Country Day School Head's Page

December 2017

Dear Country Day Families,

Is it possible that we are entering the month of December? Oh my…the year has flown by and we are astounded that the school year is flying by as quickly.

I hope you and your families enjoyed your Thanksgiving break and were able to find some time for relaxation before the rush of the holidays. Although we all try to pace our calendars, it seems that we always overschedule activities, even our school calendars!

Thank you to Sage Eisengart and the Parents' Association volunteers who provided a wonderful experience for the children with the Country Day Kids Corner. The children were thrilled to “secretly” shop for their families and friends, and were quite successful with the assistance of so many parent volunteers who guided their selections, assisted them with payment and wrapped their gifts so that they could take them home and hide them until the holidays.

As your children may have shared, they have been discussing “generosity” during our morning assemblies. They are eager to demonstrate their generosity with friends and families by sharing their smiles, caring actions and gifts. We have also begun collecting gifts for those less fortunate children in the Pittsburgh region.
                                           
Country Day will once again positively impact the lives of the children living at the Bradley Center and of those receiving services through the Pittsburgh Homeless Children's Education Fund. 

The Bradley Center serves more than 125 children and families with challenging needs and works with them to visualize and restore resources to provide a better future.  The children reside and go to school at the center in order to receive the greatest benefits in education and behavior therapy. They come to the center with few belongings and toys. Holidays are especially difficult because they do not go home to their families where they might receive gifts. For more information, visit their website: www.thebradleycenter.org.

The Pittsburgh Homeless Children's Education Fund serves as a voice for Pittsburgh's homeless children ensuring that they have the necessary resources to attend and find success in school. They have asked for donations of mittens and hats for those children to provide warmth for the winter months. The Homeless Children's Education Fund cares for hundreds of children each year. For more information, visit their website: www.homelessfund.org.

The Country Day children will decorate the Gift Tree in the school's front hall with gifts of hats and mittens and toys. It is always a joy to see the tree fill with the caring gifts from the families. 

GIFT GIVING GUIDELINES:

1. Toys should be appropriate for children ages 5-10.
2.  Items should be new.
3.  Stuffed animals are welcome.
4.  All gifts must be unwrapped with original tags.
5.  No glass, sharp objects or items requiring glue for assembly.
6.  If the item requires batteries, please attach batteries to the item - not in the item.

Gift collections will continue through December 20.

Thank you, in advance, for your support!
Sharon Smith

Sharon Smith

Sharon SmithSharon Smith has been head of Country Day School since 2012. She joined Country Day in 1999 as a pre-kindergarten teacher and continued teaching while taking on the roles of director of admission in 2007 and associate head of school in 2010.

A native of Indianapolis, Ind., Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Marian University and spent the first seven years of her career with the Indiana State Department of Welfare as a social worker with Child Welfare and Family Services and a supervisor in adoption and foster care placements.

After living in Louisville, Ky., and Kansas City, Mo., she and her family moved to Pittsburgh in 1983. While taking time away from the professional world to raise her two children, she pursued a master’s degree in counseling at the University of Pittsburgh. She then spent eight years as a pre-kindergarten teacher at Good Shepherd Preschool of Fox Chapel, where she discovered a passion for teaching and working with young children.

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