February Update

Salvete veterani et novi,

Here’s hoping you are making it through the wild weather and constant contagion of late!

If you’re reading this, and you’ve never attended Latin Day, then welcome!  We have a lot of pride in our annual event that brings together Latin students for a chance to celebrate Latin and have some fun.  Sometimes there’s rain, and sometimes there’s sun, but the food is good, friendships are warm, and unabashed passion for Latin shines everywhere you look.

We on the Latin committee want to continue to spread the message and welcome schools of all kinds.  I did a little re-organization of our menus so novi can find some basic information about what we do.  I plan to add more items for new folks over time as well; please share if you have something you believe would help!

I have one update for everyone, regarding the coordinated tunica contest.  This contest lets a school display its spirit by choosing a logo and theme, and being able to articulate the meaning behind these choices.  We are increasing the maximum cost of each tunica to $25.  We are also modifying the participation requirement to either 50% of attendees or 10 students, whichever is lower.  This should help bigger schools, and those who have difficulty organizing themselves for the judging.  You can find the full rules and requirements here: tunica-contest.

The committee is working on some ideas that aren’t quite finalized, but I anticipate a few big announcements coming.  Until next time, stay healthy and dry.


Logo and Registration


We have a logo for Latin Day 2019.  Many congratulations to Olivia Geromin of E.O. Smith on submitting the winning design below.  We also want to congratulate the several other students who submitted designs for theme of Ars Longa, Vita Brevis.  We are proud of your awesome work.

CSLD 2019 Logo

This means we can open registration for CSLD 2019.  Below are the registration form and T-shirt order form.  We will be updating this website for 2019 in the next few weeks, so you may see some minor changes.  We should also have an update after the next CSLD meeting in January.  In the meantime, we wish everyone a happy and safe winter break — Ferias Laetas!


t-shirt-order-form-2019 final

Welcome to CSLD MMXIX

Salvete Omnes!  Preparation for CSLD 2019 has begun!

Here is the info for the CSLD T-shirt Contest 2019 Updated. And a google doc of the T-shirt form.  The theme this year is Ars Longa, Vita Brevis!

CSLD 2019 will take place on April 26th, 2019 at Holiday Hill in Cheshire.

Also, we have experienced a lot of Latin Day workshop coordinators who are stepping down, and we could really use more/new teachers willing to run a workshop.  In recent years we have lost longtime workshop coordinators for Roman Coins, Clay Sculpting, Roman Jewelry, Latin Sing Along, Lumpies and now Wreath Making (to name a few).

So, if you have a lesson that you are excited to teach and think would work at Latin Day, PLEASE CONTACT US.  We can reimburse for supplies and we offer free admission for workshop coordinators.  Just tell us your room needs, we’ll reserve a space, and you bring supplies and receipts to Latin Day — you don’t need to attend any meetings.

You can email me at warchut@gmail.com and/or our workshops coordinator at clement.kuehn@meridenk12.org.

CSLD 2018 Final Post

Salvete Omnes,

Thank you everyone for making Latin Day 2018 a success.  We had 46 schools and 1442 people register this year, a bit fewer than last year.  We braved the rain and some of us even got to take in a muddy chariot race.

RESULTS: You can find results from the athletic competitions in the last posting. The list of display project winners was shared in the last email.  Ribbons, certificates, and medals are being mailed to your schools today.  Congratulations to the winners of the first ever Nancy Lister Summa Cum Virtute Best in Spirit Award, New Canaan High School!  Also congratulations to the winner of the first ever William J. Mayer Opus Optimum Best in Show Award, Waterford High School’s Catherine Saucier!

BAGS & BACKPACKS: We noticed a lot of bags being carried around this year.  Remember that the policy of CSLD and Holiday Hill is that no bags are allowed.  Students are likely to break or lose items they bring. This year one attendee lost a bag with a valuable item, which was thankfully found after hours.  Do not put yourself in this situation — use the bag check or don’t bring one at all.

ROMAN DRESS: Once again, 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.

CHAPERONES: We worked hard to make chaperone duties more equitable this year, reducing assignments to 90 minutes, specifying the window and even providing reminder cards at the welcome tent.  We also salute the chaperones who served beyond their stated time.

SURVEY: You can fill out the online (google form) version of the survey in the previous posting, or ask and we can send a word/pdf version.  We value your feedback.

FINAL MEETING: The CSLD committee final meeting has already happened.  Anyone interested in joining the CSLD 2019 committee can reply to this email or indicate interest on the survey.

PRESS LINKS: Here are some links from local organizations who came to cover CSLD:



GRATIAS VOBIS: 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 tireless members of the CSLD 2018 Committee: Jan Frazier (academic contests co-chair), Paul Giblin (treasurer and academic contests co-chair), Cristina Corona (certamen chair), David Sterry-Brine (press and declamation chair), Stephany Pascetta (presentations chair), Julia Fedoryk (projects chair), Clement Kuehn (projects chair), Nina Barclay, and Chris Chan. Thank you to Mary Sersanti for running Costumes and the Tunica Contest. Thank you also to the many people we may be forgetting!

We hope CSLD 2018 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 2018

Final Reminders and Info


We hope everyone’s getting excited for Friday.  Last week we updated and posted all of the forms under Important Info for CSLD 2018, so check for any forms you might want to reference, print and/or bring to Latin Day.

Admission Letter: We also emailed an ‘admission letter’ to everyone registered, which was sent in lieu of the big ‘admission packet’ that we used to send.  A couple of things to know:

  1. You will need to check in at the Welcome Tent on arrival in order to receive your bracelets.  We will hand each school an envelope with exactly the number of bracelets that you registered and were confirmed for.  Schools with additional people will not be admitted.
  2. You don’t need the ‘admission letter’ to enter CSLD 2018.  You should print out what you need from the mailing but you will not need to present anything.  I apologize for the naming of this.

Chaperones: You might notice we’ve worked to make chaperone duties more equitable this year.  Regular chaperones are expected to help for 1.5 hours.  If you would like to help out longer by coming earlier or staying later at your assignment, this is welcome and encouraged, but not required.  Also be aware that set up and clean up time has been built into the schedule for most events.

Please be sure you prepare yourself and fellow chaperones for your/their assigned duties, and encourage everyone to do their share.  If you had a positive or negative experience with a chaperone, feel free to share with us.  We are interested in your feedback on all of the changes this year, so please take a minute to fill out the followup survey when it’s sent out.

General Preparation: In addition to chaperones, prepare the students.  Make sure they know what is and isn’t Roman attire, go over your diploma expectations, and show them the various schedules.  Kids get the most out of the day when they aren’t just wandering, and they might have the time to look over schedules even if you can’t in class.

Website Documents: These are the website documents mentioned in the admission letter.  They are officially subject to change before Latin Day.  See other tabs for official rules.

CSLD 2018 Schedule of Events

CSLD 2018 Workshop Descriptions

CSLD 2018 Press Release

CSLD 2018 Brochure

We look forward to seeing everyone Friday!

CSLD Documents Available


With CSLD less than 2 weeks away, it’s time to start getting ready.  Most of the documents are now on this site under the Important Info for CSLD 2018 tab.  I will post the diploma soon as well.  Here is the final list of schools coming to CSLD 2018.  Everyone has received a confirmation email stating attendees and whether I need anything else.

Bolton High School
Branford High School
Bristol Central High School
Bristol Eastern
Bunnell High School
Cheshire High School
Conard High School
Daniel Hand High School
East Lyme High School
Ellington High School
EO Smith High School
Fairfield Warde High School
Farmington High School
Fitch High School
Foran High School
Glastonbury High School
Greater Hartford Classical Magnet School
Hall High School
Hamden Hall School
Henry James Memorial School
Jonathan Law High School
Litchfield High School
Lyme-Old Lyme High School
Maloney High School
New Canaan High School
Newington High School
North Branford High School
North Haven High School
Northwest Catholic High School
OH Platt High School
Regina Pacis Academy
Rocky Hill High School
Saint Paul Catholic High School
Saxe Middle School
Simsbury High School
Southington High School
Stamford High School
Staples High School
Stratford High School
The Gilbert School
Wamogo Regional HS #6
Waterford High School
Westhill High School
Wilton High School