This Week in Sports – 12.20.19
December 20, 2019
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December 20, 2019
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Weekly News – 12.20.19



Dear GHCDS Families and Friends,

After a busy week filled with joyful holiday concerts, festive class parties and challenging midterm exams, we are all ready for some time off to enjoy our families and friends, as well as all of the unique and beautiful events of the Crucian holiday season. 

On Friday, the Annual Alumni Brunch brought former students back to campus to enjoy the company of their peers and to visit with faculty and staff. The Brunch, hosted by the Student Council under the advisory team of Sra. Capriola and Laurie Dunton, featured a buffet of delicious food and drink. The Tri-M Music Society, Mrs. Thompson advising, provided the entertainment. Following, the Alumni Panel, comprised of alumni from the Class of 2019, offered current high school students the opportunity to hear with a fresh perspective about life in college. Please see the pictures below.

I hope the break will provide the chance for everyone to reflect on the past year with fond memories and to greet the New Year with renewed energy and optimism. May the holiday spirit fill your homes and the New Year ring in health and prosperity! 

Yours sincerely,

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

Nancy Thatcher, Director of College Counseling, Good Hope Country Day School


¡Gracias! Merci! Thank You!:

As 2019 comes near to closing, we wanted to take time to celebrate and thank some Panther parents and fans that have made our program stronger:

  • Kelly Green-Thank you for helping to teach our Nursery, Prekindergarten and Kindergarten children to swim!
  • Sue Robb Gibbons-Thank you for donating your refrigerator to gym concessions!
  • The Croney Family-Thank you for donating your refrigerator to the PE Snack Bar!
  • Smokey Odom-Thank you for helping to coach our Flag Football, Cross Country and Track & Field teams!
  • Megan Littlefield-Thank you for being an amazing volunteer Parent Coordinator for Panther High School Sailing!
  • Sylvia Benz-Schindler-Thank your for being a volunteer chaperone for our sailing regatta in Sarasota, FL!
  • Tim Franklin-Thank you for being a volunteer chaperone for ACC’s  sailing regatta in New Jersey!
  • Peter Stanton-Thank you for volunteering your time to our Panther High School Sailing program!
  • Parents Association-Thank you for our beautiful slab and for our new, jumbo gym fans!
  • PE Snack Bar Volunteers-Julia Morra, Scarlett Wallace, Maya Hopkins, Emma Craft, Frankieoneil Rivera, Priya Mittal, Mia Benton-Huggins, Nnenaya Bedminster and Syla Cintron, Thank you for the time you spend, after school, managing and running this important fundraiser. Because of your work, our Panthers always look sharp!

To all our Panther athletes and families, thank you for sharing your children with us!

Around Campus:

Lower School Holiday Raffle

Our 2019 Holiday Lower School Raffle was a success! This year we raised $746 for Friends of the East End Marine Park! This not-for-profit organization is dedicated to protecting our local beaches, animals, and the coral reefs that surround our beautiful island. Ms. Austen Stovall gave a wonderful and informative presentation at our Raffle Assembly on Tuesday, highlighting the importance of their work for our community. Many thanks to teachers and administrators for donating lovely gifts, and to LS families for your support in this worthy cause.


Mrs. Lambert, Ms. Bishop and Mrs. Bohlke

Lower School Holiday Concert

Early Learning Center Holiday Concert

2019 Santa Visits Early Learning Center


8th grade art students made their first doodlebots. These “bots” were created with reusable items such as plastic containers or aluminum cans, with marker legs and craft materials. They wired a motor, added an off-centered Popsicle stick propeller and batteries to see their creation come alive. While designing the bots students had to think carefully about weight distribution, placement of marker legs for stability and overall where can we place our propeller for the best results.

Click here to view Maya Hopkins reaction to her Doodlebot.

Tyler Jones add several small inside his can before using plenty duct tape to seal the top in hopes that when his bot moves it will be heavier and possibly loud.

Students really got serious with this project! In addition, the results were spectacular to watch. Doodlebots will be offered as a Mini Gusto activity in March 2020.

2019 Alumni Brunch

2019 Alumni Panel

Mini-gusto XLIII is coming soon!

Dear GHCDS Families and Friends,

Perhaps the most eagerly anticipated annual event in the middle and upper schools (okay, second to Orange, White and Blue Day!), Mini-gusto is GHCDS’s weeklong, out-of-the-classroom, experiential learning opportunity. Every March, new activities, travel opportunities and meaningful internship and community service projects are offered to students in 7th – 12th grade. By far the most revered memory of our alumni (okay, second to Orange, White and Blue Day), Mini-gusto provides the chance for our students to explore, engage and serve within our school, our community and the world.

Mini-gusto is a collaborative undertaking. Members of our school family and our greater island community come forward to offer work-place experiences; exposure to activities particular to our island environment; service projects to enhance our community; thought-provoking explorations of world cultures, art and food; and skill-building, craft making, and physical training activities. Travel abroad trips, college visits and individualized programs often take place. In the past Mini-gusto has included campus and community mural painting, business and technology internships, explorations of the history of “west,” vegetarian cooking, golf and tennis, travel to Spain and France, a service trip to Haiti, soap-making and so much more.

As we strive to build on Mini-gusto each year, I offer this appeal to you: Do you have a meaningful or fun opportunity to offer our students? Can your business introduce a career to a high school student? Could your love of history or botany provide a meaningful week of learning to some middle school children? Do you know how to speak American Sign Language or how to quilt? Are you aware of a service project that would benefit from a group of students working on it for a week? Mini-gusto XLIII will take place the week of March 9 – 13, 2020.

Over the past 42 Mini-gusto years, our school has been extremely proud of and grateful to the school and community members who have come forward to create amazing and unforgettable opportunities for our students.  I look forward to meeting with that same commitment and enthusiasm this year. Please feel free to contact me for further information or feel free to complete the attached Proposal Form 2020 Internship right now!

With gratitude,

Nancy Thatcher

Coordinator, Mini-gusto



Parents’ Association wishes everyone



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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