Friday, October 28, 2011

2011 Winter Festival - November 29th

Winter Festival Packets were sent home Wednesday, Oct. 26th.  Families should have received information on T-shirt orders, Raffle Tickets, General Store,
and Student Art Show.

Please call Cile @ 246-3825 if you did not receive your packet.

Coat Drive Ends Monday

GCA has collected 97 additional items this past week for the Farm Credit Coat Drive.  The 3rd Grade class put out a challenge last week to the school to bring in 59 more items and boy they really did their part.  As of Thursday, GCA had collected 146 items and Mrs. Butler's class only need 54 more items to meet our 200 item goal!! 
Take a minute this weekend to look through your closets and see what you might can donate as Monday is the final day!!  We can do it GCA!!!

Lady Cougars Headed to State

The Lady Cougars Volleyball team finished the season as Runner-ups of Region 5 and earned a bye into the second round of the GISA State Tournament hosted by Mount Vernon Presbyterian in Atlanta.  They will play the winner of a first round match-up between Christian Heritage School of Dalton and Providence Christian School of Savannah.  Their first match in the tournament will be Friday, October 28th @ 1:00 p.m.

Front Row - Lindsey Duke, Kelsey Harrell, Merianna Parker, Melissa Mills, Perra Harrell.
Back Row - Assistant Coach Amy Smith, Emillee Murr, Brandi Register, Emma Heard, Leah Smith, Cassie Pichard, Kendi Castoro and Coach Erwin Harrell.  Not pictured is Christy Colvin.

MS Volleyball Team Has Perfect Season

The Lady Cougar Middle School Volleyball Team completed their season this
past week with a perfect record of 9-0.

Congratulations Lady Cougars!!!!

Cougar Cheeleaders Win 1st

The past weekend the Cougar Cheerleaders won 1st place in their division at the Midwest Cheer and Dance Competition at Six Flags in Atlanta, GA.  They also received Best Overall in the Best Dance and Routine category.  Thirteen (13) squads from around the State competed in their division. 
Way to go girls!!!!!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Winburn - State 1st Place Winner

(L-R) GCA Teacher, Sara Jones; Mattie Winburn; & Principal Joan Shiver

Mattie Winburn was "officially" honored on October 8th as the Georgia First Place 5th Grade Winner in the 2010 Fair Bear Wrinting Competition sponsored by the Georgia National Fair.

Mattie along with the school were honored with checks and certificates.

Congratulations Mattie...we are so proud of you!!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Cross Country Team - Region Runner-up!!!

The GCA Boys' Cross Country Team finished as runner-up at the GISA Region 3AA Cross Country Meet at Green wood Plantation in Thomasville, GA on October 20th.  The team, led by Chase and Kyle Harris (2nd and 3rd overall) included season best performances by Anderson Bailey, Bryce McQuaid, Josh Carnes, Jackson Harrell, and Daniel Ray.  Also participating in the meet were region rivals, Brookwood, Crisp, Highland Christian, Randolph Southern, Southwest Georgia, Valwood, Westfield, and Westwood.  The Boys' Team from Brookwood School won the 2011 3AA Region Championship.  The top four teams from our region have earned the right to participate in the GISA State Championship Meet to be held on Saturday, October 29th at Wesleyan College in Macon, GA.

Participating in the Region Meet for the Lady Cougars were Abbey Smith and Beth Ann Hodges.

Donut's for Dad

Mrs. Sheffield and Mrs. Jones 4th & 5th grade students hosted their annual "Donut's for Dads" event this morning in the GCA  Dining Hall. 
Thank you Dads for all you do!!!!

2nd Grade Explore the world of Worms!

Mrs. Loeffler and Mrs. Straughn's 2nd grade students enjoyed exploring the "world of worms" last Friday. 

A great time was  had by all!!


4th & 5th Grades Visit Agrirama

On Friday, September 30th, the fourth and fifth grade students of Grace Christian Academy traveled to Tifton, GA to explore the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village better known as the Agrirama.  The students were given the chance to "go back in time" and experience the daily activities of a person their age, doing many of the same things that their ancestors did a century ago.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Perra Harrell Wins State!!

On Wednesday, October 12, 2011 Perra Harrell won the GISA AA Girls Junior Varsity "Season Ending Championship" Cross Country Meet held at Stratford Academy in Macon, GA.  As the sole representative in the Girls event from Grace Christian Academy, Perra outran the field of 83 participants representing 17 schools throughout the state.  Her winning time in the 2.5 kilometer (1.6 mile) race was 9 minutes and 58 seconds.  Perra is in the 8th grade and has been a members of the Cross Country Team for the past 3 years.

Congratulations also to Caleb Harris for placing 5th in this same meet! 

Way to Go Cougars!!!

Photos to come......

Annual Coat Drive - Oct. 10th thur Oct. 31st

Grace Christian Academy is again helping with the Annual Farm Credit Coat and Blanket Drive.  The Drive kicked-off on October 10th and Mrs. Butler's 3rd grade class enjoyed hosting a fashion show of ideas for the GCA Elementary students this past Wednesday.  Acceptable items includenew and used coats, blankets, sweaters, scarves, hats, and gloves.  Items will be distrubted locally and Five Points Cleaners is providing the cleaning services for the used items. Other drop-off locations include Farm Credit, Five Points Cleaners, Decatur Auto Parts, and Auto Zone; however, we want GCA to collect the most!

This is a wonderful opportunity for us to make a difference in someone's life and our community has a whole!  Please support Mrs. Buter's 3rd grade class and bring your donations to the drop-box in the GCA foyer.

Middle School Soccer Photos


Preschool Enjoys Teddy Bear Picnic

Teddy Bear Picnic

The City of Bainbridge along
with the Regional Library
hosted a Teddy Bear Picnic
on October 12th in Willis Park.
GCA's K3 - K5 students had a wonderful time.  They enjoyed visiting the park, having a picnic and listing to 3 wonderful "Teddy Bear" stories.

GCA Book Fair - Oct. 25th - 29th

The 2011 GCA Book Fair is scheduled for, October 24th - 28th. It will be set up in the cafeteria and open each day from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Somthing new this year will be an Online Book Fair which will be available from October 17th - November 5th.  Here is the link and graphic for the online store:
Volunteers are needed: If you are interested in being a volunteer and working at the book fair please call the office @ 243-8851 or email Monica McQuaid at

Cougar Cheer Clinic

The GCA Cougar Cheerleaders host a Cheer Clinic for our K3-K5 students on Oct. 3rd, 4th & 5th.  The girls had a wonderful time learning all the cougar cheers and working with the cheerleaders!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

4th & 5th Grade Celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day

In recognition of Johnny Appleseed Day (Sept. 26th), the fourth and fifth graders at Grace Christian Academy took time out of their busy day to celebrate and study this great American frontier hero.  While the teacher read the book, Johnny Appleseed, the students enjoyed apple juice, apples with peanut butter and caramel, apple sauce, and apple tarts.  Students were then asked to write and retell the story of Johnny Appleseed as if they were the author.  They made a book cover for their new book and illustrated it with the same theme.  During their math and science time, the students used apples and information about apples to assist with their instructional time.  This was a special and enjoyable day for these two made learning fun!!

Johnny Appleseed Celebrated

Mrs. Morris' students - Cullen, Emilie, and Jillian

Mrs. Cox's students with their puppets

In honor of Johnny Appleseeds' birthday, our GCA K'4's  got to enjoy several activities involving apples.  Mrs. Morris' students enjoyed tasting a variety of apples and their taste test resulted in a tie between Red Delicious and Granny Smith.  Mrs. Cox's class made puppets, made apples out of red play dough and discovered perfect stars in apples.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Harris Recognized for Contributions

The GCA Cougar soccer team lost a very welled played game 3-2 to Central Fellowship Christian Academy of Macon on Friday, September 30th.  The game marked the last home game for senior, Kyle Harris.  He will graduate as the all-time scoring leader and assist leader in GCA soccer history.  Kyle has been named All-Conference every year since his Freshman year, he was named conference MVP as a Junior, and this year was named to the All-Tournament team at the JMA pre-season tournament, and led the Cougars to a perfect 3-0 record in the East-West Challenge Tournament in Fort Walton Beach, FL. 
Thank you Kyle for all you have done for GCA Soccer....We Love Ya!!!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

HS Biology study of Eubacteria

Pictured:  Casie Pichard and Beth Hodges

During a study on Eubacteria, students in Mrs. Smith Biology class collected bacteria from areas around the school.  Keyboards, faucets, door knobs, light switches, and toilets were some areas that were swabbed.  Special thanks should be given to Meridian and Danimer Scientific for providing petri dishes with agar nutrient and swabs.  After 2 weeks, students prepared slides to view with the microscopes.
Pictured:  Taylor Cumbie, Tyler Jones & Zyreese Guy

8th Graders Learn about Forensics

This year the 8th graders are doing a semester unit on forensics along with their standard curriculum.  Special agents Wes Horne and Mike Walsingham with Georgia Bureau of Investigation demonstrated how to dust for prints.

6th Graders learn about Mass & Density

Understanding the connection between mass and density can be confusing.  Understanding density in liquids can be even more difficult.  The sixth grade at GCA conducted a lab while studying measurement and physical properties of matter.  Students performed the steps of the scientific method as they hypothesized, experimented, and recorded results in a lab report. Liquids that were used were shampoo, diswashing detergent, baby oil, water and corn syrup.  Liquids moved as they were poured into places by density.  The result was a tower of colorful, layered liquids.

Monday, October 3, 2011


Fall Break Announcements.......

Lunch menus are due back this Wednesday, October 5th, due to Fall Break.

2nd Trip Deposit of $50.00 (6th-8th)  is due Wednesday, October 12th.