PreSchool - Grade 8
Madison, CT

April Vacation Workshops

This April, we are delighted to welcome members of the community to join us for some fun, hands-on workshops. All workshops are free and open to the public, but space is limited so we ask participants to pre-register using the links below.

The Country School LEGO Robotics Workshop

April 10, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

For current 1st-3rd Graders
Maximum: 12 Students
Can you create a bird and make it dance and sing? Can you build a model sailboat that can survive a storm at sea? Can you invent your own robot to do a job for you? Using LEGO WeDo building sets and programming tools, students will build and program robots to complete tasks and challenges. Students will gain hands-on programming experience while learning how to combine motors, sensors, gears, pulleys, and levers to build fun and creative robots.

The County School LEGO Robotics Workshop

April 11, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

For current 4th-7th Graders
Maximum: 12 students
How do robots move, sense their environment, and think? Have you ever wondered how to program a robot to follow your commands? Do you love building with LEGO? The Country School is offering a morning class to teach you how to do just that. Students will learn how to program a robot using LEGO EV3 Mindstorms and compete in exciting challenges. Build a robust robot that can win in a battle of Tug-of-War, create a fast robot to navigate a maze, or come-up with an efficient robot to detect, push, and move objects. Students will gain hands-on programming and building experience while learning how light sensors, ultrasonic sensors, motors, and gears can work to create an interactive robot.

Author/Illustrator Talk

April 12, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

For current Kindergarten-4th Graders
John Fixx, Head of School at The Country School and author of The Curious Guide to Things That Aren’t, will read from his new book and invite children to participate in a fun, interactive guessing game related to the book's main theme: intangible nouns such as air, breath, and jokes. Abby Carter, the illustrator of Things That Aren't, will join us to show how she was able to come up with illustrations to convey things we generally can’t see or touch. Children will be invited to write their own clues for ethereal nouns such as privacy, liberty, ambition, and pride. Who knows? Some of these suggestions may be included in the sequel.

School Library Journal said The Curious Guide to Things That Aren’t is “bound to keep young readers questioning the world around them and even giggling about it. No guessing needed—this one is a keeper from A to Z!”

Illustration Workshop

April 12, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

For current Kindergarten- 4th Graders

Inspired by The Curious Guide to Things That Aren’t, students will create an illustration of their own representation of darkness, air, heat, and other things that aren’t! Mr. Fixx may even choose a student’s illustration for Things That Aren't, Volume 2.

STEAM Design Challenge: An Outside The Box Workshop

April 13, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

For current 1st-7th Graders

This Outside The Box Workshop will exercise your mental flexibility. Come design and create using a wide variety of materials and tinkering tools! Most problem solving leans heavily on our brain’s logical centers. Students will be inspired to push their thinking up and beyond its limit by integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

Questions? Feel free to contact Pam Glasser ( or Kathleen Zane (, 203-421-3113, extension 122. We look forward to seeing you in April!

Secondary School Fair

April 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, April 12, The Country School invites area families to join us at the 15th Annual Secondary School Fair.

This is a great opportunity to speak with representatives from a range of high schools, both boarding and day, and learn what their schools have to offer.

Previous participants have included:

Avon Old Farms, Berkshire, Canterbury, Cheshire Academy, Choate Rosemary Hall, Cushing Academy, Dana Hall, Deerfield Academy, Emma Willard, Ethel Walker, Fairfield Prep, Gunnery, Hamden Hall, Hopkins, Hotchkiss, Kent, Kimball Union, Kingswood Oxford, Lauralton Hall, Loomis Chaffee, Lyme-Old Lyme High School, The Master's School, Marvelwood, Mercy, Millbrook, Miss Hall's, Miss Porter's, Northfield Mt. Hermon, Phillips Academy Andover, Phillips Exeter Academy, Pomfret, Portsmouth Abbey, Sacred Heart, Salisbury, Stoneleigh Burnham, Suffield Academy, Tabor Academy, Taft, Trinity Pawling, Vermont Academy, Westminster, Westover, The Williams School, Williston Northampton, Xavier and more.

This event is free and open to the public. Please contact Deborah Williams with questions (203-421-3113, x 137).