May 17, 2020
Dear parents and students,
Congratulations to our resilient Class of 2020! Please see their remarkable video introducing this Friday’s Orange, White, and Blue Day. And parents and students of all ages: Assemble your whole household to participate in this unforgettable GHCDS tradition. Friday, May 22…or any time next weekend! Be sure to send YOUR family’s video to email@example.com.
Seniors and parents, be on the lookout early this week for a letter detailing how we’ll be organizing our Graduation Ceremony in less than two weeks (Saturday, May 30). Despite USVI’s ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, we now have a solid plan!
A heartfelt THANK YOU to our Parents’ Association President, Robyn Falconer, who will be leaving the position and the island this May. All of us at GHCDS so much appreciate her tireless leadership the past few years. Please check out this tribute to Robyn and all she has accomplished, with the help of many parent volunteers. And if you’re interested in assisting with the leadership of the GHCDS Parents’ Association next school year, please let me know.
As I wrote you on Friday, the COVID-19 crisis has been both a health and economic calamity, and it is impacting all our GHCDS families. We have learned that the re-enrollment of at least 50 of our current N-11th grade students is in jeopardy because of significant financial hardship parents are experiencing on account of the crisis’ impact on their livelihood.
The return of these students is contingent on GHCDS providing enhanced need-based financial aid to their families. By raising $400,000, we will be able to make it possible for most of these students to remain next year, at the school they love. The GHCDS tuition relief fund will help our families bridge the gap from these difficult times…to better times to come. The fund will help our school maintain high quality programs next year and in the years ahead.
Please give today and help us keep our Panther community strong! If you haven’t seen our #stcroixpantherstrong video, featuring GHCDS students across the grades, check it out!
Also in the Weekly News, please note the following updates:
Have a great week!
William Bugg, Head of School, Good Hope Country Day School
by Sasha Marohn, GHCDS Counselor
A motivated mindset in May is a challenge during a normal kind of school year. We are not wrapping up this school year in our usual fashion with celebrations, graduations, and lots of happy goodbye hugs. Instead, we are finishing up our 2019-2020 school year largely separated from each other and within a digital space. How, then, can we still “finish strong?”
There is well documented evidence that both motivation and emotions are contagious. This means that we can boost the motivation of others and lessen end-of-year fatigue by maintaining a strong level of self motivation. Actions speak louder than words and the more creatively we start thinking, the more our motivation increases. For instance, not to be undone by the impossibility of having the much loved tradition of OWB Day on campus, our seniors have created a rousing school spirited video to kick off the first OWB Day virtual event. The school spirit contagion is catching as all grade levels are involved this year and parents too!
This week, I asked groups of Fifth Graders what advice they had for each other to help finish this school year on a positive note. A big takeaway was “chunk the time.” We are more likely to stay motivated to stick with a task when we know it’s time limited. So, focus on working for a set amount of time and then taking a break. Students of all ages are also staying motivated by focusing on learning something new like sewing their own COVID mask or finally mastering how to roller skate.
Parent burnout is commonplace these days due to being home 24/7 with children while juggling work responsibilities, children’s remote learning, and household chores. Parents, the end is in sight as there are only two weeks of school remaining, It has been a daunting challenge with numerous ups and downs, but, together, we will all successfully cross the finish line!
As a school community we continue to draw upon and celebrate our connection with each other during these final two weeks. We continue to collaborate and problem solve with parents and students. We welcome feedback and you can contact your student’s teachers, the Deans, and Head of School with questions and concerns. Please feel free to also contact me, Sasha Marohn (GHCDS Counselor), by email firstname.lastname@example.org or cell 340-332-3413.
1st – 3rd Grade Slideshow – https://www.artsonia.com/artshow/138017/5125
4th – 6th Grade Slideshow – https://www.artsonia.com/artshow/138017/6524
7th – 12th Grade Slideshow – https://www.artsonia.com/artshow/138017/6757
Though we are in very uncertain times right now, our students continue to connect with others through art! We are all connected with each other through our creating, viewing, and participating in ART! One does not need to speak the same language to enjoy another’s artwork. Art transcends all barriers and connects us on a basic human level. Please enjoy our art that we created as we learned about other places, cultures, and ideas.
A SPECIAL THANKS to all parents who have helped their student(s) to continue to create during this stay-at-home time! We are stronger together!
It’s almost Orange, White and Blue Day! Please accept the Class of 2020’s invitation to join us for our “Safer at Home” version of this historical and much loved day! Click her for our Game Plan – OWB A United Day Of Play. Many thanks to our Seniors who created this invitation, in the midst of end of year academics and thesis presentations, for all of our GHCDS families. Special thanks to Kieran Walter-Sundaram for producing this wonderful video! OWB day is Friday, May 22nd! (Music: https://www.bensound.com).
2nd Grade celebrated the end of their Persuasive Writing Unit on Friday! Students shared their best opinion pieces in a virtual Publishing Party via Zoom! What’s a party without party hats? Students created party hats by using paper plates and decorating them with their own unique styles.
Hi Panther Families!
Enjoy this week’s workouts!
Monday, Wednesday and Friday-Tabata-
This week, let’s aim for at least two rounds again, as this Tabata is a core workout! *PLEASE NOTE- The workout ladies in this video are wearing tank shirts. It’s an excellent workout, very well rounded, so we’re excusing the PE dress code violation. For this week’s Tabata click here: https://safeYouTube.net/w/dQTE
Tuesday and Thursday
Let’s change it up a little, with Minute to Win It-Jacks and jumps!
Ms. Banwaree would love to have workout pictures for the yearbook! If you take some, please send to email@example.com
This week Kindergartners transformed into their favorite superheroes/ heroes! They talked about their favorites, dressed up for their class meeting and created superheroes of their own!
The class also took on Coach Amy’s PE challenges with “Creepy,Crawly,Crabby!” And “Minute to Win It! Jumps and Jacks!”
And, of course, there was lots of reading and writing going on, too!
What’s most fun about online learning, is that younger siblings Get to be a part of it!
Connect with us at Instagram handle: @goodhopecountrydayschool
(As of May 12, 2020; italicized, bold indicates commitment; ED indicates Early Decision)
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 Sarah Franks firstname.lastname@example.org or ParentAssociation@ghcds.org.
The Custom Pages are due by May 9th the estimated time of delivery to St. Croix is June 8th 2020. Please check your TreeRing account if you are interested in changing the location for your delivery rather than to the school. Yearbooks can be bought at any time after the new deadline of May 11th. Please read more to better understand the options available directly from the TreeRing website. https://treering.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360040722052