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In November, Thomas Carlino ’26, Lexi Shultz ’26 and Teddy Cole ’27 participated in the Illinois Music Educators Association District 7 Junior Chorus Festival at Schaumburg High School, under the direction of guest clinician Amy Branahl, director of choirs at New Trier High School. The students were selected through video audition and joined about 50 other middle school chorus students from across the Chicago metropolitan area in rehearsal and performance.
 
Also in November, Marina Bullock-Puzon ’26 and Annie Ford ’26 each sang a vocal solo as part of the Village of Winnetka's Veterans Day ceremony at the Winnetka Community House. The program was partially organized by Susie Brew Schreiber '57, and posthumously recognized Franklin Dunbaugh ’47, a Korean War veteran.
 
“I am immensely proud of our students not only for their musical contributions and talents but for ‘walking the walk’ when it comes to our school motto ‘Live and Serve,’ and generously and bravely sharing their voices beyond the borders of our campus,” said Timothy Mah, upper and middle school choral director and music teacher. “I am also lucky to work with colleagues and administrators who continue to work hard to ensure that music and the arts remain an integral part of our students' experience at NSCD, despite the numerous challenges that were brought upon by the pandemic.”

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Pen Pals in Taiwan

Middle school Chinese language students have new pen pals in Taiwan. The connection came from a friend of NSCD Chinese Teacher Yun-Chu Chen, who is a high school English teacher in Taiwan. Students in Taiwan sent letters written in English and pictures of themselves to North Shore Country Day students, who wrote back in Chinese. 

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Students Correspond with Vice President Harris

Last November, fourth graders in Linda Kiracibasi’s lower school music class studied Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ode to Joy on the eve of his 250th birthday. As part of the project, they looked at new lyrics, written in 2008 by the late Pete Seeger, an American folk singer and social activist. Then they took a stab at writing their own verse—using words that would be easy to understand and appropriate for younger children in lower school.

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Monuments Project

This fall, upper school social studies classes incorporated a monuments project as a response to protests around certain statues and monuments. Teachers challenged NSCD students to first recognize how monuments reflect historical agendas, not just the past itself. Then they asked them to create a monument that reflected a just and complex view of the past.

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PJs Collected for Pajama Program 

The NSCD junior kindergarten (JK) class collected 29 pairs of pj’s for the Pajama Program, a national nonprofit organization that promotes and supports a comforting bedtime routine and healthy sleep for children to help them thrive. For every pair of pajamas collected, Scholastic Book Clubs contributes a brand new book to accompany the donation. 

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Fall Day Of Service

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.

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Winter Play Premieres

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.

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