Kindergarten Fairy Tale Tea

Golden Pond Kindergarten students hosted their parents with a magical Fairy Tale Tea last week. This March 29th culminating event was the result of a busy month of math, literacy, science and creative thinking for the Robin and Bluebird classes. Parents enjoyed Jolly Postman tea, lemonade, and homemade “Vanishing Oatmeal Cookies” by the students in honor of one of the fairy tale characters visited in the story, Goldilocks. Centerpieces were bean plants sprouted and nurtured by the students and then brought home to continue the magic.

Leading up to this event, the Kindergarteners spent the month of March following the fictitious mail route of The Jolly Postman. While making his journey to the homes of different fairy tale characters, the Kindergarteners reviewed parts of a story and were inspired to write about “What Goldilocks Would Find in My Bowl” and “What I Would Trade for Magic Beans”. Math games during March focused on number bonds to 10 and manipulatives included Jack’s magic beans found inside golden eggs. The children transformed their lofts into the Giant’s castle – a dynamic combination of art and literacy! It was another fun-filled month in Kindergarten.

Thank you to all who attended the fantastic Fairy Tale Tea!

The Parent Group’s Family Fun Night Out

A good time was had by all who attended the Golden Pond Parent Group’s 2nd annual Family Fun Night at Luv2Play on the evening of March 29th. Families socialized while children enjoyed the indoor playground, baby + toddler area, Kinetic sand table, climbing walls and yummy food! Lisa Moriarty, Principal, said “Golden Pond School is a strong community of wonderful families. Giving parents the opportunity to get to know one another outside of our school day makes for a special night!”

I LOVE GPS!

Golden Pond School is a unique school with a brain-based, themed curriculum. The classroom magic took over the lobby this February and exemplified why our families LOVE GPS!  

  • I LOVE GPS News was live from the Golden Pond School lobby! Children became the newscasters and broke the new of why they love GPS! A Dramatic Play station was set up with a print rich element highlighting what students and parents LOVE about GPS! (Themes, Parent Group, Teachers, Friends, Playgrounds, Fun, Duck)
  • The Junior Kindergarten class created a school bus and students pretended to drive classes to field trips, pick up students from local elementary schools for After School Enrichment and take children on great adventures!
  • Sensory Bins were set up representing impressive programs unique to GPS! The Specialty Programs sensory bin was filled with ducks = GPS, scarves = Music, paint brushes and mini-canvases = Art, maracas = Spanish and hearts = love for GPS! The Preschool Program sensory bin was filled with pet grooming and care taken from the 4s (Explorers) Pet theme. GPS is known for having over 100+ different themes in our brain-based curriculum!
  • Parents and children stepped up and voted with heart stickers for their GPS FAVORITE! Categories included Spring Sing (an annual musical performance at a local high school with child-made costumes and original songs – even one performed in Spanish!), GPS Art Show (a dazzling evening where the children’s masterpieces are creatively displayed throughout the school with interactive exhibits), Rain or Shine Car Line (Teachers walk children hand-in-hand into the school), Home Visits (Teachers visit students home and create a special project together before the start of the school year). It was a close vote!
  • Kindergarten classes learn about Simple Machines and creates an annual Simple Machine Expo. A pulley activity was a big hit with the students. They pulled baskets back and forth filled with ducks and hearts.  
  • Duck Feed (aka: Cheerios, Goldfish, pretzels and raisins) made by the Eagles Kindergarten – 3rd Grade After School Enrichment class was out for families to enjoy!
  • Love Notes to GPS teachers and administrators were displayed in the lobby pond! Parents and students wrote on large hearts and ducks and proudly displayed their love! 

Summer Camp registration begins February 1st!

It might be chilly outside, but we are planning a fantastic summer!

GPS Summer Camp registration begins February 1st. Enroll before March 1st for a 5% early enrollment discount.

Preschool Campers, ages 2 – 4 & Junior Kindergarten, are On the Move with summer adventures in camping, sailing the seas, exploring flight and more. Each camp promises new discoveries and opportunities to grow in confidence!

School Age Campers, Kindergarten – 4th Grade, will Journey Through Time exploring different eras and places. Play traditional games, create period arts and crafts and prepare authentic foods. Only time will tell the new adventures awaiting our Time Travelers! 

Download the brochure HERE.

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, 2/6/19, 9-10am & 6-7pm*

Junior Kindergarten
Thursday, 2/7/19, 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.