From the Head of School
August 22, 2018
Dear Stanwich Parents,
Those who drive past the campus will note some significant construction progress in the right direction to ensure a smooth start to the new school year. Blasting for the West Wing foundation and waterline installation is completed, and the road to the Lower School and faculty parking area has reopened.
The sunshades are installed over the early elementary playground on the patio outside those classrooms. The old play structures have been donated to the Waterbury YMCA in memory of Chase Kowalski. Chase was a student killed at the Sandy Hook elementary school incident. Chase’s mother Becky started the “Race for Chase Foundation” in memory of her son by promoting local YMCA’s children’s triathlon training and races. Several years ago Stanwich received the play equipment in appreciation for our students’ involvement with St. Jude’s, and we are passing that gift along.
I hope that by now you have returned the necessary forms to Ms. Lametta in the Nurse’s Office. New families, please call if you have any questions concerning this important process. Students must have their health forms on file before September 4 in order to participate in after school activities.
New families should also research the school catered lunch program by going to the school website under “School Information” in the MyStanwich section. A link to the lunch program, and additional important logistical information, can be found by CLICKING HERE. The Parent Association has collected gently used uniforms that will be available to all families in the division-level cabinets. Please feel free to help yourself to any pieces you may find useful. We will all be available to answer any questions at the Stanwich New Student Orientation event starting at 9:00am on Thursday, August 30.
If you haven’t already done so, please review the Student Handbook on the website. Although there are few changes for the coming year, we hope you will refresh your understanding of policies and procedures. Although dismissal times have shifted slightly to allow coordinated activities with GCDS, drop off and pick up processes remain the same.
Although Stanwich will continue to bill parents for “Afters” and special activities, this year academic and music tutors will bill directly at consistent Stanwich approved rates.
As we prepare for the action-packed months of September and October, it is not too early to think a bit further ahead to the 2019-2020 academic year. Greenwich Country Day, like Stanwich, believes strongly in being a family school. To that end, GCDS would like to extend priority applicant consideration to any Stanwich family (having at least one child currently enrolled at Stanwich) interested in applying additional siblings, not currently enrolled at Stanwich, to Country Day for the 2019-2020 academic year. Families interested in applying students who are not currently enrolled for Fall 2019 entry are encouraged to submit an online inquiry as soon as possible. The online application portal will open September 1. Sibling applications must be received by October 15, 2018. This early sibling application deadline does not guarantee an offer of admission. It does, however, allow the Admissions team additional time to work with families and to plan accordingly throughout the remainder of the season. The link to the inquiry page on the GCDS Website can be found by CLICKING HERE. Please contact Keith Radcliffe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-863-5610 or Cheryl Plummer at email@example.com or 203-863-5613 with any questions.
We hope your summer has been a good, busy one (as it has been at Stanwich) and that you look forward to beginning a great new year on Tuesday, September 4. We will be happy to see you then, if not before.Sincerely,
Head of School