High School Weekly Update


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Counselor's Corner

It’s coming. The day that some anticipate and others abhor - Valentine’s Day! This is a day that brings lots of great feelings in some and a sense of dread in others because it highlights a single four-letter word. If you haven’t heard it or said it yet, get ready. This little L-word elicits a great many emotions. You may be excited that it has happened to you or you may be dreading the day it occurs or the memory of a past breakup. Either way, high school has no shortage of people saying they are in love.

If it hasn’t happened yet, how should you prepare for the day it does? If you’ve already experienced it, what do you do now? What happens when the "love of your life" suddenly says they want to break up?

It is no secret that many high schoolers experience their first significant relationships during these years. This is all new territory, so today’s Counselor’s Corner hopes to provide a few thoughts that may help parents and students navigate the issues that stem from falling into and out of the “L” word.

Parents, some of you may feel well prepared to handle this topic when it happens to your family, others may not. Perhaps you’ve had a great relationship and learned some valuable lessons. Maybe, you’ve had some difficult relationships and also learned some valuable lessons. No matter which you’ve experienced remember that, for your children, this relationship business is all brand new.

Oh, and no matter how much you may say that “my child will not date until they are XX years old,” understand they will feel the emotions and ride the roller coaster of a relationship far sooner than we will ever want. It helps to be prepared.

Tips for parents:

• Tell your child that you love them and they deserve to be in a mutually supportive relationship.

• Model mutual respect, kindness, integrity, and generosity in your home relationships.

• Role-play tricky or ethically murky scenarios.

• Use teen or adult dating advice columns, movies, music, and shows to trigger conversations.

• Share your good and bad relationship experiences, highlighting what you learned.

• Explain that heartbreak is a possibility and relationships require emotional vulnerability.

• Remind them not to tease or gossip about a friend who discloses a relationship.

• Talk about the importance of basic friendship skills such as reciprocity, reflective listening, turn-taking, and sharing.

Never forget that you are the best source of good relationship advice for your children. Whatever you do, don’t let media or someone else be the only source of information and interaction your children have about love. There are a lot of inaccurate depictions out there and children need your guidance before, during, and after a relationship occurs in order to navigate the challenges in a healthy manner, both physically and emotionally.

As I close today, I would like to share that the bullet tips above come from a book by author Phyllis Fagell. I highly recommend resources to help first-time parents of high-schoolers. You can also feel free to reach out to me for more tips or help in these areas. If you have tips or topics that you would like included in future Counselor’s Corner about this or any other topic you are experiencing, send those to me. I will see how I may incorporate them in future thoughts.

One final thought about the “L” word:

I love my wife

I love pizza

I love the color blue

I love your outfit

I love my dog

One word…so many applications. Use it wisely.

As always, You Matter! All of you!

Roy Morgan

Next Week is Spirit Week!

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Knight of the Week

This week's Knight of the Week is Grace Eppehimer. One of Grace's teachers wrote,

"Grace always has a smile on her face! Her positivity is infectious! I appreciate her kindness and willingness to give whatever I have planned for class a try. She participates in extracurriculars at Gray Stone and does a great job balancing her school work with her other responsibilities. She is a wonderful student!"

Great job, Grace!

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Deadline to Guarantee a Yearbook Approaching

Parents: The deadline to guarantee that your child will get a yearbook is February 24th. If yearbooks are not ordered before this deadline, extra yearbooks will only be available on a first come, first served basis. Email wharrington@graystoneday.org with any questions!

Casino Knight Sponsors Needed

We look forward to an amazing night in support of the Gray Stone Educational Foundation! You must be 21 or older to attend.
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GSDS Lottery 2023-2024

The lottery for the 2023-2024 school year is now open. Please click here to apply. All new students must submit an application.

Upcoming Athletic Events

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Are You Ready to Dance?

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We need help making the HS Winter Ball a magical night of Fire and Ice. We are looking for volunteers like you to make it happen. Please click the sign up link below.


Yearbook Ads

The yearbook is in need of business ads! If you know someone who might be interested in advertising their business and supporting the GS Yearbook, please contact Ms. Harrington at wharrington@graystoneday.org.

Seniors! If you want a senior ad in the yearbook, they must be purchased and created before February 9, 2023! Email Ms. Harrington with any questions!

Driver's Ed

If you are interested in registering for Driver's Ed classes, please click here.

Together in Education

Knight Families, did you know you can support the school every time you buy groceries? Please visit the link below to find out more information!


Spirit Wear

The Spirit Shack is full of new GSDS wear! Check out our online store at https://gray-stone-store.square.site. Select your items and pay online. We will have your order ready for pickup the following Friday at the Shack. The Spirit Shack is also open during all lunches on Fridays.

Please email gsdsspiritshack@gmail.com with questions.


Next Week's Lunch Menu

Monday Pasta (Meat or Alfredo Sauce), Garlic Bread, Salad Bar

Tuesday Hamburgers, Baked Beans, Fruit, Side Salad

Wednesday Beef or Chicken Tacos, Black Beans, Rice, Salad Bar

Thursday Ham & Turkey Subs, Chips, Green Beans, Side Salad

Friday Pizza (Cheese or Pepperoni)

Order Your Yearbook Today!

Are you looking forward to a great year? Yearbooks are ready to order! For only $80.00, you can purchase a yearbook full of memories from cover to cover. Buy yours today on Jostens' website: jostensyearbooks.com, or call 1-877-767-5217.

About Us

Gray Stone Day School is a regional school that provides a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum for students in grades 6 - 12. While developing strong character, students engage in highly challenging courses that will require them to work diligently in and out of the classroom. A high caliber teaching staff prepares a rigorous curriculum to prepare students for post-secondary opportunities.