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Press release from Rumson Country Day School

Hoops for HorizonsThe 12th annual Hoops for Horizons 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament will kick off at the Rumson Country Day School on Thursday, March 6 and run through Saturday, March 8, with all funds raised benefitting the Horizons Student Enrichment Program.

For a second year, the charity event will be held in honor of Albert E. Martin, Jr., the Red Bank Regional basketball player who died suddenly in December 2012. A Horizons graduate, Albert played in the Hoops tournament every year to give back to the program that made a difference in his life.

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Press release from Rumson Country Day School

chadsmallThe man who has served as Headmaster at The Rumson Country Day School for the past quarter of a century will be the subject of a special tribute, during the private school’s GatorBall fundraiser on Saturday, February 8.

Dr. Chad B. Small (pictured), who will be concluding his long service at RCDS with the end of the 2013-2014 school year, will be honored during the 6 pm gala by the school’s parent community, organizers of the annual GatorBall, which will be hosted inside the school’s Blake Auditorium.

This year’s theme, An Evening of Elegance Celebrating Excellence, is described as “an opportunity for the parent community to celebrate the excellence of RCDS, then and now,” with the goal “to inspire the RCDS community to embrace the school’s mission, and take an active role in supporting it, both financially and through outstanding school spirit.”

Profits raised in past GatorBall events have gone to fund a state-of-the art musical keyboard lab, moveable display boards for student art, Smart Boards for the Upper School, a new piano for the Music department, guest speakers and athletic field improvements.


brittninesAbove: Britt Savage and the Nines recall those 1980s nights of 75-cent ‘kazis and roses for the ladies, when they reunite for a throwback Friday at the Downtown… while below, Ziggy Shock turns Fair Haven’s K of C hall into the best kept secret on the Shore music scene. 

Friday, January 24:

ziggy-shock-would-be-johnny-cashRED BANK: With recent overnight temps threatening to put the Greenland into the greater Green, being “dressed to the nines” has tended to mean wearing nine extra layers of unfashionably lifesaving thermals.

But for just one cold dark night, clubgoers of all ages can wayback to those 1980s summers when the drinking age was 18, closing time was 3 a.m. — and the mega-barbands ruled a clubscape dotted with fortress-like institutions like the Tradewinds, Fountain Casino and Club Xanadu. Tonight, the Downtown welcomes what might just be the first-ever Red Bank appearance by one of the era’s most fervently followed cover combos — the Nines, featuring vivacious vocalist Britt Savage. Now based in Nashville, the in-demand session singer (and 1992 grand prize winner on TV’s Star Search) reunited with her classic band lineup — guitarist Adam Roller, bassist John Rogers, drummer Mick Gormaley, and Bill Dellicato subbing for the late keyboardist Bobby Gordon — for a July 2013 show in Asbury Park that brought in so much love, they up and did it again during the recent Light of Day music festival. Britt and the boys will be taking it upstairs at the double-wide Downtown for several sets of VICE-vintage favorites that could reasonably include everything from “She Blinded Me with Science” and “Kids in America” to some radio-ready originals from Britt’s recent Music City projects. And you can take it right here for a full interview with this most noble of Savages, or take it just around the corner for more frosty fun at the jiggle end of January.

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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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RCDS spellingRumson Country Day School eighth grader Cole DeMeulemeester (at right, with runner up Chester English of Locust) led the field in the annual RCDS Geographic Bee, a win that moves the Red Bank resident one step closer to a $50,000 College Scholarship.

By KRISTIN ARRAMBIDE, Rumson Country Day School

In the end, it was the answer “Chesapeake Bay” to the question “The Potomac River empties into what large bay?” that won gold for eighth grader Cole DeMeulemeester ’14 (Red Bank) during the final moments of the exciting RCDS Geography Bee held on Monday, December 9, 2013. Cole battled it out with runner-up seventh grader Chester English (Locust) in a packed house school event.

Winning the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee gives Cole the chance to compete for a $50,000 college scholarship. The school-level Bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 26th annual National Geographic Bee. This year’s Bee is sponsored by Google.

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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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rcdsNick Dawes of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is the celebrity guest auctioneer at a gala for the Rumson Country Day School’s Horizons Rumson program, scheduled for November 2 at Rumson Country Club.

Press release from Rumson Country Day School

On Saturday, November 2, Horizons Rumson will celebrate 18 years of providing local at-risk students with summer academic and recreational enrichment at the Rumson Country Day School (RCDS), thanks to the vision of RCDS Headmaster Chad Small.  Themed Small Beginnings…Broader Horizons, the Gala event, co-chaired by Maggie Riker and Lynn Spector, will honor Chad Small and his wife Susan for his leadership role in founding the program.

Held at the Rumson Country Club, the evening will feature dinner, dancing and a live auction run by celebrity auctioneer Nick Dawes, of PBS’ Antiques Roadshow.  All proceeds will benefit the Horizons Student Enrichment Program, which strives to overcome the educational achievement gap through summer educational opportunities for low-income children, primarily from Red Bank.

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rcdsThe dedication of the 22,000 square-foot addition at Rumson Country Day School brought out hundreds. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)


Rumson Country Day School was due for an upgrade.

Since its last addition, in 1990, space slowly filled with more students, technology moved at speeds that outpaced the capability of the infrastructure to keep up, and in some parts of the school there wasn’t even air conditioning. Still isn’t.

But in the last year, workers put in hours and sweat to bring Country Day to another level, and it was done on a level befitting the independent school: a new $10 million, 22,000 square-foot wing with all the bells and whistles, from the Apple computers to the parking lot that needs to be vacuumed.

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rbms-uniformsStarting in October, Red Bank’s public school students must wear uniforms. For now, it’s optional, but many have chosen to start the school year in according threads. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)


Schools across The Green opened up the 2010-11 academic year today.

In Red Bank, many of the students not only got acclimated to the start of a new school year, but also a new look.

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