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February 11, 2016

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This Week's News

 60th Anniversary MacLane Poetry Finals 
Tomorrow 8:30 a.m.

Begin your day with poetry recited by 25 5th-8th Grade students. Selections include poems by Emily Dickinson, Billy Collins, Wilfred Owen, and more.  

Judges include: John Burt '71; Gus Dangremond '06; Daniel Hartsoe '05, Kim Hastings P' 11, '14, '14; Ellen Madere P '01, '03; Alden Murphy P '02, '02; and former Head of School Bill Powers.

The MacLane Poetry Recitation, begun by The Country School's first headmaster, David T. MacLane in 1957, is the school's longest-standing tradition. 

On the occasion the 60th anniversary, Mr. Fixx wanted to showcase the greatest number of finalists ever.  As a result, the following 25 students will recite tomorrow:

5th Grade 6th Grade  7th Grade 8th Grade 

Colin H.
John Andrew W-Z.
Phillip W.
Willa W.
Elke Z.


Catherine A.
Charlie B.
Maggie C.
Callan M.
Jackson S.
Phineas S.
Kayla U.
Ryan W. 
Jane G.
Sean K.
Emily M.
Jake M.
Troy P.
 Alex C.
Gordie C.
Charlotte G.
Andrew H.
Nate I.
Livi R.
Andre S.

All students are expected to dress up for this TCS tradition. 

Most Likely to Succeed was a Huge Success!

Over 200 members of our TCS community and neighboring towns attended the screening of Most Likely to Succeed. A special thank you to panelists Tom Scarice, Superintendent of Madison Public Schools; Douglas Lyons, Executive Director of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools; and Laura Pappano, award-winning journalist.

In case you were unable to attend but are interested in the message, copies of the book Most Likely to Succeed are available for $28.71. See Cindy Richar in the Farmhouse.

Community Dining Room


Interested in joining us next Tuesday, February 16? 
Contact Suzanne Sliker or Stephanie Johnson


For the month of February, TEDxTheCountrySchool will be hosting mini workshops focused on the power of words, empathy, storytelling, and community. Each workshop is unique, and offers different activities for students and families to participate in. Our first workshop, held last week, celebrated Black History Month with books, poetry, art, and music by African American artists, a community discussion board, and more! 

Future workshops include: Word Games (Feb. 17) and SPINDRIFT paint by numbers mural (Feb. 24), which will be displayed at our April 23 TEDx conference!

Sign up by sending an email to or simply show up! We hope to see you there!

Owl's Nest - Presidents' Day and Conference Day

On Presidents' Day, Monday, February 15, and Conference Day, Friday, February 19, we will offer regular Owl's Nest care from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. We will also offer drop-in Owl's Nest free of charge during the duration of your family's conference. Register here.

Bingo for Books - Friday, February 26

Please share your gently used, young adult & children's books. Donations may be placed in the milk crates by the front doors in each of the main Houses. We will be collecting the books February 10-24. Interested in joining the fun? Email:  

We are still far from reaching our goal of $3,500


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

Box Tops for Education

The Gold Team is closing in on the Blue Team... Keep clipping and collecting! 

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Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday - February 24, 2016
    Class of 2016 Parent Coffee
    8:15 AM to 9:15 AM
    TEDx Workshops
    3:15 PM to 4:15 PM
    Thursday - February 25, 2016
    SNOW DATE: Class of 2016 Parent Coffee
    8:15 AM
    Friday - February 26, 2016
    Trimester 2 ends
    All School Meeting
    8:30 AM to 9:00 AM
    SSAT Prep Course
    3:15 PM to 5:00 PM
    Bingo for Books Night
    5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
    Monday - February 29, 2016
    Read Across America Week begins
    Tea Collection: Last day
    PreK Celebration of Learning: Dinosaurs
    8:00 AM to 8:30 AM
  • Tuesday - March 1, 2016
    Application Notification for Grades 6-8
    Trimester 2 Ends
    Read Across America Book Fair
    8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    Grades 4/5 Book Club: Session 2
    8:15 AM to 9:15 AM
    Author visit: Leslie Connor
    2:15 PM to 3:15 PM
    Wednesday - March 2, 2016
    60 More Days of School Celebration
    Trimester 3 Begins
    Read Across America Book Fair
    8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    After School Read-a-Thon: Grades K-5
    3:15 PM to 4:15 PM
    Thursday - March 3, 2016
    Read Across America Book Fair
    8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
    Friday - March 4, 2016
    Southern Regional Music Festival
    TCS Half-Birthday/Happy Earth Day
    SSAT Prep Course
    3:15 PM to 5:00 PM
    Saturday - March 5, 2016
    Southern Regional Music Festival
    Thursday - March 10, 2016
    PreSchool-5th Grade Application Notification
    SSAT Prep Course
    3:15 PM to 5:00 PM
    Friday - March 11, 2016
    All School Meeting
    8:30 AM to 9:00 AM
    Faculty and Student Basketball Game
    2:15 PM
    Saturday - March 12, 2016
    Model UN 2016
    8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
    Monday - March 14, 2016
    No School - Spring Break
    Tuesday - March 15, 2016
    No School - Spring Break
    Community Dining Room
    4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Wednesday - March 16, 2016
    No School - Spring Break
    Thursday - March 17, 2016
    No School - Spring Break
    Friday - March 18, 2016
    No School - Spring Break

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