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Weekly Blast 11.10.22

November 10, 2022 -

School Dates to Note

  • Nov 11 Veteran’s Day- No School
  • Nov 15 Prospective Family Info Night
  • Nov 18 High School Epic Cycle
  • Nov 24-25 Thanksgiving Break; R&R Weekend
  • Dec 6 Winter Concert Rehearsal
  • Dec 7 Winter Concert
Table of Contents

  • A Note from the Headmaster
  • St. Mary’s Food Bank- House Competition!
  • High School Epic Cycle
  • Senior Play: Guilty or Not Guilty?
  • Griffin Players Winter Play Auditions
  • Winter Concert
  • GP Robotics
  • Prospective Parent Info Night
  • College Counseling
  • Athletics
A Note from the Headmaster

Hello Parents,

It is a blessing to live in a country where we have so many freedoms. We can lose sight of the blessings of freedom because of the busyness of life or even take freedom for granted when we find ourselves frustrated or tired with this or that circumstance. Freedom is something given to me; it was not anything I earned. It is a gift and has come at great sacrifice over the generations. If you or anyone you know has served our country to preserve these freedoms, thank you for your service; please thank they for their service. Enjoy this Veteran’s Day and may we use our freedom for good!

Mr. Navarrette

St. Mary’s Food Bank- House Competition!

The Community Service Committee is hosting a food drive beginning November 7th and running through November 21st, 2022. To make things interesting and to provide a little incentive, we are making this a little competition among House groups! There will be four collection boxes decorated according to house colors. Bring and deposit your non-perishable food items into your house box and let’s see which House shows the most charitable spirit for St. Mary’s Food Bank!!

High School Epic Cycle

High School students are invited to join us Friday, November 18th-19th for our overnight Epic Cycle! Doors open Friday at 7:00 PM (please note the time change). There will be a campfire reading of The Iliad, plus snacks, games, and skits. The cost for this event is $15 before November 11th and $20 thereafter until 5:00 PM November 18th. Register HERE on the payment portal! Parents of students who have not paid on the portal must sign a permission form and pay $25 cash ONLY at the door.

Night of the Event: 

-Students must check-in at the gym lobby. Phones must be in a zip lock bag with the student’s name written in sharpie on the bag. Phones will be be checked-in upon arrival. Phones may be used to contact parents, if desired.

-Comfortable warm clothing such as pajamas or onesies may be worn. Clothing must be school appropriate (no spaghetti straps, sleeveless shirts, crop tops, inappropriate wording on clothing, or short shorts). Leggings and yoga pants are allowed when paired with a longer shirt. Students who dress inappropriately will need to call home to receive appropriate attire or leave the event.

-Students may bring cards, board games, or other non-electronic games.

-Students may bring blankets, pillows, sleeping bags, or sleeping pads.             .

-Students with dietary restrictions should bring their own snacks. We will provide snacks, but we will not be accommodating special requests. No energy drinks allowed.

-All students must be picked up by 7:00 AM on Saturday, November 19th.

-Students will be required to stay the night unless parents contact Mr. Hayward to arrange special provisions.

Senior Play: Guilty or Not Guilty?

In a striking 3-day trial, everything points to a guilty verdict for a 16-year-old boy. But will the jury concur with the masses? Will they be hung? Come see the senior play Twelve Angry Men on November 19th at 7:00 pm to find out! Admission is free and all are welcome.

Griffin Players Winter Play Auditions

Auditions for the Griffin Players winter play, Greek tragedy The Trojan Women, will be held after school on Thursday, November 17th in the Drama room. Acting roles will be cast by audition and are open to students in 7th -12th grade. Rehearsals will be after school on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 3:15-5:30. Performances will be on January 27th and 28th, and February 3rd and 4th. The participation fee for actors is $150. Because of the time commitment, auditions are not open to GP winter athletes. Students who would like to audition should see Mrs. LeTrent for an audition packet and sign up on the Drama room door.

Giving Tuesday

Mark your calendars for Giving Tuesday!  Giving Tuesday is a globally recognized day of generosity dedicated to encouraging communities worldwide to open their hearts and celebrate non-profits.  We invite you to celebrate Glendale Prep and give to Community Investment on Tuesday, November 29th.  When you give to Community Investment, you are supporting Glendale Prep’s classical liberal arts education.  You are giving young minds the chance to pursue Truth, Goodness, and Beauty, and you are lifting up our leaders of tomorrow.  You have the power to change the world through your gift to Community Investment.  After Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, be a part of something great and give to Glendale Prep on Giving Tuesday!

Winter Concert

Remember that the Prep School Winter Concerts are on the evening of Wednesday, December 7th at Haven Church in Glendale (5902 W Cactus Rd, Glendale, AZ 85304). All grade 7, 8, 9, and 10 students in Music class are required to perform that evening, and will be joined by all of our extracurricular choirs (Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Bella Voce, Men’s Choir, and Middle School Choir). If your students are participating in the concert, they will receive detailed information from their teacher/director about the concert, but we also encourage all students and families to come to hear these fine performers share their musical gifts with you.

There are two separate concerts on December 7th. The Middle School concert begins at 5:30 pm and the High School concert begins at 7:00 pm. Students must provide their own transportation the evening of the concert. Middle School performers must arrive at the church by 4:30 pm to warm-up and get into position. High school students must arrive at the church by 5:55 pm.

Rehearsal for the concert will take place during the school day on Tuesday, December 6th. Students will be transported to and from Glendale Prep by bus for the rehearsal at Haven Church.

NOTE: Students in the extracurricular choirs may be given specific dress instructions that differ from the following guidelines.

Concert attire for MIDDLE-school boys is Black and White, as follows:

-White long-sleeved collared dress shirt and black dress slacks
-Long black necktie (bowties are not allowed)
-Black belt, black socks, and dress shoes (sneakers are not dress shoes)
No denim, external pockets, patterned tops, or any other deviation from the concert attire allowed.

Concert attire for MIDDLE-school girls is Black and White, as follows:

-A white blouse with solid black dress slacks or black skirt. If a girl would like to wear a black dress, she must cover the top of the dress with a white blouse or white cardigan so that the look is consistent with the uniform of a white blouse with black skirt/pants. Sleeves for blouses or dresses must be cap-sleeve or longer, and skirts or dresses must not be shorter than the knee.
-Black dress shoes (Open-toed dress shoes are permitted, but flip-flops, sneakers, or boots are not allowed.) Heels of any kind must be very low.
-Solid black tights beneath skirts are permitted. Leggings or yoga pants are not a substitute for dress slacks.
-Nail polish and make-up must follow dress code guidelines.
No denim, external pockets on pants, patterned tops, or any other deviation from the concert attire code allowed.

Concert attire for HIGH-school students:

Concert attire for high school is ALL BLACK for both boys and girls, as follows:

BOYS will wear black long-sleeved collared dress shirts with black slacks, black belt, black dress shoes, and no tie. Sneakers are not dress shoes.

GIRLS will wear a black dress, or a black blouse with black skirt or black dress slacks, and black dress shoes (open-toed dress shoes are permitted, but flip-flops, sneakers, or boots will not be allowed). Heels of any kind must be very low.

Ladies’ concert clothing and make-up must follow the dress code in the family handbook.

Attire must be professional, modest, and follow Glendale Prep dress code guidelines.

If you have questions, please contact your child’s music teacher.

GP Robotics

On Saturday, November 19th from 10am to 3pm the GP Robotics Teams, Unscheduled Disassembly and Metal Masters, will be competing in a qualifying tournament at Brophy Preparatory Academy in Phoenix.  Please come out to this free event to cheer on our teams and learn about robotics at GP.  Contact Mr. Roper at for more information.

Prospective Parent Info Night

A Great Hearts education is meant to be shared. Pass this along to someone you would like to see join our school community. Invite your friends to tour, ask questions, and hear from academy leaders and teachers about the Great Hearts experience. Glendale Prep Info Night is Tuesday, November 15th at 6:00 PM in the GP Courtyard. Please pass along THIS link!

College Counseling

SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Follow this LINK to apply for the Elk’s Most Valuable Student Scholarship. Award levels are tiered, but this organization give a generous amount of one-time $1,000-$2,000 scholarships. College Counseling encourages students to submit an application. Deadline to apply is Monday, November 14, 2022.

SENIOR FAMILIES: If you missed the FAFSA Workshop on campus this past week, ASU is hosting a virtual FAFSA Workshop on Thursday, November 17 at 6:00pm. Please use this LINK to register your attendance.

COLLEGE COUNSELING WEBSITE: For further information regarding upcoming SAT and ACT testing dates along with other information related to College Counseling, please reference our webpage HERE


Fall Sports Awards Ceremony Please join us in celebrating our student-athletes for their contributions and successes in the Fall Season. The Fall Awards Ceremony will be on Tuesday, November 22nd. The middle school ceremony will begin at 5PM and the high school ceremony will begin at 6:30PM. In keeping with tradition, students should dress for the occasion. Gentlemen should wear slacks, a belt, and tuck in their shirts. Jackets and ties are recommended but not required. Ladies should ensure the fit and length of dresses and skirts are consistent with our school’s expectations at dances. All skirts and dresses should be no shorter than mid-thigh; no spaghetti straps or cut outs. We are asking that middle school student-athletes and parents depart by 6:25PM. We will have light refreshments after each ceremony. GO GRIFFINS!

Winter Sports Payment Portal is live! Athletes must be fully paid by the first game of their season:

MS Sports
HS Sports

Parents interested in volunteering with Athletics please sign up HERE. Contact Tim Terpstra at with any questions!

Follow Us: @gpathleticdept – Instagram & @Glendale Prep Athletics – Facebook

Thank you to our GOLD & Platinum Level Athletic Sponsors for today’s Athletic Blast:
Liberty Buick & GMC, Penny Chiropractic, West Valley Pain Solutions, Nally Paint Co., Blue Chip Auto Glass, Total Presence Management, Shipley Orthodontics, Wow Wow Lemonade (Lake Pleasant & Happy Valley Location), Unity, Bhakta & Associates, and Kumon (Peoria North & Phoenix Happy Valley)!

Contact them today and tell them Glendale Prep sent you!



Contact Information
Lynn Kimpel, Office Manager

Attendance Line:
623-889-0822 Option 4

Websites and Links
Glendale Prep Website
Glendale Prep PSO Website
GP Athletics Website
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2022-2023 School Calendar
Event Calendar
Booster Items
GP Family Handbook
Payment Portal
Lunch Ordering – Password “griffins4”
Tutoring Schedule