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Weekly Update - 1/14/22

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Principal Thoughts

When I was in graduate school to receive my Administrator's License, one of our assignments was to give a speech, without using notes, next to a statue of our choosing. At the time, I was a student at High Point University, and, if you've been to their campus, you know there are several statues spaced along the main road, which I believe is the reason the professor included the statue element. For our assignment, we had to select a statue that somehow related to the content of our speech. After thinking long and hard about which statue I would choose, I finally landed on the MLK Memorial that was dedicated in Concord about ten years ago. While Dr. King has many great quotes, the one I appreciate the most, and I feel best encapsulates why I have dedicated my professional life to education is, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is" 'What are you doing for others?'" This message also embodies one of the pillars of Gray Stone's motto, Service, which requires us to put others before ourselves. This is not always easy or comfortable, but it is a necessary quality in order for a community to thrive. I have been very fortunate to work with many fabulous educators over the years who are living a life of service, but, in order for a school to really succeed, all stakeholders must contribute. At Gray Stone, we are very lucky to have wonderful students and supportive parents, but no school is immune from the conflict that seems to be tearing our country apart these days. Thus, on this holiday, I hope we can, in the spirit of Dr. King, think about ways we can dedicate our lives to the service of others.

Counselor's Corner

On Monday, we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. When my father was a young adult in Burlington, North Carolina, he heard Dr. King speak to a crowd gathered there in the downtown area. There was much strife and contention between races in that area during those years, and, after hearing Dr. King speak, he walked away with a little more hope that the tides would change. Dr. King was a powerful speaker and leader, but he also approached people with grace, always advocating for a nonviolent approach.

In these times of division and unrest in our country, it was helpful for me to go back and read Dr. King’s speech this week. It reminded me that as human beings, we all have far more in common than we have differences. I encourage you to read Dr. King’s I Have a Dream speech. In addition, I learned this week about initiatives that encourage students to use MLK Day as an opportunity to serve in their communities. One of these initiatives is through Youth Service America, and this website lists 100 MLK Day of Service Ideas. Although it may be a little late in the game to orchestrate a “project” for this day, as it is just days away, perhaps it will spark conversation about how we can find small ways to impact our communities. All Gray Stone students are required to complete a service project before graduation, so this may be a great time for students to start planning.

~Be well, Mrs. Allred-McGee

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Inclement Weather

In the event of a weather-related closing of Gray Stone Day School, an automated call and email will be made to the contact info provided. However, in the event of a power failure, these updates will not be possible. If at all possible, Gray Stone will attempt to have school, but please use your best judgment for the safety of your family. Gray Stone makes its own decision about closures and does not follow any other school system’s policy or schedule. Check the school website or local media outlets for information.

Upcoming Athletic Events


School will be closed Monday, January 17 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

ACT & SAT Prep Courses

On upcoming Saturdays, the school will offer a course in ACT & SAT test preparation. See the attached flier for complete information. Please email Mr. Hodges directly with any questions at ahodges@graystoneday.org.

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone that donated Clorox wipes & Lysol spray! We truly appreciate it. Now, we are in need of tissues! Any Kleenex donations would be greatly appreciated & may be dropped off in the front office.

Lunch Menu, Week of 1/10


Tuesday Hamburgers, Mac & Cheese, Side Salad

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

Thursday Chicken & Rice, Green Beans, Applesauce, Side Salad

Friday Pizza (Cheese or Pepperoni), Drinks for $1

Driver's Ed

All classes are scheduled through Stanly County Schools. You can find available classes & register at www.stanlycountyschools.org (Departments > Student Services > Driver's Education).

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.