Weekly eNews
April 20, 2019
Photo of the Week
Spring Flowers
Kindergartners paint murals of flowers
Photo by Kate Reardon
News and Notes
Last chance to pre-order your child's required summer reading!
Please reserve your child(ren)'s summer reading books no later than this Monday, April 22, so we can have them ready for your child(ren) to pick up at the Book Fair on May 16. Purchasing your child(ren)'s required summer reading through the DCD Book Fair helps support DCD. There is no need to send payment now; books you pre-order will be added to the cost of the books your child(ren) purchase at the Book Fair and will be billed separately.  Click here to place your pre-order or visit the Parent Resource page on the DCD website.

Mimi's Book Nook Needs Your Books!
Please bring your gently used children's, young adult, and adult books to the storage unit by the Herrick House. Volunteers are also needed during the week to help sort the books in preparation for the Fair. Please email  Christine Burns at  c.burns@rcn.comJulie Layden at  julie.layden@icloud.com, or  Gwenn Miller at  gwenn.miller@gmail.com  
with questions or to volunteer. 

Thank you to everyone who has signed up to volunteer on Fair day! We are still looking to fill a number of open spots. Please  click here to sign up.  To ensure the success of the Fair, please remember that we ask that every parent (not just one per family) and every faculty and staff member volunteer for at least one shift.  

Fair VIPs & Heads of School for a Day! 
Don't miss out! The drawing for the two  Fair VIPs and the two  Heads of School for a Day will take place on Monday, April 29, at morning assembly. To be eligible for the drawing, students must sell and submit  at least three raffle books (18 tickets) by Friday, April 26, at 12:30 p.m. The Fair VIPs will enjoy special privileges at the Fair including FREE rides, games, food, and turns at the Cake Walk until they win a cake!

T-Shirts & Tickets
Fair T-Shirts and pre-ordered Fair tickets will be sent home in cubbies next Friday, April 26. 
DCD Connects: Fueling Curiosity in Our Children
Join us Tuesday evening, April 23, at 6:30 p.m. for our final DCD Connects event of the year, featuring Sally Taylor, a musician, artist, and founder of the Consenses Project.

Sally will share her thoughts about the role of art and creativity in encouraging curiosity in children.

This event is free and open to the public, so invite your friends! 
Click here to register.
Get Your T-Shirt Before They Run Out!
Come represent  DCD at the James Joyce Ramble again this year on Sunday, April 28. There are three ways you can get involved...  Click here   to read how.  Please visit our event  SignUp Genius  page soon, because shirts will only be available while supplies last!
PA Corner
DCD Book Club
The DCD Book Club will meet on Monday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Herrick House to discuss Educated, a memoir by Tara Westover. 

This bestselling book, the author's first, is an unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.

"Despite the singularity of [her] childhood, the questions her book poses are universal: How much of ourselves should we give to those we love? And how much must we betray them to grow up?"-Vogue

The final book we'll be discussing this year is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho on May 13.  
News Flash
The Hawks Have Landed on the DCD Stage!
The pre-K students performed in a play about the DCD Hawks. The children did a stellar job in their very first DCD play, learning many lines, entrances, actions, and songs. They then enjoyed a wonderful cast party where they celebrated the first of their ten DCD plays!
DCD Welcomes Expert Math Visiting Team
As part of DCD's Program Review in Math, last week, the school welcomed math experts from area schools and organizations. Our visitors spent three days at DCD observing classes, talking with teachers and administrators, and interviewing parents and students. Read more...
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
Monday, April 22
Day 1

All-School Assembly
8:15 a.m. 

DCD Book Club Meeting: Educated, by Tara Westover
6:30 p.m. Herrick House

April 23-26
Grade 5 Trip to Stone Environmental School

Tuesday, April 23
Day 2

Middle School Math Club
7:30 a.m. 

Kindergarten Parent Move-Up Meeting
8:00-8:30 a.m. 

DCD Connects: Sally Taylor
6:30-9:00 p.m. 

Wednesday, April 24
Day 3

Wonder Walkabout: A Glimpse into Grade 1 Science
7:30 a.m. Mrs. Walsh's classroom, room 270

Culture Club
3:00-4:30 p.m. 

Thursday, April 25
Day 4

Kindergarten Play
8:30 a.m. Lowell Center

Friday, April 26
Day 5

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

Middle School Council Event: Movie Night
8:00-10:15 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
Community Bulletin Board
Fall Sports Tune-Up Program
Get ready for fall sports with Coach Balk this summer!

Open To:
 Boys entering grades 4-8 (friends outside of DCD are also welcome!)
Purpose: Preparation for fall sports (soccer and flag football), fitness, free swim, FUN
Dates: Monday, 8/19 through Friday, 8/23
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Drop off and pick up are at DCD's baseball field. Activities will take place on the front field, in the gym, and at the pool. 
What to Bring: Lunch (no nuts, please), water bottle, sunscreen, regular sneakers, cleats and shin guards, swim suit and towel
We Provide: Snack and gatorade daily. Each participant will receive a T-Shirt. 
Price: $350 (Limited financial aid may be available. To find out if you qualify, contact Bob Santry at bsantry@dcds.net).
To Sign Up: 
1) Contact Dan Balk (dbalk@dcds.net) to reserve a spot.  
2) Send in or deliver the "Risk Warning Form" and a check for $350 to Dan Balk at DCD.