November 4, 2013
When I think back to all of the events that took place at GA over the past eight weeks, one highlight was watching Karen Williams (Sarah ’14, Jon Patrick ’16, Emily ’17) swim through the unpredictable soupy creek with a big smile on her face during her Fun Mudder run. Patriots’ Day brought much joy to those who were able to take part, from the Native American Story Teller, to the creation of the cattail ornaments that can still be seen in The Preserve, and the rides over the creek on the Zip Line. We had more than 20 dads volunteer that day - thank you dads! Take a few minutes to view the photos that were taken on Smug Mug by clicking here
. Speaking of Smug Mug, I would like to thank Linda Whitman and her photography crew for posting hundreds and hundreds of athletics photos this year. It’s nice to see everything that’s going on around campus, especially if you don’t have the chance to get there.
Boy oh boy! I am excited by the selection of the first book for our upcoming discussion at our
Parenting Book Club on Friday, December 6, at 8:15am
in the Parents’ Room. Jennifer McManus Burman selected Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Your Son Cope With Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World
by Rosalind Wiseman. I hope you can all make it! Even if you don’t get a chance to read it, I encourage any of you with boys or those who deal with boys to come by and share your thoughts.
Did you miss the Fall Book Fair
last week? No worries! If you were not able to attend in person or you just want to get a jump on your holiday shopping, you can purchase books online until Tuesday, November 12. Shipping is FREE to the school. You can order books by clicking here
Speaking of parenting, Dr. Rob Evans
shared such valuable advice last week, “Prepare the child for the path. Don’t prepare the path for the child.” What an awesome turnout we had for his presentation! I hope you were able to stay, enjoy a glass of wine and nibble on Mikey’s
delicacies. Stay tuned for our next guest speaker, David Colema
n, “The Dating Doctor,” on January 27. We all have a chance to be Compassionate in Spirit and Collaborative in Action by volunteering at our upcoming service events: LS/MS Thanksgiving Food Drive:
Each year, GA feeds Thanksgiving dinners to over 200 families from Our Lady of Hope Church in Philadelphia. There are so many ways you can help out this year: moving the food, sorting and counting, loading cars, delivering, and donating. CLICK HERE
for more information. US St. John’s Hospice:
Baby, it’s cold outside! Take a peek in your attic and closets the next day or two and gather up any warm clothing, blankets or sleeping bags, and we’ll put them to use. You can drop these items off in the Pavilion (to Mr. McVeigh’s attention) by Wednesday, November 6
and make a difference in the lives of others who are less fortunate. We will also need lots and lots of canned food for St. John’s Hospice and the Ambler Food Cupboard, so please take the time to reach out.
Did you miss Annual Fund Week? It’s not too late to make your gift to the school, and at the same time, you can honor a special person. The monies continue to enrich our children’s lives on a daily basis. What a great accomplishment it would be if we could get every family to participate at the level to which they are willing and able! Did you ever wonder which class has the greatest participation? For those of you who are competitive like me, CLICK HERE for the answer! Class Socials:
There are only four class socials left! Don’t miss the opportunity to get to know the parents in your grade. You should have received your e-invitation by now. Please take a minute to now to respond to your class chairs about your attendance.
3rd Grade: Friday, Nov. 15, Korman Family Pavilion: RSVP
4th Grade: Friday, Nov. 15, Roberts Family Library: RSVP
9th Grade: Saturday, Nov. 16, Roberts Family Library: RSVP
10th Grade: Saturday, Nov. 16, Korman Family Pavilion: RSVP
While you have your calendar out, be sure to make note of the following events. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9
: GA-PC Day at Penn Charter. CLICK HERE
for the schedule of events.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 8-9:30am
: Consignment Shop Sale, Parents’ Room. Keep in mind we are now collecting Lower School performance costumes from Colonial Day, African Dance, Wax Museum, and Constitutional Convention. You do not need to turn in complete costumes. We would be happy to consign your hats, bonnets, aprons, vests, etc. CLICK HERE
for more information.
THURSDAY DECEMBER 5, 6-8pm: Rhoads Garden Shopping Night with Coffee House. Mark your calendars. Details to follow soon.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 7:30am: Parents’ Committee Breakfast/Meeting: GA financial presentation by Chief Operating Officer Tom Taft, Common Room. Also, take part in the Annual Cookie Exchange at this meeting. CLICK HERE to sign up to bake!
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26: The sale has been extended until midnight on Tuesday, November 25. Questions? CLICK HERE to contact Dana DiSandro.
Again, thanks for your time and know that it is an honor to be serving as your Parent Chair this year. My job is easy and enjoyable because we have so many wonderful, dedicated volunteers in our community. Thank you all! As always, let us know if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward catching up with you at GA-PC Day.
Very truly yours,