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GRCMS Home Bulletin — February 28, 2023

GRCMS Campus News  

Half Day of School, March 8

Next week Wednesday, March 8, is a half day of school due to professional development for teachers in the afternoon. School will dismiss at 12:00 pm. Buses will run as scheduled. 

No GRPS Busing 🚌

Please mark your calendar – Monday, March 13, there will be NO GRPS Busing. GRCS buses will run as usual.

iXplore Payments 

We still have a big handful of students that still owe for their iXplore class. These payments may be brought to the office. If you have any questions, please reach out to our iXplore coordinator, Jim Vos,

NWEA MAP Reports

Some MAP reports were handed out during conferences. If you did not receive one from your child's teacher, please watch for these to come home in your student's backpack. 

FACES Summer Opportunity: Visit Guatemala! 

We invite you to learn more about the FACES Program and how your child could experience Latin American culture through an immersion experience this summer.

Our FACES State Coordinator, Gaby Padilla, will be hosting several Informational Zoom Meetings to provide more information. These meetings will be every Tuesday in March at 7:00 pm.

Improv Sign-Ups for 7th & 8th grade

After school Improv Club is coming! We will meet after school in the Village Square on Thursdays from 3:00—4:30 pm, starting Thursday, April 13. There is no cost – you just need to show up (after you sign up) with your creativity and imagination. If you are interested, please sign-up in the office by Monday, April 10!  Please email Coach Wendy with questions. 

GRCHS Improv 

Looking for something fun (and free) to do? Come join us for a night of high-energy fun with the GRCHS Improv team on Wednesday, March 8 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm in the Garage. You don't want to miss this night full of laughter! Tickets are not required and seating is general admittance. This is our last show of the season and we hope to see you there! 

You are invited to Open Improv on Wednesday, March 16 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm in the Garage to meet the current team and try some improv games! This is your chance to explore improv and have a great time with the team! Incoming freshmen are welcome!

8th Grade Scheduling Night - GRCHS CLASS OF 2027!

Grand Rapids Christian Middle School and Rockford Christian School 8th graders and their parents are invited to attend an 8th Grade Scheduling Night on March 2 at 7:00 pm in the DeVos Center for Arts & Worship. Students and their parents will be presented with curriculum and course options for 9th grade, have an opportunity to ask questions and meet with their assigned counselor to select classes for their freshman year. Register to attend HERE. Please contact Jill Anderson ( in the GRCHS Counseling Office if you have any questions.

Summer Session at GRCHS for Incoming Freshmen! ☀️ 📚 

At Grand Rapids Christian Schools, we believe a student’s learning and growth does not stop when second semester ends. Summer Session is an exciting way at Grand Rapids Christian High for students to participate in fun enrichment and immersion activities during the summer and earn high school credit. Incoming 9th – 12th grade students can participate in Courses, Workshops, College Prep Activities, and Drivers Training. 

There are many great reasons to take a class during Summer Session:

  • For new students – get a taste of academics at Grand Rapids Christian High School. Make a few friends before high school starts!
  • Get ahead on graduation requirements.
  • Make room in your normal school-year schedule for electives and Advanced Placement classes.
  • Take unique classes that aren’t offered during the school year.
  • Demonstrate to colleges that you invested in summer enrichment.
  • Prepare for college entrance exams. 

All summer offerings are posted online at 
Registration will open online on Friday, March 3 at 8:00 am   

Summer Gettysburg Trip

Mr. Vos (GRCMS teacher) is offering a SUMMER GETTYSBURG TRIP (June 4 – 6) for all history enthusiasts, regardless of age, interested in learning about the Battle of Gettysburg in a once-in-a-lifetime experience. World-Class speakers include: Garry Adelman, Doug Douds, and Jim Hessler will be teaching about the battle along with Jim Vos. This is a unique opportunity because the typical person does not have access to these highly sought-after speakers. The trip is limited to the first 36 paid participants.  If you would like more information regarding the trip, email Jim at  

2022 – 2023 Yearbook

Yearbooks are available for pre-order at The cost is now $35 for a hardcover, 96-page, full-color book. Order now to ensure you get one in the Spring!

Yearbook Advertising

If you are interested in advertising your business in the GRCMS yearbook, please contact Heidi Zylstra, yearbook coordinator, at The deadline for accepting advertisements will be the last week of March. Late submissions will not be accepted, so make sure to get them in!

Got Photos?

The yearbook team will start collecting Winter and Spring sports photos to include in the yearbook! If you coached or you have a child that participated in a school sport, please email any photos you may have (team, candid, action shots) to grcmsyearbook@gmail.comWe would also love any pictures from the Variety Show! Thank you for your help!

Cold Weather 🥶

Please ensure your student comes to school with coats, hats, gloves, and maybe even boots! All students are expected to go outside during morning and afternoon break (weather permitting).

Covid and General Health Awareness

  • PLEASE keep the school office informed of any symptoms, illnesses, and test results that prevent your student from attending school. All absences need to be reported to the school office (, 616.574.6389)
  • Thank you for keeping your kids home when they are sick. Children who have two or more cold-like symptoms, any child with a fever, and any child who vomits or has diarrhea should remain out of school for 24 hours after symptoms subside and without the use of medication.
  • Current covid protocols, should your student test positive, are to stay home and isolate for five (5) days and then resume activities in a well-fitted mask for five (5) days.


ParentVUE, our parent portal for our student information management system, gives you access to your child's schedule, grade book, attendance, and report cards. See the ParentVUE User Guide for more information. 

Grand Rapids Christian Schools Handbook

Please take time to review the GRCS Handbook. This has information (specific to each campus) about our Attendance policy, Behavior expectations, Cell Phone/personal device policy, Dress code, and more! 

Hot Lunch News and Updates

Volunteers Needed!

We would love to have you volunteer at the Middle School to help serve lunch. If you are interested, please email Jill Zondag or sign up here! The serving time is from 11:20 am — 12:30 pm. Thank you for considering.

Hot Lunch Portal/Information 

Thank you for participating in the hot lunch program. Our staff enjoys serving your students!!

Please remember to add money to your lunch accounts. If you have questions, please reach out to --and we are happy to help you navigate the There is no cost to deposit money into your child's account with a debit or credit card. Remember to go under Grand Rapids Christian School for your site. If you need help with your student's ID number, send Jill an email. Thank you!  

Please note that lunch at the Middle School is $3.15, which includes fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain, meat/meat alternate and cold milk.  

PTO News  

'Spring into Auction' 📅 

EXCITING NEWS! The GRCMS PTO invites you to the second annual 'Spring into Auction' event. Join us as we host a fun evening of bidding, local food trucks, and beverages served by The Crushed Grape. Save the date of Saturday, May 6, 2023, and pre-register Here

  • When: Saturday, May 6, 2023
  • Time: 6:00 — 9:00 pm (Food/Beverages/Silent Auction bidding)
  • Check-out: 8:30 — 9:30 pm
  • Location: GRCMS
  • Attendees: You and your guests (Adults only please)
  • Tickets: $30/person (includes admission and food tickets), beverage and additional food tickets sold separately 

Do you want to be a part of this exciting event? We are still looking for sponsors.If you would like to be a sponsor, click here or to donate an auction item, please click here or contact Lindsay Slagboom at 616.437.7431 or via email

We also have opportunities to help in various ways. Please click Here to donate an item or gift card, and/or to help with auction preparations. We appreciate you!

Box Tops for Education

We continue to participate in the Box Tops program using the digital app. It is easy to participate! Simply download the free box tops app, select GRCMS, shop at your favorite grocery store, and scan your receipt. PTO receives support when you purchase participating products throughout the year. Please note: We no longer collect physical box tops; all box tops must be submitted via the app. Thank you!


For you faithful magazine readers (subscribers)–if you are renewing or picking up a new subscription, you can use our school’s code WA8617 to support the Middle School. It’s that easy.

Click here to order and use code WA8617 to support GRCMS.

Even though we are not doing our official 'sale,' we thank you for supporting our school as you continue to enjoy your favorite magazine(s).

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