2024

  • Grade 11 Biology: Can Seeds Thrive in Space?

    Kathleen Griffin
    Mrs. Griffin's grade 11 biology students have been investigating the effects of space travel on seed germination by participating in the TomatoSphere project.
     
    In a blind experiment, students planted two groups of tomato seeds. One group spent approximately 30 days on board the International Space Station while in orbit, the other was a control group that remained on Earth.
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  • Love Letters to CDS

    Hillary Hall
    Visiting author, Lindsay Zier-Vogel, came to our Junior School Library to speak with our grade 2 and 3 classes recently about her community-based 'Love Lettering' Project and to share her wonderful new book entitled Dear Street
     
    Students enjoyed learning all about her writing process and how the excitement around the author's letter writing initiative has caught on here and spread abroad. Lindsay's delightful and inspiring story Dear Street, colorfully illustrated by Caroline Bonne-Müller, is a Canadian Children's Book Centre book of the year, a Junior Library Guild pick and has been nominated by the Ontario Library Association for a Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award this year.  

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  • Presenting Grad X

    The Grade 12 art students are pleased to present Grad X 2023-2024.
     
    Please join us at the Opening Reception on May 23 from 4:30 to 6:00 pm to celebrate our students and the wonderful artwork they have created this year. 
     
    The exhibition will be in place from May 23 until June 11 in Rogers Hall beside the Business Office.
     
    All are welcome.
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  • Students Participate in CAIS Leadership Conference in Winnipeg

    Four CDS Middle School students travelled to Winnipeg last week with Ms. Purdy to participate in the CAIS Middle School Leadership Conference.
     
    Grade 7 students Charlize Bianchi '29 and Yuning Du '29 and Grade 8 students Lucas Juhasz '28 and Ethan Starkman '28 were selected to represent their school and join a special group of 150 students from across Canada. 
     
    Students had a fantastic time connecting, learning and discovering together through various workshops and programs over the four days.
     
    One of the highlights was a visit to the National Museum of Human Rights situated at the juncture of the Red River and the Assiniboine River, two waterways that connect the continent and have been significant trade routes for thousands of years. 
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  • CDS 14th Annual Grade 5 & 6 Public Speaking Competition

    By Natalie Grossi
    On Wednesday, May 1st, 2024, CDS grade four, five and six students, teachers and families gathered in the Paul C. Duckett theatre to celebrate the accomplishments of our Grade five and six public speakers and acknowledge their hard work and skill in communicating effectively at the 14th Annual CDS Public Speaking Contest. 
     
    Whether they deliver inspiring speeches, informative presentations, or engaging talks, public speakers play a crucial role in sharing ideas and shaping discussions. Through eloquent articulation and confident delivery, students captivated audiences and inspired peers with their powerful words and compelling presence on stage. Their dedication to honing their communication skills has truly paid off, setting a shining example for all.

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  • Grade 7 Art Trip

    On Friday April 26th the Grade 7 classes headed to the McMichael Art Gallery. The day began with a studio workshop where students explored the artworks of the Northwest Coast in combination with popular manga cartooning techniques. Students then enjoyed McMichael's natural setting with a one-hour hike. Students learned about the human impact on a changing landscape as well as the history of the grounds. 

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  • Senior School Vocalists Shine

    Ms. Baird
    This week's ISU recital by the Grade 12 vocal class was an unforgettable experience, captivating the audience with a plethora of emotions. Each performance was a testament to the student's passion and dedication, as they poured their hearts into renditions of songs that deeply resonated with them.

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  • Simcoe County Museum

    By Ms. Courtemanche, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Cooke
    The grade fives travelled to Simcoe County Museum last Thursday to participate in the program called "Two Cultures, One Trade."  Students explored a variety of hands-on activities that connected to the current unit of study in Social Studies.
     
    Students worked in groups to complete an orienteering task that mimicked the path that early fur traders had to travel. Students also had the opportunity to bake and eat bannock by the fire. We were able to hold and look at a variety of Indigenous artifacts and furs. Such an amazing day of learning and exploring.
     
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  • Book Walk Promoting Environmental Awareness

    By Hillary Hall
    Students from JK to sixth grade have been buddying up to read and explore along our CDS trails this week as they experience an outdoor Book Walk together.
     
    Kyo Maclear’s book entitled 'The Fog' is an environmental fable that offers students a chance to consider the responsibility of human activity in contributing to a healthy planet.  In the story, a small yellow bird who enjoys human-watching notices a deep fog that rolls in, obscuring his view.  The more the fog is ignored, the more it spreads and the bird begins to wonder who else notices the changes. When a young girl appears, they both begin to wonder if others notice the fog too and whether it is here to stay.  
     
    The witty story comes to life with the misty illustrations by Kenard Park to highlight the importance of taking care of our world together.   Enlarged pages of the story on the Book Walk signs also include QR codes that students can access to view short video clips from the author to enhance their learning while reading the story with their buddies.
     
    Thank you to our Outdoor Education team for partnering with the Junior School Library again to promote literacy skills, mentoring and physical activity in our spectacular outdoor learning environment with this shared Book Walk!
     
     
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  • CITE Conference

    By Sarah Hudson
    On Saturday, April 27, CDS hosted the annual Conference of Independent Schools Teachers of English - or CITE - conference, welcoming 48 English teachers from various schools across Ontario for a day of professional learning about the future of English education in a digital age. The day included a keynote speaker and 10 different teacher workshops, including four run by CDS faculty. 

    The day concluded with a panel discussion moderated by Mr. Harvey. Three brave grade 12 students - Roshni Karmali '24, Hailey Casciato '24 and Adam Montgomery '24 - took to the stage with our other panel members, Mr. Lesiuk and Mr. Rafferty, for an hour of questions about their experiences in the English classrooms, their opinions on AI, and how they envision the future of English education.
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  • In The Flow: Grade 10 Art

    This month the grade 10's have been working on creating experimental paintings. They researched a variety of Flow painting techniques and based on the processes, planned a way to enhance and develop an image from the resulting combination of paint processes.
     
    Currently, they are completing the embellishments in acrylic paint. Have a look at this Video Slideshow and Photo Gallery of their work so far. 
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  • Middle & Senior School Exams: What To Expect

    This afternoon, students from grades 9-12 participated in a study skills workshop “Unlocking your Brainpower-Strategies for Success”, hosted by our Student Services Department. Each student took part in four sessions focusing on different study strategies. The day culminated with a special guest speaker; Dr. Christine Lay who shared with the students how their brains, sleep, and healthy habits can be optimised going into exam time. 

    This workshop is a kickstart to the SSC’s exam support offered to students this month. The following “Preparation for Exams” provides more information to support your children during exams. 
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  • Under-the-sea Adventure

    Our junior kindergarten students have been learning about under-the-sea animals and the importance of caring for our oceans.
     
    Last week they boarded the HMCS CDS submarine, with a ticket in hand,  and had an amazing under-the-sea adventure. They spotted whales, hammerhead sharks, angler fish, and some JS teachers swimming by the port holes. 
     
    Captain Wildberger ensured that everyone boarded safely with a huge smile, and Mrs. Gee ensured the sub was in top working order. Nothing is more magical than when our youngest students experience things using their imagination.
     
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  • Canadian Team Math Competition

    By Eunice Yu
    On April 15th, five Grade 10 and 11 students went to Pickering College for the University of Waterloo’s Math Team competition. The competitors were Luca Tchelidze, Jason Liang, Tiffany Chan, Andrii Bessarab, and Vincent Wang.
     
    First, Mike Eden, a professor from the University of Waterloo, gave a welcome speech and presented a few cool math problems to prepare our brains for the day.
     
    After a short break, the competition started with team questions. In this section, each team of 6 students was to solve questions strategically and work together. Although we were a group of 5, we did our best and worked together to complete most of the 25 questions given. 
     
     
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  • CDS Debaters All Advanced to Finals at World Championships

    CDS experienced several firsts last week at the World Individual Debating & Public Speaking Championships (WIDPSC) held at Canberra Girls Grammar School in Canberra, Australia.
     
    Ethan Wahba ’24, Millie Steinmann ’25 and Sarah Croxon ’24 competed in a total of eight finals for CDS, with both Ethan and Millie emerging as World Champions.

    According to their coach Kerstin Wyndham-West, who has led the debating program for more than 20 years, “We have never had two students win their individual categories in the same year, and all three made it to eight of the possible 12 finals! That is a record for CDS.”

    In the individual events, Ethan is World Champion of Interpretive Reading and finished 3rd in Debating, and Millie is World Champion of Persuasive Speaking. Overall Ethan was the 3rd place speaker, Millie was 9th and Sarah was 18th out of 124 students representing 15 countries. 

    All three students chose thought-provoking topics and readings to present on. Here some
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    “For my interpretive reading, I performed the short story Going Grapefruit by Ian Richards. This story follows a man who is hit by a car and incurs a traumatic injury which changes the way his brain processes language, in his new language words take on seemingly random meanings. I chose this piece because it reminds us that understanding others is much more than just the words people use, but rather the tone and emotion that comes with it.” – Ethan Wahba ’24

    “I presented a persuasive speech about the hidden dangers of energy drinks, particularly for teenagers. Companies like Red Bull specifically market to young people by hiring college students to handout free drinks on university campuses. I don’t think people realize just how much caffeine is in these drinks. Just one can contains as much as six cans of Coke, way more than the recommended daily allowance of caffeine for kids, which can have a really dangerous effect on your heart and long-term health.” – Millie Steinmann ’25

    “My persuasive speech looked at the growing problem of the tipping culture across North America. Ever since the pandemic, it has become a growing issue. I feel people should be able to do what they want when it comes to leaving a gratuity. I really enjoyed writing and performing this speech because it is a topic that everyone can relate to in some way.” – Sarah Croxon ’24
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  • CISMF 2024 Did Not Disappoint!

    On Saturday, April 13th, the Conference of Independent Schools held their annual Music Festival at Roy Thomson Hall. CISMF 2024 featured 1400 students from 39 schools performing in three concert bands, three choirs, two string ensembles, a jazz band and a taiko drum ensemble.

    Students from all over the CIS auditioned for the various band and string ensembles, with the choirs having an open invitation to school choirs and individual students to participate.
     
    CDS had 36 students participate this year, having representation in the Junior Choir, Intermediate Choir, Senior Choir, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band and the Chamber String Ensemble. 

    A hearty congratulations to all the students who participated, and a special thanks to Mrs. Baird, Ms. Ketterick, Mr. Barbanchon, Mr. Moore, Mr. Shields and Ms. Racine for preparing and chaperoning the students for this special event.
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  • Earth Week in the Junior School

    By Andrew Bartle
    In the Junior School, Earth Week has been front and centre. It is an opportunity for students and the community to be reminded of the importance of our connection to the natural environment. Throughout the year the Grade 5 Green Team is the leader when it comes to environmental stewardship in the Junior School. Earth Week is their time to shine.
     
    Members of the Green Team have taken on a variety of initiatives that all of the students have been participating in from JK-Grade 6. This week students have been tracking their daily energy use in the classrooms, participating in a food waste competition, spending a little extra time outside to appreciate the amazing natural spaces we have, and participating in a campus clean-up competition for house points. We were all reminded that we don’t need to be perfect, but we all need to make an effort to do our part. Make every day, Earth Day!
     
    In all of the Outdoor Education classes, students have been focussing on the monthly character trait of conservation. This week the students have been creating “seed bombs”. Our campus is a great space for honey bees, which do an essential ecosystem service for plant biodiversity and the quality of fruit and vegetable production. The seed bombs we have created are full of a variety of wildflower seeds which will provide the food for our pollinators to thrive. The students got their hands right into it as they created and launched their “seed bombs” throughout our back 40 in their O.E. classes.
     
    Happy Earth Week CDS!
     
     
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  • Senior Concert Band to Perform Commissioned Piece at Spring Concert

    Last summer, CDS’s new Head of Music, Larry Shields, reached out to a friend at Alfred Publishing about commissioning a song based on the school mascot – the Cyclone. As a huge proponent of Canadian content and new work – Mr. Shields felt it would serve as a fresh approach in his new role and be inspirational to our students as well.
     
    The result was a wonderful piece called Windstorm written by Vincent Gassi, which the Senior Concert Band will perform at the upcoming Middle/Senior Spring Concert on May 16th. Mr. Shields has worked with Gassi for many years and is thrilled to report that this commissioned piece will be published to sell worldwide in September with an inscription commissioned for The Country Day School.
     
    According to Shields, while the piece is challenging, his students are enjoying playing the work. The students were fortunate to have the composer work with them for a rehearsal in February to better understand Gassi’s concept and vision for the music.

    “It starts off with the students blowing through their instruments to mimic the sound of wind, then launches into an exciting rhythmic section representing the storm. This is followed by a calmer, beautiful melodic movement, possibly depicting the eye of the storm. The work ends with the fast paced, mixed measures and rhythmic complexity demonstrated in the earlier section, ending on a very exciting note – I think people will really enjoy the experience.”
     
    The front cover of the score has a windstorm depicted on it along with the dedication to the school and Vince’s autograph. Shields plans to hang it somewhere prominent and going forward, commission a Canadian work every year for different groups in the department. He envisions eventually having all of the covers plaqued and mounted along the Music hallway.
     
    Be sure to reserve your tickets for the upcoming Middle/Senior School Spring Concert. You won’t want to miss hearing the inaugural performance of Windstorm on Thursday, May 16th. It is our hope that Vince Gassi will also be there to watch!
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  • CDS Hosts CITE Network Conference

    We are proud to share that The Country Day School will be hosting the CIS Ontario CITE Network Conference on Saturday, April 27th, where educators will explore "Literacy in the Digital Age" with keynote speaker Ramona Pringle from CBC. Ramona is the Director of the Creative School Innovation Studio at Toronto Metropolitan University and Director of the Transmedia Zone, an incubator for innovation in media and storytelling.
     
    This full-day event features 14 workshops (six led by CDS faculty members) and offers insights into integrating digital tools and fostering digital literacy skills in English education. It is open to teachers and educators from JK-12 in the independent school system who are looking to reimagine the future of teaching English in the digital era. There will also be interesting content about emerging forms of literature and trends in books for all ages.
     
    Thank you to Sarah Hudson, our Head of English, for hosting it at CDS!
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  • CDS Parents Book Review

    Please join us on Monday, June 10th at 7:00 pm for the next CDS Parent Book Review!
     
    Whether you are an avid reader, or just looking for your next great read, we encourage you to join us to socialize and meet other parents while having a fun and lively in person discussion, led by our Senior School Librarian, Melissa Rutledge.
     
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  • Pascal, Cayley, & Fermat Math Contests

    On February 28th, a group of 62 Middle and Senior School students rose to the challenge of writing the annual Pascal, Cayley, and Fermat mathematics contests organized by the University of Waterloo.

    Certificates of Distinction are earned by those who achieve in the top 25% of participants at CDS and the school medal is awarded to the top score at CDS (please note that all certificates and medals have a minimum cut-off score that is set by the CEMC, and the school medals will be distributed once the shipment arrives).
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  • World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships

    Exciting news from the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships in Australia - our three debaters have all advanced to the finals! Ethan Wahba '24 will be competing in all 4 event finals, and Sarah Croxon '24 and Millie Steinmann '25 will compete in two each. We wish them all the best! 
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  • Croatia Trip Opens Students' Eyes to Adventure Travel

    Over the March Break, 12 intrepid students accompanied Ms. Wellnhofer and Ms. Winterink to Croatia with World Challenge International. This trip was designed to allow us to make many independent decisions, live with our choices, and step out of our comfort zones. This trip was one big adventure where we had to work for almost every reward – which made each one that much sweeter!
     
    We slept in tents, managed a group budget of over $2000 to cover our groceries and snacks, cooked outside on camping stoves, kayaked on rivers and the sea, hiked in beautiful places, grocery shopped where nobody spoke English and all the labels were in Croatian, hiked up into a remote mountain hut, explored 1000-year-old forts, old cities, and abandoned villages. We weathered a thunderstorm and huge rainstorms, and adapted to many changes in our itinerary. While all of us came on the trip with a friend, many of us really didn’t know each other before the trip. As a group, we worked very well together and concluded our week with a lot of shared memories.
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  • Grade 5's Gather Inspiration From The Story of CDS's Heritage

    It has been the tradition for the Junior School to run a contest among the Grade 5 students for the next academic year’s agenda cover. This year, JS Visual Arts teacher Ms. Kuchmak sought inspiration from the recent opening of Burns Family Hall and the school’s decision to preserve its 1883 schoolhouse for years to come.
     
    Who better to share history of the legacy, heritage and magic behind this spectacular new building than Mr. Liggett – in a presentation to the Grade 5s on the Founders' Stairs outside of the Junior School Library on Monday.
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  • La Semaine Du Français: Celebrating French Culture and Language in the Junior School

    By Madame Racine et Madame O'Rourke
    Last week our Junior School celebrated the rich world of the French language and culture during la semaine du français. Here's a glimpse of some of the wonderful activities and experiences our young language learners enjoyed:
     
    Each morning, our announcements kicked off with the French rendition of 'O Canada' and intriguing tidbits about the language. Our 'word of the day' segment shed light on how certain English words, like 'harmony' or 'l'harmonie' in French, have roots in the French language.
     
    Grades 1-2 honed their French communication skills by exchanging letters with their pen pals in Calgary, fostering language practice and cultural exchange. Meanwhile, some of our Grade 4 students had a blast playing games with their Grade 12 buddies while reinforcing their vocabulary skills.
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  • Sustainability Club Clothing Swap

    By Anne Wellnhofer
    Ready for some spring cleaning? Got some clothes that are still current but are ready to leave your closet? Bring your gently used clothing to CDS so it can be sustainably worn again. We are only taking clothes that are clean, in good condition, and current.
     
    Drop off of items will happen on Monday, April 29 and Tuesday, April 30 before school and during break in the Mantella Atrium. Students will be given "store credit" for their items.
     
    The swap will happen at lunch in the Mantella Atrium on Tuesday, April 30. Students who have brought clothing items in will be the first to be able to shop the swap with their credit. Those who wish to shop the swap but did not bring in items will be able to purchase items by donation on Wednesday, May 1 at lunch time.
     
    Any clothes that have not been swapped or purchased can be picked up by their owners at the end of lunch on Wednesday, May 1. Any leftover clothing will be donated and any funds raised will go to The David Suzuki Foundation. This clothing swap is organized by the Sustainability Committee.
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  • Three Debaters Competing at Worlds in Australia

    Good luck to Sarah Croxon '24, Ethan Wahba '24 and Millie Steinmann '25 and their coaches Ms. Wyndham-West and Mr. Saklica who have landed in Sydney and will be competing at the 2024 World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships (#WIDPSC) in Canberra, Australia starting this Sunday!
     
    This is the 17th consecutive year that CDS has qualified at least one student to compete against some of the top high school speakers and debaters from around the world.
     
    Fun fact: Mr. Saklica is a CDS graduate from 2006 and remembers competing in debate as a finalist at Internationals in 2004 in Vancouver, 2005 in St. Catherine's and 2006 in Montreal!
     
    This year, there will be 128 students representing 15 countries at the 36th WIDPSC held between April 14-20. All three of our students have to participate in four events each: Debate, Impromptu Speaking, Persuasive Speaking and Interpretive Reading. We wish them all the best!
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  • CDS to Host One Week of Canada's Debate Camp: June 17-21

    We are excited to announce that Canada’s public speaking and debating camp, Debate Camp 2024, for students in Grades 5-10 is holding a one-week camp program at CDS this summer from June 17-21. Run by experienced educators, Debate Camp directors believe in providing an academic enrichment opportunity to youth across Canada and the Northeastern United States via a set of exceptionally well-organized, safe and accredited summer camps. Debate Camp believes in a well-balanced program where an academic focus is combined with opportunities for traditional camp games, and a fun and inspiring approach to learning.
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  • 80th Anniversary Battlefields Trip

    Misha Svystonyuk '25
    During the spring break, a group of 26 students from our Senior School embarked on a remarkable journey to Europe, commemorating the 80th anniversary of D-Day by tracing the footsteps of Canadian heroes who played pivotal roles in both World Wars. Accompanied by dedicated faculty members, our expedition began with fervour and curiosity. Students were eager to dive into the rich tapestry of European history and pay homage to the sacrifices that brave Canadian soldiers had made for peace.

    Our adventure started in the City of Light itself, Paris, where we marvelled at iconic landmarks that have stood the test of time. From the awe-inspiring beauty of the Louvre to the timeless grandeur of Notre Dame Cathedral and the unmistakable silhouette of the Eiffel Tower piercing the sky, Paris embraced us with its charm and history. 

    However, our journey was not confined to the romantic allure of Paris.
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  • Biology Students Participate in DNA Workshop

    Kathleen Griffin
    On Tuesday, Mrs. Griffin’s Grade 12 biology classes visited the Ontario Science Centre and participated in a full day DNA fingerprinting workshop.
     
    Each student extracted DNA from their own cheek cells. They amplified the DNA using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and separated their DNA according to fragment size using gel electrophoresis.
     
    Students then determined their genotype frequency at one particular locus and learned whether their specific genetic combination was rare or common in the population at large.
     
    The workshop was hands-on and engaging and allowed students to practice important lab skills that will be essential to their success in any first year biology lab course next year in post-secondary.
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  • Bunny Visits The Junior School Library

    Hillary Hall
    Spring is here and our primary students have been delighted to have Nurse Teresa and her pet rabbit, 'Miffy' visit them in the Junior School Library! 
     
    Students have been learning all about rabbits, pet care and making connections to fiction and non-fiction books. This bunny is loving the attention with all the gentle pats and special treats shared with him by the JK to grade 2 students. 
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  • Pathways to People Fundraising

    Kaitlyn Saunders
    On January 25th, Pathways to People honoured Bell Let’s Talk Day by wearing blue! Mrs. Hall read Dragons on the Inside by Valeria Coulman to all of her classes and brainstormed different questions that we’d want a friend to ask when we’re having a hard day. These questions were turned into stickers to help spark a conversation with a friend about our feelings. Pathways to People was able to donate $500 to Kids’ Help Phone from monies raised for our dress down day.
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  • Support CDS Robotics this Weekend!

    Joshua Simmonds
    Team 4951 - The CDS Cyclones - is competing in the Provincial Championships over the next three days. Come cheer them on at The International Centre (6900 Airport Road) Hall #5 in Mississauga! Admission and parking are free, and children of all ages are welcome. There is even a Lego Robotics booth available for our younger robot enthusiasts!
     
    Our team colour is navy blue, so wear blue and/or your CDS gear and bring your school spirit! Other teams take 60+ students and fans to each tournament. We are a small team (around 12 students), so we would welcome as many students, parents, teachers, and fans as possible to come cheer us on.
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  • CDS Robotics #4951 Secures Alliance Spot at FRC

    Over the March Break, Team #4951 competed at an FRC event in Newmarket.  With aspirations to match last year's top finish, CDS impressively secured a spot on the #4 Alliance team.
     
    The team demonstrated remarkable teamwork and resilience through five playoff rounds, narrowly missing a chance to compete in the finals.
     
    This was a huge accomplishment, where everyone on the team pulled together to get the robot working to its fullest potential.
     
    Other highlights of the tournament included the large crowds who came to see their Minecraft World and Gumball machine filled with student-created collector 4951 mini-buttons and candies. 
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  • CDS Snowboard Team Has Always Been A Family Affair

    Ask any current or former member of the CDS Snowboard team about what it is like to be a part of the team, and most will mention “CISAA Fam” -- that intangible, collegial aspect of our CISAA snowboard league that makes it such a joy to be a part of each year. But at CDS, the concept of the “snowboarding family” runs even deeper, with a strong history of multiple family members participating on (and being very successful) the team.

    Nowhere is this more evident than in the Gosal family, whose three members, Daya ‘19, Jeevan ‘20 and Sarin ‘24 have captured more CISAA and OFSAA snowboard hardware than any other athlete in team history. Clearly, they have snowboarding in their DNA!
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  • The Oscars 2024: Film Class Competition Winner

    Prior to the March Break, Ms. Moonan's Grade 12 Film class kept a close eye on Hollywood's award season, culminating in a competition to predict which films and individuals would win at the 96th Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars. 
     
    The Oscars took place over the break, on March 10th. Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer was the most celebrated winner of the evening, securing 7 of 13 nominations, though the night will likely be best remembered for Ryan Gosling's exuberant rendition of Barbie's "I'm Just Ken" and Emma Stone's teary acceptance speech for Best Actress. 
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  • Join Us For Our Parent Book Review Evening: April 16th

    Looking for your next great read? Need something to enjoy during the March Break? Why not consider the next CDS Book Review read - The Measure by Nikki  Erlick.

    Join us on Tuesday, April 16th at 7:00 pm for the next CDS Parent Book Review gathering. Whether you are an avid reader, or just enjoy a great book, we encourage you to join us for this wonderful opportunity to socialize and meet other parents while having a fun and lively in-person discussion, led by our Senior School Librarian, Melissa Rutledge.

    Please let us know if you are able to attend.
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  • Join us for Parent Yoga: April 12th

    The CDS Parent Association is pleased to present an adult yoga class on Friday, April 12th from 8:45 am to 10:30 am.  This class is open to all levels of practice, and even those who would like to try yoga for the first time. Admission is free but we ask all participants to sign up to reserve their space prior to April 9th.
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  • Behind the scenes of CDS's production of Clue!

    Gisa Bevacqua-Tirone
    It’s safe to say that the sets for CDS productions are outstanding. This year’s set, designed by Sarah Barbanchon, built by Kim Marchessault, and dressed by Kira Duff, Will Hofstetter and Daniel Robertson, was no exception. The attention to detail and craftsmanship were of a professional grade. In fact, one audience member declared that the set was like another character on stage - just as integral to the story as the actors - and they are absolutely correct.
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  • CDS Attends U of T United Nations Conference

    Misha Svystonyuk ‘25
    The UTMUN conference, which took place in February, was nothing short of incredible. Four CDS students stepped into the shoes of world leaders, engaging in fruitful international diplomacy. We became architects of change, tackling pressing global issues, engaging in passionate debates, and crafting impactful resolutions.
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  • CDS Robotics Team to Compete in Newmarket

    Robotics Team Students
    This weekend, the Senior School Robotics Team is headed to our first tournament of the new season. The team is very excited and has been working hard to prepare the robot for the upcoming competition. Each team has an assigned ID number; our team is Team 4951 - CDS Cyclones!
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  • Grade 4 Student Places First in Global Math Contest

    Last week, Grade 4 student Ezra Leung received the exciting news that he had tied for 1st place in the Caribou Mathematics Competition! This worldwide online contest is held six times throughout the school year. Each of these days, six contests are offered, one for each of the grade levels 2, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10 and 11/12 and each one in English, French, Persian and Mandarin.
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  • Grade 5 Class Elections

    Ms. Courtemanche, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Cooke
    On February 21st, the Grade 5 students participated in class elections. Students have been working hard on learning about the electoral process and about the various political parties in Canada. Students were tasked with creating their own political party in each class, along with a logo, slogan, and a set of platform points.
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  • Jazz Combo Delights at Humber College Festival

    Mr. Barbanchon
    The CDS Jazz Combo recently performed at the Humber College Jazz Festival this week in Toronto.

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  • Pink Shirts for Charity

    Melissa Rutledge & Geneva Winterink
    The Inclusivity Club worked throughout the month of February to prepare for Pink Shirt Day on February 28th. Since Pink Shirt Day symbolizes an important stand against bullying, the club embarked on an ambitious project to create and produce our very own Pink Shirt designs to sell as a fundraiser for Friends of Ruby, an organization dedicated to the well-being of 2SLGTBQIA+ youth through mental health services, social services, and housing. 
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  • Winter Term Sports CISAA Recap

    Our student athletes played their hearts out this winter term and yielded some exciting results.
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  • CDS Cyclones Performing Well in the Playoffs

    Our Cyclones have enjoyed an incredible winter sports season. Congratulations to all of our athletes!
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  • A Snapshot into Grade 9 English: Incorporating Cross-Curricular Opportunities in Come From Away

    Natalie Moonan
    Grade 9 students have been working through a newly added unit which focuses on the Tony Award-winning play Come from Away. Set in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, Come from Away tells the true story of how the small town of Gander, Newfoundland, welcomed thousands of stranded airline passengers. The students read and watched as the characters grappled with fear and uncertainty, ultimately finding hope and humanity amidst tragedy. Classes have immersed themselves in the captivating narrative by researching real-life characters, analyzing lyrics, and viewing the Broadway musical.
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  • Adaptive Physical Education in the Junior School

    Jenny Cooper
    Last week the Junior School participated in an “abilities awareness week” in Physical Education. They tried out wheelchair basketball, wheeled-sled hockey, bell ball and seated volleyball.
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  • CDS Alumna Introduces Grade 1s to the Bassoon

    The Grade 1 Music classes began to learn about the instruments of the Orchestra recently by using the symphonic tale for children, Peter and the Wolf. This musical composition was written by Sergei Prokofiev in 1936. The narrator tells a children's story, which the orchestra illustrates by using different instruments to play a "theme" that represents each character in the story. It is Prokofiev's most frequently performed work.
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  • Middle School VEX Robotics

    Jen Weening
    Last Saturday, eight members of the Middle School robotics team attended the VEX Lunar New Year qualifying tournament at the International Centre in Mississauga. Of the 43 teams in attendance, Team 4951A, consisting of Lucas Juhasz, Nikhil Mithra, James Muter and Jahan Somaiya, finished 26th overall, and 4951B of Michael Chen, Austin Cheng, Chauncey Li and Samir Mistry finished a respectable 33rd place. Both teams made CDS proud as they engaged all day in learning, engineering, strategizing, driving, and troubleshooting their robot.
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  • Senior School Students Introduced to the Art of Hip Hop

    Nathaniel and JP, dance teachers at Run The Flex, a leading hip-hop and street dance studio in Toronto, visited with the Senior School students and faculty this morning during morning Advisory.
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  • World Read Aloud Day Celebration 2024

    Hillary Hall
    CDS celebrated World Read Aloud Day together as a whole-school community last Friday afternoon sharing stories and the joy of reading aloud to each other in our Junior School.

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  • CDS Dinner & Auction 2024: Donation Opportunities

    The Country Day School's Annual Dinner & Auction party will return on Friday, May 31, 2024! This is an evening you won't want to miss as we come together to celebrate Under the Big Top - otherwise known as our very own Cyclone Dome here on campus. The CDS Dinner & Auction is our most anticipated adult social event, as well as the largest fundraiser of the year. CDS families and friends have been coming together to celebrate and make this event a huge success since 1974, raising in excess of $6 million dollars since the beginning. You do not want to miss being a part of this evening!

    The success of the event every year is due to the generosity of our families and the CDS community and this is where you can help! We encourage everyone to consider making a donation on behalf of themselves or their family.
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  • Clue: February 29, March 1 & 2 - Tickets On Sale!

    Based on the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn and written by Sandy Rustin, Clue is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery. The tale begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects. Led by Wadsworth, the Butler, Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard race to find the killer as the body count stacks up. Clue is the comedy whodunit that will leave both cult fans and newcomers in stitches as they try to figure out…WHO did it, WHERE, and with WHAT!

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  • Grade 10 & 12 Art Classes Visit the Art Gallery of Ontario

    Heather Castellan & Sarah Barbanchon
    On February 2, the Grade 10 and Grade 12 art classes visited the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). While at the gallery, they took part in a tour that focused on the idea of a "Time Machine", examining a variety of art genres and artists and how they related to global connections and cultural exchanges, primarily through memory.
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  • Grade 5 Students Visit Mayor Pellegrini

    Liane Cooke
    On Wednesday, the Grade 5 students visited Mayor Pellegrini at the King Township offices. Upon arrival, they were seated in the council chamber. Mayor Pellegrini greeted the students and explained the workings of King Township. Did you know that 60% of all carrots produced in Canada are grown in the Holland Marsh in King Township?
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  • Reclaiming Our Children's Attention

    Karen Sumner, freelance writer for The Growing Mind
    The Winter 2024 Link magazine will be mailed shortly and contains a research-based piece that shares tactics on how tech companies get our attention through social media (including push notifications, infinite scroll, threat of not belonging) and what young people lose when their attention is hijacked. The following is an excerpt:
     
    Time spent on social media is a significant predictor of depression for adolescents. It is associated with mental health and behavioral problems, poor academic performance, greater loneliness, lower self-esteem, and worse sleep. It is also correlated with developmental delays in language, in problem-solving and in social interaction.

    Read the Growing Mind article in The Link
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  • Holocaust Remembrance Day: Remembering, Respecting and Reflecting

    Last Thursday, Grade 8 students Matthew Weinroth and Ethan Starkman spoke to the assembled Middle School to honour International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Carolyn Du ‘24 and Zak Khan ‘25 did the same at Monday's Middle/Senior School Assembly.
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  • Legacy on the Court: One Student's Journey to Igniting Spirit and Pride

    Drew Schnekenburger ‘24 first started visualizing success for the Senior Boys’ Basketball team last summer. Excited to finish his final year of high school on a high note, especially after missing out on full season experiences during the first two years of COVID, he also wants to leave his mark on CDS athletics as a three-term athlete.
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  • Join us for the next Parent Book Review Evening: March 5

    Join fellow CDS Parents for our next Book Review on Tuesday, March 5th at 7:00 pm. This is a wonderful way to meet new parents, while discussing the newest novel The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride.
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  • Junior & Senior Drama Students Collaborate in Shared Love for Theatre

    Last Saturday, both the cast and crew of the Senior School play Clue and the Junior School show SpongeBob: The Musical spent the day in our Performing Arts Centre rehearsing for their respective performances. The SpongeBob directors had the incredible idea to bring the two groups together since they were already in the same space. In the afternoon, the two groups had the opportunity to work with our talented head of Drama, Ms. Bevacqua-Tirone. The group took time to get to know each other, shared a scene from their shows with one another, and participated in a fun drama game.
     
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  • Students Qualify for Junior High Speech Nationals

    Last Saturday, CDS hosted the 2024 Ontario Qualifier for the Junior Nationals for students in Grades 7-9. Anna Druta ‘28 and Liam Gunning ‘27 participated in the tournament alongside 34 other students from 10 different schools.
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  • Academic Assembly Highlights: Make Learning Fun!

    One of the themes of Monday’s Middle/Senior Academic Assembly was that education can be fun! Mr. Harvey congratulated our six impressive Math Award recipients (see story below) for choosing to compete in math competitions because they are fun. In the same vein, Ms. Aldoroty recognized three GY students, Matthew, Ryan and Costa, for competing in a DECA Stock Market Challenge that was a lot of work, but also fun for them.
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  • CAIS Accreditation Visit

    Every five years it is required by the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) to complete an evaluation accreditation. We will have some special guests at The Country Day School from January 28– January 31. A Visiting Committee from CAIS will be here to examine the K-12 programs and all operations of the school. School accreditation is a requirement for regular membership in CAIS.
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  • Canadian Senior & Intermediate Mathematics Contests

    Krista Edwards
    Last November, we had 39 motivated students rise to the challenge of competing in either the Canadian Senior Mathematics Competition (CSMC) or the Canadian Intermediate Math Competition (CIMC). Both contests are two hours in duration, require full solutions, and provide students with opportunities to demonstrate an excellent knowledge of various mathematical topics.
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  • CDS Summer Camp Launches January 29th!

    We're thrilled to announce the return of the CDS Summer Camp once again this summer!
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  • DECA Stock Market Challenge

    Laura Aldoroty
    Congratulations to three GY students: Matthew Matrosov, Costa Colivas and Ryan Letichever, who recently competed in the DECA Stock Market Challenge!
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  • Director of Senior School Ms. Bland to Retire in June

    At the Middle/Senior School Assembly Monday, Mr. Liggett shared the news that CDS Director of Senior School, Ms. Celia Bland, will be retiring at the end of this year.
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  • Summer School 2024 Course Offerings & Registration

    CDS Summer School Registration opens on Monday, January 22, 2024 (for CDS students). Courses can fill up quickly!
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  • Igniting Change: A Grade 11 Student's DECA Community Awareness Project

    Olivia Budweth '25
    This fall, Olivia Budweth initiated a project with the goal of spreading awareness about the effects of Northern Canada’s wildfires. She noticed a lack of knowledge within the CDS community, and given the complexity of the issue, decided that something could be done to change this.
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  • Summer School Course Offerings

    CDS Summer School Registration opens on Monday, January 22nd. Please note: Courses can fill up quickly!
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Land Acknowledgment

The Country Day School wishes to recognize and acknowledge the land on which the school operates. Our nearest Indigenous Nations are now the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the Chippewas of Georgina Island. The Dish with One Spoon Wampum covenant is often cited as an example of the shared responsibility for caring for these lands among the Huron-Wendat, Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples who would call these their traditional territories. CDS respects the relationship with these lands and recognizes that our connection to this land can be strengthened by our continued relationship with all First Nations, by acknowledging our shared responsibility to respect and care for the land and waters for future generations.

School Information

13415 Dufferin Street King, Ontario L7B 1K5 
(905) 833-1220 

communications@cds.on.ca
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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.