The Goshen Weekly, March 25, 2019

Spring is here - everybody on the playground!

Upcoming Events
  • March 28: Restaurant Night at SNAP Pizza (Main Street at Exton), 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • March 28: Community Night at Exton Barnes & Noble, 6 - 8 p.m.
  • March 28 - April 7: Barnes & Noble Book Fair
  • April 3: Wednesday By My Side photos
  • April 4: Thursday By My Side photos
  • April 4: All School Gathering in the Meetinghouse, 10:30 a.m.
  • April 8: In-School Fiesta for Owls, Bears, & Butterflies, 10:30 a.m. (sign up to contribute snacks by clicking here!)
  • April 9: In-School Fiesta for Froggies, Ladybugs, & Bumblebees, 10:30 a.m. (sign up to contribute snacks by clicking here!)
  • April 11: Butterflies Field Trip to Milky Way Farms
  • April 15 - 22: SPRING BREAK - NO SCHOOL or Extended Care for all students
  • April 23: Classes resume
  • April 24: Last day of Wednesday By My Side
  • April 25: Last day of Thursday By My Side
  • April 27: Community Spring Cleanup Day, 9 a.m. - noon
Message from the Head of School

Dear Goshen families, 

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed the beautiful weather! My daughter and I took our dog for a walk at Stroud Preserve. The spring peepers were very active and a multitude of birds chirped and sang. Several times, we stopped just to listen to the sounds of spring. 

Listening is actually my newest favorite pastime. It isn't always easy. As I shared with the children in Meeting for Worship last week, there are so many times in the day when we are expected to listen. Listening to (and following) the rules, listening during story time, listening to our teachers, friends and parents as they speak. Listening is a skill, and it requires concentration. Yet it can be also be incredibly relaxing. 

When Quakers come to worship, they leave the busy world outside and come into the quiet of meeting. They worship in stillness, meditatively listening, waiting for God, for the spirit, for the divine, for something bigger than themselves. They are listening for clarity and direction. 

Children are very spiritual little beings, and Quaker meeting is a wonderful opportunity for them to slow down and listen. Even if they aren't moved by the spirit as many grown-ups might be, they are certainly learning to be mindful and present in the moment.

Families are welcome to join us for Meeting, which is held at 10 a.m. in the Grange. Dates for the remainder of the year are: 
  • March 27
  • April 10
  • April 25
  • May 8
  • May 14
  • May 20
  • May 30
Have a great week, everyone!

Goshen Parent Community

The annual Barnes & Noble Book Fair starts this week! The in-store book fair will be held  March 28 through April 7  at the Exton Barnes & Noble. Online orders using a special code will be accepted from March 28 through April 12. Please click here  for a flyer containing vouchers for in-store purchases and the code for online sales.

The March 28 Book Fair Community Night is Thursday! Volunteers are needed to work 20-minute shifts during the teachers' reading times to instruct parents on how to purchase books from the Teacher Wish lists and direct families to the different activities in the store. Your child/children can listen to a favorite teacher reading while you stand at the table nearby. To  volunteer, please
The Book Fair Community Night, which will be held from 6 - 8 p.m., will feature teacher readings, an in-store scavenger hunt, and a special GFS frappucino.  Teachers will be reading their favorite stories in 15-minute increments with the following schedule:
  • 6:00 - Tr. Jaime
  • 6:15 - Tr. Karen
  • 6:30 - Tr. Delee
  • 6:45 - Tr. Patrice
  • 7:00 - Tr. Joyce
  • 7:15 - Tr. Kim
  • 7:30 - Tr. Mimi
  • 7:45 - Tr. Chris
The SNAP Pizza Restaurant Night will also be held on March 28, from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.  50% of your check at SNAP custom pizza will be donated to the GPC. Purchases include dine-in and take-out orders! Download the flyer to present at SNAP by

Extended Care

Visit our website to learn more about our special Thursday and Friday afternoon Spring Craft and Art Appreciation Days! Downloadable forms are also available at the link.

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.
Summer Camp 2019

This is the last week to get a 
5% early enrollment discount for camp!

The early enrollment discount for our 2019 Summer Camp ends on March 31. Sign up today for a 5% early registration discount! A 5% discount is also offered for multi-week registration and sibling registration. 

Several weeks are almost full - sign up ASAP to ensure your child's space!

For dates, rates, and more information on camp,  visit our website . 

Click here to enroll your child! 
In Other News

Parents of rising kindergartners:  Tuesday, June 4, from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., West Chester Area School District is hosting a  Climb Aboard and Take a Bus Ride event at  Mary C. Howse elementary school! A friendly kindergarten teacher will explain bus safety and expected bus behavior with the children to make their future school bus rides to school enjoyable. To sign up for this free event (rising kindergartners from all local school districts are welcome!), click here .

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