Happy Holidays

Dear Friends,

65 degrees on December 14th! While the weather may not make it feel like the holiday season, the children in their festive outfits, the beautiful evergreen in front of the Upper School, and, of course, the inspiring band and choral concerts remind us of this special time. If you are like me, you will take at least a few moments to reflect on how lucky we all are. Our children go to a fantastic school where they are surrounded by a passionate and dedicated faculty. I am personally so grateful to all of you—it is thanks to you that our school is in such a fortunate position.

I hope you all have a fantastic holiday break filled with quality family time and some well needed R & R—and, despite the lack of snow, hopefully this video will get you in the mood for the season!

Best,
Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Awesome on Purpose

Five years ago, Rose Moye was hired to develop a dance program from scratch. Thanks to the generosity of our parents, Country Day was able to build a new Performing Arts Center, which paved the way for this programmatic dream to become a reality. Fast forward to today, and anyone who has experienced the "force of nature" that is Mrs. Moye knows that she literally changes lives. Over 150 dancers strong, the GCDS dance program does so much more than teach children how to dance. It develops in the dancers those same skills we are trying to instill in the classroom. Dedication, time management, creativity, teamwork, and, of course, resilience are hallmarks of any time spent in the studio. When asked their motto, the children will remind you, “Excellence is the standard, not the goal!” 

The Dance Showcase is the culmination of the incredibly hard work the boys and girls have put in all year. Great schools put children together with incredibly talented and passionate teachers and the results bring tears to your eyes. Enjoy this highlight reel from the show!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Ease on Down the Road

Near the end of the The Wiz, the Wiz himself sings a song called “Believe in Yourself.” The lyrics open with the lines:

If you believe
Within your heart you’ll know
That no one can change
The path that you must go

The Upper School musical is both a time-honored tradition and an incredible growth opportunity for our students. The 7th, 8th, and 9th graders learn a lot about staging, singing, blocking, and musicality. Yet, more than the obvious lessons they take away from such an experience, they come away with so much more. They learn to listen to their fellow actors and to be “in the moment.” They learn to overcome fears, to dare greatly, and to push themselves further than they ever thought they could go. 

It is no wonder that so many alumni come back every year to see the show. The memories they share about their time on the stage, whether in the old Locke Center or the new Performing Arts Center, are so powerful that for some it becomes one of their defining experiences at Country Day. For so many, it was the Upper School musical that gave that emerging adolescent the ability for the first time to believe in themselves!

You’re going to love this video!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie 
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School


Headlines will take a two-week hiatus as we head off for Spring Break. This break will hopefully signal the end of our long cold winter, provide a change for everyone to recharge their batteries, and prepare for the final push toward June! I hope you and your family have a great time. 

Celebration of Freedom

February is Black History Month, and last Wednesday we celebrated cultural diversity through our Freedom Concert. Well over 100 singers strong, our Middle School chorus sang hymns, spirituals, and songs about our planet. They passionately recited poetry and historic quotes, and even performed an inspiring African dance.

Those who saw the show as well as those onstage were not just moved by the talent of Debbie Kerrick and these young performers but rather they came away with a renewed sense of what it means to be part of the human race. As Dr. King so eloquently reminded us over 50 years ago in his letter from a Birmingham jail, “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

Thus, in celebrating black history this month, we celebrate the entire fabric of American history. Despite our still imperfect republic, we look to what is best about America—striving to cherish and fulfill the promise of freedom and equality. And perhaps most importantly, right here on Old Church Road, TIGER PRIDE reminds us every day that empathy, care for others, and mutual respect are among life’s most important lessons.

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie 
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

TIGER PRIDE
Thoughtful
Inclusive
Generous
Empathetic
Responsible

Polite
Respectful
Integrity
Dependable
Enthusiastic

"Adventures Are Hard"

"Adventures are hard...this is like an adventure."

“Adventures are hard…this is like an adventure.” I can’t think of a better way to sum up the experience our third graders had last week. A student shared these words while making a clay mask with our visiting artist Robin Henschel. Ms. Henschel is a world-class potter and through our visiting artist program she was able to spend time working with students from our Lower School. Ms. Henschel received her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and founded a studio in Brookline, Massachusetts. In 2007, she joined the Clay Art Center in New York as a studio artist. Her work explores animal, human, and natural forms inspired by mythology and the multifaceted character of clay as a medium.

Our students have no idea how lucky they are to be able spend time and get direct guidance from a professional in the field. More importantly, they get to see and feel the importance of art in our lives. At a time when schools around the country are cutting spending on art, drama, and music, GCDS continues to invest significantly in exactly those things.

If you have two minutes to spare and can watch the video above, you will see the powerhouse skills of creativity, imagination, grit, time management, and teamwork––and you will see the kids loving every minute of it!

As Pablo Picasso reminds us, “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”  Our youngest will grow up with an appreciation and love for those things that truly make us human––we could give them no better gift.

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie 
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School