The Weekly News: February 7

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“That word is ‘willing.’ It’s an attitude and spirit of cooperation that should permeate our conversations. It’s like a palm tree by the ocean that endures the greatest winds because it knows how to gracefully bend. ” (Stephen Kendrick)

Dear parents, alumni, and friends of GHCDS,
The re-enrollment forms for the 2014-2015 school year will be sent out early in March. In the meantime, the Board of Trustees and the administration have begun the process of preparing budget and programs for next year. We need your help to do this. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey that follows. It’s easy, and it will help us plan for such things as staffing and programming.
Second Quarter 4th to 6th grade report cards went home today.  Fifth and Sixth graders have prepared to hold student led conferences at home this week-end, similar to those held in November.  They have reviewed their report cards, highlighting areas of strength and marking areas for improvement, reviewed goals set at the end of the first quarter, and made new goals for the third quarter.   Parents can help with the goal setting process by setting aside twenty minutes to help with this important process.
The Presidents’ Day long-weekend is going to be a busy one. First, please remember that there will be no classes on Friday, February 14, as the faculty and administration will be in Professional Development Workshops.
The 27th Annual Caribbean Art Exhibit will be held next weekend at the GHS Campus Center. The Preview and Cocktail Reception will take place on Friday, March 14th, from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased at the door.  It’s a great way to spend part of your Valentine’s Day. You can purchase a beautiful painting or sculpture for your sweetheart. The exhibition continues through Monday. Hope to see you there.  If you would like to volunteer for this event, please visit the link bellow.
The Agricultural Fair also takes place on the Presidents’ Day long-weekend, and our students are preparing a booth that will amaze our visitors. We still need three volunteers to fill in the three last time-slots for serving as a host of the booth. Please use the link to see what times are left. We’d be truly thankful if you could help us.
Last Monday a group of 18 young men from the high school attended the “Man-Up Male Empowerment Conference” presented at the University of the Virgin Islands. The guest speakers were Barunti Kafele, a highly regarded educational consultant and public speaker, and Jonathan Sprinkles, who is a public speaker on topics such as personal development and strategies for leadership. Our students were impressed by the presentations and happy to have had the opportunity to attend.
Today the grade 1 students took a field-trip to the Whim Museum.  As part of their AgFair Project, over the past two weeks the students have been learning about how our island has “Gone Green” throughout its history. Thanks to Mrs. Clark and Ms. Mansfield for organizing the trip.  Thanks also to Ms. Cedano, Ms. Garner, Ms. Lecuire, Ms. Gleason, and Ms. Salamah for helping to chaperone.
Grade 1 students learn about the milling of sugar cane. (photo by Mrs. Mansfield)
Earlier today Mrs. Tobias and Mrs. Capdeville took a group of 15 grade 5/6 students on a field trip to the Governor Juan F. Luis Hospital. The children attended a Heart Health Day workshop that was held at the JL Cardiac Center. The children learned about the importance of exercise and a healthy diet.  It’s never too soon to teach children about making healthy choices.
Savanna Capdeville and her classmates learn how to use the AED. (photo by Mrs. Tobias)
There are some exciting things happening in the Middle School science classes these days. Ms. Baker is teaching a unit to the 8th graders on the structure of DNA. They made models out of beans, they are making video on their Ipads of DNA replication, and they extracted DNA from bananas. Science instruction has come a long way since I was in 8th grade!
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Eighth grade student Rachel Conhoff extracts DNA from a banana. (photo by Gabby Sinfield)
If you happened to walk past Mrs. Coles room in last couple of days you would have heard the sound of over a hundred chicks and ducklings, and,  Mrs. Coles brought them in to school to show the student. She will bring them to the AgFair next weekend where they will be for sale.
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Grade 6 students play with the ducklings that Mrs. Coles brought to school. (photo by Ms. Grace)

St. John Camping Trip  – Fifth grade parents would like to plan a camping trip for the fifth grade at the end of May. This is wonderful educational and community building activity.   Parents please complete the questionnaire that accompanies your child’s report card and return it to school in the attached envelope.   There will be a meeting Wednesday, February 12th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm in the library to discuss the trip and plan organizational details.  Thanks to Mrs. Evangelista and Mrs. Littlefield for spearheading the effort!  The children are very excited.
The GHCDS Interact Club and Rotary Mid-Isle will host the Junior Duathlon event this Sunday at Altona Lagoon Park at 8am.  This run/bike/run event is open to kids of all abilities ages 5 to 15.  The distance of each leg varies depending on the age group: 5-6, 7-8, 9-11, and 12-15.  Check out the flier hanging in front of the office for more details.  Don’t have a bike?  Call 340-513-2707 by Friday to reserve one for the race.  T-shirts, snacks and finishers’ ribbons for all!  Many thanks to Ms. Lea Wilson and Mrs. Laurie Schill for serving as supervisors of our Interact Club, and thanks to all the Interacters for giving their time and energy to this event.

On March 17th to 21st students in grades 7 – 12 will be involved in Mini-Gusto. For five days students will leave their classrooms and take education into the community at large. Registration for Mini-Gusto begins next week for Middle and Upper School students.   The booklet of activities will be posted on the school web page, and students will receive registration forms in advisory.   Forms need to be properly filled out, signed by parents, and submitted to the office.   Activities tend to fill up quickly, so getting forms in early helps to ensure that students get the activities they most want.  Thanks to teachers for offering a nice assortment of activities. I’m supervising golf, which means that students who take part in that activity should probably wear a helmet.
The following GHCDS Dolphins will be traveling to Atlanta, Georgia on Presidents weekend February 13th to 18th to compete in the Georgia Open Swim Meet in Georgia Tech.: Lidia Boguslawska, Chloe Hayden, Nati Kuipers, Jelena Vialet, JJ Washshah, Webster Bozzo, Jean Devera, Tony Hendricks, Alex Lewit, Matthew Mays , Jonathan Thomas. This competition will be a great opportunity for them to race and hopefully qualify for CARIFTA Swimming Championship which will take place in Aruba  in the month of April. They will be visiting 2 colleges, Emory University and Georgia Tech while in Atlanta. We wish them the best of luck and hope that they all have a joyful time.
The Good Hope Country Day School Future Business Leaders of America will be holding a FBLA Valentine’s Day Sale on Thursday, February 13, 2014. There will be candy bags, small bears and gift bags available for purchase. If you would like to have a gift delivered to your child/children, please complete the attached sales form. Please complete one form per child. Completed forms and payment should be dropped off in the main office no later than Tuesday, February 11, 2014. Gifts will be delivered on Thursday morning.
Starting Wednesday, February 12 through Friday, February 21, 2014, NJHS will be celebrating Heart and Sole Week.  NJHS members will collect gently worn footwear to give to those less fortunate. Shoes will be donated to My Brother’s Table, Bethlehem House, Women’s Coalition, Lighthouse Mission and Queen Louise. You may help our worthy cause by donating shoes.  Please make sure that all shoes and sneakers are cleaned before sending them (no dust or cobwebs). Footwear must also be fully intact (i.e. no holes, missing shoelaces, falling off or run down soles, buckles missing, etc.) Drop off all donations to your child’s classroom or the main office. We thank you for your donation in advance.
Have a great weekend.


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