October 6, 2022

Volume 4・Issue 9

All-School News

What It Means to Serve

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

Service is a foundational part of understanding our calling as followers of Christ. In both Mark 10 and Matthew 20, Jesus spoke to His disciples about service. He said, “the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (ESV). I have experienced throughout my life that those who serve tend to have more joy than those who don’t.  Continue reading here.

Don Larson and Jimmy Harper, along with many others, have spent countless hours at the new Cedar Green property preparing in faith for it to be the future home of Grace Christian School.

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
  • Winter sports signups due. See link in Athletics section

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

See you tonight at the family picnic!

Please bring lawn chairs or a blanket for seating.


Pass It On Family Picnic

will be at the

Future Home of Grace Christian School!


We are excited to be able to bring you one of

our largest school-wide events this year!

Tomorrow, Friday, October 7th, 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 Pass It On shirt!

Family Picnic and Talent Show Competition


Cash and Card Accepted.

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!

Elementary/Middle School News

Important Carpool Notes!!

  • Please remember when coming through the carpool line in the morning to have all of your kiddos ready to quickly hop out of the car. Lately the car line has been backing up to Thornrose Avenue, and this gets the attention of the Staunton Police Department. If you find that your kids need extended time to get out of the car, please park in one of the spaces and walk them to the door. (Although the afternoon has not been as big of a problem, this applies to dismissal as well.)

  • Please do not let your kids walk across the parking lot by themselves. For safety, we ask that they are always escorted by an adult.

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. Please remember that 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

Middle School Retreat

The MS retreat has been rescheduled for October 17th. The permission slips that you signed previously are still valid.  

Retreat Details

8th-Grade Cumulative Testing Schedule

The 8th graders will begin their 1st quarter cumulative testing on Thursday, October 13th. Please read information from Mrs. Morel here.

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 GCS Activities Center (1218 Middlebrook Avenue, Staunton), 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 AM. 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 202_" 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. Students should wear clothes permitted during regular school days (see dress code). If students also wear allowable outerwear, such should be removed for class and individual photos. Students should also pay special attention to their grooming.

Order envelopes were sent home today with the students, and extra envelopes are available at the front desk. 

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 before 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. Seniors should refer to an email sent on 10/5/22 to be reminded of additional 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 button below for the special schedules we will use on Wednesday and Thursday of that week.

Special Bell Schedules for Great Escape II Week

Fall Formal

While the Prefecture is still finalizing a contract with the venue, please be informed that this year's Fall Formal dance will occur on Saturday, November 19, from 7:00-9:30 PM. Ticket prices will be $10 per individual.


As you make your apparel choices for this event, please refer to our Formal/Semi-formal Attire Guidelines.


If you are bringing a guest who is not currently a GCS student, please submit this form to Mr. Kerr on or before November 4. 


Unless parents communicate with Mr. Kerr via email that they grant permission for their student(s) to leave early (please indicate a time), participants must remain for the duration of the dance.


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

Winter Sports Sign ups

Deadline: 10/14

Please click the link below to sign up for GCS Winter Sports.

Winter Sports Sign Up

Fall sports season is in full swing!

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

Seniors Aislinn Henry, Gabby Marks, Katie Greenmun,

Molly Wells, Sela Reid, and Therese Ridenour, from left to right.

Our Volleyball Warriors are rolling along and the playoffs are on the horizon for the MSG and JVG teams. VG are #1 in the VACA North Region and will play in the playoffs later this month. We celebrated our five seniors with a win over Regents School, on October 4th.

The MSG North Region Championship will be hosted by GCS and begins next Friday. The JVG VACA Tournament will be hosted by GCS as well and begins next week. Please check our Game Schedule on our website for more details.

Our VB Soccer team is continuing to play strong this season. We had a big win over VACA rival BRCS at home on Senior Night. We celebrated our four seniors and improved to 9-2-3 on the year. We are ranked #1 in the VACA and #5 in VISAA. We have a home game Friday at 5:00 PM.

Our MSB team is #2 heading into the playoffs next week. Brackets will come out shortly.

Seniors Ryan Brent, Bennett Carter, Trey Moffett, and Nate Reid, from left to right.

Our Varsity XC Warriors were rained out by Hurricane Ian on Saturday, but will get back at it this Saturday at the Albemarle Invitational on the UVA Home Cross Country course. Our MS XC Warriors competed in a quad meet at Stewart Middle School on Tuesday in their last regular season meet. They will compete next Tuesday at Ridgeview Park in Waynesboro in the Augusta County Championship at 5 and 5:30 PM.

Winter Sports Sign-Ups!

If your 6th-12th grade student would like to participate in basketball or wrestling, please use this link to sign up. Signups will be open through October 14th.

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-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 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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