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From the monthly archives: September 2017

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Your Very Great Reward

In addition to being part of the administrative team at Gramercy, I currently have the privilege of teaching the Old Testament to the 9th grade class.  Over the summer,  I had this great vision that we could make it all the way through the Old Testament by May, but honestly, that's starting to seem a little crazy.  We are seemingly crawling our way through Genesis and it's not because the students aren't paying attention.  It's because they are.  They have questions and thoughts and we are working through both the familiar and the unfamiliar stories with an eye to understand the heart of God.   We are currently knee deep in the story of Abraham and Isaac and are looking closely at the very radical kind of covenant God made with the descendants of Abraham. When God speaks the covenant to Abraham, He says to him, "Do not be afraid, Abram.  I am your shield and your very great reward" (Genesis 15:1).  Although I have known for many years about the origin of Gramercy' ...

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2017 - The 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

2017 is an important year for the Protestant Church in that it marks the 500th anniversary of the year (October 31, 1517) Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses (Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences) to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church, thus launching the Protestant Reformation, a religious, political, intellectual and cultural revolution that divided Catholic Europe.  The Reformation redefined the beliefs and structures that had dominated Europe for decades by questioning the Catholic Church's authority to define Christian practice.  Significantly, reformers like Martin Luther and John Calvin argued for the inherent power and indisputable authority of the Scriptures and worked to put Bibles into the hands of common men and women, not just clergy.   As a Christian school in 2017 whose mission is to educate and disciple young people based on a biblical worldview, we owe a debt of gratitude to courageous followers of Christ, such as Martin Luther, who have gone befo ...

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Be Still... and Know!

It is mid-September and school is now in full-swing.  Honestly, by Tuesday evening I'm already exhausted and so are my kids and it's not surprising considering the schedule we keep.  It's brutal!  Most days, I am up by 5 a.m. feeding pets, emptying the dishwasher, making breakfast and prepping for the day.  Kids hit the floor at 6 a.m. and the mad dash begins. Someone forgot to do math corrections.  Someone else needs a permission slip signed. Everyone needs breakfast, but someone doesn't like what I made. Someone can't find their soccer cleats.  Someone else hates the way their hair looks. Everyone forgot to make their bed.  By the time we leave at 7 a.m., the whole clan is edgy and the day has barely begun.  Seven hours of school, three hours of sports, and two hours of homework later, we are all falling asleep on the couch... till we do it all over again. And I don't think I'm alone.  We are just a busy people.  Between the noise of emails and phone calls ...

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GCS Warrior Club Supports Arts, Music, and Athletics!

The Gramercy Booster Club, otherwise known as the Warrior Club, met for the first time last week to discuss upcoming events and how parents and grandparents can get involved and support Gramercy students.  Whereas most school Booster Clubs are centered around athletics, GCS is a little different. Our Warrior Club members help raise money for athletics, art, music, and drama.  In fact, the Warrior Club has contributed over $35,000 in financial support to help build drama sets, provide art materials, promote the music department, and purchase athletic equipment and uniforms. Recently, the Booster Club provided funds for a state-of-the-art Noah Basketball system, a system that Gramercy can use to enhance the performance of our own GCS players and also use in the community for both outreach and fundraising.  In fact, the GCS Warrior Club enriches the quality of student life for all students, Kindergarten through 12th grade.   The mission of the GCS Warrior Club is "to partner with G ...

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Gramercy Kindergarten Class Begins Week Two!

Although they may look too little to even carry a backpack, the new Kindergarten class at Gramercy had a wonderful first week of getting to know one another both in and out of the classroom.  These little guys came to school sporting crisp uniforms, new shoes, and a variety of lunchboxes and burst onto our campus full of energy and possibly a little fear and trembling.  They enjoyed one full week of half days and today, they begin the school year in full-force. Our new Kindergarten teacher, Andrea Purvis, brings a joyful exuberance to all she does and is a welcome addition to the GCS family. I had the privilege of sitting in on Mrs. Purvis's class while she read aloud to the students and I watched their faces light up as she helped bring a little unicorn to life through the power of the spoken word.  I am convinced there is little we do that is more valuable than giving these children a sincere love of reading and later in the year, our 5th graders will pair up with the Kindergarten class for o ...

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