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Weekly Blast 9.23.22

September 23, 2022 -

School Dates to Note

  • Sep 24 Great Hearts Gala
  • Oct 3-7 Fall Break (No School)
  • Oct 10-14 Conferences and Project Week (No School)
  • Oct 17 High School Symposium
  • Oct 17-21 Spirit Week/ Homecoming Game
  • Oct 22 Homecoming Dance
  • Oct 25 PSAT 10th-11th Grades
Table of Contents

  • A Note from the Headmaster
  • Homecoming Dance 2022
  • Conferences and PowerSchool Portal Access
  • Ordering Pictures
  • Community Investment
  • College Counseling
  • Athletics
A Note from the Headmaster

Hello Parents,

I have been thinking about the difference between a job and a calling. People are at their best when they are living out their calling and not merely carrying out the responsibilities of “the job.” The role of a teacher is certainly not a role where one can merely clock in and clock out. I have been meeting with each teacher for a Quarter 1 touch base these last two weeks and will continue to do so through the first week of our return after break. I am asking a number of questions, but I am most excited to see how my teachers finish the following statement- “I am most fulfilled in my role as a teacher when…” The answers I am hearing are revelatory and refreshing as nearly every teacher so far has shared about the how much joy he or she experiences when seeing a student’s excitement when beholding beauty or learning something for the first time. Part of our mission is to train up a generation of lifelong learners who seek out and cherish what is good for its own sake. It is wonderful to know that our teachers are consistently living out this mission!

Enjoy the weekend,
Mr. Navarrette

Homecoming Dance 2022

Glendale Prep is excited to invite high school students to A Vintage Carnival Homecoming Dance. Come enjoy popcorn, dancing, and carnival games on October 22nd in the GP gym. Tickets are $15 on the portal HERE, and $20 cash (only) at the door. The dance opens at 5:30 PM and there will be no admission after 6:00 PM. There is a dance lesson from 6-6:30 PM and the dance ends at 8:30 PM. Please remember, all dress must be in accordance with the semi-formal guidelines below. In addition, this Homecoming Dance is only for current GP students.

The dress code for boys is as follows:

  • Dress pants (no jeans, shorts, or pants with an exposed back pocket) of an appropriate length and fit with a belt
    • Rips or torn hems are not acceptable.
  •  A properly fitted collared dress shirt
    • Bare midriffs or deep V-neck shirts are not acceptable.
    • Rips and cutouts are not acceptable.
  • Socks and dress shoes to be worn throughout the night
    • Bare feet or sandals are prohibited.
  • No dyed hair or hats. Hair should be trimmed appropriately.

The dress code for girls is as follows:

  • Skirts or dresses with hemlines no shorter than mid-thigh
    • Dresses and skirts must be at mid-thigh at all times (including when dancing, twirling, sitting, and walking).
  • Cap-sleeve, spaghetti strap, one-shoulder, halter strap and tank-top blouses/dresses are allowed
    • Ladies may not wear strapless blouses/dresses for a semi-formal event.
    • Bare midriffs are not acceptable, nor are cut outs (including ones that are see-through, sheer, or illusion fabrics).
    • Dresses must not have exposed décolletage and the backs should dip no lower than the base of the shoulder blade.
  • Dress shoes to be worn throughout the night
    • Bare feet or casual sandals are prohibited.
  • Hair should be styled appropriately and in a natural color

Conferences and PowerSchool Portal Access

Section-level conference sign-ups were emailed to families on Wednesday, September 14th. Make sure to sign up for a time to meet with your child’s teacher during conference week. Please reach out to Mrs. McHale at if you did not receive this email. Be sure to include your child’s name and either section (MS) or Humane Letters teacher (HS) so she can send you the correct sign-up link.

Please make sure you are able to access your PowerSchool parent portal either online HERE or via the app with your username and password before our office closes for Fall Break on Friday, September 30th. Note that you will not be able to view grades at this time, but should be able to see the Dashboard. Technical support to assist logging in will not be available between the start of Fall Break and the opening of the portal, and will be only minimally available thereafter, so please check that you are able to log in before the break begins. Please contact Mrs. Kimpel if you have questions.

Ordering Pictures

Thank you for sending your students ready for picture day today! HERE is the link to online ordering. If your student missed picture day, please check subsequent Blasts for information about retakes.

Community Investment

Mr. Kontak’s 8th grade Earth Science class conducting this year’s volcano project!

The level of education offered at Glendale Prep makes us one of the most sought-after schools in Arizona, and Community Investment is the most important way your family can support this great work!  Your family’s yearly commitment to Community Investment significantly impacts our students and helps us bridge the gap between what we receive from state funding versus the actual cost to run our school.  As you know, we start each school year with a $1,500 per student deficit from what public schools receive in funding.  We ask all our families to help us bridge this gap by giving to Community Investment with an amount that is meaningful to you.  Every dollar makes a difference!

We are honored to publicly recognize those families and friends who have contributed to this year’s 2022-23 Community Investment campaign. Please click here for a listing of current donors as of September 22, 2022.

If you have yet to make a gift to this year’s 2022-23 Community Investment campaign:

Glendale Prep is a wonderful place for children to grow, and Community Investment makes that growth possible!  Thank you for supporting our school!

College Counseling

COLLEGE REP VISITS TO CAMPUS: Come hear about various colleges and universities without leaving campus! Admissions Reps host student meetings from 12:15pm-1:00pm in the Library. You may bring your lunch. Indicate your attendance on the sign-up sheets on the College Counseling bulletin board.

SENIOR FAMILIES:  SAVE the DATE! The FAFSA becomes available on October 1, 2022 and Glendale Prep is hosting a workshop to complete this form on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 beginning at 6:30pm. More details and registration to follow at a later date.

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


Middle School Fall Sports Game Schedules have been finalized! Schedules can be found HERE.

Fall Sports Payment and Fees are due! if you have not already done so, please pay using the links below:

  • Middle School Sports found HERE.
  • High School Sports found HERE.

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, and Wow Wow Lemonade (Lake Pleasant & Happy Valley Location)!

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
“Like Us” on Facebook
2022-2023 School Calendar
Event Calendar
Booster Items
GP Family Handbook
Payment Portal
Lunch Ordering – Password “griffins4”
Tutoring Schedule