Dear CDS Families,
I feel that we are finding our groove now given the routines of three-plus weeks of this new school year, and even though we have had some direct student positive Covid cases and a required day-off to allow for staff vaccinations, we have been in school continuously -- something everyone likes.
CDS Open Houses
We started our schedule of Open Houses this week, with the EC and ES Houses launching the presentations. Hosted by our Primary Principal, Ariel Weissburg, and her staff, these virtual visits give our families the opportunity to meet their child’s teachers and learn more about the magical and exciting learning that happens every day here at CDS. I hope all families were able to join in the fun and left feeling like CDS is an exceptional place for their children, with the best teachers, program, facilities, and resources. Next week we will hold our MS and HS Open Houses, hosted by Secondary Principal Jose Luis Menendez and his staff, where families will tour an abbreviated schedule of their child’s classes, meet their teachers, and learn about the skills and content knowledge expected in each course. Be sure to note these dates, September 8 (MS) and September 9 (HS) at 6:00 pm, and join us!
Environmental Sustainability @ CDS
As part of The Sustainables, HS Science teacher Ximena Daza and her HS Advisory Class worked to help local wildlife replenish its habitat on our CDS campus. In doing this, CDS is now recognized as an official “Wildlife Habitat” by the National Wildlife Federation. CDS school grounds are already a welcoming haven for many pollinator insects, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds. And the H.S. Advisory Class and Ms. Daza ensured our habitat met all the requirements for certification such as: providing food, shelter, water, and places to raise young for many local species and also be a school with sustainable practices. In the HS area, students made bird feeders, birdhouses, and birdbaths with recycled household materials. They added more pollinator and butterfly-friendly plants. And with the help of the school maintenance team, Ms. Daza’s class made a special bird watching station for our EC kids to enjoy and learn! These new additions, it’s a step toward replenishing resources for our local wildlife, creating awareness, and inspiring others to make a difference in reducing the decline of wildlife habitats around the world.
Well-being Theme for 2021 - 2022
Each year we choose a relevant theme, and this year is centered on well-being and inclusion: Be You. Be well. Belong. We chose this theme explicitly to allow all of our students -- and staff -- to feel free to be who they are, to be balanced and healthy (physically, mentally, socially), and to be included. It would be great to have CDS families join us with values and behaviors at home as we endeavor to make this theme come alive.
If I can be of any help or service to you or your children this year, to make their year the most awesome one ever, please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 2289 0919, ext. 2224.
Wishing you all a great weekend!
With Panther Pride,
Dr. Scott Adams