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February 25, 2020 | Amazing GRACE

BIDDING IS OPEN!

Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment for a child? Corvette for a weekend & an Angus Barn gift certificate? 25-cubic yards of mulch installed? Golf foursomes at Prestonwood, 12 Oaks, Devils Ridge and Lochmere? Overnight stay at The Mayton Inn?

Or how about some priceless experiences? Mr. Kenny for a Day? Crazy Sock Day with Mr. Bradley? Baby Talon Mascot Experience at Play4Kay? A chance to be the school’s Madden Champion?

All these and MORE are open to bid on RIGHT NOW. Our Celebrate GRACE Online Auction is a great way to support our school with a tax-deductible donation while also winning some fabulous items and experiences!

Additionally: If you are attending Celebrate GRACE, you should have received an email yesterday from Eventbrite with a link to a separate auction for guests of the event. If you are attending Celebrate GRACE and did not receive the email with the Silent Auction link, please email cbarnhill@gracechristian.net.

Best of all, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, all gifts to GRACE will be matched, up to $100,000! That means your gift to GRACE – whether through the Online Auction or during Celebrate GRACE – will be doubled!

CONGRATS ART STUDENTS!

Way to go GRACE art students! We had 27 GRACE artworks place in the 2020 District VI GFWC Arts Festival this past Saturday, February 15th. All first-place winners will move to the State Level competition. Please join me in congratulating them!

Middle School 1st Place entries: Elle Robinson (ceramics), Max Tomlinson (digitally enhanced photography), Mina Li (creative stitchery), and Heidi Rogers (jewelry)

High School 1st Place entries: Caroline Wingerd (metal craft), Lily Rutledge (glass craft), Stella Giuggio (decorative painting), Sophia Ciancarelli (dye craft), and Ire Debayo-Doherty (black & white photography)

Middle School 2nd Place entries: Jessica Fassino (pastel drawing), Giselle Nico (computer graphics), Zoe Meeson (ceramics), Emma Donovan (creative stitchery), and Lena Giuggio (jewelry)

High School 2nd Place Entries: Melanie Carlson (pastel drawing), Jacob Taylor (paper craft), Michelle Hudson (creative stitchery), Lee Robinson –(dye craft), Rebecca Sharda (jewelry), Caroline Wingerd (glass craft), Kathryn Robinson (black & white photography), Kathryn Robinson (color photography), and Jonathan Till (digitally enhanced photography)

Middle School 3rd Place Entries: Lena Giuggio (pastel drawing) and Asha Mathew Powers (watercolors)

High School 3rd Place Entries: Sophia Ciancarelli (pastel drawing) and Stella Giuggio (sculpture)

COLLEGE FUNDING COACH EVENT

GRACE Christian School is hosting The College Funding Coach® on March 18th from 6:00- 8:00 pm in the Upper Campus Chapel. This seminar is for any family wanting to learn how to pay for college. The purpose of this workshop is to help parents understand college costs and plan for the best ways to pay for them. You can register to attend through this link: Register for College Funding Coach Workshop.

GRACE SUMMER CAMPS

Check out all the camps that GRACE has to offer for rising K-12th graders this summer. Here is the link to find info and register! Please email summercamp@gracechristian.net for any questions you have.

YEARBOOK ORDERS & SHOUT OUTS

Now is a great time to place your order for your GRACE 2019-2020 yearbook. To order, go to www.jostensyearbooks.com and search GRACE Christian in Raleigh, NC. You know you’re at the right place when you see the GRACE Eagle! And don’t forget that you can put your mark on the 2019-2020 Yearbook with a SHOUT OUT. For only $5, you can have your words immortalized for years to come. You can thank a coach or a teacher, tell a friend how much they mean to you, or quote a favorite movie or TV show (appropriate for printing). Be clever because it is your SHOUT OUT. Print out the order form, write your statement on it, attach five dollars, give it to Miss Hawks, and you’re done. Please turn these in by the end of February. We look forward to seeing what you bring us.

COMING UP

CELEBRATE GRACE ONLINE AUCTION
February 18-27
From now until February 27th, you can bid on exciting items all in the name of a good cause! Click here to place your bid today.

CELEBRATE GRACE
February 28
Join us for a roaring good time as we celebrate – ’20s style – GRACE Christian School. RSVP Deadline has passed, but we have set aside some tickets for those who missed out. Contact mbandy@gracechristian.net if you want to attend.

CINDERELLA
March 5-7
GRACE Christian School’s Theatre Department presents Cinderella. This new adaptation by William Glennon is full of comedy, poignancy, charm, and enchantment in just the right amounts. Reviewers have commented that this is “the funniest and most enchanting version” of the beloved story available. Click here to purchase your tickets!

VOICES AROUND THE WORLD GALLERY
March 8 | 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Voices Around the World gallery was inspired by four different books read by groups of 9th-grade students during the third quarter. These books presented different cultural perspectives, most of them were true stories, and they all addressed real issues. The Gallery exhibits reflect our increased understanding of other cultures, raise awareness of challenges or injustices experienced by different people groups, and inspire interest in reading these books. Stop by on Thursday, March 8th from 8 – 4 p.m. at Upper Campus Room 111.

EARLY RELEASE
March 13

End of third-quarter early release. Staff in-service day.

MARCH MADNESS MISSIONS NIGHT
March 13 | 6 – 9 p.m.
The lower campus student council will show the ACC tournament games, provide many different games for students, and have snacks for purchase with the purpose of raising money to support an international missions organization to be determined by the 2019-20 student council executive council with the guidance of its sponsors.

COLLEGE FUNDING COACH
March 18 | 6 – 8 p.m.
GRACE Christian School is hosting The College Funding Coach® on March 18th from 6:00- 8:00 pm in the Upper Campus Chapel. This seminar is for any family wanting to learn how to pay for college. The purpose of this workshop is to help parents understand college costs and plan for the best ways to pay for them. You can register to attend through this link: Register for College Funding Coach Workshop.

UPPER CAMPUS COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY
March 25
Each year we send our high school students around the Triangle to serve local ministries and non-profits. We do this to equip, challenge and inspire our students to develop a heart of service and to impact the world for Christ. Please mark your calendars. We will need parent volunteers to drive and help serve alongside our students. If you are interested in helping please email Gina DeBruhl at gdebruhl@gracechristian.net.

SCHOOL SNAPSHOT

Last week the GRACE 2nd grade class participated in Colonial Day. We had fun learning about what life was like in Colonial times and learning more about some of the nation’s most famous patriots! Way to go, Class of 2030!

February 18, 2020 | Amazing GRACE

BIDDING IS OPEN!

Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment for a child? Corvette for a weekend & an Angus Barn gift certificate? 25-cubic yards of mulch installed? Golf foursomes at Prestonwood, 12 Oaks, Devils Ridge and Lochmere? Overnight stay at The Mayton Inn?

Or how about some priceless experiences? Mr. Kenny for a Day? Crazy Sock Day with Mr. Bradley? Baby Talon Mascot Experience at Play4Kay? A chance to be the school’s Madden Champion?

All these and MORE are open to bid on RIGHT NOW. Our Celebrate GRACE Online Auction is a great way to support our school with a tax-deductible donation while also winning some fabulous items and experiences!

Best of all, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, all gifts to GRACE will be matched, up to $100,000! That means your gift to GRACE – whether through the Online Auction or during Celebrate GRACE – will be doubled!


VOICES AROUND THE WORLD GALLERY

The Voices Around the World gallery was inspired by four different books read by groups of 9th-grade students during the third quarter. These books presented different cultural perspectives, most of them were true stories, and they all addressed real issues—refugees, child labor, famine, poverty, etc. Through these books, the students encountered a variety of “voices around the world.”

The Gallery exhibits reflect our increased understanding of other cultures, raise awareness of challenges or injustices experienced by different people groups, and inspire interest in reading these books. Stop by on Thursday, March 8th from 8 – 4 p.m. at Upper Campus Room 111.
2020-2021 SCHOOL CALENDAR

We have released our 2020-2021 School Calendar. Click here to check it out!

LINK YOUR VIC CARD

Like shopping at Harris Teeter? They give a portion of your purchases of select items back to GRACE! Click here to link your VIC card today. (Must be re-linked every year!)

YEARBOOK ORDERS & SHOUT OUTS

Now is a great time to place your order for your GRACE 2019-2020 yearbook. To order, go to www.jostensyearbooks.com and search GRACE Christian in Raleigh, NC. You know you’re at the right place when you see the GRACE Eagle! And don’t forget that you can put your mark on the 2019-2020 Yearbook with a SHOUT OUT. For only $5, you can have your words immortalized for years to come. You can thank a coach or a teacher, tell a friend how much they mean to you, or quote a favorite movie or TV show (appropriate for printing). Be clever because it is your SHOUT OUT. Print out the order form, write your statement on it, attach five dollars, give it to Miss Hawks, and you’re done. Please turn these in by the end of February. We look forward to seeing what you bring us.

COMING UP

CELEBRATE GRACE ONLINE AUCTION
February 18-27
From now until February 27th, you can bid on exciting items all in the name of a good cause! Click here to place your bid today.

CELEBRATE GRACE
February 28
Join us for a roaring good time as we celebrate – ’20s style – GRACE Christian School. RSVP Deadline has passed, but we have set aside some tickets for those who missed out. Contact mbandy@gracechristian.net if you want to attend.

CINDERELLA
March 5-7
GRACE Christian School’s Theatre Department presents Cinderella. This new adaptation by William Glennon is full of comedy, poignancy, charm, and enchantment in just the right amounts. Reviewers have commented that this is “the funniest and most enchanting version” of the beloved story available. Click here to purchase your tickets!

EARLY RELEASE
March 13
End of third-quarter early release. Staff in-service day.

UPPER CAMPUS COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY
March 25
Each year we send our high school students around the Triangle to serve local ministries and non-profits. We do this to equip, challenge and inspire our students to develop a heart of service and to impact the world for Christ. Please mark your calendars. We will need parent volunteers to drive and help serve alongside our students. If you are interested in helping please email Gina DeBruhl at gdebruhl@gracechristian.net.

SCHOOL SNAPSHOT

Did you know the GRACE Varsity Men’s Basketball team is the B2B EPIC Conference Champions? #eaglesflyhigh

February 11, 2020 | Amazing GRACE

LAST CALL FOR CELEBRATE GRACE

Step back into the 1920s and join us at Cypress Manor to experience a night full of jazz, feasting, and celebration as we come together to benefit the GRACE Annual Fund. This year’s Celebrate GRACE will be a night full of fun and surprises – and you will NOT want to miss out! In addition to a silent auction with exciting items available only to attendees to bid on, the evening will also feature a Live Painting by Bryn Gillette and live jazz by the Daze Work Band.

Tickets to this year’s event will go fast. So ladies and gents, be ready to get all dolled up with your 1920s-style get-ups or come dressed in black, white and gold business casual.

Grab your friends and reserve your free tickets today! RSVP DEADLINE IS THIS FRIDAY! (Singles, couples, and groups are all encouraged to attend.) If you are interested in serving as a table host(ess), email mbandy@gracechristian.net to sign up!We also NEED VOLUNTEERS to make the night a success! If you’d be willing to serve on our set-up, decoration or clean-up crew, sign up here.

CHIPOTLE SPIRIT NIGHT TONIGHT!

CELEBRATE GRACE ONLINE AUCTION!

Our HUGE Celebrate GRACE online auction is only a couple of weeks away! Want a sneak peek of some of the amazing items we have in store? Check them out here!

2020-2021 SCHOOL CALENDAR

We have released our 2020-2021 School Calendar. Click here to check it out!

ANNUAL PARENT SURVEY

The Parent Survey will be open through Sunday, February 16. Please use the following links to access the correct survey: 

For each child in grades TK-4. 

For each child in grades 5-6.

For each child in grades 7-12.UC COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY

Upper Campus Community Service day is Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Each year we send our high school students around the Triangle to serve local ministries and non-profits. We do this to equip, challenge and inspire our students to develop a heart of service and to impact the world for Christ.  Please mark your calendars. We will need parent volunteers to drive and help serve alongside our students. If you are interested in helping please email Gina DeBruhl at gdebruhl@gracechristian.net. More information to come!

COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY

Juniors and seniors who need community service hours: Volunteers are needed for The Red Rose Benefit on Saturday, February 29th at Edenton Street United Methodist Church. The Red Rose Benefit is a dinner and silent auction fundraiser for the Ruth Sheets Adult Care Center. The Ruth Sheets Center provides day care for frail, senior adults. The event will run from 3:30-9:15 p.m. and students are needed to serve dinner and help with clean up. Interested in serving? Contact Pete Cotter at 919.218.5029 or pcotter@mdough.net.

YEARBOOK ORDERS 

Now is a great time to place your order for your GRACE 2019-2020 yearbook. To order, go to www.jostensyearbooks.com and search GRACE Christian in Raleigh, NC. You know you’re at the right place when you see the GRACE Eagle!

SHOUT-OUTS FOR SALE 

Don’t forget that you can put your mark on the 2019-2020 Yearbook with a SHOUT OUT. What’s a SHOUT OUT? It’s a 1-2 sentence statement from you that is printed in the yearbook. For only $5, you can have your words immortalized for years to come. You can thank a coach or a teacher, tell a friend how much they mean to you, or quote a favorite movie or TV show (appropriate for printing). Be clever because it is your SHOUT OUT. Print out the order form, write your statement on it, attach five dollars, give it to Miss Hawks, and you’re done. Please turn these in by the end of February. We look forward to seeing what you bring us.

GRACE Christian School’s Theatre Department will present Cinderella on March 5-7, 2020. This new adaptation by William Glennon is full of comedy, poignancy, charm, and enchantment in just the right amounts. Reviewers have commented that this is “the funniest and most enchanting version” of the beloved story available. Click here to purchase your tickets!

COMING UP

MOMENTS FOR MOMS
February 14 | 8:20 – 9:30 a.m.
This is a time for the women of GRACE to gather for fellowship, light refreshments, and an inspirational message “Love Letters from God” by guest speaker Michele Bandy. RSVP here.

EARLY RELEASE
February 14 
Early release for students; Staff in-service day.

NO SCHOOL: PRESIDENTS’ DAY
February 17
No school for staff and students. Presidents’ Day observed.

CELEBRATE GRACE
February 28
Join us for a roaring good time as we celebrate – ’20s style – GRACE Christian School. Tickets are going FAST – so reserve yours today. RSVP deadline is February 14th! Remember tickets are free, but reservations are required. Adults only!

SCHOOL SNAPSHOT

GRACE was privileged to host six schools at the ACSI District Spelling Bee on Friday, February 7. We’re so proud of all our students who competed – and many who will go on to compete in the regional spelling bee in Atlanta. Click here to read more!

Congratulations GRACE art students! We had 46 GRACE artworks, photographs, and graphic designs from middle school and high school students place in the 2020 Raleigh GFWC Arts Festival. Click here for the full list!

College Connections, Issue 6

Take a few minutes to read the February 2020 issue of the College Connections Newsletter. There is a lot of information for juniors in this issue including scholarships and summer opportunities.  

Seniors, if you are wanting a few more options don’t forget that many colleges keep their application windows open through March and April. A few close to home are: East Carolina University, UNC-Asheville, UNC-Greensboro, Western Carolina, Campbell, Clemson, and Wingate.

February 4, 2020 | Amazing GRACE

CELEBRATE GRACE: RESERVE YOUR SEATS (…AND VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!)

Step back into the 1920s and join us at Cypress Manor to experience a night full of jazz, feasting, and celebration as we come together to benefit the GRACE Annual Fund. This year’s Celebrate GRACE will be a night full of fun and surprises – and you will NOT want to miss out! In addition to a silent auction with exciting items available only to attendees to bid on, the evening will also feature a Live Painting by Bryn Gillette and live jazz by the Daze Work Band.

Tickets to this year’s event will go fast. So ladies and gents, be ready to get all dolled up with your 1920s-style get-ups or come dressed in black, white and gold business casual.

Grab your friends and reserve your free tickets today! (Singles, couples, and groups are all encouraged to attend.) If you are interested in serving as a table host(ess), email mbandy@gracechristian.net to sign up!We also NEED VOLUNTEERS to make the night a success! If you’d be willing to serve on our set-up, decoration or clean-up crew, sign up here.

SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION OPEN

Check out all the camps that GRACE has to offer for rising K-12th graders this summer. Here is the link to find info and register! Please email summercamp@gracechristian.net for any questions you have.

YEARBOOK ORDERS 

Now is a great time to place your order for your GRACE 2019-2020 yearbook. To order, go to www.jostensyearbooks.com and search GRACE Christian in Raleigh, NC. You know you’re at the right place when you see the Grace Eagle!

2019 CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS

For those who donated to GRACE in 2019, your year-end contribution statements have been emailed. Please check your email and contact skornegay@gracechristian.net if you have any questions!

NHS TUTORING AVAILABLE

Parents: Are you looking for some additional academic support for your child? Our National Honor Society students provide FREE one-on-one tutoring for all grade levels and subjects at GRACE. These students are juniors and seniors at the upper campus who have consistently demonstrated academic excellence. Requests for NHS tutors can be submitted using this form. After we receive your request, one of our NHS representatives will contact you via email to make specific arrangements. If you have any questions about our Academic Mentoring Program, please contact Marcia Wingerd, the Media Specialist for the upper campus (mwingerd@gracechristian.net.) 

COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Hope Connection is a local ministry, founded by a member of our GRACE community, that helps meet the needs of survivors of abuse and addiction. There are many ways in which high school students can support this ministry including staffing merchandise booths at Duke football and basketball games and working in the Deja-vu Thrift Store on Buck Jones Road. For more information and/or to sign up go to https://www.hope-connection.org/volunteer.html.

CELEBRATE GRACE ONLINE AUCTION

Our HUGE Celebrate GRACE online auction is only a few weeks away! Want a sneak peek of some of the amazing items we have in store? Check them out here!

DRIVER EDUCATION CLASS

 GRACE will once again offer a Driver Education Class this summer – June 1-5, 8 am-2:30 pm. The cost of the class is $65.00. The registration form is available on the GRACE website or at the front reception desk. PLEASE NOTE – NO PAYMENT IS REQUIRED AT THIS TIME. We will notify you when the payment is due. To secure space in the class, please complete the registration form and turn it in at the front desk. Requirements – you must be 14 ½ years old by the first day of class and enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year at GRACE. Class size is limited to the first 40 students. If you have any questions, please contact Willa Bea Coates at wcoates@gracechristian.net.

PLEASE REMEMBER…

With numerous viruses going around, we want to remind our parents to please keep your students at home if they show signs of illness or have been diagnosed with the flu. Your child must be fever-free (without medication) for 24 hours before coming back to school. Students: remember that washing hands, sneezing or coughing using a tissue, and not sharing food or drinks can really help to keep the germs at bay. Thank for your diligence in keeping our students and staff healthy.

COMING UP

NO SCHOOL: LOWER CAMPUS
February 7 
GRACE will be hosting the ACSI Regional Spelling Bee on lower campus.

DONUTS FOR DADS
February 7 | 7:45 – 8:45 a.m.

Men of GRACE: Join us for Donuts for Dads! Our guest speaker will be Larry Falivena, fellow GRACE dad and advocate for people suffering from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). After his own ALS diagnosis in 2017, Larry knew that he wanted to raise awareness of this disease and help raise funds for ALS research. He made national headlines by taking his family around the country this past summer to meet with other people who have been affected by ALS and tell their stories, all while visiting every Major League Baseball park – an “Iron Horse Tour.” Come join the Men of GRACE as Larry talks about his trip, his diagnosis, and what God is doing in his life. The event will be in the Student Center of the Upper Campus.

MOMENTS FOR MOMS
February 14 | 8:20 – 9:30 a.m.

This is a time for the women of GRACE to gather for fellowship, light refreshments, and an inspirational message “Love Letters from God” by guest speaker Michele Bandy. RSVP here.

EARLY RELEASE
February 14 
Early release for students; Staff in-service day.

NO SCHOOL: PRESIDENTS’ DAY
February 17
No school for staff and students. Presidents’ Day observed.

CELEBRATE GRACE
February 28
Join us for a roaring good time as we celebrate – ’20s style – GRACE Christian School. Tickets are going FAST – so reserve yours today. RSVP deadline is February 14th! Remember tickets are free, but reservations are required. Adults only!

SCHOOL SNAPSHOT

Meet Baby Talon! If you’ve spent any time on lower campus you know that Baby Talon is a *celebrity*! We need you to RSVP for Celebrate GRACE today because only attendees will be able to bid on the Baby Talon Homecoming Experience where your TK-5th grade student gets to dress up in the Baby Talon costume for a day full of fun!

January 28, 2020 | Amazing GRACE

Join us on February 14th from 8:20 – 9:30 a.m. at the Upper Campus Student Center for PTF’s Moments with Moms. This is a time for the women of GRACE to gather for fellowship, light refreshments, and an inspirational message “Love Letters from God” by guest speaker Michele Bandy. You’re encouraged to invite other women outside our community to attend as we celebrate Valentine’s Day together and be encouraged through a message of God’s love. All who attend will receive a handmade Valentine’s Day cookie to take home. RSVP here.

CELEBRATE GRACE: RESERVE YOUR SEATS (…AND VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!)

Step back into the 1920s and join us at Cypress Manor to experience a night full of jazz, feasting, and celebration as we come together to benefit the GRACE Annual Fund. This year’s Celebrate GRACE will be a night full of fun and surprises – and you will NOT want to miss out! In addition to a silent auction with exciting items available only to attendees to bid on, the evening will also feature a Live Painting by Bryn Gillette and live jazz by the Daze Work Band.

Tickets to this year’s event will go fast. So ladies and gents, be ready to get all dolled up with your 1920s-style get-ups or come dressed in black, white and gold business casual.

Grab your friends and reserve your free tickets today! (Singles, couples, and groups are all encouraged to attend.) If you are interested in serving as a table host(ess), email mbandy@gracechristian.net to sign up! We also NEED VOLUNTEERS to make the night a success! If you’d be willing to serve on our set-up, decoration or clean-up crew, sign up here.

YEARBOOK ORDERS 

Now is a great time to place your order for your GRACE 2019-2020 yearbook. To order, go to www.jostensyearbooks.com and search GRACE Christian in Raleigh, NC. You know you’re at the right place when you see the Grace Eagle!

UC STUDENT COUNCIL ELECTIONS

Upper Campus students: The Student Council is beginning the process to elect the Student Council Executive Leadership and Class Representatives for the 2020-2021 school year. This is a great way to serve your classmates and the school community. You can find the applications online – Executive Council here and Class Representative here. The job descriptions are included with the application, but if you have any questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Stone, Mrs. MacBain, Mrs. Fitts, or a current Student Council member.

PLAY4KAY: $14,000 RAISED

What a great night of fun, fellowship and basketball at last Friday’s annual Play4Kay event. In total, we were able to raise more than $14,000 for the Kay Yow Cancer. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make the evening a success! Click here to see pictures!

COMING UP

NO SCHOOL: LOWER CAMPUS
February 7 
GRACE will be hosting the ACSI Regional Spelling Bee on lower campus.

DONUTS FOR DADS
February 7 | 7:45 – 8:45 a.m.

Men of GRACE: Join us for Donuts for Dads! Our guest speaker will be Larry Falivena, fellow GRACE dad and advocate for people suffering from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). After his own ALS diagnosis in 2017, Larry knew that he wanted to raise awareness of this disease and help raise funds for ALS research. He made national headlines by taking his family around the country this past summer to meet with other people who have been affected by ALS and tell their stories, all while visiting every Major League Baseball park – an “Iron Horse Tour.” Come join the Men of GRACE as Larry talks about his trip, his diagnosis, and what God is doing in his life. The event will be in the Student Center of the Upper Campus.

MOMENTS FOR MOMS
February 14 | 8:20 – 9:30 a.m.

This is a time for the women of GRACE to gather for fellowship, light refreshments, and an inspirational message “Love Letters from God” by guest speaker Michele Bandy. RSVP here.

EARLY RELEASE
February 14 

Early release for students; Staff in-service day.

NO SCHOOL: PRESIDENTS’ DAY
February 17
No school for staff and students. Presidents’ Day observed.

CELEBRATE GRACE
February 28
Join us for a roaring good time as we celebrate – ’20s style – GRACE Christian School. Tickets are going FAST – so reserve yours today. RSVP deadline is February 14th! Remember tickets are free, but reservations are required. Adults only!

SCHOOL SNAPSHOT

Last week Mrs. Walters took a total of 38 middle school art students to the Cary Arts Center. While there, the students had the opportunity to throw pots on clay wheels and create glass fused dishes.

How to Recognize the Warning Signs of Anxiety or Depression in Your Child

As the saying goes, life is full of ups and downs. Having fun with friends, trying out a new sport or hobby, or accomplishing a goal we set can bring a smile to our faces and instill a sense of contentment and happiness. Other times, when we’ve made a bad decision, experienced loss, or just had a day where nothing seemed to work out right, life can feel sad, lonely, and unmotivating. 

All of these experiences and feelings are normal reactions to life’s joys or stressors. However, sometimes the balance of ups and downs regularly feels off-kilter, and everyday tasks and relationships feel burdensome or filled with nervousness and fear. It is especially concerning when this type of struggle seems to be plaguing our child. 

When to Seek Help

So, what is “normal” anxious or depressed behavior for a child? And when should we be concerned and seek additional help from a professional? 

Depression and anxiety are classified as mood disorders. It’s normal for kids to feel sad, down, or irritated, but when negative feelings and thoughts linger for a long time and limit a child’s ability to function normally, it might be depression or anxiety. The symptoms of depression and anxiety can vary from mild to severe and may include:

  • Frequent sadness, tearfulness, and/or crying
  • Decreased interest in activities or inability to enjoy previously favorite activities
  • Persistent boredom, low energy, or willingness to give up easily 
  • Social isolation, poor communication
  • Low self-esteem and guilt with negative and/or self-critical thinking
  • Increased anger, hostility, or irritability
  • Feeling nervous, on edge, or panicky
  • Difficulty thinking, concentrating, or making decisions
  • Frequent absences from school or poor performance in school 
  • Changes in appetite (weight loss or gain) or sleep (trouble sleeping or sleeping too much) 
  • Persistent physical illnesses such as headaches and stomachaches for which no other cause can be diagnosed
  • Running away from home or talk of running away from home

It can be hard for parents and other adults to know when a child is depressed or anxious. An irritable or angry mood might seem like a bad attitude or disrespect. When a child acts like everyday problems are more difficult than they really are, it might seem like laziness or carelessness.

The key is to recognize when the problem or mood isn’t going away. A parent should trust his or her gut instinct about a child and seek the help of a school counselor or other professional if needed. At GRACE Christian School, our families have access to our full-time school counselor, Dr. Karri Hawley.  

Tips to Manage Stress

If you think your child is struggling, consider taking some of the following actions.

  • Have them exercise. This is a mood-booster because it releases endorphins (chemicals in the brain that make you feel good). It also raises self-esteem and confidence.
  • Teach them relaxation techniques, such as breathing exercises or listening to music. This can help clear their head and reduce feelings of stress. 
  • Help them set goals or do something meaningful. Getting involved in an activity or helping others can grow positive feelings and self-worth.
  • Encourage them to share feelings and get support. Therapy with a counselor can address behavioral patterns, interpersonal communication, and problem-solving abilities.
  • Talk to a doctor about available medications. Some children have a hormonal imbalance that is best corrected by medicine. Research shows that for many teens with persistent depression a combination of therapy and medication is the best treatment.

At GRACE, we are thankful for the opportunity to partner with you in helping to raise children that are truly equipped for life! 

January 21, 2020 | Amazing GRACE

Play4Kay

GRACE is delighted to be hosting our 11th Play4Kay Charity Basketball event to benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Join us this Friday, January 24th. Games begin at 4:00 pm (JV boys), 5:30 pm (Varisty girls), and 7:00 pm (Varsity boys). Come dressed for a PINK OUT and be ready to cheer as we face our rivals, Cary Christian!

Save time by purchasing your tickets now.

MOMENTS WITH MOMS

Join us on February 14th from 8:20 – 9:30 a.m. at the Upper Campus Student Center for PTF’s Moments with Moms. This is a time for the women of GRACE to gather for fellowship, light refreshments, and an inspirational message “Love Letters from God” by guest speaker Michele Bandy. You’re encouraged to invite other women outside our community to attend as we celebrate Valentine’s Day together and be encouraged through a message of God’s love. All who attend will receive a handmade Valentine’s Day cookie to take home. RSVP here.

CELEBRATE GRACE: RESERVE YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Step back into the 1920s and join us at Cypress Manor to experience a night full of jazz, feasting, and celebration as we come together to benefit the GRACE Annual Fund. This year’s Celebrate GRACE will be a night full of fun and surprises – and you will NOT want to miss out!

Tickets to this year’s event will go fast. So ladies and gents, be ready to get all dolled up with your 1920s-style get-ups or come dressed in black, white and gold business casual.
Grab your friends and reserve your free tickets today! (Singles, couples, and groups are all encouraged to attend.) If you are interested in serving as a table host(ess), email mbandy@gracechristian.net to sign up!

RE-LINK YOUR HARRIS TEETER VIC CARD!
Like shopping at Harris Teeter? They give a portion of your purchases of select items back to GRACE! Click here to link your VIC card today. (Must be re-linked every year!)

COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY
Juniors and seniors who need community service hours: Volunteers are needed for The Red Rose Benefit on Saturday, February 29th at Edenton Street United Methodist Church. The Red Rose Benefit is a dinner and silent auction fundraiser for the Ruth Sheets Adult Care Center. The Ruth Sheets Center provides day care for frail, senior adults. The event will run from 3:30-9:15 p.m. and students are needed to serve dinner and help with clean up. Interested in serving? Contact Pete Cotter at 919.218.5029 or pcotter@mdough.net.

CELEBRATE GRACE AUCTION: WE NEED YOU!
Are you a GRACE business owner? A family with a vacation home? Season ticket holders? We would be honored for you to consider donating to the Celebrate GRACE Auction. It is a great way to promote your business to the GRACE community of over 500 families. Previous auction items have included:
– Vacation homes at the beach, mountains, or lakes
– Business donations for experiences, baskets, restaurants, merchandise, and more
– Spa day, birthday parties, guys only, etc. 
– PE Teacher for the Day, Librarian for the Day, School Nurse for the Day and more

If you are interested in donating, please contact Michele Bandy at mbandy@gracechristian.net.
As an extra incentive to make this year’s Celebrate GRACE even more excited, we will be hosting a special silent auction of specialty items for attendees to bid on. We’re asking GRACE classes – TK all the way through 12th grade – to consider joining together to create special themed baskets of items (family fun night, mama’s spa day, gentlemen’s golf weekend, etc.) to donate to the auction. If you’d like more information about donating to the silent auction or would be willing to coordinate for your grade level, please contact Caroline Barnhill at cbarnhill@gracechristian.net.

DRIVER EDUCATION CLASS

GRACE will once again offer a Driver Education Class this summer – June 1-5, 8 am-2:30 pm. The cost of the class is $65.00. The registration form is available on the GRACE website or at the front reception desk. PLEASE NOTE – NO PAYMENT IS REQUIRED AT THIS TIME. We will notify you when the payment is due. To secure space in the class, please complete the registration form and turn it in at the front desk. Requirements – you must be 14 ½ years old by the first day of class and enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year at GRACE. Class size is limited to the first 40 students. If you have any questions, please contact Willa Bea Coates at wcoates@gracechristian.net.
COMING UP

SUPERHERO STEAM NIGHT
January 21 | 5:45 p.m.

Lower Campus Families: tonight is Family STEAM Night. Students can come dressed in superhero costumes if they would like or create their own costume during the event. Pizza will be available for FREE to attendees from 5:45-6:10.  The STEAM activities will begin at 6:10. RSVP here.

PLAY4KAY
January 24 | 4 – 9 p.m.

Our annual Play4Kay fundraiser will take place on Friday, January 24th as we host Cary Christian for a night of celebration, commemoration, and coming together as one community to fight against cancer. Click here to get your tickets and donate to the Play4Kay foundation.

NO SCHOOL: LOWER CAMPUS
February 7 

GRACE will be hosting the ACSI Regional Spelling Bee on lower campus.

DONUTS FOR DADS
February 7 | 7:45 – 8:45 a.m.

Men of GRACE: Don’t forget to join us for Donuts for Dads – where the men have a chance to interact with each other and hear a speaker’s testimony before beginning their day. The event is held in the Upper Campus Student Center. Please park to the right of the building and enter through the door with the blue awning.

MOMENTS FOR MOMS
February 14 | 8:20 – 9:30 a.m.

This is a time for the women of GRACE to gather for fellowship, light refreshments, and an inspirational message “Love Letters from God” by guest speaker Michele Bandy. RSVP here.

CELEBRATE GRACE
February 28

Join us for a roaring good time as we celebrate – ’20s style – GRACE Christian School. We can’t wait to see you there. More info to follow on how to reserve your tickets. For more information, contact mbandy@gracechristian.net.

SCHOOL SNAPSHOT

Last week our GRACE kindergarteners celebrated the union of the letters Q and U in phonemic awareness! A fun time was had by all!

January 14, 2020 | Amazing GRACE

CELEBRATE GRACE: RESERVE YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Step back into the 1920s and join us at Cypress Manor to experience a night full of jazz, feasting, and celebration as we come together to benefit the GRACE Annual Fund. This year’s Celebrate GRACE will be a night full of fun and surprises – and you will NOT want to miss out!

Tickets to this year’s event will go fast. So ladies and gents, be ready to get all dolled up with your 1920s-style get-ups or come dressed in black, white and gold business casual.

Grab your friends and reserve your free tickets today! (Singles, couples, and groups are all encouraged to attend.) If you are interested in serving as a table host(ess), email mbandy@gracechristian.net to sign up!

WAKE UP AND READ

GRACE Christian School will be collecting new and gently-used books to benefit the children of Wake County from January 13th to February 14th. Students can drop books in the bin in the lower campus lobby. Book donations should be appropriate for children birth -12 years of age. Used book donations should be gently-used (covers and pages intact, clean, and readable). We cannot accept coloring books, activity books or magazines. Book donations that are not acceptable for young children may be exchanged with other literacy organizations for more appropriate titles. Please contact Mrs. Gehringer (919-783-6618 or cgehringer@gracechristian.net) with questions or to volunteer.

COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY

Juniors and seniors who need community service hours: Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, which license and provide ongoing support to families who foster or adopt, need child care during foster/adoption interest meetings and or continuing credits to maintain licensing. Boys and Girls Homes of NC is hosting a meeting on February 19th from 6-8:30 pm, which will be held at Hudson Memorial Church in Raleigh. They are in need of students 16 years or older to provide child care during the meeting. If you are interested, please contact Amy Sirhal at asirhal@gracechristian.net to find out more.

SECOND-QUARTER HONOR ROLL

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

ONLINE AUCTION: WE NEED YOU!

Are you a GRACE business owner? A family with a vacation home? Season ticket holders? We would be honored for you to consider donating to the Celebrate GRACE Online Auction. It is a great way to promote your business to the GRACE community of over 500 families. Previous auction items have included:

  • Vacation homes at the beach, mountains, or lakes
  • Business donations for experiences, baskets, restaurants, merchandise, and more
  • Spa day, birthday parties, guys only, etc. 
  • PE Teacher for the Day, Librarian for the Day, School Nurse for the Day and more

If you are interested in donating, please contact Michele Bandy at mbandy@gracechristian.net.

DRIVER EDUCATION CLASS

GRACE will once again offer a Driver Education Class this summer – June 1-5, 8 am-2:30 pm. The cost of the class is $65.00. The registration form is available on the GRACE website or at the front reception desk. PLEASE NOTE – NO PAYMENT IS REQUIRED AT THIS TIME. We will notify you when the payment is due. To secure space in the class, please complete the registration form and turn it in at the front desk. Requirements – you must be 14 ½ years old by the first day of class and enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year at GRACE. Class size is limited to the first 40 students. If you have any questions, please contact Willa Bea Coates at wcoates@gracechristian.net.

COMING UP

AUTHOR VISIT 
January 16 
Children’s book author and illustrator Jonathan Miller will be on the Lower Campus to share his art, read his books and discuss with students the writing process. Be sure to ask your children about his visit!

NO SCHOOL: MLK DAY
January 20 

Consider using this day to talk to your kids about Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy, or perform an act of service in his honor.

SUPERHERO STEAM NIGHT
January 21 | 5:45 p.m.
Lower Campus Families: our next Family STEAM Night is scheduled for Tuesday, January 21. Students can come dressed in superhero costumes if they would like or create their own costume during the event. Pizza will be available to purchase by the slice from 5:45-6:10.  The STEAM activities will begin at 6:10. RSVP here.

PLAY4KAY
January 24 | 7 p.m.
Our annual Play4Kay fundraiser will take place on Friday, January 24th as we host Cary Christian for a night of celebration, commemoration, and coming together as one community to fight against cancer. Click here to get your tickets and donate to the Play4Kay foundation.

NO SCHOOL: LOWER CAMPUS
February 7 
GRACE will be hosting the ACSI Regional Spelling Bee on lower campus.

CELEBRATE GRACE
February 28
Join us for a roaring good time as we celebrate – ’20s style – GRACE Christian School. We can’t wait to see you there. More info to follow on how to reserve your tickets. For more information, contact mbandy@gracechristian.net.

SCHOOL SNAPSHOT

Mrs. Eichhorst’s 7th-grade scientists tested the unique properties of water. They love stations because they can move at their own pace while allowing Mrs. Eichhorst to have one-on-one time with students who need extra help practicing skills like measuring and math.

GRACE: The Best of the Triangle!

Over the last week, GRACE Christian School has been honored by Cary Magazine and Cary Living as one of the best private schools in the area. These awards are voted on by thousands of magazine readers – and school rankings are one of the most voted upon categories.

We are thrilled to see GRACE honored and are thankful for all our community members who voted.

GRACE is the Place!