News from GSL School By Thor Kvande, Head of School

After what seems like the longest 12 months ever, we are very happy to be enjoying spring 2021 at GSL with a positive outlook for the months ahead and immense gratitude for the growing number of faculty and staff members who are now fully vaccinated. While we remain vigilant in observing the COVID protocols we set at the start of the year, we are optimistic about our continuing low numbers of cases and excited to be preparing for some of our traditional, albeit modified, year-end events. 

We were delighted to be able to continue two of our most important traditions at GSL in February and March—the Eighth Grade Internship Program and the Eighth Grade Italian Dinner. Started 14 years ago, the internship program provides invaluable real-world experiences for our oldest students and inspiration for possible jobs and career paths in the future. Neither sleet nor snow nor COVID-19 stopped us—and we faced all three this year! The Daily Memphian even published a story on the program; you can read it here: bit.ly/GSL8thInterns.

The Italian Dinner is a school tradition that goes back much furthersome of you will even remember its origins as the Spaghetti Supper in 1974. Pandemic protocols this year prevented us from holding our traditional sit-down dinner in Trezevant Hall, generally a standing-room-only affair. But the Class of 2021 was determined that this event would go on, so we reimagined it take-out style, creating a festive pick-up/to-go event in the circle drive instead. 

We are extremely proud of our outstanding eighth grade students, who have all demonstrated grit and resilience throughout this entire school year. And we offer a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone in the local business and church community who supported these two important programs at GSL! 

Last but not least, an update on admissions: The busiest part of our season went well and we are excited about welcoming new families to campus in August. There are still spots open in select grades, so we appreciate your continued positive recommendations of GSL to prospective families! For more information, contact Director of Enrollment Shelly McGuire at 901-278-0200.

Upcoming Calendar Events

  • Good Friday and Easter Holidays, School Closed: April 2 & 5
  • Virtual Anchor Auction: April 15-17
  • Father-Daughter Dance: April 30
  • Mother-Son Event: May 2 
  • Honors Chapel: May 21
  • Last Day for Preschool and SK: May 25
  • Graduation and Last Day for Grades 1-8: May 26
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Parishioners Stephen and Katherine Bush get a family photo with sons Henry and John after the eighth graders’ Chapel Talk presentations at a recent All-School Chapel service.

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Second grader Charlie and his classmates talked about important character traits of Americans they admire during a recent Celebration Chapel. 

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Father Ollie connects with preschoolers during a weekly chapel visit at Miss Lee’s.

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Eighth grader Gregory New preps customer plates during the lunch rush as part of his three-day internship at the Rendezvous.

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