Middle School Weekly Update

October 14, 2021

The first quarter ends Friday, and student grades post Thursday, Oct. 21.  The end of a quarter is an opportune time for students to review how they’re managing their time and study habits as well as set goals for the balance of the semester and school year.  Advisors will have discussions with students to continue building on strengths and find ways for the tackling more difficult tasks.   
 
Message from Alexis Nordrum:  Access to Mental Health Services
Education is more than rigorous academics, competitive athletics, and leadership opportunities. Strong physical and mental health is also essential to student growth and success.  Mental illness affects approximately one in five children, and accessing services can be challenging and frustrating. There is an alarming shortage of therapists across all mental health organizations in our region, and the need has only increased due to the pandemic.  Fortunately, our partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital has been very beneficial, and we’re happy to share we will add a full-time licensed therapist to our staff in late-October.
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital provides an independently licensed therapist to offer support for students during the school day.
  • These optional and confidential services are offered in addition to those provided by school psychologists and other support personnel.
  • Families can cover the cost of therapy visits through private insurance, Medicaid, or private-pay options.
 
This partnership is facilitated by MindPeace, a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve access to high quality mental health care for children. MindPeace functions as a catalyst in the creation and maintenance of mental health partnerships between schools and local agencies.
 
If you are interested in this service for your child, please contact the school psychologist, Alexis Nordrum at nordruma@countryday.net
 
MS Dance—Friday, October 15    6:00-8:00 p.m.
The dance is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.  There will be music in the MS Thesing Commons. and the south gym will be open for games and activities.  There is a $5 entrance fee; proceeds will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Cincinnati.  Seventh graders are in charge of snacks and are asked to bring in a small snack to share with the group. Spa water and lemonade will be available in the dining terrace.  Free dress for the students at the dance.   
 
Final Call: CCDS Night with FC Cincinnati—Join the Fun!
Join us for our community gathering Wednesday, Oct. 20 at TQL Stadium.  FC Cincinnati takes on Chicago Fire FC at 7:30 p.m.  Click here to purchase tickets!  Purchased tickets were sent to families last Friday via SeatGeek and if you order today, they will be emailed over the weekend.   
 
October House Service Project—Helping a family in need!   (Thank you to everyone who has already participated.)
Part of the middle school house system’s focus is to serve others in the Greater Cincinnati community.  With leadership from some of our eighth-grade students (Sophie Parlin, Ali Zimmerman, John Mullins, Katherine Connelly, Caroline Connelly, Alya Daoud, Delaney Gorman, Kate Kranias, Alex Thompson, Joey Mieher and Giuliana Haury), the MS house system will collect household items to help needy families brought to our attention by the Boys and Girls Club of Cincinnati.  Collection boxes will be in the commons during October, and we will deliver collected items at the end of each week. 
 
Integrity:  Windex, multi-surface cleaner, pillows, Swiffer pads, Swiffer cleaning solution
Compassion:  kid’s soap, shaving cream, deodorant, women’s and men’s razors, feminine products
Courage:  brooms, mops, dustpans, shampoo, conditioner
Respect:  dish soap, laundry detergent, paper towels, toilet paper, trash bags, pull-ups size 4-5T or 5-6T
Responsibility:  toothbrush, toothpaste, baby wipes, cleaning wipes, dish sponges. 
 
Ski Club Info
We are excited to bring back our ski club at Perfect North Slopes.  The club will meet Mondays starting January 10.  The bus leaves CCDS at 3:30 p.m. and returns to Country Day around 7:30 p.m. See the attachment for sign-up details and don’t hesitate to contact Tom Cote with questions.  Even if you are not interested in the club, you can purchase Perfect North Slopes passes for discounted rates. 
Perfect North Ski Club Instructions to Sign up 
Perfect North Ski Club Flyer
 
Important Dates:
 
Friday, Oct. 15: MS Dance for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders (6:00-8:00 p.m.) Details above.
 
Wednesday, Oct. 20:  MS Night at FC Cincinnati Game (TQL Stadium)
 
Thursday, Oct. 21:  1st quarter grades will post on My Backpack at 4:00 p.m.
 
Thursday, Nov. 4 and Friday, Nov. 5:  Parent Conferences—Virtual with Meet the Teacher.  Sign-ups will be available next week.

Have a great weekend.   Go Country Day!  

Hirsch

 
Thought of the Week:  Hard Work—Easy Work by Vala Afshar
 
Hard Work
optimism
create
inspire
educate
empower
develop
finishing
collaborate
trust
lead
Easy Work
pessimism
criticize
complain
blame
control
demand
giving up
ignore
exaggerate
follow

 


 

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