Lauren’s spelling bee unfolded in the sweltering gym while I was thinking about CDSG’s recent announcement regarding the state of the school. Country Day, this area’s only accredited school, the lifeblood of a small but important community, and an economic engine for the whole area, announced that its owners would not be reopening the school here next year. Parents are doing a mad scramble to raise the hundreds of thousands of dollars necessary to transfer ownership to an as-yet-unformed nonprofit organization which will take over ownership. Remarkably, efforts seem to be bearing fruit and it looks like doors will reopen next year. Meanwhile, the entire fourth grade is crumbling like dominoes in an effort to spell the word “tact,” a word they say they don’t understand. Challenges all around.