Education In Christ, Preparation For Life
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (I Thessalonians 5:11)

Upcoming Events

April 26
Muffins with Mom

April 30
Special Chapel honoring Mrs. Bowell & Mrs. Cates

May 7
Retirement Reception
(Mr. & Mrs. Bowell, Mrs. Cates, Mrs. Buck)

May 11
Festival of the Fine Arts

May 12
Preschool Last Day - Park Day

May 13
Kindergarten Graduation

May 14
K-8th 1:35pm dismissal
Extended Care provided

May 17
8th Grade Graduation

May 21
1st-7th Grade Last Day
NO Extended Care

Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30pm

Game Days: 4/21, 4/28

Registration is closed for Junior Patriots this session

Note the date change from 5/5 to 4/28

April 22
Home vs. Christ Greenfield
Girls 4:30pm

April 22
Away vs. Phoenix Christian Grade
Boys 6pm

April 27
HOME vs. North Valley Christian
JV Boys 4 pm
Girls 5pm
Varsity Boys 6pm

April 29
Away vs. Paradise Valley
Girls 4pm / Boys 5pm

May 4
HOME vs. Paradise Valley
Girls 4pm / Boys 5pm
Note: 2021-2022 school year we will go back to
8:30am start time.
Diaper Drive
Muffins with Mom
Dads, get those volunteer hours in for next year and help make it a special morning for the moms!
Moms, let us know what kind of muffin
you and your kids would enjoy!
Parent Ponderings
Our GCA Story - The Butts Family

Thank you for the opportunity to share our "GCA Story". When our oldest (now 20) was entering 1st Grade, we had moved back to the Tempe area and wanted to find another Christian School closer to home and one that would meet the needs of our children (we only had 2 at the time). Our children had been in a Christian Preschool in Phoenix and the Pastor at the church suggested we look at Grace Christian Community School (former name). We toured many schools and interviewed many Administrators before making a decision. On our tour of Grace, we were immediately approached by another parent who was leaving campus. She asked if we needed help, as she walked us to the school office she opened up about her experience at Grace and how it was a great fit for her kids. We toured, met teachers and checked out just about every room on campus. The Interim Administrator was wonderful and she really connected with our oldest (Danielle). I knew as we walked back to our car we had found our "new school home". 

Danielle was enrolled in 1st Grade that fall so long ago. She enjoyed the remainder of her school years at Grace before graduating 8th grade. She has fond memories of her years at Grace and I contribute that primarily to the teachers and staff that invested in her academic success, foundation in Christ and her overall well-being day after day. Her love for music blossomed at Grace along with her team sportsmanship with every sport she played. Her relationships with her teachers have run deep even so many years later. Our son (Jarret) began his school years at Grace in Kindergarten. He was one of the students in the pilot program for 1st-2nd Grade Combo. It was a great opportunity for him to flex his independence at an early age. Grace had some hardships along the way, and unfortunately it hit Jarret's class hard in 5th grade. However, you'd never know it with the students that remained. Again, teachers seized the opportunity to invest into Jarret's little class and those students excelled! One would think such a small class size would be a disadvantage, but that was quite the opposite. Those students bonded deeply and their support for one another was unparalleled to any other class. They all have traveled different academic roads but their steadfast relationship is unbroken, truly I believe they will be friends well into adulthood and past. Jarret was an active athlete and excelled academically, graduating GCA as the Salutatorian. 

Our youngest child (Brooke) has been at GCA since the 3 year old Preschool class. She will finish her last 2 years at Grace and graduate in 2023. Booke has always been our social butterfly, friend to all and willing to help anyone anytime. Her teachers have utilized her energy to support her academic success and talents to bless the classroom. She is a natural leader and willing to lend a hand with whatever her teachers need assistance with. Truly every student at GCA is considered a friend in Brooke's eyes. Her desire to try new things is encouraged and supported by her teachers. Grateful that GCA supports her interest academically, socially and spiritually. As a family, we have connected deeply and richly with many teachers, staff and families at GCA. Some of these bonds will continue well past our days at Grace. Our love and devotion for the growth and well-being of Grace is strong. 

We have seeked out many opportunities to volunteer at GCA. As parents, we have served in the classroom, coaching, field trips, camps, committees, school board and probably more things than we can remember. Our investment in GCA is a family affair, our kids have volunteered for events, activities, sports and more. As our time at Grace comes to a close, it is bittersweet for us all. Though I can't imagine we'll really be gone, I'm sure you'll find us out on Jason Field helping with sports or School Auction supporting future endeavors at GCA or volunteering at some school event or supporting GCA fundraisers. Whatever the future holds, we are truly blessed and grateful for the foundation in Christ that has been molded, formed and steadfastly grows because of all that GCA has poured into our family and the future success of our students. Thank You GCA!!
Robotics Teams Update!
Congratulations to our GCA Robotics Teams! All five teams qualified and competed at in-person State Tournaments over the last two weekends, with four teams making it to Finals, and three teams walking away with awards that qualified them for the Vex Worlds Championship in May! 

Team Nick took 1st place in the Teamwork Challenge and Team Justen/Sutton took 2nd place in the Teamwork Challenge at the Middle School level to qualify the two teams for Vex Worlds. Team Rachel/Kaitlyn made a great showing placing 3rd in Teamwork.
At the Elementary level, Team Connor/Zach won the top three awards, placing 1st in both Teamwork Challenge and Robot Skills, and being selected for the Excellence Award--triple qualifying the team for Vex Worlds and making them our first team to qualify for Vex Worlds two year in a row.
Congratulations to all of the teams who worked so hard this year, learning to compete virtually and staying committed to long practices and tournaments the entire school year. We want to thank our coach, Ruthanne Teo, for her excellent leadership over the past 4 years. Way to go, GCA Vex Robotics Teams! We are so proud of you!
GCA Job Openings
GCA Board Member Openings for 2021-2022
Our GCA School Board will be looking for two new board members for the 2021-2022 school year. Email Dewayne Herbrandson if interested.
Percentage Night
More details coming the week of event!
Grace Community Church Kids Camp
Amazon Smile
Donate to GCA just by shopping!
(Under Grace Community Church)
GCA Uniform Ordering
New and easy way to order uniforms!
Please click the link below to order GCA gear for the 2020-2021 school year.

Orders will be placed online and shipped directly to the school.

Once your order arrives you will be notified by the vendor to come pick up in the office.

You may order throughout the year as needed, no order deadlines. Just allow time for processing and shipping
Hot Lunch Program
Please log in to your FACTS/Renweb Family Portal to order lunches. District code is GRACE-AZ.
Grace Christian Academy Campus Tour
Donate to Grace Christian Academy
It's never too late to make a tax deductible donation to Grace Christian Academy. Every donation, no matter the amount, impacts the programs and support we can provide our amazing students. Thank you for giving! It is greatly appreciated!
Timothy Scholarship Fund
The Timothy Scholarship is specifically designed to aid families, who are new to Christian education or have an unexpected financial struggle. If you would like to donate funds that are specifically designated for tuition needs, please click the link.
Fry's VIP Cool Cash for Schools
Don't forget to link your Fry's VIP card to Grace Christian Academy and start earning cash for GCA!

Go to and use the code: LM390
Social Media Links
Grace Christian Academy
1200 E. Southern Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85282