Dedham Country Day School celebrated the conclusion of its 116th school year and the graduation of the Class of 2019 on Thursday, June 6, during Closing Exercises held in the Michael A. Rand ’86 Gymnasium.
Dedham Country Day School recognized middle-school student-athletes for their performance during the winter season. Coaches presented awards for basketball, hockey, and squash at two all-school morning assemblies held on February 25 and March 5. Fourteen players in all were recognized.
Eighth-grader Hannah Peters received First Prize in the printmaking category and Best in Show overall at this year's SISAL (Small Independent School Arts League) exhibit held at Dexter-Southfield School April 17-26.
As part of DCD's Program Review in Math, last week, the school welcomed math experts from area schools and organizations. Our visitors spent three days at DCD observing classes, talking with teachers and administrators, and interviewing parents and students.
We’re starting a new school-wide kindness project at DCD! Spearheaded by Spanish Teacher Señora Andrade, “Amigos Invisibles” is a special project that involves students, teachers, and staff members sending and receiving anonymous notes of kindness and encouragement throughout DCD.
From Pre-K to grade 8, DCD’s classrooms and halls were bursting at the seams as grandparents and special friends joined their loved ones for an opportunity to experience what it’s like to be a student at Dedham Country Day.
The Lowell Center at DCD was definitely the place to be before the start of spring break! It was time for the annual Lower School Visual and Performing Arts Assembly when students from first grade to fifth grade had an opportunity to share the fruits of their hard work in both the visual and performing arts at DCD.
Folk singer and songwriter Edie Carey ’88 returned to the DCD stage for a special concert on Monday, February 25th. Since 1999, Edie has been touring and singing at festivals, colleges, and listening rooms across the U.S., Canada, and Europe often performing alongside such other well-known artists as Sara Bareilles, Brandi Carlile, Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, and Shawn Mullins.
DCD seventh grader Evan Michaeli is a testament to the impact that young people can have on the issues affecting our planet. Evan founded the school's student-run Green Club along with his brother Drew, a sixth grader, and eighth grader Matthew Volfson. An ardent environmentalist, Evan recently presented his views about the environmental risks of plastic bags to the Town of Dedham's Sustainability Committee.
Reflections from reading Washington Black, by Esi Edugyan and Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
How do we develop the ability to manage the loss and uncertainty that is inevitably part of life? As both a parent and an educator, I’ve found it challenging at times to simultaneously help children acknowledge and accept loss and uncertainty while fostering the feelings of security and predictability I know children need. I’ve talked before about our VUCA world – volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous – and know that helping children gain comfort in VUCA times, rather than trying to rid life of its uncertainty, can prepare them to thrive in the full lives they will lead. Two of my favorite recent reads offered insights into how to navigate this terrain of acknowledging and tolerating life’s uncertainty.
Teaming up with Cradles to Crayons on Saturday morning February 2, DCD families came together to sort and organize all of the donations the school had received from the community for its month-long clothing and toy drive to benefit children in the Boston area. DCD has had a long-standing relationship with the Cradles to Crayons organization with our middle school students often spending their volunteer afternoons working at their facility in Brighton.
Robertson Thacher, DCD Middle School Teacher and Advisor
We ask your children to build masks – to try them out, adjust the fit, the expression, and to examine exactly what they’re showing and to whom. In heroic tradition, masks are often a noble defense that guards the anonymity of chivalrous deeds or selfless, altruistic risks. But masks are not just barriers. More than shields parrying unwanted attention, they are also curatorial reckonings of value and need that render visible what we want known, as opposed to obscuring our secrets.
On Friday, January 17, the DCD community came together for its annual day of service in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. The day began with two presentations from adults who talked about their experiences and the need they felt to serve others.