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October 30, 2014

Welcome to this week's Little Hoot. Visit TCS on Facebook for more Country School news and photos. 

Tomorrow will be a Halloween DRESS DOWN DAY!  

This Week's News

Minds in Motion All Over Campus
The Country School campus was bustling with activity – of both the mental and the physical sort – as we hosted the Connecticut Association for the Gifted's signature event, Minds in Motion, for the second year in a row. Read more.

The Harvest Gathering - Harvesting good things for The Country School
Saddle Ranch Farms in Madison was the spectacular setting of last weekend's Harvest Gathering, a wonderful celebration of community and support for The Country School. Stay tuned for more photos and news about this very special evening. For now, though, we will simply echo the message that greets everyone who drives onto campus: THANK YOU! Read more.

The Story of Us: A STEAM Exploration
Teachers, families, and friends of 4th and 5th Graders were treated to an amazing display of learning, as students shared "Off the page: The Story of Us," their fall STEAM project. Inspired by their own personal narratives, the project involved reading, writing, art, global language, engineering, design, and more. Read more.

Sports News

Country School Victorious in OLM-TCS Night Game
Twenty-three players from The Country School gathered on a beautiful evening on the turf field at Daniel Hand to play their biggest rivals, the Tigers from Our Lady of Mercy, in a co-ed affair. Before a crowd of families, teachers, and alumni, TCS athletes recorded a 4-0 shutout. Read more.

Pine Point Tournament
The soccer action continues this weekend, with the annual Pine Point Tournament. Head to Pine Point (89 Barnes Road, Stonington) to cheer on TCS soccer as we take on Williams, Block Island, and Pine Point. The action starts at 9 a.m. and is expected to conclude with the championship game at around 3 p.m. Players are encouraged to drive with parents, but there will be a van leaving The Country School at 8 a.m., returning at 4 p.m. Please check The Country School website in case of inclement weather. Go TCS

Slop, Slime, and Success: A Big Win at the Chase Invitational
Last year, members of the boys' cross country team set a goal for themselves: Train hard and come home with the trophy from the Chase Collegiate Invitational. On a recent wet fall afternoon, that is exactly what they did. This weekend, fresh off the win at Chase, they head to States. Read more.

Who Will Get to Hold the Trophy?
We think we may know - based on some of the wonderful photo evidence sent in from parents. A crowd of runners and spectators turned out this afternoon to watch coaches and parents race the Owlets today at 3:30! The winning team for the 1 mile race got to hold The Owlet Challenge Trophy. Click here for photos from today's action and here for a video (more on TCS Facebook page). What fun! Run Owlets, coaches, and parents, run!

Connecticut Middle School Cross Country Championships
Best of luck to our cross country runners racing in the state Middle School Cross Country Championships at Wickham Park in Manchester this weekend! Stay tuned for news...

Tennis Opportunity
The Country School is happy to introduce another after-school enrichment program: Tennis Club. The program will be offered to students in Grades 1-4 through Fairfield County Tennis. Click here for more information.

News Briefs

Halloween at TCS
Halloween is celebrated by students in PreSchool- Grade 5 with a costume parade viewed by parents, faculty, and Reading Buddies, followed by a  brief assembly in the gym. For older students, there will be a Halloween Fun Night (Grades 5 and 6) and Dance (Grades 6 and 7) on Saturday. The school Handbook provides the following guidelines for student costumes in the parade: “Please try to maintain cultural sensitivity when selecting a costume and avoid excessively commercial or violent themes. With awareness of our school values and mission, plus a healthy dose of fun, we can help our children participate in one of the more delightful Lower School traditions.”

The Fun Night and Dance, organized by the Student Leadership Team, takes place on Saturday. Fun Night will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. and the dance is from 8-10 p.m. Grades 5 and 7 are asked to bring snacks and Grades 6 and 8 drinks. Admission is $10. Remember, tomorrow is a Dress Down Day!

Next Friday Marks the Fall Festival!
Join us on Friday, November 7, after school for the annual Fall Festival, a day of fun and games for the whole family - and for all your friends.  See the flier below for details about this wonderful event, brought to TCS by our wonderful PTA!

TCS in the News
Last week’s issue of The Source newspaper had an article about Stephen Davis ’70 receiving The Country School’s 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award (read it here). Valley News Now is featuring a story about the international math assessment on which Country School students ranked in the top tier, alongside students from Singapore and Chinese Taipei. Click here to read the story.


“Make Everyone’s Thanksgiving a Happy One” – a message from 7th Graders
On Thanksgiving, we have many things to be thankful for. Among these things is the food on our table. Some people, though, aren’t lucky enough to have this good fortune. These are the people that we are helping through the Can Van. (At left, 7th Graders advertise their can van effort.)

The 7th Grade will be collecting cans to donate to the Shoreline Soup Kitchen and The Community Dining Room. We are looking for non-perishable foods as well as some utensils. Please bring your donated goods to your teacher/advisor and place in the Can Van milk crate. The donation deadline is November 20, so get the cans in before it’s too late! You can purchase these items at your local grocery store. Please help The Country School make everyone’s Thanksgiving a happy one.

Students Enjoy Coast Guard Band Concert
Fifth, 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders got to go to New London yesterday to hear the U.S. Coast Guard Band, and we hear the concert was wonderful. TCS band teacher Dan Cross said he's hoping the concert inspired his musicians to play at a higher level and practice more on their own. He also thinks students in the choral program may have been inspired by the incredible soprano on staff in the band.

Paul Stelben '13 in Concert
One of Dan Cross’s former students (now the pupil of his wife, Sue Cross), is Paul Stelben ’13. Recently Paul performed with the Premier Woodwind Quintet before the New Haven Symphony Orchestra concert at the Schubert Theatre. Here is Paul (second from left) and members of the quintet with their coach, Sue Cross (far right). We hear that Paul also played a Rachmaninoff piece (Etude-Tableau in G Minor) on piano at the Hopkins School Tea Concert this week. Two concert within two weeks on two different instruments! 

Alumnus in Patch
Congratulations to Will Viloudaki '11, a senior at Daniel Hand High School who was recently named a semifinalist in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Click herefor an article in Madison Patch. 

Flu Clinic November 3
The hours for the flu clinic on Monday have been changed. It will now be held from 9 a.m.-10 a.m.   (Previous announced hours were 8:30 a.m. until 10 a.m.) Located in the Farmhouse, the clinic is for adults (>18) years of age. Click here to download a consent form and please be sure to bring your insurance card. The VNA requests that all forms be filled out prior to the clinic. For additional information, click here.

This Week's Throwback Thursday

Because tomorrow is Halloween, we've added some Halloween photos to the TBT album. We'll look for more and add them too! Click here for the album.


If you have any good Throwback Thursday photos, please send them to Over the course of the year, we will continue to build our TBT archive

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