the most wonderful time of the year

The most wonderful time of the year...  

While this line from the Andy Williams holiday classic gets stuck in my head every December, I often find myself humming it in September, February, and even in May. That is because a day at Country Day is such a special and unique experience. It is easy to take for granted and to forget to be grateful for how lucky we all are.

In this holiday season, aside from getting rest and time with your family, I hope we all pause to reflect on how wonderful our school is and how fortunate we are to be part of a community that cares so deeply for the children in its care. This holiday version of Headlines is a fantastic encapsulation of a day in the life of the school we all hold so dear!  

From all of us at GCDS, 
Happy New Year!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster,Greenwich Country Day School

Share the Music!

With Thanksgiving today, I wanted to take a moment to share how grateful I am. I feel so blessed to work in a school community where everyone deeply cares about one another, where every day we have fun, and where the future is so very bright. It was almost one year ago today that we embarked on our exciting plan to add grades 10, 11, and 12—and we are now closing in on that reality. Our combination with Stanwich truly embodies the phrase “better together.”

This short video captures some great moments over the last few weeks during our many integration activities—students from both schools playing together, learning together, making music together, doing community service together, and, of course, widening their circles of friendship. This video opens with highlights from “Share the Music,” an afternoon of learning and collaboration for GCDS and Stanwich musicians in grades 6-12.

We share Headlines videos almost every week, and starting today we will send these videos out to all Stanwich parents as well as all Country Day families.  We hope you will enjoy these short peeks into school life.

May your Thanksgiving be filled with family, friends, good cheer, and may we all take a brief moment to recognize how lucky we are.

Sincerely,

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster,Greenwich Country Day School

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

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

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

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 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

Dance Showcase

Grace under pressure, confidence, teamwork, perseverance, grit, creativity....the list is almost non-ending. The GCDS dance program is an inspiration, and every child who goes through the program is changed for the better. Last weekend's showcase was a highlight film worthy of SportsCenter's top 10. Yet the real magic happens in the pools of sweat in the dance studio each and every day, on the weekends, and in the evenings. I am so proud to be at a school that doesn’t just allow the arts their space, but rather celebrates the arts and elevates them to their proper role in education. It was Henry David Thoreau who said, "The world is but a canvas to our imagination."

Enjoy this short look back at the imagination and inspiration of Rose Moye and the GCDS dance program.

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Congratulations to Ms. Kerrick, Mrs. Moye, and the entire cast and crew of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat! For four shows you lit up the stage of the Performing Arts Center. You filled us with song and dance, and you made us smile, and you made us cry.

If you did not have the privilege to see the show in person, I hope you will enjoy this short highlight video.

And finally to the entire "GCDS Tiger family," I want to wish you all a great Spring Break filled with family, fun, and relaxation!

-Mr. Rohdie

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Builders, Doers, Thinkers

I used to refer to February as the “black hole” of education. It is pretty much dark and cold all day long, teachers are tired, and the students are counting the days until spring break. Then I got to Country Day, and that notion was turned on its head. Check out this video, all filmed yesterday, and the energy just jumps off the screen. We are a school of builders, doers, and thinkers––and the best faculty and staff anywhere create an atmosphere that is closer to a supernova than a black hole!

Enjoy!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

still a favorite

There are hundreds of schools across the country that, unfortunately, for a myriad of reasons, have had to drop art, music, and woodshop programs. At Country Day, we invest significantly in these programs because we know the value they provide for children. As you watch this short video from our woodshop, you cannot help but see the skills of time management, creativity, physical dexterity, and determination. And, of course, the best part is that at the end you have a treasure that will be a keepsake for a very long time.

Enjoy!
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

There's No Place Like Home

I am not sure who was more excited yesterday morning––the third graders ready to debut The Wizard of Oz or the ninth graders who sprinted across campus to get the best seats in the house? As those ninth graders walked into Molinari Hall, the memories from six years earlier came flooding back. They remembered the songs and even their lines from when they put on this same show with Miss Wittrock.

I love this tradition of reprising the same six shows so that the graduating class shares a common bond with the children "graduating" from the Lower School. When I called the ninth grade on stage at the end of the performance to sing with the third grade, it was one of those GCDS "pinch me" moments.

I hope you enjoy this video and can feel the special spirit we all felt just a few hours ago.

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Where Everything is Awesome

It may be the fact that they no longer have to walk in lines. It might be the freedom of early morning recess. Could it be that they get door codes? Or maybe, just maybe, it is the salad bar. While no longitudinal studies have yet been completed, what we do know for sure is that the fourth grade is a transformative experience for our 9- and 10-year-olds and a year they will never forget. We hope you will enjoy this short peek into their world—the world of the newest members of our Middle School—where everything is awesome!!!!

Enjoy!

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Ninth Grade Remembers

It is so incredibly hard to say goodbye.

The school is quiet, our 9th graders just experienced such a special graduation, and our teachers are already starting to head off for their summer getaways. I find myself left with a bit of an empty feeling. Watching this video did NOT help my feeling of longing. Rather, it once again made me reach for the tissues.

Our “9th grade remembers” video is longer than our normal Headlines videos, but there was no other way to capture what made this group of 61 special young men and women so unique. We will share their graduation video in the coming days, but whether your child just finished nursery or is a member of this year’s graduating class, we hope you enjoy this reflection on what truly is “the Country Day Experience.”

Best,
Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Dance Showcase 2016

"When Mrs. Moye sees you, she immediately sees you as the best version of yourself. Even if you don't see it, she sees it – and she pushes you to be that as soon as you walk through the studio doors. She doesn't give up on any of us, and that teaches us not to give up on ourselves." —member of Pride X

One of our ninth grade dancers could not have more aptly caught the essence of the GCDS dance program. Sure, we teach children fifth position, tap, and how to do an arabesque, but at the heart of what we do, we teach children to discover the finest in themselves. When you watch these boys and girls, you cannot help but get caught up in the joy they exude as they take the stage. While they make it look effortless, one needs only to spend a few minutes in a rehearsal to know these are some of the hardest working student-athletes anywhere! Enjoy their immense talents and how their hard work has paid off.

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School

Red, White, Blue, and Nursery Too!

When spring rolls around, schools often begin to experience "May Mayhem"—kids, parents, and even the teachers can get a little frazzled. Fortunately, what happened today at Country Day makes me appreciate once again how lucky we all are.

The All-School Art Show, featuring over 800 pieces is on display. The Upper School just experienced their Poetry Art Assembly. The Middle School (and some Lower Schoolers) got the chance to watch this spring's JUT performance (Juggling and Unicycling Tigers), and, of course, the day started with the sweetest nursery play ever.

I hope you take a minute in these fast-paced final weeks of school to experience a few moments of the magic in Red, White, Blue, and Nursery, Too! — brought to you by the absolutely charming class of 2027.

Adam

Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School