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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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News to Use – 1/31/14

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Parents’ Association Event
The BCD Parents’ Association invites fellow parents and friends to a night of film and conversation with  documentary film maker Cynthia Wade (http://r20 NULL.rs6 NULL.net/tn NULL.jsp?f=001jOXuAtZQFjgWylwLu7XRkaAFtExFlbgdAsMQ-DbHvMONtysKZjjzb7h9_o4DkeCSNEQWitrksqBqU1jT7Va3vVVOGRI_G6fbRN7aauaVyMiXk1Ilkzvf0AD3jIZcDP7ZFmiYZ-AMfikgyHx93C4m8ghpYyQ68XJcsfpL9ez-PqA=&c=DB5YeW7ySsveDlmkpig5bHEZRmVeM38kPLorLj4uKjNbpqLNlTeP0g==&ch=UQjejl5itdVN9JvJLWXhwCWqzhSQ3zUTU038SP9sARdwY1jGS3emSw==). Cynthia will screen her 2012 Academy Award-nominated documentary Mondays at Racine and  will be available for questions about all of her work, including her recent short film, Selfie (http://r20 NULL.rs6 NULL.net/tn NULL.jsp?f=001jOXuAtZQFjgWylwLu7XRkaAFtExFlbgdAsMQ-DbHvMONtysKZjjzb7h9_o4DkeCSkp_kT7tIukJdpD2S0KWCBIdN_zPnV2itUkXrWMh54ODQWngWftysCej9IWvMm0XdWINJJAgJKNDeqY6jDLZnaSDiPcvyQk80skze7m3q-MU4NQVRfsAQb-HEN-jM5fFOCRh4d_E9royOehaO8PgYzDLqwiVP1SAp1Sz-U7HhYOspb9bpV_X80-6XmbAhk9-BoVv5TBnrGeW2flofYIvyfgQpHltTE2ADVggTDBFlIy7MLBAWiMfpFA==&c=DB5YeW7ySsveDlmkpig5bHEZRmVeM38kPLorLj4uKjNbpqLNlTeP0g==&ch=UQjejl5itdVN9JvJLWXhwCWqzhSQ3zUTU038SP9sARdwY1jGS3emSw==), shot entirely in the  Berkshires.  This is an adult event. Friends and family are welcome.
Wednesday, February 5
The Lenox Club
111 Yokun Ave., Lenox
6:00 pm,  light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar
6:30 pm,  film
8:00 pm, buffet dinner, by reservation, $30 (menu upon request)
Please RSVP to Stephanie Iverson (steph.is.iversonic@gmail.com (steph NULL.is NULL.iversonic null@null gmail NULL.com)).
Used Book Drive
The fifth grade will be collecting children’s books during the month of February. We can take children’s books in good condition (no videos or magazines). They will be donated to Reader To Reader, a literacy organization in Springfield that provides books to libraries and schools all around the US and around the world! Please drop your books off either in the fifth grade homeroom or at the box outside the library.  Be sure to mark them “Book donations!” The fifth graders will sort and organize the books by genre and level. Thanks so much for your support!
Alaska Day
Next Thursday, February 6th, is our annual Alaska Day for the students in the Preschool through Grade 3. These students will be engaged in outdoor activities in the afternoon. Children in Preschool and Lower School should bring snowpants, boots, hats, mittens/gloves, and any other warm clothing to school that day so that they may fully participate in the activities.
International Celebration 
As part of BCD’s International Celebration this year, the World Languages Department invites you to two special events both held on Friday, February 21, 2014.
First: “The BCD International Festival” will provide a rich and festive cultural experience for our language students. There will be games, recitations, dance demonstrations and refreshments. This event provides an opportunity for our language students to celebrate together. It will run from 1:40 – 3:00 in the gym.
Second: Have you heard? The World Languages Department has 12 new iPads!
(Watch for the blog coming out soon!)
Following the festival, there will be a brief introductory presentation of the “iPad project” in the French classroom from 3:05-4:00. The Executor of the Sidney and Beatrice Albert Foundation which provided the $6000 grant to BCD will also be present. Please join us to find out more about how we plan to use this exciting technology in the language classrooms! Refreshments will be served.
Classics Day
BCD’s Upper School Latin students joined the Pioneer Valley Classical Association annual Classics Day at Mount Holyoke College on January 17, 2014.  They enjoyed participating in workshops and contests with middle and high school students from Academy Hill, Amherst, Belchertown, Berkshire, Lenox, MacDuffie, Mount Greylock, Pittsfield, Taconic, and Williston.
ART CONTEST

Model – Second Place-One Story House: eighth graders Rachel K., Michelle L., and Ruby M.; Third Place, Vesuvius and Pompeii: seventh grader William B. and eighth grader Charlie O.
COSTUME CONTEST
First Place, Seven of The (Nine) Muses: seventh graders Elena B., Beatrice C., Samantha E., Dorree N., Stella P., Taylor S., and Hayley S.
ORAL INTERPRETATION
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Intermediate Poetry – eighth graders Alex L, First Place, and Stephen T., Second Place
Novice Poetry – seventh graders Sam F., Second Place; and Taylor S., Third Place 
CERTAMEN
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Novice/Latin I – First Place: seventh graders Sam F. and Finn M. and eighth graders Alex L. and Evan S.
Myth – First Place: BCD Red Team of seventh grader Toby V.S., eighth graders Noah B. and Alex L., and ninth grader Henry D.
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 Friday, February 28.
New Families at BCD
Please join us in welcoming four new families to BCD from Saudi Arabia.  These families and the eight students who are new to our community will be with us for one year and are in PreK (2 students), Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 4 (2 students), and Grade 8 (2 students).
Revised 2014/2015 Calendar
Please note that school will be in session on Tuesday, October 14, 2014.  The revised Calendar of Important Dates can be viewed here.
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News to Use – 1/17/14

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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 Friday, February 28.

Update from the Nurse
Dear Parents,
I want to update you on the presence of the Novovirus at BCD. Attendance overall has been good this week but there have been about 5-10 families, that I am aware of, affected by this illness. There may be others who have either not spoken to me directly, or whose children were ill over the past weekend, and therefore are not reflected on the attendance.

The good news is that I am not seeing large numbers of students affected by the virus at school. Parents of sick children are keeping their students at home several days, which helps to minimize exposures. To those parents, “Thank you!” The BCD community is grateful.

We will continue to be vigilant with reminders about hand washing, and by disinfecting surfaces at BCD. I will continue to monitor the virus’s presence on campus and will keep you informed, as needed.

As always, please don’t hesitate to call me with any questions or health concerns.

Best Regards,
Jen Drees, RN
School nurse

Initial Results from Classics Day 2014
While competing at Classics Day today at Mount Holyoke College, BCD’s Upper School Latin students placed second and third in the art/model contest, the seven 7th grade muses placed first in the costume category, the Latin I class placed first in teams, and the mythology Red team placed first.  Finally, BCD made a clean sweep of the oral interpretation category with one first place, two second places, and one 3rd place.  Names and details will be available soon.  Congratulations to all who participated and represented BCD so well!

Sculpture Show!
Please come see the 4th graders figure sculptures on display in the library!

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News to Use – 12/20/13

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Pictures and Video
Short video clips of BCD kids can be found on Vimeo (https://vimeo NULL.com/bcds/videos) check out the winter concert, the talent show, the Grade 6 theater presentation, and first graders presenting their French language skills.  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.

Year-End Giving
The season of giving and the conclusion of a tax year make the last couple weeks of December the perfect time to make charitable gifts.  Please consider including BCD in your giving plans.  Your donation will support the extraordinary learning opportunities that your child is offered every day.  This blog was written to help you consider your end-of-year financial plans: http://berkshirecountryday.org/loveandtaxes/.

Upcoming Musical Performances 2013-2014
Mark your calendars for the following performances:
* Arts Block Showcase is scheduled for Thursday, February 20th, 1-2:30, Furey Hall and will feature the Vocal Ensemble, Electronic Music, Guitar, and Theater Classes.
* Private Music Lesson Concert and Instrumental Orientation Recital is scheduled for Sunday, April 27th at 2 p.m., Furey Hall. The Instrumental Orientation will take place at 3:15 pm.  Private students in BCD’s After-School Music Lesson Program perform.
* MS/US Spring Music Concert is scheduled for Friday, May 16th from 1:30-3:00 pm in Fitzpatrick Hall and will feature Middle School Chorus, Middle School Band. Percussion Ensemble, Upper School Band, Guitar Class, Vocal Ensemble, and Caribbean Ensemble.
* Lower School Music Concert is scheduled for Friday, May 30th, 2:00-2:55, Furey Hall and will feature Lower School Chorus, Kindergarten Children, and 3rd Grade Maypole Dance.

Don’t forget: Tuition payments due Jan. 1
With the New Year comes the due date for January 1 tuition payments.  Checks must be received by January 1 in order to avoid finance charges.

Holiday Gift Drive Thanks
Thank you again to those who participated in the Holiday Giving Tree Gift Drive.  Thanks to your generosity, BCD provided 150 gifts to those in need this holiday season.  The Department of Children and Families, The Elizabeth Freeman Center, and Lee Head Start were all so very grateful and appreciative for all the gifts that were given, which benefit so many.  The thank you note from Lee Head Start reads, “To each and everyone of you:  Your thoughtfulness is appreciated more than words can say.  Your gifts are the special gifts that will keep on giving.  We are thankful to have elves like you to help us help families that are in need throughout the holidays and into the New Year.”

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Art Show
BCD’s Arts Department Chair Marilyn Orner Cromwell will be having a show of her paintings at Art on Main, The Gallery at Barnbrook Realty at  271 Main Street in Great Barrington.  The show will be on view from Dec. 28 through Feb. 28. Their will be an opening on Sat., Jan. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. All are welcome!

 

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News to Use – December 6, 2013

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Congratulatons to our First Trimester Honor Roll Students!
High Honors: Noah B, Sam F, Alex L, Julian L, Taylor S, and Evan S  Honors: Elena B, Ryan B, Nico C, Beatrice C, Bella C, Henry D, Rachel K, Tibor L, Mimi L, Finn M, Ruby M, Charlie O, Stella P, Kendall P, Stephen T, Henry T, and Toby VS

Annual Holiday Book Fair — Monday, December 9 – Thursday, December 12!
Drop off and pick up are a great opportunity to take a few minutes out of your day to check out the selections. We will be hosting coffee and donuts on selected mornings so you can stay and catch up with other parents and friends.

This is a great chance to help support the Library and get in a little holiday shopping as well. You can also honor a teacher, student or loved one by giving a book to the Library in their name. Or you can donate a book or purchase a gift certificate for your child’s classroom. Hope to see you there!

When to go:
Monday, December 9
8:00 am – 4:45 pm
(BCD Staff Snacks & Shopping 7:30-8:00 am)

Tuesday, December 10
7:45 am – 4:45 pm
(Mom’s Morning)
Marc (illustrator) and Eileen (author) Rosenthal will be visiting the Beginner 3s, PK, K, and Grade 1 classrooms this morning between 8:30 and 9:40 am.

Wednesday, December 11
7:45 am – 4:45 pm
(Donuts with Dads, as long as the donuts last!)

Thursday, December 12
7:45 am – 4:45 pm

*** We are still in need for a few more volunteers to help out during the week. If you are able to volunteer please click HERE (http://bit NULL.ly/1iGb1SV) to see what times are available. Thank you!
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Winter Concert – Friday, December 13, 2013
The Winter Music Concert will feature the Lower School Chorus, Middle School Chorus, Middle School Band, Upper School Band, Vocal Ensemble, and Guitar Class.  Don’t miss it!

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News to Use – November 15, 2013

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Berkshire Country Day School Gear 
Orders and payments must be received by Thanksgiving Soup (November 26) to have it here in time for the winter break!  Click here to order your BCD gear today! (http://www NULL.surveymonkey NULL.com/s/867J9PR)  Bags, shirts, sweatshirts – buy one of each.

Talent Show 
Next Friday, November 22, BCD students will wow the crowds with their talents at 1:30 pm in Fitzpatrick Hall.  Click here for more details.  Please join us if you can for this fun community event and stop by the Lost and Found table afterward to pick up forgotten or left-behind items.  Don’t forget, any outgrown fleeces should be donated to the Fleece Drive being organized by the seventh graders.

Thanksgiving Soup
If you have a child in the B3 or Pre-K class, please plan to have them bring a box of Orzo Pasta to school one day next week.  All other ingredient donations for Thanksgiving Soup will collected on Monday, November 25 (not this coming Monday but the following one) at drop off.  Class parents will be sending out emails next week regarding each grade’s specific donation.

Soup will be served on Tuesday, November 26 at noon.  At 1 pm, students will be dismissed and school will close for the Thanksgiving Break with no afternoon activities, enrichment, PM, or study hall.  If you would like to volunteer to serve at the event please click here (https://docs NULL.google NULL.com/a/berkshirecountryday NULL.org/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AnuQpTGaq7XodDlDN0dRZ2M5TXRHTU81ZWRheldLN3c&usp=drive_web#gid=0) to sign up. You will need to be available from 11:30-1:30, and your kids are welcome to help us fold and stack chairs too.  Hope to see you at the Soup!

BCD Holiday Gift Drive
The BCD community will once again be collecting holiday gifts for The Elizabeth Freeman Center, The Department of Children and Family Services and Town of Lee Head Start Program. These organizations will provide us with families for whom BCD families will purchase gifts. On Wednesday, November 20, there will be a bulletin board decorated by BCD’s Student Council in the foyer of Albright that students will visit with their homeroom teachers. They will choose a star indicating either the gender and age of a child or a specific gift request. You and your child will then purchase a gift for that person, wrap it, and return it the week of December 2. If you choose not to participate, please let your children’s homeroom teachers know, so we can assure that all families are provided for. The Elizabeth Freeman Center and The Department of Children and Family Services are grateful for our partnership. Thank you for your contributions!

BCD Holiday Book Fair:
BCD will once again team up with The Bookloft for our annual Holiday Book Fair to be held in the BCD library from Monday, December 9 through Thursday, December 12, 2013

This annual Holiday Book Fair raises money for our wonderful BCD library. It is a great opportunity for students and their families to support the BCD Library and get in a little holiday shopping as well. You can also honor a teacher, student or loved one by purchasing a book to donate to the Library in their name or you can donate a book to your child’s classroom. More information regarding the book sale and student buying/order permission forms will be coming soon.

However in order for the event to be a success we need the help of parent volunteers. Please click the volunteer here (https://docs NULL.google NULL.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AnuQpTGaq7XodDlDN0dRZ2M5TXRHTU81ZWRheldLN3c&usp=sharing#gid=1) to sign up for a day and time slot.

 

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News to Use – November 1, 2013

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Don’t miss the upper school production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.   The first showing is tonight, Friday, November 1 at 7 pm, and there are showings tomorrow, Saturday, November 2 at 2 pm and 7 pm.  The shows are at Winthrop Theater at 45 West Street, Lenox, MA.

Community Campus Day Cancelled
The November 2nd Community Campus Day will be rescheduled: When reviewing our interest in accomplishing several outdoor projects that require warmer weather, and due to the matinee performance of the Upper School play on Saturday, the decision was made to postpone the 6th Annual Community Campus Day until spring.  Expect more information about a new date and the ways that everyone can participate later in the winter.

After School Enrichment Mini-Session, Grades PK-5, December 2-December 19
Gymnastics, Wildcrafting, Recorder, Clay, Nature Explorers, Beads, Knitting – click here to view the brochure.

Berkshire Country Day School Gear 
Only three more weeks to order your BCD gear and have it here in time for the winter break!  Click here to order your BCD gear today! (http://www NULL.surveymonkey NULL.com/s/867J9PR)  Bags, shirts, sweatshirts – buy one of each.

Thanksgiving Soup
The largest gathering of the year for the school community is Thanksgiving Soup, a meal shared by the entire school. Each class is responsible for contributing an element of the soup, which is prepared and served by parent volunteers. As we come together, we use the opportunity to thank members of our community for their help and support, and reflect on the meaning of Thanksgiving. A high point of the celebration is the welcoming back of BCD alumni/ae.

This year, the event is on  Tuesday, November 26 at noon.  If you are available to help serve please CLICK HERE (https://docs NULL.google NULL.com/a/berkshirecountryday NULL.org/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AnuQpTGaq7XodDlDN0dRZ2M5TXRHTU81ZWRheldLN3c&usp=drive_web) and scroll down to volunteer. The more the merrier, and it truly is a fun event! More details about the day will be sent mid-November.

Winter Fridays
The cooler weather is a prelude to returning your child’s form outlining plans – a form must be completed for every student. Click here for the forms.

Upcoming Admission Visit Days
Encourage prospective families  to visit BCD on one of our Admission Visit Days.  Those interested in learning more should call the Office of Admission (413.637.0755 x116) or go online to register. If an interested family can’t come on a designated day, let them know that we are happy to host parents and families on campus throughout the year when schedules allow.

Upcoming Performances
There are a number of performances coming up.
*Click here for a link to a calendar of musical performances this year.
*Click here for more details on Talent Show coming up on Friday, November 22 at 1:30 in the afternoon in Fitzpatrick Hall.

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News to Use – October 18, 2013

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Soccer Tournaments - Saturday, October 9 and Saturday, October, 26
BCD is hosting soccer tournaments on Saturday, October 9 and Saturday, October, 26.  The boys’ games this weekend will start at 10 am, with athletes needing to arrive by 9 am.  BCD parents are hosting a snack with a variety snacks available for suggested donations. Come out and cheer for our teams!

Upcoming Admission Visit Days – Saturday, October 19 and Wednesday, October 23, 9-11 am
Encourage prospective families  to visit BCD on one of our Admission Visit Days.  Those interested in learning more should call the Office of Admission (413.637.0755 x116) or go online to register. If an interested family can’t come on a designated day, let them know that we are happy to host parents and families on campus throughout the year when schedules allow.

Berkshire Country Day School Gear
You asked and we responded!  Click here to order your BCD gear today! (http://www NULL.surveymonkey NULL.com/s/867J9PR)  Bags, shirts, sweatshirts – buy one of each.

The Upper School Halloween Dance is this coming Friday, October 25 from 7:00-9:30 p.m. Grades 7-9 students may invite a friend from a different school to join them for the evening. Come in costume if you wish! Entry is $5.

On Halloween, students are invited to wear their costumes to school. No weapons or costumes that would hinder the learning process please! Parents of students in Grades K-3 are invited to attend the Lower School Halloween Parade at 1 p.m. on Thursday the 31st.

Community Campus Day - Saturday, November 2
In only 3 weeks, the whole community is invited to attend Community Campus Day.  Please save the date of Saturday, November 2 from 12-4 pm and plan on bringing the whole family to this fun and fruitful event!

Preschool and Lower School Parent/Teacher Conferences – Thursday, November 7 and Friday, November 8
Parent/Teacher Conferences for Preschool and Lower School families are coming up on November 7 and 8. 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)

Music lessons
Are you interested in signing your child up for music lessons?  There are still some spots available in our afterschool music program.  Click here (http://wp NULL.me/a2FfEn-2xX) to check the availability.

Upcoming Performances
There are a number of performances coming up.
*Click here (http://wp NULL.me/a2FfEn-2xV) for a link to a calendar of musical performances this year.
*Click here (http://wp NULL.me/a2FfEn-2xT) for more details on Talent Show coming up on Friday, November 22 at 1:30 in the afternoon in Fitzpatrick Hall.
*Click here for more information on the upper school production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory coming up on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2.

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