Weekly eNews
May 18, 2019
Photo of the Week
Happy Reading!
Kindergarten boys take a moment outside in the sunshine to enjoy reading and sharing the books they selected at the annual Book Fair on Thursday.                           
Photo by Cheryl Price
News and Notes
Annual Fund
Have yet to make your Annual Fund gift for this year? Click here and join DCD's community of giving today! Please help us reach our goal of 100% parent participation. Every gift of any size helps to make a difference in the daily lives of our kids. 

Book Fair
There was lots of excitement and many smiling faces at the  annual DCD Book Fair that took place on Thursday. The event's success is due to our volunteers and their hours of help. Special thanks to Kelly Honohan and Michelle Freniere, our co-chairs this year, for all of their hard work. Happy Reading!
                                                                Marge Farquharson & Kathy Felcon
Time to Return Library Books
Please return any library books that you have borrowed by Friday, May 31.
Strategic Plan
The Strategic Plan, which parents received by mail, is also available online. Click here to view it.
Additional School Forms Available Now
Additional course selection sign-up forms are now available: 

Private Music Program: You can access the Private Music Program registration online  by clicking here. The deadline for registration is June 1. 

Middle School Arts: The Middle School Arts sign-up package, including course descriptions and sign-up form, can be downloaded by clicking here. Please fill it out on paper and return it to Kevin Coakley by May 31. 

Grades 4/5 Band and Chorus: If your child will be in fourth or fifth grade next year, you will receive a notice on the top of your screen when you   log in to the website that you have a form to fill out. The deadline for submitting this form is May 31. 

Middle school parents, please also be sure to log in to the website to view and select from the middle school team sports and seventh-grade language options if you haven't already done so. 

If you have questions, or problems accessing these forms, please contact Leslie Bowen,   lbowen@dcds.net.
PA Corner
2019-2020 Class Parent Orientation
Next year's class parents are invited to attend an orientation session held at the Herrick House on Thursday, May 23, 8:15-9:00 a.m. 
News Flash
Heads for a Day
It wasn't all fun and games while Heads for the Day Walker Mims and Presley Upton were in charge! In addition to hosting a fun dance party during morning carpool, featuring the DCD Hawk, and playing board games, frisbee, and foosball at the Head's residence at Hale House, they also learned some important lessons about leadership.  Instead of just focusing on the special privileges available to them in their leadership roles, they learned how to take care of people.  When asked what they had discovered during their time as heads of school, they said, "People like to have fun and people like to do stuff!." In addition to keeping things fun, they said that doing what you say you will do and being on time also showed good leadership.
Fast and Happy Feet at DCD's 4th Grade Fun Run
Big fun, lots of smiles, and help our furry friends! Last Friday, DCD 4th graders hosted their Annual Fun Run in support of the Animal Rescue League of Boston. Read more...

New Tools Tell an Old Story
Technology has made its way into DCD's Medieval Feast. Last year, fifth-graders used computers to present the castles they constructed in Minecraft, a video game that allows students to build a virtual 3D world. The game promotes  creativity, problem-solving, self-direction, and collaboration while helping students master academic content. This year, students  collaborated on a report about knights in the Middle Ages, which they presented in google slides. Click here to view a sample.   Presenting these computer-based projects along with wooden Medieval shields they made in the wood shop illustrates how our curriculum evolves to meet students' needs, merging innovation and tradition in new ways to make learning relevant and fun. 
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 20
Day 3

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

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

Middle School Performing Arts Evening
7:00-8:30 p.m. Lowell Center

Tuesday, May 21
Day 4

Middle School Visual & Performing Arts Assembly
8:30-10:00 a.m. 

Wednesday, May 22
Day 5

Grade 8 Exams
8:00-10:30 a.m.

Culture Club
3:00-4:30 p.m. 

Thursday, May 23
Day 6

Grade 8 Exams
8:00-10:30 a.m.

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

2019-2020 Class Parent Orientation
8:15-9:00 a.m. Herrick House

Faculty/Staff Yoga
4:15 p.m. 

Friday, May 24
Day 1

Kindergarten Boat Trip

Grade 8 Exams
8:00-10:30 a.m.

Grade 3 Car Wash
8:30-10:00 a.m. 

Grade 5 Greek Feast
10:30-11:30 a.m. Lawrence Room

Click here to view the entire calendar.
Jack's Kitchen
Click here to view this week's lunch menu.
Read On! Library Blog
An Early Environmentalist
There have been many engaging biographies published in recent years. One of the major units that I share with our Fourth Graders is entitled "People Who Make a Difference." We read picture book biographies about athletes, artists, statesmen, activists, and others who forged the way in civil rights and human rights.  While I grew up watching National Geographic specials that Cousteau had produced (and singing John Denver's song, "Calypso"), few children today know about Cousteau and his work.
Manfish: a story of Jacques Cousteau by Jennifer Berne, illustrated by Eric Puybaret (Chronicle, 2008) introduces young readers to this icon by depicting him as a young boy with a love of the ocean and cameras. ...
Community Bulletin Board
June Sports Program with Coach Jackson and Coach Balk

FOR: Students currently in grades PK-5 (and friends from outside of DCD are welcome, so please forward information on.)

ACTIVITIES:  Sports and games like soccer, floor hockey, baseball, basketball, handball, kickball, capture the flag, etc.

DATES:  June 12-14 & 17-21 (You can sign your child up for the full extent of the  program or for individual days.)

HOURS: Full day is 9am-3pm. Half day is 9am-12pm or 12pm-3pm.


FOOD & SUNSCREEN: We provide a snack in the morning.  If your child is attending for the full day, he/she should bring a lunch.  No nuts please.  When the weather is nice, we eat lunch and play some games outside, so please consider putting sunscreen on your child in the morning and/or sending him/her with sunscreen.

PRICE: $35 per half day, $70 per full day. (Limited financial aid available. To find out if you qualify, contact Bob  Santrybsantry@dcds.net)

TO SIGN UP: Contact Dan Balk ( dbalk@dcds.net) or Mark Jackson ( mjackson@dcds.net).  If you plan to have your child attend for only part of the  program, please include which dates/times your child will attend.  
Do you know a child who loves to sing?
Boston Children's Chorus singers come from all over Greater Boston to connect in song. Their unique and low-cost program helps young people develop musicianship and leadership skills, affirm identity, embrace new perspectives, and grow in a safe environment. Singers have performed for the Boston Red Sox and collaborated with artists like Leslie Odom Jr., Melinda Doolittle, Jon Boogz, and Lil Buck.  Share this with a child who loves to sing and sign up for June auditions today!  Nervous about auditioning? Our innovative group approach for children ages 7-9 is a fun, stress-free way to try out!  Contact us at 617-245-6043 or visit  www.bostonchildrenschorus.org/join