On February 22, Grade 10-12 students currently enrolled in the Spanish program experienced Cuban culture through a variety of activities in downtown Toronto. Studying a foreign language not only involves learning the grammar and vocabulary, but immersing oneself in the culture too. This is why students were taken out of the classroom and into the city!
Last month, Grade 10 student Kennedy Ryan was the only female member on Team Ontario to compete in both Freestyle Slopestyle and Mogul events at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta. While she earned one of the coveted three female spots for Slopestyle based on her competitive results last season, Slopestyle skiing is what Kennedy does for fun, and Moguls are her primary competitive event. She has been competing in both events for five seasons.
On February 8, 29 CDS students participated in the 40th annual DECA Ontario Provincial Competition in downtown Toronto. Students compete in a variety of business categories, including Entrepreneurship, Marking, Finance, and Business Management, after undergoing rigorous training and preparation throughout the school year.
Last Friday, the Middle School Concert Band travelled to Lawrence Park Collegiate to participate in the Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival. With a new, more challenging repertoire prepared, the band played their best performance of the year and earned a “Gold” award. The adjudicators made special note of the band’s professionalism and mature sound. Mr. Zero and Mr. Jung would like to thank the band for their hard work, dedication, and commitment in preparing for the festival this term.
The honour of hosting Matthew Shepard’s parents, Judy and Dennis – our very special guests visiting for all three productions ofThe Laramie Project, has helped to capture some incredible media attention, including that ofCBC Metro MorningandCBC Evening News.
This morning, Scott Garbe and Dennis appeared on CBC’s Metro Morning with host, Matt Galloway, for a moving and heartfelt interview you can listen to here:
This past Valentine’s Day, our Grade 6 Pathways to People students were thinking of the guests at The Welcome Table in Aurora. Welcome Table is a drop-in community dinner that operates every Wednesday out of Trinity Anglican Church, providing a hot meal to 100 guests each week, 51 weeks of the year!
Pathways to People students wrote kind and thoughtful notes to each guest. These notes were wrapped up with a hygiene product and delivered on Wednesday night!
Colleen Glynn ’19 was one of three visual artists who presented at a recent Arts Assembly. Colleen shared her evolving passion for art and some examples of her most recent landscape work.
Art has become something that has grown increasingly important to me over my years at CDS. I never expected it to become such a huge part of my life, but through the guidance of my teachers, it has. People now look at my paintings and say things like, “Wow, I could never do that,” which is amazing because I really didn’t think my art was decent until this past year.
After multiple snow days and cancellations, the CDS Snowboard team competed in the CISAA finals yesterday at Craigleith Ski Club and brought home Gold!
This is the first time the CDS Girls’ team has won a CISAA gold medal (they’ve won silver for the past three years) and the fourth consecutive championship win for the Boys’ team. Congratulations to the entire team and their coaches, Ms. Weening and Ms. Barbanchon!
Middle School assemblies are a crucial part of Middle School education and are a great venue to shine the spotlight on our Grade 7 and 8 students, as well as the issues that are important and relevant to them.
We have witnessed a fundamental shift in society with the growth in technology and social media over the past two decades. In last Thursday’s Middle School assembly, the students from 8D spoke to their peers about the impact of technology and how we all need to strive to reach a balance between real face-to-face interactions and those that we have with our screen.
Unlike a news story, a blog post can be whatever you want it to be about. In the case of The Country Day School’s new blog, our only proviso will be that it have something to do with our tagline, education with balance, and offer a glimpse behind the scenes.
Twenty years ago this past fall, on the evening of Oct 6th, 1998, openly gay university student Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, viciously beaten and left to die, tied to a fence on the starry outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. In the aftermath of what became known as one of the most infamous hate crimes in modern American history, the close-knit citizens of Laramie were left to confront and investigate the brutality of the crime, its roots in hate and intolerance, and the possibility of the community’s own culpability under intense and unsparing national and international media scrutiny.
As the mother of a child with potentially life threatening allergies, I understand and appreciate the great lengths our Aramark Dining Hall staff go to in order to keep CDS students and staff safe every day as they prepare food for 900 people.
In the world we live in, the new norm is that many of us have either food intolerances or food allergies. Some are outgrown, others not, and some come about later in life. Food intolerances can cause discomfort and nausea, while food allergies can cause mild to severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis which left untreated can be deadly.
Last October marked the 20th anniversary of one of the most infamous hate crimes in recent history – the killing of an openly gay university student named Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. The Laramie Project is a theatrical account based on more than 200 interviews conducted by members of the Tectonic Theatre Project of New York over the course of 18 months following Matthew’s death. It is also the choice for this year’s upcoming Senior School drama production taking place on Feb. 28, and March 1-2.
Last November, The Country Day School was fortunate to host actor and writer Kelli Simpkins for five days of workshops and rehearsals with CDS drama students and members of the cast of the upcoming Senior School production of The Laramie Project taking place Feb. 28-March 2.
Mark your calendars and save the date for the 46th annual CDS Auction on Friday, May 31st, 2019! Join us for an amazing evening of live and silent auctions with dancing, food, entertainment and more! This year's theme is Jeans and Jewels.
A natural focus for the Office of Admissions is to look ahead toward the upcoming academic year. From Open House events to admission interviews, interest in joining the CDS community has never been stronger. This is also the season when you, our current families, are asked to plan ahead and confirm your child's enrolment for September 2019. A re-enrolment contract for each of your children will be sent by regular post next week. The return deadline for the re-enrolment contract is Thursday, February 14th, 2019.
At Monday’s Senior School Assembly, Head of Physical and Health Education Pete Milonas, joined by his colleagues Denise Steadman and Josh Collins, presented the myths and potential health hazards associated with teenage vaping to our students.
This year, we are excited to announce an amazing opportunity for students in Grades 5-10 to take part in Debate Camp 2019, Canada’s public speaking and debating camp at CDS fromJune 17-22, 2019. This prestigious program, with space for 40 students, is offered for one week only. The directors of the camp are experts in their field, and students work in small groups with highly experienced counsellors.
Congratulations toTeagan Grant '19on her Gold medal win as a member of Canada’s U18 Women’s World Hockey team! Team Canada defeated the United States, 3-2 in overtime, at theInternational Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Championships inObihiro,Japan on Sunday. Their road to the finals included a semi-final game against Russia last Friday, which also ended in an overtime win for Canada, 4-3.
On Friday, January 18th, we will hold a small ceremony in honour of our beloved teacher, Colleen Graham, who passed away on December 29th. Colleen loved our Senior School Coffee Houses and so our ceremony will take a cozy format rather similar to Coffee House.
We will gather to honour Mme. Graham on the Winch Learning Stairs from 3:30 to 4:00 PM. Students are welcome to stay if they wish to do so. Our flags will fly at half-mast that day. Additionally, the school is donating to Colleen’s Living Memorial and we have plans to plant a flower garden in her memory.
Last spring, we conducted two online surveys – one among CDS Parents and one among CDS Students in Grades 6-12. Attached are highlights from both surveys, as well as some areas in need of improvement and attention, and recent school initiatives either underway or already developed to address these issues.
Are you interested in volunteering for Auction 2019? Join us on Wednesday, January 23rd after drop off for our Auction Kick Off Breakfast in the Di Ciano Atrium. By attending, you will be one of the first to find out the theme and get a sneak peek about what is in store for this year! Please RSVP to email@example.com.
An interpretation of CDS’ history by the Grade 1V Class
Jenn Vipond has been teaching Grade 1 at CDS for nearly 10 years and holds a true appreciation for the School’s 46-year history. So much so that, earlier this year, after being inspired by the words of our Head of School, John Liggett, she decided to take action and share the history with her young students. In an effort to simplify the story of our founding for her Grade 1 students, she chose to blend art with a favourite tale, and then animate the final product with her students voices overlaid on top.
I think everyone would agree that The Country Day School conducts our Remembrance Day ceremonies particularly well. As such, it was a tremendous honour, as Head of School, to bring a personal Remembrance Day message yesterday to the Middle/Senior and Junior School assemblies. Below is an excerpt of what I shared.
Throughout the month of January, Middle School students will be exploring the topic of Mental Health. Students have been exposed to this topic through their guidance classes, health curriculum, and class presentations during Thursday morning assemblies.
The research shows that approximately 1 in 5 youth in Ontario experience challenges with mental health. It has been found that early intervention is critical, and leads to improved academics and healthier outcomes. It is important for young adolescents to understand the importance of caring for their own mental health, looking out for one another’s well being, and how to ask for help from a trusted adult.
It looks like our new Traffic Light will become reality on Tuesday, December 18 right after drop off!
Hydro One provided connection of our new service yesterday, and the contractor will have York Regional Police on site for traffic control during the activation next Tuesday. The temporary line painting is to be completed by Monday, December 17.