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Weekly News – 5.25.20



May 25, 2020

Dear parents and students,

Congratulations to our GHCDS Class of 2020, as they reach the impressive milestone of high school graduation.

And congratulations to our Valedictorian, Kelsey Bhola, and our Salutatorians, Carolyn Grimm and Miko Dizon-Bumann!

Please see our seniors’ impressive list of college acceptances in this week’s Weekly News.

At 10 a.m. this Saturday, May 30 — just five days from today — we will honor our graduates through the release of a video of Part I of their graduation ceremony (speeches and honors), followed by Part II, a private, on-campus event at 5 p.m., in which diplomas will be awarded one car at a time, while physical distancing is practiced.

Thank you to the many of you who participated in Orange, White, and Blue Day Friday. Amy Carter will have more to share about this important tradition soon!

For all families who have children returning next year, Chair of the Board of Trustees Joe Croney and I will be hosting an Online Parent Forum next Wednesday, June 3, at 6 p.m., via Zoom.  During the meeting, we will be discussing plans for this summer’s PAWS program, as well as what next year will look like.  I will send out more information soon — including the Zoom invitation.  In the meantime, please mark your calendars!

I’m excited to share that so far, we have raised over $61,000 in cash and an additional $40,000 in pledges, totaling more than $100,000, for our Tuition Relief Fund!  Thank you to all our donors, who’ve contributed gifts ranging from $25 to $25,000.  Every gift makes a difference for GHCDS families in need of tuition assistance during these difficult COVID-19 times. Please give today and help us keep our Panther community strong!  Check out our #stcroixpantherstrong video, starring GHCDS students of all ages, if you haven’t already.

Also in this week’s Weekly News, please note the following updates:

  • Coping With COVID Check-in #7
  • Special Distinctions – Class of 2020
  • Artsonia Artist of the Week
  • Orange, White and Blue Day 2020
  • GHCDS Virtual Art Show
  • Second Grade Superheroes
  • Kindergarten Panther Spirit Week
  • 4th Grade Helpers
  • GHCDS Senior Class of 2020 College Acceptances
  • Parents’ Association Tribute to Robin Falconer
  • Yearbook Order Information

Please review recent letters from your division heads with important announcements for this week.  And have a great week — the last week of school for our students!

Sincerely yours,

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

Coping With COVID Check-in #7

by Sasha Marohn, GHCDS Counselor

With just a few days remaining in our school year, students’ smiles are wider as they share their happy relief that their school assignments are coming to an end and express a sense of pride that they’ve successfully completed their grade.  Ordinarily, excitement about summer vacation would be ramping up right about now, but the uncertainties due to the pandemic currently surrounding us are challenging for both adults and children and lead to more questions than answers.  Summer vacation plans may be on hold right now.  Travel plans to visit family and friends or a long anticipated trip to Disneyworld could be relegated to the “We’ll see” category.  Financial concerns may also be a very real contributor to the holding pattern.   

As parents, it can be difficult to know what to say to your children.  As Jerry Bubrick, PhD, a clinical psychologist at the Child MInd Institute, states,  “Our job as parents isn’t to provide certainty in a time of uncertainty.  Our job is to help kids tolerate the uncertainty.”  Their recent article on handling disappointment discusses ways of helping children learn to tolerate the uncertainty of the coming weeks and months ahead and build a healthy resiliency while learning valuable coping skills.  How to Help Your Kids Handle Disappointment

Seeking creative solutions helps compensate for the disappointments and losses.  Changing perspectives from what we can’t do to what we can do puts us in a problem- solving mode and helps the flow of creativity.  If your off-island travel plans have changed, family meetings are great forums for getting everyone’s input in designing a “staycation” for this summer.  A “staycation” celebrates special and fun family time together while taking advantage of all that our island home has to offer with a rich cultural history and surrounded by abundant nature.  When school starts up again at the end of summer, classroom discussions on “What did you do this summer?” will be surely enhanced by students’ sharing new and exciting on-island adventures!   

Communication is key in coping with the uncertainty of the coming months and our strong connection as a school community is grounded in good communication.  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.



Special Distinctions

The Class of 2020 is proud to announce their Valedictorian, Kelsey Bhola, and their Salutatorians, Carolyn Grimm and Miko Dizon-Bumann. Their 4 years of commitment to their high school education earned them these distinctions, which will be celebrated during Commencement, Saturday May 30, 2020.



Artsonia Artist of the Week

Congratulations to 10th grader Elyssa Franklin! She is a finalist for the Artsonia Artist of the Week. You can vote for Elyssa461 by May 23rd. All fan club members from Good Hope Country Day School (formerly St. Croix Country Day School) were sent an email inviting them to vote, but we encourage you to personally spread the word.

Around Campus:

Orange, White and Blue Day 2020!

Hi Panther Families!

Thanks so much for joining us for Safer at Home-Orange, White and Blue Day! So many families sent pictures, videos and love to the Class of 2020! We wish we could share all the pictures, but we’d need a few pages, at best! While this day, the real day, can’t really be duplicated completely at home, we heard that, for families, the time to play and laugh was well appreciated! We appreciate you! Thank you, Resilient Class of 2020, for the invitation to this day!

All the pictures we received are definitely being compiled for our Seniors, but here’s a glimpse of some of the GHCDS spirit on OWB Day.

The Dizon/Evora Family, Game Plan & Tug of War! It’s only right that our Senior, Miko’s, team won!

The Dawson Family! (They sent an amazing video! This is just a piece, with a bucket bath finish!!)

The Gleason Family hit this day with full spirit! A few snaps of Mudslide and Egg Man!

Cageball-Towel Ball & Kangaroo Hop, with the Ainger Family!

Keularts Fellas, negotiating rules, or maybe comparing scores!

The Dunbars, always bringing their best to family fun!

Joshua Lima got his game on, with the best help from Class of 2019’s Nadia Garriga-Cerni!

The Capdeville Family! Pregame pictures! They have all teams covered, all in one yard! We have videos of their OWB Day, and watching them, one more time, their teamwork and healthy rivalry, is such a treasure!

We Are All Connected Through Art Around the World!

The Art Department would like to thank our students, families, and friends that participated in our first virtual art show presented on Artsonia. Continue to check out the slide shows and share comments on your child’s work. Highlights are in the Around Campus section.

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!

Here are a few highlights from this week’s art activites:

Getty Museum Challenge

Art Projector & Art Transfer

Fashion Challenge: Hazmat suit by Lydia Wilson

Art Selfie

Second Grade Superheroes!

2nd Graders have been super students through this online learning journey, so they came to Friday Morning Zoom Meeting with their true identities: SUPERHEROES!

GHCDS Kindergarten Panther Spirit Week

This week Kindergartners were filled with Panther pride! They made up cheers, talked about the best thing about being a GHCDS panther, and got really silly for GHCDS Kindergarten Panther Spirit Week.


4th Grade Helpers

Fourth graders had an opportunity to help the elderly folks at the Flambouyant Gardens senior home feel better during these difficult times. Mrs. Cherubin (Kyanna’s mom) asked us if we would like to be part of the Realtors Outreach Committee’s efforts to send drawings and cards to the seniors to brighten their day.  The fourth grade gave it a resounding yes!! Students made bright and colorful drawings and parents made the delivery to east office of Coldwell Banker in Gallows Bay. In the picture is Kelly Simon delivering William’s drawing to Mrs. Cherubin.


GHCDS Senior Class of 2020 College Acceptances

(As of May 22 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:Jefferson University  Brenau University; Virginia Commonwealth Arts Foundation Program; Stevenson University; Savannah College of Art and Design;
  • 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: New York University Tandon School of Engineering; 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:  Howard University; University of South Florida; 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: Austin College; 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

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.

2019-2020 Yearbook

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


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