February 27, 2014
Welcome to this week's Little Hoot. As always, for a more comprehensive listing of school activities, go to the school calendar. For sports, please see the athletics calendar. For an archive of previous Little Hoots, go to www.thecountryschool.org/littlehoot.
This Week's News
As always, there is a lot going on at The Country School this week, but we find it both interesting and appropriate that as we head toward next week's Read Across America Celebration, so much of our news has to do with literature and books.
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The Country School is gearing up for Read Across America Week, and students and teachers will be celebrating reading in a variety of ways.
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All Joy and No Fun: Author Jennifer Senior joins us for Parenting Speaker Series
Kids may complicate our lives, but they also make them simpler: We know why we are here. That was part of the message author Jennifer Senior delivered as the first speaker in the newly established RJ Julia/Country School Parenting Speaker Series.
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Join us tonight – it's BINGO for Books! Always a fun event for the whole family, BINGO Night this year will feature a special prize for game winners – a book. As The Country School prepares to celebrate Read Across America Week, what could be more meaningful?
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For anyone who has participated in or been in the audience for a MacLane Poetry Recitation, attending the finals can spark some powerful memories – and powerful emotions.
| || | Snow Day? No way! We'll write poetry any way!
A few weeks back we shared a story about Middle School students and a snow day poetry assignment their teachers had given them. One student was so excited by the assignment that she emailed a thank you note. Recently, we learned of another student who was inspired in a different way.
Benefit Concert Friday
Join members of the TCS community on Friday at 7 p.m. for a benefit concert for the Jones family. The concert will feature several area musicians, including TCS parent and piano teacher, Noelle Boone. The program will consist of Ragtime and Spanish piano music, popular opera classics, and selections for flute and jazz piano.
Children are welcome to attend. Admission is free, but monetary and gift card donations will be gratefully accepted. These donations will provide support to the Jones family, a Country School family whose house was severely damaged in a fire earlier this winter.
A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words (and videos are good too)
Bravo to the cast, crew, and directors of "Oklahoma." For more images from Opening Night and Sunday's matinee performances, click here. To see cast members singing "Oklahoma", click here. For a short clip of Ado Annie (aka 8th Grader Sarah P.) singing, "I'm Just a Girl Who Can't Say No," click here.
for News About and Photos of:
Catching the sun
Friends and Medal winners
What do 8th Graders and Brown/RISD students have in common?
This Week's Throwback Thursday
A package arrived on campus this week from Nat Barrows, Country School class of 1959. Nat, who lives in Maine, wrote a note saying he had been going through files in his attic ("it has been that kind of winter," he writes), and he came across some items from his Country School days. Among them was a copy of the March 1958 Owl, the school literary magazine. (These days that publication is called "Eureka".)
The first item in this edition of The Owl was an essay by then headmaster (The Country School's first Head of School), David MacLane, about the school's motto: Through Knowledge Comes Strength. An excerpt appears below:
Our school motto is a simple statement of four words, but in it lies a basic truth, of value to all, but of particular value to us. In school we are steadily working to add to our knowledge and in this way to increase our strength.
As we come back to the end of the winter term, it is wise to stop and look back at what we have done. Have we grown stronger? Undoubtedly we have all learned many things in the last three months, but whether or not these things have added to our strength depends largely on one point: what we do with what we have learned.
If we try to use in as many ways as we can what we have learned in English, in arithmetic, in history, in French and Latin, in art and shop and on the playground, we have really gained. If, on the other hand, we bury, in odd corners of our minds, what we have learned and use our knowledge only to pass a certain test, to get a good grade, we have gained little, or nothing, of lasting worth....
While we enjoy our spring vacation, let us use the coming of spring as a time most suitable for one particular resolution: to use our talents increasingly to the full so that strength will come through knowledge.
Below, the entire Class of 1959 - Nat Barrows and Nathaniel Greene
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