North Shore Country Day held its first-ever virtual benefit on February 25, bringing in more than $350,000 for student scholarships and supplemental support—an ever-increasing need for current and future NSCD students.
The 2021 Scholarship Benefit—Raider Strong featured a mix of live and pre-recorded activities, including an auction, paddle raise, raffle, testimonials from previous scholarship recipients and donors, and an original performance by members of the upper school Louder Than a Bomb slam poetry club. Current NSCD parent Ash-har Quraishi, an Emmy Award-winning television journalist, producer and filmmaker, was the evening’s emcee.
After the success of NSCD’s inaugural Scholarship Dinner in 2018, the school decided it would make student scholarship a recurring focus for the annual benefit every few years—a theme that not only supports a major initiative from North Shore’s Strategic Plan but also amplifies the school’s historic commitment to student financial aid.
Scholarship support began when NSCD opened its doors in 1919 as one of the school’s “major principles.” Founding Headmaster Perry Dunlap Smith and the families who established the school believed that any student, regardless of their financial means, should have the opportunity to attend North Shore. They knew the benefits of such an approach would extend to all members of the school community, not just the individual students and families who received financial assistance. North Shore Country Day would only reach its full potential and live up to its mission if its students represented a “cross-section of the community.”
Renewing this commitment as NSCD forges ahead in its second century helps protect the school’s future and ensures continuing access to a North Shore Country Day education regardless of a family’s ability to pay. About 20% of current students receive financial aid.
Over the years, North Shore’s annual benefit has raised more than $7 million to fund areas not fully covered by the operating budget, such as curriculum and teaching fund grants, student scholarships and faculty enrichment grants. It has also helped fund major capital projects including the renovation of the lower school, construction of the Conant Science Center and renovation of the Auditorium and Arts Center.
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.