The Foote School 
April 13, 2017
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An Incredible Auction!

Dear Families,

I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone who organized and participated in the annual fundraising auction this past weekend. The gym looked absolutely beautiful as a circus and the feeling of community was so strong. I especially want to thank the Auction Committee for their tireless work in putting this together, as well as every parent who volunteered, donated auction items and attended. It was truly a lot of fun and I am grateful for your generosity and support! You can find more photos from the evening on our Facebook page.
Enjoy the long weekend,
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Carol Maoz
Head of School 


No School Tomorrow - Friday, April 14    

As a reminder, school is closed tomorrow (Friday, April 14) in observance of Good Friday. There will be no Vacation Program. Enjoy the long weekend!

Order Field Day T-Shirts     

Field Day will take place Wednesday, May 10 (rain date May 11). The ninth grade is selling Field Day t-shirts ($15) as a fundraiser for its class gift.

All orders are due to the front desk by Friday, April 21.

(NOTE: Kindergarten students will receive a Field Day t-shirt as a gift from their ninth grade buddies. Kindergarten parents will need to fill out the form, but they don't need to pay for shirts.)

6th Graders Seeking Interview Subjects from
Chad, Ivory Coast and Liberia

For their Exploring the World Project, sixth graders interview someone who has lived in the country they are studying. Students are still seeking interview subjects who have lived in Chad, Ivory Coast and Liberia. If you or someone you know would be a willing interview subject, please email Deb Riding at

Talk for Parents on Gender Diversity
April 20

RSVP to Silvia Gee at  

MOSAIC Event - April 25
Japanese Internment During WWII

RSVP required. Email


Service Learning Day and
Red Cross Blood Drive - April 27

On April 27, the entire school community (students, faculty and staff) will join together to engage in a day of service learning. Many of us will stay on campus; others will travel to sites around greater New Haven. Students and faculty chaperones will participate in activities ranging from environmental cleanup and food pantry deliveries, to visiting animal shelters and knitting hats for cancer patients. As part of the day, we will be hosting a Red Cross blood drive for adults 17 and older, from 12:15 to 5:15 p.m. in the gym. More information is on the flyer below.


Placement Decisions for Next Year

For parents of Grades K-4:

In the coming month, we will begin making sections, or classes, for the 2017-2018 school year. If you have information about your child that you think will support us in our efforts to create these sections, please contact Head of Lower School Beth Mello directly (203-777-3464, While we are not able to meet every specific request or insight, we can certainly use the information you provide to inform our process.

If you'd like to meet with Beth Mello, please schedule an appointment through Erika Villa (


9th Grade Parent Meeting - April 24

Grade 9 Parent Meeting
Monday, April 24   
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Perrine Library

Join Carol Maoz, John Turner, Liam Considine, Megan Williams and Hayden Holt to discuss end-of-year planning, including the June 14 graduation ceremony.

RSVP to Erika Villa at


Storytelling, from the Lute to the iPad

For the past few weeks, fifth graders have been immersed in Greek lore. They have read, examined, interpreted, and retold tales from the ancient culture of the Mediterranean. They have learned the Greek alphabet and engaged in deep conversations about human nature. (Ask a fifth grader what hubris is, and you will learn a lot about pride and vanity, as well as other unpleasant behaviors). The Greek unit is a beloved and longstanding component of the curriculum, and it provides many opportunities for the teachers to integrate skills from multiple disciplines. It is also fun.

After sharing ancient stories out loud in class, Jim Adams' students are now turning those myths into digital comic books. On Wednesday, every student took an iPad and opened an application called ComicLife. The task was to re-envision the myths as graphic novels, and the questions to be answered reflected important literary skills as well as technical design considerations: How many frames? Where would the speech bubbles go? How much text is too much when you're telling a story through pictures? 

Improv Group Wraps Up
Week in Residence at Foote

All this week, Foote was fortunate to have the Yale student improv group "Just Add Water" as our Ellie Warburg Class of 1945 Visiting Artists. The group performed at three assemblies last Friday and led improv workshops for every grade this week in the Sandine Theater.

The Yale instructors led students in a series of engaging and active theater games to develop their improv skills and nudge them gently outside their comfort zones. Students worked collaboratively to make up scenes, songs and skits, drawing on their creativity and public speaking skills.

Drama Chair Julian Schlusberg says the experiences was a lot of fun for students and reinforced the skills they learn as part of Foote's drama program: how to be flexible, how to think on the spot, how to collaborate with others instantly, and how to be sensitive to people.

"This goes far beyond drama," Julian says. "These are skills kids can use in all of academia."

Find more photos on our Facebook page.

Dates to Remember

April 14 - Good Friday - NO SCHOOL (No Vacation Program)

April 20 - Talk for Parents on Sexuality and Gender Diversity - 7:00 p.m. in the Sandine Theater

April 25 - MOSAIC event: Japanese Internment During World War II. 7:00 p.m. in the Twichell Room

April 27 - Service Learning Day and Blood Drive

April 28 - Faculty Professional Development Day - NO SCHOOL (No Vacation Program)