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April 13, 2020


Dear GHCDS parents and students,

Hope you had a peaceful Easter / Passover holiday weekend. We’re now heading into a short, four-day school week, as our seniors count down the days till graduation.

Speaking of whom:  While members of our Class of 2020, like high school graduates everywhere, are clearly not experiencing the spring they envisioned, they are moving forward with their college plans.  This edition of Weekly News lists their college acceptances and commitments, as of today.

In addition, the following items are highlighted in today’s news:

  • Coping With COVID Check-in #2
  • Examples of Online Learning at GHCDS
  • Celebrating with Classmates
  • Homemade Play-dough
  • Reading Buddies at Home
  • French Jenga – Animal Names
  • Parents’ Association is looking for volunteers

If you haven’t yet viewed my video readings from the other day,  you can  find them below.

If you have questions or concerns about how online learning is working for you and your family, please contact your division head (Julie Crisler, grades N-4; Tracy Cole, grades 5-8; and Nancy Thatcher, grades 9-12), or respond to this email.

And please continue to check out the GHCDS Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GoodHopeCountryDay/), our Parents’ Association Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GHCDSParentsAssociation/), and our Online Learning Program website (https://ghcds.org/academics/remote-learning/) for what’s happening at GHCDS.

To all our students and families, stay well!

Yours sincerely,

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


Quick Announcements:



Quick links:

Online Learning at GHCDS




Around Campus:

GHCDS Senior Class of 2020 College Acceptances

(As of April 13, 2020; italicized, bold indicates commitment; ED indicates Early Decision)

Stephen Bannis: Jacksonville University; Michigan State University; University of Houston

Kelsey Bhola: Harvard University; Duke University; Brown University; Spelman College, Ethel Waddell Githii Honors Program; Fordham University; Boston University; University of Miami; New York University; Northeastern University; Ursinus College; Howard University

Lidia Boguslawska: Montclair State University; Colorado State University; University of Tennessee; Loyola University, New Orleans; Rider University; Rowan University; Kutztown University

Nbiko Bowry: Jacksonville University; University of West Florida; Florida Institute of Technology, UMass Boston

Zachary Bozzo: University of the Virgin Islands

Layla Bradshaw: Brenau University; Virginia Commonwealth Arts Foundation Program; Stevenson University; Savannah College of Art and Design; Jefferson University

Donovan Capdeville: Hofstra University; Manhattan College; Temple University

Douglas Capdeville: Rider University; Roanoke University; Lynn University; Loyola University, New Orleans; Syracuse University; Old Dominion University

Gabriel Capdeville: Rider University; Roanoke University;; Lynn University; Arizona State University

Savanna Capdeville: Loyola University, New Orleans; Loyola Marymount University; Drexel University; Howard University; Rider University; Spelman College; DePaul University; Virginia Commonwealth University; George Washington University; American University; Emerson College; Syracuse University

Miko Dizon-Bumann: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Davis; Tufts University; Binghamton University; UMass Boston; Northeastern University; Syracuse University

Dominique Elizee: Savannah College of Art and Design; Fordham University; Lafayette College; University of Pittsburgh; Spelman College

Nyama Gibbs: Howard University; Georgia State University; Clark Atlanta University; Spelman College

Gabriella Gomez: University of the Virgin Islands

Carolyn Grimm: University of Virginia, ED

Gus Johnson: Temple University; Drexel University; Georgia State University; UMass Boston; University of Houston

Quincy King: University of South Florida; Howard University

Lucy Klempen: Roger Williams University; College of Charleston; Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Natalia Kuipers: Bryant University

Sean Low: United States Coast Guard

Andre McIntosh: Stetson University; Jacksonville University

Trey Roth: American River College; College of the Redwoods

Rosie Simpson: Susquehanna University; Augsburg University; Hofstra University; Quinnipiac University; University of New Haven; Ithaca College

Ariel Sutherland: University of Hawaii, Manoa; University of the Virgin Islands

Larissa Sweeney: Connecticut College; Guilford College; Loyola University, Maryland; Nova Southeastern University; Willamette University; University of the Virgin Islands

Kieran Walter-Sundaram: Savannah College of Art and Design, GRADpath; California College of the Arts; Georgia Tech

Kimberly Thompson: Western Washington University

Carlos VanGurp: Georgia State University Perimeter College; Lynn University; Barry University

Saisha Wesley: University of the Virgin Islands


Coping With COVID Check-in #2

As school and home continue to work together to flatten our mutual learning curve for stressless online school days, we were just now graced with a four day weekend.  Hopefully, this was a great opportunity for some much needed rest and relaxation!

Studies show that exercise really helps quell anxiety in children of all ages, and that parents’ anxiety can make children feel unsettled. So getting the whole family involved in a fun physical activity together has lots of benefits. 

If you don’t have much outdoor space, you can make an obstacle course in the house. As you begin to relax, you’ll probably feel more creative. While there was no Easter camping on the beach this year, you can still pitch your tent in your house or your backyard and roast marshmallows.

While young children may love being home with their parent(s) 24/7, teens may not be so thrilled.  It’s important for parents to acknowledge their frustration and sense of isolation with social distancing and figure out workable solutions together. This could include relaxing screen time rules a bit to allow for gaming with friends on the weekend.

Parents, you are juggling so much these days.  It’s important for you to find moments for yourself to regroup and relieve some stress.  And ultimately, may you all share your love, gratitude, and kindness with your family, friends, and community.

We are here to help and collaborate with you and your students.  You can contact your student’s teachers and division heads with questions and concerns.  Please feel free to also contact me, Sasha Marohn (GHCDS Counselor), by email (smarohn@ghcds.org) or cell (340-332-3413).


Examples Of Online Learning Projects At GHCDS

Animal habitats in progress – 4th Grade


In response to The Easter Egg – read aloud – creative project – 1st Grade

Journal Time – Kindergarten

Math subtraction circles – 1st Grade

Free reading selection – 1st grade

Social Studies – The Pledge of Allegiance – 1st grade

Free reading choice – 3rd Grade

Third Graders Find Outdoor Spaces to Enjoy Reading


2nd Graders created Neighborhood Maps this week!

They worked hard to use aerial view, as well as include a key and compass rose.

Celebrating With Classmates

Mrs. Hutchins’s class celebrated Maddox’s birthday remotely. During their math lesson they sang happy birthday and his mom brought a cake in front of the camera.

Homemade Play-dough

Fifth grade students finished a mixtures unit in science with a hands-on activity of making homemade play-dough!

Reading Buddies at Home

Fourth grader Tristan S. reading a Dr. Seuss book to his baby brother during Friday Reading Buddies time.

French Jenga – Animal Names

Seventh grade students are learning all kinds of animals in French, using the game Jenga.  Ms.Schill says “Mon chat – got scared and ran away at the end. Little did he know that it was the “araignée ” that made the Jenga tower come tumbling down!”


Parents’ Association

The GHCDS Parents’ Association is seeking volunteers to serve as officers and committee chairs for the 2020-2021 school year.  If you are interested or have any questions about the Parents’ Association please email current president Robyn Falconer at ParentAssociation@ghcds.org.

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