Middle School Weekly Update

April 22, 2021

Hirsch Note

Happy Earth Day! CCDS is proud of its outdoor education program, and it continues grow from strength to strength each year.  Below is a message from Director of Outdoor Education Kaki Scheer. 


This year marks the 51st year we have committed a day to celebrate all that nature gives us and to encourage our environmental stewardship. Below are some ideas on how your family can honor this holiday:

  • Take small steps to reduce your carbon footprint—eliminate food waste, eat more lower-on-the-food-chain foods, unplug your devices, or plant a garden (more below).
  • Plant native trees, native shrubs and/or convert green lawn into native gardens. All plants absorb carbon dioxide, but trees, shrubs and prairie plants do it best. Native plants have the added impact of feeding wildlife, aare best suited to grow in our region and require little to no water and no pesticides or herbicides. Learn more and get involved by visiting: HOMEGROWN NATIONAL PARK
  • Learn more about local organizations dedicated to serving people and the environment. Here are a few: Cincinnati Nature Center offers adult and child education Cincinnati Nature Center - education (cincynature.org), La Soupe rescues food for underserved communities La Soupe Cincinnati, and the Cincinnati Zoo has several environmentally sustainable projects Green Initiative - Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden®


Most importantly, get outside. Discovering nature inspires cultivating a healthier planet.


Hirsch Video for Students:   https://vimeo.com/538100623



To celebrate this once every17-year epic event, the school is selling limited-edition, cotton t-shirts in youth and adult sizes ($20 each).

Click here if you want to order a shirt(s) to celebrate the reemergence of Brood X.  Please place your order by Friday, April 30 to ensure time for delivery in mid-May.  If you have questions, please contact Kathy Paff at paffk@countryday.net.


Guest Column:  Middle School Psychologist Alexis Nordrum

A palm tree bends in a storm. Its deep roots help it stand in hurricane-force winds. Resilience during tough times is about being like a palm tree.  Bend don’t break! 


“Building resilience—the ability to adapt well to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or even significant sources of stress—can help our children manage stress and feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. However, being resilient does not mean that children won’t experience difficulty or distress. Emotional pain, sadness, and anxiety are common when we have suffered major trauma or personal loss, or even when we hear of someone else’s loss or trauma.”


The attached article shares 10 tips for building resilience in children.  With middle schoolers in particular, it’s important to reinforce empathy and help your children keep perspective. “Talk with your child about your own feelings during times of extraordinary stress. Your children may be old enough to appreciate hearing about your own thoughts and feelings, but also the ways in which you cope. Share how the ways you cope are helpful to you, but also find techniques that may benefit your child.”




Join the Force!  Giving Day on May 4th

Join the FORCE of Cincinnati Country Day School in support of an out-of-this-world school year by making a gift to the Country Day Fund on Giving Day, May 4, 2021.  Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Star Wars or space character on May 4.  As gifts are received toward our $130,000 target, we will unveil the identity of our three faculty Jedi (below)!  Click here to make your gift now or for more information.


Books and Conversations with Beth Langenbahn and Andrea Rogers

Please join CCDS middle school teachers Beth Langenbahn and Andrea Rogers for Books & Conversation on Thursday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. They’ll discuss Code Name Héléne, a spellbinding and moving story of enduring love, remarkable sacrifice, and unfaltering resolve that chronicles the exploits of a woman who deserves to be a household name. RSVP at www.CountryDay.net/go/books today.


Important Dates

  • Thursday, April 29                                4th quarter interim comments post
  • Friday, May 21                                     Field Day (4th, 5th, and 6th Grade)
  • Tuesday, May 25-Thursday, May 27    8th Grade Exams
  • Friday, May 28                                      Last Day of School
    • 5th, 6th, and 7th Graders dismissed at 11:45
    • No school for 8th Grade
    • 8th Grade Recognition     7:00-8:00 p.m.      Carey Family Amphitheater






Quote of the week: 

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal. Nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong attitude.” —Thomas Jefferson