October 26, 2017


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


Tee Shirts to Support Hurricane Recovery
In the spirit of Cooperation, our school's theme for the year, Country School families are spearheading an effort to support Gifft Hill School in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, as it strives to help the local community recover from two devastating, back-to-back hurricanes. Gifft Hill is the Preschool-12th Grade school run by Laurie Bottiger, who served as Head of School at The Country School from 2011-2014. In the coming weeks, we will be selling specially designed tee-shirts featuring the logos of both schools, with all proceeds supporting Gifft Hill's effort to serve school-aged children on the island.


Quantities are limited and will be available on first-come, first-served basis. The shirts cost $15 for children and $20 for adults. If you wish to reserve a shirt/shirts or have questions, please email

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Spain Trip Information Session - tonight


Consider sending your Middle School student to Spain for March break. An information session will be held next Thursday from 6-7 p.m. Middle School students have already been given the materials. Just in case the paperwork didn't make it out of the backpacks: Itinerary and Letter


Flu Clinic - tomorrow


Enjoy a flu-free season. Stop by the Farmhouse between 9-10 a.m. Bring a copy of your insurance card and wear short sleeves. All vaccines are administered by licensed and experienced nurses from VNA Community Healthcare


4th Grade Soccer by Contributing Editor, 8th Grader Phin S.


On Monday, October 23, the 4th grade (plus 3rd Grader, Olafur S.); took on their first ever TCS soccer game against the Madison Soccer Club. Everyone played extremely well, including some great goalkeeper saves by Jack M. and Milo B. TCS scored three goals in all, including two by Christopher Y. and one by Sam D. In the end, the Owls ended up beating Madison by a phenomenal score of three to nothing. What a great start to the year for the young and rising stars! The young owls will be back in action tomorrow. Good Luck!


Win a free week of Country School Summer Camp!


Refer a family to our October 29 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!


Community Involvement Questionnaire - The Survey Link Now Works!

In an effort to continually enhance our curricular and enrichment opportunities both on and beyond campus, we are asking families to please take a moment to answer a few questions to help us get to know you better and provide suggestions. This may be in the realm of our Cultural Arts program, or in connection with other academic areas. Thank You! Complete the brief survey.


Madison Hoop Dreams @ TCS on Professional Development Day, November 1

  • 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • $50 per child
  • There will be a canteen if you care to purchase snacks, drinks, or Grand Apizza ($2.00/slice), or you may bring food and drink from home.
  • To register, email Coach Bill Barker at  or telephone him at 203-245-9766. You may even register the day of the event.
  • Check out Madison Hoop Dreams for more information.

The Country School will be collecting gently used, clean winter coats, scarves, mittens, and gloves for IRIS, Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services, in New Haven.


Collection boxes will be located in the Farmhouse and in the foyer of the DeFrancis Gymnasium.


Box Tops for Education - November 1 is our first submission.


Please bring in your Box Tops to be counted as soon as possible! These can be given to teachers or dropped off to Mrs. Zane. We will continue to collect Box Tops all year, so keep clipping and collecting! Look for our first contest update In the next HOOT!



Jack-o-Lanterns - Friday, November 3


The Country School will host the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the nonprofit Call to Care Uganda on Friday, November 3. We partnered with Call to Care in our service learning work in 2015 to send 300 pairs of shoes to a school in Uganda, and we also raised the money to build a well for that same school.

To light the way up the path from the parking lot to the gym that evening, we were hoping to use Jack-O-Lanterns as luminaries along the path. We are hoping you will consider giving your Jack-O-Lantern to TCS after you are done with it on Halloween!

If you care to participate, complete the form linked here, and then on either November 2 or 3, drop off your Jack-O-Lantern in the foyer of the gym.

Jack-O-Lantern Survey click here

Thank you for helping to brighten our campus that evening!



Diversity Committee Meeting - Tuesday, November 7


Dear Country School Community – –

Thank you for participating in the Diversity Survey we commissioned last year. The instrument, by the National Association of Independent Schools, is designed to help a school community take stock of where the people in the community feel the diversity effort is advancing in mutual understanding and embrace. It is also designed to help identify areas of potential growth for the years ahead.

With the results now in hand, we invite all interested people to a meeting at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7 in the Farmhouse conference room to review the results together and then begin to identify concrete action steps that we can apply as a committee and as the school community the rest of this year. If appropriate, we will have some Elmore Student Leaders and other interested students in attendance as well.

In preparation for this meeting, we will work as an administration to identify some steps for the Diversity Committee to consider. Ahead of time, for your involvement, thank you.

John Fixx, Head of School

Beth Coyne, Dean of Student Life


Screenagers - Thursday, November 9

Award-winning SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world. Following the screening will be a panel discussion including Claudia Califano, M.D.; Peggy Chappell, LCSW; Jerry Zigmont, Owner, MacWorks, LLC; and Bill Leidt, Technology Director, The Country School. Did you have difficulty reserving your seat? Try again! Reserve your FREE seat for Screenagers

Middle School Students, Do you LOVE to read?

2020 Intermediate and Middle School Nutmeg Book Award Student Reader Applications - November 15

Each year, two students are chosen out of all the applicants from around the state to be members of the Intermediate Nutmeg Book Award Selection Committee and two or three are selected for the Middle School Nutmeg Book Award Selection Committee. Serving on one of these committees is a challenging yet rewarding experience for the student readers and it is a privilege to be chosen. You get to do one of your favorite things (read!), then discuss the books with others who love to read as much as you do. Before you make a decision about applying, however, there are several things that you and your parents need to take into consideration.

Grades 6 and 7 - Intermediate Nutmeg Book Award

Grade 8 - Middle School Nutmeg Book Award


Attendance Ease


To save you some time and enhance communication, during the day if you realize that your child's end-of-day schedule must change for any reason, please now email to let the school know the new dismissal plan. The office will be sure to notify the appropriate classroom teacher or advisor, though you can also put him or her on the email, as well. can be read by all the staff involved with attendance and student dismissal safety. We will confirm that we have received your email so you will know that we are aware of the change. We hope this saves you some time in having to call and track down the right person during the day. Please, contact John Fixx, Head of School if you have any questions.


Yearbooks For Sale


8th Grade Parents, If you would like to have a recognition page or part of a page with a message for your soon-to-be graduate, (sometimes even grandparents like to do this), please use the above link. On that page you will see a link to build your child's recognition page. 


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