The Foote School 
June 8, 2017
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25 Things to Do with Your
Children This Summer

Dear Families,

Thank you for helping to make this an incredible school year. Watching the growth of our students over this year and the connections made between students and teachers was simply amazing. Your partnership is a cornerstone of their success and I am grateful for your commitment to our learning community.

I hope you all have a fantastic summer filled with new adventures, great books and time to relax and reflect. I wanted to share a few suggestions for things to do with your children this summer. We'll look forward to welcoming you back to Foote in the fall!

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Carol Maoz
Head of School

25 Things to Do With Your
Children This Summer

  1. pick berries
  2. make a bird feeder
  3. dance in the rain
  4. keep a travel journal
  5. swing in a hammock
  6. visit the beach and collect shells
  7. cook a meal together
  8. develop your own app
  9. go to the zoo or aquarium
  10. have a picnic
  11. plant a garden
  12. build a sand castle
  13. run through sprinklers
  14. write poetry
  15. try a new sport
  16. visit a farmers' market
  17. play charades, Pictionary and bingo
  18. make homemade pizza
  19. volunteer
  20. go to a minor league baseball game
  21. go somewhere in Connecticut you've never been before
  22. do a messy art project
  23. try a new food
  24. read!
  25. have an A-to-Z scavenger hunt 


8th Grade Celebration & 9th Grade Graduation

Eighth Grade Celebration will be held on Tuesday, June 13 at 11:00 a.m. in the Hosley Gym, followed by a luncheon for faculty, staff, eighth grade students and their families.
Ninth Grade Graduation will be held on Wednesday, June 14 at 11:00 a.m. in the Hosley Gym, followed by a luncheon for faculty, staff, ninth grade students and their families.

Emails with details and schedules for these events were sent to Middle School families recently. Click the following links for information: Grades 6 & 7, Grade 8, Grade 9.

Students attending the ceremonies as audience members are reminded to wear assembly dress:
  • Long pants (no jeans, sweatpants or warm-up pants)
  • Dress/skirt of an appropriate length (no shorts)
  • Collared shirt or blouse (button-down, golf or polo)
  • No T-shirts or sweatshirts, no writing on shirts
  • No flip-flops

Sign up for Foote Summer Theater

Last summer's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Foote Summer Theater

Foote Summer Theater celebrates its 37th year of the highest quality educational theater with a full-length major production of a hit music. This year's production is Brigadoon.

Under the guidance of Director Julian Schlusberg and experienced faculty, participants get hands-on instruction in acting, singing, dancing, set construction, costuming and technical theater arts.

Summer Theater begins June 26. Performance dates are July 28 - Aug. 2.

Click here for more information, and click here to download the sign-up form.

Important Forms for the
2017-18 School Year are Due

On May 16, parents were emailed a link (from to fill out forms for the 2017-2018 school year online. These four forms are now past due:
  • Parent/Directory Information
  • Emergency Contact Form
  • Grandparent/Special Friends Information
  • Diversity Information

In addition, please note that Health Form C must be signed by BOTH a parent/guardian AND a physician. 


All of the May mailing forms are available on our website. If you have any questions, please contact Erika Villa ( 

Summer Reading!

Librarians Lynda Johnson and Jennifer Friedman recently emailed families with summer reading requirements for each grade. You can find links to those letters, along with lists of great family read-aloud books and other summer reading suggestions on the Library blog.

Library Summer Hours 
Don't forget that the Perrine Library will be open Wednesday mornings between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. from June 28 through August 2.

Pick Up Medications from the Health Office

Parents: Please pick up your children's medications from the student health office by Thursday, June 15. For safety reasons, only parents or guardians may pick up medications. Any medications not picked up will be properly discarded. Thank you.

Please Be Mindful of Food Allergies

The safety and well-being of our students is our top priority at Foote. With end-of-year celebrations happening, please keep in mind those students with food allergies when sending in treats from home. If you are not sure which allergies are present in your child's classroom, please contact his/her teacher or School Nurses Jodi Hodge ( or Heather Russo ( Thank you for helping to keep our school community safe and inclusive.

Last Call for Lost & Found

Lost and found items have been placed in the Sturley Room for collection. If you are missing anything, please take a moment to stop by and look for your belongings. Items not claimed will be donated to a charity.


Thank You for a Great Year!

Dear Parents,

We want to express our gratitude to the Foote parent community for making this year so memorable and fun. To all of you who came to a PTC-sponsored event, or who found the time to volunteer, we would like to say a big thank you. We would also like to extend a warm welcome to the new PTC co-president, Danielle Ginnetti, mother of Jack (rising 2nd grader)!

Wishing you a happy summer,

Amy Sudmyer and Melissa Castleman
PTC Co-Presidents

Volunteer at 'Fore for Foote' - This Sunday

Fore for Foote, the annual golf PTC-fundraiser at the Course at Yale, is this Sunday, June 11th. Registration is full, but we do still need volunteers to help check in golfers from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. The weather forecast for Sunday looks beautiful! Please contact Melissa Castleman at to volunteer for an hour at this fun event.


Stories for Summer

Stocking up at the Summer Book Fair

This summer, some of us will find adventure nearby. Others will travel far from home. All of us will experience a summer exploration through the pages of a book.

In the past few days, every student in Lower School has received a copy of a specially-selected storybook. In Middle School, students made choices among several titles related to their humanities curriculum. Faculty and staff chose from a list of books about creativity (the theme for next year's professional development series). Over the next 12 weeks, each of us will find time to plunge into our summer books--to enjoy a great story, to learn something new, or to consider ideas that will shape our thinking.

The Lower School summer reading program is one of the great legacies that our retiring librarian Lynda Johnson will leave to us. Lynda can't remember exactly how long we've been providing these hand-picked books, but she says it must be nearly 20 years. "I know kids did it who are now out of college," she recalls. 

Spring Sports Wrap-Up

Foote's sports teams had a fantastic spring season building skills and teamwork. They also had a lot of fun along the way. Win or lose, our tennis, baseball, softball and lacrosse teams displayed a level of dedication and sportsmanship that made us all proud.

Dates to Remember

June 8 - Last Day of After School Program

June 9 - Last Day of School (grades K-5) - All school dismissal 12:30 p.m.

June 13 - 8th Grade Celebration - 11:00 a.m.

June 14 - 9th Grade Graduation - 11:00 a.m.