Alumni Newsletter - October 2018

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Alumni Newsletter
Dear RCDS Alumni,

As we approach Thanksgiving in this 150th Anniversary year, we are filled with gratitude for our alumni and the many ways they support, enrich, and engage with Rye Country Day School.

In October, we hosted an extraordinary Wildcat Weekend attended by over 400 alumni and former and current faculty and staff, followed by a very successful, all-community Annual Giving Challenge. Each event broke records in attendance and participation.

Let's continue the 150th celebration at the upcoming Thanksgiving Games and Alumni and Family Reception on Friday, November 23. Don't miss this special family evening where legendary coaches Castagna, Effinger, and Sabia will welcome players from decades of Wildcat teams.
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If you were unable to participate in the Giving Challenge, please consider making your gift today in honor of this historic year for RCDS. Thank you in advance for your support!
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Warmest regards,
The Office of Alumni Affairs
Campus News
RCDS TO HOST CHALLENGE SUCCESS SPEAKER: RCDS is fortunate to be hosting Jon Kleiman, a speaker from Challenge Success, who will present "The Well-Balanced Student - Strategies for raising healthy children in this fast-paced world." Alumni are welcome to attend the presentation on Tuesday, November 27. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the talk begins at 7. Learn more and let us know you're coming here.

FIRST PERFORMANCE IN NEW THEATER: The Upper School fall play, She Kills Monsters, marked the premier performance in the new Cohen Center for the Creative Arts' black box theater. The show thrilled audiences with a mix of comedic flair, intense action scenes, and plenty of 90s nostalgia. The new performing space provided the opportunity to showcase innovative theater techniques, like staging in the round and using multiple entrances and exits. View photos.

FOOTBALL & FIELD HOCKEY WIN TITLES: At the end of the 2018 fall season, two RCDS teams brought home championship titles: the varsity football team won a hard-fought game against Poly Prep (34-28) to earn the Metro Independent Football League Championship, and the varsity field hockey team won its 10th NYSAIS championship title when it beat Hackley (4-2). Congratulations to the players and coaches on a phenomenal season! Go, Wildcats!
WILDSCATS CELEBRATE 25 YEARS: The 2018-19 school year commemorates more than one special anniversary for Rye Country Day School. It also marks the 25th anniversary of the WildScats, Rye Country Day's twelve-voice, a cappella group! To celebrate this milestone, RCDS welcomed back alumni WildScats during Wildcat Weekend to reunite, reconnect, and rock out to some of their favorite numbers from the WildScat repertoire. Read more, view photos and videos.

WHY PARENTS CHOOSE RCDS: This month, we released a video highlighting why current parents and faculty love Rye Country Day. Check it out.

RCDS CO-HOSTS SOCIAL JUSTICE SUMMIT: In October, Rye Country Day co-hosted the "Saturday Summit on Social Justice." Ali Morgan, director of Diversity & Inclusion, co-organized the events along with administrators from The Masters School with the vision of enabling local independent school communities to come together for exciting, meaningful, and empowering dialogue about subjects ranging from equity and inclusion to identity and the importance of activism. Read more.

WORLD-RENOWNED D.J. & HIP-HOP DANCERS PERFORM AT RCDS: Last month, students were treated to the annual Alan and Jacqueline Stuart Concert in memory of Priscilla Liebman. RCDS welcomed one of the premier touring hip-hop D.J.s in the world, Z-Trip, who is currently the on-tour D.J. for LL Cool J. Students were also wowed by a hip hop/breakdancing performance from HIP HOP DANCE JUNKIES, a New York-based dance company. View photos.

From the Archives
RCDS GARDENS: From the earliest days of Rye Seminary, gardens were a prominent part of the campus. Vegetables were harvested and served to the students and faculty of the school. Gardening still remains an integral part of a Rye Country Day education, and the dining hall still serves the food we grow on campus! View larger.
THE TELEPHONE: In 1945, Headmaster Morton Snyder predicted the future stresses technology would add to our lives in this polemic to parents about the telephone. View larger.
Alumni News
2018 ALUMNI HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES: On Friday evening, October 12, four alumni, one former faculty member, and an undefeated Wildcat championship team were inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame. The evening culminated with the presentation of the W. Lee Pierson Award, the highest honor the school bestows on an alum. Watch the acceptance speeches here.

GOLDEN ALUMNI RECOGNIZED - CLASS OF 1968: Congratulations to members of the Class of 1968, who celebrated their 50th Reunion at a festive luncheon along with Golden Alumni from the classes of 1942 to 1967. Also in attendance were current and former faculty representing over 50 years of of inspiring educators at RCDS. View photos.

ALUMNI WILDCATS CELEBRATED: In celebration of Rye Country Day's 150th anniversary, former wildcat athletes were recognized at halftime during the varsity football game. Over 100 alumni took to the field by decade, led by the Class of 2018 and culminating with the Class of 1948. Parent and child pairs included Lee Fleischman '74 and Sam Fleischman '11, Dorothy Quimby Greene '48 and Hilary Greene '78, and Susan Berndt Mahoney '69 and Melissa Mahoney Wirth '97. View photos.

ALL-ALUMNI 150th RECEPTION: The marquee event of this year's Wildcat Weekend was the all-alumni 150th Anniversary Reception, held in the foyer of the newly renovated Dunn Performing Arts Center. In attendance were alumni from across the decades, many celebrating special reunion years, as well as current and former faculty and staff. In all, over 400 members of the RCDS community were in attendance, a record-breaking number for Wildcat Weekend! View photos.

ALUMNA AUTHOR VISITS CAMPUS: Cookbook author Julia Turshen '03 visited the kick-off cocktail party for the RCDS Book Fair on Wednesday, November 7, where she signed copies of her newest book, Now & Again.

ROBOTICS SEMINAR: On October 12, students in all three divisions stayed late after school to hear from Al Rizzi '82, chief scientist at Boston Dynamics, about the amazing robots he's developed. Al was inducted into the RCDS Alumni Hall of Fame later that evening. Read more.
COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY FIELD TRIP: On October 25, the Computational Biology class, accompanied by teachers Jen Doran and Jason Leath, visited the NY Genome Center. The class had the opportunity to meet RCDS alumnus Michael C. Zody '86, senior director of Computational Biology for the Genome Center. Michael was inducted into the RCDS Alumni Hall of Fame in 2014. Read more.
ALUMNI IN THE NEWS

Congratulations to Jim Barnett '76, whose HR firm, Glint, based in Redwood City, Calif.,has been acquired by LinkedIn. Read more.

Congratulations to Meghan Cross Breeden '04, who has joined the team at AmplifyherVentures, a new firm looking to invest in female founders. Read more.

Congratulations to Dr. Meredith Klein Kosann '89 and Dr. Jennifer Silverman Kitchin'88, who were both named to the Westchester Magazine's 2018 list of Top Doctors.

Congratulations to Marni Aronson '09, principal of Success Academy Bed-Stuy 1, which has been awarded a coveted National Blue Ribbon Award from the U.S. Department of Education. Read more.

Congratulations to Maddy Moelis '08, who has been named to the Forbes 2019 30 Under 30 Food and Drink List as she launches her new line of cookware, Great Jones. Read more.

COMING UP

Friday, November 23
Thanksgiving Games
6:00 p.m. Ice Hockey
6:30 p.m. Basketball
7:30 p.m. Alumni Reception
Athletic Center

Wednesday, February 13
Alumni Executive Board Meeting
NYC
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