The Weekly News: January 10

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You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need  is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.”  (Thomas Merton)
 
Dear parents, alumni, and friends of Good Hope Country Day School,
 
The second term has started and we’ve hit the ground running! It’s a good thing that we’ve all had a chance to rest a wee bit during the past couple of weeks, because there will be no rest for the weary this month.
 
The Annual Scholarship Dinner and Auction takes place on January 25th at the Carambola Beach Resort. This is an important event that raises funds in support of our scholarship and financial aid program. We will be Celebrating St. Croix with a nostalgic evening of fantastic food, cocktails, and entertainment.  Please call Linda or Kiomie in our Development Office to reserve a seat by Friday, the 17th.
 
Thanks to the parents of grade 7-8 students who attended the workshop on the One-to-One IPad program. The library was filled to capacity on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, as Mr. Locher talked about the program and introduced parents to the basics of using the IPad.
 
Jalen Frorup, Bianca Patterson, and Rachell Conhoff working together with the new IPad.
Next Tuesday our students in grades 7-12 will be treated to a concert by renowned violinist, Elizabeth Pitcairn. Ms. Pitcairn is the owner of the “Red Violin” that was made famous in the motion picture. You can learn more about her from her website. http://www.elizabethpitcairn.com/  If you would like to see Ms. Pitcairn perform, she will be at St. Croix Reform Church on Sunday, January 12, at 5:30.
 
The St. Croix Pony Club will be hosting a Sports Psychology Seminar featuring Daniel Stewart on January 17th and 18th, from 6:00-7:30, in the GHCDS pavilion. This is a two night seminar. GHCDS  students have been given a discounted price of $10.00 per night. Tickets will be sold outside of our administration building beginning next week. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear this wonderful guest speaker! For more information about Coach Steward see http://www.stewartclinics.com/about-coach-stewart/
 
Basketball season begins next week. This is a good time to remind parents and spectators that we play sports for the joy of playing. How we behave in the bleachers is a model for our children, and that model should be positive and supportive, not critical. Here’s a great article that I hope you will read.  http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/more-family-fun/201202/what-makes-nightmare-sports-parent
Thanks to Mrs. Leslie Hamdorf, GHCDS will be forming a chapter of the Junior Statesmen of America. Students who are interested in debating current political and social issues and collaborating on projects with people from around the country are invited to join. Sounds like a great opportunity to engage in meaningful and relevant learning. You can get more information on http://jsa.org/

GHCDS has the unique opportunity to host guests from Denmark at the end of the month.  The group will be here for two weeks, but is looking for a one night homestay with GHCDS families for 6 of their students.  They need host families for one night, Saturday, February 1st.  All Danish students speak English. There will be more information and details to come.  If you are interested in hosting, notify Ms. Hamdorf in room 5.
 
During the 2nd semester, GHCDS will be hosting a parent workshop organized by our school’s Olweus committee. The workshop topics will be selected according to parents’ interests. Please complete the following survey so that we can respond to your feedback. It will take you 30 seconds to complete.
 
 
The new PE uniforms are in. They look quite nice. Both the shirts and the shorts are $15.00 each. The shirts are a dry-fit polyester, and the shorts are a mesh polyester. You can purchase a set in the office.
 
 
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C.J. Walker and Jasmin Nieves model the new PE uniform.
 
Thanks to  Sophie Dean for repainting the Community Board in front of the Administration Building.   It looks great!  Well done, Sophie.
 
The GHCDS community is saddened with the news of the passing of Tiambe Belardo (CDS Class of 1994). Tiambe’s classmates and friends remember her as “one of a kind.”  ALWAYS bright and cheerful, going out of her way to help others or make someone feel better, always smiling, making jokes, and loving life. She was a talented singer, dancer, actress, and performer. She was a beautiful soul. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.
 
Warmly,
Bill

 

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