November 8, 2019

Mark Your Calendar

  • Veteran’s Day – No School: Monday, November 11
  • Prospective Parents Coffee: Wednesday, November 13 | 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | Campbell Center Conference Room
  • Girls Basketball Parent Meeting: Thursday, November 14 | 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. | Gym
  • All School PTL Meeting: Thursday, November 14 | 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall
  • Upper School Parent Conferences (no school for Upper School students): Friday, November 15
  • Hack for Global Good: Friday, November 15 – Saturday, November 16 | 4:30 p.m.| Across Campus
  • Mandatory Boys Basketball Parent Meeting: Wednesday, November 20 | 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. | Gym
  • 5th Grade Preview of the Middle School: Thursday, November 21 | 3:45 – 6:00 p.m. | Middle School Commons
  • School Musical – 25th Putnam County Spelling Bee: Friday, November 22 & Saturday, November 23 | 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. | Campbell Cafeteria
  • Lower School Grandfriends Day: Tuesday, November 26 | 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. |
  • Thanksgiving Break: November, 27 – Friday, 29 (first day back December 2)

Hack for Global Good: Solution 2 Pollution

Hack for Global Good is an annual, student-driven hackathon at Rocky Hill Country Day School that empowers students from across the state to find solutions for a United Nations Global Challenge.

Over the weekend of November 15-16, participants will collaborate with industry experts on the theme, “Solution2Pollution” before pitching their ideas to a panel of judges, with the ultimate purpose of discovering new ways of overcoming existing hurdles.

Pollution is listed as one of the United Nations Global Challenges, and Rhode Island’s next generation is stepping up to discover innovative solutions to reduce the causes of pollution both locally and across the globe. “Solution2Pollution” is open to all high school students in grades 9 through 12.

Take a look at the Schools, Partners and Mentors joining us!

A hackathon is a social good gathering event for individuals committed to solving important problems in the world. The Hack for Global Good initiative is designed to expose high school students to 21st century skills within real world scenarios, developing learning modules that incorporate innovation and entrepreneurship while exposing students and teachers to new ideas, opportunities and mindsets.

Inspired? Lend your support by sponsoring a student ($25) or team ($150), we ensure all interested participants have the opportunity to collaborate and present their moonshot ideas!

All School PTL Meeting

Please join us! All parents and guardians are invited the All School PTL Meeting on Thursday, November 14th from 6 to 7 p.m. in Flynn Lecture Hall. Come hear from Mrs. Rich, Ms. Williams, and more. This is a great opportunity to catch up on what’s happening, ask questions, and meet other families. Light refreshments will be served. Childcare will be available in the Flynn Nautilus; please email Missy Walker to RSVP for childcare.

Lunch Menu Changes
We have heard your feedback about the lunch food service. As a result, the kitchen has made a few adjustments.

  1. We no longer put flour in sauces or soup and those soups, should they contain pasta, are made with gluten free pasta. We have plain pasta and gluten free pasta which are sauce free available daily for anyone that chooses to have it.
  2. There is also a full deli with gluten free bread.
  3. The full salad bar will continue to be stocked with dairy and gluten free options.
  4. For those choosing to maintain a vegetarian diet, the window on the right (as you face the hot service line) will have the daily pasta option with the protein available as a side addition. Any diner can choose to add the protein if desired.

You can download the NutriSlice app as well and rate the food options served. This feedback will inform future menu offerings.

Food Drive Success
For the second year, the Middle School collected items for the North Kingstown Food Pantry’s Thanksgiving baskets. Eager to make a significant contribution, the students smashed their goal of 450 cans of food with a whopping 700!

Middle School advisories competed to see which could bring in the most hearty foods. Every advisory that brought in 50 cans (or more) received math homework passes from Ms. Conroy. Congratulations to Mrs. Chartrand’s advisory who won the contest with over 150 cans of food. As a reward, they had the honor of delivering the huge donation to the North Kingstown Food Pantry (and then went out for ice cream).

Thank you to all of the families who donated and the MS Student Council for organizing. The food pantry was blown away by our generosity.

Financial Assistance Application
As we begin preparing for the 2020-2021 school year, we are asking all families that want to be considered for need-based financial assistance from Rocky Hill Country Day, to apply by December 31, 2019. Applications must be submitted online at sssbynais.force.com. Rocky Hill Country Day’s SSS code number is 6118.

Applications completed after the deadline will be considered for financial assistance only as funds remain available. If you have any difficulties completing the necessary questionnaires or uploading any documents, SSS provides a helpful hotline with service in both English and Spanish 800-344-8328.

Note: Financial Assistance begins in Kindergarten, and is not available for the Preschool class.

The 2019-2020 Rocky Hill Fund is Underway! 

Help us celebrate 85 Years of inspiring students to “Think Outside” with a gift to the Rocky Hill Fund. Our goal is to raise $320,000 by June 30th. All gifts to the Rocky Hill Fund support everything we do here, inside and outside the classroom. We ask all families to support our school as high parent participation is a point of pride and every gift counts! Questions? Want to learn more? Please contact Missy Walker, Associate Director of Development (extension: 296).

ACE Parent Gathering: Reading Comprehension Essentials What Works in All Grade Levels

Do your children have difficulty remembering events from stories or the essential main ideas and details from expository material? Do they consider background knowledge, the structure of the text, and use visualization strategies as they read? This parent gathering will review what science says about the factors that help boost reading comprehension and will focus on strategies to equip your child to hone and improve upon skills they currently use while reading. Join us on Wednesday, December 4th at 3:30-4:30 in Campbell Conference Room.

Halloween Spooktacular!
Students and faculty alike embraced the Halloween spirit on All Hallows Eve! A wide range of impressive and inventive costumes were on show; here are some of the highlights (and there were many!)

Sensory Walks
Fall is always a special time at RHCD. With a stunning campus dotted with mature deciduous trees, there are few places as perfect to gain inspiration.

Click image to watch video!

This year, Fourth Grade students went on sensory walks throughout the school grounds, developing descriptive paragraphs on their experiences and capturing images to represent their observations. They then created an iMovie, composed their own musical pieces to accompany the works, narrated, edited and published the productions. Watch all the videos here.

James La Porta Teleconference
On October 30th, students in Ms. Buecheler’s and Mrs. Snyman’s junior English classes were treated to a long-distance discussion with James LaPorta; a senior correspondent at Newsweek covering military affairs, a Military Adviser for “This Is Us” on NBC, and a United States Marines Corp veteran. As part of their “Experience of War” investigative project, the students discussed how to prepare for the interviews they will soon be conducting with veterans on their experiences in war. These interviews will become part of an exhibition put on by the entire junior class that will be shown to the public on Tuesday December 3rd at the Barnes and Noble in Warwick.

Sharing Voices: Power in their Stories
The Sophomore English project-based-learning project, Sharing Voices, (in collaboration with Spanish and Digital Photography) emerged from a universal theme, the duality of identity in America, resonating through the memoirs, stories, poems, and essays written by immigrant and refugee authors. The driving question: how can we gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the immigrant and refugee experience in contemporary America, and how can we help to tell their stories?

Dimitri D. and Kaeley Z. with Vivan Ya from Cambodia.

The students began by building their interview skills and background knowledge of the immigration process, while developing a deep appreciation of the experience and engaging in an ethical reflection on the importance of sharing others’ stories.

The final product, a collection of narratives, will reveal enlightening, poignant, and deeply personal insights into the immigrant experience.

Interviewees came from Russia, Israel, Iran, Cuba, Costa Rica, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Portugal, Cape Verde, Morocco, Nigeria, Liberia, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Madagascar, and Cambodia.

Speaking from the Mountaintop

RHCD parent, Angela Ankoma, is the executive vice president of United Way of Rhode Island. Ankoma gave the keynote talk at the annual meeting of the R.I. Public Health Association.

On October 17th, the R.I. Public Health Association held its 22nd annual meeting. During a packed program, the keynote address was given by RHCD parent and Executive Vice President and Director of Community Investment at United Way of Rhode Island, Angela Bannerman Ankoma.

Opening with a reference to a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quote, “I’ve been to the mountaintop and I have seen the promised land,” Ankoma, challenged the audience to consider: “50 years later, what is your mountaintop?” Sharing her own life experiences, Ankoma related that when she arrived at United Way of Rhode Island, many of her colleagues were unfamiliar with the meaning of health equity, spurring her to spearhead a change in investment and philanthropic priorities.

All together, Ankoma oversees more than $5 million of activity in grant-making, public policy and evaluation efforts. Her work has been recognized locally and nationally, receiving the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Equity Award in 2018 for her efforts developing the Sankofa Initiative in the West End of Providence.

Preschool is doing a service learning project, along with an art show (inspired by our study of personal hygiene using toothbrushes, dental floss, etc.), at The Nook in East Greenwich. We are now welcoming donations of toothbrushes and toothpaste, which can be brought to The Nook from November 17th through mid December. Alternatively, all donations can be dropped off at the Preschool building.

Varsity Girl’s Field Hockey: Season Report
The varsity field hockey team finished off a sensational year last week with a narrow loss in the semifinals. Congratulations to an exceptional team of athletes; here are some of the season’s highlights!

The Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey team celebrating a 3-0 win over Cranston East during their ‘pink out’ / senior game.

On October 11, the team played ‘their pink out’ game, raising money and awareness for breast cancer research. As this was also their last home game of the regular season, it served as the team’s senior game where they celebrated seniors Elsa B., Eve W., and P. Burnett. The game ended RHCD 3, Cranston East High School 0.

At the start of October, the team played an epic match against Classical High School, winning 4-3. Charlotte B. scored all four of the Mariner’s goals with assists from Elsa B. and Eve W., with Taylor C. pulling-off an incredible nine saves in goal.

September was a goal-hungry month, with a 6-0 win over Cranston East High School on the 18th, and five smashed past Woonsocket High School two weeks earlier. Finally, back in August the team registered a 2-1 series record in the Injury Fund tournament, recording shut-outs in both games against Tollgate and Cranston East. Well done team! #GoMariners

Varsity Boys Soccer Team Reaches SENE Championship Final 

Rocky Hill faced CATS Academy in the SENE semi-finals on Wednesday. The Mariners got off to quick start when junior, Daxton T., sent a diagonal cross that junior Marlon M. brought down before sending the ball crashing into the net. Sophomore, Andrew F., doubled the lead when he picked the pocket of the CATS center-back and lashed a left foot finish past their keeper. CATS worked their way back into the game when a good through ball forced keeper Drew T. to come out, resulting in him bringing down their striker in the box. CAT scored the ensuing penalty to halve the lead.

Monterroso struck again however, to restore the two goal lead, finishing after a strong run by senior captain Andrew Z. After halftime, CATS came out fast, scoring within minutes to draw back to within one, tying the score a short while later. RHCD responded though, and Zito put the Mariners back ahead, finishing a nice through ball from Monterroso.

CATS spent much of the remaining time pressuring the Rocky Hill goal, but the Mariner defense held firm and the final whistle meant Rocky Hill was headed to the SENE finals!

Man Of the Match: Marlon M.

Couldn’t make it? Watch the highlights reel!

RHCD Boys’ Varsity Soccer Team plays in the SENE Championship Final today!

Boosters Funny for Funds Comedy Night Success

$3,800 was raised to support Arts and Athletics at RHCD

Thank you to all who attended the Boosters Funny for Funds Comedy Night. The event was full of laughs and helped raise $3,800 for Athletics and the Arts at the School! The evening was a great success, with the audience roaring with laughter throughout. Big thanks to Elks Lodge, West Greenwich for hosting the evening, and to RHCD parent, Christoper Cote, who hosted the soiree.

SENE Female Runner of the Year
Congrats to Skye C. from Eighth Grade for being recognized as the 2019 SENE Female Runner of the Year! Competing in Cross Country at Varsity Level, Skye is also the winner of the 2019 Girl’s Race, proving that anyone can reach for the top, no matter the age or grade.  Well done Skye!

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