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April 5, 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

Full STEAM Ahead!
The Farmhouse Reserve Spring Event at Water's edge is picking up STEAM! Many thanks to our growing list of event sponsors and auction donors, who are helping to ensure that this will be a festive night with lasting benefits for TCS students and faculty.

TCS Summer Program Announced
The Country School is delighted to introduce "Summer Fun and Learning," a dynamic summer program for TCS families and the broader community.

TCS Bike Ride for Cancer: Almost Halfway to the Goal!
Seventh Graders are just about halfway toward their goal of raising $1,000 for the Smilow Cancer Center through their TCS Bike Ride for Cancer. They are also learning about cancer, the effort to find a cure, and how their fundraising dollars may help in the fight.

Head of School for the Day
The first pronouncement she made as Head of School was that it would be a Dress Down Day. The next was that the entire school should be treated to ice cream.

Fashion Design at TCS
For years, students in David Acheson's art classes have been designing dresses, draping the mannequins in the art studio with paper, fabric, and any other materials they can find to fashion them into gowns. Last weekend, students had the chance to work with a real fashion designer, learning about the techniques real designers use when they create a line of clothing.

Face to Face with History
Fifth and 6th Graders had a chance to see history up close and personal today when they traveled by bus to New York City to see the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit at the Discovery Center.

Mark Your Calendars

Parent Association Meeting: April 11 – 8:15 a.m.
Join us in the Farmhouse for Coffee and Conversation. We look forward to catching up and sharing important announcements as we roll towards the end of the year. All parents are invited to this meeting. Then join us as for the special Cultural Arts Event: Steel Drums (see below).

Secondary School Fair - April 26
Explore your high school options at the 10th Annual Secondary School Fair. Representatives from than 20 schools from Connecticut and surrounding areas will be at  TCS on Thursday, April 26 at 6 p.m. for the Secondary School Fair. For more information, contact Deb Williams ( Watch the Little Hoot for more news about participants. 

Grandparents and Special Friends Day
Invitations have been mailed to Grandparents and Special Friends Day. If you have questions or if you are a new parent and have not yet submitted your guest list, feel free to contact your Room Parent or Parent Association Team Leader Cathy Golden at

TCS Book Swap: Bring in Your Books 

Spring Sports Schedule
The spring sports schedule is up, and this year TCS is fielding boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams, a co-ed tennis team, a girls’ softball team, and boys’ baseball. Visit the website athletics calendar to check for game times and practice schedules as well as for cancellations. Better yet, sign up for an alert. To sign up, follow the instructions on the page or click here to watch a video.

Alumni News

A Thank You Note from Ben Cowper ’08:

Thank you to everyone who took the time to gather medical supplies for my trip to Paraguay. A particular thank you to Laura Fucci, TCS school nurse. Your generous donations were graciously received and will be put to good use. The trip was very successful. Our group of 80 volunteers worked on a lot of local projects and had fun too. 

Thanks again,
Ben Cowper

Alum Invents App; Is featured on University of Michigan Website
Read about Billy Irwin ’07 and the mobile app he created in an article from the University of Michigan (Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science).  The app, Cryptxt, allows users to encrypt any message they don't want others to read. Click here to read the full story. 

TCS Students Shine for Hand
Country School students were featured in a Source article about the Daniel Hand basketball team. In the article, coach Frank Rossi calls Ty Gardner ’08, one of the team captains, “a great leader.” Also mentioned are Matt and Ryan Wallack ’09 and Phillip Crampton ’10. Not mentioned by name but referred to is Phillip’s older brother, Jack ’07, now playing for Colby College. Click here to read the complete article.

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