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May 21, 2015

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This Week's News

Yearbook Dedications Unveiled at All-School Meeting
In the final ALL-School meeting of the year, members of the Class of 2015 announced this year's yearbook dedicatees. Read more.

Finishing Up their U.S. History Course with a Mock Trial
The 8th graders turned their classroom into a courtroom this week by participating in a mock trial. The preparation for the trial focused on learning about important constitutional principles such as burden of proof, beyond a reasonable doubt, rule of law, due process, and presumption of innocence. Read more.

Baseball Finishes an Undefeated Season in Nearly "Perfect" Style
The Country School baseball team wrapped up their four-game season with two more victories last week, including one of the best pitching outings in TCS history: six innings of no-hit ball with 10 strikeouts. Read more.

TCS Poets Shine at R. J. Julia Poetry Slam
Congratulations to Elke Z. and Abby J., TCS 4th Graders who won top awards in the 6th Annual R. J. Julia Poetry Slam. Read more.

Katie Hartsoe '02 Receives Distinguished Alumni Award; 8th Graders Inducted into Alumni Association
During a special celebration this afternoon, Katie Hartsoe, a costume designer for theater and television, received the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award and members of the TCS Class of 2015 were inducted into the Alumni Association. Click here for photos and watch for more news about Katie's inspiring speech. For more about Katie, click here.

News Briefs

Fore! Join us June 1 at Pine Orchard!
Thank goodness for Pine Orchard tennis pro Mike McManus, who straightens out our own Steph Johnson (filmed here with her caddy, Joanne Arrandale).


Join us on the links (or the tennis court or in the dining room) on June 1 for The Country School Golf and Tennis Classic for Scholarship. Being held this year at the beautiful Pine Orchard Yacht and Country Club, the day features something for everyone. You don’t have to be a scratch golfer or a tennis ace – you can just join us for the auction, drinks, and dinner. For more details and to register for golf, tennis, and/or dinner, go to What a great way to enjoy friends and a beautiful setting while also helping provide others an education that lasts a lifetime.

Outdoor Education - A Hallmark of The Country School Experience
Last week, 4th Graders experienced their "Tent In," an outdoor sleepover on campus, and this week 5th Graders went to Deer Lake for their overnight. Next week, the 8th Graders depart for their Utah adventure, and the week after, 6th and 7th Graders have their overnights (High Banks in Kent for 6th and Camp Hazen in Chester for 7th). Here are a few photos from the 4th and 5th Grades. More on TCS Facebook.


Running with TCS
Thank you to everyone who turned out last weekend to run with The Country School in the Madison Chamber of Commerce’s 2nd Annual Bed Race. Click here to see more photos. Click here for a video made by 7th Grader Aidan C. Pretty intense running, Team TCS!!


A Celebration for Kathy McCurdy and Sarah Barber
They're retiring after 23 and 25 years at The Country School, respectively, and we're looking forward to celebrating them! Join us for a cocktail party and tribute to Kathy and Sarah on Sunday, June 7 from 5-7 p.m. (Elmore Library). Students and others who are attending Field Day will celebrate these two beloved teachers on June 8, 2 p.m., before the relay race. To learn more and/or RSVP, contact

Box Tops for Education 
We are in our final weeks of collecting Box Tops for submission on May 29th With our contest in the home stretch for the year, Blue continues to hold the lead with 2470. Gold is close behind with 2387! We look forward to announcing the winner at Field Day on June 8th!

Thank you to everyone who has donated throughout the year. A particular shoutout to two enthusiastic Blue Team members, Giovanna and Mattea P., who made collection boxes last month and placed them at the reception areas of their dad's offices. We hear from their mom that they were SUPER excited to help pull Blue pull ahead! A reminder: Please continue to collect over the summer, as it will give us a jump-start on next year's submission! Thank you!!

Field Day is June 8
Don't forget to get your t-shirt and show your BLUE and GOLD spirit!  The shirts are available in the Farmhouse or online at for $12. GO GOLD AND BLUE!!

Looking for Field Day Parent Volunteers
Come enjoy the fun with your children by volunteering to help out on Field Day! Set up, serving lunch, and lunch clean up volunteers are needed. Please join us for a meeting Wednesday, May 27, at 8:10 AM in the cafeteria or sign up by contacting

May 22 Professional Development Day - Owl's Nest Available
Tomorrow is a Professional Development Day for faculty, so there will be no school for students. Owl's Nest will be available. To register, click here.

Summer Means Summer Fun and Learning!
Don't miss your opportunity to register for camp at TCS. So many great offerings - go to

Getting Ready for the 60th....
We will be celebrating in so many ways, including during our kick-off on Field Day, June 8. But our BIGGEST event by far will be our one major fundraiser of the year, Sixty Years of Brilliance! Join us for an organizational meeting on May 28 - be a part of the team! 

Ciao Bella is located at 698 Boston Post Rd, Madison.

From the PTA

Thank you, volunteers!
It was a fabulous night at the soup kitchen this week! Fresh veggie chili, garlic bread, and fresh corn on the cob for 51 meals! Finished off by delicious cupcakes. The kid and grownup volunteers were all amazing - a great night of family fun at The Community Dining Room!

Interested in Being a Room Parent?
The Parent Teacher Association is looking for volunteers to serve as Room Parents next year. It's a lot of fun and a great way to get to know other members of the community. If you're interested, please contact

Planning has begun for Minds in Motion 2016
We are thrilled to be hosting Minds in Motion on campus again next fall. Students from all over Connecticut will attend this event, offered through the Connecticut Association for the Gifted, on October 17, and we want to be ready to show our visitors how great our school is. Volunteers needed for everything from pre-planning to setup. We’d also love to hear if you'd like to teach a session or if you have ideas for sessions you’d like to see offered. Please get in touch with Jennifer Jones or Suzanne Sliker. For more about Minds in Motion, click here.

Throwback Thursday 

Another Outdoor Ed-oriented TBT. This one's from two years ago (so we're not throwing back too far, but we love it). Here's a blog it inspired - Schools and Students: Can you Measure the Impact?


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