Friday, November 9, 2018
Grace Fund Stats
Be on the lookout for a special Grace Fund announcement in the next couple of days. We have some fun surprises in store for all those that have made a contribution, and trust us, you don't want to miss out!

The class participation competition ends this Thursday, November 15th. It's not too late for you to make an impact on Grace with a gift from your heart. Participation is most important.

If you'd like to be entered into next week's prize drawing, make sure to turn in your contribution asap! Gift certificates, carpool passes, free prizes, class parties...you don't want to miss out! This week's contest winner is: The deGroot Family. Your children will be waiting for you in the front office at 3:15 each day next week, and all you have to do is pull up to the door and we will get your children to you. No waiting in the carpool line and curbside service...there's nothing better!
Big Decisions Ahead...
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At Grace we partner with parents to create personal and ongoing dialogue.

Parenting is full of both rewards and challenging decisions. Choosing the high school that will help your child thrive in the years leading to college is one of those decisions. We recently held a  Coffee and Conversation  surrounding the high school experience for our 7th and 8th grade families. Alumni, Jack Cooksey '16 (Bishop Snyder), Mary Reed '18 (Ridgeview I.B.), Brooke Remolde '17 (St. John's Country Day), and Walker Iller '17 (Fleming Island) spoke about their transition from Grace to high school. We are very proud of these students and the success they have found in both academics and extra-curricular activities.
Who's Your Favorite Team?
At Grace we encourage students to grow in faith and service to others.

Number of Non-Perishable Food Items Donated to Date:

FLORIDA: 91
FLORIDA STATE: 39
GEORGIA: 21
ALABAMA: 9

The middle school is organizing a school-wide competition to collect food items that will be donated to the Green Cove Springs Food Pantry This is Grace Episcopal Day School's 30th year partnering with the Food Pantry. All students at Grace and their families are encouraged to participate! This food drive is our annual food collection in preparation for Ingathering, but this year we've again added a fun twist!

Beginning on November 8th students can bring in food items to be donated. As students enter the gate there will be collection bins labeled with the names of four sports teams. Students will vote for their favorite team by placing their items into their team bin. The last day for collection of food items will be on Wednesday the 14th. The middle school students will count the number of items collected in the bins each day. On Thursday the winning team will be announced, however, the real winners will be the families that are blessed by your giving.

As an extra fun element to this food drive, students may wear their favorite team shirt to school on Thursday the 15th. Students must still wear their regular uniform bottoms on this day. If you do not have a favorite team, remember that you are part of the GEDS team and can wear your GEDS t-shirt.

The food drive runs from 11/08-11/14 and the type of food items usually donated are: canned vegetables, fruit and beans, jars of peanut butter, boxes of pasta, and spaghetti sauce.
Give Thanks With A Grateful Heart
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Next week's schedule at a glance:

Monday, November 12th - It's a regular school day. Students should wear their regular school uniforms.

Tuesday, November 13th - It's a regular school day. Students should wear their regular school uniforms.

Wednesday, November 14th - Please join us for our Thanksgiving Ingathering service at 9 AM, in Grace Episcopal Church. This is a service of Thanksgiving praise and worship. This is an all-school Chapel and all students will be performing. Students should wear their regular Chapel uniform on this day. This is a regular school day. Preschool will dismiss at 12:30 PM, K-8th grades will dismiss at 3:15 PM.

Thursday, November 15th - It's also a regular school day. Students may wear their athletic favorite team shirt and uniform bottoms.

Friday, November 16th - School and Extended Day are both closed on Friday so the entire faculty and staff can attend the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) Conference for continuing education and professional development.
Looking for the Golden Ticket?
Willy Wonka JR audition information was sent home in your child's Wednesday folder this week. Just in case you need digital copies, click the buttons below to access them.
Operation Christmas Child
At Grace we encourage students to grow in faith and service to others.

We are excited about the opportunity for Grace students to share the love of Christ with others around the world through  Operation Christmas Child . During this holiday season, we are partnering with Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has sought to meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disaster, disease, and famine. 

If you are interested in participating in Operation Christmas Child, please fill a shoebox with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies, and return it with $9 to the front office any time between November 12 th -15 th .  Here's a great link with ideas and more information about Operation Christmas Child.
What Do Duck Tape, Kindness, and Grace Students All Have in Common?
At Grace we encourage students to grow in faith and service to others.

October was National Bullying Prevention Month and Grace first through fourth graders are living out kindness around campus.  Through the  Be Kind ®   Stick Together ®  character education program offered to schools by  Project Love® and Duck Tape   ®   we watched the video below of a  Human Kindness Chain . Students brainstormed what kindness can look like at Grace and discussed boundaries, behavior, and forgiveness. They made a joint pledge to: "Stick together against bullying, stop hurtful teasing and encourage others to do the same. To do their part to make Grace a safe place by being kinder to others. To not let their words or actions hurt others and to treat others the way they want to be treated.”
Do You Have Holiday Plans?
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Can you believe the holidays are quickly approaching? If you're in need of childcare before Thanksgiving or Christmas, or after Christmas, Grace has got you covered.

This year we will offer camp for any currently enrolled Grace student. You can register for as few or as many days as you'd like. Need to squeeze in a little extra shopping time? Just need a break? Grace's camps are the perfect solution!

Registration paperwork is due back to the front office no later than TODAY, Friday, November 9th. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to  Mrs. Keyworth.  Check out some of the cool activities (making snow, cooking a feast, arts and crafts, crazy hair day, movies and more) that are planned for your children by clicking the button below!
Seen Around Campus
Bella supported the Gators in our annual canned food drive.
Michael made his pledge to be kind and stick together.
Riley and Hanna signed their names to Duck Tape promising to be kind and stick together.
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James used M&M's for a little inspiration while learning to count in Spanish .
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Victoria also mastered counting in Spanish with a little help from M&M's.
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Jaylee brings homemade cookies every Friday to share with the middle school students and teachers.
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Everyone loves homemade cookies!
Artists of the Week
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This week's Preschool/Kindergarten Artists of the Week are Mark and Domenic. They each drew and colored beautiful sunflowers as part of studying the Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh. Way to go guys! Your artwork is beautiful!
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Congratulations to the new Artists of the Week from Mrs. Hines' 4th grade class: Lydia and Joshua. They each drew an amazing and very detailed picture based on the famous Grant Wood painting American Gothic. Can you guess who the people in the drawings are?
It's Time to Order Your Yearbook
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Can you believe it's already time to order a yearbook! To order your yearbook, complete the order form below and submit to the front office with payment. Payment can be made online through Class Notes, or with cash or check in the office. Yearbooks are $50 if you order before Christmas, and $65 if you order after Christmas. Get those orders in early!
Important Reminders
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  • Please make sure your "Safeguarding God's Children" is up to date with Mrs. Ginger in the front office. This class is required for any adults that would like to go on a school field trip. It is an online class that must be taken every 5 years. If you have not taken it yet, or need to take it again, please email Mrs. Ginger for details and log-in information.

  • Please call the front office if your child will be absent. If emailing is easier, please email both your child's homeroom teacher and Mrs. Ginger.

  • 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!