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Preschool & Lower School Director Update: October 2, 2022

Laura Shue & Gillian Goodman

Your children continue to bring such joy to our community! Their sense of wonder and boundless thinking remind us daily why we do what we do.

Our preschool children are particularly curious about the world around them. Those of you who have children of this age know one of their favorite questions is, “Why?” We hope you and your friends will join us for the Preschool Open House on Tuesday, October 4, from 9:30–11 a.m. to learn more about Greensboro Day School’s approach to teaching students in this magical stage of life.

Leadership abounds in the Preschool and Lower School! Our fourth graders have just completed the application and selection process for a variety of roles. We had almost 40 students who submitted thoughtful applications for the leadership opportunities such as 

  • Safety Patrol
  • Student Council
  • Bengal Pop Up Shop: Brand Manager, Accountant, Sales Clerk, and Inventory Managers

Watch out world … here they come!

A senior and kindergartner read a book together

One of the many advantages of being at GDS is the opportunity to connect students across divisions. This past week, JK and Kindergarten students spent time with their senior buddies playing outside. It was truly a special time. On Tuesday of this week, they will get to meet again as the upper and lower schools get to enjoy the remarkable music of A&T’s drumline on Keeley Commons. On October 12, seniors will have their annual dress-up day, and they will parade for the Preschool and Lower School as we applaud their creative costumes. This is always a great time! We will all gather for the first pep rally of the year on Friday of this week just before the start of BengalFest. We hope you will join us from 3:30–7 for what promises to be a family fun-filled close to the week.

BengalFest is this Friday!

BengalFest: Fall Fun for the Whole Family

We hope you will join us on this Friday, October 7, from 3:30–7 p.m. for BengalFest. This is going to be a great time with fun for the whole family! Click here for more details.

Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

Preschool and lower school students have been participating in National Hispanic Heritage Month by participating in crafts and activities exploring different aspects of Hispanic culture. On October 13, food trucks will be on campus to visit the Middle and Upper School. If they choose, lower school families may opt in for their child to sample some of the food available that day. Click here to learn more.

Parent Meetings with Division Directors

Thanks to those of you who were able to make it to our first meeting this week. We discussed the characteristics of solid graduates, and we had a great time getting to know you! As a reminder, these meetings are held in the Bengal Cafe, and all four division directors provide you with a brief overview of the topic listed (about 15 minutes or so) and then break into smaller division-based groups for some connection and Q&A. Dates and topics are listed below. 

DATE TIME TOPIC
October 21 8:30–9:30 a.m. How Students Learn
November 29 6–7 p.m. The Neuroscience of Gratitude
January 13 8:30-9:30 a.m. Public Purpose

Coming Up

  • National Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15–October 15
  • Preschool Open House: October 4, 9:30–11 a.m. We are looking forward to showcasing our preschool program for prospective families. If you know of any families who may be interested, please help us spread the word.
  • Yom Kippur begins in the evening of October 4 and ends in the evening of October 5.
  • School closed: October 5
  • BengalFest: October 7, 3:30–7 p.m. This family-friendly fall festival is good fun for the whole family.

We are excited to share that Guidance Counselor Shannon Kincaid is expecting a baby in the spring. We will be posting a long-term substitute counselor position soon. Congratulations to the Kincaids!

In closing, our thoughts are with all those who have been impacted by Hurricane Ian, and we hope that all those in your family and community are safe.

Laura Shue, Preschool Director
Gillian Goodman, Lower School Director