Country Day School Head's Page

April 2018

Good morning, Country Day families,

I hope you enjoyed wonderful days with your families during Spring Break. Even though the weather is not cooperating and acting like spring, we are all confident we will begin to experience it soon!

It is hard to believe we are entering the last few months of the school year. I am never certain how to define the part of the year which passes by most quickly. The first days with your children are always busy as they become acquainted or reacquainted with class routines and teachers begin to know the children in their new environments. The holidays are always filled with activities which make the days disappear into Winter Break. January, February and March are generally a time to recharge, and we fill those winter days with many activities. Then into spring, with multiple class events, programs and outdoor activities leading to the final days of the school year. Whew! The year is suddenly behind us! 

We are hopeful the children will enjoy every minute while we try to slow down the pace. It is a wonderful time of friendship and successes found in every area of their days.

A few notes and reminders to keep you informed as we move into spring…

  • As your children have likely reminded you, the calendar has moved to April, allowing a change in their daily uniforms. The students may wear uniform shorts instead of long pants as long as the weather allows. They may choose navy or khaki shorts (no cargo or short shorts). White socks and shoes with enclosed heels and toes are required.
  • Students are allowed to only wear school uniform (Country Day or SSA) sweatshirts, fleeces and sweaters during the school day.   
  • Please send boots and/or an extra pair of shoes for your children to wear during our wet and muddy days in order to allow their enjoyment of the outdoor activities.
  • The annual spring Book Fair will be held in our library nest week (Tuesday through Thursday). Please note of the times your children are scheduled to browse and select books. If you are able to join their classes, that is great. If not, you may make arrangements to meet them during a more convenient time.
  • We will have a visiting family from Children’s Hospital meet with our students during morning assembly on Friday. They will talk about the services and extraordinary care available at Children’s Hospital as we begin a collection to benefit the hospital. More information will follow as we move into that collection.
  • We will celebrate children with April birthdays during chapel and a reception in their honor on Thursday, April 26. As always, you are most welcome to join the children at chapel.   
  • Please review arrival and dismissal car safety rules. These policies are for the safety of your children.
    • Please drive safely and slowly through the campus, keeping a keen eye for children who may be on the playground and exiting cars.
    • Students may exit the cars at the front entrance after reaching the Country Day sign. They may not exit prior to the sign!
    • Students must exit via the passenger side doors.
    • Please move your car as far forward as possible at the front and rear courtyard entrances before stopping for your children to exit the car.
    • Parking is prohibited entrances between 8-8:20 a.m. and 3-3:45 p.m.

Notes to keep you informed of transition plans and introductions:

  • You have received an invitation from the President's Office inviting you to attend Parent Information Sessions with RG175 Consultants. RG175 is heading the search for the next Academy President. They will visit SSA’s four campuses for the next three days, meeting with the Board of Trustees, administrators, faculty, parents and students, to learn as much as possible about the needs of the school as they begin the interview process for the next president. This is a long process which will entail months of application reviews and interviews. It begins with these conversations with the consultants who will learn more about us. They are very interested in hearing from our community in order to learn more about Country Day and select the best candidates to preserve and cultivate Country Day’s culture. Please plan to attend one of the parent information sessions:
    • Wednesday, April 11, from 8:15-9:10 a.m., Middle School Cafetorium
    • Thursday, April 1, from 8:30-9:10 a.m., Country Day Conference Room
  • You have also received an invitation to attend a “Meet and Greet” with Jen Asmonga, Country Day’s newly appointed interim head of school, and Claudine Runnette, Country Day’s newly appointed School counselor, on Monday, April 16, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the library. I am eager to introduce Jen and Claudine and I am certain you will enjoy meeting them and realize their passion and dedication to children’s learning and their admiration for and commitment to Country Day.     

I look forward to seeing you in the next few days as we continue to build Country Day as the best environment for children’s learning. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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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