October 20, 2022

Volume 4・Issue 11

All-School News

ES/MS Half Day Friday (10/21/22)

HS/MS Great Escape

4th-6th Grade Grandparents' Day

No School Monday (10/24/22)

HS Job-Shadowing Day

2021-22 GCS Yearbook

Receives Honorable Mention

Blog by Head of School, Donald M. Larson, PhD

I remember being on yearbook staff when I was in high school many years ago, gathering pictures, quotes, and completing the layouts. It is a lot of work that is behind the scenes and often not appreciated or acknowledged. For years, GCS has published a quality yearbook that has required much time and effort. When I saw the last year’s yearbook that we received a couple of weeks ago, I couldn’t help but notice a huge upgrade from what we have had in the past. I was not the only one who took notice. The yearbook publisher entered the GCS yearbook in the 2022 National Yearbook Context, and the yearbook won an Honorable Mention.  .....  Continue reading here.

Upcoming Events

Oct. 20 - Thursday

  • 4th-6th Grade Musical, 6:30 PM

Oct. 21 - Friday

  • ES/MS Half Day
  • 4th-6th Grandparents' Day
  • HS/MS Great Escape II

Oct. 24 - Monday

  • School Closed
  • HS Job Shadowing

Oct. 27 - Thursday

  • ES/MS Class & Makeup Photo Day

Nov. 4 & 5 - Friday & Saturday

Nov. 7 - Monday

  • HS Washington, D.C. Trip

Nov. 11 - Friday

  • Half Day
  • Spring Musical Auditions

Nov. 12 - Saturday

  • GCS-Hosted Blood Drive

Nov. 14 - Monday

  • HS Makeup/Retake Photo Day

Join us at the stage! More details below in the Fine Arts section.

YEARBOOK needs photos of your family enjoying THE GREAT OUTDOORS

What a glorious time of year to live in the Shenandoah Valley! We know you all are out there apple-picking, pumpkin-patching, hiking, and enjoying all that creation has to offer, and we need your pictures! We are doing a yearbook story on how GCS families enjoy our beautiful natural area, and we can't think of a better month to capture photos. Please send your pictures (along with captions) to bboyette@gcswarriors.org!

Winter Coat Donations

It's that time of year when we think about replacing coats that the kids have outgrown or we no longer use. As your family goes through the closets, please consider bringing those extra coats in to either school. We will be collecting gently-used or new coats of all sizes to bless the families at Wenonah Elementary School who are not prepared for colder weather. Information will be coming very soon about the Wenonah Christmas Project.

Elementary/Middle School News

It's Getting Cold!

Please be sure to send your students with winter coats, hats, and gloves for recess. It has gotten pretty chilly at recess.

4th-6th Grade Grandparents' Day!!

Grandparents’ Day invitations and instructions came home in white envelopes this week. The students have been working very hard for this wonderful event. Please try to confirm at least one special guest for your 4th-6th grade student. Please remember that parents are asked to attend the Thursday evening performance (October 20th at 6:30 PM) so that the Friday morning performance is reserved for your student’s invited guests.

Grandparents’ Day Events

October 20 - 6:30 PM performance for parents

October 21 - 10:00 AM performance for grandparents and special guests

 October 27: ES/MS Class-Photo Day

Don't forget to send in your class picture ordering envelope or order online.  Students may get a retake, but only if their original pictures are returned.

Shoes for Kenya

For the last thirteen years, our school has been collecting used shoes to support the Well of Hope in Kenya. The goal of this organization is to help the widows of Kenya and their children. The Well of Hope organization has a vision of providing each homeless woman and her children a place of their own. In Kenya there is a market for lightly-worn American shoes. By giving each woman shoes to sell, she can learn to run a business and earn money to purchase a small plot of land and put money towards a house. This also provides the widow and her children safety and protection.

If your family has shoes you'd like to donate, please have your kids bring them in to the office. Shoes of any size and style are acceptable!

High School News

Great Escape II

Please pray for our speaker, Pastor Shawn McBride, and all involved with this event. We strongly desire to have fun, fellowship, and protection but even more so want our hearts and minds to be impacted by His Word during our sessions.

Please arrange for your student(s) to be dropped off (7:30-8:00 AM) and picked up (3:20-3:45 PM) at Victory Worship Center (200 Hammond Lane, Staunton).

Lunch, snacks, and beverages will be provided.

D.C. Trip

High school students along with faculty chaperones will be touring various venues in our nation's capital on Monday, November 7th.

We will begin boarding buses at the parking lot near the Gypsy Hill Gym at Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton at 6:30 AM and will return to the same location by 6:30 PM.

Cellphones will be collected as students ride to D.C., but these will be returned to students as they disembark. Limited texting, calling, and appropriate photo-taking are permissible; however, students should primarily interact with one another and focus on taking in the sights and interacting with the exhibits at museums, memorials, landmarks, etc.

Students will be broken into small groups; however, groups will always be accompanied by a chaperone. 

Warm, layered, "casual dress code" attire is permitted, and comfortable walking shoes are encouraged.

It is recommended that students bring $20 to pay for lunch at restaurants at various venues, as food cannot be brought into the venues. Prices are "inflated" at these restaurants, so please be aware that this amount may not be sufficient for some. Bringing additional money for souvenirs is optional.

Grade-level itineraries and additional details will be sent out to families next week.

HS Photos: Orders & Makeups/Retakes

Makeup and retake individual

photos of students and staff

will be taken on Monday, Nov. 14, beginning at 8:00 AM

Parents of Seniors: If you opt for a senior portrait retake after viewing the proofs emailed by Strawbridge, notify Kathy Kilmer (hsregistrar@gcswarriors.org) by Nov. 11.

Fall Formal

While the Prefecture is still finalizing a contract with the venue, please be informed that this year's Fall Formal dance will occur on Saturday, November 19, from 7:00-9:30 PM. Tickets are $10 per individual.


As you make your apparel choices for this event, please refer to our Formal/Semi-formal Attire Guidelines.


If you are bringing a guest who is not currently a GCS student, please submit this form to Mr. Kerr on or before November 4. 


Unless parents communicate with Mr. Kerr via email that they grant permission for their student(s) to leave early (please indicate a time), participants must remain for the duration of the dance.


Oct. 21

8:05 AM-3:20 PM

Great Escape II

No Academics


Oct. 24

No School - 

Job-Shadowing Day


Nov. 4

Parent-Teacher Conferences


Nov. 7

Washington, D.C. Trip

(6:30 AM-6:30 PM)

Refer to the announcement above.

Athletics Update

Click here to view upcoming games on the Warrior game calendar.

Our VG Volleyball team is the #1 seed in the upcoming VACA North Regional Tournament held this weekend at GCS. They kick off the tournament with a match vs. #4 UCA at 5:30 PM on Friday. Please come out and support the girls as they attempt to qualify for the State Tournament. Game times will be updated on our Athletics website and our GCS Athletics Facebook page.

Our JVG Volleyball Warriors concluded a successful season with a hard-fought loss in the VACA Conference Tournament semifinals to the eventual champions Cornerstone Christian. They ended the season with a 12-6 overall record. Congratulations to Coaches Hockman, Prochaska, Greenmun, Hensley, and the girls on a great season!

Our MSG Volleyball Warriors finished their season with a tough loss to BRCS in the VACA North Region Tournament. They concluded with a 9-9 record overall. Congratulations to Coach Greenmun and the girls!

Our MSB Soccer Warriors ended their season with a win in the VACA Conference Championship Game! #2 GCS defeated #1 Westover Christian in Danville 2-0 to win it all. Micah Erdman, 8th Grader, netted two goals in the last two minutes to seal the victory. The boys concluded their season with a 9-3-1 record. Congratulations to Coaches Dwayne and Valerie Schwartz, and Assistant Coaches Bussiere and Burkholder on a terrific season.

Our VB Soccer team had a hard-fought week going 1-1-1 this week with a 1-0 win over #2 VACA team Timberlake, a tough loss at RVCS, and an impressive tie vs. state powerhouse Southwest Virginia Home School Academy. The boys ended the regular season as the #1 VACA team, entering next week's playoffs, and are still a top-10 VISAA team with those playoffs happening in two weeks. We host a VACA playoff game Monday the 24th at 4:30 PM. Come on out to our home field at Wayne Hills Baptist Church in Waynesboro to support the boys.

Our VG XC Team dominated our home Grace Christian Invitational with a near-perfect score of 19 points. We were led by Georgia Babish, Jessica Dryer, and Maddie Harper with top-10 finishes. Our VB team finished a strong 5th on the day with Jed Derrick and Nate Reid finishing 11th and 12th, just outside the medal limit. We host our VACA State Championship Meet this weekend at 9 AM on our home course at Coyner Springs Park in Waynesboro. Please come out and support our runners.

Fine Arts Update

One-Act Festival

November 5, 2022

Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind Chapel Auditorium

Area Christian schools will each present a 35-minute one-act play. Awards for Best Actor, Supporting Actor, and Best in Show will be granted.

You don’t want to miss this!

Participating schools:

Grace Christian, Blue Ridge Christian, New Covenant, and 

Cornerstone Christian.

Grace Christian will present Radium Girls at 2 PM.

4th-6th Grade Musical


October 20, 6:30 PM

Middle School Gym

Mark your calendars for this exciting night! This year our students will present the story of Moses and the Exodus.

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