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Weekly News – 11.24.19



Dear parents and students,

This week’s letter has a theme of congratulations and gratitude.

The Color Fun Run Friday was a spectacular event—complete with yellow, red and blue-dyed hair, arms, legs and clothing, and a special appearance by a certain Bug(g) in costume.

I’m grateful for all our Parents’ Association volunteers, especially Robyn Falconer, Sarah Franks, Amie Medina, Julie Summer, and Laurie Bohlke. Thank you for your hard work and amazing dedication.

Thank you to all our GHCDS families and friends, who so generously supported our event from all 50 states and several countries!

And congratulations to the GHCDS community for exceeding the Fun Run fundraising goal!  We’ll let you know the total when we have it. Everyone: please fill out the Color Fun Run Survey (see link, below).

Congratulations to our 2019-20 National Art Honor Society inductees, who participated in an induction ceremony on Thursday: Aleah Mann, Hakeem Hamed, Anaijah Peters, Dilani Frorup, guest speaker photographer Stephanie Chalana Brown, Kelsey Bhola, Kimberly Thompson, and Frances Falcon-Vasquez.

Congratulations to both the middle school girls volleyball team and the middle school flag football team for their victories Thursday afternoon. Both teams won the St. Croix title!

Finally, congratulations also to our junior varsity volleyball girls, who lost a close match to Central in the title game.  See Amy Carter’s letter for the story.

While all volleyball and flag football teams have concluded their fall season, high school sailing, elementary girls school soccer, and track and field continue, as our Panther athletics program gears up for winter sports.

Next week is a short one: after school on Tuesday, Nov. 26, we’ll dismiss for Thanksgiving break.

When we return on Monday, Dec. 2, we’ll have a three-week sprint until mid-term exams (Dec. 18-20) and Winter Break (Dec. 21-Jan. 5).

For those interested in participating in this year’s musical:  Be sure to come to tryouts on Monday, Dec. 2, at 3:30 p.m., with call-backs scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 3, same time.

Please mark your calendars for Holiday Bingo Night (Friday, Dec. 6) and the Holiday Concert (Friday, Dec. 13).

The next edition of the GHCDS newsletter will come out the weekend of Dec. 6-8.

I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving, full of joy, peace, and gratitude.  As for me and my family, we’re thankful to be living here on beautiful St. Croix, and we’re thankful for the kindness and community spirit of the GHCDS community.

Yours sincerely,

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


Quick Announcements:

Need a past CDS or GHCDS Yearbook?

Stop by the art room or email Ms. Banwaree for more details at $1 per book. We have over 400 books. First come first serve. Currently available Years 1974- 2015.

November 2019 Food Sale Calendar:

Food Sales calendar for Nov. Please take a break from preparing lunches! And support our Classes, Clubs, teams, and student organizations.


¡Gracias! Merci! Thank You!:

Thank you to the Parents’ Association for another phenomenal Color FUN Run!

Around Campus:

Congratulations National Art Honor Society Inductees!

NAHS 2019-2020 chapter inducts seven new members. The induction ceremony held after school in the library was a success. Our guest artist photographer Chalana Brown spoke to the inductees about the importance of using a medium that tells a larger story of “All Ah We.” Chalana also elaborated that she chose to share stories about our traditions, Virgin Islands identity and humanity.

Pictured L to R: Aleah Mann, Hakeem Hamed, Anaijah Peters, Dilani Frorup, guest speaker photographer Stephanie Chalana Brown, Kelsey Bhola, Kimberly Thompson, and Frances Falcon-Vasquez.

Learning About Turtles

Claudia Lombard, wildlife biologist at Sandy Point, presented to the third graders on turtles with a slideshow and a live tortoise and terrapin!

Claudia Lombard met them at Sandy Point for a turtle nest excavation and taught them how biologists collect data on sea turtles.


STEM Conversations – episode 1

Sixth grade students were visited by GHCDS parent Steve Garner as part of our series: “STEM Conversations”.  Mr. Garner spoke to the students about his experiences as an electrical engineer and described what the career entails.  He engaged the students with details of his interests when he was in 6th grade through his college years.  The students heard that taking a variety of subjects in school provides skills needed for any career, such as writing and problem solving.  When asked about courses to take to be an engineer, Mr. Garner emphasized that math is important to not only learn how to calculate, but to also develop critical thinking and reasoning skills.  Students asked thoughtful questions and have a greater appreciation for electrical systems and engineering.  Thank you Mr. Garner!

Bowling Ball Obstacle Course V

The Physics Class participated in the Bowling Ball Obstacle Course V, learning about how to change velocity (speed and direction) of a massive object. Team 1 had the best time with just over 30 seconds!

Photos: Jack Falconer does a complete 360˚ around a stool without touching it; André McIntosh completes the same 360˚ and then stops the bowling ball in the stop zone; Nbiko Bowry (best bowler at GHCDS) shows off his obstacle course form as he enters his first No Touch Zone; Miko Dizon-Bumann makes a 90˚ turn (her 360˚ style was the best of class!); Torryn Sales begins her 360˚; Savvy Capdeville lines up her strike as she enters her second No Touch Zone.

Function and Derivative

In Calculus, students are investigating the relationships between a function and its first and second derivative. Given a sinusoidal graph to mimic in a walk, students used a motion detector and then analyzed their position and relative speeds during that walk. The team who did the best job mimicking that function won the magic black Ticonderoga pencils! Photos: Ariel Sutherland and Marcus Curran walking the walk, Stephen Bannis making the wave, Lidia Boguslawska shows off a pencil-winning wave from their perfect walk.

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. Each year, 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:

THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all of the Parents, Students, Faculty, Staff, Volunteers and Sponsors for supporting the COLOR FUN RUN And Good Hope Country Day School! We have been blown away by your support!

This year, students of all ages were involved in this fundraiser and we would like to honor that as we consider where the funds should be spent. Please take a few moments to fill out our quick survey and give us your thoughts.Link to Color Fun Run Survey


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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