Five GFA students — Ian Brown, Caroline McCall, Isaac Moskowitz, Allison Telesz, and Ayla Shively — were selected this year among Fairfield County’s top teens, part of an annual Moffly Publications series for their Fairfield, Westport/Weston, Greenwich, New Canaan, and Darien & Rowayton magazines.
Head of School Bob Whelan and GFA faculty welcomed back Coyle Scholar Dr. Lisa Damour virtually today for her presentation on Managing Anxiety and Stress Under COVID-19. Damour provided a frame for faculty to think about the mental health aspect when it comes to working alongside students and families this fall.
I hope this finds you and your loved ones healthy, and that you are navigating this very different summer as well as can be expected. I'm writing to share our plans for all students to return to campus for in-person, on-campus instruction, five days a week, beginning September 1.
Today, the Fairchester Athletic Association released the following statement: "In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the differing return-to-school plans and academic models for our member schools, it is with a heavy heart that we share that Fairchester Athletic Association (FAA) conference competition for fall sports has been canceled for 2020. This includes the FAA regular season and tournament championships."
Thursday, July 23, GFA held an in-person, socially-distant commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 and their parents. The event, which typically takes place in June, allowed the class to process, hear from their class leaders, and receive a special "Portraits of a Class" book in place of their diplomas, which were received at the Conferral of Diplomas earlier this summer. Given the state's restrictions on gatherings, the event was live-streamed for family and friends to watch at home.
In case you missed it, GFA Head of School Bob Whelan has been in the spotlight this week with features in both the Wall Street Journal and a hit on CNBC. He has discussed the increased interest in suburban independent schools as families consider leaving New York City. A piece in Monday’s Wall Street Journal explored data points that indicate a more permanent move of NYC residents to Fairfield County in the midst of COVID-19.
Recent graduate Ryan Boyle’s artwork, “My Grandpa’s Pharmacy” (copic marker) won Honorable Mention in the annual iCreate 2020 exhibition at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich.
Songwriter duo Raveis Kole (Laurie Raveis '85 and Dennis Kole) is excited to announce the release of their new song, “Help One Another (We All Can),” as a beacon of hope for worldwide communities during challenging times we sometimes face.