Grandparents Day

Welcome Grandparents!

We are glad to have you join us for our annual Grandparents Day event.  While not on campus, it can still be special, and we hope you enjoy it.  On this page you can find:
  • A video with insights into remote learning and examples of  our virtual classrooms
  • A look at what the Performing Arts stage looks like in a remote setting. 
  • Letter from Tom Flemma and Molly Ingram McDowell '80
Thank you for all you do for our students.

Performing Arts Remote Learning

The Show must go on! Performing Arts has taken the stage online. Student’s performed during the Take 10 Festival over Zoom this year, creating their own backgrounds and reworking their 10 minutes plays to fit a different audience experience.  Many attended and all enjoyed the performances. Bravo!
Dear Grandparents,

Above all we hope you and yours are safe and well, and are managing during this difficult time as best as you can. We are living through historic events. As a grandparent of a student(s) at North Shore Country Day School, you are an important part of our community and we are
reaching out to share an update on our remote learning, our plans for a virtual Grandparents Day, and how you can help during this time of uncertainty.

Grandparents Day
We are in the midst of our Centennial year, and while this milestone is not ending the way we had planned, we are continuing to reflect and celebrate. Although we can’t be with you in person this year, we are inviting you to view our virtual Grandparents Day program that will be posted on our website May 1. We are excited to share with you how NSCD is currently connecting with students and providing enriching educational experiences remotely. There will be examples of teaching and learning across all three divisions (Lower, Middle and Upper School) and we will
conclude with a student performance.
  • How to attend: Visit our website: beginning May 1 and click on the video. The Grandparents Day content will remain on the website, so if you can’t view it May 1, you can watch it at your convenience. We hope you do!
Remote Learning
What does remote learning look like in 2020? It is different for each age group, but there is powerful learning delivered through varying approaches and media, an evolving curriculum that changes week by week as we gauge what works well and what needs improvement, opportunities
to connect with teachers and other students regularly, communication from teachers and division heads, and intentional efforts to foster community (and fun!). Teachers and students continue to stretch new muscles and gain new skills. We are adapting and growing, learning new things, and
being flexible, understanding, patient, and compassionate—from a distance, but all together. Community has never been more important or apparent than right now at North Shore Country Day.

How You Can Help
While North Shore's classrooms have become virtual, the fundamental needs of the School have not changed. Your gifts support daily learning, whether it is on- or off-campus. If you are in a financial position to offer support at this time, we invite you to make an immediate impact by contributing to either Annual Giving or our “Raider Relief” assistance efforts in support of current families affected by COVID-19. To make your gift in honor of your grandchildren, include your donation with the enclosed tribute card, which will be shared with them. Thank you if you have already made a gift—you can still honor your grandchildren by sending
in the card.

Your Impact
Your support does so much and exemplifies our School’s motto “Live and Serve.” In addition to the usual, significant impact your donations have on North Shore, we offer some examples of how they are helping get us through these unprecedented times:
  • North Shore is providing extra support and technology tools to students and families learning remotely. These resources ensure all students have access to remote learning and to their friends and teachers, thanks to Annual Giving.
  • Covid-19 demands that we invest in technologies and platforms we have never used before. That means not only additional expense, but also additional investment in our teachers so that they become newly minted experts in programs like Zoom and Seesaw and Flipgrid!
  • Some of our North Shore families are experiencing immediate financial distress and we are working to support them wherever possible.
Thank you for all you do for our students. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us, especially if there is anything we at North Shore can do for you. Our contact information is below. We look forward to hearing from you and hope you can be a part of Grandparents Day on May 1.


Tom Flemma                  Molly Ingram McDowell ’80
Head of School              Director of Development
847.441.3307                 847.441.3316

Make a gift online here.

Grandparents Day 2019

North Shore Country Day School is a junior kindergarten through 12th grade, college-preparatory school founded in Winnetka, Illinois in 1919.  With rigorous academic pursuit as the cornerstone, North Shore provides many opportunities for all students to excel – in the classroom and the laboratory, on the stage and the playing field, in their communities and beyond.