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March 8, 2012

Welcome to this week's Little Hoot. For a complete calendar listing, go to the school calendar. For a listing of athletic events, go to the athletics calendar.

This Week's News 

Celebrating Our Students

As we head to spring break, we take a moment to celebrate some of our students. Whether entertaining us from the stage or serving others, our students make us proud. During any given week, we could focus on any number of students who are doing something meaningful, but below we present profiles of a few who caught our attention recently.

Poetry and So Much More
On Sunday morning, 6th Grader Sarah P. was on the ice helping her team win the state ice hockey championship. A few hours later, she was on stage at TCS, performing in "Beauty and the Beast." The week before she tied for 1st Place in the MacLane Poetry Recitation.
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Making the Stage Come Alive: Robby G. and Gordie C.
For the past five years, Robby G. has been an essential component of anything that takes place on the TCS stage. He doesn't work his magic from center stage, though. Rather, he can usually be found sitting at a table along the wall of the gym or backstage, often with head phones on, as he oversees the lights and sound and other mechanics for various TCS productions.

Set and Costume Design: Kudos to all
It's been almost two weeks, and people are still exclaiming about the set and costume designs from "Beauty and the Beast."

STEAM in Action: Kindergarten celebrates Eric Carle Explosion
Kindergarten students delighted visitors with a celebration of the author Eric Carle, performing skits and songs and featuring costumes and set design all inspired by the popular children's author and illustrator. They also gave a dynamic demonstration of the ways in which art can cultivate a meaningful dialogue between science, technology, engineering, and math. In other words, they showed the power of STEAM in action.

Celebrating Alumni

Alumni Stories
We also take a few moments to share stories by and about some of our alumni. Their experiences help illustrate the ways in which an education truly can last a lifetime. Read about Relay for Life; Working for Peace in the Middle East; and Volunteering with Teenage Inmates in South Africa.

School News

TCS Attends NAIS Conference on Innovation and National Arts Educators Conference
Head of School Laurie Bottiger spent part of last week in Seattle at the NAIS Conference on Innovation, while art teacher David Acheson was immersed in STEM to STEAM at the National Arts Education Association Conference in New York.
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Announcing the TCS Garden Crew!
Grab your garden gloves and clippers and join us every Tuesday morning in the Children's Garden for some work in and around the gardens.

TCS Art Show at the Scranton Library
Throughout the month of March, stop by the Community Room at the Scranton Library in Madison and celebrate TCS art!
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TCS Giving Campaign Parent Participation Nears 90%
Congratulations! We are almost there! Current family participation in the 2011-2012 Giving Campaign reached 89% this week!

PRIDE: E is for Excellence
Excellence, it's the end result! And what a year we have had under the direction of Dr. Bottiger...excellence starts at the top of every organization, and our school is no exception.


Last Call for Soccer Gear for South Africa! If you have soccer gear you wish to donate for young athletes in South Africa, please bring it to school by the end of the day tomorrow (Friday) and deposit in the box in the DeFrancis Gymnasium.  Isabel Clements '07 will be delivering it to Grassroot Soccer, an organization that seeks to combat HIV/AIDS through sport. Isabel and her family will be visiting two Grassroot Soccer programs near Cape Town during spring break. Two years ago she brought donated gear to Mali, West Africa. This time she will be taken no-longer-used TCS soccer uniforms with her. Thank you, TCS and Mr. Wallack!

Last Call for Medical Supplies for Paraguay! Thank you to everyone who has donated medical supplies for a service trip by Ben Cowper '08 to Paraguay. TCS Nurse Laura Fucci is still collecting donations in the  nurse's office. Click here to read his note about what sorts of donations are appropriate. 

Join us for the Fashion Design Workshop with Rebecca Joslow, TCS Class of 2004. Saturday, March 31, 2012, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Open to 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade students, parents, alumni, faculty, and friends. Cost: $25. All proceeds will benefit The Founders' Promise Fund for Scholarship. Design supplies and lunch will be provided. 

A senior at Parson's School of Design, Rebecca has had internships with Rebecca Taylor, Polo Ralph Lauren, Martha Stewart, and IN New York MagazineRebecca was on campus in December for the Light Up the Stage Fashion Show, where she exhibited her designs and spoke about how The Country School helped shape her future. Click here to see Rebecca's new website and to learn more about her work.

If you wish to attend, kindly RSVP to by March 27. 

Seeking vacation homes
! Science teacher Stephanie Johnson is seeking volunteer hosts for the animals who live in the science lab. Please contact Mrs. Johnson (click here)  if you would be interested in offering a home to a guinea pig, a rabbit, a gecko, or any of the other creatures during March break.

Community Dining Room - Join us over break! If you are interested in volunteering with other TCS families at The Community Dining Room in Branford over spring break, please contact Carolyn Rambus, Parent Association Services to the Communities co-chair. TCS will be preparing and serving dinner on March 20. Please note that the April night – April 17– will be a special night for 8th Grade families. To sign up, contact your Room Parent


Congratulations, TCS Performers! The Southern Regional Music Festival was a huge success and TCS music teachers report that TCS students did a fantastic job. Many thanks as well to the parents who organized transportation to and from Lincoln Middle School in Meriden - a fantastic weekend for all. Band teacher Dan Cross tells us that 900 students auditioned for all of the groups and 500 were accepted from 40 different schools. TCS students in the Treble Chorus included: Emily B. (8th Grade), Emma C. (8th Grade), and Marja V. (6th Grade). Mixed Chorus: Annabella C. (6th Grade). Orchestra: Andrew P. (first bass clarinet – 7th Grade). Concert Band: Salvatore C. (first oboe – 8th Grade), Paul S. (first bassoon – 7th Grade), and Ellen W. (first French horn – 7th Grade).


Calling all Essex Savings Bank Customers: Vote for TCS!
The Country School is pleased to announce that we are participating in Essex Savings Banks’ Community Investment Program. Each year, the bank donates 10% of its after-tax net income to registered area non-profits. As an approved participant, TCS is eligible to receive a portion of the funds based on votes received and the preference of Essex Savings Bank customers. (Click here to learn more.) Please note that you must be an Essex Savings Bank customer to cast your vote. Voting takes place throug March 15, so please cast your vote for TCS now!  

Save the Date! TCS Rides for Cancer - April 14. TCS 7th Graders at TCS are spearheading a bike ride to support cancer research. TCS Rides for Cancer will take place on April 14, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Hammonasseet Beach State Park in Madison. (Rain date April 15.) The event will support The Smilow Cancer Hospital At Yale-New Haven.

Seventh Graders Lucy N. and Andrew E. are spearheading the event, but the entire grade has signed on and it has become a real group effort, advisor Beth Coyne reports. Students have each identified their areas of strength, and so technology-oriented students are working on a website, while visual students are creating posters. Others have organized wrist bands, and Zane’s Cycles is helping out too. Watch for more news in the coming days. Click here to download a registration form. 

First Annual Blazer Raiser: April 3, 4, 5 before and after school. Bring in your gently-used, outgrown blazers and buy a replacement for $25! ($5 credit per blazer towards the purchase of its replacement.) Collection days (in the courtyard & gym before and after school) March 8, 9, 28, 29, 30. *Blazers should be in “like new” condition. Think Easter, Grandparents and Special Friends Day, Celebration of the Arts, Prize Day & GRADUATION!! (All for $25!!)

TCS to Be Host for Healthy Schools Challenge. As part of the Madison Healthy Schools Challenge, The Country School will serve as host for the “Hour of Power” fitness event on March 27. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., participants will be able to visit six to 10 stations, including warm-up, cardio tennis, core stability and balance, pilates, jump rope, zumba, hula hoop, yoga, and cool-down. Watch the Little Hoot for more information.

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Upcoming Events

  • Thursday - March 8, 2012
    Kindergarten-Eric Carle Explosion
    8:30 AM to 9:00 AM
    Kindergarten-Pancake Breakfast
    9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
    Robotics Workshop
    3:15 PM to 4:30 PM
    Coed Swimming CANCELLED 
    3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
    Friday - March 9, 2012
    Spring Vacation begins at dismissal
    Basketball Varsity Girls - Versus faculty (Home)
    2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
    Student-Faculty Basketball Game CHANGED: Game has been rescheduled to Friday, Mar. 9 from 2 to 3 pm instead of Wednesday afternoon.
    2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Basketball Varsity Boys - Versus Faculty (Home)
    2:30 PM to 3:00 PM
    Saturday - March 10, 2012
    Notification of Acceptance (2012)
    Spring vacation
    Sunday - March 11, 2012
    Spring vacation
    Monday - March 12, 2012
    Spring vacation
    Tuesday - March 13, 2012
    Spring vacation
    Wednesday - March 14, 2012
    Spring vacation
    Thursday - March 15, 2012
    Spring vacation
    Friday - March 16, 2012
    Spring vacation
    Saturday - March 17, 2012
    Spring vacation
    Sunday - March 18, 2012
    Spring vacation
    Monday - March 19, 2012
    Spring vacation
    Tuesday - March 20, 2012
    Spring vacation
    TCS Night at The Community Dining Room
    4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Wednesday - March 21, 2012
    Spring vacation
    Thursday - March 22, 2012
    Spring vacation
    Friday - March 23, 2012
    Spring vacation
    Saturday - March 24, 2012
    Spring vacation
    Sunday - March 25, 2012
    Spring vacation
    Monday - March 26, 2012
    School Re-Opens
    Boys Lacrosse
    3:15 PM to 4:30 PM
    Girls Lacrosse
    3:15 PM to 4:30 PM
    Coed Tennis (Home)
    3:30 PM
    Tuesday - March 27, 2012
    Madison Challenge Fitness Festival
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    Wednesday - March 28, 2012
    Field Trip: Grades 5 - 8
    8:15 AM to 12:00 PM
    Boys Lacrosse
    3:15 PM to 4:30 PM
    Girls Lacrosse
    3:15 PM to 4:30 PM
    Coed Tennis (Home)
    3:30 PM
    Friday - March 30, 2012
    Coed Tennis (Home)
    3:30 PM
    Saturday - March 31, 2012
    Fashion Design Workshop with Rebecca Joslow '04
    10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Monday - April 2, 2012
    Half-day of School for Lower and Middle School Students
    Tuesday - April 3, 2012
    Girls Lacrosse
    3:15 PM to 4:30 PM
    Wednesday - April 4, 2012
    Boys Lacrosse
    3:15 PM to 4:30 PM

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