October 07, 2022

Family Day Brings Fun to Campus

GCS Staff

Four students smile at the camera as they sit on the ground enjoying snowballs during Family Day 2022.


Family Day, the annual community celebration that brings together students in all divisions and their families, was held on September 30. Situated primarily on the hill behind the Manor House, activities included picnics, a bounce house and obstacles, face painting, food, and music.


The Upper School spent the morning of Family Day celebrating the first four weeks of school with four hours of music, games, and activities. The Faculty Band launched the morning with its rendition of Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA” in the Forum, with Heather Vavalle, Upper School mathematics teacher, on lead vocals. Scott Proffitt, Upper School director of studies, backed up Vavalle, along with Mitch Cyman, Lower School performing arts instructor, and LaRon Land, Upper School performing arts instructor. The middle of the morning was devoted to games of tug of war, kickball, balloon ball, frisbee, and volleyball outside on the back lawn.


Students returned to the Upper School gym to complete the morning’s festivities with an impromptu display of mass line dancing. Cup stacking and “find the worm in the whipped cream” class competitions followed in the gym as students soundly defeated the faculty in a pick-up volleyball game. At noon, everyone headed to the Lower School to join the rest of the school for the afternoon.


Many of our youngest Dragons focused their energies on the DJ dance party under the sycamore tree. At the same time, Dragons of all ages ventured down to the Haunted Trail to experience Halloween chills and thrills sponsored by the Upper School Business Management class. The dunk tank drew crowds throughout the afternoon as students took their best shots at submerging Matt Walsh, head of school; Greg Koffel, associate head of school for programs and student life; and several other administrators and staff in frigid water near the Primary Building. For many parents and grandparents, the best part of Family Day was simply spending time catching up with each other and sharing news about the first month of school.


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