keep sending shots of what you’re doing during GRACEVLE! We love to see them. Check out this blog post of some student work from last week.


Show us something your student is working on for a chance to be featured in an upcoming edition of Amazing GRACE! Email cbarnhill@gracechristian.net.

March 24, 2020 | Amazing GRACE

CHAPEL: LIVE STREAMING 

Almost one week into GRACEVLE! We’re so encouraged to see the level of teaching and learning our students and teachers have already displayed.

Start this week, Mr. Whelpley will be holding chapel live on our Social Media channels. Upper Campus chapel will be on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. on Instagram Live and Lower Campus chapel will be held on Fridays at 9 a.m. on Facebook Live. We hope your students will enjoy these times of worship and encouragement as much as they do at school!

THIRD-QUARTER HONOR ROLL

Congratulations to our 6th – 12th graders who qualified for the Honor Roll this quarter! Click here to see the list.

YEARBOOK

Fortunately, the yearbook was complete before our shift to GRACEVLE. That means this year’s yearbook will be the high-quality book you expect it to be. We do not yet know what distribution will look like yet, but we will have them. You can still place your order by going to jostensyearbooks.com and searching for GRACE Christian Raleigh. Can’t remember if you ordered a yearbook? Email bhawks@gracechristian.net and she can check for you!

FAMILY RESOURCES

As promised, below are some additional resources that we hope may be helpful as you’re looking for fun activities for your child to explore during downtime.

Art Resources
MetKids: The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a dedicated kids section on its website, complete with videos, an interactive map, and a “time machine” that brings the viewer to different art pieces in the museum. // The Art Assignment: Weekly PBS videos, hosted by curator Sarah Urist Green, that explore art and history. // Google Arts & Culture: Explore different works of art, famous places, and more in Google’s interactive space online.

Zoo + Outdoor Webcams and Tours
Jenkinson’s Aquarium Penguin Cam: Check out how the penguins are doing at Jenkinson’s Aquarium in Point Pleasant by viewing the live stream on their website. // Duke Farms Eagle Cam: Take a look at the bald eagles at Duke Farms in Hillsborough. // Cape May Zoo: Zoo employees will conduct a virtual tour every weekday, starting at 11:30. Each tour features a short clip of a different animal and an education lesson about it. // San Diego Zoo: Check out one of the zoo’s various live webcams, from koalas to tigers. // Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute: The National Zoo has live webcams of its naked mole rats, giant pandas, and more.

Educational Resources

Scholastic: The company put many of its educational lessons and resources online for free, including online books and activities. //Crash Course and Crash Course Kids: Educational video lessons on everything from space and science to mythology and literature. // Club SciKidz: Activities and videos for kids on topics in science and math, including daily science experiments. // Carmen Sandiego: Download the free printables to solve word puzzles and unscramble secret messages by answering questions about geography. // Ranger Rick: The website is free to all visitors through the end of June.  // Mystery Science: The website’s most popular science lessons are available for free. // Beanstalk: The company is offering its interactive kids classes for free.

More Options

NASA: NASA has hundreds of photos and videos of planets, space, and more, available to view for free. // The Deep Sea: Scroll to the very bottom of the ocean with the help of this interactive visual about the deep sea. // ScratchJr: Kids can create their own interactive stories and games. // America’s Test Kitchen: Recipes and activities are available for kids for free.

Get Moving

Les Mills: Born to Move workouts – designed for kids! // GoNoodle: Free movement and mindfulness videos created for kids.

REMINDERS

Make sure you are following GRACE on Facebook and Instagram. We have so many exciting things in store to keep our community “together” online. Also, Lower Campus families, search “GRACE Christian School Lower Campus Families” on Facebook to join that page, as well.

TECH TIP TUESDAY

With all that’s happening in the world, technology has been a huge blessing by allowing us to learn from and connect with one another. But, like always, technology has its challenges and limitations… and screen time and stress can be intertwined. Take a look at this article, “How Parents Can Help Youth with Stress.” It includes some helpful ways parents can help their children develop skills to combat stress, as well as some talking points you can use around the dinner table!

HELPFUL LINKS

Technology FAQS

Virtual Learning Agreement (Grades TK – 4)

Virtual Learning Agreement (Grades 5-12)

SCHOOL SNAPSHOT

Our lower campus students have been sending in photos of their amazing art projects they are working on from home! 

Show us something your student is working on for a chance to be featured in an upcoming edition of Amazing GRACE! Email cbarnhill@gracechristian.net.

March 17, 2020 | Amazing GRACE

YOU ARE WHAT MAKES GRACE AMAZING!

Can we all take a moment to sit and reflect on all that has occurred this past week? I don’t think when we sent out last Tuesday’s Amazing GRACE that we knew what was in store for us in the days to come.

But we find comfort in knowing God did. Nothing that is happening right now has caught God off-guard or unaware. In fact, He is proven Himself so faithful in how He has equipped our teachers, staff, leadership, and families to respond to these unprecedented times.

Our technology and leadership team were able to put together a Virtual Learning Environment in less than two weeks that was so impressive, it has since been sent to the entire North Carolina Association of Independent Schools as a model for other schools to follow.

Our teachers, many of whom may understandably feel out of their comfort zone, have enthusiastically committed to doing whatever it takes to continue providing your children with an exceptional education that you have come to expect here at GRACE.  

You, our parents and families, have been incredible in your outpouring of love and encouragement as our leadership team makes difficult decisions to do whatever is best for your student. You cannot even begin to imagine the depth of prayers that have been lifted to God for His provision and direction over this past week. Your emails of love, care and support have been so encouraging to us. We thank you.

In fact, the only complaints we are hearing from our teachers and families is a collective sadness over missing our everyday interactions as a school community – the laughs, hugs, voices and togetherness. So we are committed to doing everything we can to keep that sense of community that makes GRACE so special going. If you haven’t already, we ask you to go ahead and follow GRACE on Facebook and Instagram. We have so many exciting things in store to keep our community “together” online.

REMINDERS

#1: You and your family are KNOWN. VALUED. LOVED.

#2: God doesn’t call the equipped. He equips the called.

#3: We are all in this together! As you learn fun tips and tricks that you think other GRACE families may find helpful as we move to a virtual learning platform, share them with us a cbarnhill@gracechristian.net. We’ll compile a list of them to share in next week’s Amazing GRACE.

HELPFUL RESOURCES

Technology FAQS

Virtual Learning Agreement (Grades TK – 4)

Virtual Learning Agreement (Grades 5-12)

GRACE Christian Moving to Virtual Learning Environment

GRACE Families, 

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and our GRACE Christian School employees, thank you for the outpouring of support over the past few weeks as we have navigated uncharted waters. Concerns surrounding COVID-19 have created a volatile environment, requiring a great deal of patience and flexibility these past few days. It is in times like these that we are most thankful for our loving community. 

Over the past two weeks, our teachers and administration have been planning how to deliver instruction in the event that we are unable to have classes in our traditional manner. Our hope was that we would be able to continue to gather daily on our campuses as usual but that the rapidly changing environment made that plan less likely. After meeting with our Board of Trustees and reviewing our options, we believe it is in the best interest of the health and safety of our community for GRACE to shift to a virtual learning model beginning the week of March 16 and continuing through Friday, April 3. Spring Break will continue as scheduled for the week of April 6. At that time, we will reassess the situation and return to a traditional schedule if conditions allow. In the meantime, GRACE facilities will remain open only for GRACE employees, as needed.

Please review the following information concerning the virtual learning model:

Calendar

  • Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 —  These two days will serve as teacher workdays for our staff. Upper Campus students are encouraged to check Talon to review potential reading assignments in preparation for the week. 
  • Tuesday, March 17 — Beginning at 9:00 a.m., students and parents are invited to come to campus to pick up any necessary materials for remote instruction.
    • For Lower Campus students, our staff will have textbooks/ workbooks packed up by name for each student. Between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., these materials will be ready for pickup. Please drive through the campus as if you were picking up your child for carpool.  During that window of time, a staff member will meet you in the carpool line, get your name, and your child’s materials will be delivered to you. If your child brought everything home already, then you will not need to come to campus.
    • For Upper Campus students, parents or students can pick up any folders or other necessary materials from their lockers anytime from 8:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. Since many of the courses have online resources and most of the students carry their folders with them throughout the day, there may not be many students who need to do this on Tuesday. 
  • Wednesday, March 18 – Friday, April 3 — Classes take place in the virtual learning environment. Each student in fifth through twelfth grade is required to review and sign the “Student Expectations” document, which is mentioned later in this document. 
  • Monday, April 6 – Monday, April 13 — Spring Break 

Instructional Details

For students in 5th-12th grades, teachers will create a classroom experience using Google Hangouts. In this environment, teachers have the ability to present information and interact with students in real time. Students will be able to share work, respond to questions, and participate in classroom discussions. Lesson plans and assignments will be posted on Talon as usual. Teachers will have designated, daily office hours where students can ask questions and seek additional help, as well as times set aside for group help sessions. Students are expected to attend each class session, just as they would in the traditional school environment. Students will submit work through Talon. Enrichment teachers will provide fifth-grade students with a menu of activities to complete throughout the week. Sixth-grade elective teachers will provide activities for students to track independently. Teachers will track student progress to ensure participation and check-in with students who may be struggling or non-participatory.

For students in K-4th grades, teachers will utilize the educational learning platform Seesaw. While many classrooms already use Seesaw, others do not. Each family will receive an invitation from their child’s teacher to join a Seesaw class, along with instructions on how to participate within the platform. Each classroom teacher will follow an established weekly home learning calendar/ schedule posted in Seesaw with assignments and links. Teachers will start the day with a pre-recorded, posted video welcome for students on Seesaw. They will then have activities for each predetermined content area for the day. Your child’s teacher will be emailing you to provide more detailed information tailored to that teacher’s classroom plans. Also, Mrs. Roycroft will be providing additional science materials for third and fourth grades. Enrichment teachers will provide students with a menu of activities to complete throughout the week. 

For our TK students, Mrs. Murphy will provide daily activities to emphasize fine and gross motor skills, development of math and language arts skills,  and continued refinement of writing skills.  She will also provide video communication via email each morning, with a daily message, devotion, and activities for the day. Additionally, Mrs. Murphy and Mrs. Lodholz will be checking in with individual families and students throughout the week. 

Essential Links and Resources

  • Technical Support
    • Email support@gracechristian.net with any technical support questions. Our team will reply as soon as possible to support you. 
    • We will be developing a “Frequently Asked Questions” document that will hopefully address any questions you may have.

We are always thankful for the GRACE community, but even more so in times like these. Of course, one could argue that there have never been times like these before. As we confront the challenges brought about by COVID-19, we are committed to continuing to provide an excellent GRACE Christian School educational experience. Thank you in advance for your patience as we deal with the unforeseen challenges ahead as we transition to this new learning environment. Thank you for your continued prayers and support.