Spring was busy for the school community this year with a number of signature GSL celebrations, including the annual Italian Dinner (modified again this year as a drive-thru event), the Anchor Auction, the 4th Grade Citizenship Breakfast, and our 4th-8th Grade Father- Daughter Dance and Mother-Son Event. We ended the year celebrating our two most important events—Honors Chapel and 8th Grade Graduation—in the Church again, much to everyone’s delight.
We also spent time at the end of this school year celebrating Head of School Thor Kvande’s 18 years at GSL.Thor has been named Interim Head of St. George Episcopal School, a K-8 school in San Antonio, Texas. We are excited to welcome back former Lower School Head Dr. Andy Surber, who will join us July 1 as our new Head of School. Please join us in wishing Thor the best and in welcoming Andy back to GSL!
As we look forward, we invite you to join us in celebrating an important school milestone this coming school year—the 75th anniversary of our founding. Many of you know that GSL got its start in 1947 as an outreach of Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, which itself had just been created by the merger of the Grace Church and St. Luke’s Church parishes in 1940. The school’s founder, Lorena Webber Walker, had previously run a kindergarten at St. Mary’s Episcopal School. In 1947 she approached the Rev. Dr. Charles Stuart Hale, the second rector of the newly-merged Grace-St. Luke’s, to ask if she could rent space at the church to begin operating a kindergarten. A scholarly man himself and firm believer in the importance of a Christian education, he agreed. And from those humble beginnings in the church’s Parish Hall, a thriving day school emerged that is still helping build thoughtful, well-rounded students today.
As part of our 75th Celebration planning efforts, we are seeking historic memorabilia (especially from our earliest years) for possible display. If you or someone you know attended GSL in the past and would like to donate early GSL yearbooks, photos, or other artifacts to the school’s archives, please contact Marci Woodmansee at 901-278-0200. We are looking forward to celebrating this important anniversary milestone in full measure throughout the coming school year!
Finally, an update from admissions: Our enrollment is strong for the coming school year, and we will begin accepting applications for the 2023-24 school year on August 1. Please send inquiries to Director of Enrollment Shelly McGuire at 901-278-0200. Thank you, as always, for helping share the word about our wonderful Episcopal school with
friends and family.
Outgoing Head of School Thor Kvande, pictured here attending his last Italian Dinner event after 18 years at GSL, was celebrated this spring with a Board of Trustees party, a final school-wide Celebration, and a farewell lunch with faculty and staff. We will miss him! He joins St. George Episcopal School of San Antonio as their interim head July 1.
Third graders dressed in costume to present their annual Stations of the Cross on Maundy Thursday at GSL.
Parishioners Mitch Graves and Bruce Williams and the Rev. Ollie V. Rencher were among some two dozen invited guests to this year’s Fourth Grade Citizenship Breakfast. The event’s keynote speaker was i-bank CEO/cofounder and GSL church parishioner/school grandparent Susan Stephenson.
In March GSL’s incoming Head of School Andy Surber was in town for house-hunting and a planning meeting with members of the Search Transition Committee. From left, Lauren Taylor, Fr. Ollie Rencher, Laura Davis, Ben Barksdale, Ellen Hendry, Paul Morris, Dr. Andy Surber, Ken Woodmansee, Cynthia Hill, Katrina Sanford, and Brenda Berry.