Finalsite Academy

June 4, 2015

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This Week's News

"Out of the Classrooms and Into the Woods"

The Experience of a Lifetime: 8th Grade Returns from Southwest
No doubt we will hear more stories from our 8th Graders, who returned to campus this morning after their week in the mountains, deserts, and canyons in and around Moab, Utah. But for now, here’s a preliminary slideshow (click here) and also an excerpt from a report to 8th Grade parents from Head of School John Fixx, who joined students for the first half of the trip. Read more.

Elsewhere On and Off Campus...
While 4th-7th Grades have been having their own overnight Outdoor Education adventures, ranging from an on-campus tent-in for 4th Grade (click here) to challenges on climbing walls and a voyage by canoe for 7th Graders (stay tuned; they return later today), younger students are also experiencing outdoor adventures. Click here for an account of the PreK’s field trip to Grass Island with their 4th Grade Reading Buddies and here for a story about 3rd Graders observing nature on campus and then writing about it. 

Why Outdoor Education?
In case you didn't catch it, here is a story from NPR about the importance of learning in and from the outdoors (click here). Sound familiar? For more about why we are so committed to Outdoor Education at The Country School, visit

End of Year Events 

The end of the school year is a busy time. In addition to grade-specific events and activities, there are many all-school programs. For your convenience, below is a link to a list and description of events that affect the entire school community and/or several grades at a time. For grade-specific activities, please consult teacher pages or watch for messages from your child’s teacher/advisor.  


Click here for PDF version.

We are also looking for volunteers. If you'd like to help out at Field Day, please sign up using the link below:

Field Day Volunteers

Great Day of Golf and Tennis for a Great Cause!
Thank you to all our participants and sponsors for a fun day of camaraderie and sportsmanship for a great cause - scholarship at TCS! Click here for more photos.

We also thank Guilford Racquet for hosting us last minute when the tennis portion of our day got rained out and our amazing volunteers.  A particular shout out to the Johnson family, event co-chairs Stephanie and Phil Johnson and event photographers Hannah ’08 and Sarah ’10 Johnson.


New Additions to Summer Fun and Learning
Please keep checking for additions to our offerings. Note that we have added another week of Beginning Robotics and have more detail about our Exploration/TED-style camp with alumnae Marina '07 and Milan '11 Sachs. In addition, the Reading and Writing Camp scheduled for June 22-26 has been moved to an afternoon session so students may participate in both the Exploration/TED-style camp and the writing camp. We may be adding a Fencing Camp soon. If your child is interested, please email

A Message from Nurse Fucci:
Parent(s)/Guardian(s)--If your child has medications in the Health Office, please remember they must be picked up by an adult  by the last day of school. All medications left behind after the last day of school will be discarded.  Please note, all medications must be collected by an adult.

Concert for Uganda this Weekend
Celebrate our school's service effort this year to help build a well in Uganda. On Friday night, there will be a concert, Songs for Uganda, to benefit the work of Call to Care Uganda. Join other friends from The Country School there!

CT Rush Tryouts
Connecticut Rush, a soccer program that practices on our fields and was one of the sponsors of the 2015 TCS Golf and Tennis Classic for Scholarship, is holding tryouts for next year's teams. Click here for details.

From the PTA

Interested in Being a Room Parent?
Do you want to join the fun? Planning is underway for next year. If you'd like to be part of the team, please contact

Planning has begun for Minds in Motion 2016
We are thrilled to be hosting Minds in Motion on campus again next fall. Interested in helping out? Please contact Jennifer Jones or Suzanne Sliker. For more about Minds in Motion, click here.

Community Dining Room Dinners Continue Throughout the Summer
We will still be serving dinners the third Tuesday of each month. If you're interested in joining us, please contact or

Throwback Thursday 

Because we look forward to celebrating them on Sunday from 5-7 p.m. (R.S.V.P. to and Monday (Field Day) at 2 p.m., here are two of our favorite teachers with a special friend. Anyone know what year this was taken? 


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Upcoming Events

  • Thursday - June 4, 2015
    Grade 8: Return from Moab Trip
    Grade 4 Festival of States
    8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
    Board of Trustee Meeting (Tentative)
    6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Annual Meeting of the Corporation
    7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    Friday - June 5, 2015
    Trimester 3 ends
    Grade 5: Greek Play
    8:30 AM to 11:00 AM
    Reading Buddies
    8:40 AM to 9:00 AM
    Grade 8: Graduation Rehearsal
    11:00 AM
    Grade 2: Field Trip
    11:05 AM to 2:00 PM
    12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    Sports Awards Ceremony
    2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Sunday - June 7, 2015
    Tribute to Sarah Barber and Kathy McCurdy
    5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Monday - June 8, 2015
    Field Day
    Closing Ceremony
    8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
    TCS Regatta: Grades 1 to 7
    9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    Grade 8: Rehearsal for Prize Day and Graduation
    10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    Tuesday - June 9, 2015
    Class of 2015 Luncheon for Families and Faculty
    Prize Day
    9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    Early Dismissal - Prize Day
    11:30 AM
    Wednesday - June 10, 2015
    Grade 8: Graduation Photos
    7:30 AM
    9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    Early Dismissal - Graduation
    11:30 AM
    Tuesday - June 16, 2015
    Community Dining Room
    4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

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