Announcing CSLD 2018: Sic Parvis Magna

Salvete Omnes!

We hope you had a relaxing and refreshing summer.  The CSLD committee met in August and we are happy to announce that the theme for CSLD 2018 will be Sic Parvis Magna and the date will be April 27th, 2018.  This is also when we announce the T-Shirt contest — remember the winner receives free admission to Latin Day and two free T-shirts with their logo.  You can find all the details here: tshirt contest.

The next CSLD meeting will be November 4th at 9:30 in Glastonbury.  This meeting is open to anyone who’d like to help — we’ve had several people move on and need some brave souls to lend a hand.  If you’re interested, email the chairs at and

We will have more announcements to post this fall, so check back often!


Results and Awards

Salvete Omnes!

Last week we mailed ribbons for athletic competitions of all sorts.  I neglected to include the actual results sheet — my apologies.  You can find them here:CSLD 2017 Results

I am posting the winners for display projects here: Display Award Winners .  Note that some information is still incomplete.  Winners for the new ‘Best in Show’ prize can expect to receive a medal in the mail.  We hope to award the medal on site starting next year.

Here are the winners for academic contests: Academic Contest Winners 2017 .  Thank you to teachers for helping us track down whose contests were whose.  We will be emailing the award certificates to teachers this year.  Simply fill in which contest and sign the certificate.

Thank you everyone once again for making Latin Day an event to be proud of.  If you are interested in serving on the committee (and did not already say so on the survey), email me at  Thanks and have a great summer!

CSLD 2017 Perfectus Est!



Thank you everyone for making Latin Day 2017 a great success.  We had 54 schools and 1644 people attend this year.  Once again we had beautiful weather and the day went without any major issues!

RESULTS: You can find results from the athletic competitions, academic contests and display projects on the website soon.  Here are some of the results: CSLD 2017 Results  Ribbons and certificates will be sent directly to your schools soon.  

ROMAN DRESS: Many students were not dressed in appropriate Roman dress. A white t-shirt is not a tunica, a sheet around your neck is not a toga or worse: no Roman dress is not acceptable. Proper Roman attire is one of the hallmarks of our event – teachers and chaperones need to emphasize this rule prior and enforce it during the day. If not  Latin Day will look and feel like any other field day.

CHAPERONES: We noticed a wide discrepancy in both chaperone assignments, as well as chaperone performance.  Chaperone assignments are normally two hours and naturally some assignments are harder than others.  The committee plans to look at making the assignments more equitable in the future.  In the meantime, if you worked with an outstanding chaperone this year, tell us about it in the survey.

SURVEY: If you did not hand in the survey during CSLD, please take a moment to fill out the survey that we emailed a few days ago.  You can also find it hereFill out only the questions you choose (only your name and email are required).  Here is a word version of the survey: Evaluation Form 2017  We need responses by May 12th.

FINAL MEETING: The CSLD committee final meeting will be Saturday May 13th at 9:30am in Glastonbury.  Anyone who would like to give input in person or anyone interested in helping to plan and organize Latin Day 2018 is welcome.  Please RSVP to this email and we’ll send details.

GRATIAS: Thank you to everyone who helped make this year a success.  Thank you everyone who judged, presented, ran workshops, and chaperoned throughout the day.  Thank you to the dedicated members of the CSLD 2017 Committee: Julia Fedoryk, Stephany Pascetta (presentations chair),  Paul Giblin (treasurer and academic contests co-chair), Jan Frazier (academic contests co-chair and projects co-chair), David Sterry-Brine (press and declamation), Clement Kuehn (projects chair), and Cristina Corona (academic contests co-chair). A special thank you to Joyce Narden and Paula Chabot, in their final year of running workshops on the committee.  Thank you to Peter O’Sullivan for running Certamen.  And a warm thank you to Amy White, former committee chair, who took care of t-shirts and patiently shepherded us through this experience all year.  Thank you also to the many people we may be forgetting!

We hope CSLD 2017 was a great event for you and your students.  We hope you’ll be back next spring.

Drew Warchut & Arlette de Koning

Co-chairs, Connecticut State Latin Day 2017





A few final reminders for tomorrow:

1. Please print out, cut and fill in submission labels for display projects in advance.  This will save time and confusion.

2. Make sure all students attending have a Roman tunica, otherwise they will not be able to participate in activities.  They also need to be decently covered underneath their tunica.

3. Stop by the welcome tent when you arrive.  We will be handing out name tags for chaperones in order to help fellow adults know who is who.

Also, we will need to cancel the Heads Up workshop this year.  We hope to be able to offer it again next year, but Heads Up will not be held this year.  We apologize for this.



With Latin Day coming Friday, I thought I’d share what’s new this year:

-We’ll have a shared community project, a ‘Common Mosaic‘ that all Latin Day participants can contribute to when they have a few minutes.  It’s been described as a flashmob-style art project!  Check it out on the open air pavilion, 9am-1pm.

-We have a new Recitatio workshop, for students of all abilities interested in how Latin sounded.  You’ll also learn the art of declamation.  11:30-12:30 in Cabin XX.  Students who attend may then compete in the Declamation competition at 1:00 in the main pavilion.

-This year we’ll have a new ‘Welcome Tent‘ near the bus entrance.  This is a perfect spot to take a photo of your discipuli tunicati before the action.  It’s also a place to pick up a map or schedule if you need an extra.

-Two new interactive workshops will be offered.  Roman Herbs lets students touch, smell, see — maybe even taste — herbs that were commonly used in Roman times.  Roman herbs is offered 12:00-1:00 and 1:00-2:00 in cabin XVII.  Tabula is a simple Roman board game students can learn and play in groups.  Tabula is offered 12:30-2:30 in cabin XI.  For descriptions of all workshops as Latin Day, visit the Workshops & Presentations tab.


Registration is now closed. CSLD 2017 List of Attendees is the final list of schools and the number of attendees.


Finally, Chaperones by School CSLD 2017 is the list of chaperones by school.

Looking forward to seeing everyone Friday!

Planning out your Latin Day


In order to help you plan Latin Day with your students, I’ve posted some updated information under the Important Info for CSLD 2017 page.  There you’ll find the official diploma for this year, the schedule of events, activity grid, workshop descriptions, chaperone assignments, and scheduled sports times.  It’s a good idea to share these with first-time Latin Day attendees.  If you can’t spare class time or club time, just telling students about this website lets them plan much of their day.

One major change you’ll notice as you plan your day is that Academic Contests will only be given once, 10:00-12:00.  If you, like I, require students to take an academic contest during the day (and I highly recommend using the diploma system to ensure this), be aware that they will need to take it before noon.

Finally, I mistakenly sent out last year’s project labels in the registration packet.  While you may use the old ones, you can access current project here: project_labels_2017.  You should also read the new project guidelines (csld-display-projects-general-information-2017), in particular please submit all projects by 9:00am in the main pavilion.

Registration Packets are Out!

Can you feel the impending exhilaration of another Latin Day just around the corner?  Registration packets are in the mail and should be reaching your schools by the end of the week.  Inside you’ll find useful information that we on the CSLD committee recommend reading carefully, then sharing with your students and fellow chaperones.  If you don’t receive your packet by Monday (April 24th), please email me personally ASAP (  Thank you for bearing with us in our first turn as chairs.

I’ll be uploading documents for you in the next few days, as well as highlighting new and changing plans for this year, but I want to address chaperones for a moment.

Two changes this year have led to many chaperones not getting their preferred events: 1) there will only be one session of academic contests and 2) we have decided that chaperones should not be assigned to certamen if they could potentially be judging their own team.  So we will be disappointing some of you.  However, please keep an open mind about your assignment this year and know that Latin Day relies on responsible adults making the event fun and safe for our students.  Thank you.