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Country Day Connection | Fall 2012

From the Headmistress

ACDS Alumni Spotlight

From the Board President

Campus Improvements

Important Dates

Donor Honor Roll 2011-2012


Welcome New Faculty Members

From the Headmistress: What makes Alexandria Country Day so special? Is it our allstar staff of teachers? Maybe it is our rigorous curriculum? How about….you? Could it be the dedication that you show each and every day in working with your child to make them the best that they can be? The truth is we think it is all of these things. Here at ACDS our mission is to provide a foundation of knowledge in an inclusive environment that ignites intellectual curiosity and encourages a passion for learning. ACDS enhances the development of character, creativity, problem-solving, and work ethic that enables students to become leaders of the 21st century. We know that we all share in this mission and that is why participating in our annual fund is so important. What is an Annual Fund? Our annual fund is our appeal for charitable donations from you, our supporters, which help lead us in our mission and keep us on the cusp of educational innovation. The annual fund is necessary because 94 cents of each tuition dollar goes to pay our teachers. This drive allows us not only to maintain a lower tuition, but to improve the quality of our school. Because of your participation in last year’s campaign, we were able to accomplish a great many things, which you will see listed throughout

this newsletter. However to name a few, you have probably noticed our new awning which now accommodates twice the cars as our previous one. And you have probably either seen or heard about the expansion in the art room and the purchase of the kiln which allows our students to make pottery. We were also able to purchase promethean boards and student response systems for each classroom. And of course, we all wait with great anticipation for the completion of the science and engineering labs. This is our fourth year to conduct an Annual Fund Drive, and we are very proud of the benefits that the students have seen because of your donations. However, we have many more goals to accomplish and our annual fund for this year has begun. This year, our sights are set on providing a new gym floor and bleachers. It is our wish that you choose to participate, knowing that each donation is an investment into the future of your child’s education.

Thank you for being a part of our ACDS family, Nancy Rials, Headmistress



From the Board President: I would like to welcome everyone back for our 2012-2013 school year. We are off to a great start.

Mark your

Calendar! OCTOBER!

In addition to all of the campus improvements that have been ongoing, we have had a couple of exciting additions to our staff. Reagan Chenevert has embraced the role of development director with all of the drive and enthusiasm that we had hoped. His strong marketing background has prepared him very well for this position, and we are privileged that he has chosen to make our school his home.


We are also very fortunate to have Charlotte Bihm as academic head of school. In addition to being a national board certified teacher, she also has an extensive background in curriculum, which will serve to strengthen our academic programs. If you haven’t had the opportunity, when you see them around campus, make it a point to say hello and welcome them to our school family.


Over the coming weeks, you will hear much more about our Annual Drive projects. Now that we have a new art center and a state of the art science lab, we have our sights set on our 43 year old gym for much needed renovations. Our Building and Grounds Committee has recruited Coach Sanders to get his valuable input in this process and to make sure we prioritize the needs of the athletic department along with the multipurpose needs of the school. Campus improvements would not be possible without your continued support. As always, we are very appreciative of your past support and hope that you will continue to invest in our school through your generous contributions as we continue growing bright futures. Doug Godard, Board President

In-Service for Teachers

NOVEMBER Second 6 weeks ends Daylight Savings 4 Ends Parent-Teacher 6 Conferences. No school for students Veteran’s Day 9 Program 19-23 Thanksgiving Break Art Auction 26


Third 6 Weeks ends; First Semester ends 24-31 Christmas Holiday

ACDS Welcomes New Faculty Members: (top row) Cortney Burford, Kristen Thiels (second row) Deanna Hodges, Charlotte Bihm, Kaci Allgood, Caroline Mansour (bottom row) Gail Watson, Reagan Chenevert, Kim Duck, Cindy Scarber

C HAR ACT ERCorner C ompassion

Pre-K 4’s “Change for Children” enacts our first C.H.A.R.A.C.T.E.R. Trait—Compassion. Mrs. Cespiva’s Pre-K 4 class continued its tradition of giving last year with a $100 donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Enacting the C.H.A.R.A.C.T.E.R initiative at ACDS, Mrs. Cespiva’s class chose to focus on “compassion.” As an ongoing project, the Pre-K’ers worked with the loose change donated from the pockets of their parents to learn how to count, sort, value, and weigh change. After all of the sorting and weighing of the coins, they are tallied up and sent if off to St. Jude as a donation. The PreK’ers hope that the donation will be used to buy Teddy Bears for those children who need them. As of this fall, their donation was made in Memory of Jan Haworth who was an ACDS parent and who successfully wrote many grants which went to aid the development of disadvantaged children in Central Louisiana. Thanks parents and 2011-12 Pre-K’ers. Your compassion will go a long way!

C itizenship Students donate art to CASA enacting – Citizenship. ACDS students have recently donated several art pieces to the Rapides Children’s Advocacy Center. The art is being displayed in the main lobby and all throughout the building providing a cheery welcome and bright atmosphere. Over the years, ACDS students have supported CASA by collecting toys and volunteering to work at art camp. Citizenship is part of having strong character and we are proud of our students for demonstrating it! |

ACDS ALUMNI Spotlight Outstanding Alumnus, Shaun Sanghani Shaun Sanghani, a former ACDS student, is producing his first feature film “White Rabbit” in New Orleans, LA. The movie will feature recognizable stars including Sam Trammell (HBO’s True Blood Series), Britt Robertson (Scream 4) and Nick Krause (The Descendants) all playing lead roles. Pre-production began in July and shooting started in August. In addition to his movie venture, Shaun and his company, “SSS Entertainment” have created and produced multiple reality shows that have been bought by major networks including A&E and National Geographic. Along with attending Country Day, Shaun also went on to graduate from the Tulane Business School and the prestigious USC School of Cinematic Arts in Southern California where he earned a Master’s of Business Administration and a Master’s in Shaun on the set of White Rabbit

screenwriting. Congratulations

Shaun! We are very proud of you.

Congratulations to the following ACDS Alumni who received honors at the following universities: Louisiana State University Chancellor’s Honor Roll (4.0 GPA)

Amanda Kay Breaux Janna Michelle Foret

Dean’s List (3.5 - 3.9 GPA)

Alexandra Lea Yu Rebecca Ann McBride Merrick Trice Patton Margaret M. Schroeder

University of Louisiana at Monroe President’s List

University of Louisiana at Lafayette President’s List (3.8 - 4.0 GPA)

Ashlyn Elizabeth Overholt

Dean’s List (3.5 - 3.899 GPA)

Jamie Ball

Hunter G. Corley Matthew S. Poole Evan Sanders Wade E. Tracy Charles Jacob Vercher

Dean’s List (3.5 and above GPA)

Haley Nicole Acuna Shane Jones Kimberly Ross

Northwestern State University Elizabeth A. Engelsman

(3.9 - 4.0 GPA)

Jennifer Ballard

Louisiana Tech University

Centenary College of Louisiana Lauren Beurlot

We are very proud of all of our Alumni, so please send us any honors your child may have earned at the university level. We are also interested in any Alumni News, including, but not limited to, engagements, marriages, births, accomplishments, graduations, and plans for college or career. We’d love to hear from you! Please email with information.


p r m o I v e s m u p e nt m a for the 2012- 2013 SCHOOL YEAR


Your annual fund contributions hard at work for our students and future students!

New Front Awning

Science Lab Construction

Landscaping Renovations Included: • Canopy in front for drop off was extended to accommodate twice the cars • Bathrooms in 1st/2nd grade wing along with water fountain area were tiled and painted. • Hallway of 1st/2nd grade and hallway of 7th/8th grade repainted • Art room had remaining unpainted walls completed. All new custom storage units for art room were completed • New 2” blinds in every classroom facing front of school • Cleaned, painted and carpeted 2nd portable to move piano teacher from science prep room • New landscaping in various places; front of Pre K, courtyard, rear of library • Reroofed several areas of missing shingles. • New AC unit for cafeteria • Science lab renovations begun

Art Room Expansion

Thank you for all of your contributions. |

DONOR HONOR ROLL 2011-2012 Benefactors ($5,000 - $9,999) Shawn and Greg Dowd Cindy and Dallas Hixson Maggie and Jonathan Martin Lea and Michael Miguez Melissa and Ronnie Rayburn

Sustainers ($2,500 - $4,999) Misty and Chris Antoon Amy and Robin Bennett Courtney and Trey Carlton Beck and Dick Crowell Trish and Todd Leleux Beth and Lloyd Vaughn

Friends ($1,000 - $2,499) Eliane and Bassam Abi-Rached Beth and Gary Arsenault Agnes and Keith Ashby Gina and Joey Bollinger Ann and Fletcher Bubenzer Marilyn and B.J. Carlin Barbara Carlton Malcolm Denley Lori and Chance DeWitt Dana and Jeff Draughon Kelly and Glen Ducote Beverly Giannone Jenifer and Randy Gilchrist Michele and Doug Godard Kimberly and Shannon Gremillion Jayne Heath Sue Ellen and Jack Jackson, Jr. Jennifer and Robert Kinberger Mimi and Bradley Kirzner Celeste and Ben Luke Allyson and Lee Marlowe Leigh and Spencer Martin Shelli and Earl McVay John Murphy Amy and Chad Norton Nancy and Bill Owens Kellie and Jonathan Peyton

Cheryl and David Pope Nancy and Gary Rials Lisa and Wes Richey Ginger and Francis Robichaux Marilee and Patrick Roche Tammi and Bryon Salazar Amy and Lawrence Searcy Carol Anne and Jamie Shelton Tracy and Norm Thompson John Tudor Lynn and Steve Wheelis Nancy and Zeb Winstead Hallie and Christian Wold

Patrons ($600 - $999) Tara and Bert Cochran Zulma and Roberto Garcia Shelley and Meyer Kaplan Claire and Rob Ratcliff Kerri and Eric Reed Katie and Tommy Smith Larissa and Edwin Urbi

MENTORS ($250 - $599) Pauline and Richard Arsenault George and Delores Barrett Harold Bayonne Jennifer and Ronnie Beard Rebecca and Mike Bergeron Ama and Ebenezer Berko Tammy and Corky Bolton Coughlin-Saunders Foundation Linda and Don Boniol Mary Ann and Scott Brame Jean and Etienne Brown Julia and Terry Buckalew Ginger Cespiva Martha and Stephen Chapman Martha and Will Crenshaw Thomas Denley Merilyn and James Donelon Kelly and Jimmy Faircloth Kathy and Pete Ferrington Noel and Robert Fontane Kasey and Ray Gill Kirsten and Blaine Hebert

Gail and Travis Hopkins Zohra and Shabbir Khambatti Melanie and Wayne Layssard Micky and Anthony Mangun Cynthia and Jim Meeker Kelly and Thomas Mesloh Lola and Paul Miller Katherine and Brandon Monceaux Natalie and Darryl Monroe Pam and Ken Mooney Lisa and Mark Neely Jennifer and Douglas Perry Jenny and Tate Peterman Myra and Corey Primeaux Kim and Mickey Roberts Missy and Adam Rubin Wendy and Carl Schofield Laura and Keith Simpson Evelyn and Ralph Sisco Caroline and James Theus Kristy and John Zachary

SUPPORTERS (UP TO $249) Penny Abraham Patricia “Sissy” and Duke Allgood Joan Ashby Cheryll and Johnny Barbo Dee Ann and Robert Bass Alanna and Daryl Bejsovec Dena and Fred Bolton Lionel Bordelon Marion and Owen Brown Tracy and Robert Brown Linda and Grady Bubenzer Debbie and Ray Buckner Melissa and Bill Bush Marian and E.D. Cason Gary and Sue Cathey Elizabeth and Richard Clark Allison and Jeff Covington Kerri and Dale DeSelle Sonny and Burma Downs Kim Duck Myra and Perry Ducote Vicki and Marc Dupuy Karolyn and Jeff Field Fritzi and Charles Fine

Kitty and Michael Fontane Matt and Erin Fontanille Jeff and Whitney Foster Marilee and Pierce Foster Tish and Babson Fresh Candi and John Frost Allison Frye Sandy and Dan Givens Shirley and Charles Godard Robin and John Gosserand Donna and John Grimes Craig and Kassie Harlow Frank and Faye Hebert Jennifer and Steve Jeansonne Nelda Jordan Verne Kennedy Tiffany and Christopher Kinnison Marcia and Michael Leleux Katie Long Nat and Ronnie Marks Cindy McKelvy Jan and Marvin McLain Melissa Monroe Kitty and Glenn Murphy Brandie and Eric Myers Stephanie and John Neal Nan and Tom Norton Liz and Josh Pace Tony and Melanie Patterson Sandy and Jerry Patton Beverly Price Dorothy Prince Ruth and Charles Prince Robert and Jan Reich Glynn Rivet Claire Robichaux Jessica and Joseph Rodriquez Lee Sanders Ruth and Ronald Slipman Carol and Eddie Smith Hong Phuc Truong Edwin Ware Linda and Eric “Bo” White James and Martha Ann Winterroth

Our students appreciate your continued support.

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Permit No. 695 Alexandria, LA

5603 Bayou Rapides Road Alexandria, LA 71303 Contact ACDS: Phone: 318-448-1475

Did you see ACDS in the News? So far this school year, ACDS has been featured in The Town Talk for our art room expansion and our C.H.A.R.A.C.T.E.R. initiative. We also made the news spotlight for our Clifford the Big Red Dog birthday celebration. Way to go students!

Thanks To Our Generous Underwriters for your support! |

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