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Message From Your Principal
During our recent annual planning session, the Griggs staff decided to spend time focusing on character development along with the academic development of our students. This made me think about different character traits that are important. Maybe the most important part of our character is faith. At Griggs we work hard to weave faith throughout your courses. One of my favorite faith heroes is someone who was recently celebrated as an American hero: Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Throughout his too-short life, Dr. King relied heavily on his faith to help bring about social justice and equality for all people. His faith was personal. He used what the Bible teaches and his actions were guided by those teachings. We can learn a lot from this man of faith who taught us to show appreciation and respect for everyone. There is no greater guide for your character development and faith than the Bible. I’d like to hear from you - who is a faith hero that really stands out as an example to you?

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase" - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Ms. Forsey, Principal
The last couple months we have looked at how to get the most out of your Bible reading. Prayer is another important aspect of having a relationship with Jesus. Have you ever felt like your prayers were too routine? Or maybe like you were talking to yourself? Prayer can be difficult sometimes. In his model prayer Jesus gives us some ideas that can help us to make prayer the life-giving experience that it was for Him.

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.”
Prayer should start with us acknowledging who God is and how wonderful He is. What a privilege it is to be able to communicate openly and honestly with Him whenever we want!
“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
Next we want to acknowledge that prayer doesn’t just exist for us to get what we want, but also for us to know what God wants. So often we ask for a bunch of stuff and then stop praying without spending time listening for God’s “still, small voice.” Praying for God’s will helps the rest of our prayer and the rest of our day.
“Give us this day our daily bread.”
This phrase isn’t necessarily about food, unless you are literally starving. In the Bible bread often refers to needs. Asking for things we want is ok, but asking for things we need is necessary! How often do we ask God for a little extra money, or answers to a test and neglect to ask Him to help us with our character? Maybe we need help with patience, or compassion, or to stop judging so much.
“Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”
Asking forgiveness is an important part of prayer. The last part of that line is difficult for us sometimes. Jesus’ prayer asks God to forgive us the way we forgive others. I’m not always very good at forgiving others, but it’s important. This would be a good time in your prayer to ask God for help in forgiving others so that you can let go of those hurts.
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
Once you are forgiven of your sins, it’s a great idea to ask God to help you to avoid sin in the future!
Have you noticed that our website has a new look? Be sure to check it out at and let us know what you think! You can always send us a message via the online chat. You will find important updated information plus some new features!
We have been working hard on uploading new video tutorials to help you be successful while navigating through Griggs Online. You may find the videos right on the Griggs Online homepage! Be sure to check periodically as we will be posting new videos on a regular basis.

Meet Mrs. Brousson (sounds like "Brew-sawn"), who teaches all of our Jr. High (G6-G8) science courses! Mrs. B has had a passion for teaching since she was 7 years old and she has taught Kindergarten all the way to college level throughout the years. She likes music, reading, cooking and art (handlettering, painting, drawing). Mrs. B and her husband live in Alberta, Canada and they enjoy canoeing, camping and hiking the Canadian Rockies!
Meet Mr. Abbott, who teaches high school History and Social Science courses! He has a MS Degree in History from Texas A&M and BS degree from Southern Adventist University. He has been teaching History and Bible for 29 years. Traveling is his passion. He and his family have traveled to almost all the states in the US. He has also been taking students to Europe for the past 20 years. His favorite cities in Europe are London, Florence and Rome.

President's Day: February 18 (office closed)
GIA Spirit Week: March 18 - 22
Elementary Corner

You will need:
  • Egg carton
  • Black paint
  • White and orange paper
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
Trim the “cups” out of the egg carton. Then cut out a beak and feet from orange paper and a belly from white paper. Paint the cut out cartons black. Once you’ve painted the egg carton cups, let them dry completely. It may take a few hours depending on the type of paint that you use. Glue the white belly onto the little bump that juts out of the egg carton. The shape makes a perfect belly, so if you have white paint, or even white out, go ahead and paint that little bump instead of using paper. Glue on the beak. Glue on the eyes.Fold the feet and then glue them to the inside of the egg carton cup. And you’re done!
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