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GRCMS Home Bulletin News — April 13, 2021

GRCMS Campus News  

Masks 😷

Please make sure that your student(s) come to school with a mask and have an extra in their backpack. There are extras in the office, but we have gone through many this school year. Thank you!

Attention 8th Grade Parents

It is that time of year that we are already looking ahead to graduation. We will be working on diplomas soon, and need your help on how you would like your student’s name to appear. The diplomas will state the given/legal name that we have on record, UNLESS we hear from you! Please reach out with questions and this information to amoes@grcs.org, no later than Friday, April 30.

Host an International Student at Grand Rapids Christian Schools

Yes, it’s true: we are expecting a number of international students to join us in August 2021! Most of them are coming for the entire school year. We are also welcoming a handful of students from Spain for 8 weeks. If you are interested in other cultures, enjoy hospitality, and want to have an enduring impact on a young person's life then this could be a great opportunity for your family! Hosting is a powerful way for families of all ages to be a testimony through their daily lives. Host families receive a stipend to cover costs and we provide orientation, training, and ongoing support throughout the school year. For more information contact Joelle Williams at jwilliams@grcs.org or 616-574-5652.

Improv Show!

Experience a one-of-a-kind blend of theatre, comedy, and spontaneity at the GRCHS Improv Show!  Students will present live improvisational comedy in which the plot, characters, and dialogue of a scene are made up on the spot, based on audience suggestions.  The show is on April 19 from 6:00 pm — 8:00 pm in the Center for Arts and Worship at GRCHS.  This event is free, but tickets will be required for entry.  All tickets must be "purchased" online in advance - there will be no walk-up or in-person tickets the night of the show.  Masks are required.  See you there!

Crossing Guard Update 🚸

As of yesterday, Monday, April 12, a crossing guard will be present at the Burton/Breton intersection both in the morning and afternoon. This service will continue until the end of the school year. Families, thank you for being patient as we worked out all the details.

Water Bottles 💧

Please continue to send a water bottle to school with your student(s), as the drinking fountains are off. The bottle filler is on! With the warmer weather here, it is important that the students have their water bottles. Thank you!

Attendance Reminder

If your student is going to be late or absent, PLEASE contact the office. You may call the attendance line, 616.574.6389, and leave a message 24/7, or email msattendance@grcs.org. If emailing a teacher, please cc the attendance email as well. Thank you for your help! If a student is marked absent, the office will call home to verify a late arrival or absence.

COVID Safety Protocols

  • If your child or a family member is awaiting Covid test results, family members should quarantine until a negative test result is indicated.
  • PLEASE keep the school office informed of symptoms and test results.
  • GRCS works closely with the Kent County Health Department. We have been trained in determining the need for quarantine. Please call with any questions.

Traffic Reminders & Improvement 🚗

When dropping your student off, please pull as far forward through the car line as possible.  Students can walk a little farther to their assigned door!  This will greatly improve traffic flow!

  • Please DO NOT park on the MAIN roadways to wait for your student!  (Chesaning and N. Shiawassee are OFF LIMITS!)
  • Please respect the neighbor’s property (do not drive on the lawn, do not block driveways).
  • The entrance near the school office is for buses only during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. 

Moms In Prayer

Attention, Moms! Do you worry about your children? Come experience how you can replace your anxiety and fear with peace and hope by praying with other women. Moms in Prayer gathers women together to pray specifically and scripturally for our children and their schools.

Please contact Sarah Bloem, Sarah.bloem@gmail.com, or Lisa Rusticus, lisajoyrusticus@gmail.com, for our local group information. For more information about Moms in Prayer, visit MomsInPrayer.org.

Spanish for the Week:

Tu amor, Señor, llega hasta los cielos; tu fidelidad alcanza las nubes.  Salmos 35:6 

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.  Psalm 35:6


Hot Lunch News & Updates

P-EBT Benefits- Who is eligible?

Students must participate in a virtual or hybrid school schedule for at least 5 consecutive days in the current 2020-21 school year, beginning 9/9/20 Students must be eligible for Free on Reduced meals for the 2020-2021 school year. Visit the Parent/Guardian FAQs for answers to questions you may have.

Free and Reduced Lunch Benefits

We encourage you to fill out a meal application at lunchapp.com if you feel you would qualify for Free and Reduced meals. One of the criteria to qualify for the P-EBT benefits is that you have an application on file as well as a virtual learner. 

Be a Part of the Food Service Team

Looking for fun, servant-minded serving staff to work 2-3 days per week in the Fall of 2020.  A great opportunity to be on the same schedule as your student.  If you are interested in working at any of our school sites next year please, email nmichaels@grcs.org.

Great News! Free Meals and Snacks continue through September 30, 2021. We will update should that be extended past this date.


GRCS Technology

Computers for Sale

In May, more details will be available on our technology community sale that will occur on June 1 with lots of devices for sale.

Are you looking for the student and parent online directories?

Staff, student, and parent directories are available online.

For quick access to the staff directory, select Contact at grcs.org. To access the student and parent directories on the grcs.org 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.


PTO News  

PTO Members Needed

Thank you to those who have inquired about PTO next year! Looking ahead to what next year may look like, might you be interested in helping organize an event or fundraiser? Please prayerfully consider volunteering for this fun opportunity. The time commitment is minimal, and others will walk alongside you. Questions? Call the office, 616.574.6300 or email amoes@grcs.org.

Magazine Sale All School Year!

Magazines may always be purchased to help support our school. If you would like to order, please visit here and use code: WA8617


GRCMS Athletics and Youth Sports    

Sport Physicals

Current 8th–11th graders planning to play sports at Grand Rapids Christian High School in the 2021-2022 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 2021-22 must be completed any time after April 15, 2021.

You may turn in the completed physical to the GRCHS athletic office by mail or email (to cgroendyk@grcs.org) 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.

Football Fun 🏈 

The Middle School students had fun with the GR Christian co-head football coaches when they joined us for some football in our PE classes. Our students had tons of fun running through football drills and learning about the game!

If your student would like to try a bit more football fun this summer, click HERE to learn more.  

GRC Youth Sports and Recreation Programs  

Did you know GRC has its own Recreation Department? We offer sports programs for GRCS students and students from the surrounding area. For a complete look at what we have to offer, go to www.grcs.org/youthsports.

Our programs will follow the same Health and Safety Protocols as we are following at school. Masks for coaches, hand sanitizer for players, disinfectants for equipment, and social distancing will all be observed.  

Please email sboender@grcs.org if you have more questions.

Click HERE for Upcoming Opportunities

Register

Register at www.grcs.org/youthsports. Your password AND username is your email address.  

Questions?

Email Stacey Boender at sboender@grcs.org.

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