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2020

  • March

    What You Missed (and Gained)

    Allison Webster
    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.
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  • What Should I put on My Plate?

    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.
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  • DCD Chief Financial Officer Bob Santry Presented at the 2020 NBOA (National Business Officers Association) Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida

    Leslie Bowen
    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.
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  • Evan Michaeli, left, winner of the Geography Bee, and Nate Felix, winner of the Spelling Bee

    Students Moving on to Statewide Bee Competitions

    Leslie Bowen
    Two DCD students, winners of their school competitions in January, will move on to the next level, state and regional, of two national competitions.
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  • February

    DCD Sixth-Grader Robby Hargrove Performs at Carnegie Hall

    Leslie Bowen
    Sixth-grader Robby Hargrove performed at Carnegie Hall this February as part of the Crescendo International Music Competition. It was the first time on stage at Carnegie for Robby, who has been taking weekly lessons on the violin for the past five years with his teacher Nelli Jabotinsky.

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  • DCD and Horizons: An Afternoon of Connection

    On Wednesday, February 19th, DCD 8th grade students had an unusual break from their typical afternoon filled with academic classes.  They had an opportunity to host a group of middle school students from DCD’s Horizons program for an afternoon of camaraderie and connection.
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  • DCD Partners with Cradles to Crayons for Its Third Annual Collecting and Sorting Community Service Day

    On Saturday, February 8th, Dedham Country Day School hosted a special day of service to benefit children in the greater Boston area served by the Cradles to Crayons organization (C2C). C2C’s mission is to provide children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive at home, at school, and at play.
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  • January

    Encouraging Musical Exploration at Dedham Country Day

    This winter term, DCD’s Alternative Ensemble music program has returned with a new twist. A free after-school program created in 2013 by Duane Claussen and Rob Thacher for grade 4 and 5 students, the “Alt Ensemble” has taken a variety of shapes in exploring non-traditional approaches to music and sound, including improvisation, game-play, and instant composition.
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  • Another BEE in the Books!

    Third time's a charm for 5th grader, Nate Felix, winner of this year’s spelling bee at Dedham Country Day. Twelve contestants from 3rd to 8th grade, representing the top spelling performers each class, flexed their spelling muscle in this morning’s competition.
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  • DCD Honors Martin Luther King Jr. with Service Morning

    Leslie Bowen
    Last Friday’s annual morning of service at DCD in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. showed there are no age requirements for kindness and compassion. Students spent the morning engaging in age-appropriate service activities, from the youngest in pre-K to eighth-graders who are getting ready to move on to high school, finding meaningful ways to serve others as the focus of the morning.

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  • Winner Evan Michaeli and runner-up Nate Felix

    DCD Students Show Their Knowledge of Geography in Annual Bee

    Leslie Bowen
    DCD's Geography Bee took place Thursday, January 16, with students in Grades 4 through 8 vying for first place and the chance to go on to the statewide competition in the spring.
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  • How Does a Five-year-old Learn Computational Thinking Skills?

    It might just look like fun and games to the casual observer, but armed with iPads and Dash and Dot robots, kindergartners at DCD are doing some important developmental work building their computational thinking skills.
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  • Light It Up! The Parents We Hope to Be

    Allison D. Webster, Head of School

    As parents and educators, we often hold two different goals side by side that can create some dynamic tension. On one hand, we try to shape our children and guide them towards values, behaviors, and attitudes that we believe and respect; we have conscious or unconscious ideas about who we hope our children will be. At the same time, we work to embrace our children for who they are, allowing them to become the fullest version of themselves. At times, these two goals can become inconsistent, since our children – in being fully themselves – may exhibit values, behaviors, and attitudes that do not align with our own or our hopes for our children. So what to do then? The way parents shape children, and in turn, the way children shape parents, is one of the most nuanced, challenging and beautiful aspects of parenting.
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