RCDS HEADMASTER SALUTED AT GATOR BALL

RCDSaFrom left: RCDS Board President Shawn Reynolds, Christine Reynolds, Headmaster Chad Small, RCDS Board Vice President Danielle Devine Greene ’79 and Gregory Greene.

Press release from Rumson Country Day School

Family and friends of The Rumson Country Day School community came out to celebrate Headmaster Chad B. Small’s last year at the school, during the RCDS Gator Ball on Saturday, February 8.

Gator Ball is the Parent Council’s signature fundraising event of the year, and benefits a wide variety of educational programs for RCDS students. The black-tie event, which was held at the school’s completely transformed Blake Gymnasium, included entertainment by the popular Monmouth County band Brian Kirk & The Jirks, as well as silent auctions and a live auction led by Nick Dawes from the PBS television series Antiques Roadshow. Among the items auctioned was a final chance to serve as RCDS “Headmaster for a Day” with Headmaster Small, before the school year ends.

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STORYTELLER CASTS A SPELL, AT RCDS

IMG_8013Award winning storyteller David Gonzalez brought his storytelling skills to the Lower School students of RCDS in a visit last week.

Press release from Rumson Country Day School

On January 17, the nursery, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade students of Rumson Country Day School were treated to the outstanding show Aesop Bops! by nationally acclaimed storyteller, musician and poet David Gonzalez. Using different voices, movements, and facial expressions, Mr. Gonzalez delighted the young audience with three tales told in the spirit of Aesop.

“Parent Council is so pleased to sponsor this event as a way to enrich the academic experiences of our youngest students,” said Parent Council President Jennifer Steiner Crowell ’88. “It’s never too early to expose students to the performing arts while reinforcing the RCDS philosophy.”

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AT RCDS, A NEW HEAD OF SCHOOL

Press release from Rumson Country Day School

The Rumson Country Day School announced recently that Whitney C. Slade will become the seventh Head of School in its 87-year history. Mr. Slade will succeed Chad B. Small—who is in his 25th year as RCDS Head of School—for the 2014–2015 school year. Mr. Slade is currently in his 16th year as head of St. Michael’s Country Day School in Newport, Rhode Island.WSlade2

“The RCDS Board of Trustees voted unanimously to offer Whitney Slade the position, and we couldn’t be more pleased that he accepted,” says John Devlin ’83, who chaired the school’s nine-person search committee. “Competition for the best talent was particularly fierce this year, and we know Whitney was a finalist at a number of schools across the country. RCDS was on the top of his list when he began this process, and at the end of the process he was on the top of ours. How often do things work out that way?”

Mr. Slade, who is originally from Marblehead, Massachusetts, is a graduate of Tufts University. He received his Masters in Education from Harvard University in 1986. He and his wife, Ellen, a reading specialist, are avid sailors. They have two grown children.

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