Dear parents and students,
The upcoming week is a four-day school week, as there will be no classes on Friday, Oct. 11 (a workshop day for faculty). The long weekend will continue on Monday, Oct. 14, when GHCDS will be closed for VIPR Friendship Day (formerly Columbus Day).
Yesterday afternoon, we hosted our third and final Parent Orientation — this one for grades N-4. Parents gathered at the Pavilion after school yesterday and heard from Lower School Head Julie Crisler, School Counselor Sasha Marohn, and Sarah Franks from the Parents Association. Afterwards, they reunited with their child(ren), visited classrooms, and enjoyed a feast provided by parents.
Amy Carter has provided a thorough update on fall athletics: volleyball, flag football, cross country, and sailing. Families, please be sure to send in a check or cash for participation fees. Please see This Week in Sports for details.
Tomorrow, nine students and chaperones Stewart Shelley and Alma Nieves will be returning from the Utah Shakespeare Festival Competition (see today’s featured photo, above). On Thursday, Oct. 10, Lawrence Mullin’s U.S. History students will be hosting an interactive reenactment involving Loyalists and Patriots from the period leading up to the Revolutionary War. See the articles below for more.
Upper School Head Dawn Grey and Advisory Coordinator Lea Wilson are excited to announce a new Upper School curriculum for the health and social relationships portion of our advisory program this fall. The program follows a curriculum written by Dr. Sue Diverio, Director of Education for the St. Croix Women’s Coalition. Each year has a theme:
Topics to be covered include Self-Esteem, Self-Confidence, Self-Efficacy, Peer Pressure, Gender Roles, and Accepting authority (9th grade); Healthy Boundaries, Anger and Aggression, Prejudice and Stereotyping, Bullying, and Relationships (10th grade); Gender Roles, the Dangerous Outcomes of Gender Advertising, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Personal Safety (11th grade); and College Fraternities, Decision-Making and Consent, Self-Advocacy Skills, Resisting Peer Pressure, and Being Accountable (12th grade).
In upcoming parent letters, we’ll explore the benefits and perils of technology for ages 3-18, and we’ll provide our best recommendations on how to guide our students in the age-appropriate use of technology. If you have questions that you would like us to explore, please send them to me by email.
William Bugg, Head of School, Good Hope Country Day School
Thank you to the Parents Association for organizing the Teacher Wish List initiative! Second grade parents have already purchased several items off our lists such as these amazing Scoop Rockers that the kids enjoy using during Independent Reading time.
Thank you to parent volunteers Tosha Franklin and Sally Bugg, for making the week a success!
This group of avid Lego fans had a great time free building in Lego Club, under the direction of Ms. Julie Crisler. Next week, they will face some Lego building challenges!
GHCDS Utah Shakespeare Festival Competition Team are on their way! Last year we had the opportunity to pilot taking six students the annual Utah Shakespeare Festival student competition. With the help of the St. Croix Foundation for Community Development, nine students are attending this year. The competition is held at the Tony Award winning Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City Utah. Last year there were over 3,600 students from 123 schools in the United States attending.
The competition is a wonderful opportunity for students who love the arts to meet and collaborate with others who share that same passion, receive feedback from professionals in the field, and develop their craft through both performance and workshop opportunities. Students from GHCDS are competing in Monologues, Scenes, and Technical Theatre Olympics. It is truly an exhilarating and educational experience for all!
Biology students explore campus for examples of primary and secondary succession. The students will use transects to documents species over time.
Scarlett Wallace points out an example of secondary succession.
Teamwork and math skills in carpentry club!
Ghostly Greetings! The Boo Bash is almost here – Join us on October 31 from 5-8pm for a howling good time! More info to come.
This fun community event requires a LOT of volunteers so we need you! Sign up for only an hour or all night! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e094da9ad2ea6fb6-boobash
We are so excited to host a Fun Run to help our school! This event is a fun, nine-day program that combines world-class character content with a highly-profitable fundraiser.
To increase the excitement and school spirit of this event, we are planning to provide each student with a FREE custom GHCDS t-shirt to wear the day of the Fun Run event, at no cost to the student or school.
In order to make this happen, we need your help! We are hoping to collaborate with local businesses to help sponsor these shirts. If you know of, or are affiliated with, a business that would be interested in sponsoring shirts for our students, please go to https://drive.google.com/open… to get more information and sign up. Their name or logo will be displayed on the back of a shirt that will be worn by every student in the school. Not only will their investment be helpful to GHCDS, but we believe it will raise awareness for the sponsor and provide more business for them.
Thanks so much for your help in strengthening our school!
Introducing Teacher Wish Lists!
Our amazing teachers now have a place to tell us about special items they would like for their classrooms. Please click here to donate to your child’s classroom. Please don’t forget our specials teachers, school nurse and school counselor! (If you have donated the requested item, please check it off the list)
PA Meeting videos are now accessible from home! If you missed the PA meeting this week, the video can be found on our Facebook page!
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.