While we technically had a shortened week thanks to Labor Day, the library felt as busy as ever this week.
We had our first Leadership Lunch on Wednesday featuring Gabi and Esme speaking about their enriching summer experience at the Chicano/Latino Youth Leadership Project. Their experience inspired them to promote the idea of bringing a Chican@/Ethnic Studies class to Country Day. They also talked about what DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is and the impact it will have when it’s repealed.
Also on Wednesday we witnessed a silent protest take place outside the library on the gym wall. This was in response to the mural on the gym walls being painted over, which you can read about here.
On Friday Dr. Fisher’s 10th graders were in to learn how to narrow down their topics for the Sophomore Project and turn their subject into a research question. Friday was also the first meeting of the year for The Glass Knife, the High School’s literary magazine. New and returning students were encouraged to “sign over [their] souls to the Glass Knife” by Heloise while discussing jobs and potential theme ideas for this year’s book.
Here are five out of eight of our Summer Reading raffle winners! Good job and congratulations to Mia, Hailey, Kaitlyn, Nick, and Chance! Check out their Summer Reading activities here. Simone, Annabel, and Aidan – don’t forget to come to the library and claim your prize!
We’ve been moving right along this week as we head into the last month or so of school!
On Monday Brandy presented during our Leadership Lunch series. She talked about why she loves her church and the many roles she plays in it.
The 6th graders returned at the beginning of the week to continue their research for their passion projects. Check out some of the topics they’re researching!
On Tuesday we had a Speakeasy en Espanol, with students from Doctora Portillo’s class reading poems in Spanish.
Also visiting this week were Ms. Lyon’s and Mr. Kuipers’ 7th graders, who began looking at sources for their China and Japan cultural projects.
And to cap off National Poetry Month, Thursday was Poem in Your Pocket Day. Students with poems in their pockets (or their head or their phone) were rewarded with a piece of candy.
March is Music in Our Schools Month and we were delighted with performances by the High School choir, band, and orchestra on Tuesday.
On Wednesday we had our monthly Leadership Lunch featuring Atsuo, who talked about his experience playing piano at Carnegie Hall and the rigorous practice it took to get there. Here are two of the pieces Atsuo shared: Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53 (Chopin) and Prelude in G minor, Op. 23, No. 5 (Rachmaninoff)
On Thursday Ms. Bauman put on a panel about summer internships, which featured seniors talking about their experiences at the internships.
Love overtook the Matthews Library this week!
On Monday the Glass Knife held the annual Love/Hate Valentine’s Bake Sale, selling yummy treats benefitting their retreat.
Tuesday was the inaugural meeting of the Harry Potter Club. Students were greeted with treats and Harry Potter themed Valentine’s cards then got to business on making chocolate frogs.
The library also had special visitors on Tuesday: singing Valentines for Ms. Melinson!
On Thursday Ms. LaMay’s book elective class visited to check out our Blind Date with a Book display. There were many dates and hopefully some successful matches!
On Friday Alexa and Gabi presented during the Leadership Lunch and talked about the LatinX club, explaining who they are, what they do, and encouraging all students to join.
Bonus: Friday was the 100th day of school! The kindergarteners marched around campus and through the library in celebration of the 100th day of school.
It’s Homecoming which means it’s also Spirit Week! On Monday, students wore their pajamas. Tuesday was Jersey Day with students wearing their favorite sports jerseys and athletic wear. Wednesday was all about wacky attire and boy, were there some wacky outfits! Thursday was TBT (throw back Thursday. And Friday was red and black, just in time for the pep rally.
Becca looking extra sparkly.
Bryce and his awesome suit for Wacky Wednesday.
On Monday we had our high school raffle winner’s lunch. Lindsay and three friends dined on mac and cheese with tomatoes, mozzarella salad with roasted peppers and tomatoes, and lemon bars for dessert. Lindsay read a variety of books for the raffle and said Killer Pizza by Greg Taylor is her favorite.
On Wednesday, Kaeleigh presented for our monthly Leadership Lunch and spoke about Breakthrough, what it is and why it’s so important.
This week is also National Letter Writing Week. A letter writing station was set up in the library so students could come in and write letters to their favorite authors, friends and family.
It’s been a cold and rainy week outside of the Matthews Library, but luckily we’ve had some fun indoor activities this week!
Last Friday we had our high school raffle winner’s lunch. Emily and three friends enjoyed homemade mac and cheese, brownies, and salad. Emily said she read “many, many, many” books for the raffle and her favorites include the Shadowhunter series by Cassandra Clare.
Monday was the annual Glass Knife Latke Throwdown and Holiday Party and Ms. Melinson read the appropriately titled The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming. This year there were no latkes, but lots of pasta including spaghetti and an Asian noodle dish with shrimp as well as a Dutch Spice Cake. Instead of latkes this year we had Sufganiyah (jelly donuts) pronounced soof-gonnie-oat. While latkes would probably be the best known fried treats at Hanukkah, this tasty treat is also traditional because it’s also fried and relates to the oil lamp story.
We had a Leadership Lunch on Wednesday where Monique presented a slideshow based on her trip to Finland and the Baltic states with the Sacramento Children’s Chorus.
On Thursday we had another lively meeting of the Political Puzzles club where Blake led a discussion on Trump’s cabinet nominations and he and Alexa talked about some hot button issues that other kids wanted to know more about.
And finally, Ms. Melinson unveiled this year’s Winter Craft: homemade cards!
Anny presented during the Leadership Lunch on Wednesday where she gave a presentation on her trip to Honduras over the summer in conjunction with Unbound, a nonprofit organization that sponsors impoverished children and the elderly in 20 countries to help them meet their basic needs such as health care, nutrition, and education.
Friday was the annual Glass Knife sponsored Speakeasy! Students and faculty read from a variety of poems: current and past Poet Laureates to rappers to poems they’d written themselves. Plus, we had all the yummy snacks.
With the Middle Schoolers gone on their trips, things were a little quieter here. On Tuesday, our 10th graders came in to learn more about using databases to research for their Sophomore Projects, which will all be on a language or place of worship in the Sacramento area. We’re looking forward to seeing how they focus their topics.
On Wednesday the MOGAI Club presented during the High School Leadership Lunch. They gave some advice about how to be an ally to those in the LGBTQ+ community: “stay informed; ask questions; be supportive; stand up for LGBTQ+ rights in situations where you see them faltering; join the club to help and stay involved.” The club meets about twice a month, so if you’d like to join, listen for the announcements at morning meeting or talk to Austin, Isabelle, or Kayleigh.
This week both our 8th graders and our 6th graders came in to pick up books for their reading projects. The 8th graders created pages on the 8th grade Independent Reading Site. There they will get to post summaries and reviews for their peers to comment on.
Wednesday was our first Leadership Lunch featuring Smita and Shriya speaking about Cognitive Exhange, a program where students mentor other students across the globe in speech and debate techniques. They are starting a club here at Country Day for students who’d like to be mentors. Sylvaine and Arvind, the Leadership Lunch Coordinators, are putting together a great program this year so stay tuned for more interesting presentations each month.
Thursday was picture day so we got to see everyone from the Middle & High Schools as they came in wearing their finest. Since the seniors have their portraits done later in the year for the yearbook, they get to dress up silly for their photos. We spotted Cookie Monster, a sumo wrestler, and superman. Others showed their spirit with patriotic props, face paint, and tattoos.
Friday was Ancil Hoffman Day and the black and red teams were also showing a lot of spirit. The black team won, again (legitimately) (seriously).
Ah, the final week of AP testing in the library! We had limited hours of operation this week as High Schoolers finished taking their exams. Pretty sure we speak for everyone when we say TGIF!
Thursday we didn’t host any AP exams, so we had…everything else! Ms. Melinson had Summer Reading book talks with the 6th Graders; Gabi, Miles, and Nicholas talked about their Spring Break trip to Cuba during Leadership Lunch; Ms. Melinson and Doctorà Portillo led a discussion group about race, where participants had a positive space to discuss their ethnic and racial backgrounds and what they know of them. They hope to have future meetings and offer a safe, friendly space to discuss this topic.
Wednesday we had the Faculty Raffle lunch, where Ms. Melinson cooked up a Spanish tapas feast (with a special gluten-free dessert made by Ms. Ryan!) to the delight of our winners. After Spring Break, we asked our faculty to tell us what books they read, and participants were entered into our raffle. This year’s winners were Dr. Whited, Ms. Myers, Ms. Nellis, and Ms. Covey!