First and foremost, please note that our first day back from Winter Break is Monday, January 7th.
One of our Core Values—perhaps the most important of the four—is Integrity. I like to think of integrity as “doing the right thing even when no one is watching.” A bright spot for me this week was when an upper school student demonstrated integrity.
By mid-morning Wednesday, I was already behind schedule and racing to my next meeting when this student appeared outside my office and asked simply, “Mr. Loya, do you have two minutes?” I took a quick breath, paused, then said, “Sure, come on in.” The student, with hands trembling and voice quivering, proceeded to confess to something they had done. I smiled. Compared to some of the other challenges we have been wrestling with lately, this was nothing. No big deal. We could remedy the situation quickly, and I said this. But more importantly, I thanked them for demonstrating integrity, for quickly owning their mistake and apologizing. May we all have the courage to follow consistently this wonderful example.
In the meantime, I wish everyone a restful holiday with family and friends so that we can all come back in 2019 and contribute in different ways to making GHCDS an amazing school.
School resumes on Monday Jan 7th!
We are looking to hire a full-time instructional aide for kindergarten beginning in January to work with Ms. Cerni. If you know of any qualified candidates, please let Stewart Shelley (firstname.lastname@example.org) know and encourage the candidate to email their CV asap to Mr. Shelley.
Early Learning Center Holiday Concert!
Peace, Paz (Spanish), Paix (French), Fred (Danish), Shalom (Hebrew)
Every language has a word for peace. As a contribution to this holiday time of festivities, the Fifth Grade Friendship Group, led by Sasha Marohn, GHCDS Counselor, focused this week on celebrating joy, harmony, and peace throughout the world. Starting with the traditional Inkberry Tree and festooning the branches with Origami paper cranes, which are symbols of peace in Japan, the students created a beautiful and colorful “Crucian Christmas Tree of Peace.” They also decorated the tree with rainbow scratch art notes spelling out peace in different languages. This special tree stood at the entrance to the pavilion Wednesday morning, welcoming families and visitors to the LS Holiday Concert. We are a wonderfully diverse school community and some of the parents attending the concert contributed with scratch art notes of their own, writing “Peace” in Dutch, Greek, and Chinese!
December Door Decorating in the Upper School
The Annual Upper School Door Decorating Contest, sponsored by Student Council, was won this year by the Baker advisory with the winning theme “The 12 Days of Midterms”
Photo: L to R Brice Richards, Hakeem Hamed, Croix Hess-Rivers, Shana Sargeant, Sydney Cornwall, Aleah Mann, Malik John. (Missing Ally Bhola)
Ms. Schill’s 7B enjoying their grand “Dejeuner” celebration – a “bon appetit” was had by all!
Spreading Christmas Cheer!
After delighting the GHCDS lower and middle schools with their Friday gathering performance of “Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree,” Ms. Beach’s advisory took their show and their caroling on the road to the Herbert Grigg Home for the Aged. Residents were delighted to see the performance in their common area as well as two private rooms. Bravo to these middle school students for sharing their talents and spreading the holiday cheer!”
Alumni Brunch 2018! Welcome Home Alumni!
Congratulations to Tri-M Music Honor Society for wonderful holiday performances!
Our next Parents’ Association meeting will be held on Thursday, January 10th. The exact time and location will be announced soon. We will be discussing our survey results and sharing plans for the remainder of the year. Please join us!
This Week in Sports:
Hi Panther Families!
Wishing all of our athletes, coaches and fans a wonderful and peaceful holiday season.
Practice schedules for our return in January will be emailed directly to teams.
Happy Holidays, and Go Panthers!
Christmas Holiday Sailing Program at St. Croix Yacht Club
- Two 3-day sessions Dec 27-29 and Jan 2-4
- 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. each day
- Ages: 8-16
- Boats: Optimist, 420 and Sunfish
- Prerequisite: Beginner or Summer Intro Courses or prior sailing experience
This fun program explores the waters of the East End of St Croix from a variety of watercraft, including, Optis, Sunfish and 420s. Sailors enjoy sailing games, sailing excursions to nearby destinations like Smugglers Cove, Buck Island and adventures around Teague Bay and neighboring bays. Sailors will also increase sailing experience and improve on sailing and nautical skills! We emphasize the importance of teamwork, respect, and safety in daily lessons. Our number one goal is to pass on our passion for the sport of sailing to the next generation of St. Croix Sailors.
Required Prerequisite: Ages 8-16, Completed SCYC Intro Sailing course or instructor approval.
Links to more information and Registration:
Session #1 Dec 27-29
Session #2 Jan 2-4