Weekly Bulletin

Good afternoon PCD families,

I hope that we are all feeling rested and rejuvenated this Sunday afternoon. Spring was in the air this past week as our campus was alive with outdoor learning, picnic lunches, and even some frisbee and spike ball! We are excited to welcome our 8th grade back to campus after a week of quarantine -- our Middle School was rather quiet this past week without their presence.

I am always amazed at how incredibly talented our students are. Congratulations to our many award winners from the SISAL (Small Independent School Art League), particularly Vivian Viera (1st place in drawing), Drew Harris (2nd place in mixed media), and Olivia LeBeau (2nd place in ceramics). Well done!

As you can see below, there is A LOT happening on campus these next several weeks as we gear up for the culmination of our school year. Please pay attention to the variety of opportunities and events that will impact your child. A friendly reminder that this Wednesday we will not have classes in lieu of Spring Conferences, while sophomores take the Pre-ACT (see below #4).

Let's have another great week!

Weekly Bulletin: April 12 - April 16

Community Time

  • Monday, April 12 N Day SOCU, Club Meetings
  • Tuesday, April 13 I Day Advisory (Mid-Term Grades)
  • Wednesday, April 14 No Classes -- Spring Conferences (see below); Pre-ACT
  • Thursday, April 15 G Day Student Council, Pride Alliance
  • Friday, April 16 H Day Outside free time, Tutorials

Upcoming Important Dates

  • Thursday, April 22 Upper School Spring Choir Concert
  • Monday-Thursday, April 26-29 Upper School Exams (see below)
  • Friday, April 30 End of third trimester for Seniors
  • Friday, April 30 Grandparents and Special Friends Day

1. Reminder that there are NO CLASSES this Wednesday, April 14.

2. Upper School Exams will take place Monday 4/26 - Thursday 4/29. Exam days are full school days that include an exam block in the morning, tutorials to review and prepare for the next day's exam, and Humanities classes in the afternoon. All students are required to take exams in person and on campus. Students will be seated six feet apart for the entirety of the exam and in a ventilated space. Students who are virtual for medical reasons may leave campus immediately after exams and attend tutorials and afternoon classes virtually. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact Jen Aitken. Starting on Tuesday, April 27, seniors are not required to stay on campus after exams, but are encouraged to take advantage of tutorial and exam review opportunities. Please note that Upper School students will not have classes on Friday, April 30 but athletics will still take place. Faculty will use this work day to grade exams so they can be shared with students the following week. Here is the schedule of exams given each day:

  • - Monday, April 26 - AP US History, AP European History, AP Art History
  • - Tuesday, April 27 - Spanish & Latin Exams
  • - Wednesday, April 28 - Science Exams
  • - Thursday, April 29 - Math Exams
  • - Friday, April 30 - No Upper School Classes

3. April Parent Conferences will take place on Wednesday, April 14 and classes will not meet on that day. Here are some other important details:

  • - Sophomores will come to campus to take the preACT in the morning; 10th grade families should be sure to read the email updates from Mr. Ward for details.
  • - Upper School parents with students in 9th, 10th and/or 11th grade can choose to meet either virtually or on campus and should use this link to sign up online for a parent conference time with your student's advisor (not classroom teacher).
  • - Juniors are required to attend conferences, and 9th and 10th graders are encouraged to attend.
  • - Middle School parents will hear from Mrs. Kelly with their conference time.
  • - Seniors do not have conferences in April since they are only a couple of weeks away from heading out on senior projects!

4. Reminder to sophomores and their parents that the pre-ACT is on Wednesday, April 14. Please arrive by 7.45 a.m. so we can get started at 8:00 a.m. We will be done by 11:00 a.m. The test will take place in Corkery Auditorium. Students should bring the calculator they use in math class and at least two (2) number 2 pencils.

5. The 29th Annual Play for PCD Golf Outing is looking for golfers and would like to invite parents to golf and be a part of the PCD Community!

The golf outing will take place on Monday, May 17 at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, RI. Golfers of all abilities are welcome and encouraged to golf and raise funds for Providence Country Day School. The day will feature lunch, raffle and golf with a 1:15 PM tee time. Play for PCD is the school's largest fundraiser for educational programming, technology, the arts, athletics, and financial aid. Foursomes are $1,300 and golfers are $325 each.

Please register online or contact Melissa Dick in the Development Office by phone (401/438-5170, ext. 140) or email. Thank you and Go Knights!

6. Zoom links for all teachers are available here. Please note that this file is only available to students and faculty.

7. Middle School families please find information regarding the launch of an AI program for Middle School students offered by Inspirit Scholars. Inspirit programs offer a unique opportunity to middle and high school students to learn about AI early on, even without prior programming experience. By learning and building AI and working on socially impactful projects, students gain a strong understanding of the potential of AI and how it can be applied to their daily lives and future careers. As with the high school program, the middle school offerings will be taught by a team of instructors from Stanford, MIT, and Harvard. Students should apply by March 31 for either program by submitting this form.

8. Due to unexpected scheduling issues with the Rhode Island Blood Center, PCD'S blood drive that was scheduled for April 16 has been rescheduled for the fall. We encourage the community to consider donating to the RI Blood Center, by scheduling an appointment at one of their community centers. Donating one pint of blood can potentially help save 3 lives.

Donors who give the week of April 18-24 will be entered to win a $100 gift card to the Boston RedSox through the RI Blood Center.

9. Thank you to the vast majority of families who returned their re-enrollment contracts on time. If you still have not completed this process but intend to have your child return, please complete your contract as soon as possible. Should you have any questions about accessing your contracts please contact Melanie Parsons in our Admissions office.

10. Junior and Senior Families:

It's time to think about purchasing a PCD class ring! Herff Jones Co. is our local provider. They have put together an online showroom for our families this year. Please visit the following link to check it out.

11. Athletics:

Tuesday, 4/13

  • JV Volleyball vs. Shea at 4:30pm
  • Varsity Volleyball vs. Shea at 6:00pm

Friday, 4/16

  • Varsity Volleyball vs. Paul Cuffee at 6:00pm
  • Varsity Baseball at Portsmouth Abbey at 4:00pm
  • Dismissal at 2:30pm Bus at 2:45pm ETA---> PCD 6:30pm

Saturday, 4/17

  • Varsity Football vs. Johnston at 6:00pm at Conley Stadium
  • Varsity Baseball vs. Marianapolis at 1:00pm
  • Varsity Track at Marianapolis at 12:00pm
  • Bus at 9:45am

GO KNIGHTS!

Kevin

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