Countryside Day Blog

Tom & Andrea Hawes

March 27th, 2015
Testimonials of Tom and Andrea Hawes about CDS Wilmette, IL Managing Director, Sandbox Industries  We struggled with the decision to move our children from our local public school to a more dynamic setting. While our public school did an excellent job in many respects, we felt that our children were not realizing their full potential in the conventional academic setting. We wanted our children to have a more active role in making decisions about their education... READ MORE

Beckett Cummings

March 26th, 2015
6th Grade Class of 2008 We feel that one of the most meaningful ways for you to know about the outcomes of a CDS education is to hear it from our graduates themselves. As we interviewed CDS alumni, we observed 5 prominent themes from their outcomes: What are our graduates doing now?   Beckett currently attends Glenbrook South High School in his junior year. He plays piano and trumpet, has participated in marching band, jazz band and concert bands. Beckett has taken honors... READ MORE

Jackie Cortopassi

March 26th, 2015
Jackie Cortopassi interview CDS Alumna 6th Grade Class of 2009 We feel that one of the most meaningful ways for you to know about the outcomes of a CDS education is to hear it from our graduates themselves. As we interviewed CDS alumni, we observed 5 prominent themes from their outcomes: What are our graduates doing now? Jackie attends Glenbrook South High School where she is a senior. In addition to her standard classes, Jackie is in AP Spanish and AP Literature. Jackie... READ MORE

The Parenting Leadership Class is Back! + 3 Things We Learned from Feedback

March 24th, 2015
Due to popular demand, Michele and Jim Aspinall are bringing back the Leadership Parenting class! Take a moment to read the feedback to find out why. The next sessions will be offered on May 7th, 14th, and 21st. Contact Francesca to sign up. Babysitting is available. 1. Parents are Benefitting from the Classes I am so glad we signed up for this class!  I read books, attended seminars before but this one I love so much... READ MORE

The Resourceful Child: More Insights from the Aspinall’s Leadership Parenting Class

March 12th, 2015
(based on Work from Author and Psychologist, John Rosemond) Good Character is learned in the home first and foremost. The three R’s of good citizenship--Respect, Responsibility and Resourcefulness--are the bedrock of good character. A solid moral and ethical foundation supports the development of compassion, integrity, commitment, selflessness, and all of the other attributes that constitute the “good neighbor.” Teaching Respect for others Instilling a respectful attitude in a child is essential in order for him/her to... READ MORE

Countryside Day School Selected as the Small Business of the Year

March 9th, 2015
At the Northbrook Chamber of Commerce annual dinner on March 9th, 2015, Wendy Calise received Small Business of the Year Award for Countryside Montessori School at the Northbrook Chamber Annual Meeting and Dinner.   What a terrific honor! Thanks to the CDS families, faculty and staff for all you do that enabled us to receive such a fine distinction! ... READ MORE

The Trouble with College

March 3rd, 2015
(by Head of School, Wendy Calise) Last week on Thursday and Friday, 12 of our CDS faculty and staff attended the National Association of Independent Schools' Annual Conference. As is always the case, it was a star-studded cast, and I could go on for pages about all that we learned. But instead, I want to focus on one particular presentation that made a strong impression on me: Panel of the Future of Education. The panelists... READ MORE

Countryside Programs

We offer a continuous program from 16 months through 8th grade — inculding an all year program option for Pre-K/K and elementary school. LEARN MORE

TODDLER — Ages 16 mos.-3yrs

PRE-K/K — Ages 3-6

LOWER ELEMENTARY — Ages 6-9, Grades 1-3

UPPER ELEMENTARY — Ages 9-12, Grades 4-6

MIDDLE SCHOOL — Ages 12-14, Grades 7-8

SUMMER PROGRAMS — Ages 16 mos.-12 yrs., Toddler-Grade 6

ALL YEAR FULL DAY — Ages 3-12, Grades Pre-K/K-Grade 6

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