November 24, 2020
A Feast Among Friends
Tr. Kim’s Owls enjoyed a special Thanksgiving snack with their friends yesterday. It was scaled-down compared to our traditional all-school Friendship Feast, but it was gratifying just the same. And how about those turkey hats?!

  • November 23 – December 4 – GPC Gift Card Sale and Fundraiser
  • November 25 - December 6 - Thanksgiving Break - School closed
  • **November 27 – December 24 – B&B Christmas Tree Fundraiser
  • **November 29 – December 7 – GPC In-store and online fundraiser with Monkey Fish Toys
  • **Thursday, December 3 – GPC Restaurant Night at Brother’s Pizza
  • Monday, December 7 – School resumes
  • Monday, December 7 - GPC Meeting via Zoom, 8:15pm
  • December 23 - January 1 - Winter Break - School closed
  • Monday, January 4, 2021 – School resumes
**If you are quarantining for 14 days after traveling out of state for Thanksgiving, please take advantage of online and curbside options for these events. 
Health and Safety Update

Please review these updates and reminders on our Covid-19 protocols:
Covid-19 close contact notification. The Chester County Health Department requires school administrators to submit a notification form for students who have been exposed to confirmed cases of Covid-19. If your child has been exposed to anyone with Covid-19, whether they live in your household or not, please notify the Goshen office immediately. We will ask some questions about your child’s exposure, then ask you to quarantine your child for 14 days following the date of exposure or produce a negative Covid-19 test.
Travel. Goshen Friends School respectfully requests that families take precautions this holiday season. Public health experts recommend that we stay home and celebrate only with those living in our home. If you choose to travel out-of-state, per the state Health Secretary’s recent travel order, your child will be asked to quarantine or get a negative Covid-19 test before returning to school.

The state has provided a lot of helpful information in this list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the travel order.
Masking. Last week, the state Health Secretary tightened masking guidelines, including those for children ages 2 and older. To comply with these new restrictions, Goshen’s students will now wear their masks at all times except when they are eating distanced at least 6 ft apart or when taking short mask breaks. (Previously, we allowed the children to take off their masks while on the playground.)
The state has provided a lot of helpful information in this list of FAQs regarding the masking order.
From the Head of School:

Dear Goshen Families,
Wishing you all a very happy, healthy Thanksgiving holiday. Though it may feel and look a little different from previous years, I hope it is peaceful and joyful all the same!

Take good care, and we look forward to seeing you back at school Monday, December 7.
In Friendship,
Join us for Lunch Bunch!
Come join us after school to have lunch, play with friends AND get creative with Tr. Patrice!
Now through Winter break, we are excited to announce that Patrice is firing up her workshop, just in time for the holidays! She and her friends will be making pretty holiday-themed treasures from 2 to 3 pm on designated days. Answer your child's pleas to stay for lunch, use the time to check a few items off your to-do list, and grow your collection of hand-made keepsakes. It's a win-win-win!
If you can only stay for lunch, that's OK too! Customize your child's afternoon so it works for you. Click on your class link below to make your reservation. 

Please note: reservations between November 30 and December 4 are no longer available. There will be no Extended Care on December 7 due to a faculty meeting. 
Goshen Parent Community
Dear Families,

Thanks to all who attended our last meeting (click here for the minutes) and to those who participated in our most recent Restaurant Night at Freddy’s. We appreciate your time, energy and support!

We have many fantastic fundraisers coming up during the holidays. Please know that we do not expect everyone to participate in all of them! There are many to choose from, and we hope that you will find something that speaks to your interests and needs.

Here’s an overview:

Gift Card fundraiser – When you buy gift cards through our Scrip fundraiser, the retailer gives back a percentage to our school. Some donate as much as 20%! Click here to see Sunday’s email with all the details.
***Please note: If you choose to order physical gift cards using the printed form, you may drop your completed form (and payment if by check) in the lockbox by the school office front door throughout the Thanksgiving Break! Staff will be checking it periodically.***
Monkey Fish Toy Week – Shop at either location or online from Sunday through December 7 and get 10% off your total purchase AND the store gives 10% back to the GPC! Bonus: free delivery if you live in Chester County! It’s a win-win-win! Be on the lookout this week for a store flyer and more details.
Restaurant Day & Night at Brother’s Pizza – Dine in or take from their store at Bradford Plaza in West Chester from 11 am to 8 pm on December 3 and the GPC gets 15% of the proceeds. Bonus: Brother’s is conveniently located in the same shopping center as the Monkey Fish Toys West Chester location! Be on the lookout this week for a store flyer and more details.

B&B Christmas Tree Sale – Buy a live tree from their lot at Whiteland Town Center in Exton from November 27 through December 24 and the GPC gets 15% back! Prefer to order from home? Call owner Bill DelVescovo at 484-319-1467. Tell him what you're looking for and he will deliver it to your home curbside on Saturdays and Sundays now until Christmas. Be on the lookout this week for a flyer and more details on how to order garlands, wreaths and more.
Thanks for supporting our school! I wish you all a yummy Thanksgiving with your family and have a nice long holiday break!
In Friendship,
Marne Repetto, Clerk

Support our School!
An important function of the GPC is to raise funds for the school. In the past, our contributions have helped buy books for the library, make playground improvements and purchase items for the outdoor classroom.
You can help raise money for the school while you shop by making purchases through the vendors listed below. Set up these apps on your phone, shop for yourself and your family, and help earn money for Goshen Friends all year long! 
Amazon Smile

  1. Join Amazon Smile. If you are not already an AmazonSmile member: Log in to your existing Amazon account at and enter Goshen Friends as your charitable organization.
  2. Get the App. Download or update to the latest version of the Amazon shopping app on your phone. You can find it in the App Store for iPhone, or Google Play for Android.
  3. Turn on AmazonSmile. Open the app and find “Settings” in the main menu (=). Tap on “AmazonSmile” and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone.
BoxTops for Education App

Download the BoxTops app to your phone. Sign in or create an account and register Goshen Friends School as your school. Purchase items that have the Box Top logo at your local grocery store. Then scan your receipts to earn money.

Click here for instructions.  
Oliver's Labels 

Get prepared for school and activities with these personalized labels for all your kids' gear. Dishwasher, microwave and washing machine safe, these labels are a must have!

Shop using the link: 
Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!!