Open Houses and Information Sessions

GPS is currently enrolling for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years, and we recommend that all prospective parents visit Golden Pond School as the first step in the admissions process. When touring GPS, you will see our school environment, meet our impressive faculty and staff, and receive an admissions information packet.  We look forward to meeting you and your family!

Open Houses:

Sunday, 1/13/19, 12-3pm
Sunday, 2/2/19, 10am-1pm
Wednesday, 2/20/19, 5-8pm

Information Sessions:

Kindergarten
Wednesday, 1/30/19, 9-10am & 6-7pm*

Junior Kindergarten
Thursday, 1/31/19, 9-10am & 6-7pm*

Please RSVP here: www.goldenpondschool.com/admission/visit-golden-pond/

 

GPS Kindergarten Field Trip to Washington D.C.!

The excitement was palpable as the charter bus crossed the Potomac and the children spotted the Washington Monument. The private tour of the Capital Building is another treasured memory for our Kindergarten families.

The monthly theme, Washington D.C., is creatively brought to life in the Kindergarten classrooms through centers and activities. Skip counting is especially fun when it is a photo puzzle of a monument. Fine motor skills and reading are enforced with letter clothespins for completing sentences about The White House. Building Legos in a sensory bin to create sentences about the trip is an active way to teach language. Using a pulley system to find coins and identify images is a creative way to learn together with friends.

The Golden Pond School Kindergarten curriculum is designed to encompass all the conventional skills of literacy and math plus the increasingly essential skills of creativity, innovation, critical thinking, and problem solving. Golden Pond ensures small class sizes to allow for individualized and specialized instruction. This program comes with the expectations of greater learning, higher test scores, and confident students. Our experience confirms that GPS Kindergarten students enter First Grade with a love of learning and a thirst for more knowledge!

Join us and discover the benefits of Golden Pond Kindergarten program at our upcoming Information Session
Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019 | 9-10am & 6-7pm | RSVP HERE
Learn more about our Kindergarten program here.

Holiday Shoppe

The annual GPS Holiday Shoppe by The Parent Group was a huge success this year! Our dedicated parents go above and beyond to create a wonderful shopping experience for the children. Helpers took the children around to shop for mostly home-made gifts while parents enjoyed coffee and snacks in the front entrance. Gifts come wrapped, tagged and ready to go for your holiday celebrations!

This is a family favorite event and the pride the children have giving a gift they picked out just for you is a lasting memory! Families shopped on a Saturday morning and a Monday evening giving everyone an opportunity to pick out the perfect gift. Surprises from each class were displayed and the Parent Group collected donations for families in need.

Happy Holidays to all of our GPS families!

 

Thanksgiving Feasts

Our annual Thanksgiving Feasts are a special memory for our GPS Families! Joyful singing, delicious food and spending quality time with families in the classrooms is something we all look forward to each year.

Our Kindergarten students have been learning about the children aboard the Mayflower and took on their names and told their stories during a lively presentation. Everyone was excited to learn that a baby was born aboard the Mayflower! They played with toys that children played with during that time and discovered Jacob’s Ladder is still a toy enjoyed by all children today.

The Preschool classrooms created Thankful Trees and hung notes of thanks on the limbs. Turkeys were made of play-doh and feathers, turkey hats were created with parents and child-made decorations filled the happy rooms. Chef Amel prepared a delicious turkey lunch and families brought in their favorite family dishes to add to the feast.

“Thanksgiving is the perfect time to remember those who enrich our lives and reflect on the many blessings we enjoy each and every day. Let us be thankful for our loving, supportive families, our loyal, encouraging friends and the caring community with whom we are most privileged to work. I wish everyone a holiday filled with peace and joy.” Lisa Moriarty, Principal

Parent-Teacher Conferences

The first Parent-Teacher conferences of the year happen in early November. This is an important conference because it is the first opportunity for parents to meet with their child’s teacher and find out how their child is settling in with classmates and teachers.  It also provides parents time to ask questions like – How can we contribute to encouraging more independence? How can we help our child socially? Who does our child enjoy playing with? When does my child seem to struggle the most?

This one-on-one time with your teacher concentrates on the social-emotional aspect of development. Separation and participation in the various parts of the day are discussed. Also, teachers speak about how your child is adjusting to the morning routine and if they are demonstrating appropriate independence and if they are sharing with their classmates.

Building a relationship with your child’s teacher builds good communication skills. Your child’s teacher wants to know if parents are traveling, if you have special guests in town, if a pet is sick or if a special celebration is happening. Having insight into the daily life of your children helps better equip your teacher to support your child in an individual way. GPS is dedicated to providing a warm and nurturing environment for your child!

The next Parent-Teacher conferences will be held May 13th-24th.

Kindergarten Simple Machines Expo!

The Robins and Bluebirds have been busy experimenting with Simple Machines and are proud to display their hard work at The Simple Machine Expo today! Simple Machines make work easier and include the Lever, Wheel & Axle, Pulley, Inclined Plane, Wedge and Screw. Students are discovering the science behind catapults, balance boards, flag poles, rollercoasters, balance scales, seesaws and more. Simple Machines are everywhere – just ask a GPS Kindergartner!

 

 

New Families Open Registration for 2019-20 begins today! 

Please Join us for a Group Tour of GPS! This Fall our Junior Kindergarten students are enjoying the classic children’s book, The Doorbell Rang. The classes completed many exciting, active learning experiences including cooperative games, acting out the story plus math and science activities. The culminating activity is baking their own cookies. The student’s recipe and cookies will be shared with you!

RSVP’s are recommended but not required. Reserve your spot on the tour! 2018-19 Enrollment is still available and 2019-20 has begun!

RSVP at: www.goldenpondschool.com/admission/visit-golden-pond/

New Student Social

This month Golden Pond School hosted our annual New Student Social! This is our special way of welcoming all new students who are registered for the 2018-19 school year. Incoming students experienced the The Golden Pond Way for the first time through duck themed, hands on games, art, cookie decorating, crafts, and more. New friends played Lucky Ducky, Duckpin Bowling, Egg Toss, Pin the tail on the Duck, Chuck-a-Duck Bean Bag Toss, took photos, painted murals, decorated cookies, made Duck Feed and Duck Visors plus learned bubble adjectives in Spanish!

We look forward to seeing all these new faces again this Summer and Fall! Welcome to the Golden Pond School Family!

Field Days!

Field Day at Golden Pond School is a big event and a student favorite! Elizabeth Dwyer, Operations Director, creates a memorable, school-wide extravaganza every year. Parent Volunteers and Teachers helped students navigate creative activities all over the school. The Trike Wash, created by a teacher, is the best – you can hear the laughing of the children all the way on the other side of the building! Sack races, bubbles, basketball, obstacle courses, water games and more happened throughout the event and refreshing ice-pops ended the exciting day! We were fortunate to have amazing weather for our Field Days during this rainy Spring. Thank you to everyone who made this another special event at GPS!

 

Kindergarten Readiness

At Golden Pond School we are often asked if children are ready for Kindergarten. There are important skills children need to have acquired prior to starting Kindergarten that make this milestone year a successful and happy experience.

  • Social & Emotional Skills – This is one of the most important areas of readiness. Children need to be able to cooperate with their peers in groups and activities and be able to control their impulses. Being comfortable with non-family authority figures reduces stress and allows children to be able to focus on their academics.
  • Motor Skills – Fine Motor skills that work small muscle groups include drawing, coloring, cutting and beginning handwriting. Gross Motor skills that work large muscle groups include walking in a straight line and throwing a ball.
  • Cognitive & Intellectual Readiness – Cognitive readiness is when a child is able to answer questions about their environment, assemble simple puzzles, understand similarities, differences, and opposites. Intellectual readiness are learning skills a child needs to make a smooth transition like knowledge of colors, numbers up to 10, some letters of the alphabet and shapes.
  • Curiosity & Eagerness – Children will be most successful if they learn to ask questions, think independently, and be creative. They should be curious about the world, how things work, and how to creatively approach problems. Ask your child questions like “Why do you think that?” or “Where do you think we could find the answer to your question?”. You are encouraging your child to think for themselves and building their self-esteem.