On Friday, May 12, 2017, Buckley Country Day School held its annual Grandparents’ And Special Friends’ Day. This cherished day is an occasion to welcome all grandparents and special friends into the Buckley community. It is also a chance for the visitors to compare their own days in school years past to our current experiences in our contemporary Buckley day.
On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, the annual Festival Of The Arts took place at Buckley to appreciate and celebrate the visual and performing arts. Throughout the year, students from first through eighth grade prepared to present their accomplishments. Then, on this evening, the Lower School students displayed the artwork throughout the building. The Upper Schoolers performed various numbers that they had learned in their electives. These performances consisted of band, percussion, chorus, and various dance numbers.
On Sunday, February 12, 2017, the Buckley Country Day School 7th Grade Community Service Club visited Atria Glen Cove, an assisted living community. Before their visit, on Friday and Saturday, the club members split up into two groups and baked various goods. Club members Adrienne Chacon, Kimberly Schleimer, Meghan Barr, Charlotte Fox, and Sterling Kalogeras went to the facility. They served chocolate chip cookies, brownies, brookies (half chocolate chip cookie, half brownie), shortbread, gingerbread cookies, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. After this, the members sat down and talked to some of the seniors living there. Then they sat down as a panel and told everyone about themselves, and also about the club and, of course, Buckley. The seniors afterward got the chance to ask any questions they had.
On Monday, March 13, 2017, the co-author of Save Me A Seat, Gita Varadarajan, visited Buckley to talk about her book and about what happened in her life to lead to the creation of her novel. She spoke to the fifth, sixth, and seventh grades in the auditorium that morning.
Varadarajan’s book, Save Me A Seat, is about two kids, Ravi and Joe, who are in the same classroom in the fifth grade. Their first week of school is very chaotic, and these two kids do not think that they have anything in common. But they do in fact have one big problem that they share: the fifth-grade bully.
On Sunday, February 25, 2017, the Buckley “Cyberdogs” robotics team participated in the First Lego League (FLL) robotics competition. The team advanced from the first competition in seventh place and won an award for Technical Design. After the first competition, the team spent their subsequent Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays revising and editing their programs and missions for the next stage of the contest.
Mrs. Heather Serra is the new fifth- and sixth-grade math teacher at Buckley this year. In addition to her love of mathematics, Mrs. Serra has two cats and a love of European monarchs, but she would choose to unwatch the Deadpool movie if she could. She also has a special message for all of her students. Here is her interview with the Buckley Bark:
A friendly turtle was spotted near Buckley on October 19, at around 5:15 p.m. A family who lived nearby saw the turtle in the middle of the road and decided to protect it. While they were waiting for the police to come, they fed the turtle lettuce and gave him water to keep him cool.
Monday, October 31, was Halloween. Buckley Headmaster Dr. Jean-Marc Juhel had a big parade to celebrate the holiday. He invited all grades to come with their Halloween costumes and show off their creations to trick-or-treat at night.
Teachers and parents came to the Cronin Gym to see what all the children’s costumes were. Some adults even wore their own Halloween costumes.
In the fall of 2013, Buckley Country Day School purchased a 2.75-acre property adjacent to its primary campus. Since then, the land has remained vacant. The former owners, the Dominici family, originally listed the property for $5,000,000. Buckley waited, however, for the price to decline and ultimately purchased the tract for $1,750,000. The Dominici property increased the value of Buckley’s total land holdings, in addition to the Kee property and the Tsontakis property, where Athletics Director and Director of Diversity Roney Eford lives.
This year, the 2016 presidential primary elections have been quite surprising, as viewers have probably seen frequently on the news. In the beginning, the outcome was quite unclear, especially on the Republican side. A clear winner, however, can now be seen on the GOP side: New York businessman Donald Trump. Texas Senator Ted Cruz, the candidate who had obtained the most delegates besides Trump, dropped out of the race on May 3, 2016. As Trump is the only Republican candidate who has not suspended his campaign, he remains the only choice for the GOP nomination.