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January 28, 2016

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This Week's News

60th Anniversary MacLane Poetry Recitation
Preliminaries for grades 5 & 6 - Tuesday, February 2, 8:30 a.m.
Preliminaries for grades 7 & 8 - Wednesday, February 3, 8:30 a.m.
Finals for grades 5 - 8 - Friday, February 12, 10:00 a.m. 


Head of School John Fixx recently blogged about this long-standing tradition in his article "Golf Drives, the Human Drive, and MacLane Poetry."

Today's children are confronted with cultural messages that teach all too frequently that pleasure is found in the immediate, and so if we are to help our young people avoid an ethic of shallow and ephemeral happiness, we must help students discipline themselves to postpone gratification. Often the greatest boost to self-confidence and the greatest self development in a young person's life are when a student confronts a challenge she or he thought overwhelming and discovers that she or he is, after all, able to achieve more than anticipated.

In the coming days, we will see those lessons in action as Country School students participate in the 60th Anniversary MacLane Poetry Recitation, our school's oldest tradition. As we do each year, we will hear from students who have chosen astoundingly ambitious poems — some that are hard to remember and some that are hard to understand — and they will astonish us with the sophistication of their delivery and their commitment to the poet's words.

Most Likely to Succeed

The Country School is proud to join the national conversation about the future of education on February 4, when we host a screening of the acclaimed film Most Likely to Succeed. This event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 6:15 p.m. Children of current parents can attend Owl's Nest for free and Middle School students are invited to join us as well. (It will be a no-homework night.) Register here for the event and/or childcare.

Diversity Committee

From John Fixx: "An initiative important to me and an area of potential growth that has regularly come up in the school's accreditation process is to convene an active Diversity Committee. We want to collaborate to keep growing our school, not only in increasing representation from as wide a range of perspectives, experiences, cultures, and traditions as possible but to make sure our academic, affective and social programs develop our students into world citizens."

You are Invited to attend an Introductory meeting of our new Diversity Committee
Tuesday, February 2, at 3:15 p.m.

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Parent Conferences

Conferences are scheduled for Friday, February 19 from 8 a.m - 4 p.m.
Students in the Middle School grades are encouraged to attend with their parents.

For more information and to register.

Over $1,200 Raised in the First Week!


Terrific momentum - let's keep it up with more Middle School participation. This year's goal is to raise $3,500 by March 8. Many companies offer matching donations. Please ask family members and friends if this is true for where they work.

Donations may be placed online or given to Nurse Fucci. To get started and learn more, go to   

Bingo for Books - Friday, February 26

As we prepare for Bingo for Books, we are seeking your gently used, young adult & children's books. We will be collecting the books February 10-24. Peruse your bookshelves and consider donating any books that you have outgrown.

Many volunteer opportunities are available. Contact your Room Parent or PTA leaders to sign up. Email: 

Community Dining Room


Next service date - Tuesday, February 16
Join the fun!

Interested? Volunteer in advance. 
Contact Suzanne Sliker.

It's not too early to think about summer

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