September 15, 2022

Volume 4・Issue 6

All-School News

Half Day of School Tomorrow, 9/16/22

Faculty have professional development in the afternoon.

First One-Minute Survey Results

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

Our first One-Minute Survey is complete. Thank you to the 111 people who responded to the survey. If each person represents one family, this is just under a 60% response rate which is good, but we hope for more participation in the future.

We asked, “What evenings/nights are your students involved in church activities?” 

Continue reading here.

Members of the GCS Leadership Team, including Principals Cherie Morel and Jim Kerr, review and discuss survey results.

Upcoming Events

Sept. 16 - Friday

  • Half Day

Sept. 17 - Saturday

  • HS Bonfire Activity

Sept. 22 - Wednesday

  • Champion Lists Due

Oct. 6 - Thursday

  • GCS Pass It On Family Picnic, 5-7 PM, @ FUTURE HOME OF GCS! (116 Cedar Green Rd., Staunton)

Oct. 7 - Friday

  • Half Day
  • Pass It On Project

Oct. 14 - Friday

  • Half Day

Oct. 20 -Thursday

  • 4th-6th Grade Musical, 7 PM

Oct. 21 - Friday

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

Oct. 24 - Monday

  • School Closed
  • HS Job Shadowing

Oct. 27 - Thursday

  • ES/MS Class & Makeup Picture Day

Above: Senior Ellie Urgo warmly welcomes

a furry neighborhood visitor.

Below: Cross-Country teammates share some smiles, even after an exhausting run!

We are excited to be able to bring you one of

our largest school-wide events this year!

On Friday, October 7th (in three weeks) every GCS student will leave the building and serve in our community! This fun day is a kick-off to a year of service projects, as well as a fundraiser for the school.

Fundraiser - What You Need To Know

We ask that each GCS household fill out a "Champion List."

Look for your personal digital copy in your email this week, or reach out to Beth Lum to receive it. You can find more details here. Please return your list by Wed., Sept. 21 (next week).

Service Day - What You Need To Know

Elementary, Middle, and High School

Half Day of School + Service

Regular bus, arrival, dismissal, after-school care, etc.

Wear clothes to work in and your new your new Pass It On shirt!

(Pass It On shirts arriving soon.

Service project details will be in next Thursday's Warrior Weekly.)

Family Picnic! - What You Need To Know

Thursday, Oct. 6th, 5-7 PM

Pass It On Family Picnic will be at the

Future Home of Grace Christian School!


More details to come, but plan on food trucks selling dinner, a petting zoo, bounce houses, cotton candy, popcorn, a talent show, games, and more! Fun for every age, and everyone is invited! If you would like help out or have a fair-like exhibit to share, please reach out to [email protected].

Elementary/Middle School News

1/2 Day Tomorrow

Don't forget that tomorrow is a 1/2 day of school! Please be sure to pack a snack, but no lunch, unless your student is staying for after-school care.

The kindergarten class enjoyed a field trip to the Staunton Fire Station.

Middle School Retreat

Dear Parents of MS Students,

Middle school is a challenging time as students transition into tougher academics

while socially hungering for more time with peers. It is a time of independence and

extreme self-awareness. Understanding all of these factors has prompted us at GCS to

capitalize on an adventurous retreat that blends learning, faith, teamwork, and outdoor


Continue reading in the "Letter to MS Parents."

Middle school math fun!

Letter to MS Parents

MS Chapel

The MS is excited to announce that a once-a-month MS Chapel will kick off this Friday at 11:20 AM. David Brenneman will be our guest speaker, as he encourages and challenges our students in their faith. Parents are welcome to attend.

High School News


The HS Prefecture is hosting the annual bonfire activity this Saturday, Sept. 17, from 7:00-9:30 PM at 226 Last Raid Lane in Swoope.

Lawn games, snacks, and beverages will be part of this evening in addition to the bonfire.

Come join the fun! There is no charge for this event.

Doughnuts & Hot Chocolate Fundraiser

As a compliment or alternative to your normal morning culinary fare, why not revel in one (or more) delicious doughnuts and some hot chocolate on Friday, Sept. 23? The HS Prefecture will serve these items from 7:45-8:00 that morning.

Fresh doughnuts will be purchased from D & L Donuts in Staunton earlier that morning. You may choose between glazed, chocolate-topped, strawberry-topped, or maple-topped for $1.50 per item, and a cup of hot chocolate will only cost $.50 more.

Interested? Just bring your cash and sign up during lunch with a Prefecture member. The last day to order will be Tuesday, Sept. 20.


Sept. 16

Half Day


Sept. 17

7:00-9:30 PM

Bonfire Activity

226 Last Raid Lane,

Swoope, VA 24479


Sept. 19

College Representative Visit

from Regent University during lunch


Sept. 21

6:00-7:30 PM

Stuarts Draft HS

College & Career Fair

@ SDHS Old Gym & Cafeteria

Athletics Update

Fall sports season is in full swing!

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

Varsity Volleyball is off to a 8-4 start, JVG Volleyball is off to a 7-2 start, and MSG Volleyball is off to a 7-2 start. We have home JVG and MSG matches Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. Come out and support the girls!

All four XC teams competed in the Knight's Crossing Invitational in Salem this weekend, one of the largest events on the East Coast. Many personal records were set. Our VG won a 3rd-place trophy. We had five runners medal overall, finishing in the top 25.

Our MSB Soccer team is 2-1-1 and will host several matches in the upcoming weeks.  

Our Varsity Soccer Boys are off to a strong 4-2-2 start in a very hard schedule.  

Fine Arts Update

High School Chorus had the fantastic opportunity to participate in the Bridgewater College Choral Department’s first-ever choral festival for high school students on Wed., Sept. 14. During this all-day event, students learned and rehearsed new pieces, and the event concluded with a performance at the Carter Center for Worship and Music on Bridgewater’s campus.

Rehearsals are underway!

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, please let Mrs. Kahrs know if you'd like to help behind the scenes.

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