February 7, 2019


Chinese New Year


International 8th Grade student Stoney Xu will speak at tomorrow's All School Meeting about Chinese New Year and the traditions he enjoys with his family.


As a way to celebrate, please remain in dress code but wear red tomorrow!


Love Our Local ❤ Love the Environment ❤ February 8-14


The Country School encourages TCS families to shop at Robert's (with reusable bags, of course*). Robert's will give 10% of all Country School families' purchases back to The Country School!


Please give your receipts to your child's teacher or Louise Jackson. If you misplace your receipt, still let us know. Give us your name and Robert's will use your name/account number to access your purchases.


Purchases must be from 2/8 to 2/14 to qualify for the 10% return.


*If you need a bag, Mrs. Jackson has 25. Get yours today!


To purchase raffle tickets, see or email Teresa Sullivan.

$2.00 Dress Down Day - February 14


Christopher has a friend whose family lost many items in their home during a recent accident involving gas and smoke. He would like to help them by hosting a $2.00/person dress down day on February 14.


The dress down day is only for the students and teachers who reply to this form.


Please join Christopher in donating money towards this cause and in honor of Mr. Robertson's new baby Hazel!

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


Big News!! Travis Gulick '02 and his wife, Felicia Smith, are starring in Former Glory, an HGTV pilot airing on February 14 at 1 p.m. 


Until recently a Country School trustee, Travis is co-owner of Gulick & Co. and has been a moving force behind many of the recent construction projects on campus. Felicia, who works in property management, has a background in historic preservation and interior design. We can't imagine a better team to headline a new home renovation show. (BTW, you might recognize a few other faces, not to mention the locale.)


Congratulations, Travis and Felicia, both on this new venture AND on becoming parents! We'll be watching on Valentine's Day!


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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.



Influenza Info from Nurse Fucci                        


It is the time of year when we may see an absenteeism on the rise due to certain illnesses such as influenza, strep throat, and gastrointestinal viruses.  Please read the following as it pertains to school exclusion for your children. We ask for your cooperation to help us to curb the spread of bacteria and viruses.


Friendly reminder: students 6-59 months are required by the state to have an influenza vaccine each year between August 1-December 31.  Doctor verification of administration of vaccine OR a religious or medical exemption form signed by a parent/guardian and notarized must be on file no later than December 31 to avoid exclusion from school.


If your child has been diagnosed with the flu, or any communicable illness, please notify the Health Office.  Kindly review policies regarding school exclusion in the TCS Handbook or on the TCS website. Influenza trends and information can also be found on the CDC website of the State of CT Department of Health website.


PLEASE NOTE:  Students MUST BE fever free (<100) without the use of Tylenol or Motrin for 24 hours before they may return to school.  Students must be tolerating food/fluids and be free of any GI symptoms, such as vomiting or diarrhea, for 12 hours prior to returning to school.  Students who have a bacterial infection, such as strep throat, should have received antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to school. Please call or email the School Nurse if your child has been absent from school due to an illness for more than four days or has required hospitalization for any reason.


Please continue to encourage your children to do the following:

  • Wash hands frequently!
    • Before meals
    • After bathroom use
    • After playing outdoors
    • After using hands when sneezing/coughing
    • Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available
  • Keep hands away from eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Carry a water bottle daily – stay hydrated.
  • Eat a balanced diet.
  • Get plenty of rest each night.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Dress properly for seasonal weather changes: layers, gloves, hat, boots.

Please contact Laura Fucci with any further questions or concerns.  

Box Tops Contest Update

The GOLD Team has taken the lead with 1157 box tops. BLUE is not too far behind at 833. Keep clipping and collecting! GO GOLD! GO BLUE!

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