Author: Stephen Bennhoff

Students, parents, teachers, and staff shared smiles and best wishes today as the 2015-2016 school year officially began. Enjoy the gallery of images representing the many hopeful and happy students of St. Michael’s Country Day School.



Navy Band Performance Hosts over 350 Attendees

On Tuesday evening, July 21, St. Michael’s Country Day School hosted over 350 attendees for an evening of music and memories. The Navy Band Northeast Pops Ensemble, along with a number of its alumni, performed a variety of songs ranging from Holt’s “The Planets” to a medley of Armed Services tunes. Families, friends, and many veterans enjoyed the clear skies of this summer concert. Additionally, funds were raised for the Wounded Warrior Project at a table providing complimentary cold beverages for our guests. Enjoy these pictures of what was a truly lovely evening.

It’s Official! Governor Gina M. Raimondo hosted a bill signing ceremony on Wednesday, July 15 at the Roger Williams Park Zoo Greenhouse to mark the passage of legislation naming the American Burying Beetle the Rhode Island state insect. Our third grade students advocated for naming the endangered beetle the state insect in order to help raise awareness of its need for protection. The legislation was sponsored by Representative Lauren H. Carson and Senator V. Susan Sosnowski and approved by the RI General Assembly.

unnamedDateline: June 25, 2015. Our 3rd grade students’ efforts to have the endangered American burying beetle named the official state insect of Rhode Island moved one step closer to reality this week when bill H6093 introduced by Rep. Lauren Carson (D-Dist. 75, Newport) passed the General Assembly on June 24.  Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski (D-Dist. 37, South Kingstown, New Shoreham) introduced bill S448 that passed the RI Senate in May. The process now requires the signature of Governor Gina Raimondo.

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Its not often that a school is held up nationally as a model for great work. Read this article and enjoy seeing why SMCDS is leading the way in innovative and effective scholastic programming:

Save the date: Tuesday evening, July 21 from 6-7:30 p.m. the Navy Band Northeast will perform an outdoor pops concert on the campus of St. Michael’s Country Day School. The event is free and open to the public. Bring your family and friends and enjoy an evening of music and memories provided by our nation’s finest musicians.



images-2 Welcome to the 2015 SMCDS Spring Party and Auction!

On Saturday, May 30 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. the SMCDS community will come together for a lovely evening of food, wine, and togetherness in support of our wonderful community. There will be fun activities including a Silent Auction, a Wine Grab, and a Faculty Grape Stomp Contest! The ticket price of $75 includes an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and dancing to a live band. Forget the black and tie and come in casual flair for a fun night honoring a great school!

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unnamedEfforts on behalf of our 3rd grade to name the American Burying Beetle the Rhode Island state bug got a big lift last week when three television stations and a radio station gave significant coverage to their legislative efforts.  Click on the links below to watch the exciting coverage!



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imagesHave you every wondered about the range of schools available to your child for high school? Come learn more about local independent schools at our High School fair. Over two-dozen schools will be represented including schools from Aquidneck Island, South County RI, the greater Providence region, and across New England states. Day schools, boarding schools, and both secular and parochial schools will be represented.

The event is designed for families across the greater Newport and South County region whose children are currently in 6th or 7th grade, but families with children of all ages are welcomed.