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December 8, 2014
About: how we care for each other
Buddy Grade activity in the Lower School Commons
Of all the ACDS traditions, one favorite is the buddy grade program. The grades are matched up as follows:
PreK with Eighth
Kindergarten with Fifth
First with Fourth
Second with Sixth
Third with Seventh

    At regular intervals throughout the year, the grades get together for special activities. Last week it was an Eighth and PreK matchup in relay races. (See the video link below, Our week in pictures, for more shots). The giggles coming from the Commons were contagious, and it's hard to tell who enjoyed the afternoon more -- the older, poised Eighth Graders, or their awestruck younger counterparts. 
Also last week, our PreK Four and Kindergarten students drew notes for their former buddies -- the graduates of 2014 now in ninth grade at their various high schools. These notes go into the care packages we are sending, for the second year, to young alumni as they prepare for final exams. It must be hard for the little ones to imagine what life in high school is like, but it's not hard to imagine the smiles on the faces of the teenagers when they open their hand-drawn notes from their ACDS buddies.

Courtesy, respect: glue for the community
    All this activity makes us grateful for the intentional way that we care for each other as a school family. The children of Country Day are blessed to be part of a community that cares so intensely about their success -- academic, socio-emotional, athletic, personal. We actively show respect, whether in buddy grades, at lunch, in class, or simply holding the door for a friend. These little acts are the glue that holds our community together, and they show how a PreK through Eighth Grade school can foster children who bring goodness into the wider world. As they grow up and move on, they draw strength from the community that sent them on their way -- the Country Day way.
Ooh la la! Yummy French lunch menu tomorrow!

Step aside, Julia Child, Chef Danny is mastering the art of French cooking, and we are all in for a treat Tuesday. French teacher Anna Nedlin and Danny have been collaborating on a menu par excellence. Coming soon:

Tuesday, December 9: Anna's Special French Class Lunch with slow-roasted poussin, potato & rosemary quiche, ratatouille, vichyssoise. Plus, a special cheese presentation organized by the Crété family!

Thursday, December 11: Japanese Day: stir-fried chicken & beef with yakisoba noodles, teriyaki vegetables, fried rice, and sushi prepared by Jason & Alicia Dewey!

Friday, December 19: Special Holiday Lunch: smoked salmon appetizer, honey-baked spiral-cut ham, roast duck a l'orange, roasted butternut squash, vegetable of the day, and ice cream sundaes!

Click here for the complete lunch menus:

And we cannot say it too often: Many thanks to all the wonderful parent volunteers, led by Alicia Dewey, who make our lunchroom run smoothly and provide a welcoming atmosphere for the children. 
Bring in your books for Friday's book drive sale!

Have you heard about the book drive the Fifth Graders dreamed up? It was all their own idea, and it benefits Heifer International. Everyone is encouraged to bring in their used books for a sale that will happen in the Lower School Commons next Friday. All books will sell for $1, and all proceeds go to the international charity. For more details, click on the video!
Newly posted: Our Week in Pictures

Click here to see the week that was.
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.

Annual Fund: tax year ending soon
The goal for the Country Day Annual Fund is 100% participation of all ACDS families, board, faculty, and staff. This week, almost all grades have reached 50% participation or more! The biggest gain: Kindergarten, up from 29 to 43 percent participation.

If you would like to benefit from tax deductibility of your Annual Fund donation this year, your gift must be in by December 31. Give online today.

As of December 8, overall participation is now up to: 51%
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