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GRCMS Home Bulletin — March 14, 2023

GRCMS Campus News  

FACES and Our Cultures meeting for interested families 

Curious about our exchange program with Guatemala? An open informational meeting for parents will be held on the middle school campus on Monday, March 20 @ 8:00 am. Come find out about the range of summer and fall opportunities available to your family!

67 Cinderella's

Tickets are now on sale in the office for our school play. Grab some friends and watch your peers perform this well-known story. Tickets are $5. Performances will be on Friday, March 24 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, March 25 at 2:00 pm at DeVos CAW on our high school campus. You may also purchase tickets online!

Congratulations, GRCS Band Members!

On Friday, February 24, we hosted MSBOA District Band Festival at GRCHS.

Our GRCHS Symphonic Band and GRCMS 7th Grade Band both received 'Superior' Division 1 ratings, while our 8th Grade Band received an 'Excellent' Division 2 rating. Each group performed 3 pieces of music for 3 judges on stage, then got 5 minutes to study/discuss our Sight Reading (brand new music) and had to perform that for another judge. 

Congratulations to all our GRCS Band members! We are very proud of your hard work and perseverance!

Congratulations, VEX Robotics!

We increased our team size from 12 students to 32 this year! We took 5 teams (20 students) to the State competition in Monroe, MI on March 4th. While all teams competed well, two of our teams managed to win hardware! Congrats on your hard work!

Team C won the Judges Award!

Eli DeJong-McCarron, Yang Feng Wildschut, Noah Batts, and Henry Lineberry (Ada Christian School)

Team B won the Amaze Award!

Evan Rusticus, William Bridgewater, Isaac James, and Joyce Yang (Ada Christian School)

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. 

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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