The Goshen Weekly, January 14, 2019

Earlier this  morning, Tr. Chris led the whole school in Meeting for Worship, where the theme was "quiet." We talked about times when we need to be quiet and ways we can settle in to be quiet. Tr. Chris read the book "Quiet" by Tomie DePaola, and then we sat in silence for 5 minutes. Afterward, students shared one word that came to mind. Responses included snow (a popular word today), swinging, playing, happiness, ice cream, sledding, mommy, daddy, and scorpions! Thank you, Tr. Chris, for leading our group in this special shared time.
Upcoming Events
  • January 21:  Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - NO SCHOOL or Extended Care
  • January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Morning of Service: 10 a.m. to noon in the Grange (see more info below!)
  • January 22 & 23: Parent-Teacher Conferences: NO SCHOOL for all students; Day-Off and Conference Care will be available in Extended Care - contact Extended Care at or 610-696-8937 to reserve your child's space
  • January 24: Healthy Teeth Presentation for Butterflies, Bumblebees, Froggies, and Ladybugs, 9:30 a.m. in the Grange
  • January 25: Healthy Teeth Presentation for Owls and Bears, 9:30 a.m. in the Grange
  • January 29: 2019-2020 Re-Enrollment Reply Forms due
  • January 30: Wednesday Spring Session of By My Side begins
  • January 30: Field Trip to Jumpers for Owls, Bears, and Butterflies
  • January 31: Thursday Spring Session of By My Side begins
  • January 31: Field Trip to Jumpers for Froggies, Ladybugs, and Bumblebees
  • January 31:  2019-2020 Enrollment Agreements (Contracts) mailed
  • January 31:  Restaurant Night at Frazer Outback, 4 - 10 p.m. (download flyer below!)
  • February 8: Goshen Parent Community Meeting in the Grange, 9 a.m.
  • February 8:  Valentine's Day Dance in the Grange, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. (snow date: February 22)
  • February 14: Signed 2019-2020 Enrollment Agreements and tuition deposits due
  • February 15 - 18: Presidents' Day Weekend Holiday: NO SCHOOL or Extended Care
  • February 19: School Resumes
  • February 19: Box Tops submission deadline
Message from the Head of School

Dear Goshen families, 

I hope you were able to get out and enjoy our first snow of 2019. As a reminder, please click here for our inclement weather policy - and cross your fingers that snow continues to fall only on the weekends! 

Although it is officially a day off from school, I am looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday, January 21, for our Morning of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We will gather in the Grange from 10 a.m. to noon to sort donations for Safe Harbor of Chester County. Children will also decorate cards for Safe Harbor residents to help brighten their spirits during these cold winter days. Snacks will be provided. Older children, grandparents, and all are invited! RSVP by January 17 by filling out and sending in the form at

If you are unable to attend the service project gathering, your donations to Safe Harbor by this Friday, January 18, are very much appreciated.  Donations of the following are being collected: t oilet paper, p aper towels, n apkins, sugar, coffee, nondairy creamer, cleaning products, laundry soap, and powdered iced tea & lemonade mixes. Please s end in your contribution via backpack or drop it off in the Office. Thank you!

Have a wonderful week!

In Friendship,
Tr. Mimi

Goshen Parent Community

Stay tuned for a flyer regarding  the Annual Valentine's Day Dance, to be held
Friday, February 8,  in the Grange from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.! The cost is $10 per child with a maximum cost of $20 per family. Adults and children 2 and under are free. Volunteers are needed for this fun annual event. Click here to sign up to donate paper products, snacks, beverages, and desserts. The school will provide pizza.

Our next Restaurant Night will be Thursday, January 31, from 4 to 10 p.m. at Outback Steakhouse in Frazer (675 Lancaster Avenue). Present this flyer or identify yourself as a supporter of Goshen Friends School, and Outback will donate 18% of your  total check to GFS!

The GPC will hold its next meeting on Friday, February 8, at 9 a.m. in the Grange. Free childcare will be provided; contact Extended Care at 610-696-8937 or to reserve your space. All are welcome to join the GPC to decorate for the Valentine's Day Dance!

The next collection of  Box  Tops for Education will be  February 19  - keep on clipping!

Curious about how much has been raised so far with GPC fundraisers? Here's the rundown:
  • KidStuff: $762.50
  • Halloween Pretzels: $186
  • Restaurant Night at Anthony's: $130.28
  • Scrip Gift Cards: $156.43
  • Restaurant Night at Panera: $57
  • B&B Christmas Tree Lot: $71.70
  • First Box Tops submission: $99.10
Read the most recent GPC minutes by clicking here.

Extended Care

Bead It Monday, March Madness Monday, Chicken Tender Tuesday, Nature Days, Gardening, Spring Craft Days, and more - new Extended Care programs are coming at the end of the month! Check your email for details and registration forms later this week. 

Regular Extended Care, Breakfast Club, and Pizza Pie Wednesday are always available.  Download the form for General Care and Breakfast Club by 
For Pizza Pie Wednesday or any questions about Extended Care, contact Patrice Brown at  or 610-696-8937.
From the Admissions Office

Current families who will be re-enrolling for next year, please refer to last week's email regarding re-enrollment deadlines for the 2019-2020 school year. Because we anticipate wait lists for next year's classes based on interest from non-Goshen families, we appreciate your attention to these deadlines. 

If you are the parent of a current By My Side or younger student and would like to enroll in next year's Froggies, Owls, or Ladybugs program, please reach out to Michele Kornegay at or 610-696-8183. Thank you!

Help spread the word: Our Winter Open House will be held on Sunday, February 3, from 1 to 3 p.m.! Visitors will have a chance to meet our teachers, tour our classrooms, and learn more about Summer Camp and our 2019-2020 school year programs. Share our Facebook event page (click here for the link) to tell your friends!

January Service Project

Our first service project for 2019 will benefit Safe Harbor of Chester County! We will be supporting Safe Harbor through a donation drive to collect items for the shelter and during a morning gathering on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 
January 21.   Click here  for details!

Summer Camp 2019

Registration is now open for our 2019 Summer Camp - click here to enroll your child! Camp enrollment will be open to new families starting on January 23, so be sure to save your space soon. We anticipate that our fun-filled camp will be in high demand again this summer! For dates, rates, and more information on camp, click here.
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