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Words from Primary

Mrs. Ariel Weissburg

Primary Principal

Dear Families, 

Country Day School - Ariel Weissburg Primary Principal

Happy New Year! It’s been great to have students back on campus and hear about their experiences over the break. I want to take this opportunity to welcome our new families to CDS! Throughout January, our teachers and counselors are focusing on welcoming back our returning students and helping our new students feel at home at CDS through morning meetings, community building activities, and intensional social-emotional learning (SEL) classes. 

I was hopeful that the start of our semester would allow for more opportunities to meet in-person. Although this isn’t the safest option right now, I’ll share a few alternative ways for us to connect soon. In the meantime, please continue to reach out to me by phone, email, or by setting up a Zoom meeting. I look forward to starting off the semester with a strong partnership with you!


Wishing you a great weekend!


  • Country Day school - II Semester SY 21-22 First day of school
  • Country Day school - II Semester SY 21-22 First day of school
  • Country Day school - II Semester SY 21-22 First day of school
  • Country Day school - II Semester SY 21-22 First day of school
  • Country Day school - II Semester SY 21-22 First day of school
  • Country Day school - II Semester SY 21-22 First day of school
  • Country Day school - II Semester SY 21-22 First day of school
  • Country Day school - II Semester SY 21-22 First day of school
  • Country Day school - II Semester SY 21-22 First day of school
  • Country Day school - II Semester SY 21-22 First day of school

General Updates 

  • Our swimming unit started in 2nd - 5th grade. Students can wear their bathing suits to school or change before swimming. Students should bring a swim cap, bathing suit, goggles (not required), crocs or sandals, towel, bag for wet clothes, and extra underwear.

  • Sofia Núñez has joined CDS as our elementary school counselor. You can contact Ms. Núñez by email at sofia.nunez@cds.ed.cr.

Country Day School - Sofia Nunez

  • We will not have a Global Citizenship Day this month. We will kick off February with a Global Citizenship morning meeting and conclude the month with a Global Citizenship Day. The theme for February will be empathy. Students will learn about being empathetic during Social Emotional Learning (SEL) classes and put this value into practice throughout the month. On February 25th, we will wear red to celebrate taking care of each other’s hearts. Elementary students can also wear their Animal Nations shirts on this day. 

  • All students in Primary have been assigned to an Animal Nations. Students across grade levels are placed together in order to learn and grow together. This is a great way to build community across grade levels. 

ES families who’d like to order an animal nation shirt can do so by Tuesday, January 25th by completing this form. Shirts must be paid for by 3:00 pm on January 25th in order to receive a shirt this semester. Shirts are scheduled to arrive by February 25th for Global Citizenship Day.

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The last day for primary students to sign up for after-school activities is Tuesday. Check your email for details about how to sign up.

On-Going Information


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Reading at Home

Our elementary teachers have been working to assess students’ beginning of the year reading levels using the DRA assessment. This assessment helps teachers get a full understanding of students’ reading fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, and reading engagement so that we can individualize reading support for each student. 

Students are assigned a numeric (or alphanumeric for very early readers) DRA level A1 through 80. At home or during independent reading time at school, we can use students’ DRA levels to provide students with “just right” book options to read independently. At home, I highly recommend using Scholastic’s Book Wizard to help find books at the appropriate level for your child. When a book is at a child’s level it often helps children stay engaged and excited about reading! 

Reading at home is so important! I encourage families to read together and make this a daily routine. Here’s a list of questions families can use to guide conversations with their children before, during, and after reading. Teachers will be sharing DRA levels by email with families as they become available. 


Checking Out Books from the School Library 
  • Review the books we have available: cdslib.follettdestiny.com

  • Email Maria Fernanda Cortes (mafernanda.cortes@cds.ed.cr) with the books you're interested in. She will either send the books home with students or email families to pick them up (for younger students). 

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Virtual Learning 

There may be some instances when a student needs to join virtual learning from home. If this becomes necessary then the classroom teacher will share a spreadsheet with the virtual learning plan. This plan will include the daily schedule with specific zoom links and assignments for asynchronous assignments. 

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Changes of Transportation 

If parents of bus riders wish to change their child's usual method of transportation home, they must fill in the Primary School Student Transportation Change (JUST FOR BUS USERS) before 11:00 a.m. If the child is not a bus user, the family needs to send an email directly to the teacher and secretary indicating the corresponding change before 11:00 am. For the safety of all children, transportation changes may not be made through a phone call.


Early Dismissal

Early Dismissal Clipart – R.C. Longan Elementary School

If a student must be picked up early from school, the family should email the classroom teacher and secretary with the name of the student(s), time, and name of the person picking up the child. The Prek-3rd grade will use the East Gate, 4th and fifth grade will use the North Gate. The person picking up must show their ID. 


Permanent Pick-Up Permission

Please fill out the Primary Permanent Permission to Leave School form in order to authorize who has your permission to pick up your child from the school. This must be updated at the beginning of every school year by every family. If the information is not updated, only the mother or father of the child are allowed to pick up the student.

For more information contact Mrs. Weissburg

Ariel Weissburg