Friday, October 5, 2018
Empowering Students
At Grace we empower students to become self-directed critical thinkers.

We believe that experiential learning, or learning by doing, prepares students to be analytical and creative problem solvers and aids in internalizing new knowledge. Today 5 th  graders used straws to blow bubbles, measuring their vital lung capacity. Students measured the diameter ring of the bubble which was converted into lung capacity measured in liters.

As a culmination of their novel study on  Schooled  by Gordon Korman, 6 th  graders tie dyed t-shirts while discussing important lessons they learned from the book. Respect, kindness, tolerance, and honor are themes that are addressed in the novel. Students discussed what it means to be “true to yourself” and to “accept others.”
Technology on Campus
At Grace we challenge students ot thrive in an academically rigorous environment.

Did you know that even our littlest learners spend time in the Think Tank, working with technology? Over the past few weeks Kindergarteners have learned to Code. Yes, 5 year olds are coding at Grace! Using age appropriate tools for coding, Mrs. Hite's class worked with Mrs. Reynolds to bring our KIBO robots to life!

KIBO is a robot kit specifically designed for young children aged 4-7 years old. With KIBO, children build, program, decorate and bring their own robot to life! Designed for open-ended play, KIBO lets your kids make almost anything – a character from a story, a carousel, a dancer, a race helicopter – anything that they can think of. The child creates a sequence of instructions (a program) using the wooden KIBO blocks. They scan the blocks with the KIBO body to tell the robot what to do. They press the button and the robot comes alive. With KIBO, young children can become programmers, engineers, designers, artists, dancers, choreographers and writers.
Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day
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Mark your calendars now for Grace's Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day! We will gather on Wednesday, October 17 for a small reception, All-School Chapel, the book fair, an opportunity for a special photo, and classroom visits. If you supplied the addresses of your child's grandparents on his/her enrollment paperwork, an invitation for the day has already been mailed. If you can't remember if you supplied addresses, feel free to stop by the office to check. If you'd like to pick up an extra invitation to give to a grandparent or to invite special friend, we have plenty in the front office.
Chapel Time is Changing!
Chapel time for 1st - 8th grade is changing to 8:30 AM. Please join us any Wednesday morning at 8:30 in Grace Episcopal Church for Chapel. All are always welcome!
Seen Around Campus
5th - 8th graders enjoyed their trip to St. John's Cathedral downtown for the Episcopal Schools Celebration this week.

Wonka Won and we are so excited!

The 7th and 8th graders spent time white water rafting on their trip to Kanuga last week. They had a blast!

After school activities began this week and are a huge hit! In Slime Time, students made color changing slime using thermochromatic pigments. The slime changes colors depending on it's temperature.
In art this week, grades 1-8 worked on a cross curricular Spanish and Art project celebrating Spanish Heritage Month.

6th graders created tie dyed shirts after reading the book Schooled .
6th graders presenting their project about the history of "churros." Mmmm...

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Akari used water colors to paint a beautiful rainbow in Art.
The Book Fair Will Be Here Soon
What : 2018 Grace Episcopal Day School Book Fair
Where : Benedict Hall, Grace Episcopal Church
When : October 16; 8 AM - 6:30 PM
We'll have a food truck from 3:30 - 6:30 if you'd like to grab dinner and do a little shopping.
When : October 17; 8 AM - 5:00 PM

Looking for a quick and easy way to volunteer a little time at Grace? The Book Fair could be your answer! Shift details for working the cash register as well as set-up and break-down can be found on the sign-up sheet at  https://tinyurl.com/GEDSBF2018 . If you’re able to help for any amount of time, please sign up for the date(s) and time(s) that work best for you. Thanks so much!  Events like the Book Fair are made possible because of parent volunteers like you!
Let's Have A Parade
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We're changing things up this year! Let's have a parade celebrating all of the amazing characters from our favorite books. Your child is encouraged to dress as his or her favorite book character and bring the book to school for a parade on campus on Wednesday, October 31st. If students are in costume, they do not have to wear their Chapel uniform on this day. The parade will begin immediately following 1st - 8th grade Chapel, at approximately 9:15 AM.
Mothers of Preschoolers
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Are you a mom of small children or soon to be one? Come check out our Mothers of Preschoolers group the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 9:30am-11:30am in Benedict Hall. Our next meeting is October 9. Hope to see you there!
 
To learn more about us, visit our Facebook page:
From Grace Episcopal Church
Join Grace Episcopal Church for an exceptional evening of music with an all-Bach solo concert performed by Alexei Romanenko. The concert includes 6 suites for solo cello by J.S. Bach. This is an event not to miss! Light refreshments will be provided at intermission.
 
When:          Wednesday, October 17, 2018
 
Time:            6:30pm-9:15pm (Doors open at 6:00pm)
 
Where:         Grace Episcopal Church
 
Cost:            Suggested Donation - $20.00 per
person
(A portion of the proceeds will
benefit Grace Episcopal Church)
 
Click  HERE to learn more about Alexei Romanenko.
Important Reminders
  • If you would like to be included in emergency text notifications, please text the following: @ilovegrace to the phone number 81010. This will automatically enable you to receive any emergency communications from Grace. Standard text messaging rates apply. You can opt out at any time. Your phone number will not be shared with or visible to other parents. No one will be able to reply to group messages, so you will not receive a million messages after the initial message is sent!

  • THIS MONDAY, October 8th is a school holiday, and Extended Day is closed. Enjoy your three day weekend with your family and we'll see you back at school on Tuesday!