Friday, September 20, 2019
FOR 70...

Can you believe we are celebrating our 70th school year at Grace? We are going to kick off the celebration at the Fall Family Social, Friday, September 27th, from 5-7 PM, on the preschool side of campus, with free cake and ice cream for all! (You can also pre-order dinner from Jason's Deli.) We'd love to see you and your family there.

The Honor Support Team from NAS Jax visited Grace on Monday for Flag. They also spent time with our 5th and 6th grade students sharing the proper procedures for raising, lowering, folding and caring for our country's flag. Our students were mesmerized, to say the least.

Grace Episcopal Day School is a Christian based, family-oriented educational community dedicated to maximizing each student's potential. As part of living out our mission, we are intentional in providing ways for our students to grow in faith and service to others. In addition to the Wednesday chapel service and weekly Christian Education classes, students are encouraged to live out the Fruits of the Spirit. "The Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control." Galatians 5:22-23

Grace uses a program, developed by Cathy Hardage, a former FCIS Head
of School here in Jacksonville, and grandmother to Miles Hoffman (1st) and Charlie Hoffman (PK 4). Mrs. Hardage developed this character education program in 2002 after receiving the Hooker Grant from the Florida Council of Independent Schools. Grace has used this program to recognize and encourage students over the last five years. Each month students study a specific fruit (spiritual attribute) and they are recognized by their classroom teacher in chapel. At the end of the school year peers will have an opportunity to celebrate these qualities in their classmates.
Grandparents and Special Friends Day at Grace will be on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. If you supplied grandparent contact information on your child's enrollment form, an invitation will be mailed early next week. If your child does not have a grandparent that can attend, feel free to stop by the office for an invitation to give a special friend.
Upcoming Dates | September
The First Run Club
of the Year
If you haven't registered yet, it's not too late!
Fruit of the Spirit Chapel
Fruit of the Spirit Awards for Love will be given at chapel for 1st - 8th grade at 8:30 AM.
Fall Family Social
 Join us from 5-7 PM on the playground for free cake, ice cream, and fellowship with other Grace families.
Important Links | Don't Miss Out
We're partnering with the Florida Striders and there will be lots of cool prizes! Check out this link for more info. Click the blue box above to register.
We'll have boxed meals available from Jason's Deli. Click the blue box above to pre-order your meal today!
Open to all students during their birthday month -
Make a donation to the school library in honor of your child's birthday. Your child will get to select a new book for the school library.
October lunch orders are due by midnight on September 25th.
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
GREAT NEWS! Several of you have asked for a class directory and now it's available! Simply go to Class Notes and after entering the password, you'll notice a new column, next to the classroom websites. There's a class directory for each grade, including parent's contact information, mailing addresses, etc.
Mark your calendars for the Fall Family Social on Friday, September 27th. It will be a fun night of celebration! You can order a boxed meal for the evening by clicking the link above. The cake and ice cream is FREE!
The Safety Patrol schedule is now on the school calendar! Go to , click on the school calendar icon, and then check to see who's on duty each week.

5th-8th grade teams:
Team A : Ian D., Zach H., Joshua M., Lauren M.
Team B:  Lawson C., Olivia H., Hailey L., Jacob M.
Team C:  Regan D., Hailee H., Ruby J., Emily L., Jack W.

4th grade teams:
Team Red:  Alexis D., Garrett D., Riley M., Lilanna P.
Team White:  Jack B., Cayden I., Finn K., Elias Li.
Team Blue:  Asher H., Alexa H., Elias Le., Kathryn Worsham
Seen Around Campus | The Best Part of Grace
Sweet Caitlin enjoyed some time outside in today's gorgeous weather.
It was the first all school chapel of the year and these buddies loved their time together.
Ian had some great moves to show off to the camera today.
4 year olds have been studying dinosaurs this week. Guess who's behind the mask?
Practicing animal words is lots of fun at Grace!
Jaxon worked hard to paint some gorgeous art work.
Weekly Sports Shout Outs | Go Eagles Go!
9.21.19 Cross Country Invitational at Bishop Kenney

9.23.19 Volleyball 5PM vs. Beaches (away)

9.24.19 Soccer 4 PM vs. Grace Lutheran @ Ed Austin Park (away)

9.26.19 Volleyball 5 PM vs. Christian Heritage (away)

9.26.19 Soccer 4 PM vs. Beaches @ Dye Clay YMCA
Artists of the Week | Amazing Talents
Congratulations to our new Artists of the Week from Mrs. Hines' fourth grade class, Reilly and Evie. They each used a crayon resist technique and watercolor paint to create a beautiful picture of a painted elephant. One of the elephants is even wearing a gold Rolex watch!
Congratulations to our new Preschool Artists of the Week from Mrs. Rahn's Class, Henry and Rachel. They each used oil pastels to draw these cool cats! Your cats are gorgeous and vibrant and your choice of color is spot on.
Alumni Corner | Where are they now?
Have you seen the new garden beds in front of the third and fourth grade cottage? What about the new archway at the entrance to the garden? Those were built by Grace alumni, Ethan Lastinger, for his Eagle Scout project. Ethan worked with volunteer and former teacher Mrs. Trice, to design and create the raised beds for the fourth grade gardening group. Nice work Ethan! We're so proud of you!
Staff Spotlight| 10 questions in 30 seconds(ish)
Last week's mystery eagle was...drumroll please...COACH MARS! Let's see if you can figure out who this week's eagle is!

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without? I know its two… God and Diet Coke

Strangest job you’ve ever had? Undercover security in a department store

Any hidden talents we should know about? None that I’ll admit to

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Build the Arfetorium for Grace

Favorite treat for yourself? pedicure

If you could be anything, what would you be? I would like to be in charge of the education department of a major history museum or historical site.

How do you like to spend your free time? I love to spend time outdoors enjoying the beautiful state of Florida.

Favorite place to travel to? I don’t have one favorite place. I love to travel to new places and explore the sites and restaurants.

What chore do you dread doing? One chore I really don’t care for is doing laundry.

Favorite thing about Grace? My favorite thing about Grace is how comfortable and at home I feel here.

Guess that eagle!
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