Thank you to all of the students, families, and volunteers who showered our faculty and staff with love during Teacher Appreciation Week 2017!
On Monday, our teachers and staff arrived to find every classroom and office door decorated with encouraging messages and displays of creativity from their students and parents! Thank you to all of the room moms and helpers who made this wonderful surprise possible. The teachers were also treated to a warm breakfast from Huddle House to start the week off.
Teachers walked into a "Snack and Supply" room on Tuesday, overflowing with classroom supplies such as dry erase markers, sharpies, stickers, and post-its, as well as yummy snacks and treats to stay fueled! Teachers were invited to come in throughout the day and take whatever they wanted for their classrooms. There was so much to choose from, nobody left empty-handed!
Wednesday started off with a surprise "Appreciation Station." Teachers were given a golden ticket where they chose, in order of preference, up to 118 gifts! The gifts would be raffled off to the teachers on Friday as a final Thank You for all they do. For lunch, teachers were treated to boxed lunches from the Hilltop Chick-Fil-A, complete with thank you notes to bless and encourage them.
Thursday was a sweet day! GCA parents baked dozens upon dozens of cookies in all flavors, shapes, and sizes for a cookie and coffee bar! The mid-day pick-me-up was very special, as everything was hand-crafted by our amazing families to bless our GCA faculty and staff! …and as a special treat, Mrs. White made her famous and highly sought-after Coffee Punch!
Teacher Appreciation Week concluded on Friday with a fantastic grand finale which included a beautiful luncheon and the golden ticket raffle. Each of our faculty and staff members walked away with an item from the Appreciation Station and as an added bonus, there was so much extra food from the delicious luncheon, we were able to provide the Union Mission with food to feed the homeless that evening!
Thank you to the many parents and families who participated in blessing our faculty and staff! Through the giving of your time, resources, creativity, and prayers, the entire GCA team has been encouraged and blessed by the tremendous outpouring! Thank you!
...And a very special thank you to our own Mrs. Marne Buchanan, who organized the week’s events and worked tirelessly to make each day extraordinary for her GCA team-mates! Marne, you are amazing!
To see photos from each day, visit our Facebook page!
GCA is participating in a pilot program for a new reading software and students from our Foundation and Bridge Academies are getting in on the action! The Moxie Reader Program is a research based tool to help encourage and perfect independent reading in the classroom. Allowing for personalized reading goals and smart analysis that adjusts to each student's pace and history, this tool helps students discover and nurture their love of reading!
Lower School students are acting as part of the software’s Beta Testers by using the program and giving feedback on how the platform can be better tailored to their needs. Students are seeing first-hand how technology is a tool to solve problems in the world around them!
Students are seen here helping technology coordinator, Mrs. Amanda-Lee Pitzer, upload data using Moxie’s rapid book scanning and book leveling tools.
Happy Valentine’s Day from Greenbrier Christian Academy! Our halls have a pink hue today as we celebrate Valentine’s Day and think about the greatest gift of love ever. We love you, Jesus!
Our Gators have been showing their school spirit as we look toward our Homecoming weekend with a week’s worth of fun themed days! Our Homecoming week theme this year took on a Disney flair, with days matching up to favorite Disney movies.
The week kicked off with “Monster’s University” Monday, with our GCA Gators wearing their favorite college gear. We saw friends, teachers, and even whole classes twinning it on Twin Tuesday (inspired by The Parent Trap) and Wednesday may have gone down as the most comfortable day at school ever as students finally got a pajama themed “Sleeping Beauty” day! The halls filled with Hawaiian shirts and flower leis for “Lilo and Stich” Hawaiian day and the week wrapped up with “Tick Tock Croc” Friday as we represent our Gator pride in Orange and Blue Gator wear!
After an exciting week, we hope to see you at our annual Homecoming Game Saturday, February 4th. Below is the schedule for the night’s activities. Go Gators!
Homecoming Schedule: Saturday, February 4, 2017
2:00pm - 1st Annual Alumni Coed Volleyball Game
3:30pm - Annual Alumni Coed Basketball Game
5:30pm - Alumni Room Opens (GCA Cafeteria)
6:45pm - 2017 Homecoming Court Announced
7:30pm - GCA v. Unite Sports Academy Tip Off
Half Time - Presentation of Homecoming Court and Announcement of 2017 Homecoming Queen
The month of October was Missions Month for 1st-6th grade students. On Wednesday morning, November 9, 2016, the Foundations and Bridge Academies met for a special Chapel to share and celebrate the mission projects completed by each grade.
Students in the Bridge Academy (grades 4-6) collected items such as puzzle books, pens, small food items, drinks and blankets to put together “Comfort Bags” to share with cancer patients in our area. Mrs. Legg shared what an encouragement it had been to receive a similar bag when she started cancer treatments this past summer.
Third grade classes packed twenty-five boxes for Operation Christmas Child. The students packed boxes filled with toys, school supplies and personal care items to bless children around the world who don’t typically receive Christmas presents. You can learn more about Operation Christmas Child here.
Second grade classes put together bags of food for children from Holland Elementary School to bless families in our own community that don’t have enough to eat. They gathered non-perishable food items and assembled over twenty-six bags of food. You can learn more about the Beach Bag food program here.
First grade classes collected shoes to donate to Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls. The students were able to collect thirty-eight pairs of shoes that will help provide health, education, hope and opportunity to children in the United States and around the world. You can learn more about Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls here.
On June 8th, Bridge Academy Principal, Tracy Cox, spoke to rising 6th graders, families, and friends in a commissioning ceremony. Similar to the commissioning of a newly built ship, the ceremony served as a way to acknowledge students' readiness to move forward into the Collegiate Academy with a sense of purpose.
Two recent graduates from the GCA Class of 2016 spoke to students during the commissioning ceremony. Class of 2016 Valedictorian, Rebekah Velloney, shared thoughts with the rising 6th graders on the importance of keeping God first as they begin this new phase of their academic life. “Nothing else will satisfy you. We are like fish out of water without God,” Velloney shared. Velloney went on to encourage students to always give God the glory and to be fearless in everything they do. Garrett Jones, who received a prestigious appointment to the United States Naval Academy for this fall, shared a message on the importance of trusting in Jesus, especially during transitional times when we might become fearful of the uncertainty. Mr. Jones recalled the disciples fear during the storm and encouraged the rising 6th graders to trust Jesus no matter the whirlwind of transition going on around us.
Principal Cox shared the class verse, Isaiah 30:21, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it" and reminded students that God whispers; to hear him, we need to have a close relationship with him. Principal Cox encouraged students to move confidently forward into the Collegiate Academy, growing their relationship with God, sharing with him everything from their fears or concerns to their desires for eyes to see and ears to hear.
Each student was presented with a plaque featuring original artwork created by art teacher Mrs. Leader, inspired by the class verse. The ceremony concluded with students being joined by their families for a special prayer over the class.
Congratulations to the class of 2022! We are excited to watch you continue your walk with God at GCA!