Happy Easter 2017 from Grace Community School

Happy Easter!

Kids with Easter eggs

We did a whole lot this Easter week, but our students especially enjoyed the egg hunts!

“He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.” — Matthew 28:6

Let us show you all the fun we had in video form.

We’ve collected all our Easter photo albums for you to check out. Just click the links below!

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Grace Community School has an app! It’s completely free, and available from both the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad, and Google Play for Android. With the  Grace Community School App you’ll be able to see photos and videos from the schools, get the lunch menu, receive alerts for dress-up days and parties, contact your Grace Community School location right from the app, and lots more!

Grace Community School App Features

  • Push notifications!
  • Alerts for dress-up days, parties, and school events!
  • Updates right on your phone!
  • School news!
  • Photos and videos!
  • Call and email your school directly from the app!
  • School calendar!
  • School menu!
  • Access forms and checklists!

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Stay up to date with the Grace Community School App on your phone and tablet!
Stay up to date with the Grace Community School App on your phone and tablet!
Access important school content 24 hours a day or contact your school location right from the Grace Community School App!
Access important school content 24 hours a day or contact your school location right from the Grace Community School App!
You'll get alerts and messages right on your phone and tablet!
You’ll get alerts and messages right on your phone and tablet!
Even choose which school locations to get alerts from!
Even choose which school locations to get alerts from!

Already have the app? Great! Be sure to tell your friends — click the “Share Our App” tab right in the app.

Announcement: Showtime! 2017 Graduation Program

Showtime! 2017 Program Logo

We at Grace Community School are excited to bring you Showtime!, our 2017 graduation musical program featuring our students and including our Pre-K and Kindergarten graduation ceremonies!
We have some all-new songs in this show, and the kids are already practicing. The theme for this program is Broadway.

The spring program includes graduation ceremonies for our Pre-K and Kindergarten kids! The spring program includes graduation ceremonies for our Pre-K and Kindergarten kids!

We love doing these musical programs! Click here to see some of our past shows. You will get to see all our Pre-K and Kindergarten students performing their musical acts and showing you the things they have learned this school year. Some other classes will also participate, so be sure to ask your location or look for the signs up in the office.

The shows are free, and you can bring as many people as you want. Tell the grandparents! Just come early to make sure you get good seats. Please note that performers need to be there thirty minutes before show start times.

It’s going to be a lot of fun!

Going along with our program are the new 2017 Whale Shirts, available now at all locations. These are the dress code for the Showtime! program.

2017 Showtime! Whale Shirts
The 2017 Showtime! Whale Shirts are available now!

We will have more details about the shows as it gets closer. Stay tuned to our social media and sign up for our email list, so you never miss a thing.

2017 Showtime! Program Locations, Dates, and Times

May 20
Charlotte Performing Arts Center
3:00 pm

May 27
Estero High School
11:00 am Fort Myers
1:00 pm Bonita Springs
3:00 pm North Fort Myers / Cape Coral Miramar
5:00 pm Lehigh Acres
7:00 pm Skyline

Gulf Coast High School
11:00 am Naples Park
1:00 pm Golden Gate

Lights, Camera, ACTION — Grace Community School’s YouTube

Grace Community School YouTube

At Grace Community School, we love photos, but sometimes a video is even better! One of the great things about living in the modern age is how easy it is to make videos. So we make a lot of them! We post frequently on our social media channels, but we put our best videos on the Grace Community School YouTube channel.

The Grace Community School YouTube channel is a great way for you to see more about our programs. We love making videos where our students are the stars!

From the Whale March to our Summer Camp water slides, you can see all the fun we have every day at Grace Community School.

And check out our reader videos. That’s right, Our Preschoolers Can Read!

Find Grace Community School on YouTube, like and subscribe! The subscribing part is important because that means you’ll get an email notification whenever we put up a new video.

Grace Community School Summer Camp 2017

Grace Community School summer camp has fun, safe, summer activities for ages 1 to 11!
Grace Community School summer camp has fun, safe, summer activities for ages 1 to 11!

Summer Camp for Ages 1 through 11

As Low As $60/Week

You need a place for your kids to go this summer and Grace Community School is ready to help. Summers should be special times for kids. Thanks to Grace Community School, summers are now affordable, enjoyable, and safe! While we are open year round, we have special summer camp programs for school-age children, and now for younger students, too!

Our summer campers enjoy fun theme weeks like Hawaii Week with parties and dress-up days!
Our summer campers enjoy fun theme weeks like Hawaii Week with parties and dress-up days!

Who is Summer Camp For?

Grace Community School now has summer camp programs (subject to availability) for kids ages 1 years through 11 years. We are enrolling now, but space is limited. Once enrollment is full, we will take a wait list.

What Does Grace Community School Summer Camp Offer?

Hours of operation for full-time Summer Camp are 6:30 am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday.

The 2017 Grace Community School Summer Camp runs May 30-August 11, with enrollment starting now.

NEW FOR 2017: PART-TIME SUMMER CAMP FOR AGES 1 TO 4, STARTING AT $60/ WEEK — Gracie’s Summer Splashtastic Camp!

New part-time Grace Community School Summer Camp!
New part-time Grace Community School Summer Camp!

Ages 1 to 4 years of age can enjoy the Grace Community School Summer Camp experience in a special part-time program. Choose either 8:30-11:30, or 2:00-5:00 each day, with plans starting at $60/week.

Summers are more fun at Grace Community School! We’ve been in operation since 1986. That’s more than 30 years experience in Southwest Florida! Complementing our year-round learning activities, some of the special activities include:

Keep scrolling to see the 2017 Grace Community School Summer Camp Theme Week Schedule

Fun dress-up days!
Fun dress-up days!

One of the best parts about the summer is the fun theme weeks we do. Every week has its own fun theme like Pirate Week, Hawaii Week, Carnival Week, and Super Hero Week. Along with the theme weeks we have parties, games, bounce houses, dress-up days, and other special events. A mix of student- and teacher-directed activities and art projects keep kids interested and occupied.

Summer Camp 2017 Theme Week Schedule

Check out all of Grace Community School’s New Playgrounds!

Sign Up for Grace Community School Summer Camp

We anticipate a lot of demand for Summer Camp this year, especially the new part-time program, so sign up before we start a wait list! Enrollment forms are available now at all Grace Community School locations.

Beat the heat this summer and bring your summer camper to Grace Community School.

Summer Camp 2017 Theme Week Schedule

Summer Camp 2017 – Ages 5-11 Registration Form

Summer Camp 2017 – Ages 1-4 Registration Form

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What is Grace Community School?

What is Grace Community School?

What is Grace Community School?

We’re glad you asked! While you can “settle” on many things, you don’t want to settle on childcare. Since 1986, Grace Community School has been offering the best childhood education that money can buy. We are the Southwest Florida community’s recognized leader in early childhood education.

Infants and up at Grace Community School!
Infants and up at Grace Community School!

We accept children from infants through age 11 (for after school and summer camp), with full-day Pre-K and Kindergarten programs.

Instead of Daycare, Why Not School?

We’re different! Instead of babysitting, our school days are filled with active, engaging, intensive learning; organized games, music instruction, and more.

Child with Math Achiever certificate
Grace Community School’s advanced learning program gives your child the tools to succeed.

We are proof that a program can be academically advanced, developmentally appropriate, and fun at the same time.

Bright children graduate from Pre-K at Grace Community School reading at the fifth-grade level. Even average children are reading at the first-grade level, as proven by nationally-recognized standardized tests. This is because our phonics education program is second to none.

Child with reading books
Our Preschoolers Can Read, and they are very proud!

At Grace Community School, children learn to read as young as three years of age. Students not only learn the letters but more importantly the sound that goes with each letter, along with a clue word to help them remember. By breaking the alphabet down into smaller sections and providing individualized instruction, children learn quickly and progress through the Reading Circles at their own pace. Because the kids learn at their own pace, they are never pushed too fast or held back; the instruction is always right at the child’s individual level. The result: kids who read! The certificates and books the kids take home keep parents informed of their children’s progress, and the kids love them!

Grace Community School also has advanced math instruction along with a variety of certificates and levels to celebrate our student’s mathematical achievements. Karate, dance, and music classes are available, too! Most importantly, Grace Community School provides daily non-denominational Bible instruction and curriculum-integrated character development study – an uncompromisingly Christian education.

Child on monkey bars
The best education and the best playgrounds!

There’s More!

We have Kindergarten, too! You can choose Grace Community’s top-notch learning program, which builds upon what your child has learned during Pre-K, continues the fantastic Bible instruction, and helps your child to achieve ever-higher levels of academic and developmental success. Just think about how advanced your kindergartener will be after graduating from Grace Community’s Pre-K and Kindergarten programs. You can continue giving your child the education and care he or she deserves, including Grace Community School’s reading program. An uncompromising education shouldn’t be unaffordable. We understand how tough things are in this economy, and we want to help. Grace Community School has a variety of ways to help parents via our financial aid program, multi-child discounts, and referral program.

Grace Community School is open year round, and we have Summer Camp!
Grace Community School is open year round, and we have Summer Camp!

And we have Summer Camp!

All this, and a whole lot more: free registration, free breakfast, lunch, snacks, and drinks, free after school transport from some local public schools, free weekly photo program, free yearbook, and free twice-annual musical programs.

Stop By Today!

We invite you to call any of our nine beautiful facilities. We’d love to give you a tour so you can see firsthand how Grace Community School can offer the ultimate in early childhood education for less money than competing daycares. We look forward to serving you and your family!

We are family at Grace Community School!
We are family at Grace Community School!

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Why Did Grace Community School Build New Playgrounds at Every Location?

Smiling child on playground
Look at that smile!

Hint: Your Child Will Love the Answer!

We’ve spent a lot of time and money over the past year renovating our playground areas and adding new playground equipment at each and every Grace Community School location. New playgrounds are expensive! Why did we do it? Take a look at the YouTube video above! I think it speaks for itself, but believe me when I say that seeing the joy on our students’ faces has made it all worth it. Your kids deserve outstanding play areas. Basically, we wanted playgrounds to match the quality of our educational programs!

Playground quote

These renovations have taken the better part of a year, but we are finally nearing completion. The last big playground piece was just completed at our Fort Myers location, and the kids are thrilled.

Beautiful new artificial turf at the Bonita Springs location.
Beautiful new artificial turf at the Bonita Springs location.
Stacks of padding waiting to be installed under our artificial turf.
Stacks of padding waiting to be installed under our artificial turf.
Playground padding
Safety first!

We could go on and on about the benefits of physical exercise and the importance of keeping kids moving, but it all boils down to this: we want our students to be happy. And you, our parents and grandparents, have made this possible with your support. These new playgrounds will give many years of enjoyment and education. We couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you!

One of the new playground sets at the North Fort Myers location.
One of the new playground sets at the North Fort Myers location.
Playground Panorama at the Golden Gate Grace Community School
Panoramic view of our newly constructed Golden Gate Grace Community School playground.

The curly slide!
The curly slide!
Doesn't that look like fun?
Doesn’t that look like fun?
Your kids deserve the best!
Your kids deserve the best!

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Happy New Year!

New Year's image
Let us help you with your New Year’s resolutions! Image: Canva

It’s a new year, and that means New Year’s resolutions! While we probably can’t help you with your weight loss goals, we may be able to help with some other stuff. Here’s how can Grace Community School help you be better this year.

Wait, Grace Community School Will Pay Me?

Getting the family finances under control is a critical resolution! We have worked hard to keep our prices as low as possible, including offering extra-low introductory rates for new students. We think being kinder is another great thing to aim for in the new year. Here’s how we can help: the Grace Community School referral program makes helping out friends and coworkers a piece of cake, and it helps you with your financial goals! Refer a family to any Grace Community School location, and once the child has attended for two weeks, you will receive $100 on your account! There is no limit to the number of referrals you can make. That’s right: we will pay you! That’s being kind to both yourself and others. The $100 referral is a great deal, and it’s even better because students at Grace Community School enjoy so much more than basic care!

There’s No Way All of That is Free!

When we list all the things you get at no charge as part of Grace Community School’s programs, people are often skeptical. All of that can’t really be free, can they?

But they are! We’ve even had people call us up and ask, “How do you do it?” The “freebies” offered at Grace Community School include free yearbooks, weekly photo program, twice-yearly school programs, free food, and non-denominational Bible Time.

Free yearbooks, and lots more!
Free yearbooks, and lots more!

To Your Health!

Maybe the number one New Year’s resolution people have is to live healthier. You’re on your own with that one, personally, but we can help your kids! All Grace Community School students receive FREE breakfast, lunch, snacks, and drinks. Our USDA-approved food program does so much! Kids who eat healthy meals are less at risk for getting sick and have more energy to play and learn. These benefits last long past childhood. In addition to tasty, healthy food, Grace Community School students enjoy physical exercise and our beautiful playground areas. We all know the importance of physical activity, and we make it fun for the kids!

Grace Community School playgrounds are designed to help our kids get plenty of physical exercise AND fun!
Grace Community School playgrounds are designed to help our kids get plenty of physical exercise AND fun!

New Year, New Fun For Your Kids

Have more fun in the new year! Learn something new! Your kids can do both of those things at the same time with Grace Community School’s special classes.

Karate students
Karate Class is one of the special classes we have at Grace Community School!

Grace Community School’s Karate Class helps kids build self-defense skills and discipline while getting exercise in a fun environment with an experienced instructor. Dance Class teaches the basics of ballet and jazz while improving coordination, motor, and social skills with an experienced instructor. Art Class gives your child a fun art experience and project to take home each week. Our students explore instruments and express themselves creatively in Music Class while they learn the basics of reading notes and rhythm.

We are enrolling now in these classes, so ask your location’s office for the sign-up forms!

Get Organized

Do you want to be more organized in the new year? Staying organized is tough for families. Do you have kids in elementary school? With the kids spread out all over the place, the day gets hectic. But wait! Grace Community School has before and after school programs — we pick up from many local public schools (you can find a full list on our location pages here). Instead of making multiple trips to pick up the kids in the afternoon, imagine getting all of your kids in one spot!

Grace Community School offers free before and after school transportation!
Grace Community School offers free before and after school transportation!

The Best Resolution A Parent Can Make

Money, health, fun, and organization are all wonderful thing, but let’s be honest: as parents, we make our kids the number one priority. Here is an excellent New Year’s resolution: “I want to do everything I can to help my kids succeed, now and in the future.” That is something worth doing. What is most important for a child’s future success? Some things stand out. These include having a loving family, support from parents, and something Grace Community School is famous for teaching: reading! We can help with that.

Reading is the foundation for every other academic pursuit. Without fluent literacy, all subjects are hard. Superior reading skills make even challenging academic topics approachable. The benefits extend beyond school, however. Kids who learn to read well and learn to read early do better in life in general and a love of reading provides a lifetime of enjoyment. Grace Community School’s phonetic reading program gives kids the tools they need to succeed.

The best new year's resolution
The best new year’s resolution!

Along with our advanced math program and the rest of our curriculum, our students participate in an unmatched whole-life education.

We thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you and your children. Remember: we’re more than a school, we’re a family! We hope and pray that you have a blessed and happy new year!

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Merry Christmas 2016!

Grace Community School kids with Christmas presentsAgain: Merry Christmas! Another year has come to a close, and it’s been a great one here at Grace Community School. Our kids have been very busy, with our Christmas programs (see our Lee County program photos here, our Collier County program photos here, and our Port Charlotte program photos here), gift exchanges, and parties, but we have one more gift for you!

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many words is a video worth? You tell us! This Christmas we’ve got three special videos the children made for just you posted below. Merry Christmas, and may God bless you throughout 2017!

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

First, Gracie the Whale was able to make it out to our Naples Park and Golden Gate Christmas Celebration! programs this year, to the delight of everyone. These shows are so special we made a video to share with you some of the best moments from that weekend!

Second, while she couldn’t get to our other programs this time, Gracie the Whale visited all our other school locations. She sang Christmas songs with the children, gave out hugs and high fives, and spread holiday cheer. It was wonderful!

Finally, we had the kids say what was on all our minds: Merry Christmas to all of you! You are such a blessing to us, and we want to thank you for the opportunity to serve your families and the Southwest Florida community.

See you in 2017!

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Collier County Christmas 2016 Programs

Kids at the Christmas show
Our kids did a fantastic job!
Gracie the Whale
Gracie came to our programs!

Here they are, the photos from our Naples Park and Golden Gate shows! Enjoy, and don’t forget to like and share 🙂

Naples Park Photos

Golden Gate Photos

You can find the photos from our Lee County programs here.

From all of us at Grace Community School, we want to wish you a very Merry Christmas!