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.
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 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