The Goshen Weekly, October 7 , 2019

Is it safe to say? Fall is finally here! Students have been learning all about fall (and apples!) with special stories, art  projects, nature 
walks, field trips, surveys, apple tasting, and more. Check out what our Butterflies and Bumblebees have been up to by clicking here and here!
Upcoming Events
  
  • Saturday, October 12: Harvest Fair 12 - 3 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, October 16: Fire Department visit - 9:30 a.m. Owls, Bears, Butterflies, Wednesday By My Side
  • Thursday, October 17: Fire Department visit - 9:30 a.m. Froggies, Ladybugs, Bumblebees, Thursday By My Side
  • Thursday, October 24: Butterflies Field Trip to Highland Orchards
  • Friday, October 25: Parents' Night Out, 5 - 7:30 p.m. (more info below!)
  • Wednesday, October 30: Halloween Parade - 9:15 a.m. - Owls, Bears, By My Side classes
  • Thursday, October 31: Halloween Parade - 9:15 a.m. - Froggies & Ladybugs, Bumblebees, Butterflies
  • Tuesday, November 5: GPC Meeting, Grange, 9:15 a.m.

Message from the Head of School

Hello Goshen families,

When I talk about my work in a Quaker school, people often wonder what that means. I tell them that Quakers believe the light of God is in everyone. As educators in a Friends school, this means that we honor each child for his or her own individual spirit. We acknowledge each child's special gifts, and we empower the children to use those gifts to grow into their best selves.

The other piece of a Quaker education I share is the experience of Meeting for Worship. Meeting looks different in a roomful of grownups, but ultimately, the goal is the same as it is here with 3- and 4-year-olds: when we are quiet and still, answers often come to us. Life can become clearer and easier to manage.

Today we had our first Meeting of the school year. We learned that Meeting helps us relax our bodies and feel calmer. We "brought down the silence" together by putting our hands high in the air, taking a deep breath, and then laying our hands down to settle in our laps. We closed our eyes (though a few were peeking and that's OK!) and sat quietly and peacefully....for three whole minutes! It was a great introduction to this lovely Quaker practice.

Speaking of lovely, the weather is looking beautiful for our Harvest Fair coming up this Saturday! Please be sure to join us for all the fun here on campus, beginning at 12 noon. And remember: bring your friends who are looking for a Preschool. It's also an Open House! Tell them to register  here.

Finally, thanks to all who have made donations to our snack collection drive for the Goshen Fire Company firefighters. They will be here next week to talk to the children about fire prevention and safety, and will haul away all of your donations then! If you'd like to contribute, please send in snack and beverage items by October 15. Click  here for more details.

Have a great week, and we'll see you Saturday at Harvest Fair!

In Friendship,
Tr. Mimi
Goshen Parent Community

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the GPC at our first Restaurant Night at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza! We really appreciate your support!

Happening Now:

Harvest Fair - As the Fall weather has descended upon us, we are preparing for the Harvest Fair this Saturday, October 12, from 12 - 3 p.m. Join us for pony rides, bounce house, pumpkin painting, food, fun, and friendship! This event is open to the public - bring a friend who may be interested in a GFS education. We ask each family who attends to donate a food or supply item and at least 30 minutes of their time manning one of the activity stations. You can sign up using the following links:  and Harvest Fair Volunteers. We can't host this event without the help of the Goshen Community families, so thank you in advance! We look forward to seeing you all there!

Up Next:

Box Tops - Look for a paper packet coming home via backpack in the next week. It includes instructions and some Box Top activities that the whole family can participate in. Keep clipping! Collection due date is 10/21. Any questions, contact Marne Repetto at  mlrepetto@yahoo.com.

Parents' Night Out - 10/25, 5 - 7:30 p.m. Mark your calendars! Teacher Patrice and her amazing team of helpers have made themselves available for one night only! Drop your children off and enjoy a Parents' Night Out. (Siblings are welcome as long as they are 2 years of age.) $20 for the first child, $10 for each additional one. Max $40 per family. Pizza, snack, and dessert will be provided. Look for a flyer coming home in backpacks! Any questions, contact Andi Zampelli at azampelli@me.com.

Looking Forward:

Spooky Pretzels 
Scrips Gift Card Fundraiser

Reminders:

Today, 10/7, is the last day to order your KidStuff/Save Around Books!   Please return any you do not intend to purchased ASAP! Any questions, contact Jacqui Martin at jsamp4@verizon.net.

Our next meeting will be held in the Grange on Tuesday, November 5, starting at 9:15 a.m. (after carline). Free Extended Care is provided - please contact extendedcare@goshenfriends.org to reserve your child's space. We hope to see you there!

Ongoing:

Amazon Smile -  https://smile.amazon.com
Extended Care

Extended Care took advantage of last week's warm afternoons by getting outside and enjoying the sunshine. They even enjoyed snow cones on one particularly hot day! There's always something fun happening in Extended Care - use the forms below to sign up your child!
REMINDER: Extended Care is providing free childcare for those attending any GPC meeting. If you are interested, please  let Patrice Brown know at 610-696-8937 or  extendedcare@goshenfriends.org .

In Other News


In case you missed it: Our new website has gone live! 

The new site is designed to update our online look, be more user-friendly and work better with mobile devices. Our online calendar will be updated and we'll also be posting The Goshen Weekly there along with archived editions

We believe the website will be a great platform for us to improve our communication while making it easier for families to register for events and learn more ab out donations an d financial aid . The new site also offers lots of features like surveys and online payment options that we'll be exploring in the future.

If you haven't already checked it out, please go to the new and improved  www.goshenfriends.org and let us know what you think!

Community Service Project


Each year, the Goshen Fire Company visits our school in October to teach us about fire safety and prevention. Students are always so excited to learn about what firefighters do, explore the fire truck, and even squirt the fire hose! 

This fall we'll be saying "THANKS" to the members of the Goshen Fire Company for everything they do for our school and our community by collecting snacks and drinks for their firehouses on Park Avenue and Boot Road. If you'd like to contribute to this SNACK DRIVE, please send in nonperishable individual-sized snacks and drinks that members of the fire company can enjoy when they have down time between calls: granola bars, energy bars, crackers, chips, cookies, pretzels, popcorn, Gatorade, and bottled water are just a few ideas. Feel free to choose your favorite snack!

Please send in donations via car line, or deliver directly to the Office, no later than TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15. The firefighters will be visiting Goshen Friends on October 16 and 17, and we will be presenting donations to them on those days. Thank you!


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