Dear Alumni & Friends,

Welcome to the tenth issue of our Alumni newsletter for The Rumson Country Day School - The Brownstone!  This issue is being sent to all alumni and members of the extended RCDS community. Please forward to others and have them inform RCDS of their email addresses if they did not receive this publication. Any questions or suggestions regarding RCDS Alumni or community affairs, please contact Jessica Goski at or 732-842-0527, ext. 1142.

What's Happening at RCDS?

Stokes – 6th grade students spent three days at Stokes State Forest, continuing the tradition of embracing nature, team building, and testing personal limits.  Hats off to three RCDS alumni who returned to Stokes with Mr. Scott as parent chaperones and reflected on their own experiences as students: Lauren EISENBERG Balestro ’84, Aaron FEILER ’87, & Trip WOLFE ’90CLICK HERE for images from the Wilderness Trip.

Forensics & Debate – Upper School students have soared with Forensics and Debate competitions in the past several months.  In November 2015, RCDS hosted its 27th Annual Forensics Tournament and just recently on February 6, the school hosted its 2nd Annual Debate Tournament.  Students, faculty, parents, and alumni alike volunteered their time. RCDS placed second overall and was proud that its students comprised the first place team and top speaker honors! Congratulations to all who participated!

All-School Coding Event - On February 1 more than 300 RCDS students and dozens of teachers from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 gathered together in Blake Gym to embrace computer science and participate in the Hour of Code.  RCDS joined tens of millions of people around the world who recently took part in one of the largest learning events in history. CLICK HERE for images of students and faculty collaborating with code.

8th Grade Ski Trip – members of the Class of 2016 hit the slopes instead of school on Friday, February 5. The Class visited Camelback resort with Head of School Whitney Slade, Athletic Director and Coach Paul Campanella, and parent chaperones to enjoy skiing, snowboarding, tubing and good ol’ fashioned class bonding. 

New Offerings for Young Families, After-School Enrichment & Summer Camp 

RCDS is very excited to offer additional programming throughout the school year and during summer – both for current RCDS students and for the broader community.

Spread the word to friends throughout Monmouth County about new after-school enrichment and summer camp offerings for students ranging from age 3 - grade 8 or learn about the RCDS Program for Young Families for those with children, infants - age 5. Click the links below for details!

The Early Childhood Center at RCDS is thrilled to also announce the expansion of its program options. Click here to learn more!

Annual Giving

Did you know that 131 alumni have already given gifts totaling more than $85,000 to RCDS this year? Wow! If you would like to participate and represent your class this year, please visit to make a gift.

The RCDS community has collectively donated $623,482 to Annual Giving thus far this year, which is 96% of our dollar goal of $650,000.  Please add your support to our totals today at

We also encourage you to visit to view a complete list of all our 2014-15 donors – THANK YOU!

Class of 2012 College News

RCDS congratulates to members of the Class of 2012 who have received exciting early decision news for college. We also wish all the best to those alumni who are patiently waiting for college responses in the coming weeks. We are confident that you will succeed wherever your academic path may lead you. We hope to celebrate with everyone later this spring - please send news about your college decision to Director of Alumni, Jessica Goski, at

We are also considering holding a Class of 2012 event for our alumni and their parents later this spring. If you would be interested in attending such an event and/or helping to coordinate it, please contact Jessica Goski at

 Phi Beta Kappa Day

RCDS once again celebrated our alumni with a day off on February 16.  This year, the day honored two Phi Beta Kappa members: Sara Bellin ’04 & Alexis Harrison ’04

CLICK HERE for a complete listing of our Phi Beta Kappa alumni and email Jessica Goski at if your name is missing. 

 Event Recap & Photos

Carmody School Dedication – On November 20, students, parents, faculty and Trustees joined together to celebrate the official dedication of The Jayne S. Carmody School at RCDS and the expansion of the school’s program for language-based learning differences, formerly known as School Within a School.  

6th Annual Young Alumni Turkey Bowl – this year, more than 75 young alumni returned to RCDS’ campus just before Thanksgiving in order to visit with faculty, visit with each other and also to watch the second annual Upper School powder puff football game. 

Holiday Concerts – RCDS students from Beginners through Grade 6 once again helped ring in the holiday season through two concerts in mid-December. This year, lighting and stage enhancements allowed the students to be better featured for all who attended.  CLICK HERE to view photos 

Parent Council Gator Ball – Blake Gym was once again transformed on Saturday, January 30 and hosted Parent Council’s largest friend-raiser and fundraiser, Gator Ball. More than 300 attendees enjoyed a delicious meal, danced to great music, and participated in a robust silent and live auction, with all proceeds benefiting the students, faculty, and programs at Rumson Country Day. Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and offered their support of our school through Gator Ball! CLICK HERE to see images from the evening and to view our digital FAMILY ALBUM.

Winter 2016

Evan Soltas ’07, 2016 Rhodes Scholar

Click here to read about Evan’s achievement.

Click here to check out our newest ALUMNI STORIES to learn more about Life After RCDS!

Return to RCDS

Planning is underway for our next Alumni Homecoming Celebration – save the date for Saturday, September 10, 2016! Members of the following Alumni classes are coordinating class-specific events in conjunction with the all-alumni reception at school.  If you are a member of one of these classes, please reach out to the following contacts:

Class of 1966 – Stevie Severance McCarter ’66 and Mike McCarter ’66

Class of 1967 & 1968 – Laurie Ellis Bruckmann ’67 & Bruce Bruckmann ’68

Class of 1981 – Cathi Seril Fytopoulis ’81 & Catherine Strong Mitchell ’81

Class of 1991 – Lori Gaines Freund ’91 & Jessica Lubarsky Wax ’91

If you would like to help organize a reunion for your own class, please contact Jessica Goski at


Check Out What's New on the
Alumni Blog

Did you know that RCDS alumni are:

1.  being named “Swimmer of the Meet,”

2.  celebrating milestone anniversaries,

3.  writing children’s books,

4.  moving cross-country and

5.  playing football on national television?

Visit to read about the great things that are happening for fellow RCDS Alumni.

Submit comments or share your own news here.

Head of School Blog

Click here to read recent blog posts by Head of School Whitney Slade on topics such as:

-What Is In A Question
-What is Teaching? and

WANTED: Class Agents

Class Agents are vital to the success and life of our alumni community.  We are looking for individuals to volunteer to:

  1. Gather contact information for classmates
  2. Share news with classmates about RCDS and pass along classmates’ news back the school
  3. Forward event invitations and encourage attendance
  4. Help organize your class’ next milestone Reunion year (i.e., 10th, 20th, 25th, 50th, etc.

Save The Dates

  • 46th Annual “Whale of a Sale” Rummage Sale (Saturday, April 16 & Sunday, April 17)
  • Grandparents and Special Friends’ Day (Friday, April 29)
  • Class Day & Graduation for the Class of 2016 (Friday, June 10)
  • Alumni Homecoming and Special Milestone Class Reunions for the “1’s & 6’s” (Saturday, September 10)


Join RCDS Alumni on Facebook

Join the RCDS Alumni Facebook group in order to stay current on school news and events, and to catch up with former classmates & fellow Gators.

Don't forget to LIKE the public RCDS Facebook Page!


Don't forget to LIKE the Jayne S. Carmody School Facebook Page!

Join RCDS Alumni on LinkedIn

 Join the Rumson Country Day School Alumni Group on LinkedIn to reconnect, share professional skills, and network with fellow RCDS Alumni. 


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