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May 12, 2016

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This Week's News 

Shaping the Future

Incredible progress – almost all the sod is in place, the tennis courts are being painted. Thank you to Anthony Uzwiak and the entire green team for their tireless efforts day in-day out.


Heartfelt thanks to all our volunteers, teachers, and behind-the-scenes friends for making this year's GSFD one of the best in memory! Families and friends dining together and hands-on classroom visits have been getting rave reviews! See photos from the day

Join Us this Weekend - Elementary Art Program

The Latest on Summer Camp

In case you haven't checked in recently, following are our newest summer offerings: Word Play: Creative Writing (different sessions for different ages), Minecraft and Crafting, Modding in Minecraft, Global Scientists, Global Innovators, and Global Video Game Designers (different sessions for different ages)

For additional details, please visit Summer Fun and Learning (camps are arranged by date offered).

Kindness Counts

Lower School students made blankets on IDEA Day for Catherine Reed '09, who is battling brain cancer, and her mother, Patty dePonte.

In the Kindness Counts workshop, students explored three ways to spread kindness and created symbols of kindness to be shared on the TCS campus, in our local community, and in our world. They created two fleece blankets and attached kind notes to the blanket sharing their support and love! Their next symbol of kindness was a "Kindness Mailbox" that will hold "kindness notes" that students can write and receive, ultimately spreading kind messages around campus. Their last symbol of kindness was painting and decorating, "Kindness Coins" created by Ben's Bells. Ben's Bells is an organization that inspires individuals to see the impact of acts of intentional kindness. Kindness coins are given to people who are demonstrating empathy and kindness. Coins are not kept, but passed on from person to person. 

Skiing Siblings


Dan G. (8th grade) and Emily G. (6th grade) recently returned to TCS after spending the winter trimester ski racing at Green Mountain Valley School in Waitsfield, VT.  Dan qualified for VT State Championships, Eastern Regional Championships, and was one of only two U14 boys from VT to qualify and race at the USSA U16 Nationals recently held at Snowbird, Utah.  He is pictured at a Giant Slalom race at Sugarbush, VT. Emily raced as a U12, capturing numerous podiums in the VARA Northern Vermont Council.  She is pictured (blue helmet) placing third out of 90 girls at Smuggler's Notch, VT.  Their older brother, Rob TCS '14, attends Green Mountain Valley School. Dan will train in Chile and France this summer and will attend Burke Mountain Academy next year. The Gillis family thanks the TCS community for supporting these unique student athletes.

Chocolate for Books

Thank you to Elke and Anya Z. for their continued - and creative! - support of the Theban Mapping Project Library. After hearing Egyptologist Kent Weeks speak at The Country School in January, Elke, a 5th Grader, was so inspired that she and some friends organized several pop-up Farmers Markets to raise funds for the non-profit library he founded in Luxor, Egypt. When she heard he would be speaking again in Old Lyme, she and Anya, a 2nd Grader, made some extraordinary, ancient Egypt-inspired chocolates. They sold their chocolates at a reception following Dr. Weeks' talk, raising an addition $110 for the library. As you can imagine, Kerri Kelly was also at the lecture, along with some former students and parents of former students who have never forgotten the 5th Grade's deep dive into Ancient Egypt.

Steve Davis '70, P '10, The Country School's 2014 Distinguished Alum to Speak at RJ's


Steve Davis '70, P '10, The Country School's 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, will be speaking about his new book, What They Do With Your Money: How the Financial System Fails Us and How to Fix It at R. J. Julia Booksellers on Thursday, May 19, at 7 p.m. Steve will be joined by co-author Jim Lukomnik. 

From R. J. Julia: In their previous prizewinning book, The New Capitalists, the authors demonstrated how ordinary people are working together to demand accountability from even the most powerful corporations. Here they explain how a tyranny of errant expertise, naive regulation, and a misreading of economics combine to impose a huge stealth tax on our savings and our economies.... With our financial future at stake, this is a book that analysts, economists, policy makers, and anyone with a retirement nest egg can’t afford to ignore.

Stephen Davis is a senior fellow at Harvard Law School’s program on corporate governance. Jon Lukomnik is executive director of the Investor Responsibility Research Center. 

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