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Weekly News – 2.17.20



Dear parents and students,

Hope you all have had a nice long weekend.  Congratulations to our students, art teacher Suenita Banwaree, and science teacher Jane Coles, for designing and constructing an outstanding exhibit for the 49th annual Agricultural and Food Fair at the Rudolph Schulterbrandt Agricultural Complex this weekend. The GHCDS exhibit received First Place in the Education Category!  See the photos below.

Our spring musical, Peter and the Starcatcher, is coming up soon:  Feb. 27, 28, March 1, 6, 7.  And soon afterwards, Mini-gusto XLIII is set for March 9 – 13.

Linda Stamper-Keularts and Kiomie Pedrini in our Advancement Office have just announced the GHCDS Fishing Tournament and Shore Party at the Deep End Bar and Grill on Sunday, April 19. Please mark your calendars and be on the lookout for more information soon.

This week’s featured photograph depicts four of Ms. Cerni’s Kindergarten students dressed up as 100-year-olds to mark the 100th day of school!

Other topics covered in this edition of our Weekly News include:

  • 4th Grade Valentine’s Day
  • Student Council “Win a Date”
  • Congratulations Flag Football Champions!
  • Thank you Soren Madsen
  • Poetry Out Loud
  • Song-o-Grams
  • Feb. 24-28 – Faculty Appreciation Week – GHCDS Parents’ Association

Please be sure to see Athletic Director Amy Carter’s post on this week’s sports.

Yours sincerely,

William Bugg, Head of School, Good Hope Country Day School


Quick Announcements:

Mini-Gusto XLIII

IT’S NOT TOO LATE! Although Mini-gusto XLIII is approaching quickly (March 9th-13th), there is still time to submit a proposal for an internship, activity or service project for a student in grades 7-12. Help us make this the best Mini-gusto ever! For questions or to complete a proposal form, please contact Nancy Thatcher, Mini-gusto Coordinator, nthatcher@ghcds.org. Thank you!

Peter and the Starcatcher: Advertisers Sought

Interested in advertising in the production playbill? If so, please fill out the GHCDS Ad Order Form for Peter and the Starcatcher.


Around Campus:

St. Croix Agricultural and Food Fair

GHCDS students, with the amazing assistance of art teacher Suenita Banwaree and science teacher Jane Coles, designed and constructed an exhibit for the 49th annual Agricultural and Food Fair at the Rudolph Schulterbrandt Agricultural Complex Feb. 14-17 in St. Croix. The exhibit received First Place in the Education Category.

4th Grade Valentine’s Day


100th Day of School

Kindergarten was so excited to celebrate their 100th day of school! They all brought bags of 100 little things and some even dressed up as 100 year olds!


Student Council “Win a Date”

The Student Council, once again sponsored the Valentine’s Day event “Win a Date”. The lucky winners enjoyed lunch with some seniors and a few of them even got to dance! Seniors were Savanna, Lidia, Sean, Donny, Quincy and Seisha. The lucky winners were. Ms Thatcher, Ms. Croney, Miko, Michael, D’asia and Necha. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Congratulations Flag Football Champions!

The Middle School Flag Football team won the championship this season, as an award Coach Floyd organized a trip to Buck Island to recognize this great team. It was a pleasure to work with these young people during the season and what a great day on the water to celebrate a championship, St. Croix style!


Soren Madsen, a classical guitarist, graced our campus with his beautiful music.

Poetry Out Loud

Thursday, February 13th was the official Poetry in Motion Day for Mr. Canning’s World Literature classes.  As part of the their Poetry Out Loud unit, students memorized their chosen poems and shaped them into performances before traveling the campus and entertaining and delighting audiences by performing at various designated “poetry stations.”  The traveling bards all returned to class at the end of the period beaming with pride and effervescing with the peculiar magic of poetry!

Valentines Song-O-Gram

Summer Opportunities for Upper School Students

There are 1,000s of summer programs for high school students each year and it’s not too early to begin thinking about how you will spend your summer!

Available around the globe, and even in your own backyard, summer programs are great!

Following is information from programs that have reached out to our school to advertise. The school does not promote or necessarily recommend these programs, we are just sharing information:

●      Yale Young Global Scholars: https://globalscholars.yale.edu/summer2020

●      National Student Leadership Conference (NYLC): https://nslcleaders.org/college-prep-program-enrollment

●      Savannah College of Art and Design: https://scad.edu/summer

●      Washington University in St. Louis Pre-college Programs: https://precollege.wustl.edu

●      University of Miami Summer Scholars Program: https://ssp.dcie.miami.edu/apply-now apply by Dec. 1 for application fee discount

●      Denison University, Reynolds Young Writers workshop: https://reynolds.denison.edu poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction writers, current sophomores and juniors

●      Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies offers a variety of summer programs and some financial aid is available: https://spcs.stanford.edu/

●      SAS, Summer at Smith, summer pre-college programs for young women at smith College: https://www.smith.edu/summer

●      Boston University Academy of Media Production, Program Info & Application Materials: https://bu.edu/amp

●      EF International Language Campus, https://ef.edu, language immersion summer programs in many different countries

●      United States Coast Guard Academy AIM (Academy Introduction Mission) offers students a chance to experience a week at the Coast Guard Academy, to see if it could be a good fit. Visit https://www.uscga.edu/AIM

●      Pratt Institute for PreCollege Summer 2020, areas of concentration include: Architecture, Comic Book, Digital Arts, Fashion Design, Industrial Design, Photography and more. https://www.pratt.edu/precollege

●      Rensselaer Poly Tech Pre-college Summer Engineering Program, rising 11th-12th grade students please get info and apply at https://go.rpi.edu/pipeline

●      Savannah College of Art and Design (SACD), pre-college summer programs, rising 9th – 12th grades, https://scad.edu/sss, scad.edu/rs

●      University of Chicago Summer, high school students, https://summer.uchicago.edu

●      Adelphi University Summer Pre-college Program, choose from courses including Intro to Nursing, Business, Acting, Medical Research, Gender Studies and more, https://academics.adelphi.edu/summer

●      Northeastern University Accelerate: Pre-college Programs, programs include: Bioengineering, Entrepreneurship, Exploring Modern Physics, Innovation in Health professions and more… https://northeastern.edu/precollegeprograms

This list will be updated as more information comes in. Contact Ms. Thatcher for further information.


Parents’ Association

Dear GHCDS School Community,

In the last six weeks, we have surveyed parents, teachers and administration to find out what are the needs and wants of our GHCDS community. There have been so many good recommendations, including adding outdoor learning and meeting areas, upgrading our athletic and theater facilities, and providing funds for special learning experiences. With approximately $55,000 in available funds, we would like to support many of these initiatives.

Proposals for funds will be accepted over the next few months on a rolling basis from parents, students and faculty. Proposals may be for projects, activities, books, equipment or experiences that enhances the academic lives of children at the GHCDS. While preference is given to proposals that offer school-wide access to our school community, students, teachers and/or parents are also encouraged to submit proposals that will benefit their individual classrooms or grade levels.

The school administration will do the first review of proposals for content, appropriateness and to determine if alternate funding sources are available.  A sub-committee of the PA will then review requests.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please complete the Grant Request Form with appropriate documentation and submit it to the front office. We look forward to hearing about your project. If you have questions, please email them to parentassociation@ghcds.org.


No clipping needed for Box Tops!  Now when families use the Box Tops app to scan their store receipt, they can “Give Credit” to GHCDS. To “Give Credit” make sure you have the latest version of the Box Tops app, scan your receipt, then tap the star icon to enter your “Give credit” memo. To download the app, click here.


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