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Spring Has Sprung!

Welcome back from March break! Spring has finally arrived on the Rocky Hill School campus. It's evident not only by the budding flowers like the one pictured above (thank you, Rob Lee!), but also in the outdoor activity that is taking place all around our beautiful 84 acres. Lacrosse players are on the fields, tennis players are on the courts, and sailors are on the water. Some of the science classes are getting outside, too! Come and enjoy our campus by attending an athletic game or walking our nature trail!

No Bus From East Greenwich on Friday

Due to the Good Friday holiday, the bus from East Greenwich will NOT be running on Friday, April 3rd. All other buses will be running as usual.

Above & Beyond Gala – Friday, April 24

Don’t miss the event of the year, Above & Beyond, the PTL Spring Gala! This major school fundraiser will include a live and silent auction, dinner, live music, and dancing, all to benefit our students. Proceeds will fund campus security upgrades, financial aid, new playground equipment for the preschool, resurfacing of tennis courts, faculty laptops, and a new furnace for the Campbell Center. 

Registrations are due by Tuesday, April 14 and all raffle tickets must be received by Thursday, April 23. If you need raffle tickets, please inquire in Hopelands or email Beth DeGerlia
 
Great items you can win:
RAFFLE ITEMS:  $500 Apple Store Gift Card, 
Bose QC20i In-ear Noise Cancelling Headphones
AMAZING AUCTION ITEMS:  2005 18’ American Day Sailer with trailer and motor, stunning jewelry, TPC Golf Foursome, Two Weeks at Camp Waziyatah
FABULOUS VACATIONS:  BahamasSt. LuciaColoradoLinekin Bay Resort, ME; Okemo, VT; Loon Mountain, NH; Johnston, VT; Tenants Harbor, ME; Cape Cod, MA
VIP EXPERIENCES:  
4 Box Seats to 5 Seconds of Summer at the Xfinity Center, 3 Celtics Tickets with Ball Boy/Girl Experience and Ball Autographed by Marcus Smart, 4 Bruins Tickets with Zamboni Ride & team-signed jersey, Chef’s Table for 6 at Mills Tavern

Register for Summer Camps

Rocky Hill School’s Summer Enrichment Academy (SEA) offers weeklong camps for children to learn and explore through a variety of experiences and opportunities. SEA is a safe and fun environment and offers both full and half-day programs, allowing children the opportunity to choose a number of exciting offerings.  Extended day options are available both before and after camp, giving families the flexibility to work around busy schedules.  

Click here for more information and to register

Deckhands Rated "Excellent"

The Deckhands Theater Company were awarded a rating of Excellent for their performance of the one act "As You Like It: a Shake-Up" at the State Drama Festival on March 14 at Cranston West High School.

In addition to the recognition for the entire company, Jess Ring '15, Witt Tarantino '16, and Maddie Fine '18 were all recognized for their outstanding performances.

West Africa Benefit Concert

Sunday, April 12  |   6:00 p.m.   |   The Wheeler School

The Independent Schools of Rhode Island and 
The Foundation for West Africa (FWA) will present a concert featuring Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars Band to help in the battle to eradicate Ebola. FWA supports community radio stations in Sierra Leone and Liberia, which provide life-saving information to people who need it, particularly in the remote, rural areas of these countries. These stations provide local language broadcasts that people trust.

Tickets are $5.00 and are available through Monday, April 5, 2015. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. Seating is limited and the concert is open to family and friends. To reserve your ticket or for more information, please contact 
Matt Gnolfo, Director of Diversity.

Help Us Welcome New Families

The RHS Mentor Committee is currently looking for new members to help in welcoming new 2015-2016 students and their families to Rocky Hill School. Committee members will work closely with the Division Heads to assist them in transitioning new families to our community. If you are interested in joining this committee, please contact Sarah Taylor, Admissions Assistant, at 401-884-9070, ext. 107.

Order Your Copy of The Crest

Don't forget to order your copy of The Crest, the RHS Yearbook! The deadline to order is fast approaching. April 15th will be here before you know it!

Click here for ordering instructions and information. 

Order Your Brick By May 1st

Purchasing an inscribed brick in one of three campus brickwalks is a timeless way to honor a member of the Rocky Hill School community, past or present. By purchasing a brick, you get the opportunity to leave a wonderful, lasting mark on campus.
 
The deadline for Spring orders to be installed In time for commencement is May 1st.

Click here to order

Upper School

Portfolio Art Show

Tuesday, April 7  |  6:00 p.m.  |  Flynn Lecture Hall

You're invited to view the AP Studio and Portfolio Art by the Upper School students. The artists will be on hand to speak about their work and creative process.

 

Mariners Competed in Certamen

On Saturday, March 28, an intrepid cohort of Latinists competed in the Harvard Invitational Certamen. Out of a nationally competitive field that included teams from Florida, New York, Wisconsin, and Vermont, the Novice team of Hunter Gallant '17, Nate DeMoranville '16, Clarice Jennings '18, and Brooke Mongeon '17 were semifinalists--a huge accomplishment for them and for the team!

AP Exam Schedule

AP Exams are scheduled for the weeks of May 4 and May 11.
Click here for a complete schedule of AP Exams

Middle School

Middle School Game Night

Friday, April 10   |   6:00-8:00 p.m.   |   Campbell Center

Middle School students will get together to play traditional board games and card games, and have a lot of laughs. Join us!

Lower School

Family Fun Spring Fling

Thursday, April 16  |  6:00-8:30 p.m.  |  Campbell Center

Join us for our Lower School Family Fun Spring Fling! The flat fee of $25.00 (per family) allows you to bring multiple family members. Let's kick up our heels and welcome Spring at this fun and festive Lower School community event!  

Spring RHEA Courses Announced

The spring courses for RHEA are now open for registration. Courses begin on April 20 and run for six weeks. Registration and payment is due by Friday, April 10.

Click here for course descriptions and to register

Preschool Mindfulness Project

Starting this week, we are thrilled to have ResilientKids bringing mindfulness practice to our preschool classroom. Mindfulness practice fosters self­-awareness, healthy social emotional development, and reduces stress. As an extension of this project, Head Preschool Teacher Lisa Reimer will share her experience of using mindfulness with young children at a luncheon hosted at Rocky Hill School for early childhood administrators and teachers from Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Lower School Parent Conferences 

Due to the snow days, the usual parent-teacher conferences have been rescheduled to take place during the weeks of April 6th and 13th. If you have not scheduled a conference yet, please contact your child's classroom teacher. 

"Week of the Young Child"

The Lower School Early Childhood Program (Preschool-Grade 2) will celebrate the Week of the Young Child April 13th-17th.  This year's WOYC theme, sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, is 'Celebrating our Youngest Learners'.  More details to come!

Athletics

Upcoming Events


Girls' Varsity Lacrosse
Wednesday, April 8   |   4:00 p.m.   |   @ Hyde School, Woodstock, CT

Boys' Varsity Lacrosse
Wednesday, April 8   |   4:00 p.m.   |   vs. Williams School

Varsity Golf
Monday, April 6   |   3:30 p.m.   |   vs PCD @ Quidnesset CC

Varsity Tennis
Wednesday, April 8   |   4:00 p.m.   |   vs. Hyde School

Girls' Varsity Softball
Saturday, April 4   |   11:00 a.m.   |   vs. Shea HS @ Classical Regional HS

Notable News

Cortlandt Meyerson '20, Elizabeth Moya '19, and Jacob Pogacar '19 swam in the Southeast New England YMCA swimming championships (SENECY), held March 6-8 in Bridgewater, MA. Their team representing South County, the South County Seals, placed 3rd out of 16 teams. All three swimmers qualified for the New England Championships at MIT.
Amanda Siegel '15 wrote an opinion piece for the Providence Journal called "Diversity helps students think, grow." It was published on March 13, 2015. You can read it here
Anessa Petteruti  ’17 was awarded the Gershwin Award on March 29, 2015 at the URI Piano Extravaganza competition. She competed in a senior pianists division among 21 pianists from the Northeast. Her performance included masterworks by Beethoven and Chopin.

Parent Teacher League (PTL)

PTL Meeting Dates


Lower School PTL

Tuesday, April 7   |   8:15-9:15 a.m.   |   Campbell Conference Room
 

PTL Executive Board

Monday, April 13   |   8:15-9:15 a.m.   |   Hopelands Conference Room
 

Middle School PTL

Tuesday, April 14   |   8:15-9:15 a.m.   |   Campbell Conference Room
 
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