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What a Wonderful Trip for Grade 8!

IMG_2042The 8th grade is back safe and sound from their fantastic Everglades adventure, and by all accounts it was a fantastic experience! The students visited the Everglades and Big Cypress – exploring by air boat, by kayak, by bike, and on foot. They also took some time to relax and bond at the beach. Much was learned and a great time was had by all. Check here for more photos from their adventure.

By | March 11th, 2016|

A Full Week of Activities

We have enjoyed a full week of activities that showcase the breadth of interests of BCD students. From the wonderful artwork exhibited at our Winter Open Studios, to the spectacular performance of the Upper School Theater Ensemble’s production of Don’t Grow Up, It’s a Trap, to the Winter Sports Assembly that celebrated a successful cross country ski season, many of our students had a chance to shine while following their passion and using their unique talents.

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Thanks to everyone who turned out for Open Studios on Tuesday evening. Students and parents had a chance to have a go at the potter’s wheel, add to the abstract wall drawing, and see works in progress by all grades. A great time was had by all!

Click here for more photos of Open Studios.

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Using themes of the iconic story, Peter Pan, as an inspiration, BCD’s Upper School Theater Ensemble explored questions of adulthood and adolescence, freedom and responsibility in their production of Don’t Grow Up, It’s a Trap.

Congratulations to all!  The performance was, by all accounts, a tremendous success. The hard work – writing text and songs, devising scenes and characters, and performing this original production – paid off!

Click here for more photos of Don’t Grow Up, It’s a Trap.

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The Cross Country Ski Team celebrated a successful season at the Winter Sports Assembly. Despite the lack of snow, the team had fun and enjoyed some ski time thanks to our resourceful coaches who brought them to Butternut once a week. When not skiing, obstacle courses and scavenger hunts kept the team active. This was the largest Cross Country Ski Team in fifteen years – and we hope to have even more winter athletes participate when the snow returns next year!

Click here for more images from the Sports Assembly.

By | March 3rd, 2016|

BCD to Present “Don’t Grow Up, It’s a Trap”

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Berkshire Country Day’s Upper School Theater Ensemble will present an entirely original workshop production of “Don’t Grow Up, It’s a Trap” on Friday, February 26 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, February 27 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Using found text, interviews, and original writing and songs, eleven actors in grades 7-9 have spent the last six weeks exploring themes of adolescence and adulthood, rebellion and responsibility, imagination and fantasy inspired by characters and themes from J. M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan.” “Don’t Grow Up, It’s a Trap” is a humorous, moving, and contemporary spin on this classic tale.

Each year, the Upper School Theater Ensemble presents three full-length productions including original and devised performances, interdisciplinary collaborations, and significant classical and contemporary works.

“Creating and devising an entirely original piece of theater is a powerful experience,” says director Sara Katzoff. “Don’t Grow Up, It’s a Trap” emerges from a collaboration that highlights the voices and creativity of our students – their words, their original music, and their ideas as an ensemble. This kind of interdisciplinary experience is all part of the thriving community of artists, citizens, and scholars that is so present in the culture of BCD.” Berkshire Country Day School’s music teacher, Amy Hilliard, provided music direction for this production.

All performances take place at the Winthrop Theater on the Boston University Campus at
45 West Street in Lenox, MA. There is a suggested donation at the door.

By | February 22nd, 2016|

Alaska Day 2016

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It was an absolute delight to take part in this year’s Alaska Day. With hardly a trace of snow in sight, our Lower School teachers and Parents’ Association pulled off an event to remember! Students traveled in mixed-age groups through craft and science activity stations that brought a little bit of Alaska to the BCD campus.

  • Mrs. Romano helped students build Inuksuk structures, similar to the stone mounds that serve as landmarks to guide people in the Arctic region.
  • Mrs. Patel facilitated a totem station in which the students learned how totem poles are used to share important stories, then got the chance to make their own.
  • Ms. Allentuck and Ms. Lindsay brought blubber science – in all of its gooey, bouncy splendor – to life.
  • And finally, the students were treated to special treat at pond-side. Who doesn’t love a bonfire with s’mores?

Click HERE to see many more images from this fantastic day!

By | February 19th, 2016|

Salon Talk – “Taking a Script from Page to Screen”

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BCD Parents’ Association Presents:

SALON TALK
Tuesday, February 23, 6 PM
Courtney Hunt
“Taking a Script from Page to Screen”
No. Six Depot Cafe, 6 Depot St., West Stockbridge

6:00  Cash Bar and hors d’oeuvres
6:30  Salon Talk
7:45  Optional, pre-reserved dinner, $35

Read about Courtney’s career in film below, including her Academy Award nomination and her latest feature film, The Whole Truth, starring Keanu Reeves and Renee Zellweger.

RSVP: Stephanie Iverson at 
steph.is.iversonic@gmail.com

BUFFET DINNER MENU* 
Crispy Roasted Chicken Thighs w/lemon & garlic
Vegetarian Tuscan White Bean Stew w/ Basil and Tomatoes
Roasted Potatoes w/Rosemary
Raw Kale Salad w/Parmesan
Mesclun Greens w/orange basil dressing
Homemade Cookies

* If you would like to stay for dinner, it must be reserved by Monday, February 15; the cost is $35 per person.

Courtney Hunt’s latest feature film, The Whole Truth, a courtroom thriller starring Keanu Reeves and Renee Zellweger will be released in 2016.

Her first feature film, Frozen River, starring Melissa Leo, won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was released by Sony Pictures Classics in August of 2008. The film received widespread critical acclaim for its social realism and air tight suspense. Courtney was awarded Best First Film by the New York Film Critics Circle, and Best Debut Director by the National Board of Review.

In 2009, Courtney was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Frozen River and her lead actress, Melissa Leo was nominated for Best Actress.

Her upcoming projects include a remake of an Italian romantic thriller, The Double Hour, and Elfie Neary, a Lower East Side romance that takes place in 1904, which she wrote and will direct.She has also directed episodes of HBO’s series, In Treatment starring Gabriel Byrne, and Law & Order SVU.

She holds a masters of fine arts from Columbia University where her thesis film, Althea Faught, a Civil War short, was awarded the New Line prize and was sold to PBS. She also holds a law degree from Northeastern University.

She currently lives in Columbia County with her husband, lawyer and producer Donald Harwood.

By | February 13th, 2016|

Cooperation and Courage at BCD

It was a pleasure to sit in on Cooperation Day this morning! Grades Pre-K through Grade 3 gathered to proudly share their projects related to the concepts of cooperation and courage.

Our Pre-K class shared photos of their travel segment, in which they have cooperated to build their own “airplane,” choose their daily destination, board the plane, and fly to locales such as China and France. Their passports are filling up quickly!

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The Kindergarten class shared a mural they created, depicting their favorite ways to cooperate at school and at home. Mrs. Patel intentionally provided only one crayon of each color so that the students would have to cooperate in order to complete their artwork – and the students rose to the occasion!

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Grades 1 and 2 delivered a heartfelt (and heartwarming) presentation of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

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Grade 3 presented their beautifully-worded interpretations of the words “courage” and  “cooperation.”

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All classes cooperated to make this year’s Cooperation Day a great success!

Click here for more photos from a memorable morning.

By | January 29th, 2016|

Open House – Spread the Word, Share the Stories!

Thank you to everyone who has been in touch during the past few weeks to share your BCD stories – now let’s spread the word! A great time to do that is during our Winter Open House, next Thursday, January 14, from 9 – 11 am.

Do you know a family that you’d like to introduce to BCD? Did a friend, colleague or neighbor show interest in the school recently? Or do you have someone in mind who you think would be a great fit? If so, please let them know about our Open House.

The event will begin with a small gathering, followed by a tour of the campus, including visits into classrooms, the art studios, and more. We will then gather again over coffee and baked goodies so that prospective parents can talk with current parents, hear a few BCD stories and ask their questions.

Registration is easy. Simply send an email to me at admissions@berkshirecountryday.org and let me know the names of the parents who will be attending (this is an adults-only event), the names and current grades of their children, and contact information (phone and email). Or if you prefer, call me at 413.637.0755, x116.

Please take a moment to think of a family you’d like to invite to learn more about our BCD family.
Help us spread the word and share the stories!

Thank you!
Lucie

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By | January 8th, 2016|

Rube Goldberg Machines in Physics Class

Physics class at BCD is fun, loud, messy, hard, and always full of learning. For their final this year, 7th graders had to design, build, explain, calculate, and demonstrate Rube Goldberg machines using at least eight segments.

The video below speaks for itself. Enjoy!

For full explanations of each machine, watch the video below.

By | July 1st, 2015|

Spring 2015 Slideshow

The end of the school year is a flurry of activity for everyone – concerts, tournaments, finals, projects, Fun & Field Day, performances, field trips, graduation, and so much more.  As we all ease into summer’s routine and look back on a wonderful year, please enjoy the slideshow below for glimpse of life at BCD this spring.

Have a wonderful summer!

To see the slideshow again, view it full screen, or to download pictures, visit Slidely.

For more BCD pictures, follow Paul Lindenmaier’s photo blog or the school’s flickr posts.

Music: “RUNNING WATERS” by Jason Shaw (http://www.audionautix.com)

By | June 12th, 2015|