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Middle School Weekly Update

December 1, 2022

Hirsch Note/Interim Grades Posted on Monday
It has been three years since the Middle School held a formal concert in John Whitman Keeler Theater, and our talented students are excited to perform. Please join us Friday, Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. for an exciting afternoon of music when Mrs. Wietmarschen’s, Mr. Miller’s, Mr. Marin’s, and Mr. DiTullio’s students will showcase their talents.
CCDS Wrap-In—Thursday, Dec. 8
The 18th Annual Wrap-In is December 8 (next Thursday); the event takes place during morning advisory across all three divisions. Your student will be paired with either a lower school or upper school student to wrap their gifts. Please purchase an unwrapped gift ($20 or less) that will be contributed to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cincinnati, ProKids, or FamiliesFORWARD.  It has been a particularly challenging time for many families in the region, so your contribution to brighten their children’s holidays is greatly appreciated.  
Author Jessica Lahey will lead the session based on her book, Gift of Failure.  According to Lahey, modern parenting has become defined by an unprecedented level of overprotectiveness with the potential to diminish children’s confidence and undermine their education. By letting go and allowing children to solve their own problems, they acquire the tools to grow into self-reliant, successful adults.
Zoom PreRegistration
Each person who plans to participate live must pre-register on Zoom to receive their unique link to join the webinar.  The webinar will be recorded and made available via email 24-48 hours after the live webinar to anyone who pre-registers.
Admission and Tuition Aid--TODAY
  • December 1 is the priority application deadline for new students. Families who wish to apply for a new child entering Country Day must begin the admission process by completing an application at
  • December 1 is also the deadline for current families and prospective families to complete the Parent Financial Statement (PFS) for need-based aid consideration in the 2023-24 school year. The form can be found at
Enrollment has been strong this year with many full grades and programs, and we credit positive parent word-of-mouth for helping us maintain healthy enrollment. If you wish to refer family or friends who have children with the talent, character, and drive to succeed in our rigorous program, visit Thank you for playing a key role in the success of our school.
Please contact the Admission Office at (513)979-0220 or with any questions.
Private Music Lessons
It’s time to enroll students for second semester private piano, violin, flute, band instruments, and voice lessons.  The deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 20. Teachers will finalize the schedule and send out a letter the week of January 16. If you have a student currently taking lessons and only signed up for the first semester, you will still need to sign up again for the second semester.

To reserve a place in the program, complete the online form and submit with payment. The form must be completed prior to the start of lessons.  Submit one form per child.
Baseball Clinic (Flyer)
Click on the flyer link above for information about the CCDS Winter Break Baseball Clinic
Important Dates:
Friday, Dec. 9                                      
  • MS Winter Concert—5th, 6th, 7th, 8th from 1:00-3:00pm in the John Whitman Keeler Theater.  Parents are welcome and encouraged to come.
  • MS Dance (Postponed from Nov. 3) for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the MS Thesing Commons/dinning terrace/south gym. $5 entry with 7th graders bringing snacks  
Tuesday, Dec. 20-Thursday, Dec 22      
  • 8th grade exams.  8th grade early dismissal on Thursday, Dec 22 at 10:00 a.m
Go Country Day!

Thought of the week—Quote from Thrivers
(I’m posting quotes from students interviewed by Ms. Borba.)
p. 167
“The teacher and I locked eyes and realized the sad truth:  This character strength is such a low priority in children’s ultra-packed, test taking lives that they need permission to be curious.  MIT has a formula to cultivate it, leading organizations verify that curiosity is imperative for our future, science says it helps kids be more resilient and lead more meaningful lives.  Now it’s time for adults to give kids their consent to be inquisitive, think boldly, and wonder about their world.”        

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