Weekly e-News
November 17, 2018
Photo of the Week

7th Graders Solve a Mystery!
The seventh graders enjoyed sharing their "who-done-it" mystery play with DCD's students, faculty, and parents. They kept the audience guessing until the very last line of the play and impressed everyone with their mature and sophisticated acting skills. Mrs. Houck's set design class created stunning scenery for this play. Click here to view more photos on Vidigami.                                      
Photo by Leslie Bowen
News & Notes
Fall Sports Assembly for Field Hockey and Flag Football on Monday
The second fall sports assembly will take place on Monday, November 19, when coaches will celebrate the efforts of our middle-school student athletes who played field hockey and flag football.
Gear Up at the School Store Thanksgiving Pop-up Shop!
Prepare for the holidays and pick up the latest in DCD swag at next Wednesday's Thanksgiving Assembly. Look for the school store table in the back of the Rand Gym and check out over 20 items, including new plush stuffed hawks, jigsaw puzzles, needlepoint keychains, sweatshirts, pajama bottoms, and gift certificates! Please email Katie Ouellette at  kouellette@dcds.net with any questions.

New This Year!
New this year, we will have gift certificates for sale at the school store. To redeem, students should see Mrs. Ouellette in her office to pick out their items. 

Give to DCD While You Shop This Holiday Season
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support DCD every time you shop, at no cost to you. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to DCD. Every item available for purchase on www.amazon.com is also available on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) at the same price. To learn more about contributing to DCD through AmazonSmile, click here
Matching-Gift Portal Now Online
Now there's an easy way for you to discover if your company has a matching-gift program. Click here to go to DCD's online giving page and u se the search box in the righthand column to see if your company participates in a matching-gift program. Please note that yours is a matching gift on the online form and send matching gift forms from your company to: The Advancement Office, Dedham Country Day School, 90 Sandy Valley Road, Dedham, MA 02026
PA Bulletin Board
DCD Book Group
Take a break in your holiday planning and join us on Monday, November 19, at 6:00 p.m. at Herrick House for a lively discussion of The Hate U Give, a #1  New York Times bestseller by Angie Thomas. Wine and cheese will be served. 

"Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline." -from Amazon.com
Need Help Meeting Dress Code for Thanksgiving? Check Out Our Closet!
The clothing guidelines for the Thanksgiving Assembly require coats and ties, dresses, skirts, or dress pants as well as appropriate footwear. Chorus and band members will need to wear black skirts or pants. If you have a blue blazer and/or black skirt or pants that your child has outgrown  or if you need these any of these items , please visit the Blazer/Skirt  closet located in the 2nd floor lobby across from Admissions.  Sharing is Caring!
Community Service
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Pies for DCD's Thanksgiving food drive should be be dropped off at school on Monday, November 19, at morning carpool.  If you have any questions, please contact your Community Outreach parent class representative, or one of our faculty service-learning coordinators, Mr. Balk ( dbalk@dcds.net ) or Ms. Hultgren ( chultgren@dcds.net ).  Thank you for your generosity in helping others to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday!
News Flash
Diversity Conference Brings 300 Local Middle School Students to DCD
On Saturday, November 10, Dedham Country Day hosted the 2018 AISNE Middle School Diversity Conference drawing 300 students from grades 5 to 8 from 35 independent schools throughout New England. It was a day of connection, camaraderie, and discovery as students moved between 17 different workshops and came together as a larger group for two special keynote sessions and shared meals. The theme of this year's conference, "Use Your Voice," enabled students from many different backgrounds, ethnicities, and orientations to explore the many different strands that define diversity, culture, and identity and to reflect back on their own stories and how they might activate their own voice. Click here to read the letter from the head of school thanking faculty, staff, and parent volunteers for their efforts in making the conference a success.

Annual Wilson Mountain Hike
Eighth graders made their annual hike up Mt. Wilson on Wednesday, November 14. 
Middle School Students Learn about the Senate at the Kennedy Institute
On Wednesday, November 14, middle school students learned about the U.S. Senate and how it works.
EDP Happenings
December Chess Wizards Chess Tournament
If your child has learned to love playing chess through our Chess Wizards program, you might be interested in this upcoming chess tournament sponsored by Chess Wizards on Saturday, December 8, at Our Lady's Academy, 920 Trapelo Road, Waltham. The tournament is open to students in kindergarten through fifth grade, and first-timers are also welcome! Doors open at at 8:15 a.m., and the first tournament starts at 9:15 a.m. Awards will be given out at 2:00 p.m. The cost is $30, and you can register online at www.chesswizards.com through December 6. Click here for the flyer. 

Important Reminder:
There will be no EDP offered on Wednesday, November 21. 
Lego Mania!
EDP just received a very large bin of legos from our Go Green With LEGO donation drive! There are many students who love creating and building, so we are absolutely thrilled to have these legos to experiment with at extended day. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the drive!

The Week Ahead
Monday, November 19
Day 1

Fall Sports Assembly (Field Hockey and Flag Football)
8:15 a.m. Lowell Center

Dismissal for All Grades
3:00 p.m.

DCD Book Club Meeting
6:00 p.m. Herrick House

Tuesday, November 20
Day 2

Middle School Math Club
7:30 a.m. 

Dismissal for All Grades
3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 21

Thanksgiving Assembly
9:00 a.m. Rand Gym

Dismissal for All Grades
10:00 a.m. 

Alumni Reception and Volleyball Tournament
10:00 a.m. 

Thursday, November 22
No School: Thanksgiving Break

Friday, November 23
No School: Thanksgiving Break

Monday,November 26
No School: Professional Day

Tuesday, November 27
Day 3

School Resumes

Middle School Mini-Term Begins

Middle School Math Club
7:30 a.m. 

Wednesday, November 28
Day 4

Thursday, November 29
Day 5

All-School Assembly
8:15 a.m. Lowell Center

Friday, November 30
Day 6

Grade 8 Visiting Day

Click here to view the entire calendar.
Jack's Kitchen
Click here to view this week's lunch menu.
Read On! Library Blog
A Thanksgiving Tradition
The Macy's Thanksgiving Parade has become a Thanksgiving tradition that entertains many Americans. Whether they attend the parade in New York City or watch the show on television, millions of people have enjoyed this event over the years. Some of the highlights of the parade are the enormous balloons that travel along the route.

Tony Sarg (1880-1942) was an artist and puppeteer who helped to plan the very first Thanksgiving Parade, and more importantly, came up with the idea for the giant balloons. To this day, his invention awes all who see these "wondrous upside-down marionettes."

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade by Melissa Sweet (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011)

Community Bulletin Board
Turkey Trot
Join us for the 7th running of the Family Gratitude 5K Turkey Trot and Kids 1/2 Mile Run on Thanksgiving Day, 
Thursday, November 22, 2018. Kick off your Thanksgiving Day festivities with a fun, family-friendly event to benefit local charities. Proceeds from the race benefit the Dedham Food Pantry and local Ripples of Hope community-based service initiatives (which have included Horizons at DCD in the past!). The race starts and ends at the Endicott Estate, 656 East Street, Dedham. The Kids Run, for age nine and under, takes place at 8:00 a.m. around the estate grounds. The 5K Road Race begins at 8:30 a.m. All are welcome, including walkers!  There is plenty of onsite parking. We will be collecting food items for our bagging event opposite the registration tent. These items will be sorted and brought to the Dedham Food Pantry! Click here to sign up.
Westwood Winterfest

Faculty Share Their Creative Talents at Holiday Craft Market
Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping at this year's Holiday Craft Market, to be held at the home of DCD art teacher Lisa Houck, 88 Stoney Lea Road, Dedham, on Sunday, December 2, from 11:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. Lisa will be joining a number of local artists, including DCD pre-K teacher Lexi Jackson and band teacher Duane Claussen, in selling unique handmade gifts. Check out their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/DedhamHandmade/
Sports Program Offered at DCD over Winter Break
Mark Jackson and Dan Balk will be running a sports program during winter break for s tudents currently in grades preK-5 (friends from outside of DCD are also welcome).

cartoon-soccer-ball.jpg ACTIVITIES : Sports and games, like socce r,  floor  hockey, basketball, handball, kickball, capture the flag, etc.
DATES : December 17 through 21 (you can sign your child up for the full week or for individual days).
HOURS : Full day: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. 
Half day: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p,m. or 12:00-3:00 p.m.

FOOD : We provide a snack in the morning. If your child is
attending for the full day, he or she should bring a lunch. 
(No nuts, please). 
PRICE : $70 per full day/$35 per half day
(Limited financial assistance is available. To find out if you qualify, contact Bob Santry, bsantry@dcds.net).

To sign up for the full program or individual days, contact Dan Balk ( dbalk@dcds.net ). Payment can be made to Dan or Mark at any time leading up to camp.
 Dedham Youth Lacrosse Spring Registration

Dedham Youth Lacrosse has begun registration for spring 2019. Registration will be open until December 31. For more information, go to dedhamlax.com.
There will be no eNews published on Saturday, November 24. Have a great Thanksgiving holiday. The next eNews will be published on Saturday, December 1.


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