Friday, November 22, 2019
Exciting news...We will hold a drawing Monday morning, December 2nd, including all children whose parents have given to the Grace Fund. The winners of the drawing will get to spend time with Mrs. Bast decorating cookies, making holiday ornaments, and enjoying hot chocolate. They will also receive a free dress pass for the day.

As we approach Thanksgiving, we are thankful for our families and the way you have supported the Grace Fund this year. The money raised directly supports your children's education and every single gift, large or small, makes a difference. If you have not had the opportunity to give yet, or would like to give again, it's never too late. You can give online by clicking the blue button below, by mail, or in person in the front office.

Parent participation in the Grace Fund is important. Any time we apply for outside funding for the Grace (grants, sponsorships, etc.) we are asked to show that our parents, faculty, staff, Board, and church are fully financially supportive of Grace. Last year Grace received over $15,000 in grants and sponsorships, so showing 100% parent participation is a big deal for and we'd love to be able to count your family in that 100%.
" We give to the Grace Fund because Grace has embraced and loved our sweet girl for the last four years! We love how they have taken her and molded and nurtured her mentally, spiritually, and physically!"
-Danyse and Eric Streets
parents of Kate
Upcoming Dates | December
DEC. 2
Wecome back to school
We'll begin the morning with Flag at 8:20 - Join us!
2 PM Dismissal
 Early dismissal day for students as teacher will be participating in professional development activities.
Nov. & Dec. birthday books will be presented
Important Links | Don't Miss Out
You can order lunch for the remainder of the school year at any time.
Check class websites, homework assignments, make payments, etc.
If you find yourself with a little extra, you can always give to Grace.
Announcements| For the Good of the Order
Thanks for another awesome canned food drive for the Green Cove Spring Food Pantry. Can you believe this is Grace's 31st year in partnership with the Food Pantry?

In case you were curious, we collected the following:

LSU- 33 items
FSU- 126 items
Florida-219 items
Georgia- 52 items

Nice work everyone. The Food Pantry is very grateful for our continued support.

Reflections| From the Head of School
Let’s be honest, being a parent is hard. It’s a huge responsibility and although some days I feel like I’ve hit a home run, other days I completely strike out. It’s pretty overwhelming to think God has entrusted us with a beautiful child and we are expected to guide and shape them into caring, responsible, empathetic people that will make the world a better place. 

I recently attended a lecture by Dr. Richard Weissbourd, Director of Making Caring Common, and Co-director of the Human Development and Psychology program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was the keynote speaker at the 2019 Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) conference in Orlando, Florida. I was on the edge of my seat as I heard him speak. He was spot on in his observations and the research he has conducted was fascinating.

His book, The Parents We Mean to Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine the Moral and Emotional Development of Children, is based on extensive surveys conducted with middle and high school students. In speaking with over 10,000 middle and high school students from diverse backgrounds and regions of the country, he found that the majority of our youth feel their parents care more about whether they get good grades in class than if they are caring community members in their class and school.  

While empathy and academic achievement are certainly not mutually exclusive ideals, it gives me pause as a parent of college-aged children. I know when my children were growing up, too often my first questions were, “How do you think you did on the test?” or “What homework do you have?” rather than “Tell me about your day” or “How do you think you could be a better friend?”  

The FCIS evaluation team provided Grace with very positive feedback during their visit this week. They were particularly impressed with the hands-on learning and with the level of engagement in the classroom. They also commented on how kind our students are to each other. They spent a significant amount of time talking with students about their experience at Grace. One student commented, “When I walk through the gates at Grace, I know I am loved.”

My hope is we are challenging students to become the people God created them to be and communicating to them that they are known, loved, and important.  
Fun Facts | The First Thanksgiving
If you want to be historically accurate this holiday,
serve alligator.

(Taken from the Jacksonville Historical Society)

"In the autumn of 1621, in celebration of their first successful corn harvest, the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony hunted wildfowl and held a feast that was attended by local members of the Wampanoag Tribe, which contributed five deer. History books and countless American schoolchildren know this communal meal as the famous “First Thanksgiving.”

Seen Around Campus | The Best Part of Grace
Tips for an Easy Holiday | Amazon Smile
Did you know: The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to  from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. When you pick your charity, be sure to choose Grace Episcopal Day School in Orange Park, Florida.
PRO TIP: This is important...
Amazon Smile doesn't work through the Amazon app if you have an iphone (it does if you have an android). There is a work-around though. Go to your web browser on your phone, pull up AmazonSmile , and then click the little box with the up arrow at the bottom of your screen. Select add to home screen. If functions almost identically to the app. If you have an android, there's an app for that!
Artists of the Week | Amazing Talents
Congratulations to our new Artists of the Week, Finn and Alexa from Mrs. Hines' 4th grade class. They each used oil pastel to create these rich and velvety abstract tree pictures. The colors are bold and bountiful. Beautiful work kids!
The Preschool Artists of the Week are Bryce and Victoria from Mrs. Rahn's PK4 class. They each enjoyed painting their trees with bubble wrap. It really feels like Thanksgiving now. Beautiful work boys!
Grace Community Partners | Helping Grace
Interested in becoming a Community Partner?