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In the Aftermath of Hurricane Florence

It's hard to believe a scene so stunning can follow a storm so savage, but God gives us hope.  In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, we are all trying to catch our collective breath and make sense of what has transpired.  We will be telling our stories, grieving our losses, and rebuilding our lives for many months. We know this time has been very trying, and whether your family evacuated or stayed and weathered the storm, the effects have been difficult for everyone, and devastating for many.  We have not stopped thanking God for His mercy, nor have we stopped asking for His help in all of these circumstances.  Please know our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Many families are just now returning to their homes.  Many are still without power.  Many are knee-deep in massive clean-up.  Many have friends and neighbors still in desperate need.  Due to these factors, Gramercy will not reopen until Wednesday, September 26th at the earliest. As a s ...

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What Does it Mean to Guard your Heart?

At Gramercy this year, our theme verse is from Proverbs 4:23, which says, "Above all else, guard your heart from out of it flows everything you do."  We chose this verse in part because we recognize that, as a Christian school, we run the risk of becoming overly focused on simple behavior modification, forgetting that the religion Jesus taught was about sincere heart transformation (Matthew 15: 8-9).  Of course, this is not only a problem for Christian schools.  It's a problem for all people in all areas of life.  As a parent, for instance, I have often focused too much on what my child is or is not doing instead of directing my attention to what is happening in their hearts that is causing them to act out.  Usually, when I stop attempting to only discipline symptoms and actually take the time to address the real heart issue, be it jealousy or anger or fear, I am able to help them resolve not only the symptom, but the actual problem as well. Young people today are literally inun ...

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The Aim of Christian Education

“Arrows are not meant for décor; they are meant for battle.” Erwin McManus For many years now I have considered Psalm 127 a guidepost for parenting.  This Psalm reads, "Unless the Lord builds the house its builders labor in vain.  Unless the Lord keeps watch over the city, the watchmen guard in vain."  As a young mom, this verse spoke to me because I realized very early on that parenting was going to be a lot of work and I did NOT want my labor to be in vain.  In later verses, the Psalm reads, "Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons (and daughters) born in one's youth.  Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them."  I have pondered these words for many years and though I am not a bow huntress, I understand enough about this image to recognize that parenting, like archery, requires a great deal of skill and focus.  If my children are arrows and I am the warrior, then I recognize that I must not be shooting haphazardly.  I ne ...

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Today is Not that Day!

At 3:30 am this morning, I awoke with this horrible thought:  it is the middle of July!  If you're a mom or dad of school-aged children, then you already know where I'm going with this, and it's probably perfectly clear to you why I awoke in a semi-panic.  Summer is half over.  The summer that literally just began five minutes ago is already half over.  Perhaps this thought was brewing in the back of my mind because of my brief trip into Hobby Lobby yesterday where I saw, that's right, Thanksgiving decorations on display.  How is that even possible?  Honestly, putting up Thanksgiving stuff in July makes me feel anything but thankful.  In fact, it makes me grouchy. I'm still trying to remember to buy new goggles and a beach chair.   As a teacher and school administrator at Gramercy, we are already in the thick of preparing for the coming year.  We are sending out emails, school supply lists, and sports calendars.  We are soliciting volunteers and rem ...

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As Families Go...

School is almost over and honestly, it can't come quickly enough!  Teachers are wilting before my very eyes.  Parents look exhausted and slightly terrified.  Students appear to have fallen victim to a zombie apocalypse.  Furthermore, I'm not sure who that woman in the mirror is, but it can't be me!  For the first time in my life, I begin to understand why presidents look so young when they take office and so old when they leave.  How can one school year do this to all of us?   Remember back in September when we were excited and hopeful?  Remember when we had big plans for all we were going to do and learn and be this year?  Remember when our kid's pants fit and they were bathed and we still made breakfast?  Yeah, me either.  It seems like a decade ago.  Now, I watch helplessly from behind a cup of coffee as my kids rummage through the refrigerator for a piece of leftover chicken and I can't even see my son's face because he's needed a hair ...

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National Day of Prayer

On April 17, 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill proclaiming the National Day of Prayer into law in the United States.  President Ronald Reagan amended the law in 1988, designating the first Thursday of May each year as the National Day of Prayer.  This Thursday, May 3rd, is the National Day of Prayer for 2018, and Gramercy Christian School will be holding a flagpole prayer ceremony at 8:00 AM to pray for our country, our leaders, our communities, our families, and our school.  We are told in 2 Chronicles 7:14, "If my people, who are called by my Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." At Gramercy, we fervently believe that our God is a God who hears and answers the prayers of His people!    In addition, GCS  student representatives will be in downtown Newport from 12:00 pm until 1:00 pm at the Newport Park ...

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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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