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December 1, 2014
About: using science to help preteens tackle a tough topic
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At this time of year when we celebrate family and friends, it's sobering to think of some of the challenges children face as they grow up. We can buckle them up in the car, require a helmet for skiing or snowboarding. But when it comes to substance use, sadly, children are exposed to these questions at younger and younger ages. We've recently been informing parents of Middle School students about how we address these tough questions, but then thought: all parents, not just those of young teens, might be curious.

Q: What is ACDS doing for our own students on the topic of drug prevention?


A: Children at our school are already quite well informed about their own brain function and development, largely thanks to the MindUp program supported by teachers and strong group of parent volunteers. As children grow into the pre-teen years, we use our ongoing health education curriculum to launch discussions. We link the lessons of MindUp to the scientific research on the effects of substance use on the developing brain. This science-based approach is an effective way to engage students in thinking about drug use.

FYI: Coming soon at ACDS

Discussion sessions for Middle School students (no parents)

  • December 9, Tuesday, 11 am: Dr. Jonathan Birnkrant, psychiatrist, on drug awareness
  • January 8, 1:30 pm: Dr. Peter Wiley, psychiatrist, on marijuana and the adolescent brain
  • Date TBD: user(s) in recovery, this session likely for Eighth Graders only
Please also remember: 
Monday, December 8, right after dropoff
Parent session on mental health and suicide prevention
Meet here at school in Goldsmith Hall with Morgan Warth, our own Socio-Emotional Learning Coordinator, who also works with the Aspen Hope Center. Topic: how to identify risks for suicide, steps for prevention, and mental health. All parents invited! 
Aardvark artists win award for window contest

And the winner is... the painting elective at Country Day! Middle School artists received a first-place gold medal in the Winternational window art contest. Eight local schools competed for the honor. Tristan S. and Houston K. accepted the gold medal at an awards ceremony on Aspen Mountain. All painting participants were invited to meet World Cup women's ski racers at a special event. Third Graders also contributed to the display by creating pink snowflakes.

If you are in town, be sure to check out our award-winning artwork on the window facing gondola plaza!
From the Fifth Grade: please help us with our book drive!

The Fifth Graders are all excited about an idea of their own: a Book Drive & Sale to raise money for the Heifer Organization.
      • Everyone, bring in your used/unwanted books: appropriate for PreK through Eighth Grade ages
      • Look for collection boxes in Goldsmith and the Lower School hallway, or bring them to the Fifth Grade classroom upstairs
      • Come to our book sale on Friday, December 12. All books are $1 each!
Morning Coffee + Conversation: next one = next year

Looking forward to Coffee + Conversation with Head of School Josh Wolman and Board Chair Scott Russell? The next date will be January 30 (not December 12 as previous posted). Thanks!

In your mailbox: Teachers' Holiday Fund appeal

From the PIE parent association:

In the spirit of the school's holiday tradition, PIE will collect donations and present cash gifts to faculty and staff... to ensure that each and every one of those who has an impact on your child's education will be recognized and thanked... no gift is too large or too small!

Click here to see the letter and details on how to participate.

Signup soon: new after-school programs

Watch your email for a brand new slate of after-school experiences for children, brought to you by ACDS. Thanks to all parents who provided feedback on our recent survey asking about your after-school preferences, plans, and priorities!

Annual Fund progress to date
The goal for the Country Day Annual Fund is 100% participation of all ACDS families, and we're well on our way. See the progress belowHow is your class doing? Help us complete our circle! Make your gift online today.

As of December 1, overall participation is now up to: 45%
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