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2020

  • August

    Fall 2020 FAQs

    These times bring immense challenges, and those challenges are unique for each student, family, faculty member, school, community, and region. There is no ‘one size fits all’ strategy that works for every scenario in every location. Learning will be different. Campus will be different. There will be disruption. MCDS may need to close unexpectedly depending on local conditions and ordinances. No one knows with certainty what the fall will bring in terms of this pandemic.
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  • Lower School Fall 2020 Informational Webinar

    As the school year quickly approaches, and the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve throughout the state of Florida and right here in Miami, we wanted to share the MCDS plan to approach our return to school this fall. 
      
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  • Lower School New Parent Orientation

    Please join us Friday, August 21 for New Family Virtual Orientation! We look forward to seeing you.
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  • 4th Grade Robotics

    Our 4th grade class had the opportunity to work with Miami sculptor, Mike Rivamonte to create mixed-media robot sculptures.
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  • Families of Country Day - Fasoli and Veglia

    Tell us about this special hands on art experience with Artist, Daniele Sigalot and Mrs. Leal’s 1st grade class.
     
    During Art Basel, we had the chance to meet one of the exhibiting artists, Daniele Sigalot. Daniele is a young Italian artist whose most famous artworks are installations of aluminum paper planes. One of them is currently hanging from the glass ceiling at the entrance of the Miami Children’s Museum. I liked his art because of its irony, for the concept of the idea behind it, and for the "pop" connotation that makes his art enjoyable also by children. 
     
    When Daniele announced he was coming back to Miami, we decided to create a program that was hands-on for the children. On February 13-14, Daniele came to work with Mrs. Leal’s 1st graders on his aluminum planes and on the Totem of the Bad Ideas. In the artist’s vision, many bad ideas are the foundation of one good idea. For this reason, we should value them and celebrate them in a piece of art. 
     
    During the workshop in the Garner Innovation Center, the 1st graders worked on “bad ideas” and “good ideas”, writing them on aluminum sheets that they previously painted. With the good ideas they built planes, so they could fly high. They crumpled the aluminum sheets with the bad ideas to make a totem of them. With these creations, Daniele created two totems that are now on display in Mrs. Leal’s classroom and an installation of planes in the Center for the Arts. 
     
    What inspired you to bring the artist to work with Lorenzo and his classmates?
     
    Lorenzo had an immediate connection with Daniele so we invited him to our home. Daniele and Lorenzo spent time together working on paper planes and paper worms! Going back to school, Lorenzo wanted his schoolmates to meet Daniele, too. Last year he could not visit, but we put together a little presentation and brought to school one aluminum plane from one of Daniele's artworks. The whole class enjoyed the presentation and loved the metal planes pictures. He promised he was going to meet his schoolmates next time he was in town, and we are so grateful for the recent experience with Daniele in Mrs. Leal’s class.
     
    What surprised you about the project?
     
    The happiness and pride on Mrs. Leal’s 1st graders faces when they saw the completed artwork was the best reward and surprise for us and Daniele! We will cherish the memory for a long time. 
     
    It was an incredible experience for me to get to work with the children and to be involved in the full process of creating an art piece. Our objective when we planned the workshop with Daniele was to offer not only a chance to the children to be exposed to the beauty of art, but also, to be an active part of it.
     
    What has been your favorite part of Lorenzo’s first two years at Country Day?
     
    Lorenzo’s first two years at MCDS have been so enriching. We love the sense of community that pervades every single school event. It makes us very proud to be part of this school and we are happy to help and support our community as much as we can. 
     
     
    Interested in becoming a feature in the SPART Flash “Families of Country Day”? Email publicity@miamicountryday.org
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  • 4th Grade Computer Science

    As part of the electricity unit in Mrs. Puro’s 4th grade class, students spent time tinkering in the Garner Innovation Center to take apart computer monitors and printers.

    Questions were generated - “How does a printer work on the inside with all of the circuits?”, and “How can you take apart the printer and then put it back together?” Answers were discovered – “Circuits connect what you see on the outside to all the parts on the inside” and “It works better as a team to take it apart.” Next up -  the students will use pieces from the printer, keyboards, screens and other devices to create something new applying their knowledge of circuits and energy. 
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  • Important Update for Parents of 2nd through 5th Grade Students

    Dear Parents of 2nd through 5th Grade Students, 
     
    Now more than ever, schools are faced with answering the question, “How will we utilize technology to help children achieve and prepare for the world?”  This spring, we were forced to explore the many facets of this very important question. Due to the unusual circumstances we found ourselves in, we witnessed the important role technology played even for our youngest learners. This interactive tool helped us communicate, collaborate, and create. Our students were able to connect with their teachers, access materials to enrich and broaden their learning, and expand their knowledge of the world around them. As we prepare for next year, we have crafted a carefully considered age appropriate plan that will ensure all our children have access to this important tool.
     
    Beginning with the 2020-2021 academic year, all students from 2nd through 5th Grade will be required to supply their own laptops for engaging with our school community and completing their academic work.
     
    One of the main principles of our “BYOD” (Bring your Own Device) program is that students have flexibility in selecting the laptops that best suit their academic needs and learning styles. You and your child will have the opportunity of selecting any Mac or Windows laptop, as long as it meets our minimum specifications (click here for laptop specifications). 
     
    We continually work with all students to ensure that they have the skills and software necessary to successfully use their laptops in support of their learning. We provide special support at the start of school for students who are logging into school systems with their own laptop for the first time.
     
    PC Laptops may be purchased through our affiliated vendor, MobileMe IT. Laptops purchased in this way are covered by a complete three-year warranty including accidental damage and will be maintained and supported by MobileMe IT. Although our ITS group works closely with them, the school is not financially involved and derives no income from the sale or repair of these laptops. Use this link: http://www.mobilemeit.com to access their website and then click “School Stores” to view the models available. If you decide to purchase a laptop through MobileMe IT, you may do so through the same link above. Laptops purchased in this way will be delivered directly to you.
     
    Should you wish to use another vendor to purchase a laptop, make sure that it meets or exceeds the minimum specifications, which are listed below. The laptop warranty is particularly important. Your warranty should allow for local repair and should cover accidental damage, preferably for at least three years. Please note that due to incompatibilities with testing and other application, iPads and Chromebooks do not meet the necessary requirements for student laptops.
     
    Miami Country Day School continues to honor our commitment to educating the whole child.  We understand the necessity of hands-on, multi-sensory learning and play. The plan shared above, will increase access to one of the many tools that we will use to foster your child’s growth.
     
    Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Mary Lavin                                        
    Lower School Director  
     
    Jimmy Cudzilo
    Interim Chief Information Officer
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  • Important Update for Parents of PK3, JK4, SK5 & 1st Grade Students

    Dear Parents of PK3, JK4, SK5 & 1st Grade Students, 
     
    Now more than ever, schools are faced with answering the question, “How will we utilize technology to help children achieve and prepare for the world?”  This spring, we were forced to explore the many facets of this very important question. Due to the unusual circumstances we found ourselves in, we witnessed the important role technology played even for our youngest learners. This interactive tool helped us communicate, collaborate, and create. Our students were able to connect with their teachers, access materials to enrich and broaden their learning, and expand their knowledge of the world around them. As we prepare for next year, we have crafted a carefully considered age appropriate plan that will ensure all our children have access to this important tool.
     
    Beginning with the 2020-2021 academic year, Miami Country Day School will loan all students in PK3, JK4, SK5, and 1st Grade a personalized iPad and protective case to be used throughout each school day. Each student will be assigned a specific iPad in August. iPads will not be permitted to be shared with other students. Each iPad will be configured to unlock for the specific student’s fingerprint to which it was assigned. The purpose of providing assigned iPads to each student is to enable additional learning engagement and instruction extension throughout each day on campus.
     
    Loaned iPads are for use while on campus only. Should Miami Country Day School be required to conduct courses online, students would be permitted to bring the loaned iPad home.
     
    Please note that all iPads must be returned at the conclusion of the academic year or upon the student’s departure from academic studies at Miami Country Day School. Should an iPad not be returned in working condition, the student billing account will be assessed a replacement fee at the actual replacement cost at that time.
     
    Please know, as a school community, we continue to honor our commitment to educating the whole child.  We understand the necessity of hands-on, multi-sensory learning and play. The plan shared above, will increase access to one of the many tools that we will use to foster your child’s growth.
     
    Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Mary Lavin                                        
    Lower School Director  
     
    Jimmy Cudzilo
    Interim Chief Information Officer
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  • Kindergarten Crosses Divisions

    Recently, Middle School students worked on a project with a Senior Kindergarten (SK) Class.  From the moment Ms. Lucchi's animation students entered Mrs. Wilson’s room, they were enthralled by their younger peers. It was a mutual infatuation! The Kindergartners created stories and drew illustrations while the Middle School mentors worked in animation class to bring their images and drawings to life in cartoons! The students watched the “Grand Premiere” together, enjoying popcorn, giggles and celebrated a cross-divisional Spartan collaboration. Ana, whose Kindergarten partner was also from Brazil, made her animation bilingual.
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  • The World Peace Games

    Fourth grade participated in the annual World Peace Games
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