- Lower School
The North Shore Country Day Camp is back for its 71st season! On June 21, campers arrived on the school's 16-acre campus, ready to go with sunblock, swim gear and a strong desire to make new friends, learn new skills and push themselves to grow.
Campers hit the ground running with activities like archery, gymnastics, creative play, arts and crafts, tennis, a climbing wall and daily swim lessons in the outdoor, heated pool.
"Having our campers and summer staff back on campus is great," said Director of Summer Programs Cindy Hooper, who is also the Director of Operations for North Shore Country Day. "The energy is high and everyone is happy to be spending their days together at camp. Our staff are managing our new health and safety protocols and focusing on keeping their campers mindful of taking care of each other. Thankfully, our outdoor spaces afford us great opportunities to be in the fresh air and have plenty of room to be active."
Last year was the first time in 70 years that NSCD did not run a summer camp program. State guidelines around COVID-19 prevented large gatherings, and after many conversations with the school's administration, board of trustees and medical advisory team, NSCD made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 camp season.
"It would have been nearly impossible for us to ensure the health and safety of our campers, staff and their families throughout the course of the eight weeks of operating summer camp during the height of the pandemic," Hooper explained. While not an easy decision to make, we knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that it was the right decision to keep our children, their families and our community safe."
But this summer, thanks to the declining COVID-19 positivity rate and increased availability of vaccines, camp is back—with only a few modifications. The day camp, which serves children ages 4-12, is running four consecutive two-week sessions from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Before and after care is also available.
When former Athletic Director Martin "Mac" McCarty brought the day camp to NSCD, he set out to create an opportunity for safe outdoor recreation for children. More than 70 years later, NSCD Summer Programs are still providing enriching—and fun—experiences that help campers grow in their personal development while creating lasting memories.
NSCD held a Fall Day of Service on Saturday, November 13, benefiting The Bloc in Chicago and Connections for the Homeless. More than 200 food items were donated on Saturday for The Bloc, supplementing what had already been collected by an upper school student-led food drive.
Earlier this month, NSCD welcomed singers, drummers and dancers from the American Indian Dance Center of Chicago (AIC), who performed for the entire school at Morning Ex. The program was a cultural demonstration in recognition of Native American Heritage Month.
The NSCD upper school troupe, The Duff Players, will perform “You want some lunch? You betcha!” on November 18, at 4 p.m. in the auditorium. The Duff Players is a cast of upper school students tasked with bringing to life a collection of third and fourth grade stories through movement, music, costumes, props and much more.
Almost 150 children received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine Friday, November 12, during a vaccination clinic held on campus. The school partnered with the Illinois Department of Public Health to provide pediatric doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children aged 5-11, as well as booster doses of Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for faculty and staff. The clinic was open to NSCD students and their families, even if siblings attend school elsewhere.
The fall John Almquist Art Gallery features the works of 17 members of North Shore Country Day’s faculty and staff. Artwork on display includes ceramics; fiber arts including felting, knitting and quilting; photography; painting; and more. The show runs through November 19.
Each year, Middle School Science Teacher Lee Block requires his eighth graders to build and launch bottle rockets. The goal of this project is to apply what they have learned during their study of Newton’s Laws of Motion.
The friendly competition is designed to see who can launch a bottle into the air and keep it afloat for the longest period of time. Students must follow specific rules about the type and size of the bottle, the design of the nose cone and fins, the parachute and the amount of pressure (PSI) pumped into it.
NSCD is a sponsor of this upcoming Family Action Network program on November 4, at 7 p.m.
For more information and to register visit the FAN website.
North Shore Country Day's senior kindergarten class recently paraded around the school dressed as monarch butterflies, singing songs and displaying their handmade wings with their parents and our community. The students learned all about monarchs through an integrated curriculum that incorporated literacy, math, science, social studies and art.
The junior kindergarten recently painted rocks with inspirational words written on them and hid them in various spots around campus for students, faculty and staff to find.
Each year, NSCD hosts the Harold H. Hines Jr. Visiting Fellowship that brings to campus a distinguished individual who exemplifies the school motto, “Live and Serve.” This year’s visiting fellow was Rajiv Vinnakota. Raj has dedicated his career to supporting students from underserved communities and to building a stronger democracy.