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GRCMS Home Bulletin — March 28, 2023

GRCMS Campus News  

Spring Break

Spring break for students is Thursday, March 30 – Friday, April 7. See you back at school on Monday, April 10.

iXplore Week

Once we return from Spring Break, our students will be diving into the week of iXplore! Please ensure students arrive to school on time as different classes will be leaving for off campus activities. Your student(s) will be starting the day with their AM class (or All day class), so no need to go to homerooms. 

100th Anniversary Apparel Sale - Last day to order!

Celebrate 100 years with new GRC swag! Check it out here! We are excited to offer this sale with orders due TODAY (Tuesday, March 28). Items will be distributed on Saturday, April 22 at your respective school.

iXplore Recess Coverage

Many staff and students will be off campus during iXplore week, and we would love to have parent/guardians volunteer to help out during recess/lunch break time. With your help we will be sure to have enough supervision on the playground. Please sign up here! Thank you in advance from the iXplore team.

School Drop Off

As communicated via text this week, we ask that all students use Doors #1 and #5 when dropped off at school. Doors will be unlocked from 7:30am–8am. The front drive on Chesaning is for buses only. If students are dropped off AFTER 8am, the front turn around may be used and your student is asked to sign in at the front office. Thank you for your help with this safety measure. 

After School Pick–Up

School dismisses at 3pm, and as we do not have After School Care any longer, students must be picked up by 3:15pm. All students must be under adult supervision or participating in an after school activity if pick up is after this time. Thank you for your help with this!

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. 

Sports Physicals

Current 8th – 11th graders planning to play sports at Grand Rapids Christian High School in 2023-24 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 2023-24 must be completed any time after April 15, 2023.

You may turn in the completed physical to the GRCHS athletic office by mail or email 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.

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. 

Mountain Bike Team...Coming next Fall for Incoming Freshman

8th grade students, are you Interested in joining the GRCS Mountain Bike Team (Grades 9–12) next Fall as Freshman? Come learn more about it and help us plan for the upcoming season Tuesday, April 18 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm in the Garage (GRCHS). The season will run mid-August thru mid-October. Parents are encouraged to attend. If you have questions please contact Mayford Combs at, or 616-970-0425.

2022 – 2023 Yearbook

Yearbooks are available and can be ordered at The cost is $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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