Finalsite Academy

May 22, 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

This Week's News

The Newest Alumni and a Distinguished Alumnus
The 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award was presented today to Stephen Davis '70 P '10. During the ceremony, members of the Class of 2014 were officially inducted into the TCS Alumni Association, and 8th Graders unfurled their class banner.

Now She's the One in the Spotlight: The Student Behind "Student of the Week"
For the past two years, an enterprising Middle School student with a fondness for writing has spearheaded the popular "Student of the Week" program, sharing profiles of her schoolmates with the rest of the community. In recent weeks, she has turned her attention to other writers and artists in the student body, compiling submissions for this year's edition of The Country School literary journal.

Four New Students of the Week
The Student of the Week program is an initiative created and entirely carried out by Middle School students to highlight the talents and accomplishments of their peers. As we near the end of the school year, we are pleased to publish four recent Student of the Week profiles.

Spirited, Passionate, and Always Singing: Izzy D.
Eighth Grader Izzy D. keeps up the morale of her class every day.  An eloquent vocalist, Izzy is a member of the TCS Middle School Chorus and the Chamber Chorus, as well as a performer in the United Girls Choir outside of school. 
Taking Advantage of Every Opportunity: Nate I.
If there's anyone who knows how to take initiative, it's 6th Grader Nate I., who is always willing to try new opportunities.
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Setting a Good Example for Those Around Him: Owen W.
Runner, singer, actor, baseball player, and a talented student, 8th Grader Owen W. is a role model to younger TCS students.

A Leader Since the Beginning: 8th Grader Jack F.
Ever since joining TCS in 2nd Grade, Jack F. has done his best to be a leader of the community. Currently an 8th Grader, Jack is a member of the Student Leadership team -- a reflection of his willingness to be a good role model, both in and out of the classroom.
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A "Blast" at the NYC TCS Alumni Reunion
An enthusiastic group of alumni gathered last weekend at the Park Avenue Tavern for an informal NYC alumni reunion. Many thanks to organizers Rebecca Joslow and Joel Glassman, both Class of 2004.

Still Feeling Appreciated
A final thank you to all the parents and students who showed so much gratitude during Teacher Appreciation Week. This week, four teachers received some final presents as part of the week-long celebration. Thanks to the generosity of several families, drawings were held to award four lucky teachers with some special prizes.


Making Summer Plans? Don't forget about Summer Fun and Learning
Computer programming, tennis, art, robotics, soccer, writing, and so much more. Visit for details. Questions? Contact Owl's Nest and Enrichment Coordinator Kristen Gunther,

Outdoor Ed Trips - Deadlines for Forms and Medication
In order to ensure thorough training and safe review of medications with accurate medical treatment management to the designated chaperones, please complete all forms and adhere to deadlines for the forthcoming outdoor education trips (Grades 5-8). Click here to read an important letter about requirements from Nurse Fucci.

Still Seeking Book Donations
Ashwin Dcunha ’12 is still collecting donated books for children in need. If you have gently used books you wish to donate, please deposit them in one of the boxes on campus. Click here for more information about the book drive, which runs through May 28.

Join Us at Chamard Vineyards
As we observe the school's Annual Meeting and celebrate Laurie Bottiger's many contributions, our dynamic program, and the future of The Country School. Sunday, June 8, 5-7 p.m. Please email to let us know if you're coming.

Visit TCS on Facebook for more, including:

Head(s) of School for the Week
TCS in the Madison Bed Race
The 4th Grade State Fair
Fun with the chicks (who are really growing up!)
Adventures in the Garden
Fun with Victory Soccer
TCS at the Tour de Lyme
Author Sarah Albee on NPR
A video from the Biography Fair  
Eighth Grade Independent Research Projects 


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Upcoming Events

  • Thursday - May 22, 2014
    Coed Tennis vs. Hamden Hall B CANCELLED  (Away)
    Grade 4 Festival of States
    8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
    Alumni Induction and Distinguished Alumni Ceremonies
    2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Friday - May 23, 2014
    Grade 8: Clean out lockers
    PreK Concert
    8:30 AM to 9:00 AM
    Monday - May 26, 2014
    Memorial Day - No School
    Tuesday - May 27, 2014
    Grade 8: Backpack check
    Sports Award Ceremony
    2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Wednesday - May 28, 2014
    Grade 1 Field Trip
    Grade 8 Leave for Moab
    Lower School Meeting
    8:30 AM to 9:00 AM
    Grade 2 Celebration of Learning: Africa
    2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Thursday - May 29, 2014
    Grade 8 Trip
    Friday - May 30, 2014
    Grade 8 Trip
    All School Meeting
    8:40 AM to 9:00 AM
    Grade 5 Greek Play
    1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Saturday - May 31, 2014
    Grade 8 Trip
  • Sunday - June 1, 2014
    Grade 8 Trip
    Monday - June 2, 2014
    Grade 8 Trip
    Clark House Open Studio - PreS, PreK, and Kindergarten
    8:00 AM to 8:30 AM
    Tuesday - June 3, 2014
    Grade 8 Trip
    PreK and Grade 4: Field Trip
    10:00 AM to 12:15 PM
    Wednesday - June 4, 2014
    Grade 4: "Tent In" Sleepover
    Grade 8 Trip
    Grade 6 Outdoor Trip
    7:00 AM
    Grade 5 Outdoor Trip
    8:30 AM
    Grade 7 Outdoor Trip
    8:30 AM
    Lower School Meeting
    8:30 AM to 9:00 AM
    Lower School Moving Up Day
    8:50 AM to 9:50 AM
    Thursday - June 5, 2014
    Grade 5 Outdoor Trip
    Grade 6 Outdoor Trip
    Grade 7 Outdoor Trip
    Grade 8 Trip
    Friday - June 6, 2014
    Trimester 3 Ends
    Kindergarten Poetry Recitation and End-of-Year Gatheing
    8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
    RAIN DATE: PreK and Grade 4 Field Trip
    10:00 AM to 12:15 PM
    Grade 8: Graduation Rehearsal
    11:30 AM
    1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
    Sunday - June 8, 2014
    Annual Meeting of the Corporation and Special TCS Celebration
    5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Monday - June 9, 2014
    Closing Ceremonies
    8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
    Field Day
    10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    Grade 8: Graduation and Prize Day Rehearsal
    10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    Tuesday - June 10, 2014
    Prize Day/Awards Ceremony - Early Dismissal
    8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    Luncheon for the Class of 2014, families, and faculty
    11:00 AM
    Wednesday - June 11, 2014
    Grade 8: Graduation Photos
    7:30 AM to 8:30 AM
    Graduation - Early Dismissal
    9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    Monday - June 16, 2014
    Victory Soccer for PreSchool to Grade 2
    8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    Victory Soccer for Grades 3 to 8
    12:30 PM to 3:30 PM

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