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#WhatsUpAtGRACE February 19, 2019

We hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend! Please take a minute to read the February 19, 2019 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter to help you get back into the swing of GRACE things!

The Celebrate GRACE Auction opened this morning and there are so many fun things that you can bid on. As an incentive, all registered bidders who have made at least one bid by Sunday, February 24th, will be eligible to win a $100 Amazon gift card. The winning name will be drawn on Monday, February 25th and announced in next week’s newsletter! So, if you haven’t already, use the link above or the one in the newsletter and get registered and start bidding! If you have participated in the auction before, your old username and password should work. If they do, be sure to update your credit card information on the bidding site.

We are in the final stages of planning the annual Celebrate GRACE fundraising dinner for the evening of March 1st. Please take a moment to RSVP to Celebrate GRACE right now so that we can give our vendors an accurate headcount. The dinner beings at 7:00pm on Friday, March 1st and you can reserve an individual space, multiple spaces, or even a whole table.

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.

2019 District VI GFWC Art Results

Way to go GRACE art students!  GRACE had 24 GRACE artworks place in the 2019 District VI GFWC Arts Festival on Saturday, February 16th.  All first place winners will move to the State level competition. 

1st place:

  • Payton Chapman, 602V-Pastels Drawing, Leaves on pink background
  • Zoee Stewart, 604V Sculpture, Mermaid
  • Julie Rakitine, 612V Mixed Media, Scratch art of a rooster
  • Avery Hawley, 601C Ceramics, Holy Cow
  • Madison Rhoads, 903C Wood Craft, Wooden Wave
  • Lela Arruza, 904C  Paper Craft, Japanese Scene in a book
  • Lela Arruza, 906C Nature Craft, Mask of Leaves
  • David Bandy, 910C Dye Craft, Silk resist circle of a triangle
  • Colby Kulinski, 915C Glass Craft, Blue, green, and red striped long dish

2nd place:

  • Zoee Stewart, 602V Pastels Drawing, Hummingbirds on navy background
  • Brianna Taylor, 604V Sculpture, Fish wire sculpture
  • Hannah Graham, 609V Color Pencil Drawing, Bird colored pencil
  • Koen Hendges, 602C Metal Craft, Boat wire sculpture
  • Jessica Hoyle, 902C Metal Craft, Wire Bat
  • Lela Arruza, 903C Wood Craft, Wooden block
  • David Bandy, 905C Decorative Painting, Spray paint self portrait
  • Lee Robinson, 910C Dye Craft, Block print self portrait
  • Lela Arruza, 915C Glass Craft,  Stained glass lily pads
  • Lee Robinson, 902V Pastels Drawing, Praying mantis over city
  • Ava Mendez, 912V Mixed Media, Scratch art with bottles and pumpkins

3rd place:

  • Payton Chapman, 601C Ceramics, Cheesecake
  • Avrie Lanning, 602C Metal Craft, Snitch wire sculpture
  • Madison Russell, 904C Paper Craft, Dragon out of book pages
  • Kennedy Springer, 902V Pastel Drawing, Op Art

#WhatsUpAtGRACE February 12, 2019

It was a busy end of week and weekend with GRACE spellers and speakers competing in ACSI competitions. Pictures and links to results are included in the February 12, 2019 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter.

We are in the final stages of planning the annual Celebrate GRACE fundraising dinner. Please take a moment to RSVP right now so that we can give our vendors an accurate headcount. The dinner is Friday, March 1st and you can reserve an individual space, multiple spaces, or even a whole table.

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.

2019 ACSI Speech Meet

On Saturday, February 9th, thirteen GRACE high school students competed in the ACSI Regional Speech Meet,  designed to help students develop techniques to speak audibly, articulately, expressively, and with poise and confidence. Students demonstrate their ability by delivering a memorized poem, speech, or passage. Participants do not compete against one another, rather, they are judged against an established set of criteria. Congratulations to the following students on their accomplishments:

Superior

 
  • Isaiah Anderson
  • Sophie Aruzza
  • Caroline Wingerd,
  • Lee Robinson
  • Lauren Meeson
  • Kristina Pattison
  • Meredith Wells

Excellent

  • Sean Moss
  • Jordan France
  • Cameron Clarke
  • JJ Camp
  • Ben Murray
  • Jaylon Gibson
In addition, Lee Robinson was recognized for excellence at the awards ceremony.
 
 

#WhatsUpAtGRACE February 5, 2019

There is a lot happening at GRACE this week and in the month ahead and the February 5, 2019 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter is a great resource in determining which events affect you! A few highlights:

  • Today, February 5th from 4:00-7:00pm is the PTF’s Chick-Fil-A Spirit night at the Walnut Street (Cary Crossroads) CFA.
  • Friday is the ACSI Spelling Bee on the Lower Campus. There is no school for students in TK-6th grade and there is no aftercare except for staff kids.
  • The annual Celebrate GRACE fundraising dinner is Friday, March 1st. You can RSVP now and reserve your space (or reserve a whole table) and there is also an opportunity in today’s newsletter to sign up as an event volunteer.

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.

2019 Raleigh GFWC Art Results

Congratulations GRACE art students!  We had 38 GRACE artworks place in the 2019 Raleigh GFWC Arts Festival! All 1st and 2nd place winning entries of each category will advance to the District VI Arts Festival that will be held on Saturday, February 16th, as a private juried event.  District first place winners will advance to the GFWC-NC State Arts Festival which will be held March 9th in Mebane, NC.

GFWC City Level High School Winners:

Pastel Drawing

  • Lee Robinson – 1st place pastel drawing
  • Kennedy Springer – 2nd place pastel drawing
  • David Bandy – 3rd place pastel drawing

Sculpture

  • Amelia Bradley – 3rd place sculpture

Mixed Media

  • Ava Mendez – 1st place mixed media

Ceramics

  • Samantha Saenz – 1st place ceramics
  • Lela Arruza – 3rd place ceramics

Metal Crafts

  • Jessica Hoyle – 1st place metal crafts

Wood Crafts

  • Lela Arruza – 1st place wood crafts
  • Madison Rhoads – 2nd place wood crafts

Paper Crafts

  • Lela Arruza – 1st place paper crafts
  • Madison Russell – 2nd place paper crafts

Decorative Painting

  • David Bandy – 1st place decorative painting
  • Kennedy Springer – 2nd place decorative painting
  • Tanner Ballance – 3rd place decorative painting

Nature Crafts

  • Lela Arruza – 2nd place nature crafts

Crochet/Knitting Crafts

  • Lela Arruza – 1st place crochet/ knitting crafts

Dye Craft

  • David Bandy – 1st place dye craft
  • Lee Robinson – 2nd place dye craft
  • Ellie McNair – 3rd place dye craft

Glass Craft

  • Colby Kulinski – 1st place glass craft
  • Lela Arruza – 2nd place glass craft
  • Abby Grimes – 3rd place glass craft

GFWC City Level Middle School Winners:

Pastel Drawing

  • Payton Chapman – 1st place pastel drawing
  • Zoee Stewart – 2nd place pastel drawing
  • Avery Hawley – 3rd place pastel drawing

Sculpture

  • Zoee Stewart – 1st place sculpture
  • Briana Taylor – 2nd place sculpture
  • Hannah Graham – 3rd place sculpture

Pencil Drawing

  • Hannah Graham – 1st place pencil drawing

Mixed Media

  • Natalie Sanservino – 1st place mixed media
  • Julie Rakitine – 2nd place mixed media

Ceramics

  • Payton Chapman – 1st place ceramics
  • Avery Hawley – 2nd place ceramics
  • Asha Matthew Powers – 3rd place ceramics

Metal Crafts

  • Koen Hendges – 1st place metal crafts
  • Avrie Lanning – 2nd place metal crafts
  • Lauren Wingerd – 3rd place metal crafts

#WhatsUpAtGRACE January 29, 2019

The January 29, 2019 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter includes a list of upcoming events – all with links to additional information. Take a moment and make sure your calendar is up-to-date!

Next Tuesday, February 5th, is the PTF’s Chick-Fil-A Spirit night! Make plans now to not cook then!

Don’t forget, our annual Celebrate GRACE fundraising dinner is Friday, March 1st. You can RSVP now and reserve your space (or reserve a whole table) and there is also an opportunity in today’s newsletter to sign up as an event volunteer.

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.

Vivian Edwards Retires

On January 31st, GRACE will say farewell to Vivian Edwards.Vivian has been a part of the GRACE community in some fashion since 1989!  After her triplet boys were born in 1989, her daughter, Michelle, began preschool at GRACE’s precursor, Mount Olivet Christian School. Vivian began working as GRACE Christian School’s bookkeeper at the beginning of the 1997-1998 school year when Michelle was in 7th grade and her boys, Andrew, David, and Chris were in the 3rd grade. 

Over the years, Vivian has seen and been a part of much change at GRACE. She watched as we went from Mt. Olivet Christian School to GRACE Christian School in 1995. She has seen our enrollment go from roughly 200 students when she started working here, to now over 770. She still remembers participating in writing scripture on the floors, walls, and beams as they dedicated the 801 Buck Jones Road building (Lower Campus) to the Lord. In 2003, she watched as her daughter, Michelle walked across the stage as part of GRACE’s very first high school graduating class. She watched as God continued to roll out the blessings as we partnered with Hope to purchase the Upper Campus.  For many, many years Vivian was THE finance department for GRACE. She has worked tireless hours over the years paying bills, managing the bank balance, keeping us on budget and paying our employees on time!

Vivian is looking forward to having more time with her family – which now includes three grandsons.  Her husband, Allan, recently told her that they would be globetrotters once she retired! Vivian’s favorite verses are Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart  and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him,  and he will make your paths straight.”  She has lived by these verses trusting God to direct her at all times.  

Please join me in thanking Vivian for her years of service at GRACE, and congratulating her as she trusts the Lord to continue directing her path.

Fella-Ship Breakfast

All the Men of GRACE are invited to the second annual “Fella-Ship” Breakfast on Friday, February 1st (in lieu of the monthly Donuts for Dads meeting) in the Upper Campus Chapel. This month’s guest speaker is Al Byrd, the Chaplain for the NC State Football team. He came and spoke a couple years ago and it was a very memorable testimony so you do not want to miss his message. We will also have the GRACE 12th grade boys joining us for this event so come and fellowship with them.

The doors will open at 7:30am and there will be fellowship time until 8:00am. Please park to the right of the building then enter through the Student Center door with the blue awning and follow the signs up to the Chapel. See Map for details.

#WhatsUpAtGRACE January 22, 2019

The January 22, 2019 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter has a long list of upcoming dates and events so be sure to click it open and move the events you want to be a part of to your calendar.

Don’t forget!

  • Our annual Play4Kay charity basketball night is this Friday, January 25th – we are waiting on the event t-shirts to arrive and will distribute them as soon as they come in to the families that purchased tickets by the t-shirt deadline.
  • Our annual Celebrate GRACE fundraising dinner is Friday, March 1st. You can RSVP now and reserve your space (or reserve a whole table) and there is also an opportunity in today’s newsletter to sign up as a volunteer for this event.

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.