To New and Returning CCDS Families,
Welcome to the new school year at CCDS. Throughout the year,
this newsletter (The Informer) will be updated the first day of
each week that school is in session and posted on the website.
Please think of it as your primary source of information.
Calendar events, weekly messages from classroom teachers,
specialty teachers and me are also posted on the website. I will
do my best to send out a weekly reminder via e-mail when the
new Informer is posted, but you may access the site at anytime
by entering www.ccds.org into your browser.
To start off the new year, it is my pleasure to introduce two new members of our staff. The Reverend Terry Dirbas is now the associate rector of Christ Episcopal Church. Along with Father Edward, she will be leading the chapel services and teaching spiritual nurture classes at CCDS in grades kindergarten through 5th grade. (Father Edward will continue to meet with the 6th graders.) Mother Terry will also be serving as chaplain for the students, teachers and Day School families. Mrs. Carin Jaramillo will be our new technology teacher. While primarily working with 3rd-6th grade students, she will act as an advisor to all grades as the school implements a new technology curriculum. The teachers and I are excited about the new curriculum and having Mrs. Carin Jaramillo and The Reverend Terry Dirbas on our staff.
Notes on how to start off the year well informed:
1) Scroll down the Informer page to get all the latest news.
2) Remember the drop off and pick-up policies: do not get out of your car if you are in
the drop off zone… the ambassadors will assist your child. The parking lot is available
for both drop-off times. The playground parking lot is also available for afternoon
pick up. There should be no double parking at any time. Students will not be released
to double-parked cars.
3) Hot lunch will begin the second Friday, September 10th.
4) Mark your calendar for Back to School Night on September 9th
The staff and I are looking forward to all the possibilities a new school year offers as we
work with you to make this a successful year of growth intellectually, spiritually and
emotionally for each child at CCDS. My hope is to mix in a bit of wonder, curiosity and
mutual appreciation for each other as we work together towards these goals.
NEW FEATURES ON THE WEBSITE
As a regular weekly feature of the Informer this year, one specialty teacher will be
featured highlighting what is being taught in those classes for the month. It will also
provide you with background information on the particular teacher and general tips
they may have to assist students and families.
We welcome Mother Terry to Christ Church Day School
Joseph Wampler- (4th) 9/2
Some families have reported that school sweaters are on backorder. That's okay.
No sweat! School sweaters are not required because of the warm weather until
Milk order forms were included in your June packet. If you have not yet returned your
form and wish to order milk for your child, use the one sent home today, and send it to
school IMMEDIATELY. Milk will be available starting tomorrow, Thursday, at snack time
for junior kindergarten and kindergarten and at lunch time for all.
Hot Lunch will begin Friday, September 10th.
Forms for prepaid hot lunch will go home Tuesday, September 7st. If you are paying
for hot lunch each week, remember your child needs to bring the payment in on
Wednesday for the Friday lunch.
STARTING THE YEAR OFF RIGHT TIPS
- Students should arrive no earlier than 7:45 and no later than 7:55.
Please remember that your child’s teacher is starting the day for all 16 children.
So drop off your child and do not linger to talk to the teacher.
Classes begin at 7:55 sharp.
-Students are dismissed at 2:55 and should be picked up no later than 3:05.
If you need to meet with your child’s teacher, please schedule a conference
at 3:05 ahead of time.
-Pick-up time on Wednesdays is at 2:30. Please be on time so that the teachers
may start their staff development meetings immediately after dismissal.
In the interest of fairness to those enrolled in After School Care, all children not
enrolled in one of the After School Care Programs will be sent to After School
Care and charged $10 for every 15 minutes parents are late.
Parents are considered late if their child is not picked up by 10 minutes after
PICK-UP AND DROP OFF PROCEDURES
These are always busy times, but by following the rules, you can help us keep all
of our students safe and the procedures as efficient as possible. Thank you in
advance for your attention to the following rules.
PLEASE DO NOT GET OUT OF YOUR CAR IF YOU USE THE LOADING ZONE IN
FRONT OF THE SCHOOL, EVEN FOR JUST A MOMENT.
-If you are in the loading zone, your child will be brought to your car in the
afternoon and a 6th grade ambassador will help your child/children get out
of the car in the mornings.
- The parking lot across the street is open if you want to help your child in and out
of your car in the morning. Please pass these instructions on to anyone dropping
off orpicking up your child.
- The PE lot will be open for overflow parking in the afternoons from 2:55 to 3:05
or 2:30 – 2:40.
- Please join the end of the line for the loading zone. Sometimes it wraps around
the corner, but we will move it forward as quickly as possible. Remember no cutting.
-Double parking is not allowed and children will not be released to cars that are
- Children riding bikes will be dismissed from the gate closest to the church.
-If you are picking up your child and walking or taking them to your car in the
parking lot, keep a clear view of the cross walks for approaching cars by waiting
to the 10th Street side of the gate.
- The students should bring their lunches to school in the mornings.
If it is necessary for you to deliver a lunch later in the day, please take it to the office.
It will be delivered to your child’s classroom.
SIGNING OUT CHILDREN DURING THE DAY
- If you need to pick up your child during the day, send a note to the teacher in
the morning. Then they can have you’re your child ready to go with homework etc,
ahead of time.
-When you pick up your child, go to the school office and sign out the student
before you pick her/him up from the classroom.
SCHOOL TIME MEDICATIONS
Please remember it is imperative that all medication your child must take during
the school day be sent to the school office in its original packaging, labeled with
instructions. Children should not be told to take oral medication at school
WHEN IN DOUBT ABOUT SOMETHING, CHECK YOUR PARENT HANDBOOK
OR CALL THE OFFICE.
WEDNESDAY, September 1
Junior K – 6th
7:55 am - 12:00 noon.
Going home today, Wednesday, are:
-Milk Order Form
(in case you did not order milk yet)
-After School Care information
-After Care Accommodation
THURSDAY, September 2
Chapel 8:00 am.
Junior K, K and 1st - 7:55 am-12:00 noon.
2nd-6th-7:55 am-2:55 pm.
Milk is available beginning today
for JK & Kindergarten snack time and
for others at lunch.
After School Care begins for
children grades 2-6.
NEW PARENT ORIENTATION 6:30 pm
in Hinde Hall.
FRIDAY, September 3
JK, K and 1st - 7:55 am-12:00 noon.
2nd-6th-7:55 am-2:55 pm.
MONDAY, September 6
NO school – Labor Day.
TUESDAY, September 7
After school care for 1st grade begins.
WEDNESDAY, September 8
FIRST Room Representative Meeting
will be at 8am Hinde Hall.
THURSDAY, September 9
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT 6:00-8:30pm.
Parents of ALL Grades: meet in
Hinde Hall for the General Session
Grade level meetings in the classrooms
are split – some before the general session
and some after. Schedule will be announced
in the next newsletter.
WEDNESDAY, September 15
Art Parent Volunteer Meeting
K – 1st grades 1:15 – 2:00 pm
2nd –6th grades 2:00 – 2:30 pm
Meet in St. Peter’s Chapel.
FRIDAY, September 17
Starts at 2:20pm in church.
!! SAVE THE DATE !!
CCDS Golf Tournament
Friday, November 5
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