October 5, 2017


Download the free The Little Hoot app in the Apple Store created by John A, '18.


From Country Life - Our All-School Blog

A Fifth Grader's Family Recipe for "Living A Writer's Life"

by Kerri Kelly and Brett Merrill, 5th Grade Teachers

Living a writer's life is not as easy to do as one may think. With the proper ingredients, easy-to-follow directions, lots of effort and dashes of practice, the final result will eventually be a draft that is delectable and worth sharing with all. After all, everyone loves sharing a good recipe! Read more.


Concussion Policy


A gentle reminder that you and your 5th-8th Grade child must read, sign, and return The Country School's Concussion Policy by Friday, October 6, in order to participate in any physical activity.


How do you raise technologically healthy children?


Come to Minds in Motion on Saturday, October 14 at The Country School to talk about the answers to this question.


Claudia Califano, M.D.; Peggy Chappell, LCSW; Jerry Zigmont, Owner, MacWorks, LLC; and Bill Leidt, Technology Director, The Country School.


Offerings at Minds in Motion include Sizzling Sensory Science, Life by the Wigwam 300 Years Ago!, Introduction to Robotics, Fencing, Poetry and Math, Owl Pellet Detectives, Paint Like the Masters, Intro to STEAM, 3D Printing and Design, Roller Coaster Physics, Chess, Think Like DaVinci, and more!


Learn More about Minds in Motion at The Country School

Register for Minds in Motion


Minds in Motion NEEDS YOU!


An event like Minds in Motion requires some extra hands-on volunteers leading up to the event, the day before the event, and the day of the event. 

We need some parents

  • leading up to the event to drop off water to the Farmhouse
  • the day before the event to help set up the gym, stuff folders, and/or hang signs
  • the day of the event to make sure folks get to the right locations on our campus


If you are able to help, please use this link to sign up. We are grateful for any support we can get, even if it's for a few hours or a case of water.


Interested in volunteering for an evening of fun and community service?


We'd love to have you join us to to prepare, serve, and clean up during family night at the Community Dining Room in Branford. Parents and students in 1st Grade and up can take part in this Country School tradition—we've been at it for 14 years! It's the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Contact Suzanne Sliker or Stephanie Johnson if you'd like to get on the list to help.


Our next service is October 17th.


Pre-order your copy of Sing It!
Deadline to order is Tuesday, October 10.


Parent Conference Day and Owl's Nest - October 20


PreSchool-5th Grade teachers have sent out information regarding how to sign up for a parent conference. Middle School parents sign up for conferences using this link.


If you need to put your child in Owl's Nest on Parent Conference Day, please register by October 13. Owl's Nest will be available from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.



Flu Clinic - Administered by VNA Nurses


October 27, 2017 9-10 a.m. in Farmhouse. This is open to all adults.


Call for Tour Guides for October 29th Open House 1:00-3:30 p.m.


The admission office is looking for volunteers to give campus tours at our Open House. If you would like to show a prospective family our campus and share your Country School experience, please reach out to Pam Glasser or Kathleen Zane. Thank you!


Box Tops for Education


Each year we participate in the Box Tops for Education Program. Families are asked to clip and collect Box Tops from participating products and The Country School receives a check for our submission. In the past this effort has raised just under $1000 per year for our school. For more information and participating products go to


Ready, Set, Start Clipping and Collecting!


Once again we will host our year-long box top collecting competition between the BLUE and GOLD Teams. On your box top submission, indicate BLUE or GOLD and it will be counted toward your team's score. Our first submission will be made on November 1! Contest updates will be reported in The Hoot and also on a scoreboard in the dining room. The winning team is announced at Field Day in June.


Win a free week of Country School Summer Camp!


Refer a family to our October 29th Open House and you and that family will be entered into a drawing to win a free week of summer camp at The Country School!

Thursday, October 5, 2017
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Friday, October 6, 2017

The Country School

341 Opening Hill Road • Madison, CT 06443 • (203) 421-3113

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