Lions, Colonials, and Ballet Dancers – Oh My!

By Reed Gabhart, Head of Goshen Campus

As we chug towards Winter Break, the School is abuzz with many wonderful activities going on. First, if you haven’t been in the Main Amp in the past week or so, it has been transformed into an African savanna for our 4th/5th grade production of The Lion King KIDS! Lower School music teacher Kim Rash is doing her usual superb job of directing our younger students in the finer points of singing, dancing, acting, and learning how to be part of a large-scale production – all in a scant five weeks. She has also received tremendous parent and faculty support, as is evidenced by the beautiful sun adorning our up stage wall. Sadly, both public performances are already sold out, but we are working on “creative” ways to try and get more people into the Main Amp for one of these shows. Kudos to Kim and company for an experience our little ones won’t soon forget. 

Our basketball teams have been warriors recently, with several tournament wins to their credit! They have another tournament this weekend, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see more hardware at a Morning Meeting soon.

And Sarah Dewberry’s 4th graders hosted their annual Living History Museum this Wednesday, in which all of her LA/SS students researched a famous Colonial American figure and presented them to their parents, replete with wonderful costumes. It’s always fun to listen to the kids tell us facts and figures on Benjamin Franklin, Pocahontas, Molly Pitcher, Alexander Hamilton (who seems to be enjoying a strange resurgence?!), and more. Once again, another example of superb project-based learning rather than dull worksheets at St. Francis. 

And finally, all our Goshen students have had the great fortune of spending time with our Guest Artist-in-Residence, ballet dancer Kristen Wenrick, all week long. And while ballet might not be everyone’s “cup of tea,” I think our students are learning a great deal and gaining some newfound insight and respect into everything that goes into this incredible discipline. Ms. Wenrick hosted a full-school assembly on Friday and students of the River City Ballet performed. A big thanks to Fine Arts Chair Anne Holmes for bringing this all together for us!