August 23, 2018


Much of the information you will find in this End-of-Summer Hoot
can be accessed in OwlNet, our one-stop communications portal.


Please take time to read, download, print and return all necessary forms. 




Community Welcome - Tuesday, September 4

8:00 -10:00 a.m. for PreSchool - 8th Grade families.

  • 8:00 a.m. Community gathering begins in the DeFrancis Gymnasium
  • 8:30 a.m. PreSchool - 5th Grade families have classroom visits
  • 8:30 a.m. 6th - 8th Grade students meet with advisors, get schedules, discuss upcoming overnight ed trips, visit lockers, and more! 
  • 8:30 a.m. Beth Coyne hosts a Middle School parent orientation in the Music Room


Family Picnic - Friday, September 7 at 5:30 p.m.

We welcome all families to join us for a cook-out to celebrate the beginning of the new school year, see old friends, and make new ones. 

  • Families with last name beginning A-M provide a salad or side to share.
  • Families with last name beginning N-Z provide a dessert to share.


Back to School Night - Thursday, September 13

  • 5:30-6:15 p.m. Cocktails in the Courtyard
  • 6:15-8:00 p.m. Announcements in the DeFrancis Gymnasium followed by Classroom Visits


ONCE! - Wednesday October 3

A musical featuring Country School's General and Choral Music Teacher Mrs. Vicki Wepler at the Ivoryton Playhouse

  • Pre-Show Reception, 6:00-7:15 p.m.
  • Once, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Post-Show Meet and Greet, 9:30 p.m.



Keep an eye out! Students will receive a letter from their teacher/advisor within the next week.



Country School Handbook and Acceptable Use Policy

Review the 2018-19 Handbook and Acceptable Use Policy with your children. Then sign and return the Statement of Understanding.


Student and Family Directory

We are in the process of creating this year's student and family directory. To assist us in this endeavor, please click here to view your family information, which is based on our database, not last year's directory. Contact information is presented under the student last name. Please check names, addresses, phone numbers (landline and cell), e-mails, and student information. For families with two households, each parent will be listed separately under the student's last name.


If there are any additions or changes to be made or you do not wish to include some of the information, please notify Joanne Arrandale by Friday, August 31. If we do not hear from you by this date, we will assume that the information is correct and it will all appear in the directory.


The directory will be printed and available to current parents, faculty and staff, and the Board of Trustees. It is not to be used for commercial or solicitation purposes.


e2 Campus

During the school year, we use a system called e2 Campus to communicate with families when we have weather-related schedule changes and/or other messages of an urgent nature. Returning families do not need to re-register unless contact information has changed.


All new families are advised to register. If you have any questions about this system, please contact Director of Technology Bill Leidt. Register or for e2 Campus or edit your existing account.


Transportation - We've added a bus!

  • Families from the towns of East Haddam, Essex, Chester, Deep River, Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook can take the East Bus. Register for East Bus.
  • Families west of Madison can take the West Bus which stops in Branford and Guilford. Register for West Bus.
  • Fees for this service are based on participation.


Health Office

Health Assessment Record Forms, Requirements, Medical Treatment Authorization, Health Updates and more can be found here: Medical FormsThese forms are due no later than Friday, September 7. We appreciate the speedy turnaround. Contact Nurse Fucci with any questions.


No Photo-Video

If you would prefer your child not be included in school-related publicity, complete this form: No Photo-Video


The PTA needs your help!

PTA Co-Chairs Cori Branco and Anne Hering thank those who have already volunteered to serve as room parents for this academic year. The following grades have yet to be covered. Contact them if you are interested in serving.

  • PreSchool
  • PreK
  • 1st
  • 2nd 
  • 4th Grade - At least two volunteers needed as this is a double section.



Fall trips will take place during the week of September 25.


By Friday, September 7, each students must complete and return to school:

  • The Country School Permission Slip
  • The Country School Waiver
  • The Mountain Workshop Waiver


The gear list we share is a general one; however, advisors will modify it with their students as needed for each of the trips: Mountain Lakes, Ward Pound Ridge, and Delaware Water Gap.


Visit the Field Trip Forms page of OwlNet on our website to access these forms and the gear list.




Fall Sports Information - from Mr. Wallack

This mailing went out earlier in the month; in case you missed it, click here to learn about fall athletics.


Flying Owlets

We offer an after-school running program for students in Grades 1-4. This is a unique opportunity among all Connecticut independent schools for our younger students to be mentored by students from The Country School Cross Country Team. Learn more and register.


Orbit Robotics

Join the TCS robotics team and be part of your future this fall, for this year's theme, "Into Orbit!" What does it take to live on a space station or travel to another planet? What happens to your body in space, and what are the risks during long-duration space exploration within our solar system? Learn more!



Chess is to the mind as exercise is to the body. We are offering a Chess Class at TCS for children in grades K - 8, taught by Dr. Ani Deshpande. No knowledge of chess is required. Dr. Deshpande is a United States Chess Federation Certified Chess Coach and a two-time Wisconsin State Chess Champion. He is also an Emergency Physician. Learn more and register.



Once again Madison Racquet will be offering tennis for students of all ages after school. Stay tuned for details.


Owl's Nest

Owl's Nest is our before-and after-school care program. It provides a safe, respectful and nurturing environment in which students have many opportunities to create, explore, have fun, and gain new knowledge. Owl's Nest teachers are actively involved in supervising and guiding students in their chosen activities. They strive to make Owl's Nest a fun place which children look forward to attending.

  • Before School: Owl's Nest is available for all students, PreSchool - Grade 8, from 7:30 - 8  a.m. in Mrs. Kiely's room in Clark House. Before school care does not require registration, just drop in. There is no additional fee for morning Owl's Nest.
  • After-school Owl's Nest is available until 6 p.m. It is located in the Dining Hall.
  • Register for Owl's Nest.


Homework Haven

Homework Haven is a quiet study hall for 5th - 8th Grade students. This quiet, extended-day study hall opportunity held in the Elmore Library differs from Owl's Nest in that its purpose is to work, not play. Homework Haven is available on Monday - Thursday afternoons from 3:15-5 p.m. Students attending Homework Haven have access to library resources, including computers, and must quietly work on homework until picked up. Register for Homework Haven.



Private lessons for piano, violin, and voice and Instrument Rental for 5th Graders Young Musicians Program and Instrument Rental. 




The Roost 

  • The Roost: Students and families may purchase Country School gear online or in the business office.
  • This year we will offer school clothing through Lands' End and Tommy Hilfiger. Simply search for Country School. 


Lunch Ordering



The purchasing of snacks by Middle Schoolers has fallen off sharply in recent years to the point of being almost nonexistent. To teach pre-planning and organization, we will no longer have snacks for purchase available during Middle School snack. Please be sure to have your child bring a daily morning snack if that is needed.


4th-8th Grade Supply List

  • Pens, pencils, highlighters, sticky notes... School Supply List
  • PreSchool - 3rd Grade supplies are provided. 

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