I am proud to be a Bengal.

Yes, faculty, parents, students, and staff … we are all part of this community that we call Bengal Nation and all hold a stake in making it great and singing its praises.  I don’t know that I can list all of the reasons that being a Bengal makes me ferklempt (Yiddish, for being overcome with emotion), but in the last few weeks alone, I was proud of our students and how they came together as a community to show their spirit and raise money for Bengal Games.  I watched a number of young high school students donate blood at the first opportunity their age would allow.  We had students fight hard on the field in the Face-Off Against ALS Challenge against Page, and our drama students put on yet another remarkable show.  I am sure you can add to this list of accolades and boasts.

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LS Director Letter: February 17
Posted 02/17/2017 10:00AM

Dear Lower School Parents, 

I admit it.  I am a nerd.  The interesting thing is that I am more of a nerd now than I was as a student. Believe it or not, I attribute my love of learning to GDS.  As an adult, this school not only allowed but challenged me to learn and grow on my own, with faculty, with the community, with parents and with children.  As a parent, I see this love of learning growing in my child every day.  She talks about things like the Chinese Dynasty cycle and current events at the dinner table, over breakfast she challenges me with intriguing math problems, we peruse her science journal entries on Sunday afternoons, and my house is filled daily with beautiful violin music.
Really spectacular moments happen when she makes connections.  This weekend, for example, we visited the Supreme Court building in Washington, DC.  The walls of the actual courtroom contain several large friezes with allegorical figures.  She immediately recognized the figures she had studied recently and understood why they were there.
There is nothing more powerful and, in my opinion, more important than developing the hearts and minds of children who will step into a world of unknowns.  It is clear to me that GDS gives all children the confidence, the foundations and the skills to continue to ask questions, to wonder why and how, and to discover solutions to problems we don’t even know exist yet.

By next week, you should have received a re-enrollment email from Info Snap.  I invite you to join me in re-enrolling your children so that they can continue on this truly special journey of lifelong learning.  Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to be in touch.


 Monday , February 20, 2017 – no school
 Tuesday, February 21, 2017 – teacher work day – no school grades BB-8
 Wednesday, February 22, 2017 – late start, 10:15 a.m.

By the way, I think the groundhog was wrong!

Warm regards,

Gillian S. Goodman, M.Ed., M.B.A.
Lower School Director  

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