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GRCHS Home Bulletin News — May 19, 2020

High School News

Final Home Bulletin for School Year!

Parents, normally our final home bulletin would contain complete details on the end of year events like laptop and textbook returns, as well as summer and 2020—21 school year updates. We appreciate your patience as we work through those details. Although this is our last home bulletin of the school year, we will continue to communicate with you via email over the coming weeks. We are so thankful for our GRCHS community and your support and flexibility!

Exit Assessments

Final class assessments for Freshmen — Juniors are currently underway. Please note there ARE 5th-period exit assessments taking place this week Friday, May 22, but there is NO SCHOOL on Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day). Assessments will end on Thursday, May 28 with a make-up day on Friday, May 29 if necessary. 

Click here for the May distance learning schedule.

Congratulations Essay Contest Winners!

GRCHS had two students place out of 14 finalists chosen for the Economics Club of Grand Rapids Essay Contest. The topic is 'The Social and Economic Realities of Climate Change'. This contest generally draws between 150-300 competitors from around West Michigan.

1st place overall and winning $2500 was Danielle Fedrigo

One of 11 4th place finalists and winning $250 was Elspeth Jansen

Way to go Danielle and Elspeth!

Laptop Sale 

GRCS will be selling 4-year-old student laptops on Friday, May 29 from 8:00 am—1:00 pm at GRCHS. These 11.6" MacBook Airs are a mid-2015 model with 4GB ram, a 1.6GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, and a 128GB solid-state drive with the latest operating system, Catalina. The cost is $250 each. Laptops are sold as-is with no support. 

Senior Retreat

The senior retreat for the class of 2021 will be Saturday, August 15—Sunday 16.  Sign up information will be coming out this week. Please make sure to get signed up by July 15th. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Taylor at

Winterim 2021

Plans for Winterim 2021 are already underway! Students have signed up for trips, intern hosts are already being contacted, and we've started to build the course catalog. If you have ever considered being involved in GRCHS Winterim, perhaps this is the year! We are looking for Guest Instructors to share their gifts and talents with students this January. 

Winterim at GRCHS engages students in a two-week amplified learning experience that unveils their unique passions and abilities, preparing them to be effective servants of Christ in contemporary society.

If you (or someone you know) are interested in teaching a two-week course next January as a paid Guest Instructor, please contact Brian Karsten for more information. 

And if you would like information on hosting a student intern during Winterim 2021, please contact Rebecca Polet.

Online Directories

Staff, student, and parent directories are available online. For quick access to the staff directory, select Contact at

To access the student and parent directories on the Parent Portal, select Parents > Parent Portal, and log in to your Parent Portal account. Not sure how to login to your Parent Portal account? Go to the GRCS Tech YouTube channel to learn how to access the directories.

The GRCS Online Directories tutorial will help you navigate there. The GRCS Website Portal Account Set Up will show you how to create an account if you have not yet done so.

From the Counseling Department

Important Note: Parents, please register to create an account in SCOIR so you continue to receive our email communications. To receive the invitation for an account, please email Jill Anderson at

Please visit the Counseling Department website for the latest information from the GRCHS Counseling Department, including curriculum and class information, ACT and SAT testing information and prep classes, college planning guides, and much more.

Communication to Juniors

Counselors sent out a communication email to all junior students and parents. If you did not receive that email it's because you have not registered for a SCOIR account. We highly recommend you do so we can continue to communicate with you too. Email Jill Anderson at for an email to get registered.  

Keep in mind that many colleges are choosing to be "Test Optional" for the junior class. Continue to check the college websites for updates as you plan your ACT and SAT tests for next school year.

Communication to Seniors

Counselors sent out a communication email to all senior students and parents. If you did not receive that email it's because you have not registered for a SCOIR account. We highly recommend you do so we can continue to communicate with you too. Email Jill Anderson at for an email to get registered.  

Seniors, please look for an email this week instructing you to complete a required senior survey. This is a quick 5-minute survey that is required. Thank you! 

From the Food Service Department

Free and Reduced Applications

Has your financial status changed? Now is the time to go to
and fill out an application. Go to Grand Rapids Christian Schools. It's super easy!
All applications are valid for the first 30 days of school. Questions? Please 

Meal Sites

Hope Academy will no longer be a drop off-site. All four grab & go meal sites offered Monday and Thursday ONLY from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.

 The remaining locations are as follows:

  • City High Middle School (1400 Plainfield NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505)
  • Ottawa Hills High School (2055 Rosewood SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506)
  • San Juan Diego Academy (1650 Godfrey Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49509)
  • Sibley Elementary (943 Sibley St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504)

As a reminder, the meals will be a breakfast/lunch combo and are available for all students 18 years of age and younger. This includes students with disabilities ages 18-26 with an active individual education program (IEP). The meals are not limited to GRPS students.

Hot Lunch Accounts

Senior parents/guardians should have received an email regarding positive balances. For those seniors with siblings, we transferred your balance. For others with positive balances, we will be 'Paying it Forward' to your senior classmates.

For all students in 9th through 11th grades, your lunch balances will carry over to the 2020-2021 school year. 

Thank you for a great school year — GRCHS Lunch Moms! 

From the Athletic Department

Grand Rapids Christian Athletics continues to adhere to the Governor's guidelines. We hold out hope for summer training and practices and that we will be able to reunite at school in the fall and be able to participate in athletics as well. We are not canceling any summer plans until we know we won't be allowed to have them. We will wait for the Governor and the MHSAA to issue continued guidance on when the Eagles can start up again.

Boys Soccer Coaches Needed!

GR Christian HS Boys Soccer is seeking two more coaches for the Boys Soccer coaching staff. Please apply directly to Varsity Head Coach Aric Dershem at

Sports Physicals

Current 8th-11th graders planning to play sports at Grand Rapids Christian High School in 2020-21 school year need to have an MHSAA physical form on file with the high school athletic office before they are allowed to participate. A valid physical for 2020-21 must be completed any time after April 15, 2020. You may turn in the completed physical to the GRCHS athletic office by mail or email (to as soon as you finish it, even if it is before the end of this school year or during the summer. You may print out a physical form here.  

This form must be completed with all signatures in order to participate in sports at GRCHS. You may attach your doctor’s office physical form for the doctor portion of this form but the parent portion and all signatures need to be completed on this form.


Many of you have used this time of quarantine to clean out your closets, drawers, and basements, and we know you're eager to drop off your donations. Thank you for setting aside these items for us!

Stay tuned for details on when we'll be opening and when we can accept donations again. Check out our website for lots of great information.