Gator Tales

Grace Episcopal School Vol. 18, January 15, 2016

A Message From Dr. Ricks

Parents and Friends,

What a wonderful Awards service we had Wednesday morning! It was so nice to see all of you here to help celebrate your children and their accomplishments. Despite the challenges of getting back in the habit of early mornings, everyone has seemed enthusiastic about returning to school. January is a really good month to settle in for good teaching and learning. This third quarter often marks the real high point of the year with the most substantive curricular work, so please continue to support your children and encourage them to work hard.

Next Friday marks our much anticipated Family Basketball Night, and I am looking forward to good food, music, and community as we enjoy the great atmosphere of sports and play. I hope that you can join us; be looking for more information on Tuesday.

I am continually impressed by the fantastic work displayed outside the classrooms. The Kindergarten classes have created life size snowglobes, the 3rd graders have generated timelines, and the 4th and 5th graders have displayed their New Year's Resolutions through alliteration. The 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are deep into research and preparation for upcoming Science and Social Studies fairs. The Spring Semester promises to be full of exciting events and opportunities. I love seeing your children eagerly take on these challenges in their journeys as lifelong learners.

A special note of thanks to those parents who participated in this morning's prayer group, and I encourage all who are interested to come next month and pray for our school, teachers, and students. How blessed we are...


Dr. Beth J. Ricks

Head of School

Athletic News


LS Basketball had a full week of games. All teams had a great showing, especially the 4th grade boys who had their first win against Sallie Humble on Wednesday.


Tuesday Jan 19 @ Sterlington5B 6B 6pm start time

Wednesday Jan 20 vs JGS @ GES 4B 5B 6G 6B 5G 4:30pm start

Thursday Jan 21 vs Ruston @ GES 5G 5B 5:30pm start



We have a large group of athletes who want to represent the Gators on the diamond this year. the season will begin mid February, and sites and schedules are still being worked on through the leagues. Please be looking for information to come home soon.


We will have a competition team and instructional lessons for the younger students. We had a super tennis season last year and look for another great effort on the courts this season as well.

Coming Up:

Jan 22 Family Basketball Night. A fun family event showcasing our student athletes, spirit squad, and offering chances to win raffles prizes like the 2016 American Girl Doll of the Year!

Look for posters and flyers to come out next week with more prizes featured, all who come can enjoy entertainment from our grace ball players, eat meals from the grill and concession prepared by the Dads club, and enter raffles and games for prizes!!

Entrance is free and doors open at 5 pm and the schedule will be sent out next week so you can come and go during the night as it works for your family!!

Each child receives a free raffle ticket on entry, more available at $1/ticket. Come play with the gators!

Any questions about these fundraisers, please contact Coach Greene.

GES Video - Newcomer, Morris, and Young

Please turn in your child's permission slip by Tuesday if you have not done so. NMY will be producing a video for our school to be featured on our school website and social media.

GES Science Fair - 6th and 8th Grade - Wednesday January 20th

Our 6th and 8th Grade students will be presenting their Science Projects to the judges next Wednesday. Parents are more than welcome to view the students projects from 1:00-3:00PM. Awards announced at 2:45PM.

Do not miss Family Basketball Night next Friday January 22nd 5-8PM in the GES Gym!

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Do not miss out on this opportunity to sponsor a table before it's too late!! Only a limited number of tables available. A Sponsorship table includes seating for 8 and a Sponsor Party Happy Hour with Free Drinks & Food, Table Decor, and Party Favors. Call the school office to reserve your table today!! A table for 8 is $1500.

2016 Gator House - Doe's Eat Place - Saturday January 30th - 5:00PM til the end of parade

Don't forget to turn in those medallion orders for your special spot to watch the parade at Doe's! A special thanks go out to the Eaton and Hammons Family for hosting again, Katy and George Moreland for heading it up, and the Lyle Family for cooking their wonderful jambalaya. We will also have jumpers, pizza, finger foods, and king cake so don't miss out!

MakerSpace - Engineers in the Making!!

This Week at Grace

Monday, January 18th

  • NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Day

Tuesday, January 19th

  • 6th - 8th Grade Chapel at 8:00 AM

Wednesday, January 20th

  • Holy Eucharist Grades 1-8
  • 6th and 8th Grade Science Fair - MS Commons
Thursday, January 21st
  • 3-5th Grade Chapel at 8:00 AM
Friday, December 22nd
  • TGIF - Iron Cactus
  • Family Basketball Night - 5:00PM