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Weekly Blast 11.18.22

November 18, 2022 -

School Dates to Note

  • Nov 18 High School Epic Cycle
  • Nov 19 12th Grade Curricular Drama Performance
  • Nov 22 Fall Sports Awards Ceremony
  • Nov 24-25 Thanksgiving Break; R&R Weekend
  • Dec 3 8th Grade Curricular Drama Performances
  • Dec 6 Winter Concert Rehearsal
  • Dec 7 Winter Concert
  • Dec 10 11th Grade Curricular Drama Performance
Table of Contents

  • A Note from the Headmaster
  • St. Mary’s Food Bank- House Competition!
  • Athletics Eligibility
  • Student Pickup by 3:45
  • Dress Code Reminder
  • High School Epic Cycle
  • Senior Play: Guilty or Not Guilty?
  • Senior Quotes- Due November 28th
  • Winter Concert
  • GP Robotics
  • Giving Tuesday
  • College Counseling
  • Athletics
A Note from the Headmaster

Hello Parents,

Next week is shortened with Thanksgiving approaching. The virtue of gratitude is one that I believe is foundational for other virtues. When I think about striving to be patient in difficult circumstances, I can move away from my frustration or anguish by counting my blessings. When I can be moved to anger rather than love in my various relationships, my heart can soften when I consider what I am thankful for when it comes to the individual with whom I am having a conflict. When despair creeps in, and it can be difficult to find hope in the midst of the storm, I can stop and think about the subtle goodness that is there and ultimately find peace. One of my favorite stories that has been depicted in beautiful classical art is St. Paul and the shipwreck off the coast of Malta. Every single person was saved by floating on broken pieces of the ship until landing safely on the island.

There is so much to be thankful for, and even in the midst of the storm, we can be thankful for the broken pieces of ship.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Mr. Navarrette

St. Mary’s Food Bank- House Competition!

The last day to donate to donate to the food drive is THIS MONDAY, November 21st, 2022. To make things interesting and to provide a little incentive, we have made this a little competition among House groups! There are four collection boxes decorated according to house colors in the front office. 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!!

Athletics Eligibility

GP Athletics is continuously striving for excellence in all we do. It is important that our student-athletes feel both supported and encouraged as a student first. Success in the classroom is not easily achieved; it requires effort and discipline on all levels. This year, GP Athletics will continue our grade and eligibility process. Please click HERE to access it for the remainder of the winter season, which covers both 2ndand 3rd quarter. Mr. Hawkins and the coaching staff will inform families of all eligibility decisions and disciplines.

Student Pickup by 3:45

Please be sure your students are picked up by 3:45 pm. If you are unable to pick up your student by that time, or wish for him or her to have time to complete homework in a structured, supervised environment, please consider signing up for Homework Club.

Dress Code Reminder

Girls– Skirts are to be worn at the waist where the hem is not shorter than two inches above the knee. Students are not allowed to roll their skirts. Please check your daughter’s skirt as many young ladies have grown since August. Additionally, socks must be white, solid black, or navy in color, and extend above the ankle. Nylons or tights must extend from the toes to the waist, (no thigh-highs) and be white, solid black, or navy in color. All socks, nylons and tights must be free of logos, patterns, or decorations. Students with medical foot problems requiring special footwear should consult our family handbook and reach out to Mr. Kontak.

High School Epic Cycle

High School students are invited to join us TONIGHT Friday, November 18th-19th for our overnight Epic Cycle! Doors open at 7:00 PM and close at 7:30 PM. There will be a campfire reading of The Iliad, plus snacks, games, and skits. The cost for this event is $20 until 5:00 PM this evening. Register HERE on the payment portal! Parents of students who have not paid on the portal by 5:00 PM 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. No tents allowed.            .

-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.

-Students should bring a water bottle.

-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 tomorrow, November 19th at 7:00 pm to find out! Admission is free and all are welcome.

Senior Quotes- Due November 28th

The Yearbook team is working hard to design a very special yearbook that will mark High School Graduation. Please make sure your senior completes his or her personal quote form for the quote that will appear on the senior page. Forms should be turned into HL Teachers by November 28th, 2022.

Please contact Madame Cognet-Pereira with questions:

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

Tomorrow, 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.

Giving Tuesday

Celebrate Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and GIVING TUESDAY!  Giving Tuesday is a global movement dedicated to encouraging communities to do good.  We invite you to join Glendale Prep’s community on November 29th and share what you are grateful for on social media.  Then, support our school and donate to Community Investment.  Education can change a child.  A Great Hearts education can change a child and give them the power to change the world.  You have the power to change the world when you support Glendale Prep’s teachers and students 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!


College Counseling

SOPHOMORES & JUNIORS:  College Counseling is offering an opportunity to take a full-length practice ACT on Saturday, December 3, 2022 from 8am-Noon at Glendale Prep. Cost is $10 at the door. The advantage of taking an ACT practice test is that it allows results to be compared with PSAT results to determine if a student should focus on the SAT or ACT as part of their standardized testing component for college applications. Please use this LINK to RSVP your student. Deadline to register is Thursday, December 1st at 5:00pm.

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