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Service Project for Degage Ministries and David's House Ministries

A couple of weeks ago, we introduced our annual service project in chapel. This year, we will be supporting two community ministries: Degage Ministries and David's House Ministries. These two ministries are organizations that support folks in our community who either are struggling with homelessness or who are adults living with some level of physical or cognitive disability. These folks are our neighbors in our community, and we want to recognize who they are in Christ and to consider how we as a Christian school community can come together to support them.

Below is a small list of items we are collecting:

  • socks
  • blankets
  • cough drops
  • cleaning supplies
  • gloves
  • hygiene products
  • towels and washcloths
  • cans of soup
  • jello or pudding cups
  • brownie and cake mixes

Is Your Student Going to be Absent?

If your student is going to be absent (appointment, illness, vacation), please be sure to let the office know. If the office has not been notified, you will receive a phone call to verify the student's absence. 

Christmas Brunch for GRCMS Staff

Seasons greetings to GRCMS parents and friends! The busy holiday season is ramping up, and the PTO has been actively planning our annual Staff Brunch to celebrate with the staff who tirelessly serve our students.  

The brunch will take place on December 19 from 9:15-11: 15 am in Room 19. The PTO would like your help to provide food and necessities to make the brunch a delicious success; you may sign up here.  

Please feel free to contact Katie VanHekken at with any questions, and thank you for your contribution! 

Spelling Bee Congratulations

After 25 rounds of the Spelling Bee, Lily Dietz (8th grade) placed third, Ben Bierma (6th grade) placed second, and our winner was Hannah Chun (6th grade). Congratulations to all those who showcased their spelling talents this year!

Geography Bee

Do you like bees? Do you like geography? If you answered either of those questions, then you should sign up for this year's Geography Bee! The Geo Bee will be held on January 16 during the school day. This is a fun, laid-back competition where we explore everything from regional sports teams to animals on the endangered species list. You may sign up in the office or in Mr. Drenth's room. Have questions? Come and chat with Mr. Drenth in room 22!

8th Grade Band Member - TONIGHT!

Please invite your family and friends to the concert on Tuesday, December 11 at 7:30 pm at the DeVos CAW. This concert will be a joint performance with the high school band. Please arrive at the CAW at 7:00 pm for warm-ups.

7th - 12th grade Christmas Choral Concert

You are invited to attend the 7th - 12th grade Christmas Choral Concert on Wednesday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m.  7th and 8th-grade choirs will join high-schoolers to show a beautiful progression of our vocal music program, and celebrate the joy of the Christmas season!  The concert will be held at the GRCHS Center for Arts and Worship.  Singers are asked to be in warm-up areas by 7:00 p.m. 

Attention 5th and 6th-grade Parents and Students

Our 5th and 6th grade Christmas band, orchestra, and choir concert is on Thursday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the GRCHS Center for Arts and Worship.  This will be a fun evening of music, and the students have been working hard to prepare. Students should arrive by 7:00 p.m. for tuning and warm-up.

Order Your Yearbook Today!

The GRCMS yearbook team will be taking orders for this year's Legacy yearbook, beginning now and running through January 31. You can order online at and search "Grand Rapids Christian Middle School" for the link to order.  This is the preferred method of ordering, however, you may turn in your paper order form and payment to the office. Copies are available in the school office.

Parents may submit a dedication/message of encouragement or congratulations to their child through a yearbook dedication.  These dedications will be featured in this year's yearbook. Dedication spaces are $15 and are due to the office by January 31.

Don't wait to order! Extra's may not be available in May when the yearbooks are delivered. Any questions? Contact Heidi Zylstra at

8th Graders

If you would like to submit a baby photo for the yearbook, please submit a photo via email to by Friday, December 21 (last day before Christmas break)! 

7th & 8th Grade Dance

The one and only Hawaiian Luau-themed dance will be held on Saturday, January 19 from 7-9pm in the gym. Permission Slips/Forms to attend the dance are sending home this week. Be sure to return forms to the office by January 18. The cost to attend the dance is $5 at the door.