September 29, 2022

Volume 4・Issue 8

All-School News

Last chance!

Another One-Minute Survey?

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

This blog is a repeat from last week. If you have not taken the survey, we welcome you to.

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.

Above: Caleb L., grade 6

Below:  Noah S. , grade 9

Upcoming Events

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, 6:30 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

Nov. 4 & 5 - Friday & Saturday

Nov. 7 - Monday

  • HS Washington DC Trip

Nov. 11 - Friday

  • Half Day
  • Spring Musical Auditions

Above: Students, staff, and faculty gathered

at both campuses on Wednesday morning

for See You at the Pole, an annual

global student-led prayer event. 

Below: Dr. Larson and the GCS Warrior hand out car magnets donated by a generous donor.

We are excited to be able to bring you one of

our largest school-wide events this year!

On Friday, October 7th (in one week) 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.

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.

HS students, sign up for HS service projects here!

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

Full-Time Aide Position

We are still looking for a full-time aide for the elementary and middle school.  Please contact Mrs. Morel if you are interested.  See the website for other open positions.

4th-6th Grade Grandparents' Day!!

Grandparents’ Day invitations and instructions came home in white envelopes this week. 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 20 - 6:30 PM performance for parents

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

Printing of School Assignments


  • 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.

Lunch Reminder

  • 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

Due to the impending rain from the hurricane, CrossRoads has canceled our MS retreat.  We are working to get it rescheduled.  

High School News

The PSAT will be administered to 10th and 11th graders on Wednesday, October 12. This test familiarizes students with the format and types of questions found on the SAT and provides them with helpful feedback on areas they may need to improve before taking the SAT. Students who score high enough may also qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

This year, the test will be held at the Activities Center, a far more conducive environment for a test with strict procedural requirements. Students may arrive any time between 7:30 AM and 8:00 AM but should be seated and ready to begin the test by 8:10. Testing should conclude by 12:00 PM, though the timing of the test can vary by a few minutes. As usual, sophomore and junior students are not expected to participate in any academic classes after they complete the PSAT. These students will be dismissed directly from the Activities Center. Bus transportation will not be provided. 

What to Bring to the Test
PSAT Test-Prep Myths

Volleyball Tournament

HS guys are encouraged to form their "Powder Puff Volleyball" teams with other students from their grade levels for this annual tradition to be hosted at the Activities Center on Friday, October 7 from 1:00-3:00 PM.

Each team must pay a $20 registration fee; however, the winning team's fee will be returned and their "Class of 20???" will be the first plate on a plaque to memorialize their conquest of the other classes.

Faculty and other students are welcome to join in on the fun.

HS Picture Day

Monday, October 10 is picture day at the high school. Individual and class photos will be taken in the morning. Order envelopes were sent home today with the students, and extra envelopes are available at the front desk. All students should pay special attention to grooming and dress for this occasion.

Orders may be placed online before 10/14/22 using the universal order codes on the envelopes or the day of with cash or check in the completed order envelopes.

An additional online-only ordering opportunity will be available for those who didn't order on the day of or prior to the 14th. That order info will come with a proof sent to the school by the photographer and then home with the student.

NOTE: Seniors' individual portrait orders are online only and only after the proofs are emailed by the photographer (Strawbridge). No advance or day-of orders for these. Students should be on the lookout for additional email guidance regarding senior portrait attire.

Great Escape II

While routines are often beneficial, it can also be good to break away from them, which is one reason we organize Great Escapes during the school year. Our next event will be hosted at Victory Worship Center (200 Hammond Lane, Staunton) on Friday, October 21. 

Be sure to make arrangements for your student(s) to be dropped off (7:30-8:00 AM) and picked up (3:20-3:45 PM) at VWC. 

Lunch and snacks will be provided, so please communicate any food allergies/limitations to Mr. Kerr before October 10.

Pastor Shawn McBride will be our speaker at this event and during Chapel on Thursday, October 20. Please click the below button for the special schedules we will use on Wednesday and Thursday of that week.

Special Bell Schedules for GEII Week

NHS Serving in our Community

The GCS National Honor Society chapter has jumped into service projects this school year. Some members have volunteered hours at Comfort Care, sorting through baby bottles and helping prepare them for the baby bottle campaign coming up. Other members cooked a lasagna meal, then passed the task off to another group to serve the meal at Love INC.

They look forward to hosting a blood drive, planning and participating in more service projects, and completing a book study on improving leadership skills!


Oct. 7

Pass It On Service Projects

Half Day

Powder Puff Volleyball Tournament

(1:00-3:00 PM)


Oct. 10

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.

Our Varsity Volleyball team is continuing to play well with recent wins over VACA rivals Blue Ridge Christian, and Regents School, and local Waynesboro. The girls are ranked #1 in the VACA North Region and will host the North Region Playoffs on October 21st and 22nd.  

Our MSB Soccer team is having a strong season with an overall 4-3-1 record. We are currently #1 in the VACA North heading into the playoffs in two weeks.

Our VB Soccer team is currently 8-2-2 and #1 in the first VACA poll. They have won over VACA rivals Blue Ridge and Fresta Valley recently. They are #5 in the VISAA statewide poll and dominated the first-ever meeting with a ranked Grace Christian School of Mechanicsville 5-1 in an away matchup. 

Our XC Warriors traveled to Rocky Mount this past weekend to compete in the CHARCS Invitational at Christian Heritage Academy. We had a great day with several medals and trophies won. Our VG won the event, defeating state powerhouse Roanoke Catholic and several other strong teams. Medaling for us were Jessica Dryer, Georgia Babish, and Maddie Harper with top 10 finishes. Our MSG finished third with Evie Hobbs in the top 10. Finishing the day, our VB team finished third overall in a strong field with Jed Derrick earning a top 10 finish.

Fine Arts Update

Elementary Artists Study Kandinsky

First Grade Kandinsky Flowers

Beau Coffey

Harmony Montgomery

Fourth Grade Kandinsky Bead Mosaics

Brielle Kitchen

Lilly McGraw

Fifth-Grade Kandinsky

Non-Objective Art

Lydia Malcolm

Aidan Penny

Sixth-Grade Kandinsky Landscapes

Caleb Lum

Isabelle Walker

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,

The Covenant School, Cornerstone Christian

Grace Christian will present Radium Girls at 2 pm.

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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