Announcement: Showtime! 2017 Graduation Program

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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

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.

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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!

See More About Grace Community School’s programs at http://www.gracecommunityschools.com

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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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!

Announcement: Christmas Celebration! 2016 [UPDATED]

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Can you hear those sleigh bells jing-jing-jingling? We can! Very soon our students will begin practicing for Christmas Celebration! 2016 — the annual Grace Community School Christmas program! You are really going to love this show. We have lots of new music and dance routines for you.

Also: If your child is in the Grace Community School Dance Class, your child will participate in a memorable dance recital taking place during the show, complete with costume. Your GCS location will have information about that soon. Would you like your child to be in the dance recital? Let your location know — if you sign up now your child will have time to practice the routine for the recital.

2016 Christmas Program Locations, Dates, and Times

December 3 – 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

December 10 – Gulf Coast High School

11:00 AM Naples Park
1:00 PM Golden Gate

December 20 – Charlotte Center for Performing Arts

7:00 PM Port Charlotte

Mary and Joseph

Stay tuned to Grace Community School’s blog, email list, and social media for Christmas Celebration! news, including details about the new Christmas Whale Shirt we are working on!

We’re on Pinterest! Click here to discover our cool educational Pins, fun kids activities and recipes, and other neat stuff.

Jungle Jive! 2016 Program Photos (Part 2)

Golden Gate Grace Community School kindergarten graduates on stage at Jungle Jive! 2016.
Golden Gate Grace Community School kindergarten graduates on stage at Jungle Jive! 2016.

(See Part 1 here) And that’s it for our 2016 graduation shows! The kids from the Golden Gate and Naples Park Grace Community School locations took the stage at Barron Collier High School yesterday and put on a tremendously entertaining performance.

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

Photos from the shows are available on Grace Community School’s Facebook page. Click the links below to see the photos!

Golden Gate (11:00 Show)

Golden Gate (1:00 Show)

Naples Park

Everyone had a great time. We were so happy that Gracie was able to make out to the shows again for our school song and photo op! DVD’s of the show will be available this week for just $5 each in each location’s office.

Who doesn't love Gracie balloons?!
Who doesn’t love Gracie balloons?!

It’s been a fantastic school year! Please remember that Grace Community School has summer camp, too. We look forward to serving you and your family. Thanks for making our programs awesome!

Port Charlotte Pre-K and Kindergarten 2016 Graduation

Jungle Jive!

Gracie at the Port Charlotte Jungle Jive! 2016 Graduation
Gracie at the Port Charlotte Jungle Jive! 2016 Graduation.

Saturday was our first 2016 graduation program, and it was awesome!

We had an excellent turnout at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center, with a great performance by the children.

2016 Graduation

The 2016 graduation included our Pre-K graduates!
The 2016 graduation included our Pre-K graduates!

Congratulations to all our Pre-K and Kindergarten graduates. We hope you have a great summer and upcoming school year!

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Almost as special as the show was Gracie’s appearance afterward. She posed for photos with students and their families.

Gracie the Whale takes photos with students and their families after the program.
Gracie the Whale takes photos with students and their families after the program.

Also new to Jungle Jive! are our new Gracie balloons. These will be available at our other shows as well, just $5 each!

Gracie the Whale balloons are just $5 each at our programs!
Gracie the Whale balloons are just $5 each at our programs!

Find the rest of the program photos at our Facebook and Google + pages, and we’ll see you at our Lee County shows Saturday, May 28.

Get More From Our Spring Programs!

This year is flying past! We have only a short while until our Jungle Jive! 2016 programs, starting May 21 with our Port Charlotte location. Get the full schedule here.

Jungle Jive! logoPrograms are our biggest events of the year! The shows for our nine Grace Community School locations across three counties bring hundreds of students and thousands of parents, grandparents, relatives, and friends together to celebrate our students’ achievements. The kids can’t wait to show you all they have learned!

Graduation programs are even more special, featuring our pre-K and kindergarten graduation ceremonies and the first public performance of our new school song. Maps to the shows will be available soon at your GCS location’s office.

Grace Community School Social Media and Programs

The kids are ready for our shows! We are looking forward to the best shows ever, and maybe even an appearance by Gracie!
The kids are ready for our programs! We are looking forward to the best shows ever, and maybe even an appearance by Gracie!
Do you love photos? We do, too! As we have done with previous shows, all our program photos will be available online via our various social media accounts. We will update our FacebookTwitter, and Instagram accounts throughout the shows so you can follow along. In addition, those of you on the Grace Community School email list will receive an email with links to the program photos for easy download and sharing. (Sign up for the email list here) Connect with us now so you’ll be ready, and we hope to see you at the shows!

More for Your Money at Grace Community School

In addition to our unmatched education programs (including our Reading Circles and Math Circles) and extracurricular classes, do you know about all the other great services we offer, for free? At Grace Community School, you will find plenty of freebies, no-cost extras, and superior all-around values.

Continue reading More for Your Money at Grace Community School

Merry Christmas!

We made it! It’s almost the end of 2015. What a great year! Thank you for making the journey with us. Please remember that Grace Community School will be closed for the Christmas holiday from Christmas Eve, December 24th, 2015 until New Year’s Day, January 1st, 2016. We open again on Monday, January 4. You can find the full 2015-2016 school calendar here.

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Our Christmas programs and gift exchange were extremely successful. You can find links to all our photo albums from the shows here, and for the gift exchange here. We had a couple thousand people come out for this year’s shows, and the crowds were enthusiastic! We couldn’t have done it without you. This has truly been a festive holiday season so far, and let us be sure to remember the reason for our joy:

Gracie Christmas Tree“And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.” Luke 2:4-10

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!