Warrior Newsletter                                November 2016  
Fall greetings from Grace Christian School.  We are pleased to share with you a few of our highlights so far this school year.  We hope you enjoy this new electronic version of our Warrior Bulletin newsletter .  May God bless you and your family during the holiday season!
Record Number of 2nd Generation Warriors
Four decades and two generations later, Grace Christian School finds itself home to forty-six students whose parents graduated from or attended GCS.  "This is a banner year for our school," commented John Morrison, school founder and headmaster.  "Having this many second generation warriors is truly a vote of confidence from our first generation students! We count it an honor and a privilege to partner with all of our school parents in the education of their children."

Will (6th grade) and Katherine (4th grade) Shirley have been attending GCS since pre-kindergarten.  Their mom, Kristi Gardner Shirley, GCS Class of 1994, says she never even considered another school besides her alma mater.  "There is still the same sense of community today that I experienced so many years ago and the teaching staff is still as incredible as it was when I was a student at Grace," remarked Kristi.  

Matt Rawley, GCS Class of 1998, has three children enrolled; Logan (6th grade), Sophia (4th grade) and Marcus (pre-kindergarten) and says he trusts Grace to teach the same basic values that he and his wife do at home.  "It's very obvious that we are all on the same team and only want the best for our kids," he added.
National Honor Society News
by Hope Campbell, 12th Grade

This has been a busy year so far for the GCS c hapter of the National Honor Society, known as Ethos.  In early November, we inducted eight new students into our chapter, which is in its 7th year.  Later in the month, NHS members had the opportunity to visit our friends at Jill's House Weekend Adventures in Northern Virginia for the second year in a row. Jill’s House is an organization that helps families with disabled children by providing respite opportunities to give parents a break and minister to the children.
Education via coram Deo
by Headmaster, John Morrison

Many who follow our blogs are aware that we at Grace Christian School have been working quite hard over the years to refine our emphasis on Christian worldview integration in all aspects of our educational program.  We believe that if we are to be effective in deeply impacting our students, the “Christian” part of their education must be far more than merely adding Bible class and chapel as supplements to their academic curricula.  Rather, the Christian mindset must permeate each subject area at the level of the students’ basic assumptions and presuppositions. Anything less than this falls short of authentic Christian education.

Blessing the Community
Second grade students picked up trash at Gypsy Hill Park.
Eighth grade students raked leaves at Natural Chimney Regional Park.
Twelfth grade students cleaned kennels and cuddled animals at the local SPCA.
Seventh grade students filling bags of carrots at the Food Bank.
The pictures above depict scenes from Grace Christian School’s 2nd Annual Love Indeed Servathon, which was a great success!  During the week of November 7th - 11th, every student lived out the verse, "Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth." (1 John 3:18 ESV)  Students from Preschool through 12th grade fanned out across Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County doing various service projects for their community.  From singing at nursing homes to packing food at the food pantry and making pictures for our police force to cleaning and organizing at the local mission, students impacted their community with service and love.  You can visit the GCS Facebook site, www.facebook.com/gcswarriors/ to see the many pictures of our students in action!  
Fall Sports at GCS
This fall proved to be both a busy and successful season for our many sports teams. We offered an intramural soccer program for our kindergarten-2nd grade students, a Co-ed Middle School Soccer team for 6th-8th graders, and a Boys' Varsity Soccer team.  In addition we fielded a Varsity Football team, a Girls' and Boys' Middle School and Varsity Cross Country team, as well as a Girl's Varsity Volleyball, Girls' JV Volleyball and two Girls' Middle School Volleyball teams!    
How Can Your Investment in GCS Impact Eternity?    Meet Jeremy ...

“Grace Christian School has changed my life, who I am, and what I believe.  I’ve attended GCS since my 9th grade year.  My time here has fostered in me a stronger faith, a developed mind, and a vision for my future. Throughout my four years here, I´ve noticed how every teacher wants us to succeed, wants us to learn, wants us to be prepared for a lifetime of serving Christ.”

"Grace has prepared me for my future by teaching me how to think for myself and showing me that I have a voice and am not constrained to the opinions of my teachers. This crucial knowledge will help me think and work for myself in a world that wants to destroy my beliefs and subdue me to 'tolerance' and 'acceptance'.  My time here has led me to realize that I am truly not my own and everything I do for the rest of my life can glorify God.”
Jeremy Hardigree, GCS Senior

Here’s your opportunity to invest in students like Jeremy through our Annual Giving Campaign!

GCS Alumni Spotlight

GCS Campus Locations:

Elementary & Middle School:
511 Thornrose Ave., Staunton, VA 24401
(540) 886-0937

High School:
19 S. Market St.  Staunton, VA  24401
(540) 886-9109