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News To Use – 7/3/2014

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Third Trimester Honor Roll Announced
Congratulations to the following Grade 7-9 students for achieving Honor Roll status during the third trimester of the 2013-2014 school year. To achieve high honors, a student must maintain a GPA of 3.8 and receive no grade lower than a C+. To achieve honors, a student must maintain a GPA of at least 3.33 and receive a grade no lower than C+. 
High Honors
Grade 7: Sam F. 
Grade 8:  Alex L., Julian L., Ruby M., Evan S., and Stephen T.
Honors
Grade 7: Elena B., Beatrice C., Tibor L., Finn M., Dorree N., Jordan O., Charley R., and Taylor S. 
Grade 8: Noah B., Ryan B., Bella C., Rachel K., Michelle L., Mimi L., Charlie O., and Ayva S.  Grade 9: Kendall P.

Pathways work has begun
Keep up on the Pathways project, by subscribing to Paul Lindenmaier’s tumblr:  http://plindenmaier.tumblr.com/ (http://plindenmaier NULL.tumblr NULL.com/)

Pictures and Video
Short video clips of BCD kids can be found on Vimeo (https://vimeo NULL.com/bcds/videos). Check out the 7th grade students and their Rube Goldberg machines (https://vimeo NULL.com/99056871), the ArtSoirée Film, the all-school dance party (https://vimeo NULL.com/91306480), the Kindergarten/Grade 1 production of The Lorax (https://vimeo NULL.com/94010202), and much more!  As always, pictures are located on both Flickr (http://www NULL.flickr NULL.com/photos/bcdtech/) and Paul Lindenmaier’s tumblr (http://plindenmaier NULL.tumblr NULL.com/)!   To add your own pictures, video, or comments to the conversation, tag posts with  #berkshirecountrydayschool.

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Congratulations to Berkshire Country Day School’s ninth graders, who were celebrated at a Graduation and Awards Ceremony held Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

Members of the Class of 2014 are Henry D., Kendall P., and Andrea V.

Henry received the Butler Academic Prize, the G. James Fawcett English Prize, the Rambotham History Prize, the Discere Explōrāre Est (Learning is Discovery, the school’s motto) Latin Prize, and the Judge Citizenship Award. Kendall received a Marilyn Orner Cromwell Art Prize, the Adeline Cowhig Mathematics Prize, the Madame Grad French Prize, and the Phillips Citizenship Prize.  Andrea received a Marilyn Orner Cromwell Art Prize, the Thomson Science Prize, and the Donald T. Oakes Citizenship Award.

Awards were also presented to seventh and eighth grade students:

Grade 8:
Bella C., the Viv Murray Caputo Music Prize.
Alex L., Ned Douglas Mathematics Prize, Anna Zaffanella French Prize, and Eighth Grade Science Prize.
Julian L., the Steffi Fletcher English Prize and Eighth Grade Spanish Prize.
Michelle L., a Marcia V. Jones Latin Prize.
Ruby M., a Marcia V. Jones Latin Prize.
Stephen T., Excellence in History Prize, and the Gulick Citizenship Award.

Grade 7:
Samantha E., a Seventh Grade English Prize.
Sam F., a Seventh Grade English Prize and a Eugénie D. Fawcett Classics Prize.
Max K., Seventh Grade Growth in French Prize.
Finn M., United States History Prize and a Eugénie D. Fawcett Classics Prize.
Charley R., Theater Ensemble Prize and Virginia I. Peterson Citizenship Award.
Taylor S., Seventh Grade Science Prize.
Hayley S., Seventh Grade Growth in Spanish Prize.
Rufus T., Nancy Cowhig Growth in Mathematics Prize.
 

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News To Use – 5/30/2014

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Walk to Cure Diabetes is on Monday, June 2
The Annual Walk to Cure Diabetes is all set for Monday, June 2. The younger students (B3-Grade 3) will walk Mike’s Trail from 10:45-11:15 am with their teachers. From 3:10-4:30 pm, students in Grades 4 through 9 will walk to Olivia’s Overlook, where they will have fruit and water, graciously supplied by the Parents’ Association.
Please remind students to return signed participation paperwork to Mrs. Drees on Monday, June 2 and to wear good walking shoes!

Closing Assembly and All-School Picnic at 11:30 on Friday, June 6
Join the entire school community for this year’s Closing Assembly and picnic at 11:30 on Friday, June 6.  Bring a blanket and pack a lunch for your family.  It’s a good idea to arrive early and secure a good picnic spot on the lawn in front of Fitzpatrick Hall!

Tribute Boxes
Don’t forget to deliver pictures and cards to the main office by Monday, June 2 for departing faculty and staff.  The boxes will be distributed when we gather together as a community at the closing assembly on Friday, June 6.

BCD GearBCD gear (https://www NULL.surveymonkey NULL.com/s/BCDgearspring2014)
There are a few select styles and sizes available for immediate purchase and the next order of t-shirts, sweatshirts, and bags has started.  Click here (https://www NULL.surveymonkey NULL.com/s/BCDgearspring2014) to check availability and to order your BCD gear today.

Pictures and Video
Short video clips of BCD kids can be found on Vimeo (https://vimeo NULL.com/bcds/videos). Check out the ArtSoirée Film, the all-school dance party, the Kindergarten/Grade 1 production of The Lorax, and much more!  As always, pictures are located on both Flickr (http://www NULL.flickr NULL.com/photos/bcdtech/) and Paul Lindenmaier’s tumblr (http://plindenmaier NULL.tumblr NULL.com/)!   To add your own pictures, video, or comments to the conversation, tag posts with  #berkshirecountrydayschool.

Lost and Found
If you have been separated from a favorite pair of jeans, a fleece, or if a sock has lost a mate, check the tables in front of Fitzpatrick Hall.  The Lost and Found items from this year have been organized and are ready to be reunited with their families.

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News To Use – 5/9/2014

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Upper School Ensemble Presents: Apocalyptic Inspiration: Two Irreverent ComediesApoc Insp 2
Directed by Amy Brentano, this production features the comedies ¡Artistic Inspiration by Don Zolidis and Apocalypse or Bust by Davis Alianiello.   The first performance is next Friday, May 16 at 7 pm, and there are also shows on Saturday, May 17 at 2 pm and 7 pm.  The shows are suitable for audiences age 10 years and older and will be performed at Winthrop Theater at 45 West Street, Lenox, MA.  There is a suggested donation at the door.

Extended Day Program
Please be advised that, in order to ensure proper supervision during BCD’s extended day program (PM), you must notify your child’s teacher and the main office no later than 12:30 on the days that your child will be attending.

Rescheduled Community Campus Day – September 27, 2014
Due to mounting scheduling conflicts, Community Campus Day which was scheduled for next Saturday, May 17, has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 27, 2014.

Upcoming Music Performances
Reminder that the Middle/Upper School Music Concert is next Friday, May 16, at 1:30 in Fitzpatrick Hall.  The Lower School Music Concert, which will include students in Kindergarten through Grade 3, will take place in Furey on May 30 at 2:00.

BCD GearBCD gear (https://www NULL.surveymonkey NULL.com/s/BCDgearspring2014)
There are a few select styles and sizes available for immediate purchase and the next order of t-shirts, sweatshirts, and bags has started.  Click here (https://www NULL.surveymonkey NULL.com/s/BCDgearspring2014) to check availability and to order your BCD gear today.

Pictures and Video
Short video clips of BCD kids can be found on Vimeo (https://vimeo NULL.com/bcds/videos) check out the ArtSoirée Film, the all-school dance party, the Kindergarten/Grade 1 production of The Lorax, and much more!  As always, pictures are located on both Flickr (http://www NULL.flickr NULL.com/photos/bcdtech/) and Paul Lindenmaier’s tumblr (http://plindenmaier NULL.tumblr NULL.com/)!   To add your own pictures, video, or comments to the conversation, tag posts with  #berkshirecountrydayschool.

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News To Use – 4/25/14

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ArtSoiree
You won’t want to miss the main event on Saturday, May 3.  RSVP today (http://origin NULL.library NULL.constantcontact NULL.com/download/get/file/1102200709655-633/2014ASRSVPCC NULL.pdf)!

Private Music Lesson Orientation – Sunday, April 27
3:15 Furey Music Hall
Private and/or group lessons are available for violin, viola, trumpet, piano, percussion, voice, guitar, cello, saxophone, composition, clarinet, and flute.  Come and try out which instrument you like best!  Please contact Mrs. Hilliard at ahilliard@berkshirecountryday.org (ahilliard null@null berkshirecountryday NULL.org) to RSVP for this event.

With Appreciation
The Parents’ Association Steering Committee wishes to extend a HUGE thank you to the parent community for helping to make our annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Week a great success. This wonderful week would not have been possible without the helping hands of so many parent volunteers. We realize everyone’s schedules are very busy and we so appreciate all that everyone did to make this week the success it was.  This annual tradition is a wonderful opportunity to show our faculty and staff members how much we value the work they do for our children and for the entire BCD community. We heard often from the Faculty and Staff throughout the week how grateful they were for all that was done.  Thank you!

National Latin Exam Awards
BCD is pleased to announce that 17 Upper School students were awarded certificates and medals for their high scores on the 2014 National Latin Exam. The NLE exam is sponsored both by the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League. More than 154,000 students from 49 states and 17 foreign countries took the test in March.

For the Introduction to Latin Exam, the following awards were earned by:
Ribbon and Achievement Certificate: Rufus T;  Achievement Certificates: Nico C and Samantha E
 
For the Latin I National Exam, the following awards were earned by:
Gold Summa Cum Laude: Sam F and Finn M. Finn was also recognized for achieving a perfect score on the exam.
Silver Maxima Cum Laude: Toby VS;
Magna Cum Laude: Jakob B, Tibor L, and Michelle L; Cum Laude:Henry D, Beatrice D, Ruby M, and Ayva S

For the Latin II National Exam, the following awards were earned by eighth grade students: Gold Summa Cum Laude: Alex L, who was also recognized for achieving a perfect score on the exam.  Silver Maxima Cum Laude: Noah B and Evan S
Cum Laude: Julian L

Save the date
Community Campus Day Saturday, May 17

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News to Use – 4/11/14

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Celebration of the Arts
On Thursday, April 3, BCD joined other area public and private schools in a celebration of Youth Art Month organized by Renaissance Arts Center and held at Crissey Farms in Great Barrington. The evening began with a proclamation read by State Representative Smitty Pignatelli, and included music, dance, and an art exhibition. Each school was limited to only 10 pieces of art from grades 5 through 12. It was a very difficult choice from a very talented student body, and the following students had work on display: Kendall P, Ruby M, Ryan B, Hayley S, Max K, Wilder H, Jeri H, Kaylo M, Stella M, and Cooper R.

STRIVE
BCD was proud to send a group of its Grade 8 students to participate again this year in the Youth Leadership Conference, STRIVE (Students Teaching Respect, Integrity, Values and Equality). The conference included schools from all over Berkshire County and was sponsored by the Berkshire District Attorney’s office. Workshops during the day included “Finding Your Inner Leader”, “Dynamic Influence”, and “The Stress Response” in addition to others covering topics around LGBT Allyship, drugs, bullying, and becoming a change agent. It was a terrific day for all involved!

ArtSoiree
ArtSoiree News – The fun has begun! The online auction is up and running. http://www.ebay.com/usr/berkshirecountrydayschool (http://www NULL.ebay NULL.com/usr/berkshirecountrydayschool),  Now’s your chance to bid on great items and support financial aid at BCD. The online auction closes Monday, April 14.

You won’t want to miss the main event on Saturday, May 3.  RSVP today!  (Link to RSVP -http://origin.library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1102200709655-633/2014ASRSVPCC.pdf (http://origin NULL.library NULL.constantcontact NULL.com/download/get/file/1102200709655-633/2014ASRSVPCC NULL.pdf) )

Spring Sports
The sports game schedule is posted on the BCD calendar.  Mark your calendar and come support our teams!

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Week
Our annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Week is coming up (April 22- 25). This is a wonderful week, organized by the Parents Association Steering Committee, and a great opportunity to show faculty and staff members how much we value the work they do.

Each day of the week will be highlighted by something special for every faculty and staff member.  In the next few days you will be receiving an email with further details on ways to sign up to volunteer. The PA hopes that every parent can volunteer for some part of this important week.

The schedule for the week is:
TUESDAY April 22nd
  Continental breakfast of baked goods and fruit provided in the Faculty/Staff Kitchen
WEDNESDAY April 23rd
  Catered lunch in Fitzpatrick for all Faculty and Staff
THURSDAY April 24th
  Fresh flower arrangements given to all Faculty/Staff from students AND Thank-you notes and artwork from students
FRIDAY April 25th
  Homemade, take-home dinners for all Faculty and Staff

Private Music Lesson Orientation – Sunday, April 27
3:15 Furey Music Hall
Private and/or group lessons are available for violin, viola, trumpet, piano, percussion, voice, guitar, cello, saxophone, composition, clarinet, and flute.  Come and try out which instrument you like best!  Please contact Mrs. Hilliard at ahilliard@berkshirecountryday.org (ahilliard null@null berkshirecountryday NULL.org) to R.S.V.P. for this event.

Save the date
Community Campus Day Saturday, May 17

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News to Use – 3/14/14

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Second Trimester Honor Roll
Congratulations to the following Upper School students for achieving Honor Roll status during the second trimester of the 2013-2014 school year.
High Honors
Grade 7: Sam F., and Taylor S. Grade 8: Noah B., Alex L., Julian L., Evan S., and Stephen T.,
Honors
Grade 7: Elena B., Beatrice C., Tibor L., Finn M., Dorree N., Stella P., Charley R., Rufus T., and Toby VS. Grade 8: Nicolas A., Ryan B., Bella C., Rachel K., Michelle L., Mimi L., Ruby M., Charlie O., and Ayva S. Grade 9: Henry D.

Spring Sports Swap Part 2
Use Spring Break to inventory your sports equipment.  If your kids have outgrown spring or summer sports equipment or shoes, bring them to the gym on Tuesday, April 1 or Wednesday, April 2.  Then, come by to look for new equipment on Wednesday, April 2 and Thursday, April 3 from 8:00am-5:00pm, or Friday, April 4 from 7:45am-8:30am.  CLICK HERE to see the flyer with more information.

Spring Enrichment
The After-School Enrichment session for April 7 through May 29 for students in Grades K-6 is available for registration. Please CLICK HERE  (http://r20 NULL.rs6 NULL.net/tn NULL.jsp?f=001ZbRJTOLCkiARnFU9bpJxFigmDqVxNdZZTUEtysr6vwnUaMOtIY2ryODK7R6zWXX3wJNMi1TXLj96W82qVVyLtSDF-ta_IASSPkNh4iwBBB8OWCSPN47PG-ZC2F2nP2CGE4crfpf0GuOz9oLApNVtYp6HXSmwrWkTw2ptp4zTmiDSWrMsJvO0Gc0_JmMmtwhaeqnQmVsA7Qmt-mbXuQUJJoxFpXzW3RGgLZxMhqDFbAyKx8MS21tpwR8knOgEWAJScDd_QzyjUdI=&c=8-n2PFjPNvjHEaEquVD2SJAryErYRK2SBCq8ztOh2RDG6KkcQZk1uQ==&ch=msSbgrmTurpxifIRPCdUzSFDoYQPAtc3fxwYG-SbYh1DBZNjB3VSUg==)to download the registration form. The registration form and payment should be sent in by Wednesday, April 2, although registering before the March vacation is highly recommended due to availability of space in each class.

Lacrosse
Don’t forget that lacrosse practice starts on Tuesday, April 1, the first day back at school.  Make sure you have all your equipment ready by then.

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News to Use – 2/28/14

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Preschool and Lower School Parent/Teacher Conferences – Thursday, March 6 and Friday, March 7

Parent/Teacher Conferences for Preschool and Lower School families are coming up on March 6 and 7. Families with children in B3s – Grade 3 are asked to sign up online for their meetings.  The link below will bring you to all of the PS/LS teacher schedules.  Simply click on the teacher(s) with whom you would like to schedule a meeting, then click OPEN in the lower right corner, and write your name in a BLANK SPACE beside the time you desire (please do not delete a name if someone has already signed up for a particular time!).  Click here to schedule (https://drive NULL.google NULL.com/folderview?id=0B6WURE96_5MhOW50dUN6RmhyLXM&usp=sharing).  *Also, please note that Ski Friday is still happening on Friday, March 7 and parents are responsible for driving their children to the ski slope.

Spring and Summer Sports Equipment Swap: March 5 and 6th

Drop off for the Sports Equipment Swap is on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 4 and 5th between 7:30 and 8:00 outside of Fitzpatrick Hall.  Bring your outgrown or unused Spring and Summer sports equipment to swap with someone else.  Tables will be set up on Wednesday and Thursday March 5 and 6th between 8:00 and 5:00 for swapping!

PA speaker Series: Parenting and Technology 

The BCD Parents’ Association and the Berkshire Hills Regional School District are pleased to present an evening with Marje Monroe and Doug Fodeman, nationally recognized experts in the area of Internet safety. Come hear them speak on Wednesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in Fitzpatrick Hall about the latest issues and concerns about our children’s use of the Internet and cell phones, as well as hear specific strategies to help parents deal with these concerns. Wednesday’s event is free and open to the public. This is an event for adults.  See you March 5 at 7 p.m. in Fitzpatrick Hall!

BCD Gear

There are a few select styles and sizes available for immediate purchase and the next order of t-shirts, sweatshirts, and bags has already started.  Click here (https://www NULL.surveymonkey NULL.com/s/BCDgearspring2014) to check availability and to order your BCD gear today.  Orders and payment must be received by Wednesday, March 12.

New Families at BCD

Please join us in welcoming two new families to BCD!  One new family just moved from England and have settled here in Lenox with their 3 ½ years old daughter who will be joining our littlest learners in Beginner 3s next week. The other family moved up from NYC last summer and settled in Housatonic.  This fifth grader will join the class starting on March 10.

Parent Business Directory

To have your business added to the directory, please click here (https://docs NULL.google NULL.com/forms/d/1M6oM-qREI8PvEqV3EIhu09MJrCccwMlg9-jiHa3oALQ/viewform) to complete the Parent Business Directory Request Form by March 14th. Participation is entirely voluntary but strongly encouraged.  

Please note: For those who kindly returned the Parent Business Directory Form in the Fall we ask that you please fill out this new form.  After careful review we realized our instructions were not as clear as we intended and we hope this new form will allow us to gather the most up to date info.  Thank you.

For questions regarding the directory please contact Ellen Boyd at ellencaseyboyd@yahoo.com (ellencaseyboyd null@null yahoo NULL.com) or Suzannah Van Schaick at susupietvs@yahoo.com (susupietvs null@null yahoo NULL.com)

The BCD Parents Association Steering Committee is working on creating a Parent Business Directory for the BCD community in an effort to better introduce the many professionals engaged in our school.   As busy families, we often do not have the opportunity to learn about the impressive work of fellow parents nor may we realize the resources and services available to us within our own BCD parent community. Our hope is that the Parent Business Directory is a way for our families to support businesses owned by or that employs BCD parents and to provide a resource for you to network within our community.
We offer the directory as a service to our families. Our including a business in the directory does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement on the school’s part.

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