Dance Showcase 2018

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance....
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance! 
                      
-Lee Ann Womack

When it comes to the arts at Country Day, we are so spoiled. I am not sure anyone truly understands how good we have it. When Rose Moye takes 140 girls and boys and makes them work harder than they ever believed was possible, when they come together on stage to move as one as they did this past weekend, we forget that so many of these students have not hit their 10th birthday and not one of them has yet turned 16. I speak about magic often, and I return to this word when I see what happens on our Performing Arts Center stage.  

I hope you relive this event with the same smile I had when I watched this video tribute to our GCDS dancers—they truly are Excellent by Design!

 

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

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

Outdoor Adventure Team

In today's world of speed, technology, news overload, social media, etc., it is not surprising that national rates of stress and anxiety are on the rise. Sadly, this is just as true for adolescents as it is for adults. How do we intentionally develop curriculum and programs that encourage children to slow down, to think deeply, to connect with nature and the world around them, and to engage in thoughtful conversation? One recent effort has been the GCDS Outdoor Adventure Team! This short video will give you a small window into their winter season—they were clearly UNDEFEATED!  

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Upper School Musical - Bye Bye Birdie

One of the featured songs in Bye Bye Birdie talks about having "a lot of livin' to do!" That joie de vivre was evident from the first note to the final bow of our Upper School musical. We are so proud of the cast, crew, and faculty that have dedicated the last few months to making this show such a smash hit. 

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

Imagine / Create

As we continue to work on the basic design principles for the new GCDS High School, one idea is clear. The students of the last century were consumers of information. They were asked to memorize and regurgitate. The students of today have shifted that paradigm and have become creators of information. They build, tinker, innovate, collaborate, solve, and create—and the result is incredibly deep and "sticky" learning. We know this to be the case because we have seen it at work on Old Church Road. Take a look at this short 1-minute video, and you will see what I mean!

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

Robotics Tournament

This past Saturday was a great day of learning for our Robotics Team. GCDS joined Greenwich Academy and Long Ridge School at a Robotics Tournament hosted by Hackley School.

Using robots they had designed, built, and coded, our students competed with the other teams in both an autonomous round where the robots are pre-programmed and a driver-controlled round. The experience combined intellectual challenge with the wonderful enthusiasm of a good sporting event. Sportsmanship, collaboration, learning from one another and students from other schools—all these were highlights. One of our students won first place in the driver-controlled round, and everyone came away excited to keep improving their robots for future competitions. Enjoy this short video!

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

Construction Progress

Happy New Year!  

I hope everyone had a great couple of weeks of family time and hopefully some R&R. 

2018 will undoubtedly be an exciting year for GCDS. As we continue to plan and prepare for the opening of our new high school, we also wanted to make sure that the excitement on Old Church Road is not overlooked. We hope you will enjoy this short video (which includes footage from our new aerial drone) highlighting the significant progress that has been made on our Middle School building project!

Finally, while many students had planned to sleep with a spoon under their pillow dreaming of a snow day, I (the Snow Grinch) had hoped the storm would take a right turn and head out to sea, but, alas, the weather authorities have prevailed and the snow day is now official. At least you can enjoy this video (and go to the Headlines archives on the website) all day tomorrow in your pajamas!

I look forward to having everyone back on campus Friday!

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

Paint What You See

Oftentimes families ask me about why we feel it is so important to build our endowment. One very clear answer to this question is to support programs like this one. 

Our Visiting Artist program is so special—and this year painter Rory Jackson was able to work with our Middle and Upper School students. He encouraged our children “to paint what you see, not what you know.” He showed them how there really are no mistakes, just opportunities to take your art in various directions.

I think you will enjoy watching this master painter work with our children—and you will clearly see how much they enjoyed the process. 

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

Lunch at GCDS

At our recent Admissions Open House, I gave the over 300 parents in attendance a series of questions that were less traditional but perhaps the most important questions in trying to determine the true nature and culture of a school. The first question I offered was, "How do they eat?" By that I meant what happens in the Dining Hall is a powerful sign of what a community values. Take a stroll during any lunchtime in the McCormick Dining Hall and you will see a place that serves over 1,000 healthy, real food meals. You will see children sitting in assigned seats with adults, you will see kids saying “please” and “thank you,” you will see students composting and learning about food waste, and you will see our youngest trying a "no thank you bite," even if a serving looks unappetizing to them.  

We know the dining room is as powerful a teaching tool as the classroom, and the people who work there are no less teachers than I am. Please enjoy this Headlines video, giving you a glimpse into our world of "how we eat" (and judging by my growing waistline, we eat well!).

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights!  —and you didn't even need to travel to Texas!

In a first for GCDS (and sure to become an annual tradition), Country Day wheeled in lights and had our first-ever night football game. While the varsity team played a great game defeating Kellenburg from Long Island 28-8, it was even a better night for the hundreds of fans who came to watch. The electricity in the air, the cheering on the sidelines, and the younger siblings and families in attendance made the evening another GCDS memorable moment. If you were not able to join the action, I know you will enjoy this short highlight video — way to go, Tigers!

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

So Many Sheep!

Harvesting carrots, milking a cow, making popsicle-stick chickens and, of course, cotton-ball sheep—the Pre-K Farm Switch is one of my favorite yearly events. Our young ones get the chance to better understand life on the farm and maybe even try a few vegetables that they haven't had before. We hope you enjoy this short video—yee-haw!

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