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

New Classrooms

Since the day I walked on campus in 2004, I have been reminded that in the Lower School the smallest set of classrooms were home to our third graders—the oldest and, therefore, the largest students in the Lower School. Well, as you know, good things come to those who wait....

We are so excited to unveil the renovation of 6 classrooms, two bathrooms, and the remodeling of 2 other classrooms. If you are not a parent in the second or the third grade, we hope this short video gives you a glimpse into the work that was accomplished this summer and, more importantly, on the impact it is having on teaching and learning!

Enjoy!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

First Day

As almost on queue, an early morning drizzle gave way to sunshine to greet 900 excited students as they arrived for the first day of school. The excitement today was special, and I hope your children came home in love with their teachers and excited for a fantastic year.

Enjoy this short glimpse into our opening day!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Go for Launch

GCDS, we are GO FOR LAUNCH! All of our teachers have been getting the classrooms ready, preparing lessons, and discussing the many ways this year is going to be amazing!
 

A special welcome to all our new families! Starting this Wednesday, each week throughout the school year, I share a snippet of school life through HEADLINES. While GCDS feels small and very much reflects the feelings of a close family, as the largest independent elementary school in the country, it can be difficult to keep up with all the happenings here on campus. Two years ago, this inspired us to create our weekly email video series HEADLINES as a way to share campus highlights and to help keep parents informed.

We can't wait to see all our Tigers back on campus for another great year!
Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Graduation 2016

There is a different rhythm these days on Old Church Road. While decidedly quieter, we are already starting the process of getting ready for the 2016-2017 school year. We hope your summer is off to a great start, and we thought you would appreciate this, our very last Headlines video of the year, a celebration of Commencement 2016.

Even if you are a parent of a Lower School child, I think you will be able to feel the emotions on that special day last Friday. And if you are part of that very special class of 2016—get out the tissues one more time!

Happy summer, Tigers! I can't wait to see everyone back on campus in September!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Ninth Grade Remembers

It is so incredibly hard to say goodbye.

The school is quiet, our 9th graders just experienced such a special graduation, and our teachers are already starting to head off for their summer getaways. I find myself left with a bit of an empty feeling. Watching this video did NOT help my feeling of longing. Rather, it once again made me reach for the tissues.

Our “9th grade remembers” video is longer than our normal Headlines videos, but there was no other way to capture what made this group of 61 special young men and women so unique. We will share their graduation video in the coming days, but whether your child just finished nursery or is a member of this year’s graduating class, we hope you enjoy this reflection on what truly is “the Country Day Experience.”

Best,
Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Field Day Fun

You can tell the end of the year is near. It is not just that we have annual events like the Middle School Field Day, but rather it is the way the children are interacting with each other and their teachers. You can see it in their eyes, you can see it in their desire to walk with an arm draped around a friend, and you can see it in that special high five with the teacher who has worked with them all year long. Sure, they are excited about the summer, but there is a little sadness as well. We are truly a family at Country Day, and when it becomes clear that the family will head in different directions for a few months, we quickly become nostalgic thinking of all the fun times we've had together this year.

If you take a couple minutes to watch this video, I am sure you will agree that “end of year sentiment” is real and on full display. Enjoy the colors, the enthusiasm, and of course that special feeling that is the Country Day Experience!

"Orange out."

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Poetry in America

"When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses."
- John F. Kennedy

I have always loved this quote from JFK, and I find it so perfect when thinking about the power of poetry. GCDS has always understood the power of poetry, whether it is a Middle School "Poem in the Pocket Day" or the Upper School art poetry project or a third grade poetry recitation on Grandparents Day or just a regular language arts class, we know the importance of wrestling with great poetry.

This video is a window into an exciting project that GCDS is piloting with Harvard University and Harlem Success Academy called "Poetry in America." It will be fun to watch this project gain a national audience.

I hope you enjoy watching how we at GCDS continue to innovate, continue to explore new ideas, and continue to be leaders in the education world.
Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Learning Spanish

The great Roman philosopher Cicero once said, “The face is a picture of the mind with the eyes as its interpreter."

When I first saw this week’s Headlines video, I was immediately drawn to the eyes of the children. If you can smile with your eyes, these kindergarten and first grade students had a grin that went ear-to-ear. This video is a short window into our FLES program (Foreign Language in Elementary Schools), and in it you will see children learning vocabulary, gaining understanding of cultures different from their own, and, most importantly, firing those synapses in the brain that allow all different kinds of learning to occur. Tie into that art, technology, and song, and you have the foundation of our amazing world language program.

I hope that after watching this video you too realize both how much these young students are learning, and, of course, how much fun they are having. And as you watch: ¡Miren los ojos de ellos! (Look at their eyes!)

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

 

Dance Showcase 2016

"When Mrs. Moye sees you, she immediately sees you as the best version of yourself. Even if you don't see it, she sees it – and she pushes you to be that as soon as you walk through the studio doors. She doesn't give up on any of us, and that teaches us not to give up on ourselves." —member of Pride X

One of our ninth grade dancers could not have more aptly caught the essence of the GCDS dance program. Sure, we teach children fifth position, tap, and how to do an arabesque, but at the heart of what we do, we teach children to discover the finest in themselves. When you watch these boys and girls, you cannot help but get caught up in the joy they exude as they take the stage. While they make it look effortless, one needs only to spend a few minutes in a rehearsal to know these are some of the hardest working student-athletes anywhere! Enjoy their immense talents and how their hard work has paid off.

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Red, White, Blue, and Nursery Too!

When spring rolls around, schools often begin to experience "May Mayhem"—kids, parents, and even the teachers can get a little frazzled. Fortunately, what happened today at Country Day makes me appreciate once again how lucky we all are.

The All-School Art Show, featuring over 800 pieces is on display. The Upper School just experienced their Poetry Art Assembly. The Middle School (and some Lower Schoolers) got the chance to watch this spring's JUT performance (Juggling and Unicycling Tigers), and, of course, the day started with the sweetest nursery play ever.

I hope you take a minute in these fast-paced final weeks of school to experience a few moments of the magic in Red, White, Blue, and Nursery, Too! — brought to you by the absolutely charming class of 2027.

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

DNA Lab

I have read about the Human Genome Project. I have watched television specials aboutDNA and forensics. I vaguely remember studying Crick and Watson and their breakthrough discovery of the double helix structure of DNA. Yet, despite it all, I am still woefully ignorant compared to what the ninth graders at GCDS know and, more importantly, have experienced in the field of genetics.

Country Day was so lucky last week to have geneticists from Cold Spring Harbor Labscome spend two days helping our biology classes run a mitochondrial DNA sequencinglab. After collecting cell samples from their own cheeks with a saline mouth rinse, the ninth graders carefully followed steps to extract the mtDNA and test their samples using instruments and processes that most students don’t have the opportunity to work with until college.

In the coming days, classes will have a chance to analyze and compare the short segments of sequenced DNA—it should be fun for our set of ninth grade twins to look at their results side by side and find out how truly similar they are!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School