December 6

Mark Your Calendar 

    • Mariner Madness: Friday, December 6 | 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. | Cafeteria / Gym
    • 3rd Annual GVBB Mariner Classic: Saturday, December 7 | 10:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. | Gym
    • First LEGO League Qualifying Tournament at RHCD: Sunday, December 8 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Gym
    • Gun Violence PBL Presentation: Monday, December 9 | 11:40 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Middle School Commons
    • RHCD Choral Concert Featuring 3rd-12th Grade: Thursday, December 12 |6:30 – 8:00 p.m. | Gym
    • New School Bus Ribbon Cutting: Thursday, December 12  | 3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
    • Middle School Dance #1: Friday, December 13  | 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
    • 15 Annual BVBB Mariner Classic: | 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Gym
    • Winter Solstice: Friday, December 20 | School Closes and Classes Dismissed at 12:00 p.m.
    • Winter Break: Monday, December 22 – January 3 2020 | NO SCHOOL

Celebrating 35th Annual Grandfriends Day

The 35th Annual Grandfriends Day was well attended by visitors from across the country.

Grandfriends Day is a hallmark of the School calendar, and 35 years into the tradition, the sense of pride and community is as palpable as ever.  Visitors from across the country gathered to enjoy a bright, fall day on the shores of Narragansett Bay, with one particular individual making the 1,347 mile trek from Sarasota, Florida. The morning began with a spread of coffee, nibbles, and pastries, before grades split off to engage in various activities.

In the art room, Mrs. Dumas held creative activities, while Miss Emily led an energetic dance routine in the music room. Over in Perkins Hall, Ms. Hudson expanded the linguistic repertoire of visitors, while Mr. Wyzga proved, yet again, that science is cool, fun, and educational.

Visitors enjoyed a variety of engaging, hands-on activities.

Joining the excitement were Mr. Laurent in the 4th Grade classroom, Mrs. Seddon in Kindergarten and Mrs. Runci in 5th Grade, while Mr. Tucker held an exciting activity in the gymnasium where the floor had turned to ‘lava’…  Mrs. Lee welcomed visitors to the 1st Grade classroom, with the library becoming a hub of word-based activities.

Grandfriends Day concluded with a series of video presentations and choral sing-a-longs!

The occasion came to an entertaining conclusion back in the Campbell Cafeteria, with a series of videos and sing-a-longs (including a rousing rendition of Dixie Chicks hit, Wide Open Spaces) sending visitors home with a spring in their step.


Introducing the Turkey Trot 

Happy faces abound during our first ever RHCD Turkey Trot!

Something old, now something brand new! The holiday season is known for big family dinners, but that does not mean we need to forget about keeping fit. This Thanksgiving, Lower School took part in the first-ever turkey trot; a mile-long fun run around campus. With the sun shining and the thermometer at a comfortable 40 degrees, participants enjoyed perfect conditions to stretch their legs, all while collecting canned goods that were donated to the North Kingstown Food Pantry.

Holiday Pies from The Parent Teacher League

And something yummy too! The Parent Teacher League celebrated our wonderful faculty and staff with a new Thanksgiving tradition, sending everyone home with a holiday pie from Highland Farm and a card handmade by RHCD students. A truly delicious gift. Thank you PTL.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Parent Teacher League!

Winter Break Bus Services

School will close for the holidays at noon on December 20th. The Rocky Hill Providence and South County bus services will leave at 12:15 p.m. All other bus services are cancelled for the day. Please note: after school care is also unavailable.

Financial Aid Applications

Financial Aid applications for the 2019 – 2020 school year are due by December 31, 2019. Parents should use their income tax information from 2018.

Guadalajara Bracelet Project Update 

In October, Lower School launched their service learning module, with students discovering more about fundamental human needs, and the distinction between community service and service learning. This was supported by the Jesse Lewis Choose Love social-emotional curriculum, designed to transform an upcoming community service project.

Recipients of the Lower School service learning module bracelet project, Guadalajara, Mexico.

Putting their lessons into practice, First Graders, Ellie E. and Joey E., shared information about children living in an impoverished neighborhood in Guadalajara, Mexico in preparation for their mother, Melissa Edelmann‘s service trip with Culture Care Kids First Foundation. Subsequently, students demonstrated ‘compassion in action’ as they made friendship bracelets for the Mexican children benefiting from the initiative. Melissa Edelmann, Joey & Ellie’s mom, delivered the friendship bracelets, along with crafts and learning supplies to three community centers in the city that seek to offer refuge and love to local children.

Holiday Gift Collection

Middle and Upper Schools are once again fulfilling the holiday wishes of teenagers in need through foster care charity, Communities for People. Middle School advisories will each sponsor a teenager, with the students bringing in a number of items for that specific individual. Going a different route, Upper School advisories are each responsible for a particular category of gift, ranging from Dunkin Donuts gift cards to toiletry kits and art supplies. These items will be compiled and sprinkled throughout gifts packs assigned to another group of teenagers at Communities for People.

Be on the lookout for emails from advisors and details in the weekly divisional announcements. The deadline for bringing in items is Monday, December 16th. Please email Mrs. Eaton or Mrs. Armentano if you have any questions or want to be more involved.

Dance, Dance, Transversal

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Creative ways to learn are part and parcel of the student experience at RHCD. In the math department, Mrs. Slaybaugh’s and Mrs. Eaton’s Freshman and Sophomore classes are using the power of dance to discover the different types of angle relationships generated by a transversal through parallel lines. First, students study a PowerPoint displaying different angles, before the limber learners place their feet on the corresponding angles outlined on the floor. Once the angles are reviewed and students are comfortable with what they’re working with, they choreograph their own dance routines! But instead of calling-out dance moves, they refer to the angles, and then teach their classmates how to follow suit. Math has never been so fun!

In Case You Missed… The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

At the end of November, the student body put on a masterful version of the classic theater comedy, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. If you were not lucky enough to catch it in person, worry not! The video below captures every beat, joke, and note from the performance (plus much more). Enjoy!

Every Dog Has Its Day
by Mrs. Dawn Temple

As a photography instructor, to be able to utilize the RHCD campus is a dream. With extensive outdoor access, Photography Class students are encouraged to explore the grounds, looking at it through a different “lens” while putting into practice the various photography fundamentals introduced during class. What were once buildings, trees, fields, and other school landmarks, suddenly become line, shape, pattern, texture, color, and all the other elements of their study.

However, the students have been mostly photographing inanimate objects, so when Head of School, Mrs. Rich, brought her dog Brinkley for a visit, I could not pass it up! But dogs can be quite unpredictable, meaning the students needed to be on their toes, ready to photograph at any moment. Not only did the experience allow students the opportunity to practice using their knowledge of shutter speed, in order to properly photograph Brinkley, but it also taught the importance of being prepared, ready to capture just the right shot, while also making sure it’s properly framed and exposed. The students did a great job, and I am thankful for the opportunity to share my love of photography with them!


Mariner Madness

If it’s still Friday and you’re reading your eCurrents early, head over to the Cafeteria for an evening of Mariner Madness! This brand new initiative kicks-off at 5:00 p.m. with an indoor ‘tailgate’, accompanied by food, music, and games. At 7:00 p.m., the party moves into the gym for a community pep rally full of fun, competitions, prizes, and more, before wrapping up at 8:30 p.m. See you there!

Fall Athletic Awards Winners

2019 has been an exceptional year for RHCD Athletics, with Boys Varsity Lacrosse, Girls Varsity Lacrosse, Varsity Golf, Varsity Tennis and Boys Varsity Soccer all winning their championships.  Given such an impressive run, this year’s Fall Athletic Awards was particularly special. Here is the list of award winners in full. 

Introducing eSports

Rocky Hill eSports is a new approach to challenging students both physically and mentally. While incorporating elements of physical exercise, students participating in eSports spend their afternoons strategizing and working collaboratively in an online game titled “League of Legends”. Competing against schools across Rhode Island, challengers from Rocky Hill Country Day School bring their own unique flair to every match. RHCD is currently engaged in their second year of the eSports program, and every season brings new players and team compositions to the table. Their coach, Mr. Shaker, believes that the teams have what it takes to place highly this season and has high hopes for the future of this up-and-coming activity.

Music and the Brain

Mr. McNamara has been sharing his passion, patience, and talents with the student body for 14 years. But what keeps this accomplished jazz musician and improvisational horn player committed after all these years in a PK-12 school setting? The answer is simple; the kids and the impact music has had on their lives.

McNamara’s ability to articulate the impacts for his students is a result of his enduring relationships with student musicians, regardless of ability. Students who do not have previous instrumental training prior to entering RHCD must select an instrument among brass, woodwinds, or percussion upon starting the 5th grade.

This mandatory experience indicates our commitment to music education and the potential impacts such an education can have for students during their time at RHCD and beyond. Mr. McNamara works to identify the specific impacts noted for each student and is able to leverage those benefits, thus supporting everything from self-esteem to time-management for our students.

Mr. McNamara conducting the school band during the 2019 Spring Instrumental Concert.

McNamara’s vision is supported by his extra-curricular activities. Alongside being a committed gig musician, McNamara was recently elected to conduct the 2020 Rhode Island Music Education Association All-State Junior Band, the result of a selection process by peer conductors across the state. It is an honor he takes very seriously, and one that has earned him the admiration and support of his fellow conductors. RIMEA pursues all aspects of music education, supporting 130,000 member music educators from preschool-aged children to graduate students of music.  

Cheers!
The Ceramics Department is holding its annual sale of limited edition Rocky Hill mugs! Mr. Chatterley’s demo pots are also for sale. Mugs are $25 per item, with demo pots varying in price.  All proceeds will benefit the Scholarship Fund for the China Trip. Sale begins December 9 at the library, ending right before Solstice (or whenever supplies run out).

Note: we are only accepting checks for these beautiful, unique gifts. Any questions, please email Mr. Chatterley: mchatterley@rockyhill.org Checks can be left with Mrs. Gustavel in the library. 

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