The Little Hoot - October 27, 2016

The Country School Invitational - It was a great day of racing at The Country School Invitational, run for the first time on the new 3 km championship course. - Click here for more photos and event details

Thank You from Mr. Fixx


Thank you to the volunteers who worked yesterday to create the large wooden boards that are now seasoning in the parking lot near Blinnshed. I saved three trees this summer when the ellipse and parking areas were being cleared. One was the tall oak in between Jones and Robinson, the other was the magnificent white oak outside MacLane, and the third was the red oak that stood alone in the lower parking lot. After seasoning for a couple months to obtain the appropriate moisture content, a crew of parent, teacher, and student volunteers will be called upon to create benches that will rest throughout campus, both inside and outside buildings.


Click here to see photos of the day's events.

Flu Clinic - Tomorrow from 9:00-10:30 a.m. 


Vaccines administered by licensed and experienced VNA nurses. Participating insurance or private pay.

Questions? Call the flu hotline 203.458.5920.


Halloween Fun - Tomorrow 6:30-10:00 p.m.


Fun Night/Haunted Hallway - 6:30-8:00 p.m. for 4th-6th Graders


Dance - 8:00-10:00 p.m for 7th-8th Graders


  • Costumes encouraged
  • $10 entry fee
  • Grades 4-6 bring a food item to share
  • Grades 7 & 8 bring drinks.
  • Bring in refreshments in during the day for easier set-up after school.


Lower School Halloween Parade - Monday, October 31 at 8:30 a.m.

Please join us if you can!

Monster March - Saturday, at 11 a.m.

Sponsored by Madison Newcomers 

  • Costume parade through downtown Madison
  • Gather in the courtyard outside Ashley's Ice Cream at 10:45 a.m.
  • Bring bags for trick or treating at downtown businesses
  • Parade concludes at the Deacon John Grave House for a family picnic
  • After the picnic, participants are invited to Island Avenue School's Spooktacular Fall Festival for continued fun including a spook house, DJ, cake walk, photo booth, obstacle course, costume contest, mystery bags, bake sale, food trucks, and more!

Tuesday, November 1 - Professional Development Day

No School for Children

Got Chili? 
The Country Cook Off - Saturday, November 5


  • 5:30-8:30 p.m. (Chefs arrive at 5 p.m.)
  • Chili, soup, stew, corn bread, corn chips, salsa, salad
  • TCS Dining Hall and Patio
  • $5 per person/$20 max per family

Can it get any better? Yes! 1st, 2nd, 3rd place prizes will be awarded!  



JV Boys Continue Their Strong Play - from Coach Wainio


The 5th and 6th grade boys' soccer team took to the road on Monday for a rematch with the Pine Point Panthers in Stonington, CT.  Pine Point was ready for the up tempo approach of the Owls and quickly jumped out to a 1-0 lead on an early goal.  Country quickly responded, as Ian M. launched a cross from outside the box that ended up finding the back of the net.  Jackson C. then added another goal, which sent the Owls into the half with a 2-1 lead.  Not long after the second half began, Ian and Jackson both found their scoring touch again, extending the lead to 4-1.  Jenson T., who had been very active on the right side of the pitch all day, netted the final goal, sending the Owls to a 5-1 victory.  There were several other notable performances on the day.  Chris C. and Andrew Z. split time in the goal, and each made several quality saves.  Joseph M., playing both offense and defense, was consistently around the ball and had several key tackles and well-timed passes.  For the second game in a row, Elliott B. brought a tremendous amount of energy onto the field, changing the momentum of play and putting a lot of pressure on the Pine Point defense.  Luke P. was another player of note, as he played on both sides of the field and made some key stops for the defense. Once again, great effort and sportsmanship were on display throughout the game.  

Education that Lasts a Lifetime - by Phin Scott '18


Monday The Country School was visited by Mr. Robert Gillette. Mr. Gillette is an author who wrote about the escape to Virginia for Jewish teens just before and during World War II. His most recent book, Escape to Virginia, is a non fictional account of the story of Eva Jacobson who emigrated to Virginia to escape the harsh reality of Nazi Germany as a Jewish girl in the 1930s. Mr. Gillette's presentation could not have gone better. He kept us all on the edge of our seats with his descriptions of what life was like for those refugees. We met the children of Eva who had helped Mr. Gillette with his research for this book. Her daughter Jackie lives in Madison now. Mr. Gillette told us we can learn a lot from history. We can learn about courage and hope from stories like Eva's and we can learn to always stand up for what is right. He told us that our motto, "Education that Lasts a Lifetime," is the motto that Eva believed in.

Birthday Books are Back!


The Birthday Book program has been a long-standing tradition at The Country School. Children are gifted books that are then donated to the Elmore Library.

The process is simple:

  1. Love your local (Either choose a book yourself or head to RJ Julia or Breakwater Books and peruse our wish list) or log into our Amazon wish list to click and buy.
  2. Provide Librarian Andrew Robertson with the book to be processed and cataloged.
  3. Books are distributed at All School Meetings, announced along with your child's birthday.
  4. Tradition holds that the recipient of the book is the first to read it before returning it to the Elmore Library for others to enjoy.
  5. Questions? Contact Andrew Robertson.

Bring in your Box Tops

Our first submission date is November 1. Please bring in all box tops you have at home to be counted by Monday, October 31. We will continue this program throughout the year, so keep clipping and collecting!

Look for a Blue-Gold contest update next week. Go Blue! Go Gold!

Wanted: Open House Parent Tour Guides

Sunday, November 6 from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

We welcome you to join us in touring prospective parents and sharing your reasons for choosing The Country School. Interested? Contact

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