Inherent to the Greensboro Day School Mission is respect for others. This commitment, enriched by a broad range of backgrounds and view points, is an essential part of the educational process.
This ethic is best nurtured in an atmosphere of intentional inclusivity and open-mindedness. Therefore, we are dedicated to cultivating a principled community of learners that welcomes diversity, including: age, culture, gender, race, religion, faith, sexual orientation, socioeconomics, and ability.
Students must have the opportunity to develop the skills needed to live and work in a world that increasingly diverse; to understand and respect the different cultures and beliefs they will encounter in their lives; and to become active participants in their global society.
A learning environment that recognizes and suppports the diversity of students encourages thoughtful interaction and extends the interpretation of the curriculum, resulting in a more engaging educational experience to help our students become constructive contributors to the world.
We commit to provide our students:
challenging and inspiring academic programs that support students in achieving their potential in college and life
a socially and economically diverse community that honors and nurtures relationships among students, faculty, and community
exceptional extra-curricular opportunities that enrich the educational experience
global perspectives that cultivate respect for others and promote stewardship of the environment
Our Board of Trustees and administrators understand that diversity and inclusion are fundamental to the success of our students. Diversity and inclusion advance the school’s mission to help our students reach their full potential, contribute to sound fiscal operations, and enhance our roles as active members of the greater Greensboro community.
The financial health of the school is dependent on tuition income. We must make efforts to create and maintain a school environment attractive and welcoming to families from the widest cross-sections of our community, which will contribute to maintaining full enrollment.
The success of our school relies on a stable, highly-qualified workforce. An environment that embraces diversity and inclusion creates a supportive and welcoming climate that offers an advantage in recruiting and retaining talented teachers.
November 28 (sunset)-December 5 Hanukkah (Jewish) Also known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah commemorates the 164 B.C.E. Maccabean recapture and rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. During this celebration, special readings and songs that focus on liberty and freedom are performed, and gifts are often given. Hanukkah lasts for eight nights, and on each night a candle from the Menorah is lit to represent the miracle of the eternal flame. Tradition has it that there was only enough consecrated olive oil to fuel the flame in the Temple for one day, but the oil miraculously burned for eight days, the time it took to prepare and consecrate fresh olive oil.
1 First Sunday of Advent (Christianity) This is a Christian time of preparation before the birth of Jesus. Often observed with the lighting of advent candles, display of wreaths and special ceremonies, some cultures also observe Advent via calendars with small boxes or pegs affixed that contain gifts to open on each day leading up to Christmas.
6 Saint Nicholas Day (Christianity) On this day, Christians celebrate Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of children. Saint Nicholas was known for his kindness and generosity. He is also recognized for his secret gift-giving, as when he discreetly provided the dowry for three poor farmer's daughters to save them from destitution. For many, this day is celebrated by giving gifts. The American Santa Claus is derived from the Dutch Sinterklaas, another name for Saint Nicholas.
8 Bodhi Day, Rohatsu (Buddhism) This day marks the time when Prince Siddhartha Gautama, a spiritual teacher and founder of Buddhism, positioned himself under the Pipul tree and vowed to remain there until he attained supreme enlightenment. Buddhist traditions vary as to what Siddhartha's experience was while meditating under the tree, but all agree that upon the rising of the morning star, he had experienced enlightenment and attained Nirvana: a state of being free from suffering and broken from the cycle of rebirth.
8 Immaculate Conception (Catholic Christianity) The Immaculate Conception celebrates the belief that the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus, was preserved from the taint of original sin all of her life. Catholics observe this as a day of obligation and church attendance is required.
12 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Catholic Christianity) In December of 1531, Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin saw visions of the Virgin Mary on the hill of Tepeyak near Mexico City. On December 12, Mary instructed him to ask church officials to build a basilica in her honor in Mexico City. When Juan Diego asked for a sign, she placed roses in a blanket that he carried with him on his journey to the city. Upon arrival, he unrolled the blanket to find an image of Mary imprinted on the cloth. The Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe was built in her honor, and thousands of Catholics make pilgrimages there every year. This day is celebrated with festivals, dances and special masses.
13 10th Tevet (Judiasm) The 10th day of the Hebrew month of Tevet is a Jewish fast day that reflects upon Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia's siege of Jerusalem 2,500 years ago. This event ultimately led to the destruction of the First Temple, Solomon's Temple, and Babylonia's conquest of Israel's Kingdom of Judah.
16-25 Posadas Navidenas (Christianity) In Hispanic Christian tradition, Posadas are the celebrations that happen during the nine days before the "Noche Buena" or "Holy Night" of December 24th. These Posadas are an enactment of Joseph and the Virgin Mary looking for lodging on their pilgrimage to Bethlehem. In some practices, families in a neighborhood will take turns hosting, or playing the part of innkeeper, while others have a door-to-door procession with candles and symbolic elements.
21 (Solstice) Yule (Christianity, Pagan) Yule marks the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, and celebrates the rebirth of the sun in the Norse pagan tradition. The modern day, western Yule festival contains a large blend of celebrations, leading back to multiple cultures and religious practices. Christians often celebrate this as the birth of light through Jesus. Practices include decorating a fir or spruce tree, burning a Yule log, hanging mistletoe and holly branches and giving gifts.
21 Tohji-Taisai (Shinto) This day marks the decline in the sun's strength - the ending of the yin period - and the beginning of the yang period.
25 Christmas (Christianity) Christmas is the Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. The actual date of Jesus' birth is unknown, but December 25th was made popular by Pope Liberius of Rome in 354 A.D. Although this day is celebrated by Christians throughout the world, traditions and practices vary within different cultures and communities. The day is often celebrated in prayer and song at church services, and gifts are often given to represent the gifts Jesus received from the three kings.
26 Death of Prophet Zarathushtra (English: Zoroaster) (Zoroastrianism) This day commemorates the death of Zoroaster, an Iranian prophet and philosopher that founded Zoroastrianism. Zoroaster believed that the purpose of humankind was to always live truthfully, and to pursue constructive thoughts and deeds. Iranian followers of Zoroastrianism observe this day on December 26th, often through mourning and prayer. Parsi followers observe Zoroaster's death in May.
26 - January 1 Kwanzaa (African-American/Canadian) This holiday, created by the activist, author and professor Maulana Karenga in 1966, celebrates African-American heritage. Kwanzaa is derived from the Swahili term for "first fruits of harvest," and is often celebrated with feasts, sharing libations, and lighting candles in the kinara. The seven candles represent the seven principles of African heritage: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith).
28 Holy Innocents (Christianity) Holy Innocents is the Christian day of solemn reflection, recognizing the male children of Bethlehem who were killed by Herod the Great in his attempt to eliminate the infant Jesus, whom he deemed as a threat to the throne.
29 Feast of the Holy Family (Catholic Christianity) This day celebrates the family unit, Jesus, Mary and Joseph, and is recognized with special prayer. The moveable feast is usually celebrated the Sunday after Christmas, or if Christmas is on a Sunday, December 30th.
31 Watch Night (Christianity) Watch Night traditionally began with the Moravians, a small Christian denomination from what is the present-day Czech Republic, in the early 1700s. Participants attend special church services to reflect upon and give thanks for the previous year, and pray for the future. Watch Night became a significant event for African-American Christian communities after the celebration of 1862, the evening before the Emancipation Proclamation went into affect and abolished slavery.
31 Gahambar Maidyarem (Zoroastrianism) Gahambars are seasonal festivals, and occur six times per year in the Zoroastrian calendar. Gahambar Maidyarem is the mid-year winter feast and, like the other Gahambars, is celebrated for five days.