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September 11, 2014

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This Week's News

First Impressions: New Teachers on The Country School
Teresa Sullivan, Middle School English teacher and contributing editor to the Little Hoot, asks new teachers the same question she poses to her students upon completing a novel: What is your initial impression? Rather than a novel, though, she asks teachers to describe their first impressions of The Country School.
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It Takes a Village
More than 30 parents, and a few younger siblings, joined us in the Farmhouse for the first Parent Teacher Association meeting of the year. PTA leader Suzanne Sliker outlined volunteer opportunities in the coming weeks and invited parents to become involved in any way that suits them.
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Country School Students Announce Service Initiative
At last week’s All School Meeting, 8th Grader Joseph C. announced the first all-school service initiative of the year, a project to benefit the work of Call to Care Uganda. A Madison-based nonprofit organization, Call to Care Uganda supports Ugandan children by providing needed supplies; helping to create wells for clean and safe drinking water; and providing malaria prevention tools.
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Fifth Graders Experience "Long Walk to Water"
What would it be like if you had to spend eight hours every day walking to fetch water or walking away from your war-torn town in search of a safe-haven? It is impossible for us to imagine, but 5th Graders had a small taste of what it might be like this week when, inspired by the book A Long Walk to Water, they repeatedly walked the perimeter of campus carrying a one gallon container filled with water.
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Save the Date!

Harvest Gathering – October 24


A beautiful evening to celebrate community and support The Country School. Click here for photos and news from last year’s Harvest Dinner.

Minds in Motion – October 25, on campus. A day of exciting, hands-on learning with the Connecticut Association for the Gifted. Click here for photos and news from last year. Stay tuned for more details.


Author with R.J. Julia and Beth Coyne - Tomorrow Night
Tomorrow night at 6 p.m., best-selling author R.J. Palacio will be in Madison with her new book, “365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne's Book of Precepts.” Dean of Students Beth Coyne will moderate the session by Ms. Palacio, author of the highly acclaimed book, “Wonder” (a favorite of Country School Middle School students). The event will take place at 26 Meeting House Lane, Madison. Learn more here

News Briefs

News from The Roost
The Roost, The Country School store, carries all sorts of wonderful Country School items – from owl neckties to fleeces and blankets emblazoned with our logo. For the month of September, everything in The Roost will be 15% off in honor of the Class of 2015. Fall Hours for the Roost are Mondays and Wednesday afternoons, from 3-3:30 p.m. The Roost is located downstairs in Robinson House, across from the Nurse's Office.

* Parents, please note that we are looking for some volunteers to help with The Roost, If interested, please contact Heather Butler or Kerri Kelly.

Serving Others at The Community Dining Room
At The Country School, students are encouraged to “look beyond themselves, to work cooperatively with others, and to serve their communities and the larger world.” These words from the school Mission Statement help guide our service program, including Country School nights at The Community Dining Room. For 11 years, Country School families have prepared and served dinner at the Branford soup kitchen one night each month.

The third Tuesday of each month is TCS night. We ask that all children be accompanied by an adult and that students be at least in 1st Grade. If your family is interested in volunteering on September 16, the next TCS/CDR night, contact or Click here for news about a recent TCS night at The Community Dining Room.

Have You Been Collecting Box Tops?
If so, please submit your box tops to your child’s teacher by October 27. Every box top supports The Country School, and our earnings to date are $500. We will be submitting our next collection of box tops on November 1, and we appreciate any and all help!

For other ways to support TCS (Amazon Smile, Big Y, Stop & Shop, etc.) click here.

It’s Been a Fun and Busy Week for Our Middle School Students and Teachers
We will have more to report about their outdoor adventures in the coming days, but here are a few photos.To learn more about Outdoor Education at The Country School, click here.


Outdoor Education of a Different Kind
They may not be camping in the woods or paddling down rivers, but younger students at The Country School are learning in and from the outdoors too. Just a few examples (visit TCS on Facebook for more):

Discovering tomatillos in the garden.

Observational drawings.

Learning about Teamwork.

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