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

Walkathon & Homecoming 2015

Despite a slight chill in the air, Homecoming and Walkathon 2015 became a beautiful sun-filled day with over 1,500 people on campus. The day was filled with great sports games, a fantastic performance by our GCDS dancers, a Walkathon that raised nearly $50,000 to support the Guide Dog Foundation and Helen Keller International, and scores of alumni on campus who reunited with friends from days gone by.

I was so happy with the event because, more than anything, it was yet another chance to feel the magical energy that reminds us Country Day is a family school with adults and children who care about each other, their world, and having fun.

Is there a better way to spend a Saturday?

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

"We Are Family"

I often talk about Country Day and the immediate sense of family one gets when walking on our campus. In many ways it is hard to articulate the specifics of why there is such a warm feeling on Old Church Road. Often it is the accumulation of small interactions: a family dropping off a dinner to another with a sick child, a teacher calling to congratulate a student on becoming a big sister, or teachers and parents working together as they set up for a school event. Hopefully, this feeling is not foreign to your Country Day experience.

Mothers of the class of 2007 gather with their "GCDS family."

Mothers of the class of 2007 gather with their "GCDS family."

Tonight we will hold a reception for our first-year families. It is a wonderful chance to gather with no real agenda and connect with other Country Day “rookies.” This is a fitting bookend with another yearly event we hosted just last week. Every year we host a reception for the moms whose children have graduated from college this past year. For some they had not seen each other in seven years, but as one mom put it, “I walked in the door and six seconds later I felt like I was home. We picked up laughing right where we left off.”

I love attending this event and giving a brief update of how things have changed in the past seven years and, more importantly, how they have stayed the same. While the moms appreciated the update and asked great questions, they were more excited to reconnect with their “GCDS family” and share stories of their children. For those of you coming tonight who have a new nursery student, you can look forward to this event in 19 years in 2034. I hope one of you would be kind enough to help me in with my walker….

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie 
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

 
Annual events for alumni and parents of alumni  •  NYC Young Alumni Gathering  • Career Strategy with Ben Carpenter  •  Distinguished Alumni Award 2014
 

GCDS class of 2007.

GCDS class of 2007.