Friday, February 1, 2019
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Be Like Rachel's Family
It's time to re-enroll your child(ren) at Grace and Mrs. Bast has prizes! Next Friday, February 15th is the last day to take advantage of the reduced enrollment fee. Go HERE to find all of your re-enrollment paperwork.

It's important you re-enroll your children as soon as possible because enrollment will open to the public after February 15th. We love our Grace families and want to make sure your spot is reserved for next school year. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. McGee by phone (904) 269-3718 or email, or just drop by for a visit.
The Race. It's happening. Be there. With your cape.
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Saturday, February 16, 2018
8:00 AM - 1 Mile Fun Run
8:30 AM - 5K and 8K
Be there.
Exciting changes are happening...
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At Grace, we are committed to offering quality before and after school care for our students.
Our Extended Day program provides age appropriate enrichment activities including outdoor play, crafts, and homework assistance. We offer a variety of choices that can be tailored to the needs of your family. Extended day may be utilized on a “drop-in” or occasional basis or a consistent contracted monthly rates. We are excited to offer several changes for the 2019-2020 school year. Please view the Extended Day form HERE .

  • We have eliminated the Extended Day Registration fee.
  • Early morning is a $100 annual fee per students, which covers the cost of run club.
  • We will be open for the majority of school holidays.
  • Families have the option of selecting the Complete Holiday Care Package and receiving a $350 discount.
Calling all active and retired military parents and grandparents!
We need you!
We love our military families! We'd like to take a group photo of all of our military parents and grandparents after Flag on Monday, February 11th. You can be in uniform or not. All active and retired members of the military are welcome. We will feature the photo in one of our "Behind the Cape" Superhero Run newsletters, as well as during the run. Mark your calendars!
Grace students are thriving with project based learning
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Reagan, built a Rube Goldberg machine that will dunk a cookie in a mug of milk! She learned about simple machines, used recycled materials, and designed this awesome complex machine.
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Jersey built a Rube Goldberg machine that will turn a page in a book! She assembled several simple machines to work together to solve an everyday problem.
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3rd graders worked in the Think Tank with Mrs. Reynolds and Mrs. Dunn to research an animal, learn about an animal, the animal's habitat, and create a shoebox and showing off what they learned.
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Cayden studied the Fossa (it's a panther-like animal that lives in Madagascar) and did an awesome presentation and shoebox telling everyone about it.
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It's a liquid, no, a solid, no, a non-Newtonian fluid! Are you smarter than a 5th Grader? It's ok if you need to ask one to explain what a non-Newtonian fluid is and what they learned while making one!
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For every action, there's an equal and opposite reaction. The 5th graders were challenged to make their own Newton's cradle. Daniel, Madeleine, and Ashley had success and learned a lot in the process!
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After learning about maps, compass roses, and map legends, the 2nd grade made a salt dough map of our school! I'd ask any of these kids for directions, any day!
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Curling, anyone? 7th graders worked in small groups to make rocks for a curling competition. They were only able to use 1 piece of aluminum foil, 1 pipe cleaner, washers, nuts, and/or pennies. Talk about team work, real world problem solving, trial and error, and of course, creativity!
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6th graders are currently learning about Egyptian gods and goddesses. They did quite a bit of research, wrote a paper, gave a brief presentation about thier chosen god or goddess, and then created a replica.
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The 8th graders filmed a video in American History about the Stamp Act. They decided this would be a fun way to show off what they learned in class. We're pretty sure the Tax Collector was not so popular in the Colonial days.
At Grace, we empower students to become self-directed critical thinkers.
Project-Based Learning (PBL) is an instructional methodology that encourages students to learn and apply knowledge and skills through an engaging experience. PBL presents opportunities for deeper learning in-context and for the development of important skills tied to college and career readiness.

Characteristics of Project-Based Learning
Here are three characteristics of meaningful project-based learning activities that lead to deeper student understanding:

1.) Inter-disciplinary
PBL focuses on engaging students with real-world problems. This is an interdisciplinary approach because real-world challenges are rarely solved using information or skills from a single subject area. Projects require students to engage in inquiry, solution building, and product construction to help address the real-world issue or challenge presented. As students do the work, they often use content knowledge and skills from multiple academic domains to successfully complete the project.

2.) Rigorous
Project-Based Learning requires the application of knowledge and skills, not just recall or recognition. Unlike rote learning that assesses a single fact, PBL is more complex and can be used to assess how students apply a variety of academic content in new contexts. As students engage in the work of a project they follow a process that begins with inquiry. Inquiry leads to deeper learning, not just related to academic content, but also related to the use of content in real world applications. Inquiry processes can help lead to the development of solutions that address the problem/challenge of the project and the creation of products to communicate solutions to an audience based upon the application of content and skills.

3.) Student-centered
In PBL, the role of the teacher shifts from content-deliverer to facilitator/ project manager. Students work more independently through the PBL process, with the teacher providing support when needed. Students are encouraged to make their own decisions about how best to do their work and demonstrate their understanding. The PBL process fosters student independence, ownership of his/her work, and the development of 21st century/workplace skills.

Why Project-Based Learning?
Research on PBL  supports an increase in student engagement and achievement, and helps students develop the 21st-century skills they need to succeed in their future careers.
-Partial article taken from:
https://www.definedstem.com/blog/what-is-project-based-learning/
What are some of Thomas Jefferson's greatest accomplishments?
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At Grace, we challenge students to thrive in an academically rigorous environment.
Grace Episcopal Day School 5 th  graders recently participated in an essay contest sponsored by The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Florida. They were asked to reflect and write on the prompt, “What are some of Thomas Jefferson’s greatest accomplishments and how are they seen in our lives today?” Sam, Peyton, and Ashley were all recognized for outstanding essay responses. Congratulations! 

On Wednesday, January 23 rd  our 5 th  grade students went to the Main Jacksonville Public Library where they saw a Thomas Jefferson re-enactor. He spoke about writing the Declaration of Independence and encouraged students to be bold, to constantly revise, and to never be satisfied with the first draft of a paper. 
Artist of the Week
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Congratulations to our new Artist of the Week from Mrs. Taylor's 5th grade class, Olivia. She created a beautiful design with repeating pink and green patterned paper weaving.
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Preschoolers James, Henry, and Charlie painted hearts after studying Jime Dine. They used a variety of color and created some awesome hearts in preparation for Valentine's Day. Beautiful work, boys!
Save the Date
Reminders
  • Kindergarten and 8th Grade Parents - don't forget to turn in your yearbook dedication form by Friday, February 22, 2019.