The Goshen Weekly, January 7, 2019

Happy New Year! We're looking forward to a fantastic 2019, as we celebrate 60 years of fun and learning at Goshen Friends School!
Upcoming Events
  • January 10:  All School Gathering in the Meetinghouse, 10:30 a.m. - Parents welcome & encouraged to attend! 
  • 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
  • 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 Ladybugs, 9:30 a.m. in the Grange
  • 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
  • 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 15 - 18: Presidents' Day Weekend Holiday: NO SCHOOL or Extended Care
  • February 19: School Resumes
Message from the Head of School

Dear families, 

Happy New Year, and welcome back to school! We have hit the ground running with a very busy January, filled with conferences, presentations on dental hygiene, field trips to Jumpers and the opening of our Spring By My Side session. 

January is also where we teach the children about the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With peace as the cornerstone of the Quaker philosophy, it can come as no surprise that we talk about Dr. King's role in our nation's civil rights movement. We teach the children that skin color does not define a person's rights and abilities, that friends celebrate differences and that Dr. King worked tirelessly to spread this message of equality using nonviolent methods.

Dr. King had great support from Friends during the 1950s and '60s. Members of the Philadelphia-based American Friends Service Committee sent three Quakers to meet with Dr. King and support his efforts following the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955. A few years later, the AFSC arranged a pilgrimage for Dr. King and his wife, Coretta Scott-King, to India in honor of Mahatma Gandhi. Perhaps most famously to those of us living in this area, local Quaker Bayard Rustin was a chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Dr. King delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial.

So it is fitting that we at Goshen honor Dr. King this month, through conversations about his work, through a service project on January 21, and at our next All-School Gathering, which will be held Thursday, January 10, at 10:30 a.m. in the Meetinghouse. The Bumblebees will perform the song, "Peace Like a River," and we'll discuss what Dr. King and his legacy of peace and love mean to us. All are welcome. We hope you'll join us!

Have a great week!

In Friendship,
Tr. Mimi

Goshen Parent Community

Save the date and stay tuned for details  about  the Annual Valentine's Day Dance, to be held Friday, February 8,  in the Grange from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.!

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

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!

Read the most recent GPC minutes by clicking here.

Extended Care

New Extended Care programs are coming soon - stay tuned for details! 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.
Winter Open House February 3

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

Thank you to everyone who participated in our December service project to benefit Devereux's Kanner Learning Center!  Click here to read a nice writeup in KIDS Magazine about our efforts. 

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

Donations of the following will be collected through January 21: t oilet paper, p aper towels, n apkins, sugar, coffee, nondairy creamer, cleaning products, laundry soap, powdered iced tea & lemonade mixes.  Send in your contribution via backpack, drop it off in the Office, or bring it to our MLK Jr. Day Gathering!

Our MLK Jr. Day Gathering will be held on Monday, January 21, from 10 a.m. to noon.  All are invited to join us to organize our school's donations for Safe Harbor. Children will also decorate cards for Safe Harbor residents and will learn more about the message of Dr. King.  To RSVP, download and  fill out the RSVP form by clicking here and return it via backpack. Please note: all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Summer Camp 2019

Information is now available about our 2019 Summer Camp! Click here to see dates and rates. Online registration will be available later this week. Be sure to check your email for the link!
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