Weekly e-News
December 1, 2018
Photo of the Week
Nature Discovery Path
Kindergartners have been exploring the new nature path that connects Hale House, the head's residence, to the campus.                        
Photo by Cheryl Price
News & Notes
Watch This TEDx Talk Recommended by DCD's SEED Group  
SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) is a year-long series of conversations about issues of inclusion, tolerance, and diversity in which DCD faculty and staff are participating.  The video, titled "The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child's Bookshelf," considers how the books children read set a path for realizing their own self-worth as well as for how they see others. The speaker is Grace Lin, a children's book author/illustrator, who wrote the Newberry Award-winning book "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon."
The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child's Bookshelf | Grace Lin | TEDxNatick
The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child's Bookshelf | Grace Lin | TEDxNatick

Children Are Getting Ready to Trim the Gym!
Preparations have begun for everyone's favorite DCD holiday tradition, "Trim the Gym," which takes place the day before the Holiday Assembly and is attended by all students and faculty at DCD.  For one hour on this magical afternoon, the DCD community comes together and transforms the Rand Gym into a winter wonderland! Children create decorations celebrating the winter season and holidays-Christmas, Diwali, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa-covering the giant evergreen tree from top to bottom. They also staple paper chains together to make a long garland that wraps around the room, all while singing winter songs with our music teacher Ms. Scheibe. (Please note: unless you are volunteering at the event, please pick up your child at the normal time during carpool.) Parents will enjoy seeing their handiwork displayed at the Holiday Assembly on Friday, December 14, at 9:00 a.m.  
Recycle Your Old Shirts
Mr. Clifford is looking for any worn-out men's shirts in size medium or large to take on a second life as smocks for working in the woodshop. Please drop them off with Mr. Clifford in the woodshop. 
'Tis the Season of Giving!
Double Your Donation to DCD!
Search your company's name to see if they participate in a corporate matching-gift program. Most programs match charitable contributions dollar for dollar. Follow the link in the search results for instructions on how to submit a request to match your gift.
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
PA Bulletin Board
Community Coffee
Join members of the Parents Association at Caffe Nero, Legacy Place, on Wednesday, December 5, for a chance to gather informally after morning drop off.

Community Service
Community Outreach Meeting
Parents, please feel free to join us next Tuesday, December 4, at 8:15 a.m. for our monthly community outreach meeting in the Lawrence Room alcove. 
DCD teams up again with Cradles to Crayons to help kids!
If you're clearing out closets of items you no longer need over the holiday break, please consider putting aside any new and gently used clothes, shoes, winter gear, toys, and books to donate during our month-long drive in January to benefit Cradles to Crayons. Our Family Volunteer Day will take place the morning of Saturday, February 2, when we will organize all the items for delivery to Cradles to Crayons.
News Flash
Fall Sports Awards Announced

Dedham Country Day School recognized its 
middle school student athletes for their performance during the fall 2018 sports season. Coaches presented awards for field hockey, soccer, flag football, and cross country at two all-school morning assemblies held on November 13 and 19. Read more...
Thanksgiving Baskets Delivered to Local Families

On Monday, November 19, DCD Dedham Country Day School donated 25 Thanksgiving baskets complete with all the fixings for a wonderful holiday meal for families in need of some extra help at this time of year.  Read more... 
Kindergarteners Earn a Special "PJ Day"

Children filled the gem jar for being caught doing random acts of kindness and demonstrating good school behavior.
Curiosity Spurs Day of Learning and Teaching for DCD Faculty and Staff
What are you curious about? That was a question asked of faculty and staff earlier this fall, which prompted visits to nearly 30 schools and organizations, both public and private, on their professional development day, Monday, November 26, a day that was dedicated to teaching and learning. Read more...
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. 

Pre-K Stay 'n Play
Pre-K Stay 'n Play learned all about Native Americans and Pilgrims during the week before Thanksgiving. We learned about what kind of homes they lived in and constructed our own home out of "sticks," showing incredible engineering skills!
The Week Ahead
Monday, December 3
Day 1

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

Music Recital
4:45 p.m. 

Tuesday, December 4
Day 2

Community Outreach Meeting
8:15 a.m. Lawrence Room Alcove

Wednesday, December 5
Day 3

Community Coffee
8:15 a.m. Caffe Nero, Legacy Place

Grade 4 Field Trip: An Unlikely Story bookstore
8:30-11:30 a.m. Plainville, Massachusetts

Thursday, December 6
Day 4

Grade 5 Play
8:30 a.m. Lowell Center

Friday, December 7
Day 5

Grade 5 Play and Cast Party
8:30 a.m. Lowell Center

Middle School Service Afternoon
12:30-3:00 p.m. 

Click here to view the entire calendar.
Jack's Kitchen
Click here to view this week's lunch menu.
Read On! Library Blog
Season's Readings
From my archives...
One of my favorite Hanukkah books that was published in 2015 is the picture book version of  The Parakeet Named Dreidel (Farrar Straus Giroux). Suzanne Raphael Berkson has illustrated Isaac Bashevis Singer's short story to introduce it to today's young readers.

Community Bulletin Board
Holiday Marketplace this weekend
featuring Lexie Jackson, Duane Claussen and Lisa Houck!
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.