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#WhatsUpAtGRACE August 20, 2019

We hope everyone had a great first week of school! As you can see from the newsletter, there was a lot going on and it was all fun!

Please read the August 20, 2019 #WhatsUpAtGRACE for a list of upcoming events including Parent Orientation nights on both campuses and morning coffee events with each campus principal. 

We encourage you to keep up to date with all future events by consulting the GRACE Calendar.

#WhatsUpAtGRACE August 13, 2019

We hope everyone had a great first day of school! Please read the August 13, 2019 “First Day of School” Edition of #WhatsUpAtGRACE for links and important information about things happening on campus. 

We invite the entire GRACE family to attend this Friday night’s “Back to School Bash” on the GRACE Athletic Field. The fellowship and fun start at 5:30pm and will continue up to the start of the football game at 7:00pm. We hope to see you there!

Don’t forget to fill out the forms linked in the newsletter (also available on the Handbook & Forms page in the School Life section of the GRACE website) and bring them in the first day of school. These documents are important for us to have on hand so that we can best serve your children in the case of an emergency. Thank you for your attention to this.  

We encourage you to keep up to date with all future events by consulting the GRACE Calendar.

#WhatsUpAtGRACE August 6, 2019

Welcome back! We hope that our GRACE family has had a wonderful summer break and that you are able to enjoy these final weeks before returning to school. The August 6, 2019 “Back-to-School” Edition of #WhatsUpAtGRACE has “Welcome Back” letters from each of the campus principals as well as a link to the letter sent a few weeks ago from Head of School, Eric Bradley. 

There are several events that happen right after we return to school, so we wanted to let you know what those were. This newsletter contains dates, details and links for the following activities/events:

  • Orientation for all new upper campus studentson August 12th
  • All-School Meet & Greet on August 12th
  • Auditions for the Fall Play on August 15th& 16th
  • All-School Back to School Bash on August 16th  
  • First day of hot lunch on August 22nd

Don’t forget to fill out the forms linked in the newsletter (also available on the Handbook & Forms page in the School Life section of the GRACE website) and bring them in the first day of school. These documents are important for us to have on hand so that we can best serve your children in the case of an emergency. Thank you for your attention to this.  

We encourage you to keep up to date with all future events by consulting the GRACE Calendar.

#WhatsUpAtGRACE July 26, 2019

Welcome back! We hope that our GRACE family has had a wonderful summer break and that you are able to enjoy these final weeks before returning to school.

There are several events that happen right after we return to school, so we wanted to let you know what those were. The July 25, 2019 “Back-to-School” Edition of #WhatsUpAtGRACE has dates, details and links for the following activities/events:

  • Orientation for all new upper campus studentson August 12th
  • All-School Meet & Greet on August 12th
  • Auditions for the Fall Play on August 15th & 16th
  • All-School Back to School Bash on August 16th
  • First day of hot lunch on August 22nd

In addition, it is also the time of year when you will need to fill out a few forms. We are actively looking at ways to move away from paper and make this process completely electronic in the future, but for this year, we ask for your grace and patience as you print, fill out, and turn in the required. forms. All forms are linked in the newsletter and also available on the Handbook & Forms page in the School Life section of the GRACE website.

We also encourage you to keep up to date with all future events by consulting the GRACE Calendar.

Auditions: The Secret Garden

Auditions for The Secret Garden, by Sylvia Ashby, adapted from Frances Hodgson Burnett classic will be held on August 15th and 16th from 3:30-5:00pm in the Upper Campus Chapel. Students must attend both days of auditions. All students auditioning must prepare a one minute dramatic monologue and will be asked to complete a cold reading from the script.

Please do not audition if you are unable to commit to regular attendance at rehearsals, unable to attend the week of tech and dress rehearsals in their entirety, and/or unable to attend both performance dates.

  • Rehearsals will begin on August 22nd and run most days after school  from 3:30- 5:15pm until the end of the performances.
  • Tech and Dress Rehearsals will be every day from October 17th-23rd and are mandatory.
  • Performance dates are Thursday, October 24th and Saturday, October 26th.


Overview of The Secret Garden from the Samuel French Inc. website
Mary Lennox, a sullen and spoiled young orphan, is sent to live with her brooding uncle at gloomy Misselthwaite Manor. Discovering a hidden, neglected garden, Mary plants the seeds of new life for all those drawn into her secret refuge. A wonderful story of transformation, from the author of the immensely popular Anne of Green Gables.

2019-2020 Athletic Update

We are excited to begin another GRACE EAGLES Athletic season for the 2019-2020 school year! We continue to have over 70% of our students in middle and high school participating on GRACE Athletic teams and we look forward to another year of striving for excellence in all endeavors. For specific information on the fall sports season, please read 2019 Fall Sport Information. 

This year, we are working to provide more practice space at our current GRACE Athletic Field location for various of our outdoor athletic teams. With the help of annual fund dollars as well as Eagles Club dollars, we have been able to partner with Evans Contracting to provide over an acre of new practice field space with irrigation and fresh sod! We are hopeful to make this space available to our teams during the early portion of the fall season. There will more than likely be construction going on during the month of August for this project.  This will allow more space for our outdoor athletic teams to practice as well as more teams being able to finish practices at an earlier time!

Our Eagles Club Memberships are a huge way to promote and enhance the athletic programs here at GRACE. An Eagles Club Membership allows you to enjoy FREE ADMISSION for the whole year at our JV and Varsity Athletic events with some exclusions for NCISAA playoffs and special events. Please consider purchasing an Eagles Club Membership today for a special $125.00 price through Aug. 26th!

As always, please use our athletics website GRACEAthletics.net for team schedules, dismissal times, results, as well as other important information such as physical forms and athletic paperwork. Please be sure to SIGN UP as a FAN to receive alerts such as game or practice cancellations, score updates, or other game changes via text or email.

Our GRACE Coaching staff is ready for the new athletic season! We have added some new faces and we are still praying for the filling of some open positions.  Here are a few coaches who are new or have switched to new roles:

  • Steve MacDermut – Head Coach MS Girls Tennis
  • Ashley Brantley – Head Coach Varsity Fall Cheerleading (previous Asst. Var. Cheer)
  • Chad Poprocki – Head Coach MS Boys Soccer (previous MS Girls Soccer HC)
  • Katie Horton  – Head Coach MS Cross Country
  • Beth Chapman – Assistant Coach MS Cross Country

There are a few more coaching positions we are still praying to fill:  Varsity Cheer (winter), MS Girls Soccer (spring). If you know of any candidates, please email their contact information or ask them to contact Athletic Director Devin Terris at dterris@gracechristian.net.

We pray we continue to display servant leadership and provide an atmosphere where our student athletes, coaches, parents, and volunteers reflect humility, sportsmanship, and integrity through the avenue of interscholastic competition for the glory of God!

Please make sure to come out and support your GRACE Eagles and show off some of your #EaglePride at our home events! GO EAGLES!

Back-to-School Bash!

Everyone’s invited! Mark your calendar for fun fellowship on the first Friday night of the school year (August 16th) starting at 5:30 at the GRACE Athletic Field. This Hawaiian-themed event will take place before (and during) the home football game against the Wayne Christian Eagles and will feature inflatables, face painting, food trucks, games, Mimi the clown, and more!

Are you available to help make this event run smoothly? If so, check out the Volunteer Sign-up today!

Printable Back-to-School Flyer 2019

Class of 2019 and Class of 2030

To the class of 2019: Congratulations on your tremendous accomplishments; we pray for God to continue to illuminate the path in front of you as you begin the next chapter of your life. To the class of 2031: Pursue your dreams, be open to new ideas, and follow where God leads you!

Video: Seniors and Kindergartners talk about their future plans

 

The Senior Sidekick program at GRACE is one of our beloved traditions. Members of the kindergarten and 12th grade classes do monthly activities throughout the year culminating in a graduation-themed cap and gown photo session!

 
 
 

#WhatsUpAtGRACE May 21, 2019

We made it! The last week of school! It has been a full year with much to celebrate and we want to thank you for all that you do to make the GRACE community so special. Please take a moment to read the May 21, 2019 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter, our last newsletter of the year.

We will be streaming this week’s graduation ceremonies – you can tune in by going to the Technology/Live Streamingpage on the GRACE website.

  • Kindergarten Graduation begins Thursday, May 23rdat 6:00pm
  • Senior Graduation begins Friday, May 24that 7:00pm

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.

Maclellan Grant Recap

In January 2018, GRACE received a $60,000 grant from the Christian Education Charitable Trust (CECT), a branch of the Maclellan Family Foundations. Earlier this month, Mr. Bradley submitted the summative grant report to the CECT. Please take a moment to review report excerpts below and learn more about the exciting progress made possible through the vision and work of several staff members, GRACE parents, students, and the generosity of the CECT.

The CECT grant allowed GRACE to reach the overarching goals of moving Computer Science program ahead more rapidly than the budget allowed, as well as achieving the projected objectives from the initial proposal. The stated objective benchmarks and results:

Increase student participation in STEM and Computer Science related courses.

Student participation increased from forty students at the time of the proposal to ninety-nine students in the spring of 2019. We anticipate that number to increase for the 2019-20 school year.

Students will build ten computers, five to outfit the lab and five to donate.

Students built thirteen computers, surpassing the initial goal of ten. Five of these computers are being donated to local charities: the North Carolina Men’s Baptist Organization, Thrift2Gift, and the Salvation Army.

Expansion of the technology lab, including a connection to the media center.

Facility improvements included the relocation of a wall, the creation of a sliding doorway to connect the media center and technology lab, and a complete renovation of the storage and student workplaces within the lab.

Improve visibility to the community, including hosting three onsite events.

Instead of hosting three large events, the technology team and administration decided to host one large showcase event and several small events featuring outside speakers.

  • The GRACE Tech Expo featured a roundtable discussion with three local technology leaders (a lead programmer at EPIC Games, a World Wide Lab Director for Cisco, and a software developer at Role Model Software), student demonstrations of class projects, and several hands-on opportunities for visitors to utilize various technologies, such as flying student-programmed drones, driving robots, playing student-designed games, and examining the student-built computers. There were over 150 attendees to the event, not including the student participants.
  • Additionally, through the course of the year, the school hosted eleven speakers from local businesses, including a patent attorney, system analyst, project manager, web developer, and a GRACE alum who is graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Computer Science.

As you can see, the grant served as a catalyst to several aspects of our computer science program. For pictures and a detailed overview of the grant project, please visit the “GRACE is Granted” website. Looking ahead, we will refine current classes and add additional courses to the computer science program, creating a unified curriculum reaching from Transitional Kindergarten through senior year. We will also build upon the partnerships created with outside organizations and local companies to increase opportunities for our students. Lastly, the successful implementation of the grant monies enables GRACE to apply for future grants through the CECT.

In conclusion, there are many people who made the grant application and implementation possible including: Mark Bianchi, BJay Brown, Michael Bryant, Cathy Cole, Melanie Dunning, Nathan Ennis, Randy Fox, Brian Garrett, Mandy Gill, Paul Hutton, Dave Katz, Lisa McCarthy, Jonathan Mitchell, Dana Morrison, Buddha Nepal, Daniel O’Brien, and Karen O’Conner.