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#WhatsUpAtGRACE January 15, 2019

The January 15, 2019 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter includes links for you to reserve your spot at both:  

  • our annual Play4Kay charity basketball night (Friday, January 25th)
  • our annual Celebrate GRACE fundraising dinner (Friday, March 1st)

Lower campus families remember that tonight is our STEAM night and we invite you to come with your student for an evening of innovation and fun.

Now is a busy time for new families to consider GRACE as their future school home. You can help us find the right families for GRACE by writing a review (link in the newsletter) and letting your friends know about our upcoming Open House Sessions. Thank you in advance for supporting GRACE in one or both of these ways.

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.

Equipping Parents: Summit Ministries

Summit Ministries is a resource that GRACE trusts for reliable biblical worldview training. We wanted to share with you some free resources they’ve made available to teachers and parents and those who work with middle and high school students. There is an upcoming webinar on January 31 on Truth & Relationship in a Sexually Confused Culture (January 31, 2019) If you’re not available during the scheduled time (3-6 P.M. PST) you can register to access the simulcast afterward, but you must be registered to do so.

Also available from Summit Ministries is a series of videos under the heading of Practical Tips for Equipping Gen Z (this link ONLY available until January 30, 2019) This is a recorded webinar with world class speakers, Dr. Jeff Myers, Jason Jimenez, and Mike Sherrard discussing Gen Z and relationships, role models, identity and biblical authority.

We are prayerful you find this helpful as we partner together to equip our students spiritually!

Host an International Student

GRACE is a certified school for international students which means we have been accredited and certified by the US government to be able to do this. To further assist us, we partner with an organization called New Oasis who recruits students from China. This organization is used by many of the independent schools in our area and has a reputation of doing an excellent job of vetting students and giving them excellent support while they are here in the US. We will limit the number of international students to 10% of our high school population and our desire is for international students to join the GRACE student body in 9th or 10th grade and return each year until they graduate.

At GRACE, we have the opportunity to welcome these students and share the Gospel with them as they learn about the US and live in our culture. Our students have the opportunity to learn from our international students about different cultures and become global citizens themselves.

As we begin to plan for the 2019-2020 school year, we will need host homes for these international students and invite you to consider this. If you are unable to host, could you help us spread the word? Do you know someone who would be a great host family and be blessed by this experience? If so, please let us know!

A host family must provide:

  • Transportation to and from school (must live within 10 miles of school)
  • Nutritious meals
  • A separate bedroom (may share a bathroom)
  • Parental supervision of a young adult eager to work hard and learn about American culture

A host family will receive:

  • An amazing cultural experience
  • A monthly stipend of $1,100 from New Oasis
  • Ongoing academic and social support from New Oasis
  • A mutually rewarding experience

Some common questions and clarifying answers:

  • “How long is the host family commitment?”  Although the student will most likely be an incoming freshman or sophomore, attending GRACE for 3–4 years, the host family commitment is for one school year, with the student returning home during summer breaks. Many host families do create deep and lasting bonds with their exchange student and look forward to having them back after summer break, but we only ask for a one-year commitment. Also, if you do need to go someplace without your exchange student, it’s not a problem—one of our respite families can step in for short-term hosting.
  • “Won’t the exchange students want to be with someone their own age?”   Not necessarily. New Oasis has had great success with empty nesters and families with small children. These home environments can provide a restful safe haven where peer-related anxieties to perform/behave/speak in very particular ways are less demanding.
  • “Not knowing the student makes me a little uneasy.”  New Oasis does a great job vetting their applicants and only accepts students who can excel academically and socially. Beyond this, a lot of time and energy is put into matching students and host families by interest. But even after a match is made and the exchange student has selected you based on your profile (created from your application, references and home visit), you will begin communication with your exchange student before their arrival, and both parties have to be on the same page and feel at peace about the arrangement.

Thank you so much for taking the time to think and pray about how you can help us find wonderful families that can share the love of Christ in tangible ways through the hosting experience. On a personal note I, Mandy, have had a wonderful time learning about culture and being blessed by students who have lived in our home through the years!

If you would like to apply to be a host family, please fill out the application at or contact Drew Cardwell (, our host family coordinator for New Oasis, to share your thoughts about how to spread the word.

Art Contest

The Joey O’ Bocce Classic for Cystic Fibrosis is now accepting entries for their t-shirt design contest. Last year we had more than 35 entries from GRACE and one of our 7th graders, Everett Quinto, won.  His t-shirt design was printed on the t-shirts for the event. He and his family were honored at both the pairings night and the event, received free t-shirts, dinner and lunch, and played as a team at the tournament. (value of greater than $400). 

So get out your markers or colored pencils and start creating! Design entries should be submitted in color on white tabloid/ ledger sized paper (11″ x 17″) to Merrily Boyd (lower campus) or Elizabeth Walters (upper campus) by Friday, February 1st. The winning entry will be notified by email and posted online at Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and the Joey O’ Bocce website.

The Joey O’ Bocce Classic Tournament is a local fundraising event that raises money and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis is a progressive genetic disease that affects the lungs and the ability to breathe.  Every year, teams compete in a Bocce Tournament and last year, the event raised over $25,000 for Cystic Fibrosis research and medical expenses. This year, the event will be on April 28th, 2019.

Red Rose Community Service

GRACE high school students are invited to earn community service hours by volunteering as a server at the annual Red Rose Benefit. This dinner and silent auction is a fundraiser for the Ruth Sheets Adult Care Center which provides day care for frail, senior adults.

  • Where: Edenton Street United Methodist Church at 228 W. Edenton Street in downtown Raleigh (across from the round Clarion Hotel). Parking is available for Volunteers. 
  • When: Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 3:30-9:30pm (Student volunteers will be served pizza)
  • Duties: Student volunteers will help serve hor ‘doevres, dinner, and clean up afterward
  • What to Wear: Student volunteers should wear white collared shirt/blouse with black pants

Interested students should contact Peter Cotter at 919-218-5029 or to sign up.

#WhatsUpAtGRACE January 8, 2019

Welcome back! We hope that everyone had a restful and joyful Christmas break and that you have adjusted to the second semester.

January is a busy month at GRACE – make sure to check out the information in the January 8, 2019 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter for:

  • the deadline for submissions to the ACSI Creative Writing Festival (this week)
  • a lower campus Parent’s Night Out (this week, registration required)
  • a lower campus STEAM Night (next week, registration required)
  • a new/gently used book drive (starts tomorrow)
  • the annual Play4Kay charity basketball night (January 25th, tickets on sale now)

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.

Drivers Education Class 2019

GRACE will once again offer a Driver Education Class this summer on June 3rd – 7th, 2019 from 8:00am-2:30pm. The cost of the class is $65.00. To secure space in the class, please complete the Drivers Ed Registration Form 2019 (also available at the front reception desk) and return to the front desk. PLEASE NOTE – NO PAYMENT IS REQUIRED AT THIS TIME. We will notify you when the payment is due.

Requirements – you must be 14 1⁄2 years old by the first day of class and enrolled for the 2019-2020 school year at GRACE. Class size is limited to the first 40 students.

Any questions, please contact Willa Bea Coates at

WAKE Up and Read

Attention, all GRACE Families: we need your new and gently used children’s books for the WAKE UP AND READ Book Drive starting this month!

GRACE Christian School is having a book drive, January 10 – February 14! We are supporting WAKE Up and Read (, whose goal is to collect over 110,000 new and gently-used books for children ages birth-12 to distribute at select schools and community centers across Wake County. GRACE families can make a difference in our community just by donating books. 

Look for the book collection bin at GRACE Christian School, Lower Campus – and please help us fill them. You can also support this book drive by purchasing new books to support the drive at local retailers.  

If Upper Campus students or parents want to volunteer, please contact Mrs. Carol Gehringer at 919-783-6618 or at We need help in counting and transporting the books in late February.Thanks! 


#WhatsUpAtGRACE December 18, 2018

Merry Christmas! We hope that everyone in the GRACE family has a joy-filled Christmas break!

While I don’t want to rush you through the holiday season, the December 18, 2018 #WhatsUpAtGRACE newsletter does include information about three events coming up in January and links to sign up for each of them.

Also included in the newsletter are pictures from last week’s elementary Christmas program along with links to our annual Video Christmas Card, a video produced by one of our high school elective classes, and a GRACE News post detailing favorite Christmas traditions enjoyed by the GRACE staff.  

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.

Christmas Greetings 2018

It’s truly beginning to look a lot like Christmas; in the last week we’ve had several Christmas concerts and performances and, of course, our mid-winter snow earlier this week.

We are excited to send you our 2018 Christmas Video Card — if we were to buy a card in the store, we would want it to convey that the significance of this season is not the pretty bows, decorated trees, and holiday songs, but the truth that God loved us so much that He sent His only Son to earth to provide a way for us to be restored to Him. Christ is the foundation of the mission of GRACE Christian School and what better way for us to celebrate Christmas than to tell the greatest story ever told. On behalf of the entire staff of GRACE Christian School, I invite you to pause for a few minutes (five to be exact) and hear this amazing story in the words of our youngest students. Click to watch the 2018 GRACE Christian School Video Christmas Card. 

Meanwhile, at the upper campus, students in our brand new Video Editing elective class have been working on their own Christmas video project. Their video demonstrates, in two minutes and twenty seconds, our having-fun-together GRACE community. In this video, you will see students who span a spectrum of ages and interests all participating together and clearly having a good time doing it. There are students who were new to the GRACE community four months ago and students who have been here since kindergarten, students who are athletes and those who have never been part of a sports team, theatre students, computer science students, middle school students, and high school students all having fun for this one project. Click to watch the 2018 Christmas Video from the GRACE Video Editing Class

And finally, the GRACE staff has been working at putting together a list of our favorite Christmas traditions together to share with you. We hope that this list of things to do, places to go, and ideas for family Christmas celebrations is one that you will find helpful in making this season one where you and your family can celebrate the birth of our Savior. Click to read Our Favorite Christmas Activities in Raleigh, NC.

From all of us at GRACE Christian School, we wish you a Christmas season filled with the joy and wonder that comes from knowing the true meaning for the celebration. May Jesus be the center of your Christmas