Finalsite Academy

January 3, 2013

Welcome back and Happy New Year! Here is 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

On Campus Today ...

What to do when only one person brings a sled? Share and cooperate of course! At least that's what they do in the 3rd Grade!

 This Week's News

TCS Welcomes New Business Manager
The Country School is delighted to welcome Maggie Ward as the school's new business manager. Maggie has 20 years' experience in financial management of nonprofits, including 13 years at independent schools and/or organizations that serve independent schools.

What's New in the Admission Office
A message from Claire Kinkade Dunn, Director of Admission. Important information about financial aid, Open House, and other plans for the Office of Admission.

TCS Alums are Published Authors
They were only in 5th Grade when they penned their poems, but six members of the Class of 2012 found themselves published authors this fall.

Parent Voices: A New Blog
As we embark on a new year, we are happy to introduce a new feature, the Parent Blog. Our first blogger is Parent Association Lead, Katy Armenia P '17, with "Yours in Service: The Country School Parent Association." Many thanks to Katy for kicking off this endeavor, and we look forward to hearing from others in the coming months.

A Spirited and Active Community Member:
Andrew E., Student of the Week
One spirited and active TCS student is Andrew E. A member of the 8th Grade class of 2013, he has directed his peers in the Student Leadership team and as president for a number of years. Using his abounding energy and enthusiasm, he has also made the effort and honors lists. He also plays saxophone in the band.

News Brief

Third Grader Supports Newtown First Responders
Hats off to Jackson S. a 3rd Grader, who visited the Newtown Police Department on Christmas Eve to offer thanks and deliver some holiday goodies to the men and women who answer 911 (the first, first responders). In this photo, Jackson is pictured with Jennifer, one of their 911 dispatchers. 

 Announcements and Reminders

Order Your Copy of the 2012-2013 Country School Yearbook
TCS is using a new on-line ordering system this year, and we need to have a complete count of orders by the end of February.

A Reminder about New Drop-Off, Pick-Up and Visiting Procedures
As we re-open school following winter break, we remind families of the new procedures we have implemented across campus. These procedures were outlined in a December 18 message from Head of School Laurie Bottiger, and we reprint them here with a bit more detail:

1.  All doors to all buildings will be locked at all times.

2.  Faculty, Administration, and Staff will access various doors and buildings with their students by using keys.

3.  A staff member will be at the main door of each building during drop off and pick up. These main doors include the central entrance to Robinson House, Clark House, Jones House, and MacLane House.

4.  All visitors – including parents who arrive on campus other than at drop-off and pick-up times – will need to check in at the Farmhouse. They will receive a visitor pass and will be escorted to the appropriate building.

5.  If you child is arriving late or leaving early, please call Deb Williams at 203-421-3113, extension 127. She will be able to meet you at the Robinson House door.

6.  For Owl's Nest: Between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m., parents should pick up children at the cafeteria door. Between 5:30 and 6 p.m., parents are asked to pick up children at the Robinson door.


As always, we appreciate your cooperation and patience as we implement these new systems. 

February 1 Enrichment and Owl's Nest Opportunities
February 1 is a Parent Conference Day, and TCS is once again pleased to offer Owl's Nest and enrichment activities. Please sign up by January 17. Click here for information and registration materials.

From the Health Office
We ask that when notifying the office of a student's absence, please identify reason.  If your child is ill, we make every effort  to trend symptoms which may be contagious or warrant a physician's note for return to school. Children should be fever free (less than 100 degrees) without the use of Tylenol or Motrin for twenty fours hours prior to returning to class.  Any child vomiting twelve hours prior to the start of the school day, should be kept home.  Please feel free to contact the Health Office at any time with questions or concerns regarding your  child. Thank you!

Intramural Basketball for Students in Grades  3, 4, 5

Learn and play basketball with TCS coach Chris Wallack. Click here for details and to register.

January Lunch Order Forms Now Available
Click here for menus and to order lunch. 
Thank You for the "Likes"!
We're getting there, but we're still trying to reach 500 likes on the TCS Facebook page! Help us reach our goal! Click here to get to the page and then click the "Like" button. 

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