HEALTH AND WELLNESS are vital to the educational experience at FCDS. The school continues to actively address its belief in the importance of educating the “whole boy.” With highly qualified teachers, impressive facilities, and innovative programming, FCDS is committed to teaching the boys how to be safe and healthy in their daily lives. We provide the necessary tools for students to be the healthiest version of themselves – emotionally, socially, mentally, and physically. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says, “Schools play a critical role in promoting the health and safety of young people and helping them establish lifelong healthy behaviors. Research also has shown that school health programs can reduce the prevalence of health risk behaviors among young people and have a positive effect on academic performance.” Our aspirations for overall health don’t extend to athletics only; they are reflected in our physical education programs, mindfulness practice, and family style lunch program.


Mindfulness has seen a surge in popularity recently. It has been around for many years, but was mostly directed towards adults. In the past decade, we have seen mindfulness practice becoming more prominent in education, specifically in schools. In a world of smartphones, social media, and other tech gadgets, staying focused has become increasingly difficult. First grade teacher Jaime Balocca is certified in mindful education and has introduced it to her class, as well as faculty and staff. She has led mindful meditations before school and during professional development days. From her experi­ence, and through research and practice, Jaime has seen the impact mindfulness has on the boys. It cultivates skills like self-management, social awareness, and relational skills. It helps to build confidence, resilience, and improves overall academic success.  Mindfulness isn’t necessarily about sitting on a mountaintop med­itating, but is instead focused around the importance of awareness, curiosity, and openness. It is how we relate to people and ourselves.

Physical Fitness

When you think of being healthy, fitness comes to mind. At FCDS, fitness is more than creating star athletes – it is about fostering healthy life habits. Our mandatory participation in sports in Grades 4-9 gets students moving and teaches them the importance of having an ac­tive lifestyle. The coaches have created an environment that is fun and where the boys enjoy playing. From traditional sports to intramural opportunities like squash, paddle tennis, and rock climbing, there is something for everyone. Our main objective is for our students to leave FCDS with a positive attitude towards physical activity. We feel this will help them maintain their well-being and create an experience emphasizing team building and an enjoyment of the game.
Each boy participates in our physical education program. The Pre-K through third grade have sports class where they learn about the importance of physical fitness, learn how to play different sports, and have the opportunity to get outside on the school hockey rink and skate in the winter. The fourth and fifth grade boys play Blue/ White sports and sixth through ninth grade play JV and Varsity sports. Our sports teams include: football, soccer, cross country, hockey, basketball, lacrosse, and baseball, and our intermural op­tions include: squash, crossfit, and rock climbing.
In addition to sports, every student has recess. The Lower School boys spend it running and climbing on the playground, while the Middle and Upper School boys can be found playing foursquare, Kanjam, Spikeball, ultimate Frisbee, and flag football. US News and World Report stated, “Recess is a fundamental component of devel­opment and social interaction children ought to receive in school. It offers a unique opportunity for children to experience a break from the academic demands of school as well as a forum for creative expression, social engagement and physical exertion.”


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FCDS is lucky to have Julie Seymour, RN, MSN taking care of students and faculty during the day. From band aids to disease prevention, Julie has us covered. In addition to making sure kids are feeling well, Julie works closely with students with food allergies, their families, and the kitchen staff. She is diligent in her efforts to make sure everyone stays safe at school.

In each division, classroom instruction is complemented with age-appropriate activities to enhance their learning of health and wellness. For example, in Lower School, Pre-K students do yoga and learn about their bodies. The second grade studies nutrition during their science unit on the nervous system. The fourth grade discuss ways to keep their organs healthy during their unit on the human body. For fifth through ninth grade we follow the town of Fairfield health curriculum. The curriculum is designed to provide the boys necessary knowledge and skills to develop positive habits and relationships. Country Day hires an outside educator, Lori Mediate, to teach the fifth and sixth grade about puberty. The curriculum builds with each grade, and by the time the boys are in ninth grade they are learning about meaningful relationships, sexually transmit­ted diseases, and navigating social situations. In Upper School, Will Slotnik, the founder and director of Wellness Collaborative, provides drug education, stress management, and mindfulness training to students, parents, and faculty and staff.

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    Your son comes home from school and sadly reports he failed a test.  Other kids laughed about it, and he felt even worse.  He acknowledges that he hadn’t studied enough for it and says that he asked the teacher for a make-up opportunity.  He said he was going to his room to study some more.  You feel proud of his inner sense of strength in admitting his part of the problem and of his resolve to improve his performance.
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FCDS is very fortunate to have Chef Kevin Stawitz, and his team, leading the kitchen. He provides our community with a balanced meal of a vegetable, carbohydrate, and protein each lunch. Menus are created on campus and to the extent possible, foods are made from scratch. They primarily use olive oil, which has a healthier blend of fatty acids compared with other cooking oils. Seasonal fruits and vegetables are offered daily, utilizing local farmers practic­ing ecologically responsible farming methods whenever possible. We provide pitchers of rBGH free milk, organic milk cartons, organic yogurt, and our eggs are cage-free. Kevin and his team do a great job preparing delicious, yet healthy meals. There was a day this fall where Chef Kevin served chicken pot pie. A waiter asked, “what is this?” and another boy exclaimed “chicken pot pie – the most delicious thing you will eat!” Lunch is not only about socializing and refueling, but the family style promotes trying new things. Boys try vegetables and dishes they may never eat at home.
Due to food allergies and wanting to keep healthy food options a priority, the school has recently moved to a no outside food policy. The kitchen provides a daily snack such as hummus and carrots, fruit, and bagels with cream cheese. The one exception to this rule is the ninth grade continues to have bacon, egg, and cheese sand­wiches on Thursday mornings. Some traditions are harder to curb than others


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