Hello CCDS Lower School!
It is with sincere enthusiasm and joy that I join you at Cincinnati Country Day School. I am humbled by the kind welcome and engagement of the community in my early transition to the Lower School and look forward to growing with you as we begin a new journey in 2020-2021 together.
As a lifelong learner, I am eager to learn more from you about the many reasons you have come to love Country Day. You will often hear me ask parents, faculty, students, and staff, “What are three things that you love and one thing that you wish to see?” It is a wonderful way for me to help reinforce the strength of the path we are on and build on the vision we wish to realize for the future. My office door is always open, and your conversation is most welcome!
One thing I have quickly picked up already is the strength of the Country Day foundation that is couched in our 4 C’s:
- Curriculum– “Our rigorous academic curriculum inspires and challenges each student in a joyful learning environment” no more evident than in our Lower School with each of our students from 18 months to grade 4.
- Campus – Truly the “crown jewel of educational settings” is our extraordinary 62-acre campus, which is a key lever to the Country Day educational experience with a keen focus on the whole child.
- Community – There is no doubt we are stronger because of each of us who take an active part in the Country Day experience nurturing “an inclusive, diverse and accepting community that inspires students to become active and engaged citizens of the world.” This, I have quickly come to realize, sets a Country Day experience apart from any other.
- Character/Competencies– “A Country Day student is provided an academically enriched experience with opportunities to explore” and discover core and co-curricular opportunities with a service orientated mentality.
Woven into the fabric of the Lower School, I am impressed by developmentally appropriate intention to focus on the 4 C’s, whether it’s your first day at 18 months or your last day in grade 4. I’ve learned we also take it one step further with our Virtues in Action of Respect, Courage, Integrity, Compassion, and Responsibility as prescient reminders on the Bortz Risers in our Niehoff Commons. It’s going to be a great year, and we will lean on the strength of our 4 C’s to find joy and challenge, inspiration, character, rigor, and adventure, all with awareness and gratitude for our human diversity. I am thrilled to lean into this exciting and important work ahead as a Lower School community.
As we get to know each other in the coming months, please reach out, introduce yourself, or call to say hello. To learn more about me personally from my interview with Head of School Tony Jaccaci, please click here for a link to the video: Mark Morawski/Tony Jaccaci Interview. On a bit of a lighter note, feel free to check out this video “production” of Mr. Morawski’s First Days at Country Day.
Lastly, please watch for a community-wide communication from Tony Jaccaci on July 28 with updates on preparations for the opening of school. We are preparing for an on-campus start on Wednesday, August 19, and I would like to thank our Pre-Primary and Primary Faculty Task Forces for their tireless planning this summer adapting our health and safety protocols to meet evolving needs to keep our community safe. You can also expect both class placement information and communication from me, specific to Lower School, on Monday, August 3. To stay up to date with the latest on our reopening plans visit our Country Day ConnectEd 2020-21 website page.
Yes, times are uncertain as we navigate new normals. But I, along with our faculty and staff, are unwavering in our commitment to a full and robust Country Day experience for your child and excited to partner with you in providing an exemplary Curriculum with our pastoral Campus to build an even stronger Community with Character/Competency authentically integrated. In the meantime, I hope you are enjoying a happy and healthy summer break.