GIGGLES for GRACEPOINT Event Raises $40,000 for Student Scholarship Fund!

On Saturday night, March 25, Marietta Country Club was full of laughter as our GRACEPOINT family came together to raise money for our student scholarship fund.

With an attendance of over 175, the 1st attempt at our own event was quite a success!  Guests enjoyed a delicious buffet of hors d’oeuvres while making new friends and listening to well known tunes provided by Ian Campbell and the Recruits.  The band’s guitarist, Austin Carter, is the husband of our own amazing math teacher, Marni Carter.

Christian comedian and former GRACEPOINT parent, Kenn Kington took the stage as the main event.  Along with hilarious stories, Kenn touched hearts by explaining what GRACEPOINT has meant to his family, being that his daughter Kennedy was the first girl enrolled in the school.  

Comedian Kenn switched roles to Auctioneer for our live auction.  Several folks went home with fabulous vacation rentals along with one of a kind artwork pieces by GRACEPOINT students. 

Teacher experiences such as Wilhelmina’s Special Guest,  Dr. Morphology’s assistant and Principal for the Day were among the most popular silent auction items.  

This event will provide $40,300 in academic scholarships for students at GRACEPOINT.  A big thanks to Kendra Odom for chairing the event and to all of the many parents that contributed their time and donations to make this a success!

 

Always looking for teachable moments......

One of the gifts of teaching at GRACEPOINT, is having the opportunity to nurture not only the mind, but also the heart!  The following article gives a step by step guide to talking with children about forgiving others. 

http://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/infographic-teaching-kids-to-forgive/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=grid1

Colossians 3:13 (NIV)

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

STEAM at GRACEPOINT

It has become an educational buzzword….STEAM.  What does it stand for?  Science, Technology, Engineering , Art and Mathematics. 

Thanks to the creativity of our Science teacher and department chair, Julia Burns, students at GRACEPOINT are using their gifts and talents physically and verbally to increase their knowledge in these 5 learning areas. 

In their most recent lab time, all students were faced with a survival challenge from Mrs. Burns when their “GRACEPOINT Spacecraft” crashed on a planet in outer space.  “Project based learning that does not always require writing is a huge benefit to the dyslexic student and goes hand in hand with the multisensory learning approach of GRACEPOINT,” stated Mrs. Burns.  “It was so exciting to watch the students work together, emphasizing each other’s strengths, while realizing that they were each of equal value to the team.”

During the STEAM lab, students had to meet an immediate need requiring them to use problem solving, teamwork, and critical thinking with limited evidence.  Students who prefer to work alone were challenged with having to work with a team.  Natural leaders welled up from each group, and each student played a role in their survival!

 

GRACEPOINT Gives to Gatlinburg

This past November when raging fires claimed the homes of many residents of Sevier County, one of GRACEPOINT’s teachers felt a call to raise support for the victims of this terrible tragedy.  Shannon Hipps, one of our 4th grade teachers, has extended family and friends in the area, and heard first hand of the stories of the devastation.  With Christmas only a few weeks away, Mrs. Hipps brought an idea to the staff of GRACEPOINT to donate Walmart gift cards to these victims in lieu of exchanging gifts at the annual staff Christmas party.  The staff overwhelming agreed that supporting the people of Tennessee would be a wonderful way to put the love of Christ into action. The idea was then shared with GRACEPOINT students and families, tying into the Core Virtue of the Month, compassion. 

Just a few days before Christmas, Mrs. Hipps overnighted $1500 to Pi Beta Phi Elementary School in Gatlinburg, where approximately 131 students and 7 faculty members lost everything from the raging wildfires

 

 

GRACEPOINT School Day Embraces the Benefits of Exercise

Since it's doors opened in August 2012, GRACEPOINT School has incorporated exercise into its daily schedule.  Based on the research reported in the National Bestseller Spark by John J. Ratey, MD, positive links are shown between exercise and brain function.  Many articles have surfaced reporting the same findings, such as "Want kids to listen more, fidget less?  Try more recess...this school did" found at http://www.today.com/parents/want-kids-listen-more-fidget-less-try-more-recess-school-t65536?cid=sm_fbnhttp://on.today.com/10ZVa09.

GRACEPOINT's 12 Days of Giving - Day 4

Christmas day three was filled with glee,

Three amazing friends love me!

Day four promises to be just as stellar,

Our field trips keep getting better and better!

 

 

On the fourth day of Christmas,
GRACEPOINT gave to me:
Four fun field trips,
Three amazing friends,
Two lovely smartboards, and
A Dyslexia school, O(h) G(ee)!

 

  

*Annual Fund Participation is the key,

not the dollar amount, you see.*