Crusader News, October 2018

Crusader News, October 2018

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Taste of Grace!!

We are excited about our Taste of Grace theme this year; Blues and BBQ. This annual event has become one of the highlights of the year. Please join us November 3rd from 6pm-9pm at Grace Christian School for an adult evening of delicious food (catered by Brick City Southern Kitchen), yummy desserts, drink, and fellowship while raising money for the school. Don’t forget that our classes compete in the dessert challenge for the coveted “Chef’s Hat” and dance party. Last year Middle school took the win...who will take the win this year? You can purchase tickets in the office or online at gcsocala.com. For more information about this even please contact Kristin Dean at kdean@gcsocala.com.


Guided Instruction

As an educational institution we are always constantly evaluating and reevaluating our program offerings. Under the forger Head of School, Don Raymond, the middle school was split into two different groups, Quest and Honors, in an effort to provide instruction geared towards the specific needs of students. With some adjustments and tweaking we’ve experienced great success with these division. Wanting to offer something similar for our lower grades, two years ago we began offering a guided instruction period once a week for grades 1st though 5th. During this time students were provided instruction based on their specific needs whether it be interventions, onlevel practice, or enrichment. Because of its success we are continuing guided instruction this year. All students in grades 1st through 5th will meet twice a week. This allows appropriate pacing for students who need to review concepts before they master them, and provides teachers the opportunity to move faster and include enrichment beyond required grade level skills with students who advance more quickly. These groupings are based on standardized test scores, current grades, and teacher recommendation.


Science and Technology
at Grace

I am excited to announce the technological advancements planned for our computer lab. Over the Christmas holidays this space will be transformed into an Innovation Lab where students will learn though collaboration how to apply technology to real world problems, In addition, we are adding a mobile Chromebook cart so that we can turn any classroom into a learning space that can use technology to enhance student learning! The science department is excited about the addition of state of art microscopes that have the capability to project an image from the microscope onto the board. All of this and more was made possible by a GCS family for which we are truly grateful.

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Innovation Lab - January, 2019

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Cold Weather Uniforms

As we enter the cooler months I wanted to review the uniform policy as it relates to cold weather attire. On those rare Florida mornings when it’s really cold students are permitted to wear any color jacket to school. Once students arrive to their classrooms, these jackets are to be removed and either placed in lockers (MS) or in the specified location designated by your child’s teacher. If students need these jackets during the day (ex. Recess or PE) they will be informed either by administration prior to their activity. During the school day please note students may wear the following:

  • Solid (logo optional) navy, red, or white sweatshirt/sweater/jacket/Hoodies (newly added this year with the expectation that students will remove the hood while inside the building).
  • Solid navy, red, or white crewneck or turtleneck shirt may be worn under the regular uniform.
  • Solid navy, red white, or black socks/tights.
  • Navy or Khaki pants (No cargo style)
  • Don’t’ forget NAVY bottoms and tie on Wednesdays.
  • On really cold Church days girls are permitted to wear navy pants. You will be notified by administration the day before.

Christmas Performances-Save the Date!!

Students in grades K3-3rd will perform in the annual Christmas Cheer on Friday, December 7th at 10 AM at Christ the King Church.

Students in grades 4th-8th will perform in the annual Christmas program Thursday, December 13th at 6pm at Christ the King Church.


Red Ribbon Week

This week our students participated in the national Red Ribbon Campaign which focuses on making children aware of the dangers of drugs. We were honored to have Mr. Keuntjes, Sergeant with the OPD, as our guest speaker for the middle school.

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GCS Read-In

We hosted our annual read-in Tuesday, October 16th. Every class had a visit from a volunteer who read them one of their favorite books. This has been a favorite tradition of Grace and a wonderful way to bring literature to life and excite kids about reading. We were visited by a number of literary characters who brought special treats for the kids that corresponded to their book. A huge thank you so all of our volunteer readers. The kids had an amazing time.

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Email me your child(ren)’s name (s) by Friday, October 26th for a chance drawing to receive a special reward from Dr. McKee-Alexander.


SERVICE LEARNING

The students and families of Grace are constantly demonstrating Christ’s love by serving those in need. Most recently we answered a call for help by collecting cases of water to send to our neighbors in the Panhandle effected by Hurricane Michael. In just three short days we collected a “tower” of water and delivered it to Tallahassee where for distribution.

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We are excited to offer the Youth Philanthropy In Action program for our 7th grade class. Youth Philanthropy In Action is a 6 week course taught by professionals in the Ocala/Marion County area and sponsored by he Non-Profit Business Council, a program of the Community Foundation of Marion County. The purpose is to teach students about philanthropy and spark the desire to be philanthropic.

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We are excited to offer the Youth Philanthropy In Action program for our 7th grade class. Youth Philanthropy In Action is a 6 week course taught by professionals in the Ocala/Marion County area and sponsored by he Non-Profit Business Council, a program of the Community Foundation of Marion County. The purpose is to teach students about philanthropy and spark the desire to be philanthropic.