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GRCMS Home Bulletin — March 7, 2023

GRCMS Campus News  

Half Day of School, March 8

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 scheduled.

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.

–––Needed: Host Families for Guatemalan Exchange Students, Fall 2023 

Every year, students from Guatemala apply to be Cultural Ambassadors of their country, are carefully selected by the FACES Team, and placed in schools around the country, including GRCS. They go through a thorough preparation process and prepare cultural projects to share with our community during their 7 week stay. The sooner FACES can get in touch with families who are willing to host, the better!

If you would like to know more about the possibility of being a host family, you can contact our coordinator Gaby Padilla at Gaby is also hosting Informational Meetings on Zoom, Thursday in March at 7:00 pm. (Zoom Meeting ID: 819 6321 3667 LINK:

GRCHS Class of 2027 – Make-Up 8th Grade Scheduling Night

Grand Rapids Christian Middle School and Rockford Christian School 8th graders that are planning to attend GRCHS and did not participate in one of the previous 8th Grade Scheduling Nights should plan to attend the make-up night on May 4 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.

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!

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' 📅 

You are invited to the second annual Spring into Auction, hosted by the GRCMS PTO. Join us for a fun evening of bidding, local food trucks, and beverages served by The Crushed Grape.

·       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

Get your tickets now! Sponsorship opportunities are also available, and we welcome your donated auction items.

There are also opportunities to help with the event, such as donating a gift card or assisting with auction preparations. We appreciate you!

Questions? Contact Lindsay Slagboom at 616.437.7431 or

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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