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Honoring a 30-year Beloved Tradition

In 1992, in her first year as Head of School, Margaret Gragg Bissell invited Lower School students to visit the Head's House just before the holiday break. This beloved tradition has taken place every year since (even during COVID with modifications).

On December 7, 2022, Marcel Gauthier (Mr. G) hosted his first Head's House visit with the same traditions in tact—meaningful, handcrafted ornaments presented by each grade; Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa songs led by Coach Pearman (his 30th year lending his voice); and Mr. G handing out a gingerbread cookie to each student. As usual, there was much joy and laughter in the air—from our youngest, wide-eyed students delighted with their cookies to our fourth graders cherishing their last visit and remembering years past. 


This is just one of many enduring traditions that bind us as a community. They create lasting memories for all our students and common experiences that alumni parents share with their children. In 2016, when we celebrated our school's 75th anniversary, we created a booklet about our History and Traditions. Whether you are new to Country Day or have been a part of the community for many years, it's a fun recap of all the ways we celebrate community and build lifelong memories together. We are Bucs for Life💚!