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May 3, 2020


Dear parents and students,

Our seniors drove their cars over to school on Friday, May 1, for GHCDS’s first “gathering” since our campus closed on account of COVID-19 six weeks ago.  Wearing masks and observing physical distancing protocols, seniors pulled up in front of the administration building, where interim Upper School Head Nancy Thatcher called out each by name. With administrators and teachers applauding and seniors honking their horns, each member of the Class of 2020 got out of his/her car, walked over to the GHCDS sign by the flagpoles, posed for a picture (mask and all), and picked up a personal pizza, cupcake, and soda, courtesy of GHCDS.  After all had been recognized, seniors rendezvoused for a few minutes and then went their separate ways.

This week’s featured photograph is of GHCDS’s proud quadruplets of the Class of 2020:  Douglas, Donovan, Gabriel, and Savanna Capdeville, who posed for their senior photograph together, as they are also quarantining together at their home!

Each year, May 1 is College Decision Day for seniors across the U.S.  Please see the story in this week’s Weekly News for the GHCDS Class of 2020’s impressive list of college acceptances — a list any independent school would be proud of!  Congratulations, GHCDS Class of 2020!

At the end of this past week, re-enrollment contracts went out to all families with children presently enrolled in grades N-11. If for any reason you did not receive a re-enrollment contract for your child, please reply to this email, and we’ll get you one as soon as possible. In last week’s letter, I outlined several possible scenarios for the 2020-21 school year. Please know that our intentions remain to open school on time (Tuesday, Sept. 8), at the GHCDS campus, if at all possible, as we simultaneously put into practice whatever physical distancing protocols are required four months from now!

Here’s this week’s Weekly News.  Please note the following updates:

  • Quick Links to Important Documents
  • Coping With COVID Check-in #4
  • GHCDS Students say THANK YOU to Healthcare Helpers Through Art
  • Decision Day 2020!
  • First Grade Rocks Out!
  • Panther Fitness for Athletes
  • Biology and Forensics students use technology to share laboratory experiments and projects with their classmates.
  • All Hands On Deck In Second Grade
  • Third Graders Celebrate Writing
  • Kinder Conquers!
  • GHCDS Senior Class of 2020 College Acceptances
  • Parents’ Association is looking for volunteers

Four more weeks remain for the 2019-20 school year, surely one of the most memorable of the last century!  As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your division head or me.

Yours sincerely,

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



Coping With COVID Check-in #4

by Sasha Marohn, GHCDS Counselor

The first day of the last month of school has arrived and we’ve successfully made it through the past five weeks of remote learning!  Teachers have been making revisions to their online learning program in response to parent and student feedback and parents have been making adjustments as they juggle their own work/job responsibilities and the learning at home needs of their children.  However, it may be time to push the reset button if things at home are not going smoothly and the stressors continue. 

Seesaw provides helpful resources for parents of children PreK to Fourth Grade and  Learning at Home Tips for Families has eleven salient tips for families who have been thrust into remote learning as a response to the pandemic.  The first point is to keep emotional health a top priority.

What learning at home looks like will depend on the age of the student, individual learning styles, and particulars within each family.  Child Mind Institute’s Learning and Development Center offers guidelines and strategies from experts to help families support their children’s education.  The tips are categorized by grade level and cover preschoolers to college students.  Remote Learning: Resources for Families

Pushing the reset button can also mean taking a break and doing something out of the ordinary routine.  A parent told me recently that she and her son needed a break from their school day which wasn’t going smoothly, so they drove to Armstrong’s Ice Cream Store for a treat.  A delicious decision!We are here to collaborate and assist in problem solving 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 smarohn@ghcds.org or cell 340-332-3413.

¡Gracias! Merci! Thank You!:

Around Campus:

Decision Day 2020!

May 1st is National College Decision Day.  Good Hope Country Day school surprised and honored their seniors with a celebration. There was appropriate social distancing,mask wearing, horn honking, pizza and cupcakes! Special thanks to photography teacher Misty Winter, for documenting this momentous occasion!


First Grade Rocks Out!

First Grade has been doing outstanding with online school. They have been like rock stars! So, of course they celebrated with a “Rock Star” party on Zoom!  Kids wore cool clothes, sunglasses, makeup, and had wild hair. Some even colored their hair!! They each brought instruments and ROCKED OUT!

Panther Fitness for Athletes or any Panther that wants MORE Panther Power!

Hi Panther Families!

It’s time to do some additional training to keep our Panthers fit! Each week the Athletic Department will post a workout. We started last week, so we need a tiny intensity boost. We’ll add a little each week to make maintaining our workouts more likely! If you’d like this workout emailed to your athlete directly, please contact Coach Amy at acarter@ghcds.org.

Weekly Workout:

  1. Monday, Wednesday and Friday-Tabata-which is a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout using only your body, based on 20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest, and we’re starting with a 4 minute total workout. For more information about HIIT and Tabata, click here: https://www.verywellfit.com/tabata-training-definition-1230982


  1. The beauty of Tabata workouts is you can do as many cycles of these workouts as you’d like/can! Just hit replay and you’re ready for another round! This week aim for at least two rounds(8 minutes total), please! *If uneven planks are included and they are too difficult right now, modify with a regular plank and hold. **If your body isn’t ready for full push-ups, and push-ups are included, begin with modified push-ups at the knee. For this week’s Tabata click here: https://safeYouTube.net/w/fJV9
  1. Tuesday and Thursday-13 minute run. Choose a safe path! If you do not have access to a safe running place, substitute jump rope sets, 6 x 2 minutes on the same days.
  2. Ms. Banwaree would love to have workout pictures for the yearbook! If you take some, please send to sbanwaree@ghcds.org

Biology and forensic students use technology to share laboratory experiments and projects with their classmates.

Forensic Science students create Public Service Announcements.  Carolyn Grimm shared her PSA in the form of a music video.


Biology Student Creates Safe Zoo Exhibit by Tate Givens.  After identifying several problems associated with elephants in captivity, Tate Givens created his rendition of a natural and safe exhibit.

Biology student, Necha Bishop, simulates how mucus protects the stomach when acid is introduced during the digestive process.

Biology students study the Cardiovascular System.  During one of the labs students compare their pulse rate before and after a workout.  Michael Dizon shared his cardio workout and challenged other students to a jump rope competition.  Let’s get those hearts pumping!

All Hands On Deck In Second Grade

It was a hands-on week of learning in 2nd Grade! Students created home-made gel boards to practice trick words and gathered items from around their house to create analog clocks that displayed various times.

Third Graders Celebrate Writing!

Families found special ways to celebrate the amazing adapted fairy tales that their children published.  Some of the fun included fancy outfits, special breakfasts, a tea party, reading on the roof, and sharing under bistro lights with grandparents!  They ended with a class zoom freeze dance party!  The kids should be super proud of their hard work!

Kinder Conquers!

We are so proud of all the hard work Kindergartners are doing. They continue updating their calendar, just like they used to do in the classroom. They also continue with all their regular classes. In writing they have been making How-To books, teaching their readers how to make maracas, jump on a pogo stick, and even how to make sushi! We also learned a lot about Ramadan and dreamed up holidays.


GHCDS Senior Class of 2020 College Acceptances

(As of May 1, 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: University of West Florida; Jacksonville University; 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: Syracuse University; Temple University; Hofstra University; Manhattan College
  • Douglas Capdeville: Syracuse University; Rider University; Roanoke University; Lynn University; Loyola University, New Orleans; Old Dominion University
  • Gabriel Capdeville: Syracuse University; Rider University; Roanoke University; Lynn University; Arizona State University
  • Savanna Capdeville: Syracuse University; 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
  • 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: University of the Virgin Islands; Savannah College of Art and Design; Fordham University; Lafayette College; University of Pittsburgh; Spelman College, Ethel Waddell Githii Honors Program;
  • 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; University of South Carolina; West Virginia University; Ohio State University; Florida Southwestern University; Florida State University; University of the Virgin Islands
  • Lucy Klempen: College of Charleston; Roger Williams University; 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 the Virgin Islands; University of Hawaii, Manoa
  • Larissa Sweeney: Loyola University, Maryland; Connecticut College; Guilford College; 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: Hillsborough Community College: 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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