Update, April 20, 2020…

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Lion Nation, Last week the Governor of Texas closed schools for the remainder of the 2019/20 school year. In these unprecedented times, I understand how it is he came to his decision. Respecting human life, especially the life of our children and elderly, has been of the utmost importance during these times, and Grace Prep has gladly followed the lead of our civil authorities. These uncharted waters have caused us to adapt and overcome many new and unforeseen obstacles. Thank you for your patience and flexibility. Your faithfulness to our school has been overwhelming; it is because of your support and love that we will make it through to the other side of this pandemic. I am confident that we will come out stronger in the end.   Moving forward, I want to begin to bring closure to the 2019/20 school year. Below are some details and dates that you need to be aware of. This information will help guide you through the next few weeks and prepare you for the 2020/21 school year. Because of the diligence and thoughtfulness of our staff and faculty, you will be pleased to know the majority of content has been taught to your child(ren) this year. Though we will miss days of fun, such as field day, field trips, class parties, and other activities, your child has received the best academic instruction possible in light of our circumstances. This diligence has allowed us to establish the following schedule:   May 1, 2020 – Last Day of Class for our Elementary and Primary Students  May 1, 2020 – Last Day of Course Work for our Junior High and High School Students May 4-8, 2020 – Finals Week Schedule: (7th-12th Grade) Monday, May 4 – History  Tuesday, May 5 – English  Wednesday, May 6 – Science  Thursday, May 7 – Math Friday, May 8 – Foreign Language **There will be no final exams in elective classes.** May 8, 2020 – Final Bell for Seniors @ 1PM @ Grace Prep (more information to come)  May 11-21, 2020 – AP Tests (instruction will continue for AP classes- more info to come).  June 19, 2020 – Graduation Ceremony (more information to come)   July 16, 2020 – Junior/Senior Prom at Bass Hall (more information to come) ** We are still hoping for a senior trip early summer **  I want you to have an enjoyable summer, one of less quarantine and more sunshine! I hope to see you soon, long before August 2020! We have many events and activities planned for this summer, leading us into the next school year, I pray that they become a reality!  Again, thank you for your faithfulness and love. Those things are very much reciprocated, as we miss and love you and your child very much. Be well and stay safe, C. Harper 

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Important Update… April 3, 2020

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Friends, This week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered schools to remain closed until May 4, 2020. Grace Prep will follow the Governor’s orders. This means that we will continue utilizing our distance learning platform for the foreseeable future. It is VERY likely that we will finish the semester online, but we will make that decision when we have more information. Our intention is to have our graduation ceremony on May 15, 2020, as well as have a Jr/Sr Prom and Senior Trip in June 2020. If we must postpone graduation we will, but we are committed to having a physical graduation in order to honor those families that have completed their Grace Prep education. There is much uncertainty and anxiousness about the days ahead. In light off that, I would like to share an article that I read this week. Alasdair Groves, the executive director of the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation wrote this and I found it to be a great encouragement. In sharing this with you, I hope you’ll be comforted as well… “The COVID-19 coronavirus provides us with an opportunity to think about how we respond to anxiety. Specifically, I want to think about how we can handle the particular strain of anxiety that comes when we are waiting for a threat that is gliding toward us, its fin visible above the surface. Thankfully, Scripture knows the fear of impending danger intimately and speaks to it repeatedly. So let’s seize this occasion to refresh our collective memory on how Scripture navigates this particular eddy within the larger current of anxiety. What is our comfort when a significant threat looms but has not yet begun to erode the shore in earnest? Let’s look at an unfamiliar portion of a familiar Old Testament passage to get our minds moving in the right direction. After they left Egypt, the people of Israel wandered in the wilderness for decades. When they finally arrived on the doorstep of the promised land, they faced one last obstacle to entry: the Jordan River. You know how the story goes. The priests carry the ark into the river and, once their feet get wet, the waters part and the people walk through on dry ground. God repeats the miraculous provision of deliverance their parents had experienced a generation earlier at the Red Sea. What we can easily miss is a little detail in the first two verses of Joshua chapter 3, and it’s this: the people had to camp and wait at the river’s edge for three days (3:2). Without knowing what was coming next or how they would cross. What’s it like to sit in your tent watching a river at flood stage churning by (3:15)? What’s it like to watch your children playing outside, knowing that they are going to have to somehow cross this engorged river, dark with flood-stirred sediment? What’s it like to look at your sheep, donkeys, and the precious heirlooms you carried all the way from Egypt that represent your life…

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