October 27, 2022

Volume 4・Issue 12

All-School News

Hidden Dangers

Blog by Elementary and Middle School Principal, Cherie Morel

It does not come as a surprise to us that technology has hidden dangers. We are getting used to the love-hate experiences we have with our cell phones, computers, iPads etc. While we also know the potential for evil is ever–present, we need to be reminded that evil has no boundaries in its desire to destroy our children. I was recently sent a link to an extremely disturbing article (shared below) that I hope you will take the time to read....  Continue reading here.

Upcoming Events

Nov. 1 - Tuesday 

  • FREE DINNER at Edelweiss Restaurant! See below.

Nov. 3 & 4 - Thursday & Friday

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences No school on Friday. See announcements below.

Nov. 5 - 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

Nov. 19 - Saturday

  • HS Fall Formal 7:00-9:30 PM



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

Tax-Credit Dinner

Would you like to hear about how you can redirect your state tax dollars to support GCS students?

Enjoy dinner on us at the Edelweiss Restaurant on Tuesday, November 1 at 6:00 PM for a short and fun twenty-minute presentation on this must-know VA educational tax credit! Zero pressure or ask, and you are welcome to bring along as many additional adults as you'd like.

We are passionate about sharing this with our supporters, because it is a wonderful way to make your donation go further, and it makes great financial sense for many business owners! Come, and invite your friends! RSVP to Kristen Lihos here.

December Calendar Changes

Due to a scheduling change by Wenonah Elementary School, a large service project of ours has been moved. Please see updated dismissal times on Dec. 9th and 15th. As always, our Google and iOS calendars are updated automatically, and we encourage you to link your digital calendar to them.

Update Calendar: Visit our Website

Place your ORDER HERE by November 20th to receive your specialty items in time for Christmas! We also have replenished and have additional items in stock over at our Online Store. ORDER TODAY! Payment via cash, check, or PayPal for specialty winter items due at pickup. You will be notified via email when your order is ready for pickup at the high school (19 S. Market Street, Staunton, VA 24401).

Winter Coat Donations

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

Parent-Teacher Conferences

The elementary and middle school teachers will be hosting parent-teacher conferences on Thursday evening, November 3rd (1/2 day of school) and Friday, November 4th (no school).  Please sign up for a slot using the link below. 

Parent-Teacher Conferences

 Tomorrow, Oct. 27, is 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. It 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 them shoes to sell, these widows can learn to run a business and earn money to purchase a small plot of land and to 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!

Middle School Fire-Pot Social

On Friday, November 18 from 5:30-7:30 PM, middle school students are invited to come to the MS campus for an evening of fun! They will enjoy pizza, s'mores, and games.  

High School News

Great Escape II

To those who prayed for this event, thank you! God blessed us with wonderful weather, the MS & HS students were abundantly cooperative, our special speaker was dynamic, and many HS students stood at the altar call to communicate their recommitment to God or to enter into a saving relationship with Him!

HS Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parents are urged to meet one-on-one with each of their student's teachers on Thursday, Nov. 3 or Friday, Nov. 4.

Specific time slots may be secured by clicking the below button that is linked to an online scheduling form.

If you cannot meet during available times, please email the teacher directly to set up a meeting at an alternate time.

Sign up for your conferences

D.C. Trip

High school students and GCS employees, 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 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 in D.C. Limited texting, calling, and appropriate photo-taking are permissible. However, students should primarily interact with each other, focus on taking in the sights, and learning from the museums, memorials, landmarks, etc.

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

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

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

Additional Details

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 that you will soon receive from Strawbridge via email, please notify Kathy Kilmer ([email protected]) prior to the 14th.

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.

Thurs. & Fri.,

Nov. 3 & 4

Parent-Teacher Conferences

No academics on Fri.


Nov. 7

Washington, D.C. Trip

(6:30 AM-6:30 PM)

Refer to the above announcement.


Nov. 11

Half Day


Nov. 12

Blood Drive

@ GCS Activities Center

(9:00 AM-1:00 PM)

Athletics Update

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

VG Volleyball dominated the VACA North Region Championship weekend. Our 2022 North Region Champions were led by regular season MVP Vivian Wirth, Junior; and 1st team All-Region Molly Wells, Senior; and Lucy Wells, Junior. The Warriors went 3-0 on the weekend, defeating UCA, Ridgeview, and BRCS while not dropping a set. Lucy Wells was named tournament MVP, while Vivian Wirth and Molly Wells were named to the All-Tournament Team. Congrats to Coaches Hockman, Wells, Prochaska, Hensley, and Greenmun.  

Our girls travel to Timberlake Christian this weekend for the 2022 VACA State Championship weekend. First match is at 3:30 PM vs. Temple Christian, and updates will be made on the GCS website and Facebook Athletic Group page.

VB Soccer topped Fresta Valley 4-0 in the opening round of the VACA State playoffs with a home win on Monday. They advance to the VACA State Semifinals on Friday at 5:00 PM @ Horizon’s Edge in Harrisonburg. We enter the tournament the #1 seed. Please come out and support the Warriors! Game times will be updated on the GCS website.

VACA XC Varsity Boys 2022 State Champions!

VACA XC Varsity Girls 2022 State Champions!

Our VG XC Team dominated the VACA State Championship Meet and took home yet another State Title. We were led by 3 top-5 finishers who earned 1st team All-State. Georgia Babish, Freshman; Jessica Dryer, Junior; and Maddie Harper, Junior, all medaled.  

Our VB XC Team earned a hard fought VACA State Championship with two top 5 runners. Nate Reid, Senior, and Jed Derrick, Freshman, earned 1st team All State honors.

Congratulations to Coaches Harper and Kahrs and Assistants Ranck and Dryer on strong years. Our VG and VB teams will compete in the VISAA State XC Championships on November 11th. Both are projected to be in the top 5 teams in the state.

Our MSG placed 2nd in the VACA State Championship, topping off a very successful year. Our MSB team finished a solid 5th to end a great season.

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.

Connect With Us: Grace Christian School | 19 S. Market Street, Staunton VA 24401 | 540.886.9109
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