Weekly Bulletin

Dear Providence Country Day Parents,

Sunday afternoon greetings to everyone as we enter our next-to-last-week of the fall term. There are nine days of classes left in the first trimester.

A reminder that we will be closed tomorrow for the Veterans Day holiday. We will return to school Tuesday on an A day schedule.

Here are this week's announcements:

(1). Congratulations to Middle Schoolers for their excellent performance at last Tuesday evening's choral program at Central Congregational Church! Thanks to the many family members and friends who turned out for the event, to Ms. Soson for leading our singers, and to Mrs. Caletri and Middle School faculty for supporting our students during the full-day program on Tuesday.

(2). Thanks to Mr. Roderick for leading an outstanding parent program about adolescent neurological development on Thursday evening. Please stay tuned for details about a parent/student program on related topics, later in the year.

(3). Hats off to our many Upper Schoolers who participated in the Operation Gratitude letter writing activity during the week and especially on Friday morning. This outreach to military veterans, active-duty personnel, and first responders was an excellent way for our students to reflect on the meaning of service for Veterans Day this year. Much appreciation to Mrs. Aitken for organizing this activity and for speaking about it so meaningfully at Monday's Upper School assembly!

(4). Parent Association News:

  • Come join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, November 12 at 8:05 a.m. in Chace Dining Hall. All PCD parents are welcome and encouraged to attend these meetings. Tuesday's agenda is attached below.
  • The Bookstore is looking for volunteers! If you have time on Wednesday mornings the Bookstore's satellite shop will be open in Chace Dining Hall from 8:30 -10:30 a.m. every Wednesday morning. Please sign up using this link. If you have any questions please send an email to Bethany Sutton.
  • Winter sports will be starting this week and the Snack Shack has been moved inside and is ready to be open. Parents who are interested in volunteering time in hour-long shifts can sign up here. Please feel free to reach out to Sarah Bates with any questions, and thanks in advance for your support of this great resource for our students.

(5). Mr. Ward will host a College Financial Aid Night on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 6.30 p.m. in Haberlandt Hall. This is a chance to learn how college financial aid works, what the present system looks like, and what one needs to do if need-based aid is an important factor for a family. He will also offer suggestions about who to consult in filling out one's financial aid forms.

(6). Many thanks to our Admissions Ambassadors for the work they do each day. These students, who give their time to lead tours for prospective students and their families, are a great resource for our school. They have been busy since Open House, and we appreciate the contribution they make to PCD.

(7). Curious about hosting an international student? PCD's partnering agencies often look for local host families with whom our international students live during their time in Rhode Island. In exchange for a reasonable stipend, host families have the opportunity to share local culture and help provide a smooth transition into this new country for our international students. At the same time, we hope this will offer your family a personal and rewarding experience in learning about other cultures, languages, and customs. This new journey creates a multicultural experience for both your family and our students. For more information, please don't hesitate to contact international student coordinator Michaela O'Donnell.

(8). Director of Upper School Student Life Kelly Hutchinson, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Antonio Rocha, and student body Co-President Sonya Crucey were interviewed here on campus for WPRI/Channel 12's Rhode Show, a daily magazine-type program. They talked about this year's community curriculum topic, Connections, and how networks and connections are important to students. View the segment at this link.

(9). From Athletics:

  • Hats off to cross country runners for a strong showing yesterday at the New England championship at Hebron Academy in Maine!
  • Congratulations to our girls' varsity soccer and volleyball teams on qualifying for and competing hard in this year's RIIL tournaments. Thanks to everyone who turned out for their games this week.
  • Winter athletic practices will begin this week for both MS and US girls and boys basketball.
  • Upper School Ice Hockey, Indoor Track, Swimming, Fit for Life, and Fencing all begin when we return from Thanksgiving break.

(10). A heads up about post-Thanksgiving events:

  • We will hold our annual full-school Community Service Day on Friday, December 13. On this day our students, faculty, and staff will be engaged in voluntary service in the local area. Parental participation is welcomed and invited. Contact Kelly Hutchinson if you are interested in being involved on this day.
  • Middle School Drop and Read will take place during the week of December 16. Stay tuned for further information from Mrs. Caletri in the coming weeks.
  • The Holiday Tea, our annual festival of music, will be on Thursday, December 19 at 2:30 p.m. This event will take place in the Evan R. West Field House.

(11). Thanks to all in the school community who have donated so far to the School Council food drive. We have collected a considerable supply of items, and there is still time to contribute. We will deliver our collection to the East Bay Coalition early next week and ask that you consider giving the following, in any amount: Kid-friendly cereal, pasta, pasta sauce, powdered gravy mix, PB & J, dry potato mixes, rice dishes, dry soup mixes, canned tuna, cookies or crackers, cranberry sauce, canned vegetables, and powdered drink mixes.

Please have a great holiday tomorrow. Many thanks and deep appreciation to all veterans in the PCD community.

Take care,

Mark McLaughlin

Cross Country Team
Parent Association Agenda

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