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Upper Campus Clubs – Week of October 16th

The following upper campus student clubs are meeting this week (October 16-20, 2017)

Tuesday

  • The Indoor Track & Field Club is meeting from 3:30-3:45 in the Activity Building Gym
  • The Creative Writing Club is meeting from 3:15-4:30 in room 203 (Mrs. Petty’s Room)

Wednesday

  • The Chess Club is meeting from 3:30-4:30pm in room 111 (Mrs. Wingerd’s Room)
  • The Math Club is meeting from 3:15-4:15pm in room 136 (Mrs. Stone’s Room)
  • The Scrubs Club is meeting from 3:15-4:00pm in room 128 (Dr. Smitley’s Room)

PTF Weekly Update – October 16

WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK?!

City BBQ Spirit Night: This Friday, October 20th is our annual City BBQ GRACE Spirit day!!!  This is an all-day offering so enjoy lunch or dinner (dine-in or to-go orders) and City BBQ generously will donate 25% of GRACE related sales back to the school!  Students will bring home a flyer today for you to scan on Friday at the restaurant.  We will be sending this out electronically as well and either will work!  

Upper Campus Grade Level Parents: Upper Campus 7th – 11th grade is currently collecting class funds for their grades.  If you desire to participate but forgot then please send it in soon to your assigned Grade Parent, so they can plan their budget for the year.

Care Team Request Form: Care Team offers extra support to our families who are experiencing a life event/need (e.g. new baby, loss of a family member, etc.).  This link allows access to the Care Team request form which will allow you to submit a confidential request for your family or another GRACE family.  Your request will be directed to the appropriate Upper or Lower Campus Care Team members based on your form submission.  Care Team Request Form

Care Team Meals Signup: Care Team has already filled many requests this school year to help our GRACE families.  Now our freezers are running low.  Help Care Team restock the freezer so that they can provide meals to our GRACE families in times of need.   http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d48aca928aafe3-help

Thank You! PTF would like to thank you for all of your support with the GoPlaySave Fundraiser.  We were able to meet our goal thanks to your support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annual Fund Campaign Day 6

 

Support the 2017-2018 GRACE Annual Fund Campaign

It’s week two of the 2017-2018 Annual Fund Campaign that started last week and will conclude on October 20th. Gifts to the Annual Fund allows GRACE to invest in critical resources in many areas of school life including academics, athletics, fine arts, safety, security, and technology. Each day during the campaign we will highlight a different aspect of GRACE and how the Annual Fund supports each one.

Please prayerfully consider how you can be a part of this year’s Annual Fund Campaign. Strong parent participation is a key factor in us gaining access to outside foundation funding. Every gift, regardless of the amount, counts toward our goal of 100% participation. Please make your commitment (or let us know about the giving you are already doing) by filling out the 2017-2018 Annual Fund Commitment Card.

Day 6: We are Thankful for a Culture of Service

GRACE is intentional about creating a culture of service and charity within our community. The Lower Campus Student Council sponsors a number of campus-wide projects, including Operation Christmas Child, a food drive, collection of toys, hygiene items, and other items to give to local or mission groups. Groups of students provide prayer support and write letters for several military personnel and nursing homes.

On the upper campus, students have the opportunity to participate in a fall mission trip. Additionally, students in 7th and 8th grade participate in a meal packing event with the organization Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now). High School students participate in an annual Community Service Day and also have the opportunity to participate in a mission trip. High school clubs provide multiple opportunities for service. All students offer prayer support for GRACE mission teams.

As a school-wide event, the annual Hoops for Hope / Play4Kay Charity Basketball night is a tradition of remembering those who have lost the battle with cancer,  honoring those that are still fighting, and raising money for the the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Over the last ten years, GRACE has raised over $65,000 at this event. Including Hoops for Hope, GRACE has demonstrated our commitment to service by giving away roughly $25,000 per year to local and international charities.

What is the Annual Fund and What Does it Do?

If you’re not sure what the Annual Fund is, or how those funds are used, please read the following series on Giving to GRACE:

Make your commitment today! Fill out the 2017-2018 Annual Fund Commitment Card now!

Annual Fund Campaign Day 5

 

Support the 2017-2018 GRACE Annual Fund Campaign

The 2017-2018 Annual Fund Campaign will last from October 9th-20th! Gifts to the Annual Fund allows GRACE to invest in critical resources in many areas of school life including academics, athletics, fine arts, safety, security, and technology. Each day during the campaign we will highlight a different aspect of GRACE and how the Annual Fund supports each one.

Please prayerfully consider how you can be a part of this year’s Annual Fund Campaign. Strong parent participation is a key factor in us gaining access to outside foundation funding. Every gift, regardless of the amount, counts toward our goal of 100% participation. Please make your commitment (or let us know about the giving you are already doing) by filling out the 2017-2018 Annual Fund Commitment Card.

Day 5: We are Thankful for our Loving Community

When families are asked what they like best about GRACE Christian School, overwhelmingly their responses include the words “loving, caring, community.”  At GRACE this notion of being a loving community is instilled in the youngest grades with encouragement to be “bucket fillers” and not “bucket dippers.” On both campuses, students are encouraged to treat one another with respect and strive to “walk in a way worthy of our calling” as followers of Christ. Teachers instruct and guide students to be responsible digital citizens as they participate in social media. GRACE is also intentional about modeling what a loving community looks like outside of our school. For example, on the Sunday afternoon following our annual Homecoming Dance for our high school students, GRACE is the host location for a dance for students with special needs organized by a local dance studio. Guests are able to enjoy all the decorations and the dance floor used by our students for a special event of their own. This event along with the emphasis that GRACE places on service and missions reflect the value we place on being a loving community.

What is the Annual Fund and What Does it Do?

If you’re not sure what the Annual Fund is, or how those funds are used, please read the following series on Giving to GRACE:

Make your commitment today! Fill out the 2017-2018 Annual Fund Commitment Card now!

Annual Fund Campaign Day 3

 

Support the 2017-2018 GRACE Annual Fund Campaign

The 2017-2018 Annual Fund Campaign will last from October 9th-20th! Gifts to the Annual Fund allows GRACE to invest in critical resources in many areas of school life including academics, athletics, fine arts, safety, security, and technology. Each day during the campaign we will highlight a different aspect of GRACE and how the Annual Fund supports each one.

Please prayerfully consider how you can be a part of this year’s Annual Fund Campaign. Strong parent participation is a key factor in us gaining access to outside foundation funding. Every gift, regardless of the amount, counts toward our goal of 100% participation. Please make your commitment (or let us know about the giving you are already doing) by filling out the 2017-2018 Annual Fund Commitment Card.

Day 3: We are Thankful for Technology at GRACE

The goal of Technology at GRACE (TAG) is to embrace technology to better engage and empower students to excel as lifelong learners by allowing GRACE teachers to extend the boundaries of their classrooms so that students can be exposed to a richer learning environment. Instructional technology at GRACE has always focused on implementing tools and processes that enhance the educational quality of each class. To this end, GRACE teachers receive frequent and ongoing professional development to learn how to best utilize and implement available tools,  and students are encouraged to take risks by pushing the boundaries of technology as it applies to their projects. This commitment to empowering students is evidenced a number of ways including the student-led StreamTeam that videos and live-streams school events, the student interns who work with our IT department each summer, and the use of computer generated animation to create the flying scenes in the production of Peter Pan. The Annual Fund has supported TAG recently with the purchase of Office 365 for all staff, students, and families, 40 new Casio projector systems, and several new computers.

What is the Annual Fund and What Does it Do?

If you’re not sure what the Annual Fund is, or how those funds are used, please read the following series on Giving to GRACE:

Make your commitment today! Fill out the 2017-2018 Annual Fund Commitment Card now!

#WhatsUpAtGRACE October 10, 2017

The October 10, 2017 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter includes important information about our Annual Fund Campaign that started yesterday and will last until October 20th. Each day we will feature a different aspect of GRACE and how the Annual Fund supports that area.

Please prayerfully consider how you can be a part of this year’s Annual Fund Campaign. Strong parent participation is a key factor in us gaining access to outside foundation funding. Every gift, regardless of the amount, counts toward our goal of 100% participation. Please make your commitment (or let us know about the giving you are already doing) by filling out the 2017-2018 Annual Fund Commitment Card.

 In addition to the information on the Annual Fund, you will also find:

  • A link to purchase Peter Pan tickets (the show is THIS week!)
  • Pictures from a variety of events
  • A link to the PTF Weekly Update

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

Annual Fund Campaign Day 2

 

Support the 2017-2018 GRACE Annual Fund Campaign

The 2017-2018 Annual Fund Campaign will last from October 9th-20th! Gifts to the Annual Fund allows GRACE to invest in critical resources in many areas of school life including academics, athletics, fine arts, safety, security, and technology. Each day during the campaign we will highlight a different aspect of GRACE and how the Annual Fund supports each one.

Please prayerfully consider how you can be a part of this year’s Annual Fund Campaign. Strong parent participation is a key factor in us gaining access to outside foundation funding. Every gift, regardless of the amount, counts toward our goal of 100% participation. Please make your commitment (or let us know about the giving you are already doing) by filling out the 2017-2018 Annual Fund Commitment Card.

Day 2: We are Thankful for a Safe & Secure School

GRACE makes every effort to keep our students safe and secure. All of our staff members are CPR certified and renew their certification every two years. During the 2017-2018 school year GRACE added a school nurse to our staff to better serve the needs of our students. Over the past few years GRACE has used Annual Fund investments to procure exterior and interior cameras for both campuses and to purchase our security screening system designed by Raptor Technologies. Every visitor to our campus is screened instantly against the registered sex offender databases in all fifty states through the use of the Raptor system, which also ensures that accurate and reliable records are kept for every visitor that enters our school, every day. All of these “behind-the-scenes” investments help keep our students as safe as possible.

What is the Annual Fund and What Does it Do?

If you’re not sure what the Annual Fund is, or how those funds are used, please read the following series on Giving to GRACE:

Make your commitment today! Fill out the 2017-2018 Annual Fund Commitment Card now!

Staff Spotlight: Diane Dupre

If you are a parent of a student in grades TK-6th grade and use GRACE’s After Care program, you already know how blessed GRACE is to have Diane Dupre on staff. Diane was born and raised in Rochester, New York and first became acquainted with GRACE as a grandparent. When the opportunity to become GRACE’s After Care Director, she was excited to experience the GRACE community from a different perspective. She is grateful to have the opportunity of seeing her own grandchildren (Matthew, Sophia, and James) on campus and to work in the same place as her daughter, Lisa. One of her joys is meeting and interacting with so many kids and seeing them grow up into lovely young men and women. She loves the sense of community and the wonderful friendships she has formed over her years at GRACE.

In sharing a memory from her own school days, it was easy for Diane to recall the most memorable moment which occurred on November 22, 1963.  On this day, 12-year-old Diane was walking home from school with friends when they were told that President John F. Kennedy had been shot and killed in Dallas, Texas.  For the next several days, schools were closed as the country reeled from this terrible event in history and mourned the loss of the President.

Diane shared another, more personal event that made a profound impact on her as a Christian. In 1992, following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Diane traveled with a team of Americans to a remote city along the Ob River in western Siberia. Their mission was to share the gospel with children in schools and orphanages, factory workers, hospital workers and those who had been denied the opportunity, under the communist regime, to hear about Jesus and His offer of salvation. Diane shares that it was a great blessing to worship with families who had been forced to meet secretly for years in “underground” churches. It was an honor, and extremely humbling, to meet and pray with pastors and believers who had been tortured and persecuted, but had refused to denounce their faith in Christ.

Along with her fellow missionaries, Diane hand-delivered the Book of Life (the Gospel translated into the Russian language) to thousands of school children, factory workers and anyone else who expressed interest. In the evenings, during their evangelistic crusades, thousands heard the good news and accepted Christ as their Savior! Diane describes her time in Russia as harrowing, beautifully rewarding, and life changing. From this experience comes her advice to all young people, “Thank God every day for the freedom to worship our Lord openly and freely. Don’t ever take that for granted.”

Diane accepted Jesus as her Savior during the summer of 1984 and affirms that He utterly and completely transformed her. Coming of age in the 70’s without the influence of the gospel, it’s not surprising to hear that Diane was once a rebellious hippy who met her husband, then a young blues guitarist, at the local community college. They fell in love and married shortly thereafter.

The greatest joy in Diane’s life is knowing that her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren know and serve the Lord – a living testimony to one of her favorite verses, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” (3 John 4).