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After months of planning, meetings and countless emails, the 14th Neighborhoods of Newport House Tour was deemed a huge B13_Omi6OR73W2NFw88XFi0cVKmP3qz5aJsJOjgWNAip0CzK0R3eyAfscuMBujG5B_8M_dsKLVj0D0fVEPlhcwVsZPJQYpxQN6_pY-RY1QFMeN0ewRBxg_s3tb6d1wNZ0EgRt3q6vrerDFo1g4WcVh6qzlmxyUGy7LxnGLYYbKG7FRzsa2Q27karMg=s0-d-e1-ft-2success by all who attended.  Almost 400 people purchased tickets this year and our final proceeds are still being tallied.   A percent of our proceeds benefits the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center.

We absolutely could not host an event of this scale without the help of the entire St. Michael’s Community including parents, teachers, staff and spouses.  We are deeply grateful to the level of commitment displayed by all involved and were proud to represent our united and beautiful school to the community at large.

We thank all of the 130 volunteers who gave of their time, and we especially thank the Committees, House Captains, bus drivers and those who worked a full day:

House Captains:  Tamara Farrick, Kim Fleming, Zulekha Ludwig, Bronwyn McDermott, Kelly Richards, Julia Richardson, Linda Supron

Drivers of buses:  Bob Tavares, Scott Lyons, Andy Kagan, Leslie Keohane, Bernadette Griffin, Lucy Goldstein

Volunteers who worked all day:  Whitney Slade, Lauren Abraham, Bethany DiNapoli, Amy Gallagher, Karen Cadwalader, Ken Anderson, Peter McConnell, Ken Hileman, Ellyn Eaves-Hileman, Mary LoPresti, Joseph McLaughlin, Rebecca Postma

Floral Coordinator:  Terry Lanza
Volunteer Coordinator:  Kimberley Little
Finance Coordinator:  Laura Dukat

Advertising Sales:  Andrea Breyer, Patricia Carrellas, Tricia Frary, Kimberley Little, Mary Migliori, Linda Supron, Kathleen Vanderveer, Nikki Vazquez

House Selection Committee:  Rebecca Berta, Stephan Boneu, Patricia Carrellas, Will Dewey, Bethany DiNapoli, Molly De Ramel, Tamara Farrick, Kim Fleming, Leslie R. Grosvenor, Zulekha Ludwig, Nikki Vazquez

Website:  Jim Ewing, Jeff Day
Writer and Editor:  Jill Connors Cooper

Map Design:  Lynne Rey

Printing of program, maps and mailing cards:  Marianne and Peter Gaige

Thank you to Sheila Powell who organized the well received raffle – winners have been notified.

BOOKS STILL AVAILABLE.  We still have books available from the book signing reception with Barclay Butera.  They are now on sale in the lobby for $30 each and 2 for $50.  Please help support the PA and purchase one of these beautiful books – they make great gifts and Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11.

Thank you also to Paula Larimer for her photography of the event with Ramona Rodgers – coming soon to Facebook.
With our sincerest gratitude,

Roselle McConnell and Clare Craig
Co-Chairs, Newport House Tour 2014

DSC09519The lunch room was transformed into a travel agency as the fourth grade invited the school to take a trip to Africa. Throughout the year students in Mrs. Joubert and Mrs. Weiner’s classes have immersed themselves in the study of this continent and its culture. Each child became an expert on an African country and animal of their choosing and then shared their knowledge with  fellow students, faculty, and parents at their African Travel Agency.

This thematic study incorporated many of the fourth grade’s specials classes. They were able to extend their knowledge in drama through the performance African folktale plays and music, and they printed the fabric for their costumes in art class. They delivered their presentations with the aid of their iPad. Using the iBook Author app, they were able to create postcards and brochures to showcase their country.

During this time the students also researched and chose an African charity to support. This year the classes selected Heifer International to donate livestock to an African community, and Clean Water Solutions, and organization that launches sustainable water businesses that provide safe drinking water to nearly 35,000 people.

To wrap up the busy morning, the fourth grade sat down to a celebratory feast. Each child brought in a traditional African dish to share at the potluck-style meal.DSC09523

DSC07444Students in the third grade are the designers of tomorrow! Professional inventor and designer Bobbi Jarvis has paid weekly visits to St. Michael’s as part of an 8-week project with Mrs. Loughborough’s class.

Ms. Jarvis, who has worked for Hasbro, Fisher Price, and Little Tykes, is leading the children through the design process. Each student will create a push/pull toy for a toddler based on a children’s book. The project culminates when the class presents their creations to a panel of designers.

We can’t wait to see what these bright young minds dream up!

SMCDS all jpegs 0032St. Michael’s will be hosting a Story Time & Clay Craft play date for children ages 2.5 – 5 years old on Thursday, April 24 from 10:30am – 11:30am. We will read and act Eric Carle’s The Hungry Caterpillar and make caterpillars from clay in our ceramics studio.

Space is limited for this free community event. Interested parents can RSVP with Rebecca at 401-849-5970 ext. 300 or

Butera Press Kit 12-2-13 copyBarclay Butera is coming to Newport!  You may have seen him on The Today Show or on HGTV, and now is your chance to meet Barclay in person.  He is coming to Newport for one day only – Sunday, April 27 for the Newport House Tour.  Mr. Butera’s clients include Renee Zellweger, Chris O’Donnell and Sharon Stone.  He  will be in town to sign copies of his latest book “Barclay Butera:  Getaways and Retreats” from 2:00 – 5:00pm at a complimentary reception for all House Tour attendees at the newly renovated Paradise Farmhouse Retreat Center.  The Farmhouse is just one of 7 houses on the tour this year, and meeting Barclay is an event not to be missed!

SMCDS jpegs 0035St. Michael’s Country Day School will be hosting an Open House on Wednesday, April 9th from 8:30am to 2:00pm. Check out St. Michael’s for yourself, and learn more about a day in the life of our students. You will have the opportunity to meet the Director of Admission Sally Casey, as well as talk to faculty, staff, and parents as you tour campus, visit classrooms, and receive information about financial aid. No appointment necessary!

Interested parents can contact Sally at 401-849-5970 ext. 302, or e-mail her at, for more information.

Saturday April 5th at 2pm

monster in paris plouf1up-1 copy  St. Michael’s Country Day School, in conjunction with its Foreign Language Department, proudly presents “Un Monstre A Paris” a French film directed by Bibo Bergeron. The English version of this film will be shown, is rated PG, and has no subtitles. The run time is 90 minutes.

This community event is open to the public. A $5 donation is suggested. Arrive early to enjoy delicious rustic French cuisine by Plouf Plouf Gastronomie. ( We will also be raffling off a “Breakfast for Two” at the French Connection.

For more information please contact Rebecca at 401-849-5970 ext. 300 or

Mr. Drayton congratulates one of the winning designers.

Mr. Drayton congratulates one of the winning designers.

A little Elmer’s glue, some wooden popsicle sticks, and notes from their studies of structures and the forces acting upon them were all the eighth graders in Emlen Drayton’s physical science class needed to design bridges that held multiple times their own weight.

During an exhibition that was attended by their families and fellow students, their creations were put to the test. The bridges were placed on a metal bar supported by two desks. Circular weights were then slid down the bar and set on top of the bridge. Additional weights were added until the structure collapsed.  Brianna Segerson and Kerrin Basso were deemed the victors. Their clever design held a maximum weight of 160 pounds. Mr. Drayton noted that many of the children in attendance could have sat on the small structure and it would have supported them.

Robin HoodThe St. Michael’s Country Day School Theatre Ensemble will present Larry Blamire’s “Robin Hood” March 6th-8th. A cast of fifth through eighth graders, under the excellent direction of Christina Johnston, have been rehearsing this action-packed production since December. They are eager to bring to life the exploits of the outlaw folk hero and his band of Merry Men as they seek justice for the residents of Sherwood Forest. The exciting fight scenes were choreographed by Chelsea Boergesson and the fabulous scenery was constructed by the students in our Stagecraft program headed by Ellyn Eaves-Hileman.

Join us and be transported back in time to Medieval England. Admission is free and open to the public. Donations will be gratefully accepted at the door and will benefit the theatre program. For additional information contact Mrs. Johnston at 849-5970 x330.

St. Michael’s Country Day School will be hosting an open house for The Cottage, our early childhood program, on Wednesday, February 26th from 9:00 AM to Noon. Come see The Cottage for yourself, and learn more about a day in the life of our preschool (3 year olds), prekindergarten and kindergarten students. The program is full day, 5 days per week, with a new tuition structure and a world filled with inspiration, exploration and possibilities.  No appointment is necessary. You will have the opportunity to meet Head of School Whitney Slade and Director of Admission Sally Casey, as well as talk to faculty, staff, and parents as you tour campus, visit classrooms, and receive information about financial aid. Interested parents can contact Sally at 401-849-5970 ext. 302, or e-mail her at, for more information.