Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul
and with all your mind and with all your strength. -Mark 12:30

Blake McMeans was once one of the nation's top-ranked high school tennis players until one
drinking and driving accident changed the course of his life forever.

He'd like to share his story and stress the importance of making strong, healthy choices throughout life
with our upper school students on Thursday, October 5 from 9:45am-11am!

See the full flyer, HERE!

BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR SBACS
We're proud to announce that our very own Head of School, Rob Hammond, was recently elected to the Board of Trustees for the Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools!

We're so thankful for his leadership here at our school and know that his knowledge and experience will be a tremendous asset to this board as they continue to promote Kingdom education across the country.

Enjoy a long and safe Fall Break with your family & friends!!
K-5th Top 3 homerooms will receive free ice cream and spirit wear dress on a special day of the week!
6th-8th :  Top 2 homerooms will receive donuts and spirit wear dress on a special day of the week!


COUPON BOOK SALES
CONTINUE THROUGH OCTOBER 5!
Our goal is for each GCA family to sell 5 Knox Co. Coupon Books so that we have a strong start to this year's GCA Fund. After considering suggestions made by parents and teachers last year, we have changed the process of purchasing and picking up coupon books. In efforts to make the purchase/pick-up of coupon books as convenient as possible,  ALL sales and distribution will take place at the drive-thru tents located in the  K-2 car line and the Upper School entrance circle. Only TWO DAYS remain, so get yours now!

More information, including the ** AWESOME** prizes for our top sellers and the hours of
drive-thru operation,  can be found HERE.
 
Should you have any questions regarding the Coupon Book sale or the 2017-18 GCA Fund, please contact our
Director of Development, Mitchell Turner at  MTurner@gcarams.org

Finish STRONG for  Battle of the Bottles !

GCA is partnering with CAK to raise money for Hope Resource Center. Students were provided a baby bottle to fill with change and return to their homeroom teacher; there is NO LIMIT to the number of times the bottle can be filled!  Classes at each school level (LS, MS, US) with the most filled bottles returned will earn a Chick-fil-A breakfast AND a week of spirit wear dress code.  

All bottles must be returned by TOMORROW, Oct 4, at 10:00am. 
Class winners will be announced on Thursday, Oct 5th.

Thank you for making a difference! 
We are seeking a part-time teacher for senior English. Qualified candidates must have a Christian testimony, degree in English, and teaching experience. 

Interested in joining the GCA family? 
Please visit our WEBSITE to complete an application! 


Are you looking for a way to be more connected with your child's school? Join us for the relaunch of Grace Christian Academy's Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF). An informational meeting will be held on Thursday, October 26 from 6:30-7:15 PM in the Gathering Room for all who are interested in being involved or giving input. Childcare will be provided by Coach Nate Hoffmeister in the gym. Please RSVP by clicking HERE.


GCA is hosting German exchange students from
Heilbronn, Germany from October 11-22!

Help us welcome them to the GCA community!

(last year in front of the Heidelberg Castle)


GCA showing their colors of black, red and gold to honor Germany's Day of Unity!


Pre-order your G2 jackets **ONLINE ONLY**
before the cold weather sets in!
Last day to order is Monday, October 16!

Did you know you can purchase youth Under Armour polos
online AND in the store? Stock up today!


The Winterim experience affords GCA Upper School students an opportunity to "learn outside the walls of the traditional classroom." Students can travel, participate in internships, or take specialized courses. We are seeking the expertise of the entire GCA community to facilitate on-campus classes for Winterim 2018! If you have a skill or hobby that you would like to share with students, Winterim week is March 5-9, 2018. Check out the  Catalog of Courses  for classes that have been taught in the past. Please contact Mrs. Nordhorn ( anordhorn@gcarams.org ) if you have interest or questions.

KNOXVILLE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE FAIR
Attention Seniors: The 2017 Knoxville Christian College Fair is scheduled for Tuesday, October 17 from 6:30-8:30pm at Concord Christian School.

Please register at: ChristianCollegeFairs.com


 
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19

GCA will host a mini college fair for all 11th and 12th grade students during BTC time in the Grace Student Ministry building. We will host the following: University of Tennessee, East Tennessee State University, Moody Bible Institute, Bryan College, Boyce, Pellissippi State, University of the Cumberlands, Lee University and the Army.

 


The FAFSA application opened on October 1st! 
To be eligible for financial aid (grants, loans and work-study funds) and to meet the requirement for the TN Promise, you will need to apply for this free application. To apply and/or learn more, please visit: https://fafsa.ed.gov/
 

JUNIOR & SOPHOMORE MEETING
Monday, October 30th at 6:30pm the 11th  and 12th  grade parent meeting in the Upper School. Please join us as we have a panel of experts straight from the admissions offices of some of the colleges you are looking at! This will be a time of Q&A about the college application process, Tennessee Promise, FAFSA and scholarship information.



The PSAT will be given to ALL 11th
 grade students on
Wednesday, October 25 th

Click HERE to learn more!

SENIORS: Application Deadline is November 1st!

ROBOTICS CLUB 2017-18

Stage ONE
WeDo Club for Grades 2nd-3rd
This club meets in the Science Lab once a week on Wednesdays, Oct 25-Dec13, from 2pm-3pm!  (Stage 2 will begin in February)

EV3 Mindstorms Club for Grades 4th-6th
This club meets in the Science Lab once a week on Thursdays, Oct 19-Nov 30, from 2:45pm-4:15pm.  (Stage 2 will begin in February)

Both clubs are limited to 16 participants.
New Members: $100  |  Returning Members: $50
Sign-up forms available at the front desk or by clicking HERE

DEADLINE  to sign-up and pay, THIS  FRIDAY, OCT 6

Contact Trista McReynolds with any questions! For a printable flyer, click HERE.


Click HERE for the full flyer and details for ordering tickets.


8:30AM: Veterans Breakfast
by RSVP only - please click HERE .  
9:30AM: Program


HEY, STUDENTS! 
Have you purchased your GCA 20th Anniversary Commemorative t-shirt? You can still purchase your commemorative t-shirt for $15 from the G2 store OR pick up an order form from either front desk, to wear throughout the year! 

Click HERE for a list of monthly
 20th Anniversary celebration activities!


WE'VE BEEN TRADEMARKED!
Parents:  Effective immediately vendors are no longer allowed to embroider or screen print our  "G" on items, as it is now trademarked . Everything must be purchased from the  G2 Store, Lands End, or Educational Outfitters.


Our new Attendance & Activities calendar has been posted to our website!
 Click HERE for the full calendar to ensure you won't miss a thing during this academic school year!

REFERRAL DISCOUNT for 2017-18 ENROLLMENTS
A $500 referral tuition discount  is available for referring a new family to GCA! The new family must note the referring family's name  on their application, under "How did you hear about GCA...". (If there is more than one referring family listed on the application the discount will be divided among the referring families.) The new  student(s) must be accepted and attending GCA before the discount is guaranteed. The discount will be applied in May 2018 to the referring family's final tuition payment or a refund will be given if tuition has been paid if full.

THIS WEEK IN ATHLETICS


100 WINS
for Coach Bradley!

We would like to extend  CONGRATULATIONS
to Head Football Coach Rusty Bradley who
achieved his  100TH WIN as a Head Coach!

The milestone is a culmination of victories amassed over the
years at stints with CAK, USJ and now as the Rams Coach
here at GCA. He hit the century mark this past Friday Night
vs. Happy Valley as he led your Mighty Rams
over the Warriors 27-19!


IMPORTANT TENNIS INFORMATIONAL MEETING
When: October 23, 3:20pm
Where: Upper School Cafe
Who: 8th-12th (beginner-advanced) and returning tennis players.
Meeting should last 45 min.

If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Rodgers


CONGRATULATIONS RAMS &  LADY RAMS GOLFERS!

Sophomore   Avery Alexander placed 4th  and will advance to State as an individual for the Rams.
The Lady Rams placed 2nd  and will advance as a team; junior Virginia Pirkle placed 3rd  and
sophomore Taylor Carter placed 5th . Great job, everyone! 

UPPER SCHOOL GAMES
OCT 3
GIRLS SOCCER vs. Concord Christian ** SENIOR NIGHT**, 7pm
VOLLEYBALL District Tournament @ CAK, 5pm
OCT 5
VOLLEYBALL  District Tournament @ GCA Semi-Finals, 4pm
Consolation Game, 5:30pm & Championship Game at 7pm
OCT 6
FOOTBALL vs. CAK, 7pm
OCT 7
SOCCER 2nd Round District Tournament @ Webb, 11am
OCT 9
GOLF State Tournament, TBA
VOLLEYBALL Regional Championship @ Webb, Time TBD
OCT 10
GOLF  State Tournament, TBA
VOLLEYBALL Regional Championship @ Webb, Time TBD
OCT 13
FOOTBALL vs. Notre Dame, 7:30pm


MIDDLE SCHOOL GAMES
OCT 5
GIRLS SOCCER  vs. Maryville B, 5:30pm
OCT 9
GIRLS SOCCER @ Sevier Park, 5:30pm


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