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#WhatsUpAtGRACE December 12, 2017

The December 12, 2017 #WhatsUpAtGRACE includes lots of Christmas cheer.

Included in this week’s newsletter is:

  • Links to the live stream of last week’s Christmas concerts
  • Lots of calendar reminders and upcoming dates
  • Information about the ACSI Spelling Bee and Creative Writing Festival
  • An opportunity to volunteer today and tomorrow at the Christmas Store
  • Last call for lost & found
  • How your trash might be MakerSpace treasure

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.

Don’t forget to re-enroll your student for the 2018-2019 school year. Re-enrollment is completed in RenWeb and a link to instructions is included in the newsletter.  Please note, RenWeb does not support mobile devices for re-enrollment.

Staff Spotlight: Beth Hawks

If you have spent any time paging through a GRACE yearbook, then you have already benefited from the gifts and talents of middle and high school science teacher Beth Hawks. In addition to teaching science at GRACE, Beth is the organizing and motivating force behind our student produced yearbook. If you are a student at GRACE in any grade, you will see her multiple times a year as she strives to make sure every student is represented more than once in The Torch.

During her 15 years teaching at GRACE, Beth has taught 8th Grade Physical Science, Chemistry, Physics, 7th Grade Health, Freshman Health, Algebra I, Photography, and Yearbook (not all in the same yeaer). Science and the space program are Beth’s passions and she would have pursued being an astronaut if she hadn’t grown above NASA’s height limit of 5’8″ when she was 12 years old. As it relates to science, Beth loves seeing students discover science and enjoys teaching many students twice as 8th graders and again in high school.

Beth had a hard time picking a single memory from her own time in school, but shared that her 6th-grade teacher taught her not to take herself so seriously; at that time, she cried if a person looked at me wrong or said something I didn’t like. 

When asked to share advice, Beth was quick to say, “Be open to whatever new opportunity God brings your way.” As a point of illustration, Beth shares that she didn’t know she would love teaching yearbook, but she said yes to it when Kathie Thompson asked her to try it. Now, thirteen years later, she can’t imagine what it would be like not to do it.

Beth believes that God has given the gift of singleness so that she can have undivided time in her ministry to the students at GRACE. She loves working at our school because everyone is committed to serving God with their work instead of viewing it only as a way to get a paycheck. When asked to share her favorite Bible verse, Beth quoted Mark 9:24, when the father of the boy with the unclean spirit says, “I believe.  Help my unbelief.”  The recognition that even though he believed, he still had a long way to go and needed the help of Jesus to believe is something she relates to.

As far as sharing something that others might not know about her, Beth let us know that she was a clown for a few years in a church ministry; her name was Peaches. 

2018 ACSI Creative Writing Festival

GRACE Christian School participates in the annual ACSI Creative Writing Festival. Finalists for the ACSI event are selected from among entries submitted for the school level event. The GRACE and ACSI Creative Writing Festivals provides students an opportunity to demonstrate their writing abilities and skills. This student activity is not a competition but rather a program geared to help students improve their creative writing abilities.

  • General Information: All students in grades 4-12 are encouraged to participate. Students can submit a writing piece from this school year or create a new one. Submissions in multiple categories are welcome.
  • Deadline: Entries are due by Friday, January 12, 2018 at 3:00pm to your English teacher.

For more information read: GRACE Creative Festival 2018

#WhatsUpAtGRACE December 5, 2017

The December 5, 2017 #WhatsUpAtGRACE has lots of information about things going on at GRACE. Don’t forget to re-enroll your student for the 2018-2019 school year. Re-enrollment is completed in RenWeb and a link to instructions is included in the newsletter.  Please note, RenWeb does not support mobile devices for re-enrollment.

Included in this week’s newsletter:

  • Link to the live stream of today’s Elementary Christmas Program (watch live or later)
  • Two important “Save the Date” events
    • Play4Kay (Hoops for Hope) on January 26, 2018
    • 3rd Annual Celebrate GRACE Fundraising Dinner on March 2, 2018
  • Information about the summer missions trip to Costa Rica
  • Important reminders for parent and student drivers on the Upper Campus
  • Service opportunities for students and families

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.

Staff Spotlight: Sharon Martin

If you have spent any time on the elementary campus (especially the car pool line), then you know who Sharon Martin is. For fifteen years, Sharon has been sharing her many gifts and talents with the GRACE community as the 3rd grade assistant and one of our many dedicated car pool monitors.

Sharon has a degree in electrical engineering and worked at CP&L (now part of Duke Energy) running the dispatcher training simulator to teach dispatchers how to take care of major outages in the power system (i.e. tornadoes and hurricanes).

Sharon grew up in Ohio and moved to North Carolina after college. Ironically, her identical twin sister also lives in Raleigh and they frequently run into each others friends who cannot tell them apart.

When asked to share something from her own school days, Sharon recalled that in her neighborhood elementary school, everyone walked to and from school each day and that everyone went home for lunch. She also recalls breaking her right arm in 3rd grade and learning to write with her left hand. Sharon credits this event for transforming the quality of her handwriting which went from “horrendous” to “beautiful” during this time. Fun fact – Sharon still has the plaster cast that was on her arm!

Sharon and her husband, Ken, have been married for 35 years and have two daughters adopted from Thailand. Both Melanie and Molly attended GRACE from kindergarten through high school graduation. After adopting the girls, Sharon quit work so she could stay at home with them. When they were old enough to enroll at GRACE, Sharon came on staff so she could have the same hours and holidays as them, and to help pay for their tuition. While both girls have long since graduated (Melanie- 2011 and Molly- 2014), Sharon stayed on at GRACE because, as she states, “I really enjoy working here.”

When not at GRACE or spending time with their daughters, Sharon and Ken like to do long distance biking. They recently rode 175 miles in two days (100 miles the first day and 75 miles the second day) as part of the 2017 Bike MS: Historic New Bern Ride which raised $1,661,078.92 to fund MS research.

 

 

#WhatsUpAtGRACE November 28, 2017

Welcome back! We hope that everyone had a restful and thankful week off and that you are ready to finish well. The November 28, 2017 #WhatsUpAtGRACE has lots of information about things happening in the next few weeks before Christmas.

Parents in transitional grades (5th going into Middle School and 8th going into High School) are invited to attend a meeting this week to introduce them to the next chapter in their student’s academic journey. Details are in the newsletter.

Don’t forget to re-enroll your student for the 2018-2019 school year. Enrollment opened to the public on November 16th and we are seeing strong interest in our school. Re-enrollment is completed in RenWeb and a link to instructions is included in the newsletter.  Please note, RenWeb does not support mobile devices for re-enrollment.

Also included in this week’s newsletter are:

  • Pictures from TK all the way to a member of the senior class
  • A link to the coverage of the GRACE float in the Raleigh Christmas Parade (if you missed that parade, GRACE will be participating in the Apex Christmas Parade this weekend)
  • Service opportunities for students and families
  • A reminder about early dismissal days as we approach the end of the semester
  • Information about this week’s Donuts for Dads event

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.

 

Staff Spotlight: Lynne Hawkes

Parents and students in high school are well acquainted with GRACE’s Director of College Counseling, Lynne Hawkes.

Lynne deeply values tradition, but she also loves variety and change. As a result, she loves the growth that the college counseling program has experienced in the last few years as well as the diversity of students and families that she gets to work with. No two students are the same and Lynne enjoys getting to know each family and help them identify the best college choices for their student. Lynne works hard to demystify the college application process for all GRACE families and to make this part of the high school experience as smooth as possible. In addition to these internal connections, Lynne also enjoys building relationships with college admissions departments and sharing with them what makes our students and faculty exceptional.

When asked about her favorite school memory, Lynne was quick to cite science. All through school, she loved labs, lab reports, dissections, field studies, all of it! During her junior year, when she was a lab assistant to her favorite teacher, she was sent to the supply closet for a bucket of sand and found a bucket of sheep eyes instead. At that moment, she knew that medical school was not in her future!

Lynne’s love of science led her to two degrees in environmental science and when working with the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources for her Master’s research, she was given the opportunity to travel all of North Carolina to map the spread of foreign invasive plants. The best part of this research was traversing the remote rivers and lagoons in airboats with the NC Wildlife Officers and seeing bear, wild boar, and other wildlife. Unfortunately, wildlife also includes snakes, including a close call with a cottonmouth on one of those airboat voyages.

Lynne credits her parents for giving her a passion for learning, but also encouraging her to pursue her curiosity in the things she showed an interest in. Lynne grew up in New York and Washington DC which gave her a rich exposure to the broader world. When she became a Christian in high school, she began to appreciate the wonder God’s greatness and His unfailing love for His people of all nationalities. Lynne was taught to embrace individuality but more importantly, that failures need to be dealt with honestly and used as stepping stones to move lovingly toward others in our pursuit of living out the gospel.

Lynne’s favorite Bible verse is Deuteronomy 4:9 which reminds her not to get so caught up in the swiftness of life and forget what God has taught us, shown us, and how He has faithfully loved and sustained us. “Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.”  Lynne also loves the reminder in this verse that these lessons, His Word and His Truth, should be passed on to the next generations so that they might, in turn, desire only Him.

Lynne and her husband, Charlie, have four children, three of which have moved on to college and beyond. They love exploring the great outdoors; traveling, hiking, biking, sailing, and kayaking –  getting off the beaten path here in North Carolina and abroad.