Gator Tales

Grace Episcopal School Vol. 10, November 13, 2015

A Message From Dr. Ricks

Parents and Friends,

It is hard to believe that we are going into the week of Thanksgiving Break. Next week we have many fun Thanksgiving activities as well as our Veteran's Day Assembly. I will, however, be away Wednesday afternoon, Thursday, and Friday to attend the SAES Biennial Conference in Houston. This is a meeting of all member schools of the association with a variety of workshops for teachers and administrators, and I look forward to learning from my peers at other Episcopal schools in our region.

Our 5th graders are currently practicing their American History play. This is just one of the many opportunities GES students have to speak, perform, and function in public. We see public speaking and comfort with public performance as essential tools for future success. Whether students are participating in chapel, acting in plays, reading morning announcements, or leading a Veteran's Day Assembly, all Grace students have opportunities throughout their time here to develop these skills that will serve them so well in the years ahead.

By now, you have received your Annual Fund mailings and pledge cards. Thanks to our Admissions and Marketing Coordinator Liz McQueen for her work to launch our campaign with great success! Thanks as well to Stephanie and Scott Trezise who are serving as our Annual Fund Chairs this year. Our message is that "every GIFT, every FAMILY, every YEAR makes and IMPACT!" Thank you to those of you who have already pledged your support; it is greatly appreciated.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Dr. Beth J. Ricks

Head of School


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Thank you everyone that is contributed!!! Please keep your contributions coming! We are striving for 100% parent participation. Class percentages are below!! Remember every GIFT, every FAMILY, every YEAR, makes an IMPACT!!

Contributors through Friday November 13th

  • Paige and French Smith
  • Rhonda and Mark Neal
  • Trish and Tim Stephens
  • Tara and Jessie Williamson
  • David and Beth Emery
  • Courtney and Zeke Wetzel
  • Francesca B. Oakley
  • Anu and Shirish Lal
  • Lynn W. Barr
  • Denise Johnson
  • Ginger and David Knight
  • Susan DeHart
  • Jacie Jones
  • Bre VanderWoude
  • Ethel Puckett
  • Paula and Jay Garrett
  • Vance Nickelson
  • Jessica Lyons
  • Judy Riley
  • Christine Monk
  • Laura Pilcher
  • Cheryl Jones
  • Stephanie and Scott Trezise
  • Rebecca and Ryan Posey
  • Amanda and Michael Hufnagel
  • Wendy and Mark Napoli
  • Chris Edwards
  • Sandra and Jim Wilson
  • Ekam and Ozi Anumele
  • Christy and Max Cox
  • Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Stewart
  • Wesley and Bruce Johnson
  • Stephanie and Charlie Heck
  • Amber and Clay Shemwell
  • Kim Leija
  • Jewel and Tom King
  • Katie and Keith White
  • Kelly and James Griffin
  • Wendy and Michael Waller
  • Laurie and Chris Vaszily

Parent Participation by Class Percentage

  • 8th Grade - 22%
  • 7th Grade - 17%
  • 6th Grade - 20%
  • 5th Grade - 18%
  • 4th Grade - 14%
  • 3rd Grade - 19%
  • 2nd Grade - 18%
  • 1st Grade - 26%
  • K - 5%
  • PreK-4 - 8%
  • PreK-3 - 7%

Athletic News - Rick Greene


The Grace School Cross Country team will have 8 runners compete in Mississippi at the USATF Regional meet. Coach Andrews and the runners have been practicing for the upcoming meet. Congratulations to Coltan Cooper, Maxwell Butler, Jake Napoli, Jason Roy, Elliot White, Helen Johnson, Ava McCarty, and Noah Neal.

NEXT MEET: USATF Regional Meet In Clinton, MS Nov 21st


Grace MS basketball had games on Thursday of this week vs Cedar Creek. The 8th grade Boys' team lost a heartbreaker by one point.

Information on LS Basketball went home this week. They will play a full schedule the month of January, and we are looking forward to them starting practice and preparing for their season.

We are offering the family passes this year.

$75(non GES Booster club members)

$50(Booster club members)

$25 Grandparents pass(admits 2 grandparents to every GES basketball game)

We are also offering VIP courtside seating for the remainder 9 home GES basketball games. Reserve the courtside seating as soon as possible. You do not want to miss out! For a fee of $50.00, you have a prime a courtside seat, a free drink and popcorn for every game. The chair(s) that you rent are good for all games that night!!!


Saturday November 14 UPJH Tournament, Boys only.

Tuesday November 17 vs Pinecrest 5:30PM

Wednesday November 18 vs IA Lewis 5:30PM


The Grace Gator soccer squads were in action with 2 games each last week, and the boys had one victory vs Riser on Monday. The teams continue to work on all facets of the game and the coaches are seeing improvement.


Monday Nov 16 vs OJH @ NELSA G 4PM B 5:30PM

Thursday Nov 19 vs Lee @ NELSA G 3:30PM B 4:45PM

Rick Greene

Athletic Director

Limo & Lunch

Congratulations to the following Middle School gators for achieving the Gator Greenery Grand Prize for total sales. Limo & Lunch is scheduled for next Thursday, November 19th. The limo will leave GES at 11:30 and lunch will follow at Portico.

Ben Crawford Elliott Brunini Wes Robinson

Brock Eppinette Caroline Graham Allen Smith

Kosi Ifediora Sarah Grace Loftin Ella Rose Smith

Abby Lyle Walt Sartor Dylan Riddle

Anisha Lal Harrison Rhymes

Rahul Lal Allison LaNasa

Next Week at Grace

Monday, November 16th

  • K-2nd Grade Chapel at 8:00 AM

Tuesday, November 17th

  • 6th - 8th Grade Chapel at 8:00 AM

Wednesday, November 18th

  • Holy Eucharist Grades 1-8, Parents are welcome!!!
  • Picture re-takes
  • 1:00PM Veterans Day Program
Thursday, November 19th
  • 9:00AM - 1st grade play in church
  • 9:00AM - 2nd and 3rd grade to Civic Center
  • 10:30AM - K Feast in Kilbourne Hall
  • 2:00PM - PK-4 Feast in Lowery Hall
Friday, November 20th
  • Grace Gator Day
  • 10:00am - PK parties is classrooms
  • 5th Grade Feast in classroom