Weekly eNews
May 11, 2019
Photo of the Week
Theater Season Wraps Up with Sixth-Grade Play
Scene from the sixth-grade play performed this past week in the Lowell Center.
       Photo by Hilary Rochelle
News and Notes
Go Red! Go White! Go Blue! 
The DCD Olympics are fast approaching!   If your student (or you!) is in need of a suitable Red, White, or Blue shirt for the Olympics, click here to order your team's T-Shirt: ( https://www.dedhamcountryday.org/2019-dcd-olympics-t-shirt-order-form?pending=true&cached=false) to order your team color's T-Shirt. Forms must be completed by this Monday, May 13, and payment will be applied to your Smart Tuition account. Contact Katie Ouellette at  kouellette@dcds.net with any questions. 
A Harbinger of Spring, DCD's Annual Book Fair Is Almost Here!
It's that time again! DCD's annual Paperback Book Fair will be held on Thursday, May 16, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Valentine Center. You will find some great summer reading for all reading levels!

Grades K through 8 will attend with their classes. Pre-K students may visit the Book Fair with a parent or caregiver either before or after school. Parents are welcome to visit at any time. Students should not bring cash to the Book Fair; you will be billed later by the DCD Business Office. Permission slips must be returned to your child's homeroom teacher/advisor  no later than Wednesday, May 15.

  Click here for a permission slip. Hard copies of the permission slip will also be available in the Front Office and in the Library.
Fair Raffle Wrap Up
DCD student raffle seller prizes were announced at Monday's assembly. Congratulations to  Grade 3 for winning the Ice Cream Sundae Party, and to the school-wide top sellers,  Hatcher Keith, Brianna Peña, and Teddy Baumeister!

The winner of the raffle prizes drawn at the Fair are listed below: 
1st Prize: Dunkin' Coffee for a Year
Rene Gertner (Ticket sold by Ariadna Goodman, K)
2nd Prize: Seaport Hotel & Del Frisco's 
John Hauck (Ticket sold by Reid Hauck, Grade 4)
3rd Prize: Zac Brown Band Tickets
The Cocchi Family (Ticket sold by Ella Cocchi, Grade 2)
4th Prize: Red Sox Tickets
Charlie Baumeister (Ticket sold by Teddy Baumeister, K)
5th Prize: Nintendo Switch
Dede Booth (Ticket sold by Eloise Cheever, Grade 3)
Sign Up Now for the Next School Year
The sign-up forms for the Extended Day Program and the Private Music Program can filled out online by clicking the links below. You can also access these forms from the Resource Board on the website. 

Extended Day Program Sign up:   http://bit.ly/ExtendedDay2019

Private Music Lesson Sign up:   http://bit.ly/PrivateMusicLesson
"Move-Up" Meetings for Parents of First- and Fourth-Graders
The "Move-Up" meeting is a time for parents to meet the team in their child's next grade and preview the space that their children will learn in next year. The teachers will give an overview of the curriculum and answer any questions. 

Parents of current fourth-graders will meet on Tuesday, May 14, from 8:00 - 8:30 a.m., in the fifth-grade classrooms.

Parents of current first-graders will meet on Thursday, May 16, from 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. in the second-grade classrooms. 
PA Corner
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."
News Flash
Sixth-Grade Play
Sixth-graders closed the DCD Theater Season with two performances of their play this past week. 
DCD Faculty Present at AISNE Wellness Conference
Four DCD faculty members presented at the AISNE conference on Health and Wellness on May 2. Marie Nagode, a certified yoga instructor and mindfulness teacher, taught a one-hour session on Yoga for Self-Care. DCD Math Coordinator Annette Raphel was a co-presenter on the topic of "Dual Roles of Faculty, Staff, and Administrators as Parents." School Psychologist Erin Albert and Director of Academic Technology Kate Reardon participated in a session on "Maintaining Balance in Our Digital World." 
Community Service Highlights
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!
The Week Ahead
Monday, May 13
Day 4

Awards Assembly
8:15 a.m. Lowell Center

Guitar Recital
4:45 p.m. Valentine Center

Violin Recital
5:00 p.m. Lowell Center

DCD Book Club
6:30 p.m. Herrick House

Tuesday, May 14
Day 5

Grade 4 Parents "Move-Up" Meeting
8:00-8:30 a.m. 5th-grade classrooms

Grade 1 Class Trip to Boston
9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 

Wednesday, May 15
Day 6

New Families Picnic
5:00-7:00 p.m. 

Thursday, May 16
Day 1

Book Fair

Grade 1 Parents "Move-Up" Meeting
8:00-8:30 a.m. 2nd-grade classrooms

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

Faculty/Staff Yoga
4:15 p.m. 

Friday, May 17
Day 2

Grade 4 Medieval Feast
10:30-11:30 a.m. Lawrence Room

PA Executive Committee Meeting
10:30 a.m. 

Click here to view the entire calendar.
Jack's Kitchen
Click here to view this week's lunch menu.
Read On! Library Blog
Rube Goldberg
When I was growing up, my grandmother would make a comment that someone was a real "Rube Goldberg." I knew that meant that the person was creative, inventive, and thought out of the box. Rube Goldberg was one of my grandmother's contemporaries, and I was so fortunate that she introduced me to this eccentric artist.

Today's readers can also learn about Rube in  Just Like Rube Goldberg: The Incredible True Story of the man Behind the Machines (Beach Lane Books) written by Sarah Aronson and illustrated by Robert Neubecker.

Community Bulletin Board
Join the Walk for Bleeding Disorders
Just 5 days after he was born, William Sousa Wagner, son of Laura Sousa Wagner (pictured together, left), strings instructor and chamber orchestra coach at DCD, was diagnosed with severe hemophilia type A. This rare genetic disorder for which there is no cure prevents blood from clotting and can cause heavy and prolonged bleeding into muscles, joints, or other organs. Bleeding can occur either spontaneously or after an injury. Treatment for hemophilia involves injecting clotting factor intravenously after a bleed or on a regular basis as prophylaxis - a treatment that can cost on average more than $270,000 annually.

On June 8, the New England Hemophilia Association (NEHA) is hosting a walk for bleeding disorders at Prowse Farm in Canton, MA from 10am-2pm. This family friendly event  will feature live performers, breakfast, a BBQ lunch, petting zoo, ice cream, inflatable obstacle courses, games, face painters, and even the Red Sox Showcase and the New England Revolution street team! Mrs. Sousa Wagner has formed a walk team comprised of family and friends, and wishes to extend the invitation to the DCD community to join their walk team. This walk is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for NEHA, and helps the organization  fulfill our mission to improve the quality of life for New England families living with a bleeding disorder through education, support and advocacy.  If your family would like to join the team, make a contribution to support their team (Liam's Sole Mates), or read more about their story, please visit  https://www.uniteforbleedingdisorders.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.team&teamID=10
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!
DCD Alum Seeks Nanny or Babysitting Opportunity this Summer
Annabel Haggerty, DCD class of 2015, currently a senior at Miss Porter's School and heading off to Tulane University in the fall, is looking for a nanny position or babysitting jobs this summer. She has been babysitting for a few years and this summer would like to take on a more consistent nanny position, although she is still more than happy to babysit as well! She will have a car and is very flexible with her schedule. She will be available July through mid-August, so please feel free to reach out to her at  617-775-1624 or  annabel.haggerty@gmail.com