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Weekly eNews
April 27, 2019
Photo of the Week

Kindergartners get in character before their class play
Photo by Hilary Rochelle
News and Notes

Monday is Dress-Down Day! 
Please wear your 2019 DCD Fair T-Shirt (or other DCD gear) to kick off Fair week! T-Shirts went home with students on Friday. 

Sign Up for a Shift!
If you haven't yet done so, please  click here to sign up for a shift at the Fair. As a reminder, we ask that all parents, faculty and staff volunteer for a shift. We are still in need of volunteers for some afternoon slots. 

We Need Books!
There is still time to donate books for Mimi's Book Nook. Please drop your donations in the storage unit in the parking lot by the Herrick House by Tuesday, April 30. 

Bake a Cake!
We are still recruiting volunteers to bake a cake (or two!) for everyone's favorite Fair activity, the Cake Walk. Please  click here to sign up. Cakes must be dropped off on  Friday, May 3, during morning drop off. 

Raffle
The Fair VIPs and Heads of School for a Day will be drawn at morning assembly this  Monday, April 29. To be eligible for the drawing, students must have sold at least three raffle books (18 tickets) by this past Friday, April 26. 

This is the final week to sell raffle tickets! The deadline for submitting raffle tickets to be eligible for Seller Prizes is  Friday, May 3, at 12:30 p.m. Top Seller Prizes include Amazon gift cards and Showcase Cinema passes. The Top Selling Grade will win its own Make Your Own Sundae Party! 
DCD Fun Run
DCD students in grades 1 through 8 are invited to participate in a one-mile Fun Run to support the Animal Rescue League of Dedham!

The race will be held on  Friday, May 10, at 1:00 p.m. (rain or shine)! Registration is $10.00 per student. Everyone who participates will receive a water bottle. There will be a prize given to the first girl and boy finisher in each grade.

Please  register by Wednesday, May 8, by clicking here.
NEW this year! Order Yearbooks Online!
This year, families of students in pre-K through grade 7 can order yearbooks ahead of time online  (Eighth graders do  NOT  need to purchase a yearbook and will receive one free). Click the link below and follow the prompts to order your yearbook in advance:  https://dcdsyearbook.picaboo.com 

Order forms have also gone home in case parents prefer to pay with check or cash.  The pre-order deadline for online orders is Friday, May 3. The d eadline for yearbook orders in paper form is Wednesday, May 8, by 5:00 p.m. Yearbooks will be distributed to students on Tuesday, June 4.  
The Technology Department is excited to share this issue of Spring Tech Bytes featuring pictures from the many tech projects undertaken this year! 

As we look back on the year, our technology presentations at Curriculum Nights in September seems like a long time ago. So, we want to share this newsletter as a friendly reminder to continue the conversation about technology with your children. When families share a common understanding of the role technology plays and the vocabulary for talking about what's happening online, they are positioned for successful tech use. 

For resources and tips, you can visit the Tech@DCD site, read our latest Tech Bytes newsletter, or stop by the Adams Lab!
PA Corner
coffee cup Community Coffee
Join members of the Parent Association at Caffe Nero, Legacy Place, on Wednesday, May 8, at 8:15 a.m. for a chance to gather informally after morning drop off.
DCD Book Club
The final book we'll be discussing this year is The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, on Monday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Herrick House.  

"Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery,  The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations.

"Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different-and far more satisfying-than he ever imagined. Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams."
PA Nominations
We are accepting nominations for the Parent Association. Please email PA President Sharisse Cail Perry to nominate yourself or someone else for a position on the PA Executive Committee. Please see the Volunteer section of the Resource Board for more information and to read the minutes from the all-parent PA Meeting held on April 29. .
News Flash
Kindergarten Play Teaches Important Lesson about Diversity

The Kindergarten students performed a play about insects living in a garden who learned how to accept other friends who might be different. The students taught the audience the importance of friendship and kindness. The children were very proud of their acting and of their important message.
Community Service Highlights
Help Stray Pets in Need
Stray Pets in Need (SPIN), an animal shelter in Natick where DCD middle students often do volunteer work, is looking for volunteers to staff their table at Catsachusetts, selling kitty supplies, raffle tickets, and  SPIN t-shirts and sweatshirts, April 27-28. Shifts are from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; 12:00-2:30 p.m.; and 2:30-5:00 p.m. Volunteers may attend the show for free. To sign up,  send an email to straypetsinneedofmass@gmail.com.  The event takes place at  The Simoni Ice Arena. 155 Gore Street, Cambridge. Click here for general information or click here to download a flyer about the event.  
Seventh-grader Irini Kolovos has formed a DCD team to help support Birthday Wishes CakeWalk 2019. The walk will be held on Sunday, May 19, 9:00 a.m. to noon. Let's come together as a community and help children experiencing homelessness celebrate their birthdays! Visit  www.birthdaywishescakewalk.org to join the Dedham Country Day School Team.  CakeWalk is a family-friendly, non-competitive 5K Walk and Fun Run that concludes with a fun festival of activities, including field games, face painting, live music, crafts, raffle, free refreshments, and more.  CakeWalk is  Birthday Wishes'  signature family-fundraising event, which reflects the grassroots nature of the organization and the importance of kids helping kids. Every step taken and every dollar raised by walkers help ensure that children impacted by homelessness will be able to celebrate their birthdays. Thanks for your support!
EDP Happenings
Spring Registration OPEN and spots are filling up!
The Extended Day Program is offering a number of different after-school programs for students this spring, including chess, yoga, dance, Spanish, and more.  Click here for the full description of each offering. Contact Megan Saia at  msaia@dcds.net to sign up. 

Please click here for information on our upcoming spring sports clinics.  Registration is still open for flag football on 4/26 and 5/3 and soccer on  5/10, 5/17, and 5/24. Contact Megan Saia at msaia@dcds.net to register. 
The Week Ahead
Sunday, April 28

James Joyce Ramble
11:00 a.m.

Monday, April 29
Day 6

Grades 3-7 ERBs
8:15-10:30 a.m.

All-School Assembly
8:15 a.m. 

Grade 8 FCD Program
9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, April 30
Day 1

Grades 3-7 ERBs
8:15-10:30 a.m.

Community Outreach Meeting
8:15-9:30 a.m. Lawrence Room alcove

Grade 8 FCD Program
9:00 a.m.

Faculty/Staff Yoga
4:30 p.m. Valentine Center

Wednesday, May 1
Day 2

Parent Yoga
8:00-9:30 a.m. Herrick House

Grades 3-7 ERBs
8:15-10:30 a.m.

Grade 8 FCD Program
9:00 a.m.

Grade 4 Field Trip to Dover Public Library
10:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m.

Grade 8 Parent FCD Evening
7:00-8:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 2
Day 3

Grades 3-7 ERBs
8:15-10:30 a.m.

Grade 1 Play
8:30 a.m. Lowell Center

Grade 8 FCD Program
9:00 a.m.

SEED Meeting
5:30-8:30 p.m. 

Friday, May 3
Day 4

Grades 3-7 ERBs
8:15-10:30 a.m.

Grade 1 Play and Cast Party
8:30 a.m. Lowell Center and Lawrence Room

Grade 8 FCD Program
9:00 a.m.

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

Alumni Association Reception
6:00-8:00 p.m. 

Saturday, May 4

68th Annual DCD Fair
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 

Click here to view the entire calendar.
Jack's Kitchen
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Read On! Library Blog
Louis Agassiz Fuertes
If the birds of the world had met to select a human being who could best express to mankind the beauty and charm of their forms, their songs, their rhythmic flight, their manners for the heart's delight, they would unquestionably have chosen Louis Fuertes.  Frank M. Chapman, Ornithologist

The Sky Painter: Louis Fuertes, Bird Artist (Two Lions) by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Aliona Bereghici

Many people know some information about John James Audubon (1785-1851). Far fewer have heard about Louis Agassiz Fuertes (1874-1927), who also made many contributions as a "bird artist." He was inspired by and studied Audubon's work, and Fuertes is known as the Father of Modern Bird Art.

Community Bulletin Board
Open House Today Until 4:00 p.m. 
Dr. Michael Thompson to Speak at Rashi 
Dr. Michael Thompson will speak at the Rashi School on Wednesday, May 8, 7:00-9:00 p.m. His talk will examine the complex social world of childhood and address a number of questions: What do social relationships in school predict about happiness in adult life? What is the normal sequence of child friendships, from the parallel play of the two-year-old to the intimate self-disclosure of the adolescent? Why do cliques form and what are the difference between boy and girl groups? Why are children scapegoated and how can their parents and school protect them? Dr. Thompson will draw on research to highlight the differences between friendship and popularity. He makes suggestions about the management of social problems in schools and makes the case that while all children yearn for popularity, it is friendship that helps children survive and thrive. Register at  rashi.org/frenemies
Linda Cabot, a former DCD parent (Gigi Anderson '08 and Noelle Anderson '10), has created an organization named  Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs whose mission is to "activate the next wave of ocean leaders through the arts, science, and advocacy." Part of this process includes a contest for middle and high school students who are interested in advocating for and preserving the world's oceans. 

Middle school English teacher Rick Edie served as a judge last summer for essays submitted by middle and high school students from around the country and the world, and enjoyed reading the entries from so many amazing and passionate students. He is encouraging any DCD student aged 11-14 to enter the Junior Division competition!  Submissions are accepted in visual art, poetry, prose, film, and music, so there are numerous ways for students to show their passion and interest in the ocean. The deadline for submissions is June 17.  

More information on the Ocean Awareness Contest (including this year's theme and the awards) may be found  here , and for inspiration the 2018 winning entries in all categories may be found  here .  Please contact Mr. Edie if you have any questions or want help with a project!