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April 19, 2020


Dear parents and students,

In the face of an overwhelming tidal wave of uncertainty and what feels like constant bad news, what we need most right now are daily reminders of our better human selves, so that each of us can rise to this challenge. I wanted to share with everyone a wonderful video created by GHCDS photography teacher, Misty Winter.  She is an talented photographer, teacher, and storyteller, and her work has been capturing moments in time for over 20 years.  I hope it helps lift your spirits and keeps you moving through this pandemic.  Enjoy the video and please feel free to share.  Together, we can get through this and any other challenges that come our way.  To connect with Misty visit mistywinter.com

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

  • Coping With COVID Check-in #3
  • Upper School Spirit Week
  • Fractions
  • Celebrating with Classmates
  • Week of the Young Child – Pre-k
  • Week of the Young Child – Kindergarten
  • First Grade Fun
  • Winner of Sock Ball Creative Game Video
  • PE at Home
  • GHCDS Senior Class of 2020 College Acceptances
  • Parents’ Association is looking for volunteers

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, hang in there.  Each and every one of you are courageous. All together, we are strong. Together, we can.

Yours sincerely,

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

Quick Announcements:


Coping With COVID Check-in #3

by Sasha Marohn, GHCDS Counselor

We have now completed over three weeks of “pandemic schooling” and our remote learning program continues a forward momentum with happy successes and thoughtful revisions as needed.  Transitions require time, so if your week has not been a smooth one, know that you are not alone and others are having similar experiences. What is so difficult about the transition to remote learning?  As Ann Dolin, M.ED, an educational expert, explains:

“Transitioning to new remote learning routines and expectations taxes children’s executive functions, while a lack of social interaction saps their motivation and a new reliance on personal time management breeds quick frustration.  It also doesn’t help that staying home each day tells your child’s brain to slip into “vacation mode.” 

Click here to read about helpful transition strategies.  Although the article is written for parents with children who have ADHD or ADD, the strategies also effectively apply to students of all ages during this transition.  The first strategy is “Collaborate. Don’t Dictate.” Check it out for a fresh perspective!

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





Around Campus:


Upper School Spirit Week!

Day 1 – Chef Day! What’s Cooking? Show us what you are cooking up during quarantine – upload your photo or video here!

Day 2 – Filter Day! Use a filter and post your picture of video here! Check out some examples of filter day below.

Day 3 – Grateful Day! Tell and /or show  us what you are grateful for!

Day 4 – Scavenger Hunt! Student council reps will share a list of items for each advisory to find! Good Luck!


2nd Grade is beginning to explore fractions! First, students learned the different terms and practiced how to equally divide circles using their rulers. Then, they helped divide granola bars for different groups of ants to share. Well done, 2nd grade!

Celebrating with Classmates

Piper celebrate her birthday with her first grade class during a zoom meeting.

Week of the Young Child – Pre-K

In Prekindergarten we celebrated Week Of The Young Child (an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children). Although we were not able to be in our classroom together and have special guests or be entertained by local artists, it was done through virtual learning. In a team effort with parents, we celebrated our  Pre-k children.

Abbie Salazar and her family made and enjoyed orange slushy on TASTY TUESDAY!

Ethan Dunbar making his birthday cake on TASTY TUESDAY!

Dane made bread with Mom on TASTY TUESDAY!


Butterfly magic on ARTSY THURSDAY


Week of the Young Child – Kindergarten

This week was the Week of the Young Child. Whether in the classroom or staying at home, there was no way we were going to pass up the opportunity to celebrate our young learners. Kindergarten started the week with “Tasty Tuesday” by thinking about ways to stay healthy. They shared healthy snack ideas and exercises that they do at home. On “Work Together Wednesday” we had our weekly Zoom meeting and everyone talked about what they want to do when they grow up. They brought stethoscopes (to be a Vet), a mirror (future makeup artist), police hat (future detective) and so on. They also invited family members to work together with them. They built forts, helped in the kitchen, and baked delicious treats together.



On Artsy Thursday, Kindergartners agreed that what they liked most about art, is that they could do just about anything they wanted to. There are so many choices and so many different things they can do, Their special activity was to make playdough.


Finally, on Family Friday we focused on family. Kindergartners did a “Family Show and Tell”, where they showed pictures and talked about their family. They also talked about some of the favorite family meals.

First Grade Fun!

If I were the President!

Math Measuring Activity

Winner of Sock Ball Creative Game Video

Congratulations Ian Ainger – 4th grade – Rock Your Socks Challenge Winner! Click here to see his video!

Physical Education at Home

Teague Gleason featuring all his P.E. Tabata moves!

The Johnson Family doing a Tabata workout together! Noah with his determined look, Charlize added face paint sparkle to her own personal sparkle, and big sister Annjolie leading the way!

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

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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