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.
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
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.
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!
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!
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.”
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!