September 22, 2022

Volume 4・Issue 7

All-School News

Another One-Minute Survey?

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

Thank you to everyone who completed our last survey. I have received positive feedback on the formatting and the amount of time that it took to complete the survey. This information is a great help in our decision-making process. We are partnering with you as parents, and we can be more effective if you help us with making decisions.

We have had a lot of anecdotal evidence about the topics that have been presented in the past at our mandatory January re-enrollment meeting, but we would like some more specific feedback from you. One of our strategic committees is looking into helping you, as parents, learn more about Biblical Worldview and other pertinent topics.

Continue reading here.

Guidance Counselor George McNair takes a minute to survey the situation during a recent CPR certification session.

Upcoming Events

Sept. 22 - Wednesday

  • Champion Lists Due

Sept. 28 - Wednesday

  • See You at the Pole (At both campuses; see details below.)

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: The sun rises on the future home of GCS! Come check it out during the Family Picnic.

Below: Mr. Riddle and students enjoy the perfect fall weather during class time outside.

We are excited to be able to bring you one of

our largest school-wide events this year!

On Friday, October 7th (in two 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 - DUE TODAY!

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

Look for your personal digital copy in your email, or reach out to Beth Lum to receive it. You can find more details here.

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 a Warrior Bulletin this weekend.

Family Picnic and Talent Show Competition

Thursday, Oct. 6th, 5-7 PM

Pass It On Family Picnic

will be at the

Future Home of

Grace Christian School!



Plan on food trucks selling dinner, a petting zoo, bounce houses, free cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones, a talent show, games, and more! Fun for every age, and everyone is invited! If you would like to help out, please click below and sign up.

Volunteer here to help with the picnic!


Sign up for the talent show here!

Throwback Thursday: Current Seniors Katie Greenmun and Mia Palumbo perform at a GCS talent show years ago with their younger sisters, current Sophomores Aubrey Greenmun and Ellie Palumbo.

Elementary/Middle School News

See You At The Pole 

Wednesday, September 28th

We would love for you to join us on Wednesday, September 28th from 7:30-7:45 AM. We will meet at the flagpole (in front of the PS/PK building). Please feel free to come as a family to pray for our country.  

4th-6th Grade Grandparents' Day!!

Grandparents’ Day invitations and instructions will be coming home in white envelopes on Monday. 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.  As a reminder, 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 2 - 6:30 PM performance for parents

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

A Couple of Reminders:

  •  Please do not allow your students to wear watches that are "smart," have the ability to play games, or text. Simple watches that tell the time are the best.  
  • If your student needs something printed and you aren't able to do this at home, please have your student share the document with Mrs. Wells the night before it is due. She is happy to print it for them. Please have your student come to the office in the morning to pick up their document and bring in 10 cents per page.
  • Please remember to send in a paper plate and plastic forks or spoons with your students if they need those for lunch.  

Middle School Retreat - Please note the REQUIRED FORM.

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 activities.

Continue reading in the "Letter to MS Parents."

The link below takes you to the waiver form

that is required for camp attendance.

Please fill out the form and have your student bring it to the ES office.

*REQUIRED* Crossroads Camp Waiver Form
Letter to MS Parents
Field Trip Specifics

MS Chapel

The MS is excited that once-a-month MS Chapels kicked off this past Friday at 11:20 AM. David Brenneman was our guest speaker. He encouraged and challenged our students in their faith. Thank you, David!

High School News

See You at the Pole

The GCS Prefecture is organizing our HS See You at the Pole event, as our students join tens of thousands of other students from across our nation in starting the day by praying for our nation, our school, and one another. 

This student-organized and student-led event will begin at 7:40 AM on Wednesday, September 28, and end in time to get to first-period classes. If you plan to come, it is recommended that you arrive by 7:30 AM. 

Please direct questions to Titus Peltola (12th Grade).


The bonfire activity last Saturday was enjoyed by all. Our heartfelt thanks go out to the HS Prefecture for organizing the activity, Noah Avery's grandmother for allowing us to use her property, and Noah's parents for hosting us and building a very large bonfire!

Be looking for more information about the next Prefecture-organized activity coming in October

Doughnuts & Hot Chocolate Fundraiser

If you remembered to pre-order your doughnut(s) and/or hot chocolate, you can begin to devour these at 7:40 AM in the Lunchroom this Friday. Serving will end at 8:00 AM. See you then!


Oct. 7

Pass It On Service Projects &

Half Day


Oct. 20

HS School Photo Day

Individual & Class Photos


Oct. 12

PSAT Testing

@ GCS Activities Center


Oct. 21

8:05 AM-3:20 PM

Great Escape II

Athletics Update

Fall sports season is in full swing!

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

All three volleyball teams are strong this year.  VG are off to a 10-4 start.  JVG are 8-4, and the MSG are 7-4.  Please check our website above for upcoming home games.

Our XC VG and VB ran at the Augusta Invitational this weekend, and we placed two boys and two girls on the medal stand. Our MS teams hosted their first-ever meet and competed well with the boys taking 2nd and the girls 3rd.

Our Varsity Soccer Boys are off to a hot start at 6-2-2. They are 4-0-1 in the VACA and #5 in the first VISAA poll. Home game this Friday at 5 PM vs. Fresta Valley.

Fine Arts Update

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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