Dear Alumni & Friends,

Welcome to the eighth 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.

RCDS Day at the Races

We hope to see you this Sunday!

Register yourself and your family at We invite all members of the RCDS family to come together for a day of community and fun! All current families, past families, alumni, current and former faculty/staff, grandparents, current and former Trustees and friends of RCDS are welcome! Cost of the event is $20.00* per adult, $10.00* per child, ages 4-14 (children under 4 are free) and includes grandstand admission, BBQ lunch, soft drinks, beer & wine (ages 21 and older only). Gates open at 11:30 am and lunch in the RCDS picnic area will take place from 12:00 - 2:00 pm.

Please contact Jessica Goski at with any questions.

What's Happening at RCDS?

Read some recent news to learn more about the great things happening at our school!

The Jayne S. Carmody School – The finishing touches are being put on the new facilities that will be home to The Carmody School at RCDS starting this school year. To honor long-time Lower School Head Mrs. Carmody, who retired this past spring, RCDS announced in February that the program formerly know as “School Within a School” would be renamed The Carmody School. The new facilities are located on the second floor of the William I. Riker Academic Center, in what was formerly a multi-purposed seminar room and the open-air second story of the school library.

New Flexible Classroom Brings Variety to RCDS Students – Also new to Riker Hall this year is a flexible classroom that was constructed in the second-floor common space above Skirkanich Commons. This new classroom will be available to all grades of students, from Beginners through 8, for special projects, events, and programming. 

RCDS Auditorium Gets Refreshed – The RCDS auditorium is the RCDS Auditorium is undergoing a facelift, as you can see from this “demo-day” photo, and new seating, flooring, lights, and sound. Head of School Whitney Slade recommended this additional summer capital project to the Board in the spring, noting that all Beginner through Grade 8 students will benefit from the upgrade for their class plays, assemblies, drama productions and more. 

“Summer of Innovation”  – RCDS celebrated an outstanding inaugural year of expanded summer camp programming! The school thanks the more than 200 students who participated in eight weeks of activities, from Debate and Drama to D.R.E.A.M. (Design, Robotics, Engineering, Arts and Math), Skill Boosters and Early-Childhood Programs. Click here for images from our summer of fun.

Horizons at RCDS – Congratulations also go to the 210 students who have just completed their summer with Horizons. For six weeks, low-income K-8 students from neighboring communities attended RCDS to focus on Reading, Math, Science, Performing Arts, and even Debate this year, which was a first! Special thanks go to the more than 40 RCDS alumni who volunteered their time this summer! To see photos from the 19th summer of Horizons at RCDS, click here.

Fond Farewell 


On June 2, 2015, nearly 300 RCDS community members gathered together at the Rumson Country Club Riverhouse to extend a fond farewell and best wishes to some of Rumson Country Day’s longest serving and most beloved faculty members: Mrs. Carmody, Mrs. Figarola, Mr. & Mrs. Garside, and Mrs. Mansfield. Guests ranges from current parents, Board members and faculty to alumni, past parents, past faculty members, and former trustees, signifying the breadth of lives touched by these teachers. Click here to view images from the event.

If you would like to make a gift in honor of one of our retiring faculty members, please visit for more information. Thank you!

Annual Giving News

RCDS is proud to report its final 2014-15 Annual Giving results of $580,605 and 80.5% current parent participation, which signify the fact that the school achieved its dual goals of raising at least $550,000 and reaching 80% parent participation.

Did you know that 184 alumni contributed gifts totaling nearly $100,000 of this total amount. Wow! If you would like to participate and represent your class this year, please visit to make a gift. (All gifts received by June 30, 2015 will be listed in the upcoming 2014-15 Annual Donor Report; all subsequent gifts will count in the 2015-16 fundraising year.)  

Summer 2015

 Alumnus Return to RCDS

Rumson Country Day was pleased to have alumnus Eric Hsia '86 recently walk through its halls again - Eric's first time since graduation! Eric, his wife, Jennifer and their daughter, Kate (pictured here), were visiting from the Bay Area and on a combined tour of the East Coast and walk down memory lane, with stops at Jennifer's home town of Bryn Mawr, PA; her alma mater, University of Pennsylvania; the Statue of Liberty and New York City, where Eric and Jennifer first met; and, of course, RCDS!

Highlights of the school visit were: Eric's recollection of his performance as King Arthur in his third grade play when visiting the auditorium, showing Jennifer and Kate his name on special award plaques on display in the school, and running into Mr. Scott, who instantaneously shared stories and fond memories of the Class of 1986 - what a memory!

Eric is currently a Venture Partner with TransLink Capital in Palo Alto, California. He is a founder of Eternal Capital and a private investor, board member and advisor to public and private technology companies. He has led investments in technology, media and telecommunications companies in China, India, Korea and the United States.

Eric writes, "Greetings to my fellow Class of 1986ers and thanks to my wonderful teachers at RCDS who provided me an opportunity to learn, grow and extend my horizons."

RCDS welcomes all alumni to return to campus. Please contact Jessica Goski at to schedule a date to visit your alma mater! 

Check Out What's New on the
Alumni Blog

Visit to read about great things that are happening for fellow RCDS Alumni, to submit comments, or to share your own news.

Class Reunions

Members of the following Alumni classes are in the planning stage for upcoming class reunions. If you are in one of these classes, please reach out to the following contacts:

  • Class of 1967 & 1968 – Laurie Ellis Bruckmann ’67 & Bruce Bruckmann ’68 Reunion planning for Saturday, September 19.
  • Class of 1974 – Lise Thompson-Brander '74 - Reunion planning for Saturday, September 12.

  • Class of 1981 - Catherine Strong Mitchell ’81 35th reunion planning for 2016.

If you are interested in organizing a class reunion or simply helping RCDS stay in better touch with you and your former classmates, please contact

Save The Dates


  • Sunday, August 30 – RCDS Day at the Races at Monmouth Park Racetrack 
  • Saturday, September 12 - Class of '74 Reunion - cocktail reception at RCDS & school tours.
  • Saturday, September 19 - Class of '64, '67, '68 Reunion - cocktail reception at RCDS & school tours.
  • Saturday, September 26 - Fall Athletic Showcase: come visit to watch our teams play: Football at 9 am vs. Mater Dei, Girls’ soccer at 10:30 am vs. Red Bank, Boys’ soccer at 11:30 am vs. Red Bank 
  • Tuesday, November 24 – 6th Annual Young Alumni Turkey Bowl for the Classes of 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 
  • Thursday, December 17 – Holiday Concert for Grades 3-6 at 7pm 
  • Friday, December 18 – Holiday Concert for Beginners-Grade 2 at 11:15am 
  • Friday, April 15 – Sunday, April 17 – 47th Annual “Whale of a Sale” Rummage Sale 
  • Friday, April 29 – Grandfriends’ Day 
  • Friday, June 10 – Class Day & 8th Grade Graduation

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