Golden Pond School is dedicated to teaching the whole child, including physical education. Exercise helps a child’s developing brain by stimulating brain growth and boosting cognitive performance helping children focus and retain information.
To support our growing students GPS is excited to announce a new partnership with Amazing Athletes! Coaches will be teaching the basic fundamentals and mechanics of 9 different sports including Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Football, Volleyball, Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse and Tennis. Classes work on building self-confidence, practicing teamwork and improving key areas of motor development. Balancing, running, jumping, throwing, catching, kicking and target bowling are incorporated into a non-competitive, learning-based environment.
The class starts with a Warm Up of stretching and an Obstacle Course. Then the class focuses on two different sports each session providing skill practice and motor activities along with lessons on nutrition and fitness.
Amazing Athletes 6 week classes will be available this Fall for students ages 3-8. For more information and to register please contact Ingrid at firstname.lastname@example.org
GPS is a unique gem in Loudoun County. One of the many ways we stand out from other schools are Home Visits, special home teacher visits before your child’s first day of school. This visit allows children and teachers to get to know each other and start building their personal relationship in a comfortable environment. This is one step we take to guarantee your children will feel welcome and happy the moment they step into the classroom! Welcome to Golden Pond School!
You can feel the excitement in the halls during Teacher Training! Every August, Golden Pond School teachers, assistant teachers and administrators gather to set up their classrooms and become students! Kathie Burrell, owner of GPS for over 16 years, always creates exciting and inspirational sessions.
Training topics vary each year and this summer teachers will be learning about the importance of Handwriting and the necessary skills needed to prepare young hands for proper writing. Other training topics include Smarter Not Harder, Social and Emotional Goals and Rhyming.
Kathie Burrell uses the teaching method, The Golden Pond Way, to imprint the idea of stepping into a child’s point of view to our teachers. Just like in our classrooms, when you engage the senses in an enjoyable activity it makes a lasting memory. The Golden Pond Way of teaching and the high-quality staff is what makes Golden Pond unique and successful!
Lisa Moriarty, Principal and at GPS since 2007 says “Teacher Training at Golden Pond School gives our returning and new teachers the opportunity to get together, share fresh ideas and prepare for the school year. Kathie Burrell’s trainings are always thoughtful and engaging; inspiring collaboration among our talented teachers and making certain they are well-equipped to educate the whole child.”
Mentoring by established GPS teachers is critical to the successful development of new teachers and we are very proud of our meticulously assembled staff. Golden Pond School teachers have unparalleled credentials and a passion for early childhood education. The support we give our teachers helps them to further develop the skills required to effectively navigate the school year ahead; ensuring a successful classroom for both children and teachers. Great teachers inspire great students!
Campers are having a blast at our uniquely themed camps this Summer. GPS provides a wonderful camp experience for children ages 2 1/2 – 9 with Half-Day and Full-Day options for 7 weeks. Current students, alumni and new friends have returned to camp for fun, friendship and lasting memories!
“Campers are involved in activities that spark their interests and create a thirst for knowledge!”, says Teresa Wolfe, Summer Camp Director.
Campers favorites include marching as a Super Hero in the Stars & Stripes Parade; a visit from the Snowie Bus and cooling off with a snow cone; bouncing on the big, orange Splash Pad on Water Wednesdays; and end-of-the-day Dance Parties under the Pavillion.
Specialty Camps, led by our experienced GPS Teachers, include Reading, Art and Drama. Our popular Reading camps are designed to helps campers avoid the Summer Slide and strengthen fluency, comprehension, recall, sound recognition, word families, rhyming and writing. Teachers integrate the weekly theme into creative centers and activities so campers have fun! Drama campers work diligently creating sets, costumes and learning how to express themselves. This year campers are excited to perform The Dish Ran Away With the Spoon! Artcampers study Art Masters, make tie-dye shirts and create mask sculptures. They also enjoy painting, ceramics, print making and visit a local park for plein air painting.
Lizzie Niccoli, Operations Director, says “GPS campers have made many memories this summer that will stay with them for years to come!”
In addition to Specialty Camps, weekly themes like Carnival Delights, Stars & Stripes, Finger Licken’ Fun, Mini Masterpieces, Wacky Science, Commotion in the Ocean, Icy Adventures, STEM Carnival, Edible Science, Spy Kids, Grossology and Gigantic Games are full of fun activities including:
Designing carnival games – Ramp Bowling, Tightrope Walk, Photo Booth with props and tissue paper flowers
Performing Yankee Doodle Dandy for parents, designing and decorating 4th of July parade floats and banners
Shucking snap peas, blending smoothies, making colored sugar necklaces, Making apple bread and rainbow pancakes from scratch, s’mores in a solar oven constructed from a pizza box
Learning how rock candy is made, measuring the height of Mentos Geisers, hunting for iron in cereal, making volcanoes erupt
Making cave drawings, Castle printing with Legos and Andy Warhol inspired handprint art, playing with a Starry Night Discover bin
Analyzing fingerprinting, solving riddles to locate the missing Golden Duck, creating secret messages
Building a worm observation tower, creating a coral reef sculpture, learning how to card wool from sheep
In-House Shows: The Claude Moore Park Frog Shackle Nature Center, a Magician, Under the Sea and more!
Field Trips: Children’s Science Center Lab, Monster Mini Golf and Rita’s of Leesburg, Great Harvest Bakery, Rebounderz and more!
Two happy campers recently told us: “There is nowhere else I’d want to be than Golden Pond Summer Camp! It’s the best!” and “I love playing with my friends at Summer Camp.”
Read Across America is an annual reading and awareness program that encourages and celebrates reading! At Golden Pond School we know that children who are exposed to reading and nursery rhymes are more likely to do well in all areas of academics and develop a love of reading. Our print rich classrooms and daily stories help students master language, communication and speech skills. At GPS the interactive print exposure starts immediately with the daily sign in and exciting Morning Message. On Dr. Suess’s Birthday the fun begins with teachers wearing red and white striped hats at car line. Then special themed snacks and lots of reading and activities celebrating the beloved Dr. Suess. When children have fun learning – they love to learn!
Our students enthusiastically welcome special guest readers all month long in the classrooms. We strongly encourage friends and family to join the classrooms and read to our students. This is an easy way to be a part of the classroom and see the love of reading build in the children. Watch your child’s vocabulary increase daily – a child under the age of 6 can learn up to 10 new words a day!
Exposure to Nursery Rhymes has been proven to lead to early reading. Mem Fox, writer of children’s books and an educationalist specializing in literacy, states in her book Reading Magic that “Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if children know 8 nursery rhymes by heart by the time that they are 4 years old, they’re usually among the best readers by the time they’re eight.”
The integrated curriculum at Golden Pond School provides constant exposure to nursery rhymes monthly in all of our programs with a special emphasis in our 3’s and 4’s programs. The children are playing games and having fun while learning these important rhymes. The Humpty Dumpty Egg Drop experiment and the Jack Be Nimble Candlestick Jump game are some of the students favorite activities.
Books are a powerful tool for young children. Reading helps children acclimate to new experiences, strengthens their ability to focus and develops critical thinking skills. Reading to children is one of the most important steps in providing a foundation for academic excellence.