A few things to consider as we gear up for end-of-year festivities.
Each year at this time, I like to remind all families of the many special events that take place at the end of the school year. Since our new families may not be familiar with our year-end traditions, I know it would be helpful for our "old" families to reach out to make certain that all feel a part of things at our culminating activities.
Dorothy Andrew Day, otherwise known as "Play Day," was named for a very special, long-time faculty member and is The Country School's annual field day. It takes place this year on Friday, May 13, or May 20, in case of rain. Most school families come out for the entire morning, cheer on the participants, and stay on for lunch at the conclusion of the games. The festivities will begin at 8:45 and will end at about noon. The Parents’ Association is again planning a picnic lunch or feel free to pack your own meal. We ask that you not bring pets, even on a leash, to the event.
During the final week of school, many classes have end of the year parties at the homes of students or at some other venue. These are not school sponsored or supervised events, but are instead organized and chaperoned by parents.
Awards Day occurs on Thursday, June 9, at 10:00 a.m. While it is mostly eighth graders who are recognized on this occasion, younger students who have earned various awards are also honored. Students should dress up for Awards Day: boys wear dress shirts, ties, and long dress code pants; girls wear skirts or dressy slacks and blouses or dresses.
Graduation Day is Friday, June 10. First through seventh graders attend the event; the dress code is the same as Awards Day. The day recognizes and celebrates our eighth graders, and so special space is reserved for their families. However, all are welcome to attend and offer their support and congratulations. A reception for graduates, their families and friends, and the faculty will take place in the courtyard immediately after the ceremony.
I ask that all first through seventh graders be present at Awards Day and Graduation to support our graduating eighth graders. While I realize everyone is eager to start the summer, for first through eighth grades the school year is in fact not over until after Graduation. The reason we include our younger students at Awards Day and Graduation events is to show the entire school community’s support for our eighth graders and to celebrate all they have contributed to our school community over the years. Since we consider ourselves a family school and since we do much throughout the year to support different groups and grades in the school, it is only fitting that everyone be here to celebrate, support, and send off our oldest “family members.” While absences due to illness cannot be avoided, before you consider having your first through seventh grader skip Awards Day and Graduation for any other reason, I ask you to give this mindful, considerate deliberation. Thank you.
If you have any questions about any of these events, please feel free to ask. We all look forward to these special parts of The Country School experience.