Good day, GCVS Family and Friends!

This is my first post in a while, as we’ve had to migrate our website to a new host after our name change. We’ve been very busy during these winter months, making sure that our students are getting the best quality of education possible. Here are a few highlights:

  • An All-School outing was held at the Boston Museum of Science in January. Many students and their families came in person and many students joined us online, as well. Highlights of this trip can be found on our Facebook page.
  • In late January, Mrs. Flynn, our first grade teacher, taught our Kindergarten and grade 1 students from the Kennedy Space Center as part of the astronomy lessons they’ve been having in class. The children really enjoyed seeing all the exciting things that gave a context to their learning and had some great thoughts and ideas to share!
  • Our second quarter came to an end in late January. Report cards have been finalized and are being mailed out as we embark on the February break.
  • On February 9th, our students put their engineering skills to work at an outing at the Worcester Public Library. Students were also able to participate from home by video link and could build structures with found objects along with their peers who were in attendance that day.
  • Our high school students participated in two virtual outings this month. On February 9th, I traveled to Brunswick, Maine and was able to highlight the life and work of two of their most famous residents from the Civil War period, Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and Joshua Chamberlain, a Civil War Union General who was a student, teacher, and president of Bowdoin College. The highlight of the afternoon was a visit to Harriet Beecher Stowe’s house, where she wrote her book and we got to see an original copy as part of our tour (see below)!

  • On Thursday, February 15th, our high schoolers also attended a session presented by Dr. Cosner, History teacher, Ms. Porter, Art teacher, and me at Mount Holyoke College, featuring the work of Mary Lee Bendolph, who is a prolific quilter from Alabama. Along with one of the curators, Ms. Ellen Alvord, we talked about the history of the Civil Rights movement and how Ms. Bendolph created utilitarian quilts that have become well-recognized for both their artistic and historical significance. If you’d like to learn more about this exhibit, click this link: https://artmuseum.mtholyoke.edu/exhibition/piece-together. After having 53 students online in Maine, 54 joined us at Mount Holyoke College! I really enjoyed these two opportunities to connect with our high school students.
  • On Friday, February 16th, our elementary students will also be able to participate in person or online at a tour of Robbins House in Concord, MA. They will learn about this stop on the Underground Railroad and have a history lesson about the same themes as our high schoolers.
Amid the positives, some sadness..

Wednesday, February 14th, was another day of tragedy in a school in our country. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all impacted by this senseless act. I know that events such as these can cause upset for adults and children alike. Sometimes, as adults, we struggle with what to say to our children in the midst of these tragedies. In that spirit, I hope you will find this information useful: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/Media/Pages/Talking-To-Children-About-Tragedies-and-Other-News-Events.aspx.

February Break next week

Just a reminder to all our families that February break is Monday, February 19th, through Friday, February 23rd. School will be back in session on Monday, February 26th. I hope everyone enjoys the break!

If you have any questions or comments about this post, please feel free to call me at 413.475.3879 or send an email to info@gcvs.org.

Regards, Dr. Judith Houle, Executive Director