Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Congratulations to Ms. Kerrick, Mrs. Moye, and the entire cast and crew of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat! For four shows you lit up the stage of the Performing Arts Center. You filled us with song and dance, and you made us smile, and you made us cry.

If you did not have the privilege to see the show in person, I hope you will enjoy this short highlight video.

And finally to the entire "GCDS Tiger family," I want to wish you all a great Spring Break filled with family, fun, and relaxation!

-Mr. Rohdie

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

multiplication, factors, polygons...and more!

I don't know about you, but learning math was never "fun" in my elementary or middle school years. The idea that basic concepts could be turned into games is great on its own; the fact that our fourth graders made the games themselves is just over the top. I think you will enjoy watching this video as our 4th graders explain their games to you. If you do not get too caught up in their explanations, take a look at the "fire in their eyes," and you will see students passionately engaged in their own learning. There is not much more a teacher could ask for!

Enjoy!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Builders, Doers, Thinkers

I used to refer to February as the “black hole” of education. It is pretty much dark and cold all day long, teachers are tired, and the students are counting the days until spring break. Then I got to Country Day, and that notion was turned on its head. Check out this video, all filmed yesterday, and the energy just jumps off the screen. We are a school of builders, doers, and thinkers––and the best faculty and staff anywhere create an atmosphere that is closer to a supernova than a black hole!

Enjoy!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

In Every Season

I have been accused of being the “Snow Grinch,” always reluctant to call a delay or a snow closing. I happen to believe that we live in New England and should be able to deal with a little white stuff every now and then. However, the main reason I am always loath to close school is that, at least on our campus, we are almost always ready to open thanks to the most amazing team of dedicated men and women in the Facilities Department.

Today’s Headlines video caught our facilities team getting the campus ready late at night so that we would be ready to safely welcome the children the next day. Moreover, this video is a tribute to the culture that is GCDS. We love and celebrate all aspects of our school. From the people who serve our lunch every day, to our faculty and staff, to the men and women who mow the lawns, everyone is a true believer in Country Day, and it is this “can do” attitude that permeates all aspects of our school.

Even if you happen to be a huge fan of the snow day, take a moment to thank our facilities team for all they do and for every day in every way making our campus one of the most beautiful places in Greenwich.

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

The Power of Games

So much good comes from playing games. Pick-up basketball, a good game of Hearts, or a marathon Monopoly game—nothing is better at bringing people together and nothing is better for helping healthy children grow and thrive. And then there is chess. We added chess to the Lower School curriculum many years ago, and we continue to support our chess program because we know how significantly this particular game helps stimulate brain development. Strategy, thinking ahead, understanding complexities, and always showing good sportsmanship are involved in every game whether at the Grandmaster level or in the GCDS kindergarten. We hope you enjoy this short video highlighting the GCDS chess program.
 

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

still a favorite

There are hundreds of schools across the country that, unfortunately, for a myriad of reasons, have had to drop art, music, and woodshop programs. At Country Day, we invest significantly in these programs because we know the value they provide for children. As you watch this short video from our woodshop, you cannot help but see the skills of time management, creativity, physical dexterity, and determination. And, of course, the best part is that at the end you have a treasure that will be a keepsake for a very long time.

Enjoy!
Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Boards, Blocks and Buzzer Beaters

Last weekend, Country Day hosted our annual girls and boys basketball tournaments, where 10 teams from around the area met for round-robin tournament action. I was so very proud of our teams—not just because they played so well, but because they worked incredibly hard, displayed unwavering sportsmanship, and supported each other as teammates and friends.

As a coach, I have often been struck by how misquoted Vince Lombardi has been. It is often stated that he said, "Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing." Actually, the real quote by Lombardi is: "Winning is not everything, but making the effort to win is."

I think that best encapsulates what GCDS sports do for our children. They are better people thanks to their coaches and the lessons they learn on the courts and the fields and on the ice.

Enjoy this short highlight video from the weekend.

Adam
P.S. The SportsCenter clip aired nationally on Sunday morning! :)

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

"that light-bulb moment"

That “light-bulb moment!” In this case, it is not just the moment that a great idea hits; it is actually a time when you make a light bulb turn on! The 6th grade electricity project is a yearly favorite—and this year was no different. I love this project because not only do the students leave with a deep knowledge of electricity and circuits, but they also are challenged once again to explore those powerhouse skills that are so important to success in education and in life. The ability to work in groups, to manage time, to think creatively, and to show grit are all woven into the fabric of this project. I hope this short video illuminates an aspect of the school that is so special!
 

Enjoy!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Mindfulness in the Classroom

By now I am sure you have heard the term "mindfulness." The practice of maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, environment, and breath has been proven through empirical research to improve educational outcomes for students of all ages. Most recently, researchers at Stanford University showed that after 8 weeks of mindfulness training, the fourth through sixth graders in the study had documented decreases in anxiety and improvements in attention. They were less emotionally reactive and more able to handle daily challenges and choose their behavior—and ultimately showed improvement in GPA.

GCDS was fortunate this week to bring in two mindfulness practitioners, who spent time showing our teachers ways to implement mindfulness in their classrooms. Just a one- or two-minute focusing activity at the start of a class or a mid-class “energizer” has a significant impact on student performance. I hope you enjoy this short video capturing some of yesterday’s training and know that at Country Day we work to educate students in mind, character, and play!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

A Day in K

I think you're going to love this 90-second video of a day in the life of the kindergarten. However, what struck me most was the fact that this video was shot over a very short two-day window (yesterday and today), and, after capturing just a few hours on camera, we had footage of happy children engaged in so many different learning experiences––truly breathtaking. I hope you enjoy this quick peek into the lives of our 5- and 6-year-olds, and I hope you see how dynamic a day in their lives on Old Church Road really is.

Enjoy!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

alumni reflections on 9th grade

In the opening weeks of school, Headlines highlighted the fourth grade, and today's video is a unique look at our final year—the 9th grade. We spoke with ten Country Day alums to help describe this most special year on Old Church Road. We are so proud of all our alums, and we hope you enjoy these reflections on the 9th grade. I can’t think of a better way to head into the weekend than to see these smiling faces and listen to the stories they tell. If you are a parent of young children, just imagine the excitement in store for your kids—enjoy!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

P.E. Academy

I sometimes have to pinch myself and see if I am not dreaming. This fall the GCDS P.E. teachers came to me and asked if they could come in early to run a physical education program for Lower School children before school!

The result, of course, is our P.E. Academy for students in grades 1 - 3. Take a look and listen to Tim Helstein, director of physical education grades N - 5, as he describes the benefits of the program. Our students are both physically and cognitively strengthened by what happens in our gym between 7:15 and 8 a.m. every Monday and Wednesday morning. Enjoy!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

There's No Place Like Home

I am not sure who was more excited yesterday morning––the third graders ready to debut The Wizard of Oz or the ninth graders who sprinted across campus to get the best seats in the house? As those ninth graders walked into Molinari Hall, the memories from six years earlier came flooding back. They remembered the songs and even their lines from when they put on this same show with Miss Wittrock.

I love this tradition of reprising the same six shows so that the graduating class shares a common bond with the children "graduating" from the Lower School. When I called the ninth grade on stage at the end of the performance to sing with the third grade, it was one of those GCDS "pinch me" moments.

I hope you enjoy this video and can feel the special spirit we all felt just a few hours ago.

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Teamwork, resiliency, and a WINNING season!

The leaves are falling off the trees, and each day it gets a bit colder outside. These are the yearly signs that the fall sports season is drawing to a close.

Today's Headlines video is a brief compilation of our interscholastic varsity teams in action. Aside from the incredible success of our Tiger teams (winning seasons across the board!), it was a fall filled with lessons learned about sportsmanship, teamwork, hard work, and resiliency. I am so proud of all of our student athletes and their coaches. I look forward to the winter season in just a few days!

Enjoy this highlight reel!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Connections - Kenya

While I was sitting at the Kenya Day Lunch—our dining room transformed with Kenyan flags and African artwork—I was reminded once again about the importance of our Connections Program. At Country Day, we don't just "talk the talk," we really do "walk the walk." When we send a team of GCDS faculty and staff to Kenya, we do so with the firm belief that to whom much is given, much is expected. And when our faculty and staff return and share their experiences with our students, the learning is powerful. Enjoy this short video that highlights our Connections Day - Kenya. At Country Day, we truly "create global citizens ready to change the world!"

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

World Languages

I am sure that most parents, when they look back at their own education, have some regrets about what they wish they had learned. One of my greatest is not learning to speak a second language. I am so jealous when I see our students emerge from the FLES program ready to tackle one of the world languages offered in grades six through nine. This short video deepens my regret as I watch our Upper Schoolers not only learning to become fluent in their target language but also having so much fun at the same time.

I hope you feel the passion of our Upper School teachers of Latin, Greek, Mandarin, Spanish, and French––and I know you will see the excitement in the eyes of the students!

Enjoy.

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

To Be a Tiger

Could it have been a better weekend? Perfect weather, 4 for 4 victories on the playing fields, over 150 alums on campus, and over 1,300 members of the GCDS family walking to raise money to help refugees around the world.

I talk about the culture of Country Day all the time, and last week we got to truly feel what it means to be a Tiger.

Relive this weekend and catch the feeling one more time with this short video.

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

GCDS FIRST

Tomorrow night we are excited to see everyone at the Annual Dinner! I love this evening because we get to bring the whole GCDS family together and have the opportunity to honor our most important asset, our faculty and staff. In addition, this year our Board President Dan Offit will highlight some of the exciting plans around our building project and fundraising efforts.

Today's Headlines video previews the work our volunteers have been doing and reflects why we all believe so strongly in the mission of our school. I hope you will take four minutes and listen to Chuck Tyler, the Chair of our Campaign, as he shares his passion for Country Day.

Enjoy!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

GCDS Sailing Team

"I chose sailing because it's just amazing being out here during school; it's just a really big opportunity."

When you watch this video about our newest fall sport offering, I think you will agree: the GCDS sailing program has launched and in its inaugural year has already become a hit. Whether learning water safety, the strategy of sail racing, or the teamwork needed to sail these 18 footers, our students have loved every minute. In a lot of ways, the sailing program is a microcosm of what makes Country Day so special. We help children explore areas of interest and ultimately help them discover and develop what is finest in themselves. Enjoy this short trip to the Long Island Sound!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Where Everything is Awesome

It may be the fact that they no longer have to walk in lines. It might be the freedom of early morning recess. Could it be that they get door codes? Or maybe, just maybe, it is the salad bar. While no longitudinal studies have yet been completed, what we do know for sure is that the fourth grade is a transformative experience for our 9- and 10-year-olds and a year they will never forget. We hope you will enjoy this short peek into their world—the world of the newest members of our Middle School—where everything is awesome!!!!

Enjoy!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School