Best of Southwest Florida and Bonita Springs 2017

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We’re excited — once again the Southwest Florida community has voted Grace Community School the best in Southwest Florida.

Best of Southwest Florida 2017
We took home awards for Best Day Care, Best Child Care, and Best Preschool from the Fort Myers News-Press!

The Fort Myers News-Press voted us Best Child Care, Day Care, and Pre School.

The Bonita Banner and Naples Daily News voted our Bonita Springs location the Best of Bonita Springs.

🏆 Congratulations to our Bonita Springs location – voted Best Preschool and Best Child Care for 2017!

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And our Cape Coral and North Fort Myers locations were voted the Best of 2017 by the Cape Coral Breeze!

We want to thank everyone who made this possible, especially our parents, grandparents, and students. Your support is what drives us!

Find Out Why We’re the Best!

Instead of Daycare, Why Not School?

What sets Grace Community School apart from the many childcare centers in Southwest Florida is our unmatched educational programs. Nowhere else will you find our emphasis on real learning — especially reading. We encourage you to check out the links below and explore the difference academics makes in the life of children.

What Will Your Child Learn at Grace Community School?

Should Young Children Be Taught to Read?

Helping Your Child Succeed in Child Care and Beyond

Take Your Pick: Your Preschooler Reading Real Books… or Not Reading at All

Success Through Early Learning at Grace Community School

Field Day 2017, and Stuffed Animals!

Field Day 2017

Friday was our 2017 Field Day for our Pre-K and Kindergarten students.

We had a lot going on this past week! It was also Animal Planet Week, with Stuffed Animal Day on Friday.

We documented all the fun with photos and videos.

Kids with stuffed animals
So many cuddly friends!

There’s way too much to put one one page, so here are links to all our photo albums. Just scroll down and click to get to all the albums. Watch our slideshows, too!

Field Day 2017

Bonita Springs

Cape Coral Miramar

Golden Gate

Lehigh Acres

Fort Myers

North Fort Myers

Naples Park

Port Charlotte

Stuffed Animal Day

Fort Myers

North Fort Myers

Naples Park

Port Charlotte

Skyline

Lehigh Acres

Bonita Springs

Kids with stuffed animals
Thank you for bringing in all your friends for Stuffed Animal Day!

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Download the Grace Community School App!

Download the FREE Grace Community School App

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!

Download the Grace Community School App

Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad

Google Play for Android Phones and Tablets

 

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.

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

Tell Your Friends and Get a $100 Referral Bonus

Happy New Year!

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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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Sign Up Now for the 2017 School Year!

Grace Community School Pre-K and Kindergarten
It’s never too early!

2017 is coming soon! It’s never too early to get ready for the next school year.

Grace Community School has Pre-K and kindergarten available.

Sign-up forms are available now!

Download them here:

Pre-K Registration Form

Kindergarten Registration Form

We are limited in the number of students we can accept, especially at these great prices, so you need to register as soon as possible. Your child is eligible for next year’s pre-K if he or she has turned or will be turning four years old by September 1, 2017.

Some locations also have spots available for the current Pre-K school year. Again time is of the essence.

The benefits of a Grace Community School education are abundant.

Is your child already attending Grace Community School? Why not refer a student to Grace Community School and earn $100?

If you are looking to get have your child learn some new skills and have fun this year, try out Grace Community School’s Dance, Music, and Karate Classes, or our Art Classes!

We are excited about the new year, and we hope you are, too!

Benefits of Grace Community School Pre-K and Kindergarten
Choose the best!

2016-2017 Grace Community School Theme Week Schedule

Ever wanted to know ahead of time when special dress-up days are coming? You can!
Ever wanted to know ahead of time when special dress-up days are coming? You can!

At Grace Community School, the learning AND the fun don’t stop! We have year-round theme weeks that include special days like parties, dress-up days, and special activities. Check out the schedule below to see all the fun coming up.

See what fun is coming up next with the 2016-2017 Grace Community School Theme Week Schedule!
See what fun is coming up next with the 2016-2017 Grace Community School Theme Week Schedule!

Downloadable PDF —> GCS-2016-2017-Theme-Week-and-Event-Schedule

Remember, you can also access a special Google Calendar to see our theme weeks and special events at www.gracecommunityschools.com/calendar.html

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Theme weeks like Holiday Week keep learning fun. There is always something new to do!

Keep the 2016-2017 Grace Community School Theme Week Schedule handy, and you’ll always know what is coming next!

Hey, did you know that we’re on Instagram? Follow us there to get the best of school photos, behind-the-scenes videos, and school news!

Ready, set, HUT 🏈

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We’re the Best… Again!

Thank you for voting Grace Community School Best of Cape Coral, Bonita's Best and Best of Southwest Florida for 2016!
Thank you for voting Grace Community School Best of Cape Coral, Bonita’s Best and Best of Southwest Florida for 2016!

 

Our parents have been busy! You voted Grace Community School the best daycare and preschool in three different awards so far this year: Best of Cape Coral, Bonita’s Best, and Best of Southwest Florida.

We are thrilled to see the Southwest Florida community recognize us for our more than 30 years of child care excellence.

Now more than ever, parents are asking, “Instead of Daycare, Why Not Grace Community School?”

Best of Cape Coral

Grace Community School was voted Best of Cape Coral for 2014, 2015, and 2016!
Grace Community School was voted Daycare and Preschool in the Cape Coral Breeze Best of Cape Coral Awards for 2014, 2015, and 2016!

Bonita’s Best

We were voted Best of Bonita 2016 in the News-Press Readers' Choice Awards!
We were voted Best Preschool and Best Child Care in the News-Press Bonita’s Best Readers’ Choice Awards!

Best of Southwest Florida

News-Press Readers chose Grace Community School as Best Child Care and Best Preschool in the 2016 Best of Southwest Florida Awards!
News-Press Readers chose Grace Community School as Best Child Care and Best Preschool in the 2016 Best of Southwest Florida Awards!

Thank You!

We couldn’t have done it without you.

Help us celebrate! Right now we are running a Flash Sale for new customers. Get Grace Community School child care for just $99/week through November 11. It’s a fantastic deal! Even better: current customers who refer a family earn a $100 referral bonus. Get details here. You and your friends can get the childcare voted Best of Southwest Florida for the best price ever!

New Grace Community School Calendar and Website

Grace Community School has a NEW website!

The new Grace Community School website!
The new Grace Community School website!

If you haven’t already, do check it out. As always, our home on the web is www.gracecommunityschools.com. It’s colorful, friendly, and packed with useful information about our various classes, curriculum, and instructional programs. You can see what the week’s theme is on the home page. Find useful supply lists, the month’s lunch menu, the financial aid form, and other documents on the Downloads page. What’s my favorite part of the new site? The Grace Community School Calendar!

Grace Community School Calendar

The Grace Community School Calendar, on our new and improved website, is updated frequently with parties, dress-up days, special events, programs, photo days, and more!
The Grace Community School Calendar, on our new and improved website, is updated frequently with parties, dress-up days, special events, programs, photo days, and more!

Get directly to our calendar by clicking here. You can see at a glance the upcoming theme weeks, parties, special events, photo days, and more. While we do our best to keep our parents informed through our social media (also linked to on our site) and email list, the calendar is a new way to make sure you never miss a thing. You can even add it to your Google Calendar, iPhone, or other calendar software using the instructions on the calendar page. We think you’ll find it a great tool.

P. S. We’re now on Pinterest! Follow us for art project ideas, learning materials, recipes, kids activities, and a bunch more stuff. It’s fun!

GRACIE!!!

Gracie the Whale visited our Bonita Springs, Lehigh Acres, and Skyline locations this week. The kids were SO excited! Gracie will be visiting all of our locations in the upcoming weeks. Watch for her to make an appearance at our upcoming graduation programs, too!

We love Gracie the Whale!
We love Gracie the Whale!

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