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Pumpkin Farm Field Trip

October 14th, 1:00-3:00

The farm is a great way to give children a hands on experience with farm-related activities. Our fields will be waiting for your students to search out their very own pumpkin. Hay bales to romp on and farm animals to see, hear, touch, and learn about will be paired with a fun hay ride to give kids a taste of the country life. We have interactive signs in various areas of the farm to help kids learn more about the animals and pumpkins.

Friday, October 14st at 1:00 p.m.. Sign up deadline is October 7th.
Cost is $9 (2 year old and up) and includes hayride, feed for the animals, hay maze, and a small pumpkin from the patch.
**GCA Staff/Teachers-Please see Mrs. Reid

https://www.prestontrailfarms.com/dallas-pumpkin-farm/

Preston Trail Farms
15102 TX-289
Gunter, TX 75078
972-382-4995

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Register to run the Race! Family Ninja Challenge

October 21st 3:00 p.m.

We have officially kicked off registration for our upcoming Fall Ninja Family Challenge!

Now is the time to sign your student up to run the race! This year’s race will be a mud-run-esque obstacle course challenge. It will be close to 1 mile long and will have 6-8 large obstacles to conquer ending with a large blow-up obstacle course. We will be holding this race at the GCA property and we will be running through a trail back through the woods.

This challenge is all about conquering challenges together as a family so parents run free with a student and do not need to pay a fee. 

$25/student running the race includes:

Ninja Challenge Race

-T-shirt

-Swag

-Snack

-FREE Parent Race Registration (parent t-shirts can be purchased for $10)

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Annual Homecoming Mum/Garter Tradition

Order or start making yours today!

Mum and Garter Tradition

Homecoming mums have been a Texas high school tradition since the 1930’s. They started off as real chrysanthemum flowers and a few short ribbons at that time but quickly grew in size and spirit by the 1980’s. Today, homecoming mums can be found in all sizes and levels of creativity. At one time a young man would provide a mum to his date to wear to school and the homecoming game and the girl would provide a smaller mum on an arm garter for him to wear. Now with so many students across the state going with groups of friends, parents, students themselves are creating or ordering their own mums. These spirit items are typically worn to schools and games across the state (not dances).

We are excited to continue this long standing Texas tradition at Grace Covenant Academy! We love connecting with our students and the school spirit that is fostered in time honored traditions and events.

Logistics

Here are a few tips:

  • Mums and garters are allowed to be worn to school on 10/20 by high school students only
  • Typically the size of your mum/garter gets larger from freshman to senior year but it is your preference
  • Freshman, sophomore and junio mum/garter ribbons are school colors (red, white and navy)
  • Typically senior mums/garters are white (with silver for GCA) but go with your preference
  • Traditionally a ribbon on the mum/garter would have the current year, another with the students name, another with “fresman, sophomore, etc.”
  • It is fun to also have a “trinket” representing the students interests hanging in the mum/garter. A music note for band or choir, a cross for faith, a volleyball, etc.

Getting the mum

Join the fun! You can make your own or place an order.

NOTE: the address for the mum shop on apple maps is wrong

Click HERE for a pdf with better detail to route to the mum shop.

If you would like assistance placing your mum order, or buying supplies from the Mum Shop, Suzie Johnson will be at the Mum Shop Tuesday, Sept 13th at 1 pm to assist you. 

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High School Homecoming Dinner and Dance

October 22nd 5:30-8:30 p.m.

We are super excited to announce that GCA is hosting our first annual super fun homecoming dinner and dance for our high school students. 

Tickets $40 available to purchase from Sept 1st to Oct 6th

Frisco Bible Church Lobby

Taco Bar dinner, dessert, and line dancing

GCA Formal Dress Code:

 

GCA Outfit Advice

Because you will be active at this event with dancing and games, we advise you choose something you feel comfortable in while being active. We want you to be handsome /beautiful, as well as comfortable, while having a great time! 

GUYS

This is a coat and tie event. A suit is not required, but at minimum a sport coat, nice pants, button up shirt, and tie are required. If you have any outfit specific questions, please contact Suzie Johnson at 469-438-4625 or suzie.johnson@gcafrisco.org

Permitted

  • Suit
  • Sport coat 
  • Dockers, Khaki Slacks, dress pants
  • Neck tie, bow tie, bolo tie 
  • Collared, button up shirt
  • Dress shoes, dress boots, or nice, comfortable shoes for dancing

Not Permitted

  • T-Shirt
  • Denim or Jeans of any style or color
  • Costume
  • Farm Boots
  • Flip-flops or open-toed shoes

 

LADIES

Neckline must above cleavage. A panel may need to be added to sweetheart, V-neck and scoop necks to meet dress code. No cut outs, sides of body or midriff showing. The back of the dress should be no lower than your natural waistline (above the bottom edges of your ribcage)

Permitted

  • Modest, God-honoring attire
  • Long gowns
  • Formal jumpsuit/pants suit
  • Short dresses must be within the short side of a 3×5 index card of the top of the knee
  • Slits in long gowns no higher than the short side of a 3×5 index card of the top of the knee 
  • Strapless gowns or off the shoulder gowns must be high enough to cover cleavage or be altered to cover cleavage. (it is your responsibility to ensure your gown stays in place throughout the evening)
  • Please wear appropriate undergarments. Undergarment straps cannot be showing on bare skin uncovered by your dress and should blend in under see through fabrics/lace.
  • Dress back no lower than natural waistline (above the bottom edges of your ribcage) 
  • Midriff covered by non-see-through fabric in front and sides (no cutouts)
  • Two piece dresses may be worn if the top covers the skirt by at least 6 inches – if the top and skirt simply “meet in the middle” it does not meet dress code and must be sewn together
  • Dressy shoes, dressy sandals, dressy boots, or nice, clean, comfortable shoes to wear while dancing

Not Permitted

  • Plunging necklines
  • Any cutouts in the front or sides of the dress 
  • The back of the dress should be no lower than your natural waistline (above the bottom edges of your ribcage)
  • You must be fully covered from about your underarm to within the short side of a 3×5 index card of the top of the knee (see-through fabric is not acceptable) 
  • Farm Boots
  • Flip-flops

GCA Dress Approval

Please submit your dress selection for approval at least one week prior to the event. Full length front and back views of the dress selection on a person should be texted or emailed to Suzie Johnson at #469-438-4625 or suzie.johnson@gcafrisco.org with your student’s name and grade level. You will receive a response as quickly as the committee can review your submission. If you are shopping and have questions while selecting a dress or would like to discuss alternative dress approval options, please contact Suzie.

 

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GCA Class Picture Days- mark your calendars

Lower School – September 27

Upper School – October 27th

Our pictures days are on the calendar for 2022. Please make sure that your student is completely in correct uniform for their picture day and not wearing any non GCA sweatshirts. There will be a makeup picture day February 7th for those who miss the scheduled day.

 

Click HERE to visit the photographers website for more information.

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Women’s Bible Study

Starting August 30th 

Are you looking for a way to connect with other GCA moms and also grow in your walk with the Lord? We would love to have you join us on Tuesday mornings at 8:00! We meet until 9:30 in the lobby of the church right beside the playground.

The workbook/study we will use is called Stand UP: Taking a Stand Based upon God’s Word, based on Romans, written by Mark Schupbach, a ministry of Lifemark. The style of the workbook is conducive to small amounts of daily intake or even just an hour or so if you happen to procrastinate! We will meet 3 or 4 weeks in a row and plan a social time to allow for deliberate fellowship (or scheduling of all of the appointments we try to squeeze in during their time at school!)

We will meet on Tuesday, August 30th and Sept. 6th at Warren Park to connect and get to know each other. 

Upcoming Schedule:  8:00-9:30 a.m.

Tues. Aug. 30th Warren Park – group connect

Tues. Sept. 6th  Warren Park – group connect

Tues. Sept 13th – off – book distribution

Tues. Sept. 20th – Lesson 1

Here is further information about the study:

Do you struggle with discouragement in a world that seems to have lost its foundation? Do you desire to make a difference but aren’t sure what to say to combat the lies in our declining culture? Do you sometimes find yourself knowing what you believe but you’re unsure why you believe it?

 

Things that most of us never even considered in the past have become commonplace today — they are friction points in our everyday lives. The only way to counteract these falsehoods is to know the truth as found in God’s Word, the Bible. 

 

This study will dive deep into the book of Romans, a letter written by the Apostle Paul to the believers in Rome. You will learn truths about a wide variety of topics that affect society even today, and you will be more confident as a result of knowing the truth so you can boldly and graciously Stand UP for God. Get started today.

 

 

The workbook is $25 and will cover the entire year. You can sign up by contacting Joelle Clink (567-232-2379) or Kathryn Magee (214-621-9376), or coming to the park on Tuesday. We will collect cash or you can make payment thru Venmo @Joelle-Clink or PayPal clinkjunk@gmail.com to cover the cost of the workbook.

 

The first actual Bible study will start on Tuesday, Sept. 20th. 8:00-9:30 a.m. in the lobby at the church.

 

Upcoming Schedule:  8:00-9:30 a.m.

Tues. Aug. 30th Warren Park – group connect

Tues. Sept. 6th  Warren Park – group connect

Tues. Sept 13th – off – book distribution

Tues. Sept. 20th – Lesson 1

Sept. 27th – Lesson 2

Oct. 4th – Lesson 3

Oct. 11th – Lesson 4

Oct. 18th – off (Homecoming Week, Ninja Run)

Oct. 25th – Lesson 5

Nov. 1st – Lesson 6

Nov. 8th – Lesson 7

Nov. 15th – off (Grandparents Day is Thursday)

Nov. 21st – off (Thanksgiving break)

Nov. 29th – Lesson 8

Dec. 6th – Lesson 9

Dec. 13th – off (last day of school is Thursday)

Jan. 10th – off Service Project? Social? not planning a lesson for 1st day back

Jan. 17th – Lesson 10

Jan. 24th – Lesson 11

Jan. 31st – Lesson 12

Feb. 7th – Lesson 13

Feb. 14th – off (Valentine’s Day parties)

Feb 21st – Lesson 14

Feb. 28th – Lesson 15

March 7 – Lesson 16

March 14 – off (Spring Break)

March 21 – off (Mom Appreciation)

March 28 – Lesson 17

April 4 – Lesson 18

April 11 – Lesson 19

April 18 – Lesson 20

April 25 – off – Social

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Need help with math on your home day?

Come to the GCA Math Lab every Wednesday from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

GCA offers a math lab for any 6th-12th grade student on Wednesday’s from 9-10 a.m. This offers students a classroom to sit and do their math, with a math teacher, Kim Slaughter, present to help students with homework and reteach anything they are confused by. 

Students do not need to register for math lab, they may just show up any Wednesday they need help with their math.

Where?

Math lab will be held in the room named Carrollton at the GCA campus.

Dress Code:

Students may wear spirit wear clothes, this includes jeans that are not ripped and a GCA t-shirt. Only GCA approved jackets may be worn. If there is any violation of this dress code students will be asked to wear a GCA uniform.

 

Email kim.slaughter@gcafrisco.org with any questions about math lab!