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Country Day Academics

A Celestial Moment At Country Day 

story submitted by: Tom Smith and photo submitted by: Vanessa Grainger

ALL SCHOOL -- On Thursday, Oct. 23, a partial solar eclipse graced the skies above the West Coast just as school was being dismissed. Country Day students, parents, and faculty were treated to some great views of this amazing natural phenomenon through an 8" telescope fitted with a special solar filter which made it safe to look at the Sun's broiling surface. During this eclipse, the moon drifted between the earth and the sun, but did not quite cover it. In the photo (below), the dark crescent to the left is caused by the Moon blocking a part of the sun at the moment of maximum coverage. In a total eclipse, the Moon would completely over the sun, causing daylight to become darkness. As it was, the afternoon remained bright and warm, even though approximately 25% of the Sun's surface was blocked by the moon. Students also safely viewed the eclipse through pinhole cameras and welder's glass. Several students snapped photos through the telescope using cell phones, resulting in some surprisingly beautiful shots. All agreed that it was a sight not soon to be forgotten!

Posted by La Jolla Country Day School on October 25, 2014 at 11:00am

Country Day Community Service

Junior League Returns To Country Day

ALL SCHOOL -- La Jolla Country Day Saturday hosted more than 100 members of the San Diego Junior League, which held an annual training session in the school's Community Hall.
The group was welcomed (photo above) by Brian Murphy, the former Middle School Director, who is now recruiting students as the Director of Enrollment Management for the school's Department of Admission.
The Junior League is a public service organization and has partnered for several years with Country Day in holding training and special seminars as guests on the campus.

Posted by La Jolla Country Day School on October 25, 2014 at 9:30am

LIBRARY NEWS

Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet to Visit Country Day


LIBRARY -- Monday, November 3, the La Jolla Country Day School Library will host Pulitzer Prize winning poet Rae Armantrout for two Upper School assemblies and a parent book group.  Ms. Armantrout, a professor of writing in the Literature Department at UC San Diego, is the author of 11 books of poetry and won the Pulitzer in 2010 for her book Versed.  Her current book Just Saying, features poems on the nature of language.  Copies of the book are available in the library for checkout and Ms. Armantrout will be signing books throughout the day and after her meeting with parents.  Copies of Just Saying will be available for purchase at the parent event by check or cash.  The schedule for her visit is as follows:
  Grades 9 and 10: 11:40 to 12:35 - Four Flowers Theater
Grades 11 and 12: 12:30 to 1:15 - Four Flowers Theater
Conversations With... 2:00 to 3:00 - Library Classroom Two, 2nd Floor, Jacobs Family Library

Please contact Michelle Ohnstad in the library if you have questions.

Posted by Michelle Ohnstad on October 24, 2014 at 9:30am

HOMECOMING 2014

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Scenes from Homecoming 2014

Posted by La Jolla Country Day School on October 24, 2014 at 1:30pm

Country Day Academics

A Backseat Book Club for Second Graders
LOWER SCHOOL -- Do you listen to audio books?  Perhaps on your commute?  Or while on a road trip?  If your answer is "Yes, of course!" then you join the enthusiastic students and the families in our second grade Backseat Book Club, or BBC for short.
To kick off the BBC, students and families in Corie Wightlin's class listened to Clementine by Sara Pennypacker and came to the library, in pajamas, on a Tuesday evening for a Clementine party. All family members participated in making this literacy event a success as we explored what the book meant to us.  We shared our "text to self connections," drew "mental images,"  recalled details from the story with a quiz game and snacked on treats that related to the story including a cake that read, "Good-Bye and Good Riddance." 
The BBC gives children and their parents an opportunity to talk about the stories and opens a dialog between family members as all share the joys, frustrations, difficulties and successes of the characters. 
The evening family literacy gatherings will continue in November with Mrs. Mindel's class celebrating  Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume and with Ms. Ronis' class who will listen to  Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach.
The Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation, which encourages, among other things, literacy programs, has generously given LJCDS a grant to make this all possible.…
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Posted by Susan Middleton on October 23, 2014 at 11:00am

Parents Association: WeCare Events

Author To Speak On Parenting, Competition

ALL SCHOOL -- The PA's Parent Education Committee is pleased to alert Country Day parents, faculty and staff to two great opportunities to hear award-winning author Ashley Merryman. Merryman will 

be giving two talks for the San Diego community sponsored by the WeCare Consortium on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 4th and 5th. Merryman, together with Po Bronson, is co-authored two New York Times bestselling books -- NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children and Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing . Merryman will be talking on both of those topics.

One of the most influential books on child-rearing ever published, NurtureShock offers a new perspective on children that challenges many of our long-held assumptions. Merryman will discuss why many of our strategies for nurturing children are backfiring, and provide information about how not to fall prey to misguided thinking.

Top Dog is 

 an intriguing look at the nature of competition and uses science to illustrate how best to compete under pressure in situations that are out of our control, and discusses how defeat help

s to build character, why having rivals can be motivating, and what teamwork really requires. Most of all, it…

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Posted by La Jolla Country Day School on October 23, 2014 at 8:30am

Parents Association

Faculty Staff Appreciation Luncheon

ALL SCHOOL - It was Thanksgiving Day for the faculty and staff Wednesday at Country Day – or at least that’s what it tasted like at lunch.

The Parents Association once again gave thanks for all efforts with a meal that would rival any to be served on the actual Thanksgiving Day.

The dessert table alone looked like a page out of Gourmet and lived up to that standard in taste as well.

With full bellies and full hearts, we thank our parent volunteers and donors.

Posted by La Jolla Country Day School on October 22, 2014 at 3:21pm

Country Day Community Service

Second Graders Pitch In Against Hunger

Report filed by Country Day Community Service Director Susie Nordenger.

LOWER SCHOOL -- Our second graders had a great first visit to Feeding America on Tuesday. Students chose a box or two or three of their cereal to donate to FA's school marketplace program that allows low income kids in San Diego to choose extra food items for the weekend. Feeding America was thrilled with their generous donations. Our second graders then surprised us all by packing over 3,400 pounds of apples as part of FA's Healthy Family program.



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Posted by La Jolla Country Day School on October 22, 2014 at 7:00am

Country Day Community Service

Newspaper Sales Raise Money For Kids' Health

Report filed by Country Day Community Service Director Susie Nordenger.

ALL SCHOOL -- Kids' News Day was another success yesterday with members of the Community Service Board and our eighth grade leadership team selling special edition Union Tribune newspapers to benefit Rady Children's Hospital. Our community raised $657.00 to support their work with San Diego children.



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Posted by La Jolla Country Day School on October 22, 2014 at 6:53am

Country Day Athletics

New Coach Named For Women's Water Polo

Report filed by Athletic Director Jeff Hutzler.

UPPER SCHOOL -- Bringing with her a love for the game and determined spirit, Francesca Halleman ’06 returns to her alma mater as Head Women’s Water Polo Coach. Francesca, who was responsible for founding both her high school’s and college’s women’s water polo programs, will serve as a terrific example of a scholar-athlete with a pioneering spirit for the Lady Torreys in her new position.

Halleman played her first two years of high school water polo on the men’s team until she and a few friends helped create the first Country Day women’s team in the winter of 2004-05. Halleman was the women’s team captain and MVP during those first 2 years of the team’s existence. Not done founding teams, Coach Halleman became a member of Carnegie Mellon University’s first women’s water polo team, serving as team captain and player-coach for the team’s first two years. Coach Halleman earned her MFA in Film Production at Chapman University after graduating from Carnegie Mellon.

Posted by La Jolla Country Day School on October 21, 2014 at 4:11pm

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