Special Announcement

Please join us for a very special announcement | September 4, 2019 at 9 AM | Paul C. Duckett Theatre

Back-to-School 2019-2020

Greetings From CDS!

Greetings from those of us summering on The Country Day School campus! I trust you have been enjoying a fun-filled and exciting summer season.

The School has been an incredibly busy place over these past few months, involving a whole host of activities to get ready for the upcoming school year. In addition to painting, repairing, roofing, grounds-keeping and intensive cleaning, we have been preparing administratively for your return. CDS Summer Camp and Summer School were both a tremendous success once again with some weeks having more than 200 students on campus!

This month, our faculty will be involved in professional development activities and they will be readying their classrooms and programs for the arrival of your children.

As well, there are a number of staffing changes to alert you to – please refer to the staffing summary attached.

As you can imagine, MyCDS is a vital part of our school-to-family communication because it enables us to share timely information with you in a password-protected forum. Please be sure to make full use of MyCDS to prepare for the school year ahead and to stay current throughout 2019-20.

The faculty, staff and I look forward to meeting everyone at the Welcome Back Barbeque on Wednesday, September 4. You will find your family’s invitation enclosed. Until then, enjoy these remaining weeks of summer!

Sincerely,

John Liggett
Head of School

School Wide Information

List of 5 items.

  • CDS Athletics

    The Country Day School offers many options to its students. Please see the following outline of opportunities in athletics that will be available to our students during the fall term.

    GIRLS have the opportunity to try out for:
    • SOCCER teams at the following levels: Senior, Under 15, Under 12 (Grades 5 and 6), and Under 10 (Grade 4)
    • BASKETBALL teams at the following levels: Senior, Under 16, Under 14, and Under 12 (Grades 5 and 6)
    • CROSS COUNTRY teams at Grades 4 through 12

    BOYS have the opportunity to try out for:
    • SOCCER teams at the following levels: Senior, Under 16, Under 14 (Grade 8), Under 13 (Grade 7), Under 12 (Grade 6), Under 11 (Grade 5), and Under 10 (Grade 4)
    • VOLLEYBALL teams at the following levels: Senior, Under 16, and Under 14 (Grades 7 and 8)
    • CROSS COUNTRY teams at Grades 4 through 12

    CDS offers many athletic options, and students will be asked to indicate their interest in trying out for one of the many athletic teams in homeroom on the first day of school. Tryouts for students in Grades 7 through 12 will begin on Monday, September 9 at 3:30 PM. Tryouts for students in grades 4 through 6 will begin on Tuesday, September 10 at 3:30 PM. Players are expected to commit themselves to four or five days a week with occasional morning or late afternoon practices, and one or two Saturday tournaments. The teams that will be offered for the winter and spring terms will be advertised prior to each athletic term.

    The sundry accounts will be debited for transportation, officials, uniforms, refreshments and tournament fees for each team a player is on. During the past year, the fees for the fall term were approximately $175.00 per team. Also, every player on the Middle and Senior School teams are required to have a CDS Athletics Team Travel Suit. This uniform must be worn to and from all games and is available for purchase from the General Store.

    We are looking forward to another outstanding year of athletics at CDS and are confident that our athletes will continue the rich tradition of excellence and sportsmanship that has been established over the years.

    Yours in sport,

    John Andersen
    Director of Athletics
  • Rowan's Law Concussion Awareness

    Please see the Rowan's Law Concussion Awareness letter for full details. The Rowan's Law Acknowledgment form will be available in MyCDS in early September.

    Rowan Stringer was only 17 when she died seven years ago after suffering what proved to be a fatal concussion during a high school rugby game in Ottawa. She had suffered two concussions in her previous two games and while she had admitted to her friends she knew something wasn’t quite right, she had not revealed this to her coaches or parents. The inquest that followed has cast a harsh light on youth sports organizations, pointing to a lack of protocols that experts say must be addressed to keep our children safe. In her memory, Ontario passed concussion safety legislation in March 2018 with rare all-party support. 

    Under Rowan's Law, it is mandatory that every athlete, coach and parent has an understanding of the signs and symptoms of concussions, and what to do when a concussion is suspected. Educating young athletes about misconceptions is the first step to prevention. This is why CDS now tests all athletes from Grades 4-12.
  • General Store Information

    The General Store will be open the week prior to the start of school, and the Back-to-School shopping dates are outlined below. No appointment is necessary. All students are welcome during these dates, including those students picking up custom uniform pieces (kilt, blazer etc.)

    DateTime
    Wed., Aug. 28, 20199 AM – 2 PM
    Thurs., Aug. 299 AM – 2 PM
    Tues., Sept. 39 AM –12 PM

    Students needing to exchange their blazer or kilt for a different size may make arrangements to do so with Stephanie Steinmann (Manager) after August 20. We will only accept new merchandise for exchange.

    Stephanie Steinmann can be reached at (905) 833-6081. For more details, such as stationery requirements please visit The General Store.

    If you would like the option of charging your sundry account for store purchases please complete the General Store Account Permission Form and return it to the Store by Monday, August 19. Please note you only have to complete this form once. If you chose this option last year, you DO NOT have to complete this form again.
  • Pre-Owned Uniform Sales

    The CDS Association will be holding Pre-Owned Uniform Sales in the Di Ciano Atrium on the following dates:

    DateTime
    Wed., Aug. 28, 20199 AM – 2 PM
    Thurs., Aug. 299 AM – 2 PM
    Tues., Sept. 39 AM –12 PM

    A large selection of almost-new uniform items will be available at very reasonable prices. We accept payment by cash, cheque or credit. Please visit Pre-Owned Uniform Sales for price lists and more information.
  • St. John's Music Instrument Rentals

    The Country Day School has an agreement with St. John’s Music Ltd. for the rental of new instruments. Most of our students rent instruments through this program unless they own their own instrument. While the contract is with St. John’s Music Ltd., the Music Department collects the contracts and arranges instrument delivery to the School. Our goal is to get the contracts processed quickly in order to get the instrumental program under way as soon as possible. Please click for a copy of the 2019-20 St. John's Music Rental Contract.

    Instrument Rental Contract Details
    When filling out the rental contract, please take note of the following:
    • You may pay by cash, cheque or credit card. If you wish to pay by cheque, please make it payable to St. John’s Music Ltd. (Please do not send cash in the mail.)
    • Your credit card number must be included when completing the contract - even if you are paying by cash or cheque. Your contract will not be processed without this information.
    • Students wishing to purchase a band instrument rather than rent, may, in some cases, find this a good alternative. We suggest St. John’s Music in Toronto at (416) 785-5000 and Cosmo Music in Richmond Hill at 905.770.5222, as two good sources for instrumental purchases.
    We are looking forward to meeting with your child and having her/him participate in the exciting Music Program at The Country Day School. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Nancy Promane, Head of Music at (905) 833-1220 ext. 377.

Junior School

List of 5 items.

  • Orientation Day - Tuesday, Sept. 3rd

    Orientation Day is designed to give students who are new to CDS an opportunity to meet their teachers and become familiar with their surroundings. All new students are expected to attend. The CDS uniform is not required for Orientation Day, so students may dress casually.

    All new Junior School students should arrive for registration in the Junior School at 9 AM. Please come to the Junior School entrance and we will be there to greet you. Junior and Senior Kindergarten students are to be accompanied by a parent or guardian – no siblings please. For all of the Junior School students, orientation day will end at 11 AM.
  • Grade 5 Trip to Glen Bernard Camp

    The fifth grade students, for the seventh consecutive year, will be attending an Outdoor Education camp at Glen Bernard Camp from Wednesday, September 25 to Friday, September 27, 2019.

    Please see the permission form for full details.
  • Grade 6 Trip to Bark Lake Leadership Centre

    For the fourth consecutive year, the sixth grade students will be attending a leadership convention at Bark Lake Leadership Centre from Monday, September 23 to Tuesday, September 24, 2019.

    Please see the permission form for full details.
  • Pick-Up/Drop-Off Procedures

    The end of day in the Junior School is a busy time. As always, we take the safety of your child(ren) very seriously and as such we want to ensure that pick up each day works well. There are procedures in place to ensure that each day ends successfully and safely, and we ask that they be adhered to closely.

    Please refer to the Junior School Pick-Up and Drop-Off Procedures for full procedures.
  • Junior School Curriculum Evening

    This evening is scheduled for Thursday, September 12 from 7 PM to 9 PM. If you are the parent of a student in Grades JK - 6, you are invited to join us. This will be an opportunity to attend presentation(s) in your child(ren)’s homeroom(s).

Middle School

List of 7 items.

  • Orientation Day - Tuesday, Sept. 3rd

    Orientation Day is designed to give students who are new to CDS an opportunity to meet their teachers and become familiar with their surroundings. ALL Grade 7 and NEW Grade 8 students are expected to attend. The CDS uniform is not required for Orientation Day, so students may dress casually.

    All Grade 7 students and all new Grade 8 students are to arrive in the Performing Arts Centre (PAC) Atrium at 8:45 AM for a welcome from the Head of School, John Liggett. They will then participate in orientation with the directors and the Middle School homeroom teachers until 11:30 AM, when they will have lunch in the Dining Hall.

    Pickup is at 12 PM.

    *NOTE: If you are a mentor for Grade 7 and 8 students, please meet in room A4 at 8:15 AM.
  • Grade 7 Trip to Kettleby Valley Camp

    On Friday, September 6, the Grade 7 classes will be taking a trip to the Kettleby Valley Camp to enjoy a day of outdoor activities.

    Please see the permission form for full details.
  • Middle School Curriculum Evening

    This evening is scheduled for Monday, September 16 from 7 to 9 PM. If you are the parent of a student in Grade 7 or 8, you are invited to join us. This will be an opportunity to hear from the Director and meet with the teachers of your children.
  • Middle School Trips

    Please ensure you have returned all forms related to your child’s trip. Parent Information Sessions for the overnight trips will be a great opportunity to have your final questions answered. It will take place as follows:

    Grade 7: Exploring New Havens in Haliburton (Oct. 2 – 4)
    • Parent Info Session: Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 5 PM in the Paul C. Duckett Theatre
    • Permission Form
    Grade 8: Exploring Montreal (Apr. 28 – May 1)
    • Parent Info Session: TBD
  • Uniform

    Please keep in mind the Dress Code when you are doing your Back-to-School shopping; it is an important part of how we identify ourselves at CDS. In particular, pay attention to:
    • Charcoal grey dress pants
    • Black polishable shoes with black soles (no coloured trim, or sneaker-style shoes e.g. Keds)
    • Black leather belt (used with pants, not kilts)
    Please ensure shirts fit properly and that kilts are no more than a playing card above the knee. While these may seem like small details, it is this attention to detail that makes the difference at CDS. For complete uniform details, please refer to the 2019-20 Family Handbook.
  • Online Textbook Orders

    All parents of 2019-20 Middle and Senior School students are able to order textbooks online. Please login to MyCDS through the CDS homepage, click on Resources found in the dashboard and click Order Textbooks.

    Next, click on Place Student Order and select 2019/2020 Academic year. If you have an existing account you can login, if not you will need to create an account. 

    To order textbooks, you will need your child's student number and a credit card. Student numbers can be found by logging in and viewing your child’s Contact Card. The student number is in the ‘Suffix’ field.

    If you require assistance with ordering, please contact Canadian School Book Exchange directly at 1-800-335-5043.
  • Fall Drama Production Grade 7, 8 & 9: Audition Information

    Can the newly minted CDS Reduced Shakespeare Company really cover thirty-seven Shakespeare plays in less than two hours?

    This fast-firing, side-splitting comedy does just that as it parodies all of the Shakespeare plays (plus the sonnets!) in two manic acts. A rapid fire Romeo and Juliet, farcical Macbeth, Hamlet (both backwards and forwards), Titus Andronicus (as a cooking show), The History Plays (as a frenetic football match) – NO Bard Classic is spared as this hilarious comedy review unites both expert and novice Shakespeare fans in a glorious romp!

    If you want a multi-character, comedic challenge rooted in a manic mash-up of authentic Shakespearian text and pop culture insanity, this theatrical event if for you!
     
    Due to the artistic complexity of this thrilling production, it is important that we begin rehearsals immediately. Auditions for this play will take place immediately after school on Wednesday, September 4, Thursday the 5 AND Friday the 6. This will afford students who are unable to join the cast and crew the opportunity to try out for sports teams or sign up for other extra-curricular activities the following Monday, September 9.

    We hope to see many of you out for what is sure to be an incredible experience bringing Shakespeare’s classic stories to life with a side-splitting twist!

    Audition Letter
    Audition Package

Senior School

List of 9 items.

  • Orientation Day - Tuesday, Sept. 3rd

    Orientation Day is designed to give students who are new to CDS an opportunity to meet their teachers and become familiar with their surroundings. ALL Grade 9 students and any NEW Senior School students are expected to attend. CDS #1 Dress Uniform should be worn on this day.

    ALL new students are to arrive in the Mantella Atrium at 8:30 AM to “receive” their name tags and will then go to their homeroom for homeroom orientation with their advisor. Students should bring their textbooks, school supplies and binders, as they will be assigned their lockers during this morning.

    Following that, all Grade 9 students and their faculty advisors will meet at the Learning Stairs for a welcome from the Head of School, John Liggett, the Directors, the Student Council and the House Captains. They will then participate in orientation activities. Lunch in the Dining Hall will be provided and will include options for dietary needs (vegetarian, vegan, gluten & dairy free).

    Pickup is at 12:15 PM.

    Parent Coffee and Welcome: All parents of new Senior School students are invited to join us at 11:45 AM (before pickup) in the Mantella Atrium for a welcome and introduction to life in the Senior School with Mr. Liggett and our Senior School Directors.

    *NOTE: If you are a member of Student Council, a House Captain or a mentor for Grade 9-12 students, please meet with Ms. Bland and Mr. Huckvale in S1 at 8:15 AM.
  • Online Textbook Orders

    All parents of 2019-20 Middle and Senior School students are able to order textbooks online. Please login to MyCDS through the CDS homepage, click on Resources found in the dashboard and click Order Textbooks.

    Next, click on Place Student Order and select 2019/2020 Academic year. If you have an existing account you can login, if not you will need to create an account. 

    To order textbooks, you will need your child's student number and a credit card. Student numbers can be found by logging in and viewing your child’s Contact Card. The student number is in the ‘Suffix’ field.

    If you require assistance with ordering, please contact Canadian School Book Exchange directly at 1-800-335-5043.
  • Music Camp

    The Music Department is excited to be offering our annual music camp from Thursday, September 19 to Sunday, September 22, 2019 at Glen Bernard Camp in Sundridge, just north of Huntsville. This camp is specifically designed for Senior School students who are taking a music course or who wish to participate in Concert Band, Jazz Band and Choir.

    It is strongly encouraged that all students participating in the Senior Music ensembles for the year attend, as this will build a strong foundation for all ensembles as well as help develop friendships.

    Please refer to the Music Camp permission form for complete details.

    To help us in our planning for this music camp, please complete the form and return it to the music department by Friday, September 13, 2019.
  • Timetable Changes in the Senior School

    Grade 9: Students will receive their timetable on Orientation Day and will also get another copy on the first day of school. Grades 10-12: Students entering Grades 10 through 12 will also get another copy of their timetable on the first day of school.

    If students would like to request a course change, please contact Mrs. Huckvale (905) 833-1220 ext. 321 to either book a meeting with Ms. Susan Scott, Deputy Head of School and Director of Student Services, or to make an appointment by phone. Please do not leave voicemail messages about a course change.
     
    Students can also make changes to their timetable once school begins anytime up until October 18, but they should try to make them sooner rather than later so that they can get settled into their courses for the year.
  • Senior School Curriculum Evening

    This evening is scheduled for Thursday, September 26 from 7 PM to 9 PM. If you are the parent of a student in Grade 9 through 12, you are invited to join us. This will be an opportunity to hear from the Directors, and meet with the Heads of Department and teachers of your children. There will be a variety of presentations and activities for you to create a window into some of the exciting things that happen in your child’s day.
  • Post-Secondary Information Evening

    This evening is scheduled for Tuesday, September 17 at 7 PM.

    Grade 12 students and their parents are expected to attend and Grade 11 and 10 students and their parents are invited to attend, as well. This will be an opportunity to hear directly from the Post-Secondary Counselling team and will help to inform and prepare students and their parents for the busy post-secondary research and application process. Up to the minute details and expectations for the GY University Trip will also be covered. A video recording of the presentation will be available online after the event.
  • Senior School Breakout Week 2019

    Breakout Week is an important component of our year in the Senior School. It provides us with an opportunity to break out of our classroom walls, out of our educational silos and learn in a completely different environment. It also provides an opportunity for students to make new friends and connect with teachers outside their regular schedule. The program is designed to offer a variety of opportunities both near and far that will challenge our students to think outside of the box, whilst also following our guiding principles of nurturing academic excellence, building sound and honourable character, raising social and global awareness, advocating fitness for life and promoting community involvement. It is our expectation that all students will be involved in Breakout Week. Family vacations should be avoided at this time.
     
    Parent Information Sessions for the overnight trips will be a great opportunity to have your final questions answered. They will take place as follows:

    Overnight Trip Parent Information SessionThursday, Sept. 5 at 5 PMLeaders
    Connect 9Paul C. Duckett TheatreSimmonds & Watts
    Embracing DiversityRoom S1Harvey & Houston
    TemagamiRoom S2Castellan & MacMillan
    UKRoom S3Townsend, Bland & Milonas
    WashingtonRoom S4Barbanchon & Downer


  • Uniform

    Please keep in mind the Dress Code when you are doing your Back-to-School shopping; it is an important part of how we identify ourselves at CDS. In particular, pay attention to:
    • Charcoal grey dress pants
    • Black polishable shoes with black soles (no coloured trim, or sneaker-style shoes e.g. Keds)
    • Black leather belt (used with pants, not kilts)
    Please ensure shirts fit properly and that kilts are no more than a playing card above the knee. While these may seem like small details, it is this attention to detail that makes the difference at CDS. For complete uniform details, please refer to the 2019-20 Family Handbook.
  • Fall Drama Production Grade 7, 8 & 9: Audition Information

    Can the newly minted CDS Reduced Shakespeare Company really cover thirty-seven Shakespeare plays in less than two hours?

    This fast-firing, side-splitting comedy does just that as it parodies all of the Shakespeare plays (plus the sonnets!) in two manic acts. A rapid fire Romeo and Juliet, farcical MacbethHamlet (both backwards and forwards), Titus Andronicus (as a cooking show), The History Plays (as a frenetic football match) – NO Bard Classic is spared as this hilarious comedy review unites both expert and novice Shakespeare fans in a glorious romp!

    If you want a multi-character, comedic challenge rooted in a manic mash-up of authentic Shakespearian text and pop culture insanity, this theatrical event if for you!
     
    Due to the artistic complexity of this thrilling production, it is important that we begin rehearsals immediately. Auditions for this play will take place immediately after school on Wednesday, September 4, Thursday the 5 AND Friday the 6. This will afford students who are unable to join the cast and crew the opportunity to try out for sports teams or sign up for other extra-curricular activities the following Monday, September 9.

    We hope to see many of you out for what is sure to be an incredible experience bringing Shakespeare’s classic stories to life with a side-splitting twist!

    Audition Letter
    Audition Package

School Information

13415 Dufferin Street King, Ontario L7B 1K5
(905) 833-1220
communications@cds.on.ca
admissions@cds.on.ca
Founded in 1972, The Country Day School is a co-educational private school offering programs in JK-12 and located on 100 acres north of Toronto in King.