April 4, 2019


African Masks


As part of their exploration of the African continent, 2nd Graders have been making African masks with Mrs. Peters in the art studio. "Masks have been a vital part of celebrations and rituals in parts of Africa dating from the Paleolithic Era," Mrs. Peters explains. "Then and now, these masks often portray spirits and myths. African mask makers are an honored part of their culture as they are thought to have a closer relationship with nature and the spirits." Students used cardboard, tempera and acrylic paints, and different textured paper to make their versions of African masks.


Community Dining Room - April 16


This month's CDR service is April 16 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. If you're ready to have fun while making a great meal and helping others, please contact Suzanne Sliker to volunteer.



The 3rd Annual Global Language Expo - April 18


Please join us from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. for this special 7th Grade Celebration of Learning as students explore innovations from around the world and present them in French, Spanish and Latin. Culturally themed refreshments will be served.


Poetry Live - April 20

All welcome to attend!


On Saturday, April 20 from 2-3 p.m., all Country School Intermediate and Middle School students and parents are invited to participate in Poetry Live: Live Poetry at Breakwater Books in Guilford. Since April is National Poetry month, The Country School is partnering with Breakwater Books to showcase our Intermediate and Middle School students' love of poetry. We encourage students to recite their MacLane poems, or even ones they have written for class. Displayed in the bookstore will be students' poetry projects and poems.


With the purchase of a gift certificate, you may take 20% off any book in the store. What an easy way to fill your child's Easter basket or "spring" for the purchase of a surprise gift to make someone's day!


My child in interested in attending!

Intro to Chinese


We are delighted to announce that Country School grandparent Jennie Owens 'GP 25 is offering an introduction to Chinese language class!


The oldest daughter in a family of six children, Mrs. Owens was born and grew up in Beijing, China. Her family moved to Hong Kong after she graduated from high school, and she completed her undergraduate studies there. She came to the US for graduate studies in biology at the University of California, Davis. Before moving to Madison five years ago, she and her husband lived in the Maryland suburbs near Washington D.C. where they raised their two children.


Over the years she has taught Chinese at several different levels: to young children at the weekend Chinese school attended by her daughter; to adult beginners at the Berlitz Language School; at the college level at UMUC (University of Maryland University College); and to advanced adults at the Naval Intelligence Agency. Her granddaughter, Theodora K., is a student in Mrs. DeChabert's class.

Age: 5th - 8th Grade
Date: Monday, April 8 - May 20 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $90
Class size: 10 students max


April 22 - Professional Development Day - Owl's Nest Available


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 April 22. We ask that you register your child by April 17, 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


Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors
Principle Wealth Partners and East Shore Mortgage Services.

Contact Nicole Burke to learn about becoming a corporate sponsor.


Raising Global Citizens

Thank you to everyone who joined us yesterday for a discussion about The Country School's efforts to raise global citizens, individuals who are capable of making a difference in a diverse, interconnected world. We had a robust discussion and many great ideas were shared. Watch for more opportunities to continue this important conversation.

Nour Al Zouabi delivers Elmore Leadership Talk

"We can all do something." That was the main message shared by Nour Al Zouabi and members of the James Hillhouse High School UNICEF Club when they visited The Country School last Friday to talk about their effort to support the rights of every child. Nour, who spoke to 4th-8th Graders as part of our Elmore Leadership speaker series, said she decided to start a UNICEF Club for three reasons: She wants to educate others about the plight of children around the world, she hopes to raise funds to support UNICEF's work, and she wants to give back out of gratitude for all she and her family have received. Learn more


Summer Fun and Learning


Have you thought about summer camp yet? Country School is offering a host of pretty cool camps. Learn more.


  • Tiny Scientists
  • Digital Photography
  • Tiny Chefs
  • Running
  • Tell Your Story in Spanish
  • Aspiring Young Engineers
  • Engineering FUNdamentals
  • Learn Ukulele
  • Little Flippers Gymnastics
  • Jam Session Music Camp
  • Word Play: Creative Writing
  • Write Your Novel
  • Exercise Your Math Brain
  • Beginning Robotics
  • Camp Imagination: A Day to Play
  • Young Actors' Workshop
  • Intermediate Gymnastics
  • Intermediate Ukulele
  • Sports Camps in partnership with Madison Racquet and Swim

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