September 10, 2020
Digging for Potatoes!
Last week our Pre-K friends harvested potatoes from our raised beds. We learned about the different kinds of vegetables growing in Goshen’s gardens, and talked about the importance of helping food-insecure neighbors in Chester County. Check out today’s Facebook post to see more of what we’ve been up to at school!
DATES TO REMEMBER

Monday, September 14 – Goshen Parent Community (GPC) meeting, 8:15 pm via Zoom – see link in GPC section below
Tuesday, September 15 – Restaurant Night at Chipotle in West Chester, 4 to 8 pm (see more information below)
Friday, September 18 – By My Side begins
Monday, September 21 – Picture Day for Owls, Bears and Butterflies (Rain date 9/23)
Tuesday, September 22 – Picture Day for Froggies and Bumblebees (Rain date 9/24)
Tuesday, September 22 – Back to School Night for Froggies, Bumblebees – 7 pm (via Zoom)
Wednesday, September 23 – Back to School Night for Owls, Bears, Butterflies – 7 pm
(via Zoom)
Friday, September 25 – Picture Day for By My Side (Rain date TBD)
From the Head of School
Dear Goshen families,
 
We hope your Preschooler is having as much fun at school as we are! As the weather gets cooler in the coming weeks we will be changing up some of our activities, such as nature walks around campus and hunting for fall treasures. Be sure to ask your child what’s new at school!
 
Our good friend Mary Parnell of Picklepuss Photography will be at school the week of September 21 to take school photos of each child. The schedule is in the “Dates to Remember” above. All students will be photographed outside. Due to social distancing guidelines, no class photos will be taken this year.
 
We will remind you several times in advance so you can dress your child for the occasion. (But not too fancy – we are still learning and playing outdoors.) No need to complete order forms this year. After picture day, Mary will send you proofs via email and you will have the option to order from there.
 
Finally, be on the lookout for more information in the coming days regarding Back to School Nights (see schedule above), which will be hosted by your child’s teacher via Zoom this year. Save the date and get ready to learn more about what your Preschooler’s class is up to!
 
Have a great week!
 
In Friendship,
Tr. Mimi
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 http://smile.amazon.com 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: 
Restaurant Night!
The GPC’s first fundraiser of the year is the ever-popular Restaurant Night! Come to Chipotle on Turner Lane in West Chester between the hours of 4 and 8 pm on Tuesday, September 15, get take-out for the whole family and the school gets 33% of the proceeds!
 
Orders can be made either in person, online, or through the Chipotle mobile app. Please note: you MUST mention the Goshen Friends Fundraiser when ordering! If you order in person, present this flyer at check-out, either by hard copy or on your mobile phone.

Want to order online or through the Chipotle mobile app? Be sure to use this special promo code when placing your order: CVRM6HG.
 
Thank you for supporting our school! 
By My Side starts September 18!
 
Tr. Carolyn is looking forward to leading the fall session of By My Side beginning September 18. Held every Friday morning from 9:30 to 11 am, By My Side provides toddlers and their grown-ups with a gentle introduction to Preschool.
 
We have just a couple of openings in the class this year, which will be smaller due to new health and safety protocols. Do you have a friend who is interested in the program this year? Please have them contact Tr. Mimi at mimi.ackers@goshenfriends.org
Extended Care:
 
Tr. Patrice and Tr. Carolyn are looking forward to hosting the Bears and the Butterflies for a special Lunch Bunch this week! We would love to see all of our friends for lunch after school! Look for special offers to try Lunch Bunch for free in the coming weeks. Want to sign up now? Please complete this form to let us know you’re interested. Thank you!
Friendly Reminders...
*Please remember to complete your Health and Safety Acknowledgment Form. We appreciate you completing your form (one per family, please) by the end of this week. Thank you!
 
*Cold and flu season is just around the corner! If you are sick, please stay home! Other great tips: wash hands frequently, wear a mask when you leave your home, avoid large gatherings and practice social distancing. Thank you!!

*If your child will not be in school due to illness or other planned absence, please be sure to alert your child’s teacher AND Tr. Mimi Ackers via email or by calling the main office at 610-696-8869. Feel free to leave a message if we are not available to take your call. Thank you!