November 3, 2022

Volume 4・Issue 13

All-School News


Parent-Teacher Conferences

Upcoming Events

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 Photos

Nov. 19 - Saturday

  • HS Fall Formal 7:00-9:30 PM

Nov. 23-25 Thanksgiving Break

Saturday's GCS showtime has been updated to 1 PM! Come check us out at the VSDB Chapel Auditorium this Saturday. More details below in the Fine Arts section.

Tax-Credit Opportunity

Would you like to know about how you can redirect your state tax dollars to support GCS students? You can receive a 65% state tax credit with a donation as low as $500.

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! Learn more here or reach out to Kristen Lihos.

December Service Project: Calendar Changes

Due to a scheduling change by Wenonah Elementary School, a large service project of ours has been moved from Dec. 9 to Dec. 15. 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 are 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 next week about the all-school Wenonah Christmas Project!

Welcome to New Middle School Teacher, Desi Harley!

We are excited to announce God’s provision of a Grammar and Writing teacher for the 8th grade. Desi Harley has stepped up to answer the call, and we couldn’t be happier. She brings years of educational experience, strong relational skills, and a passion for Jesus to this role which also includes assisting with middle school P.E.

Because she joined the GCS community at the outset of the school year, Ms. Harley already knows us and is highly invested in making learning an enjoyable life skill for our students. She has added this responsibility at the middle school teaching to her teaching at the high school.

Employment Opening - Event Coordinator

Due to the prioritization of meeting our students' educational needs, as explained above, the Event Coordinator position has opened up. If you or anyone you know is interested in this rewarding and creative part-time position (description here), please reach out to [email protected].

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 and Friday, November 4th (no school).

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

HS Parent-Teacher Conferences

We look forward to meeting with you today or tomorrow for scheduled parent-teacher conferences.

Upon arrival, please enter our building through the front entrance (Market Street side).

D.C. Trip

Please remember to drop off your student at the Gypsy Hill Park gymnasium lot so that he/she can board his/her bus before 6:30 AM.  

Cellphones will be collected as students board their bus, but the phones will be returned to them as they disembark in D.C. Limited texting, calling, and appropriate photo-taking is permissible. However, students should interact primarily with each other, focus on taking in the sights, and learning from the museums, memorials, and landmarks we will be touring.

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.

Please click the button below to find more details about this trip.

Additional HS D.C. Trip Details

HS Photos: Orders & Makeups/Retakes

Makeup and retake staff and student individual photos will be taken on 

Monday, Nov. 14,

between 8:00 and 9:00 AM.

Photo orders have arrived and will be given to students next week. Proofs and ordering info will be sent home with those who did not place orders in October, in case you would like another opportunity.

Parents of Seniors: Your email address(es) were provided to the photography company (Strawbridge) so that they may email proofs of your senior's Oct. 10 photo session as well as ordering information. If, after viewing the proofs, you opt for your senior to have a retake on Nov. 14th, please give advance notice to Kathy Kilmer ([email protected]).

Fall Formal

It's official!!! The venue for this year's Fall Formal dance will be the Blackburn Inn in Staunton. It will be held on Saturday, November 19, from 7:00-9:30 PM. Tickets are $10 per individual and are being sold during lunch in the HS lunchroom.


As you make your apparel choices for this event, please review our 

Formal/Semi-formal Attire Guidelines. If you want to ensure that your dress meets these guidelines, please send a photo of yourself wearing the dress to Taylor McNair via email.


If you would like to bring a guest who is not a current GCS student, please submit this form to Mr. Kerr on or before Friday, November 4. 


Unless parents communicate to Mr. Kerr via email on or before Friday, November 18, 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)


Nov. 14

HS Makeup/Retake Photos

(8:00-9:00 AM)


Nov. 17

National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

@ GCS High School Meeting Room

(7:00-8:00 PM)


Nov. 19

Prefecture-Hosted Fall Formal

@ Blackburn Inn, Staunton

(7:00-9:30 PM)

Athletics Update

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

2022 VACA VB Soccer State Champions!!!!

VB Soccer dominated the VACA State Championships this past weekend with wins over RVCS and BRCS. The boys defeated RVCS on Friday, 3-1 to advance to the Championship Game vs. BRCS. The #1 Warriors dominated play and defeated the rival Bears 3-1 to take home the title. The Warriors are 15-3-4 on the season and enter the VISAA State Playoffs as the #7 seed. Congratulations to all of the players and and to Coaches Mallory, Lum, and Yeomans.

Nolan Brown was named the MVP of the weekend tournament, with Bennett Carter, Sam Lum, and Trevor Schwartz named 1st Team. 

Nolan Brown, Bennett Carter, and Trevor Schwartz were named 1st Team All-VACA for the regular season. Ryan Brent, Sam Lum, and Trey Moffett were named 2nd Team All-VACA.

ES Soccer (K-2) and (3-5) Teams 

Our K-2 Soccer program is the beginning of the GCS Soccer journey for many students. This year we had over 20 players in the program which met once per week for 6 weeks this fall. Thanks to Coaches Matt and Karissa Coffey for leading and Carolyn Fike and Michael Hogsett for assisting with the program this year.

Our 3rd-5th Grade Soccer team won their last home match, 6-1 over BRCS, and had a great season. Coaches Mosley and Gardner did a great job with our youngsters. 

VG Volleyball competed in the VACA State Tournament this past weekend. They fought hard through illness and injury and finished 4th. They finished the year with a very solid 21-7 record. Senior Molly Wells was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Vivian Wirth and Lucy Wells were named regular season 1st Team All-VACA, and Molly Wells was named 2nd Team All-VACA.  

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 35-45 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 1 PM.

In case you missed the 4th-6th Grade Musical...

Thanks again to all of our amazing parent and grandparent volunteers. Because of you, our students put on a fabulous show! Check out our upcoming Warrior Chronicle to watch a recording of the performance if you were unable to attend or would like to see it again.

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