September 1, 2022

Volume 4・Issue 4

All-School News


One-Minute Survey

By Donald M. Larson, PhD

At our Back-to-School parent meetings, I announced that we would be sending out a monthly “One-Minute Survey.” These will be short surveys that cover various topics. These surveys will be used to help the school leadership with decision-making processes. They will take you less than one minute to complete and will provide us with important information. Please take a minute to complete it. 

Continue reading HERE.

Upcoming Events

Sept. 5 - Monday

  • School Closed (Labor Day)

Sept. 8 - Thursday

  • ES/MS School Photo Day

Sept. 16 - Friday

  • Half-Day

Oct. 6 - Thursday

  • GCS Pass It On Family Picnic

Oct. 7 - Friday

  • Half Day
  • Pass It On Project

Oct. 21 - Friday

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

School Year Calendar

Parent Calendar PDF is HERE. (Updated 8/12/2022.)

View or learn how to link your iCal or Google Calendar HERE.


What we have going on here at GCS is special and unique! Help us keep going strong by supporting the first of two school-wide fundraisers! We ask that every household find a way that they can provide support. Filling out a champion list (more information on this later) is the easiest way, but we also need volunteers, service sites, and service project leaders!

Pass It On At-A-Glance
Have a serivce site in mind for our students?
Would you like to volunteer to help?

All staff and students will receive a free shirt, thanks to our sponsor, Staunton Veterinary Clinic! If you would like to purchase one (or five!) for yourself or a non-student, order here this week!

Order a Pass It On Shirt Here!~Staff and students are already covered.~

Art Supplies Needed

There are some things that you might normally toss out or send to Goodwill that the ES Art department can use in their art class. If you are willing, please send them in to either GCS front desk. Here is our list:

  • Artificial flowers (immediate need only)
  • Solid color t-shirts with no logo or design (immediate need only)
  • Plastic (not Styrofoam) egg cartons (these make the BEST paint trays! We always need these!)
  • 16 oz. creamer bottles (through Christmas)
  • 16 oz. short-style sour cream, cottage cheese, or dip containers (all year)
  • Styrofoam meat trays (all year)
Elementary/Middle School News

Monday, September 5th - No School

Thursday, September 8th - Individual Picture Day

Before and After-School Care Information

If you are planning to use our Before-School Care or After-School Care services this school year, please read this information from Mrs. Morel.

As a reminder:

The students' Grace email accounts are to be used solely for academic purposes. They may communicate with teachers and fellow students regarding class questions or assignments. Any other communications need to be done outside of school hours and on a personal email.

High School News

Senior Retreat & Great Escape I

We praise God for the fun times and team building during the two days we spent at Camp Eagle in Fincastle, VA.

Photo Days

By request of the photographer, the date for HS School Photos has been postponed to Monday, October 10.

We will have class and individual photos (of each HS student) taken on this date. More details will be sent as we get close to this new date.

Makeup Photos will be taken on Monday, November 14.

Gum Chewing

Even on days when you did not brush your teeth, chewing gum inside any GCS building is prohibited. Violating this policy most likely will result in behavioral detention being assigned.

Dress Code Reminder

Except on Casual or Casual + Days, students should not wear t-shirts to school. 

Also, when wearing sweatshirts, hoodies, etc. as "outerwear," students should have a top underneath their "outerwear" that falls within our dress code guidelines.

MS/HS Dress Code

Student Planners

Students may pick up a student planner from Mrs. Kilmer's office upon request, while supplies last. There is no charge for this.

Arrival & Departure

We have gotten off to a great start to the year!

Thank you to parents and others who drive our students to and from school.

Please remember when picking up or dropping off  students that other cars are behind you. Please pull up to the red fire hydrant before allowing your passengers to disembark/embark.


September 2

Class Enrollment Drop/Add Deadline

If dropping/adding a core class, including Spanish, parent must sign form provided to students

by the Guidance Counselor.


September 5

School Closed

Labor Day


September 16

Half Day

Athletics Update
Fall sports season is on the horizon.

Click here to view upcoming games on the Warrior game calendar.
If you are planning to play any Varsity or JV sport in the upcoming school year, please schedule your sports physical NOW. You will be allowed to participate only after your physical has been received by the school.

Physicals dated after May 1st are good for the entire school year. Please click on the link to the sports physical form below.

Also, if you are participating in Middle School, JV, or Varsity sports this school year, please click on the appropriate link below to
complete the electronic sports forms.
Sports Physical Form for JV/Varsity
Middle School Electronic Sports Forms
JV/Varsity Electronic Sports Forms
Fine Arts Update

A Note from the Art Department

Please take a minute to read this note from our fantastic art teachers!

Elementary Chorus  

Deadline to Register is September 8!

Chorus will begin on Wednesday, September 21. That's right, Chorus has moved to Wednesday this year! Rehearsals will be from 3:15-4:15 PM. Ensemble will begin in October for interested 5th and 6th graders. If you did not sign up on the summer form and you have an interested 2nd-6th grader, please contact Cheri Kahrs to register.

Private Music Lessons

Private music lessons will begin the week of September 12. Specific details regarding your child's lesson were sent home or emailed this week. High school students will be contacted via email. 

4th-6th Grade Musical

October 20, 7 PM

Middle School Gym

Mark your calendars for this exciting night! This year our students will be presenting the story of Moses and the Exodus. Parents of 4th-6th graders, be on the lookout for an email letting you know how you can help make this production the best one yet!

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