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What Happened to Quarter Three?

Is it just me or did the third quarter just disappear in a dust cloud of flu virus and freaky weather?  Wasn't it just New Year's Day?  Perhaps I shouldn't even admit this, but on the first Monday after Spring Break, I actually asked one of my classes to tell me what they did over CHRISTMAS break.  I'm pretty sure they thought I was having a stroke.  Don't worry, I played it off, but I think at least couple of them are onto me.  I know my own kids know.  They know their mom is barely keeping one step ahead of them as we literally sprint toward the end of yet another school year.  With Terra Nova testing, Field Day, prom, and graduation right around the corner, can we just pause for a moment  and catch our collective breath?   In just a few more weeks - and sunny, warm weeks at that! - we will be dropping weather-worn folders, a mass collection of homework papers, and yet another broken protractor into the dumpster on the way out of the GCS parking lot.  ...

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Calling All Gramercy Alumni!

Calling ALL Gramercy Alumni:

Gramercy has a rich heritage and if you graduated from Gramercy, or attended Gramercy for a portion of your education, we would love to hear from you!  Your alumni contact information is requested. PLEASE CLICK HERE to provide current contact information, and be sure to include in the message box: The year you graduated from Gramercy and current vocation.  Please also follow us on Facebook to keep up with all the latest in Gramercy news.  Thank you!

Why Christian Education? - Is it Really Worth the Money?

This is the time of year when parents begin considering school options, especially if their child's current school is not meeting their academic, emotional, social, or spiritual needs.  I am a big proponent of Christian education and honestly, it is because I am seeing the benefits of having been committed to this educational philosophy for many years now.  My eldest son will be a Senior in high school next year and has been in Christian school for every year of his education thus far.  I suppose if I did the math on how much his schooling has cost, I might put my head in my hands at least for a moment and think briefly about the mortgage I could have made a dent in, or the trips I could have taken,  or the boat I might be enjoying every weekend.  The truth, however, is that I have never regretted even one dollar we have spent on Christian education, and I believe it is one of the best decisions we ever made as a family.   I grew up in  Texas and went all through the p ...

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Speaking of Good Dr's - Happy Dr. Seuss Day!

This morning at Gramercy in celebration of Dr. Seuss Day, our Kindergarten class presented our graduating Seniors with copies of Oh, the Places You'll Go!  It was so precious watching the bookends of our school sit together and read!  I have no doubt as graduation approaches, many of our Seniors' parents will be having vivid memories of their sons and daughters as they began school on that very first day.  Senior year, and especially graduation, is an emotional time for students and parents alike.  Although our sweet Kindergartners can hardly imagine being ready to graduate, our Seniors have the bittersweet gift of memory, and our prayer at GCS is that they will carry their memories of their time with us close to their hearts as they venture out into the world. More importantly, we pray they will carry the love of Jesus and the truth of God's Word and the reality of His Presence to all of the many places they may go.  Dr. Seuss's wish reads like this:  "You'll be on your way up ...

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The Good Doctor and Other Such Scandals

Congratulations to the Gramercy Christian High School Drama Class for their brilliant production of  The Good Doctor, a somewhat scandalous look at the often disguised, and sometimes blatant, fallen condition of humankind.  Written by Neil Simon, and based on a collection of short stories by Anton Chekhov, The Good Doctor is a series of vignettes, both comical and tragic, that ultimately lead the audience into a confrontation with some of mankind's more subtle sins.  Although he grew up in the Russian Orthodox church, there is much debate as to whether or not Chekhov was a born-again believer; nonetheless, according to Father Robert Arida, Chekhov "was in a passionate struggle for the meaning of human existence and, through his characters, one encounters a doctor and writer who tenaciously wrestles with Christ, the Church, and the Gospel."   Because Drama, much like the other Arts, deals with human nature and how human nature presents itself in the world, it is oftentimes m ...

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Pastor Appreciation Chapel Next Friday!

Gramercy's annual Pastor Appreciation Chapel will be next Friday, January 19th at 10:15 a.m. Invitations were sent last month to various pastors represented by our student body as well as to other pastors in our community, and we look forward to hosting this very special event.  This joint chapel service offers Gramercy students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to show our appreciation for the men and women who so greatly influence our lives on a weekly, if not daily, basis through their steadfast love and service to Christ.   In addition, Gramercy Christian School would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to Pastor Norm Waligora for faithfully serving Faith Evangelical Bible Church and GCS for the past 18 years.  Although Gramercy families attend many different local churches, Pastor Norm is dear to us in that he has instructed, encouraged, and supported our school in many capacities as a ministry of FEBC, and he has done so with extraordinary grace and wisdom. The teachers and admini ...

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And so it Ends...

Ecclesiastes 7:8 reminds us that "the end of a thing is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride."  As we wrap up 2017, this verse sounds very different than the usual hype surrounding the New Year, which is why I'm thinking about it.  In fact, for over a week now I have been bombarded with sentimental quips about resolutions and new beginnings and I was reminded of an old Counting Crows song from the 90's (only some of you parents will remember this one) called A Long December, in which the lyricist writes "A long December and there's reason to believe maybe this year will be better than the last."  Those words, unlike the words of Ecclesiastes, echo much of the world's sentiment regarding the dawn of a new year and are filled with a familiar hope for something better.   Although there is nothing wrong with looking forward to the new year and even longing for a better time and place, as we are instructed to do in Scripture, the writer of Ecclesiastes is perhaps r ...

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And so it Begins...

Thanksgiving came and went in a blur of family and food and I awoke Friday morning, November 24th, feeling as if I was already somehow behind.  All my noble thoughts of living bound by thanks and practicing what Charles Spurgeon calls "thanks-feeling" were swallowed up in the black hole of Black Friday. My neighbors, most of whom are retired, already had Christmas lights twinkling on their front porches and I'm pretty sure they were wondering, once again, if my house was going to be the only one devoid of any holiday cheer.   I keep trying to explain that all the life is on the inside. Black Friday bled into Cyber Monday and I spent most of that day deleting emails from random online companies trying to sell me more stuff.  I forced my kids to make Christmas lists, all the time wondering when our lives had become so prosperous that I now have to force my kids to come up with at least something they want.  I've done this before, which is why I have a brand new electric guitar that ha ...

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GCS- Raising a New Generation of Leaders

The United States of America and the world at large is crying out for a new kind of leader.  The presidential election of 2016 was enough to convince both Republicans and Democrats alike that our country is in sore need of leaders who are not only smart and savvy, but who are sincere and selfless as well. We need leaders who are willing to labor for more than just their own personal gain and gratification, leaders who will work to help solve some of the most serious problems facing the world today.  As we hear in the news everyday, the world is full of real issues affecting real people who desperately need real solutions, which is why we believe so strongly in Christian education.   Gramercy Christian School is not just raising the next generation of leaders.  We are partnering with parents and local churches to raise a generation of better leaders, young men and women who are grounded in solid biblical principle, who are committed to  serving others out of sincere love, and who ...

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Terra No... No... No... Va

After much ado and a few months late, Terra Nova scores went home with Lower School students yesterday and are available now for pick up in the GCS Office for Upper School.  As a teacher and administrator at Gramercy, I had the privilege of receiving all four of my children's scores yesterday afternoon and honestly, it was a rough evening and an even rougher morning at my house.  I blame Terra Nova and need to say something out loud.   Although test scores do teach us things about how we can improve teaching and learning at Gramercy and about the way our children's brains work, they do not define my children, nor do they rank my children as to which one is "smarter" or of more value to society.  In post-Terra Nova frustration, I spent my evening and morning trying to remind my children of this fundamental truth:  each one of them is fearfully and wonderfully made and God has a unique plan for each of their lives.  In His sovereignty, God has also designed and equipped their ...

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