September 6, 2018


Preparing Children for the Path

by Beth Coyne, Assistant Head of School


The Middle School backpack is a phenomenon that has us all aching for a massage every time we see our students walking down the hall. My son actually pulled a muscle in his back years ago when wielding one of his heavy packs. So that students do not have to put the bag on his or her back, some families have opted to purchase backpacks with wheels. Although this can be a short-term help, it is not a long-term strategy. Have you ever seen a high school or college student with a wheeled backpack? Our teachers are mindful of their students' heavy load. In fact, more manageable in size than last year's, our Middle School students now have a new history textbook (selected for its content, not its size). Relying on a textbook in some Middle School classes provides our students with critical skills they will need in the coming academic years. Read more.


Middle School Field Trip Forms


In case you missed The Country School Student Waiver the first time around, here it is. Apologies that it wasn't listed with the others from the very beginning.


Field Trip Forms


Coast Guard Band - Field Trip for Grades 5-8


The children have been given the permission slip and Country School student waiver form for their trip to hear the Coast Guard Band on September 20. In case the forms don't make it home, here you go!


Permission Slip



Back to School Night Childcare


We will be offering childcare on Back to School Night, Thursday, September 13 from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. We will provide pizza for all students who register.


Register by Monday, September 10 so we can staff accordingly. You will be billed $20 for the evening ($30 per family). This program is only for students who attend The Country School. We cannot accommodate drop ins so you must register your child. 


Visit Rome with TCS in March!

Information Session September 13 at 5:30 p.m.


As part of our TCS travel program, we are offering a week long trip to Rome and Pompeii in March of 2019, led by Jason Wainio and our World Language team. We are working in conjunction with Prométour to bring you an incredible trip, which will include the following:

  • Guided tours of the Roman Forum and Colosseum, including an interactive workshop at the Gladiator School of Rome
  • A hands-on workshop at the School of Mosaics
  • A day trip to visit the ruins of Pompeii, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • A visit to St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museum
  • A cooking class where we will learn to make authentic pasta


While our travel is geared toward students, parents and families are welcome to join the tour as well. If you are interested, plan to attend an informational meeting in the library on September 13 at 5:30 p.m., immediately before the start of Back to School Night. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please reach out to Ann Marie Wei for more information.  We look forward to sharing the adventure with you!


Thank you, LaRosa Construction and Sullivan Paving


We are simply delighted with our new parking lot and sidewalks. If you're anticipating construction or paving at your own home, consider LaRosa and Sullivan.




PTA will have a table set up at tomorrow's picnic. Stop by, introduce yourself, and learn more about what we do at Country School.

Join us at our first meeting of the school year on Wednesday, September 12 at 8:15 in the Dining Hall. All are welcome!


Little Free Library


The supply of books in our little free library has greatly dwindled over the summer.


Please consider donating any gently used books on your shelves at home for others to enjoy. Simply stock the library as you walk by.


Thank you!


Junior and Adult Tennis Programs at the TCS Rothberg Tennis Center


Our goal for all levels in our Junior programs is to have fun, learn the fundamentals of the game and advance to the next level by working hard. All Junior programs are designed to work with the USTA Net Generation Format. The Net Generation format provides a unique opportunity for younger players to be introduced to the basics of the game. The court, rackets and nets have been resized for children who are learning the game. This makes learning more fun and easier for the player.


Junior Programs
Sept 11 - Nov 6 (8 week program)


Tuesday 3:30-4:30 p.m. Red Ball, Ages 4-6, 6-8
Cost: 180.00


Tuesday 4:30-5:30 p.m. Orange Ball, Ages 8-10
Cost: $ 250.00


Thursday 3:30-5:00 p.m. Green Dot Ball, Ages 10-12
Cost: $370.00 *The last Thursday class is November 8 due to the holiday.


Junior Teams

$30.00 per match/practice
10 and Under Team, Ages 7-10
12 and Under Team, Ages 10-12
Practice times TBD on weekends
Matches on Saturdays and Sundays against other Clubs
Juniors would register on the USTA website under JTT section.


Adult Programs

Point Play
Wednesdays 9-10:30 a.m.
$28.00 per time


Play Tennis Fast 6 weeks
Fridays 9-10 a.m.
$99.00 for 6 weeks


Private Lessons available by appointment. $95.00 per hour or $55.00 per 1/2 hour.


Register online at

  • Select Register Online
  • Login with email address and password. If you've forgotten your PW, just click on "Forgot Password" and follow the prompts. 
  • Sign in as a guest if you've never participated in any programs at MRSC before.
  • Select Program Registration from the Drop down menu
  • Select Fall Tennis Jrs or Fall Tennis Adults.

Young Actors' Workshop - Fall 2018

  • Wednesday Afternoons 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
  • September 12 - December 5
  • Students in Grades 2 - 5


Students in this class will get to explore performance with a focus on Character and Story. Engaging in improv games to liberate their creativity, delving into scene study to hone their understanding of text, and discovering their Authentic Artist's Voice as they perform for their peers! Working as an ensemble, each participant will walk away from this course with a renewed sense of confidence that can applied to all aspects of life. Class will culminate in an informal performance. Learn More and Register

Thursday - September 6, 2018
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
2:30 PM
The Country School
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Friday - September 7, 2018
8:30 AM
DeFrancis Gymnasium
3:15 PM
The Country School
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Class of 2016 Patio and TCS Fields
Saturday - September 8, 2018
On your own
Monday - September 10, 2018

The Country School

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

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