Important Update… March 30, 2020

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Families, after prayerful consideration, our school leadership has decided to continue with our online distance learning platform and will not re-open our campus on April 6, 2020. At this time we do not know when classes, on campus, will resume. The situation is very fluid and we are looking to local, city, and state officials for guidance and support. When health officials determine it is safe to resume school (in-person), we will reach out to you with a date.  With this announcement, we are disheartened to say that our Spring Musical is canceled and will not be rescheduled. This announcement also affects our Junior/Senior Prom, which is now canceled (April 25) but will be rescheduled as soon as possible. Also, we are currently looking at creative ways to host our Academic Awards Ceremony that is both safe and honoring to our students and families.  Please know, the safety of your child is of the utmost importance to us. Though we desire to be near them and educate them in person, we cannot, in good conscience, do that at this time. While this situation has led to more “family time” than normal, we are thankful that our “partnering with parents” commitment lets our families handle it well.  We pray that, though unexpected, this will be a time of growth and bonding.  We are thanking God for your patience and understanding as our school and country traverse this unprecedented time. Be well and let your light shine, C. Harper

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March 19, 1:30PM

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Family, today at noon, Governor Greg Abbot closed all Texas schools through April 3, 2020. Grace Prep, of course, will honor the Governor’s decree and will continue online learning/education through April 3, 2020. After April 3, we hope our situation improves to the point where we can gather again. Terra Nova testing is canceled and will not be rescheduled. Allow me to leave you with this today… earlier I received a note from one of my seminary professors, Mark Bailey, who happens to be the President of Dallas Theological Seminary. In the note, Dr. Bailey wrote; “Christopher, I would like to lead us to one of my favorite passages for times of crisis – Psalm 145. The Psalmist exhorts us to direct our attention and that of future generations to praise God. The call to praise (1–7) reminds us of our privileged response for each day and all eternity. Three clusters form the content of such praise: God’s character and kingdom (8–13); His care and kindness (14-16); and His compassion and keeping (17–21).   Each segment is pregnant with meaningful truths about God’s character, His works, and what He expects in our responses. The wonder-filled attributes of God that are highlighted include His greatness, goodness, righteousness, grace, mercy, kindness, faithfulness, power, sovereignty, and generosity. His wonderful works show that He is a ruling, sustaining, raising, rescuing, providing, satisfying, responding, fulfilling, and attentively hearing kind of God. The attributes show the perfection of His character, and His actions show He is always present in the midst of our real-life circumstances. He will never act inconsistently with His character. Therefore, not only is He worthy of our trust but deserves our wholehearted worship as well. How would He want us to respond to this pandemic? Underline these words in the text and internalize them in your thinking. From verses 4–7 we see God wants us to praise Him in our communication, meditation, proclamation, celebration, and even the lyrics of our “singsperation.” Please join me in praying for the rapid containment of this threatening virus, which challenges the health and well-being of our world. And as God’s people, let us think from a biblical worldview and act in ways that bring witness to our great God who has shown us this better way.” Be well today, and I hope to see you soon, – C. Harper

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March 14, 3PM

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Friends, this week, Tuesday 3/17 and Wednesday 3/18, from 10AM – 1PM, we ask, if need be, you come by campus and get what you need from your locker so that you’re equipped for online classes beginning 3/23. Our campus will be closed to families after Wednesday at 1PM. Middle to late this week you’ll receive instructions concerning online classes and how to prepare for those. More info to come. Once again, thanks for your patience and understanding. As we continue to monitor the regional and national situation, we very much hope to be back on campus in two weeks. Be well, C. Harper

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March 14, 10:10AM

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This morning I listened as John Piper expound this truth from the book of Isaiah. I find comfort in knowing, “Nothing, absolutely nothing, befalls those “who love God” and “are called according to his purpose” but what is for our deepest and highest and longest good (Romans 8:28; Psalm 84:11). I hope you and you’re fmaily are well this morning.   “ . . . declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose.’” (Isaiah 46:10) The word “sovereignty” (like the word “Trinity”) does not occur in the Bible. We use it to refer to this truth: God is in ultimate control of the world from the largest international intrigue to the smallest bird-fall in the forest. Here is how the Bible puts it: “I am God, and there is no other. . . . ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose’” (Isaiah 46:9–10). And: “[God] does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, ‘What have you done?’” (Daniel 4:35). And: “He is unchangeable, and who can turn him back? What he desires, that he does. For he will complete what he appoints for me” (Job 23:13–14). And: “Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases” (Psalm 115:3). One reason this doctrine is so precious to believers is that we know that God’s great desire is to show mercy and kindness to those who trust him (Ephesians 2:7; Psalm 37:3–7; Proverbs 29:25). God’s sovereignty means that this design for us cannot be frustrated. It cannot fail. Nothing, absolutely nothing, befalls those “who love God” and “are called according to his purpose” but what is for our deepest and highest and longest good (Romans 8:28; Psalm 84:11). This is why I like to say that the mercy and the sovereignty of God are the twin pillars of my life. They are the hope of my future, the energy of my service, the center of my theology, the bond of my marriage, the best medicine in all my sicknesses, the remedy of all my discouragements. And when I come to die (whether sooner or later), these two truths will stand by my bed, and with infinitely strong and infinitely tender hands lift me up to God.

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March 14, 10AM

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A message from TAPPS, the Texas Athletic Asociation of Private and Parochial Schools: After much consideration and evaluation, the TAPPS Executive Board determined the following in regard to interscholastic competition in the near term.   Games / Contests TAPPS is suspending all interscholastic competition through April 12, 2020.  This action will take us through the Easter Break. If your teams are in competition today they may conclude today’s  (March 13) activities. If it is deemed safe at that time to resume participation, we will have developed a plan for championship competition for each activity, given the constraints of scheduling and available facilities. Practice If your school is in session, then it will be left to local discretion on whether teams may practice.   If your school has closed campus (which includes online or digital classes), then practice is not allowed. Athletic Activities The suspension shall be in place for those activities governed by the organization and includes Baseball Golf Softball Tennis  Track Fine Art Activities As a result of the suspension, the following fine art activities will have the method of competition amended to allow for the competition to move forward without the exposure of large crowds or numbers of participants. Music – Solo and Small Ensemble Music – Medium and Large Ensemble Academics Speech/LD Debate Art Robotics    

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March 13, 4PM

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Families, on March 23, 2020, Grace Prep will resume classes ONLINE. Within the next week, your child’s teacher will be reaching out to you to help define the process. I encourage you to work hand in hand with your child’s teacher so that, academically, we can make the best of the time that we have. All extracurricular activities remain canceled. Also, Prom has been moved to April 25, 2020, and our Spring Musical will now have one performance, April 24, 2020. Our intentions are to be back on campus, in the classroom, the week of March 30, 2020. Be on the lookout for more information early next week. Be well, C. Harper

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March 13, 10AM…

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Family, this morning the state of New Mexico closed all public schools until April 1 and the state of Florida declared a state of emergency until April 8. Many DFW schools and institutions are following suit. I cannot, in good conscience, move forward with our class trips. At this time all class trips are canceled. Currently, nothing has been rescheduled and we will make future decisions based upon the COVID-19 virus outbreak. As always, your child’s safety is our first priority. Thank you for your support and understanding. – C. Harper

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March 13, 9AM…

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At this time all athletic events/practices, all fine arts events/practices, and all academic competitions are canceled/suspended until further notice. Nothing has been rescheduled at this time, and we will know more as the COVID-19 outbreak unfolds. As always, your child’s safety is our first priority. – Josh Duke

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March 11, 11AM…

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Spring Break Extension: Next week, March 16 – March 20, our campus will be closed as we bring in cleaning professionals who will clean and disinfect our entire campus, top to bottom. As you know our model is a family-centric model. We encourage you to use this time to invest in your family. We understand that this may be an inconvenience for some, we ask your forgiveness and patience as we seek the best for our students, families, and community. – C. Harper

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