The Year of Kindness

Have you ever thought, “wow, this world could use more kindness”? We have! That is why this year we are embarking on a school-wide kindness initiative. We are encouraging everyone, students, teachers, staff, and parents, to go the extra mile to show a little kindness to each other. We can do this by encouraging someone when they’re feeling down, complimenting a friend or a stranger, by sending a note of appreciation, help a friend who is struggling, or be a listening ear when someone needs to talk.  By showing kindness we are showing that we care about one another which creates empathy and compassion!

There is a “Kindness Box” located at the front desk. Use this area to leave a kind note to student, teacher, friend, colleague, or staff member!

For more ideas on how to teacher kindness to children, have a look at the links below:

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-27967/7-fun-ways-to-teach-kindness-to-kids.html

https://www.parenting.com/article/raising-a-compassionate-child

https://www.parents.com/parenting/better-parenting/advice/14-little-ways-to-encourage-kindness/

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The Country Day School Mission Statement

See You Later, Ms. Becky!

After 5 years Ms. Becky has decided to embark upon her career as a photographer with Spoiled Rotten Photography. Over the past 5 years she has been our Kids Club Director, Summer Camp Teacher, Yearbook Creator, Scholarship Coordinator, and Front Desk Extraordinaire. We are sadden to see her leave us, but we know that she will be successful in her future endeavors. Who knows, she may even be back to take our school pictures! Replacing her is Jessica Holtcamp. Ms. Holtcamp is a returning member of the CDS family. She taught 2nd grade 2013-2014 and has taken on her new role as our office manager. We are so excited to have her back, and can’t wait to see what this year brings. Be sure to stop by and say hello!

Little Free Library

What is a little free library? It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. Have you seen ours? We have both children’s books and books that us adults would enjoy.  Please join in taking and bringing books for our new little free library.  And keep watching for some beautiful decorations being added to it.

Earth Day Campus Beautification

Our Campus Beautification for Earth Day was a huge success!!  Together our parents, students and teachers created new play spaces, gardens and cleaned up some of our existing gardens!  A great BIG thank you to all who helped out!  When you get a chance, please take a look around and check out the new projects that our kiddos have completed.

Please be aware that as our children are going into the woods more and more we need to be diligent about checking them for ticks daily. As you know, ticks thrive in humid environments and seem to love our 21 acres of wonderful forest here at Country Day!!
You can prevent getting ticks on you by wearing a hat and long sleeves when you go outdoors. Also, bug spray containing DEET is recommended, I personally use Avon’s Skin So Soft because it doesn’t contain all the chemicals and leaves my skin soft. Once you’ve been outside, it is important to check yourself and children for ticks. Check clothing as well, they like to play hide and seek in folds and hems.
If you discover that a tick has decided you are yummy and has attached itself to you, there are many ways to remove the little hitch hiker. The most effective way to remove a tick is with a pair of tweezers (see page two for details).
Bottom line is that we just need to be aware. Most ticks do not carry diseases, and most tick bites do not cause serious health problems. But it is important to avoid and check for ticks, and to remove a tick as soon as you find it.

 

CDS Is Now A Certified Wildlife Habitat!

I am so excited to announce to you that The Country Day School’s campus has been officially certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a Wildlife Habitat!! Because of our teacher’s and staff’s dedication to creating sustainable gardens and landscaping, wildlife may find quality habitat- food, water, cover and places to raise their young. It also helps that we are located on 21 pristine acres of forest with a creek that runs right through our land.
Your children have experienced so many outdoor adventures because of our location and our dedication to create a true outdoor classroom. Ask them about their adventures and the wildlife they have seen in our habitat!

International Festival is getting closer and we are all so excited here at CDS!! Please join us on Saturday, March 12th from 9am-noon for a fun filled morning of arts, crafts, history, dancing, food and so much more. If you haven’t signed up to help and would still like to, please contact Mrs. Cotton or Ms. Dill.

3 Day Weekend No School on Monday

Please remember that we have a 3 day weekend! There will be no school on Monday, January 18th in celebration of Martin Luther King jr. Day. We will see you all on Tuesday!!

Hot Dog Wednesdays start on January 20th.

Baby It’s Cold Outside!

We’ve all heard the Play 60 ads put out there by the NFL. We know it is important that our kids get 60 minutes of exercise every day. But did you know that you should strive to have them play outside as often as possible? Even in colder weather. I found a great article (linked below) by the National Wildlife Federation encouraging outside play. Please take a moment to read it and pledge with them to Be Out There. Not just for your children, but for yourself also!!
Be Out There Article

Join the National Wildlife Federation and pledge to Be Out There
Www.BeOutThere.org/join

Happy New Year

I hope you all had a restful break and were able to spend time with your family enjoying each other. Family is the most important thing!!
Now that we are back at school, please remember school starts at 8:30 and ends at 2:30. Please drop off and pick up your child on time! Missing those first and last little bits of school is not good for your student and sets a bad example for them to follow in the future. Being prompt is a great habit to have.
I also want to remind you that when you drop off and pick up your child you must stay in your car if doing so in the “Kiss and Go” lane. If you want to get out of your car, please park in the parking lot and come in through the front door.
I am looking forward to what this new year brings here at CDS and am so happy that you are here to share it with me.

WinterFest Excitement

With only a few day left until our annual holiday party, our school is buzzing with excitement.  This year’s theme is Winter Carnivale (Mardi Gras) and we can’t wait to see everyone in their  Sunday best…..and I’m hoping to see a few masks!  I know I got my very first Mardi Gras mask to wear on Tuesday!  If you haven’t done so yet, please check out the invitation that was sent via email and sign up to bring a dessert (hand held) to share.

We are still gathering toys to put under our Giving Tree!  Please bring in a new, unwrapped toy to share under our tree.  We will be delivering our toys to Toys for Tots on Wednesday, December 16th.

Please remember that next Friday, December 18th is a half day of school.  Your child needs to be picked up between 11:30 and noon.  Winter Break is from December 21st through January 1st.  I hope you enjoy your time off with your children.