Dedham Country Day will continue with its distance learning program through the end of the academic year pursuant to Governor Baker’s recent announcement for the continuation of remote operation for all schools in Massachusetts through the remainder of the school year.
Pursuant to updated directives for public and private schools by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, DCD will remain closed until May 4, 2020, to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Please visit DCD's COVID-19 Resource page for information on DCD's transition to online learning.
In these months so characterized by societal upheaval, hardship, and strife, who knew that inspiration for navigating this time would come my way from a comic Twitter creation, the 81-year-old cultural icon, trophy ex-wife, and friend to all humanity named Duchess Goldblatt. Duchess is a fictional character developed one Tweet at a time. The memoir, Becoming Duchess Goldblatt, tells the story of her evolution on Twitter, along with the healing power of the creation of Duchess on the real-life author.
The sounds of laughter and delight filled the playgrounds and classrooms at Dedham Country Day School this September as children returned to school after several months, happy to be back together with their peers and teachers.
Despite the pandemic, school at DCD started as planned this year on September 9 with in-person learning for most of its 308 students in pre-K through 8. Just a handful of students opted for remote learning out of the total enrolled.
Summer Readings: Shaping Our Thinking and Taking an Active Stance Against Racism
Head of School Allison Webster recently asked parents to join their children in some summer learning and reading, sharing with them two options that are on DCD's faculty reading list which are sure to be engaging and thought-provoking in light of recent events. Below is an excerpt from her letter to the community.
The spirit of community, connection, and competition were in the air during the 92nd DCD Olympics Day which took place on Monday, June 2nd. Scrolling through the Zoom pages of our Olympics Day opening assembly, you could see that the red, white, and blue teams were going to be well represented despite our inability to compete on campus as a whole school community this year. This hallmark event has taken place since 1928, continuing even during some of the most difficult times in history, including the Great Depression and two world wars. Now, during this unprecedented time when we're facing a global pandemic and fight for racial justice, the Olympics provided children a much-needed way to experience the joy of community.
Though it’s been an atypical year due to the impact of this global pandemic, the DCD Class of 2020 is ready to fly! Back in March as we departed for what we all thought would be a two-week spring break, our 8th graders left campus armed with a host of secondary school acceptances and some big decisions to make for the next stop on their educational journeys.
Dedham Country Day Celebrates the Arts, Virtually!
Gathering in the Lowell Center to share all the creativity and hard work that has taken place in our performing and visual arts program has always been a highlight for students, parents, and faculty. Whether it’s in the Lower School Performing and Visual Arts assembly, through Gallery Week, or the Middle School Performing and Visual Arts assembly, the degree to which the arts and creativity are valued at DCD is always palpable.
I’ve always enjoyed spotting irony in the world. For example, I was delighted when my niece reported that my peace-loving and mild-mannered brother-in-law got into a shouting match with a person in the Life is Good store (the Life is Good store!). It brought a smile to my face when a friend of my parents was not able to go with us to the beach because he was going to listen to his “Live in the Now” tape series. As I watch coronavirus unfold across the globe, and people are in various states of isolation, it is not lost on me that I started the year speaking with faculty about The Art of Gathering, by Pria Parker.
With all the new food options available to DCD students from our new dining service with Flik, we are taking the opportunity to work with students to give them some reminders about building healthy diets.
DCD Chief Financial Officer Bob Santry Presented at the 2020 NBOA (National Business Officers Association) Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida
DCD Chief Financial Officer, Bob Santry, presented at the 2020 NBOA (National Business Officers Association) Annual Meeting, Envisioning the Future, February 23-26, in Orlando, Florida. The conference is designed to help CFOs and other business and operational leaders in PreK–12 education share best practices for independent schools, and it attracts professionals from across the country.