Finalsite Academy

October 25, 2012

Welcome to this week's Little Hoot. For upcoming events, see calendar at right. For  a more comprehensive listing of school activities, go to the school calendar. For a complete listing of athletic events, see athletics calendar

This Week's News

The Head's Blog: The Importance of Community
The Fall Festival, Student of the Week, the re-launching of the school literary magazine, volunteers at Open House, collaborating through Google Campus, and the upcoming Community Forum - Dr. Bottiger focuses on several recent displays of Community, one of the main pillars as we strive to prepare children to face the future with confidence.
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Hot Off the Press: 8th Grader oversees publication of school literary magazine
Thank you to 8th Grader Gabby L. for sharing her passion for literature with The Country School. When she was a 7th Grader, Gabby decided she wanted to help revive Eureka!, the school literary magazine, and so she began collecting submissions from her schoolmates.
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Student of the Week
Last week we told you about Student of the Week, the new initiative by a team of 7th Graders to spotlight one of their peers on a weekly basis. This week we present the first profile: Alexandra H. G.

Giving News
Thank you to everyone who has already stepped up to make TCS a philanthropic priority! We would not be able to get it all done without you!

News Briefs

Thank You Parent Association and Volunteers!
What a special celebration of community we enjoyed last Friday during the annual TCS Fall Festival! See The Head's Blog - The Importance of Community for more details, thank yous, and photos. 


STEAM and the Future of Education
We are delighted to welcome Dr. Alex Curtis, Headmaster of Choate Rosemary Hall, to deliver our inaugural Community Forum lecture. Dr. Curtis will be on campus to speak about Choate's STEAM initiatives on November 7 at 6:30 p.m. Click here to read more about Dr. Curtis, Choate, and the ways in which the two schools are embarking on exciting, parallel initiatives. Read more in the Head's Blog.

Fall Family Focus Groups - Your opinion counts!
During our summer strategic plan discovery process, many of you asked for more opportunities to share your thoughts, ideas, concerns, and suggestions. So this November we are hosting focus groups so you can do just that. Nancy Benben, our marketing consultant, will facilitate two sessions on Monday, November 5 from 6:30-8 p.m. and Wednesday, November 7 from 8:30 -10 a.m. Choose whichever one is most convenient for you, regardless of what grade your child is in. If you are interested in participating, PLEASE RSVP TO CINDY RICHAR ( Questions? Contact Nancy Benben ( or Laurie Bottiger (


E2 Campus and Weather-Related Changes
Given the weather forecast, we ask that all parents please ensure that they are signed up for the E2 Campus instant alert system. This is the way we will reach you if we have any school delays or cancellations. To sign up, click here or go to the the Current Parent portion of the website. Questions? Contact

Tomorrow is a School Spirit Day! 
Students are welcome to show their spirit by wearing TCS spiritwear and blue jeans.

Halloween is Just Around the Corner
This is always an exciting time of year at TCS, and here are some dates to mark on your calendar:

Halloween Fun Night and Dance - October 26
Fifth and 6th Graders are invited to attend the Fun Night from 6-7:30 p.m, and 7th and 8th Graders are invited to attend the Dance from 8-10 p.m. DJ, Games, and Haunted Hallway! Costume Contest, so come dressed to impress. $15 entry fee. Below, a photo from last year.


Mystical Moonlight POSTPONED TO NOVEMBER 5
An amazing 4th and 5th Grade initiative incorporating STEAM, reading, book analysis, and creativity takes place on November 5 from 6-7:30. Recently students got some design inspiration when they visited the Florence Griswold Museum to see the Wee Faerie Village. They have been hard at work creating faerie-type scenes that represent their books. Parents, friends, and family are invited to a Magical Moonlight Walk to view their work. If the projects taking shape in the 4th and 5th Grade classrooms are any indication, this is an event you won't want to miss. Below, Janie G. hard at work.


Halloween Parade - October 31
The traditional TCS Halloween Parade will take place in the Courtyard starting at 8:30 a.m. for students in PreSchool-Grade 4. Below, a scene from last year's parade.

Serving Others: Collecting for the Can Van and Students in Haiti
In the coming days, please bring in non-perishable food items for a canned food drive to benefit three area soup kitchens. Look for posters around campus for more details. Eli G., an 8th Grader, is also collecting pencils, pens, crayons, colored pencils, erasers, math cards, composition books, and chalk for his mother’s forthcoming visit to Haiti. Mik Griswold P ’11, ’13 is a director of the Crosby Fund for Haitian Education (click here).  Please note that we will be delighted to collect these donations on Parent Conference Day and during the Community Forum with Alex Curtis.

Conference Day
Thank you to everyone who has already signed up for Parent Teacher Conferences on Conference Day, November 1. As a reminder, we have implemented some changes in the Middle School in response to last year’s survey in which parents expressed a desire to have more touch points with faculty.

For PreSchool - 5th Grade, conferences will be scheduled via teacher sign-up sheets with classroom teachers. Conferences will take place in classroom. Parents or guardians of 5th Graders should sign up with core teachers and may use the portal link below to schedule a time if they would like to meet with Science, Math, or Global Language teachers

For Middle School (Grades 6, 7, and 8), teachers and advisors will be stationed at tables around the gym and co-curriculars will be in their classroom or office spaces and available for drop-ins. Conferences will be eight minutes with each teacher so there is time for teachers to see everyone who wishes to conference. Use the portal link below to access the conference sign-up. Teachers can schedule another meeting with you if you feel that you need more time to discuss progress. 

TCS Parent Conference Portal

Additional Information – Childcare on Conference Day

Because there will be no school for students on Conference Day, please note that we will be offering an enrichment program, featuring global language and arts opportunities. We will also be offering full and half-day Owl’s Nest options. Stay tuned for details regarding registration, fees, and hours of availability. Please note that we will offer free childcare for students while their parents or guardians are in conferences. Students in PreSchool and PreKindergarten may be dropped off in the STEAM Center in Clark House. Students in Kindergarten through Grade 8 will be invited to drop in in the library. Older students are encouraged to bring their schoolwork and/or books.

November Lunch Menu and Order Form Now Available
Go to the Current Parent section of the website to order your November meals or click here. Questions, please contact Tina Pappas in the business office:

Community News

Andrew Page P ’12, ’15 of Page Hardware and Appliance and Roberta Lombardi P ’16, ’17, ’20 of The Elegant Occasion have teamed up to celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of Page Hardware and Appliance Company this Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. Roberta will be cooking in the kitchen showroom, preparing a selection of brunch items from 10 a.m. to noon.  Bring the family and enjoy the celebration.

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Upcoming Events

  • Friday - October 26, 2012
    Halloween Dance and Fun Night
    Grades 1, 2, and 3 - Field Trip
    9:30 AM to 1:00 PM
    Monday - October 29, 2012
    Junior Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Pine Point (Home)
    3:45 PM to 5:00 PM
    Tuesday - October 30, 2012
    Varsity Girls Soccer vs. IDS (Away)
    4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    Wednesday - October 31, 2012
    Halloween Parade
    8:30 AM
  • Thursday - November 1, 2012
    No School - Parent Confernces
    Friday - November 2, 2012
    SSAT Prep Class
    Saturday - November 3, 2012
    Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Williams
    9:45 AM to 10:15 AM
    Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Pine Point
    10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
    Varsity Boys Soccer - Block Island
    12:45 PM to 1:15 PM
    Monday - November 5, 2012
    Junior Varsity Girls Soccer vs. Ezra Academy (Home)
    3:30 PM to 4:45 PM
    Grades 4 and 5: Mystical Moonlight CHANGED: This event has been rescheduled from Oct. 29 to Nov. 5 due to weather forecast.
    6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
    NEW! Family Focus Group
    6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
    Wednesday - November 7, 2012
    NEW! Family Focus Group
    8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
    NEW! Community Forum: STEAM and the Future of Education
    6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
    Friday - November 9, 2012
    SSAT Prep Class
    Grade 3 Father's Breakfast
    8:00 AM to 8:40 AM
    Saturday - November 10, 2012
    8:05 AM to 12:30 PM
    Monday - November 12, 2012
    Early Dismissal for Students - Professional Development
    Tuesday - November 13, 2012
    Phon-A-Thon for Annual Fund
    5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    Thursday - November 15, 2012
    Grade 2 Field Trip
    9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
    Board of Trustee (BOT) Meeting
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    Tuesday - November 20, 2012
    Alumni Day
    Thanksgiving Break begins after dismissal
    Wednesday - November 21, 2012
    Thanksgiving Recess - No School
    Thursday - November 22, 2012
    Thanksgiving Recess - No School
    Friday - November 23, 2012
    Thanksgiving Recess - No School
    Monday - November 26, 2012
    Classes resume
    Friday - November 30, 2012
    Cultural Arts: Generation Tap
    10:10 AM to 11:10 AM
    Young Musician's Program Piano Recital
    3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday - December 5, 2012
    Trimester 1 ends

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