January 17, 2019

IDEA Day Mohamed Abu is greeted by former campmate Chase Costello and former classmates Helen and Constance Sharp at Tuesday's 7th Annual IDEA Day. Mohamed engaged his audience by sharing his story about relocating from Syria to Old Lyme. Mohamed offered rich peer-to-peer learning that served as the perfect culmination to a day filled with workshops about differences, tolerance, and kindness. See photos from the day.


Bingo for Books - Tomorrow from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Pizza will be served.


We know how to pick them!


Adrien Broom '94, our 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award winner, is one of Connecticut Magazine's 40 under 40 for 2019. Find it at your newsstand or read more here.

Owls' Varsity Boys' Basketball Update

The varsity boys' basketball team has gotten off to a 1-2 start to the season.  They started the season with a difficult defeat at the hands of Hopkins. Joe M. led the Owls in scoring on the day.  The team followed up this tough defeat with a victory against Pine Points 6th and 7th grade team. The final score was 32-26.  Jay D. led the scoring with 12 points. Philip W. chipped in six points, Jeb A. and Macklin B. both had four. Pearse R. and Luke P. both added a basket a piece.  The most recent game came against Chase Collegiate. The Owls suffered a loss by the score of 33-20. Philip W. and Erik H. both scored 6 points. Ian M., Joe M., Mack B. and Luke P. added a basket a piece.  Overall, the team has made a great deal of progress from the first game until now. We are excited to participate in the Pine Point Tournament this coming weekend in Stonington. Go Owls!

Two Ways to Win!


Be entered in a raffle to win a week of Country School summer camp by letting the Admission Office know when you

  • refer a friend to attend this Sunday's Open House from 1-3:30 p.m.
  • hear our Open House advertisement on NPR.


Thank you for helping us spread the word about the wonders of a Country School education!

Run for Refugees with The Country School - February 3

To build on our incredibly successful coat drive for IRIS and the interest driven by our participation in the Global Read Aloud this fall (Refugee by Alan Gratz) and many of our workshops on IDEA Day, we encourage all Country School students and their families, staff, and alumni to consider participating in the IRIS Run for Refugees in New Haven on February 3.


Register then reach out to Liz Lightfoot to let us know whom to expect. We'd love to have a big TCS showing! Be sure to wear your TCS spirit. 

Owl's Nest - Conference Day - Friday, February 15


The Country School will run an Owl's Nest program from 8:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m. for families who need childcare on conference day, Friday, February 15. We ask that you register your child by February 9, so we can staff accordingly. We must have a minimum of five to run the Owl's Nest Program. If you have any questions please email or

Intermediate Robotics Open Lab Offering: Wednesdays 3:15-5:00 until March 6

Calling all students with EV3 building and programming experience! Come help design and program next fall's First League League award-winning robot.


Students will research and build robots to complete FLL missions using ultrasonic, gyro, color and touch sensors and will practice customized programming using My Blocks. Lab time is designed to be flexible and open-ended so students can drop in on a week-to-week basis as their schedules allow.

Stay tuned for beginning EV3 programming and all-girls robotics offerings after March vacation!


Chinese New Year at The Country School


Chinese New Year is Tuesday, February 5; this is the Year of the Pig. Our lunch menu during the first week of February reflects this holiday. Learn more about Chinese New Year.


Place your order.

Madison Hoop Dreams Basketball Camps (3rd-8th Grade)

February 18

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Great opportunity for players to improve their skills, work on their court awareness, and encourage their enjoyment of competition. This is a good "team building" day for teammates on travel and rec teams.

The cost is $50 for one camper, $90 for 2 campers, $40/camper for 3 or more campers. Register.  

Get Out and Vote!

Donations are our lifeblood and Essex Savings Bank is giving thousands of dollars to help aid our efforts.  

Essex Savings Bank will be collecting votes throughout the month of February.  At the end of this period, the votes are tallied and translate into a percentage of the total amount of allocated funds.  In 2019, the total amount to be distributed is $39,600. Support The Country School by voting!

Rules to vote:

  • If you are a customer of Essex Savings Bank, you are eligible to vote for up to three of your favorite non-profit organizations beginning February 1 through February 28, 2019.
  • A customer will be defined as any person having a loan, deposit account or safe deposit box with the Bank.
  • Each customer, regardless of the number of accounts held, will be allowed to complete only one ballot.  
  • Paper ballots are available at any of the Bank's six branches or an electronic ballot may be submitted by logging into your Essex Savings Bank online account.



Spring Gala


We have already sold a number of tickets and have received some incredible auction offerings. Thank you for jumping onboard and for your generosity.


Our list keeps growing!

  • Advanced Chimney Service
  • Beneath the Gown
  • Branford Jewelers
  • East Wharf Bags
  • Fromage Fine Foods and Coffee
  • Hanging Hills Brewery
  • G.L. Capasso
  • Ivoryton Playhouse
  • Madison Flower Shop and Garden Center
  • Madison Racquet and Swim Club
  • Maggie's of Madison
  • Mosquito Joe
  • R.J. Julia Booksellers
  • Robertson Madison
  • Seacret: Minerals from the Dead Sea Beauty Products
  • Shoreline Aviation
  • Shubert Theater
  • Supercharged
  • Taco Pacifico
  • Taken for Granite
  • Thomas Portraits
  • Timothy Pamment
  • Tuxis-Ohr Fuels, Inc.
  • Water's Edge Resort and Spa
  • Wildlife Conservation Society

Girls Coach Girls Run 

Girls Coach Girls Run (GCGR) will take place at The Country School again this spring! Check out our video and more information. 


Girls in Grade 4
Calling all fourth grade girls! Info sessions for GCGR are at 5 - 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, January 24 and Tuesday, Feb 5. Join us to learn more about this multi-tiered peer-mentoring and healthy living program. Please RSVP to Beth Skudder at or 203.458.6699 x103. Online registration will open soon. All 4th Grade girls attend all twelve sessions and the 5K Fun Run on June 5.

GCGR will be offered at The Country School on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:45 – 5:30 p.m. on April 25, 30, May 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, June 4.


Girls in Grade 8
GCGR Assistant Coaches are 8th Graders and attend training ahead of the mentoring program with the 4th Grade girls. All assistant coaches attend all six training sessions and all 12 program sessions. Online registration is open now and is first come, first served:
Please contact Beth Skudder at and 203.458.6699 x103 with questions. All training sessions take place in the Carriage House at Women and Family Life Center at 96 Fair Street in Guilford on Saturday, March 2, 10:30 – 2:30. Lunch will be provided. (*Snowdate: Saturday, March 23) AND Thursdays 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. on March 21, 28, Apr 4, 11, 23. All girls in 8th Grade also attend all twelve sessions AND the 5K Fun Run on June 5.

GCGR will be offered at The Country School on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:45 – 5:30 p.m. on April 25, 30, May 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, June 4.

*The culminating event for both groups, the 5K Fun Run, will be held after school on Wednesday, June 5 at the Surf Club.

Thursday, January 24, 2019
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
The Country School
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Hamden Hall Beckerman Athletic Center
Friday, January 25, 2019

The Country School

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