Dear parents and students,
Despite our “hurricane day” on Wednesday (which turned out to be a useful practice drill), our school year is off to a great start!
The first week of school, as I have dropped by classrooms and begun to get to know our students and academic programs, I have been impressed with the high quality of teaching and learning I have witnessed.
In my walks around campus, I’ve met a lot of eager new students, many of whom still have a bit of the “new school jitters.” (You’re not alone; as your new head of school, I have some of the same trepidations!)
And I’ve learned a great deal from our returning students, who have welcomed me and my family with kindness. My wife Sally and I continue to be moved by the warmth of this school community, and by the friendly welcome so many of you have extended to us.
When we opened school, GHCDS students immediately began putting to use our campus’s beautiful new basketball and outdoor games court (the “slab,” as it is called). A special thank you to the Parents Association for making this much-needed project happen! On Friday, Sept. 6, at 7:50 a.m., our Lower /Intermediate/ Middle School assembly will feature the dedication of our new slab — contingent on weather, of course. Parents are welcome to attend.
On Thursday, Sept. 5, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. will be our annual Upper School Parent Information Session, which will feature a “parent assembly” and a mini-school day in which parents will attend their students’ classes.
On Friday, Sept. 6, our annual Upper School Symposium will take place. The daylong event will include an assembly during which Upper School Head Dawn Grey will go over the student handbook, a variety of fun activities, an introduction to clubs and activities, and book circles on the Upper School common read, Poet X. If you have questions about the Parent Information Session, the Upper School Symposium, or any other matter relating to your Upper School student, please contact Dawn Grey.
Parent Orientation for Grades 5-8 will take place on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 3:15 to 5 p.m. Questions about this event and any other matters relating to your Intermediate or Middle School student should be directed to Tracy Cole.
Parent Orientation for Grades N-4 will take place on Friday, Oct. 4, from 3:15 to 5 p.m. If you have questions concerning the progress of your Preschool or Lower School student, please contact Julie Crisler.
Finally, our Faculty Workshop Day #1 will take place on Friday, Sept. 20. Classes will not meet that day.
Please see the items in this week’s GHCDS news for more about what is happening on our campus, including an important letter about fall sports from Athletic Director Amy Carter.
As always, if there is anything we can do to better meet the needs of your student, please let us know.
William Bugg, Head of School, Good Hope Country Day School
There are containers to put your plastic or aluminum in various locations (by rooms 2 and 7, the snack shack, the middle school lunch area, and the lower school too) Thank you!
¡Gracias! Merci! Thank You!:
Special thanks to our community members that helped make Teacher Orientation Week a very productive and special week!
- Lori, Pauli and staff at Blue Water Terrace
- Kat, Frank and staff at Un Amore
- Peter TeWinkle
- Attorney Pam Colon
- Seaside Market and Deli Family
- Sion Farm Distillery
Please join the Early Learning Center next week with their annual color day unit!
- Tuesday, September 3, 2019: Red Day
- Wednesday, September 4, 2019: Blue Day
- Thursday, September 5, 2019: Yellow Day
- Friday, September 6, 2019: Orange Day
- Monday, September 9, 2019: Green Day
- Tuesday, September 10, 2019: Purple Day
- Wednesday, September 11, 2019: Brown Day
- Thursday, September 12, 2019: Black and White Day
- Friday, September 13, 2019: Rainbow Day
Getting To Know You
The third grade classes spent time building community this week through outdoor games, daily exercises, and various get-to-know-you activities.
Powers of Observation
On the first day of school Sixth grade students worked on their observation skills while on the Nature Trail. Students recorded what they could see, hear, smell and feel to build upon the skills needed as scientists and writers.
Building A Class Charter
Fifth grade students work on their class charter.
Empowering all middle school students to be confident in themselves and enjoy life!
This Week in Sports:
Hi Panther Families!
This week we are hyped and ready to begin Panther training! Below please find practice days and times. If your athlete is hoping to play more than one sport in the fall, please have him or her discuss this with coaches. This way athletes and coaches can decide together what is best for dividing training schedules.
Parents are welcome and encouraged to pick up athletes directly after practice at the field or the gym. Athletes that must remain on campus after practice must use the following policies after practice:
- Athletes in grades 4-8 must go to After School Care
- Athletes in High School must go to Room 3 on M/W/F and Room 2 on T/Th
Please note that volleyball’s schedule is not a typical practice schedule. With a holiday on Monday, and High School’s Parent Night on Thursday, we have had to make accommodations. This week is tryouts. A consistent practice schedule will be shared when we have made division/team decisions.
Cross Country typically practices Monday and Wednesday after school, and Friday before school. We do not have school on Monday, but coaches emailed families about the Labor Day 5K. Best of luck to those running!
If your student signed up for any sport, you should have received an email from me. If you did not, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Elementary Flag Football for grades 4-6 (co-ed)-Practice 3:15-4:30 Tuesday and Thursday, lower field.
- Middle School Flag Football for grades 7 & 8 (coed)-Practice 3:15-4:30 Tuesday and Thursday, lower field.
- Elementary Cross Country for grades 4-6 (boys and girls) Wednesday 3:15-4:30 lower field, and Friday optional practice before school, 6:00 a.m. – 7:15 on the lower field.
- Junior Varsity and Varsity Cross Country for grades 7-12 (boys and girls) Wednesday 3:15-4:30, and Friday optional practice before school 6:00 a.m.-7: 15. All practices on lower field.
- Middle School Volleyball for grades 7 & 8 (boys and girls)-Tuesday-Boys and Girls 3:15-4:30 gym. Wednesday-same time, males only. Friday-same time, females only.
- Junior Varsity and Varsity Volleyball for grades 9-12 (boys and girls)-Tuesday-Boys and Girls 3:15-4:30 gym. Wednesday-same time, males only. Friday-same time, females only.
- Competitive Sailing for experienced sailors grades 9-12 (boys and girls, experienced 8th graders also considered)-Please expect an email from our sailing coordinator with practice information, etc. within the next week or two.
I am happy to assist with any questions or concerns. Please email me at email@example.com.
Have a great weekend, and GO Panthers!