Weekly Bulletin

Dear Providence Country Day Parents,

First Sunday in March greetings to all in our community! We will have a D rotation of classes tomorrow, and there are 10 days of school till March break.

Thanks and hats off from this past week to:

  • Mr. Rocha and Mr. Harper for facilitating Tuesday evening's alumni conversation about gender equity in athletics at PCD. They will be leading a follow-up discussion with current students during Community Time tomorrow.
  • Mock Trial for taking home the verdict against Middletown HS on Wednesday. The team continues preparations for its semifinal opponent, Bay View. The date of the next trial is to be determined.
  • All students for their attention and engagement during Thursday's DEI programming. Thanks especially to Mr. Rocha for conceiving and leading the program, and to PCD faculty Ms. Mennucci, Mrs. Costa, Mrs. Karl, and Ms. O'Donnell for their leading workshops and designing activities for the afternoon.
  • 7th and 11th grades for closing out their February Challenge victories! Their reward for being this year's champions - a bowling and laser tag outing - happens this Thursday.
  • Fans at Friday afternoon's girls' varsity basketball game at St. Andrew's, who displayed high-energy school spirit and provided the best crowd support of a team in recent memory. Both our girls and boys varsity teams have concluded their seasons and await news later today about NEPSAC tournament play.
  • The twenty-four members of the community who turned out yesterday morning to participate in the start of PCD's service relationship with the Newcomer School in Providence. Thanks to Mr. Baha Sadr for leading our opening conversation in Leeds Library, and to Mr. Folan and Mr. Walsworth for working behind the scenes to create this opportunity for our families.

Other information:

(1). Middle Schoolers are heading into the home stretch of their preparations for their upcoming performance of 13. The show will be in Corkery Auditorium on Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m. Students are reminded to consult Ms. Soson's emails with information about rehearsal times and expectations.

(2). Latin students will sit for the National Latin Exam next Monday, March 9.

(3). We have two admissions events for accepted students next week - Tuesday morning, March 10 for Middle School and Thursday afternoon, March 12 for Upper School - and extend thanks in advance all in our community who will support these programs. Much appreciation goes to our hard-working, above-and-beyond Admissions staff, Mrs. Parsons, Mr. Walsworth, and Mrs. Palazzo, for all they do every day!

(4). The PCD Snack Shack is winding down its winter operations at the Field House. Please consider supporting this great resource for our students by donating goods via Amazon Wish List or by taking a shift some afternoon. Please reach out to Sarah Bates with any questions and many thanks to all volunteers whose generosity has made the Snack Shack a success this year.

(5). Mrs. Costa reminds students and parents about a volunteer opportunity for students at Miriam Hospital. See below for information and please don't hesitate to contact her for further information.

(6). One more heads-up that Mr. Rocha and a committee of faculty and participating students are organizing our upcoming full-school World Culture Day, which will be held on Friday, March 13. The theme for this year's event is Continents, with a focus on the last decade (2010-2019) to allow for contemporary discussions about all areas of our globe. The day's workshops will range from incredibly serious content all the way to very light, humor-filled experiences. Parents are more than welcome and strongly encouraged to share interests and talents on this day. We invite you to volunteer for a workshop or let us know about a resource we would benefit from. Please reach out to Antonio Rocha for more information, and especially if you are interested in participating!

As we continue to monitor developments related to COVID-19, much appreciation goes to Mr. Folan, Mrs. Costa, and Mr. Duarte for their ongoing vigilance and communication about community health and campus hygiene. As Mr. Folan outlined in his email to us on Friday, the basic precautions to help prevent colds and the flu are the most important steps we can take to protect our students and families against COVID-19. Please continue to:

  • Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, then dispose of the tissue.
  • When a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.
  • Wash hands for 20 seconds. Washing hands often under clean, running water can help prevent the spread of germs.

Please take care for now,

Mark McLaughlin

Upper School Community Time, Week of March 2-6

Monday, March 2 D Gender Equity in Athletics Round Table
Tuesday, March 3 E Advisory (Spring Trimester Goals)
Wednesday, March 4 F Snack/Student Council/Pride Alliance
Thursday, March 5 G 11th Grade Class Meeting /Tutorials
Friday, March 6 A Athletic Leadership Academy/Ambassadors /Int'l Student Mtg

Volunteer Services at The Miriam Hospital

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