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Associate Head of School

thank-you letter

Before the holidays, I posted the photo of the pile of presents collected during our annual gift drive. Then as now, I was overwhelmed with the engagement of our kids and the generosity of our families during this service project. We made quite a community impact as you will see from this letter I received in the mail today.

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Thanks again to the Parents’ Association, the Student Council, Sarah Pitcher-Hoffman, the gift-givers, and everyone else who helped make some children’s holidays a little brighter!

By |January 19th, 2016|Categories: Associate Head of School|Comments Off on thank-you letter

“Kindness in giving…”

“Kindness in giving creates love.” ― Lao Tzu

If the above quote is to be believed, over the past few weeks our incredible BCD community created a LOT of love!

Students, parents, faculty, and friends selected one of 130 tags from the adorable gingerbread house boards specially created by our own Student Council.(Kudos here to Sarah Pitcher-Hoffman, our faculty sponsor extraordinaire.)  Each tag presented the name of an unmet friend from the greater Berkshire community (facilitated by the Department of Children and Family Services) who was in need of help to make a holiday dream come true. Most items on the kids’ wish lists looked familiar (Frozen Dolls or Minecraft paraphernalia), but some tag-selectors were surprised to see more practical wishes (snow pants or a warm jacket or a pair of jeans). This made for many teachable moments about service and giving and wants and needs.

Flash forward a week and a half, and I am overwhelmed by the “kindness in giving” demonstrated by our community. As they proudly carried their gifts onto campus, students told me how they had shopped carefully to select just the right item. Joy of service was palpable as the pile of presents rose higher and higher and higher.  (Big thanks here to PA co-chairs, Elizabeth Powell and Terri Sash for receiving and recording the gifts and to Melissa Kruse for coordinating all those that found their way into the main office.)

Representatives from DCF needed to make two separate trips to get all the gifts transported up to the main Pittsfield office where social workers will get them and then  distribute them to the children in the families with whom they work. In a message meant to be shared with our entire school community, Lindsay LeClair, one of our DCF liaisons, said, “Thank you all so much for all the gifts. We cannot thank you enough for you generosity. We appreciate everything you have done and we look forward to working with you all next year!!! Happy Holidays!!”

I am thriIMG_1902lled and thankful to have been able to have been part of this special school-wide project. As I prepare for the winter break, the image to the left is one I will carry home with me. It should remind each of us about the things that matter and how it is up to each of us to “create love.”

I wish you all the most joyous of holidays (whatever, whenever, and wherever you celebrate) filled with all the things you love most. See you in 2016!

Susan (aka Dr. G.)

By |December 17th, 2015|Categories: Associate Head of School|Comments Off on “Kindness in giving…”

piles of Pampers, heaps of Huggies, lotsa Luvs, and plenty of Pull-Ups!

Due to the generous contributions of BCD families and faculty, the Berkshire Community Diaper Project now has 3,000+ more diapers to distribute!

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It was heartwarming to see how our community rallied around this important collection, as students arrived each morning with arms filled equally with backpacks and diapers. While the entire school was part of this endeavor, there are some folks especially worthy of extra thanks.

The BCD Student Council whose members took charge of the drive! From planning and promoting to making posters to sharing information with the younger students to standing outside at car line each morning (and exuberantly exhorting everyone who arrived to “BRING US SOME DIAPERS!”), to counting the mountain of donated boxes and packages, our Student Council members served as service role models for us all. Thanks Student Council members!

Sarah Pitcher-Hoffman, Student Council faculty sponsor, for working with the Student Council to organize and follow-through with the Diaper Drive project. Not only did Sarah lend her room and several lunch hours to Student Council and this service project, her gentle encouragement and troop-rallying are much appreciated by all. Thanks, Sarah!

Mara Goodman Davies who first brought the Diaper Drive to our attention. Her enthusiasm for and dedication to community service projects are nothing short of remarkable! Mara also served as our delivery person extraordinare. Thanks, Mara!

To the parents who purchased the diapers, to the students who brought them to BCD for collection, and to all the drivers who delivered the plethora from here to there…. THANKS!

By |November 27th, 2015|Categories: Associate Head of School, Uncategorized|Comments Off on piles of Pampers, heaps of Huggies, lotsa Luvs, and plenty of Pull-Ups!

Warp Trio

Take three talented musicians (the “Trio”), add a little bit of classical, a smidgen of jazz, and a whole lot of improv (the “Warp”), and you get an all-school assembly sure to delight!

We were so lucky to welcome Warp Trio to Berkshire Country Day on Friday. For the last hour of the day, Furey Hall was equally filled with wonderful students and wonderful music.

From a Bach cello piece,

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to an interesting take on Duke Ellington,

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to a student-led musical adventure featuring Dr. L eating blue pizza on Mars,

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we were all fascinated and delighted into rapt attention!

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By |November 22nd, 2015|Categories: Associate Head of School|Comments Off on Warp Trio

STREAM@bcd, #science

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What a blast we all had on Friday night at #science, the first event of the STREAM@bcd series! We welcomed BCD families and guests from our community to campus as four slightly looney but very enthusiastic “Mad Scientists” helped us explore the wonders of science in fun-filled hands-on ways.

Mad Science station 1 involved the creation of slime in a variety of colors and consistencies from icky to gooey to slippery to rubbery, all dependent upon the vigor and duration of the slime-shaking dance that the young (and old) chemists were willing to do. As you can see from the photo above, feeling the resulting compound was more than half the fun!

If you look behind the scientist (and his mom) in the picture, you’ll see the end product of science station 2. What happens when you apply heat to sugar crystals? A transformation of matter!  If you spin the resulting melted sugar stream just right,  you have COTTON CANDY! Yum all around. (And yes, there were quite a few moms and dads who sent their kids back to station 2 to make sure that they understood the concepts behind these two states of matter.. oh, and incidentally got an extra confectionary cone that a conscientious parent just couldn’t let go to waste.)

Station 3 involved experimenting with various polymers to see how they reacted to the addition of H2O. From sand that held its shape and could be sculpted like clay to small BB-sized balls that grew and grew and grew until each had the dimension of a marble (and they are still growing in my office so who knows how big they’ll be on Monday!), to a fine powder that became a snow-like substance when wet, polymer play intrigued us all. (In an interesting connection, the students were fascinated to learn that the concepts involved in their making “snow” also tied to our upcoming Diaper Drive, because these particular polymers are what makes disposable diapers absorbent!)

Our final science station 4 was filled with buzzing and zapping and movement. As they explored conductivity and energy, students held small devices still in their hands (potential energy) then shot them high into the sky (kinetic energy). Kids attempted to have steady surgeons’ hands as they moved a small ring along a charged wire trying not to make accidental metal-to-metal contact that buzzed an alarm! As the kids learned, even their own bodies can conduct energy in the form of a static charge. Zap!

As one of the “Mad Scientists” said, “Science should be fun so that kids know that anyone can be a scientist and discover the wonders of our world!” If Friday night is any indication, she is absolutely right!

For updates about what is coming next in the STREAM@bcd series, don’t forget to FOLLOW us on Twitter, @bcdstockbridge.

By |November 15th, 2015|Categories: Associate Head of School|Comments Off on STREAM@bcd, #science