Community & Belonging

Desmond Tutu once simply said, "We inhabit a universe that is characterized by diversity."  

At GCDS, diversity and inclusion is a core component of the "who we are" and the "what we hold as important."  As valuable as teaching math or social studies, helping children feel included, helping children develop empathy, and helping children understand compassion may ultimately be the most important skills we can give children. We are so lucky to have Chrissy Colón Bradt as a new member of the GCDS Administrative team. In her role as Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, she has, in a very short amount of time, helped focus our thinking and sharpen our perspectives. This short video gives you a little window into some of the professional development work we did with our faculty and staff back in February. I hope you enjoy watching as students, faculty, and staff all explore the work of what it means to be a truly inclusive community!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

A GCDS Welcome

Today was Country Day Morning, the time when we invite all our newly admitted families back to campus for a final revisit. It is always one of my favorite days because it helps me to see anew—through their eyes—all the truly special things about our school.

This year we sent each admitted family a welcome video, which we thought you would enjoy seeing because it captures the spirit of who we are!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

We Love Our Teachers

I hope this video lands in your inbox while you are enjoying a happy Valentine's Day. At GCDS, there is so much to love—and at the top of the list has to be the amazing and caring Country Day faculty. I know you will enjoy this special valentine to the teachers of GCDS!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

News Year's Resolutions

On our first day back from break, I spoke to the Upper School students about making New Year's Resolutions. I shared with them my belief that there are two common mistakes people make when they attempt New Year's Resolutions. First, people bite off way more than they can chew: "I will cure world hunger tomorrow; I will be fit enough to run a marathon by next week." These resolutions, while admirable, are probably unachievable. I asked our students to think about small, achievable goals: make a new friend, get my effort grade up from 2 to 1; ask one question in every class every day."  

Second, I told them that New Year’s is not the only time to make resolutions. The first Monday of the month, the day after my game, tomorrow—these are all fine times to make a resolution. 

This short video highlights some of our Tigers and their resolutions—enjoy! 

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

"the most wonderful time of the year"

"The most wonderful time of the year" takes on special meaning this year. We all have so much to be grateful for and so much to celebrate. As Country Day expands to include grades 10, 11, and 12, we celebrate the notion that the magical experiences of Old Church Road will now continue through high school — so exciting!

Our wish for everyone this holiday season is that you spend quality time with your families and enjoy some rest and relaxation.

We can't wait to see you back on campus in 2018!

Happy Holidays and best wishes for a great New Year!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Tiger Pride and our NBA Rookie Superstar

This evening's Headlines shares some highlights from one of our recent alums, Donovan Mitchell. And while we are so proud of all he has accomplished in his rookie year in the NBA, we are even more proud of the fine young man he is. Donovan is the first to recognize the impact of his Country Day experience on the man he has become, and to hear him talk about Tiger Pride as an emerging NBA superstar is really so special.  

A couple weeks ago, 109 GCDS faculty, staff, and their families traveled to Barclays Center to cheer Donovan on as the Jazz played the Nets. It was a fantastic evening and just another example of the close-knit nature of the Country Day extended family. Enjoy!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

The Tiger Show

If you are a parent in the Lower School, you are certainly aware of our Pocket Tigers, Stripes and Whiskers. These two lovable characters have been visiting classes and connecting with our Lower School children. We have Mr. Niblock to thank for bringing them to GCDS, and one year ago yesterday, the Lower School students officially voted to give them the names Stripes and Whiskers.    

Now, just when you thought we couldn't take it up another notch, the Pocket Tigers have come to life with their own prime time TV show. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the season premiere, the pilot episode of... THE TIGER SHOW!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Walkathon 2017

"You will never fully understand the unabashed power of community until you are a part of one."

Never was that more on display than last weekend. Our Homecoming, Reunion & Walkathon weekend began with a successful schoolwide effort to break the world record for a simultaneous Ice Bucket Challenge (we had 1,042!) and ended with well over 1,500 parents, students, faculty, staff, and alumni walking in a combined effort to support Andrew Niblock and his fight against ALS. I have never been so proud of our community or more grateful to be part of it. If you were on campus this past weekend, you undoubtedly felt the power and enthusiasm of our collective community. If you missed the event, hopefully you can get a taste of that momentous weekend. Enjoy this short videothat is sure to touch your heart!

We Did It!

Next Wednesday we will send you the full Walkathon highlight video, but honestly wecouldn't wait to give you a glimpse of what happened today on campus. Today we had a classic "pinch-me-Country-Day" moment. A total of 1,042 Tigers got together—from the nursery class to ninth graders to our faculty and staff—to break the world record for the most people involved in a simultaneous ice bucket dump. More importantly, our community rallied once again to support one of our own in his fight against ALS. I know Mr. Niblock joins me in saying we love our Tigers and are so grateful to you all!

Enjoy this sneak peek! See you tomorrow!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Tigers Today with 8th Grade Reps

A few times throughout the year, the Headlines team is excited to bring you Tigers Today—a brief look around the campus from our students' perspectives.

We hope you enjoy this first installment!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

The Adventure Begins for Class of 2029!

If you are ever feeling blue, or you just need a quick smile, I have an instant remedy. There is truly nothing like a day in the GCDS Nursery. Our Nursery is filled with wonder—and filled with happiness. This short video of the Class of 2029 (crazy!) is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Join our youngest friends as they start on the first steps of their Country Day journey!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Welcome Back!

In just a few hours, the seeming quiet of Old Church Road will be filled with the sounds of 900 excited children backed by our opening day jazz band. I CAN’T WAIT! 

As I get ready for my 14th opening day at Country Day, I am so excited for this school year. All the faculty and staff are ready, the classrooms are ready, and now all we need is you! 

Enjoy this opening day Headlines video (we send these out once a week to give you unique views of the magic that is created on Old Church Road), and listen to the voices of GCDS as they share their excitement for tomorrow! 

I CAN’T WAIT!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Congratulations Class of 2017

I often talk about the Country Day "experience" or sometimes "the journey" that is GCDS. It is so very hard to encapsulate that experience in words. Quite honestly, it is even hard to capture it in images—you truly have to "live it." That is why our Commencement Day is such an emotional moment. It is filled with joy, with sadness, with gratitude and with pride. Whether this year was your first in the GCDS nursery or you were a parent of one of the graduates, please take a look at this amazing video, which comes as close as anything to capturing the magic that is Greenwich Country Day!

Happy summer everyone, and I look forward to seeing everyone in 87 days!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Tiger Fun

I spent this morning visiting a boarding school. I try to visit a few every season. When I take a campus tour and meet with students, directors of admissions, and school heads, I am always looking to get a sense of the culture of the place. As has been said before, culture eats strategy for breakfast.

Said another way, a school culture is what separates the good from the great. I hope this short, fun "mad libs" video gives you yet another peek into the culture of Country Day. Enjoy!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Tigers Ride Together

We've got “The Big Mo”! This week Tigers are riding together. Families are making new connections to carpool, children are practicing independence on buses, and our campus is a healthier, safer, and more peaceful place during drop-off and pick-up times. 

Thanks for getting on board! Check out the short video as we look ahead to more Tigers Riding Together!

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

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

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

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