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Have you heard?
Second grade started their Science unit on  sound!
They experimented by making different sounds
and feeling vibrations of sound waves

January 10, 2018

~Cardinal Character Trait: Responsibility/Goodness~
 "The price of greatness is responsibility."

- Winston Churchill

The Cardinal
In This Issue
  • Parent Look-Ahead Day
  • 2018-2019 Enrollment Details
  • Upcoming Admissions Open House
  • Join us on Friday for the Wine & Whiskey Party!
  • Leadership Survey
  • Winter Enrichment
  • Episcopal School Sunday
  • Gala Info
  • Middle School Chromebook Loans
  • Development Dates to Save
  • AIMS Student Artwork Showcase
  • CESummer!
In the Weeks Ahead

01/10: Finance Committee Meeting 4:30pm
01/11: Teacher Treat Breakfast

Girls Basketball (gr. 5/6) @ Hebrew Academy
01/12: Cardinal Casual Dress Day

Early Dismissal
(Extended Day Available)
   11:30am for pS
   12:00pm for K-8th

Whiskey & Wine Party
01/15: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - No School
01/16: Grades 3-8 Spelling Bee Week

Faculty Committee Meetings 3:30-4:30pm
01/17: Grades 3-8 Spelling Bee Week

Basketball (gr. 5/6) @ Barnesville 
   3:30pm - Boys
   4:30pm - Girls

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A Message from the Head of School:

Dear CES Families,

There are three important announcements that I want to draw your attention to.

First, I am so excited that we are, once again, a Bethesda Magazine, Best of Bethesda Top Vote Getter! In this year's competition, Christ Episcopal School was recognized in three areas:
  1. Best Private Schools Grades K-8
  2. Best Private School/Religious Affiliation
  3. Best Preschool/Daycare
Thank you to all who took the time to vote in the Readers' Poll. We believe that this program is a great way for us to get the word out about CES. Endorsements from current parents and former parents, who know and understand the unique qualities and strengths of CES, are always the best. Thank you!

2. Please join CES and Christ Church for Episcopal School Sunday on Sunday, January 21 at 9:00am. This will be the last Episcopal School Sunday that we will share with Fr. McDuffie because he retires this month. In honor of him, we would like for as many CES students and their parents to be present as possible. The K-8 students who are present for the service will sing All Things Bright and Beautiful during the offertory. They all know the arrangement, and in order for it to sound its best, we need a large group of students to be part of the group. I hope you will join us and show Fr. McDuffie how much he has meant to us during his 19 years of service at Christ Episcopal. Students should wear their formal uniforms.

3. Gala update: Over the past several years, each grade-level class has been responsible for creating a basket to be auctioned off during the silent auction portion of the evening. Included in the annual fees that every family pays, is an amount for PA and class activities. From this money, each class has received $150 in order to create a class basket for the Gala. This year, the auctioneer with whom we work, Sherry Trular, has recommended that we no longer do the class baskets for the Gala. Based on her observations over the past three years, the baskets no longer seem as popular as they were in the past. Her suggestion is that the parent community donate one, large item to the auction. Because many classes have created the baskets without using the $150 designated for them, and instead used the money to do additional activities for their class, we did not think it made sense to deduct $150 from each class budget. Therefore, the recommendation is that we designate one gift from the parent community at a value of about $400 that would provide for a fun experience for an entire class. The $400 will come from the money that has been used to create the class baskets in the past. Since this is significantly less than the $150/class that has been distributed for the baskets, the remainder of the money will be distributed evenly among all of the classes so that each class can afford to do something extra for their class... extra field trip, special class activity... whatever your class decides it would like to do. Class budgets, with this update, will be provided to Homeroom Parents. However, if anyone has any questions, please let me know.

With love and gratitude,

Caroline Chapin, Ed.D.


Bethesda Magazine  Readers' Pick, A Top Vote Getter in 3 Categories:
  • Best Private School Grades K-8
  • Best Private School with Religious Affiliation
  • Best Preschool/Daycare

Thank you for voting!

PreK-Gr. 7 Parent Look-Ahead Day
Visit CES  to see what lies ahead in Gr. K-8 
for next year and beyond!

Spend the morning with us on Wed., January 24
8:00-8:30am - Chapel
8:30-11:30am - Classroom visits

 ~Enjoy refreshments
~Pick up curriculum materials
~Visit multiple classrooms
~Drop in as your schedule permits

2018-2019  Enrollment  Details

Re-enrollment contracts for current students will be sent electronically on February 1 and should be returned by February 22.  Contracts for new students will be sent on March 1
and should be returned by March 15.

Financial aid award notifications for both returning and new students whose financial aid applications are submitted through by the January 26 due date will be sent on March 1Note:  Families of returning students must submit an application every year for continued tuition assistance. 

Please contact Janet Gerber with 2018-2019 enrollment information or if you have questions (301-424-8702 or

Admission Open House
Friday, January 19, 9-11 am

Spread the word to family, friends, neighbors and co-workers...Come see CES!

Tour the CES campus and classrooms with Student Ambassadors and administrators to see CES "in action!"

Visitors will also learn about the upcoming building project that includes state of the art classrooms in a brand new building, as well as completely renovated classrooms in our Church Building.

for the Wine and Whiskey Patron Party

Jan. 12th at 7:00pm
at the home of
Justin and Nicole Stone

Dinner and drinks are served and the Price of Admission to the Party is a bottle of wine or whiskey valued not less than $50. Spend as much as you like- it is for CES's benefit! All bottles of wine and whiskey will be auctioned off at the CES "Twilight in Venice" Auction and Gala on February 9, 2018.

Looking forward to a fun and festive evening!

We're Looking for Leaders - We Need YOU!

As CES embarks on its next 50 years, we are looking for community leaders that will ensure a bright future for our school. There are many volunteer opportunities for talented, passionate and dedicated people. Whether it is serving on the Board of Governors, planning an event or welcoming new families to CES, there is a role for everyone.

Let us hear from you! Please take a few minutes to complete this survey.

Winter Enrichment Classes Start SOON!
Registration deadline is Thursday, January 18th
"Oh, the weather outside is frightful,
But Enrichment is so delightful, 
Globetrotters, Comics, or Chess
Don't you know, Don't you know, you can't say no!"

We are offering a variety of fun and exciting Enrichment classes for students of all ages: sports, art, science, geography, dance, and the very popular Comics & Animation class!

Click HERE for class descriptions, schedules and the registration form.  Please email Ms. Marion Entwisle with any questions ( ).

Classes begin January 22nd!

Mark your calendars for
Episcopal School Sunday!
January 21, 2018
Please join us on  Sunday, January 21st at 9:00am for a special Episcopal School Sunday. This is a day where the entire Christ Episcopal Community gathers to worship together and celebrate.

All K-8 students will sing an anthem during the worship service, so we would love for everyone to be there!

It is SO simple!
Just check "YES" on the response card that you will be attending the CES "Twilight in Venice" Auction and Gala!  Can't wait to receive your response card, and then see you at the Gala!!

At the CES Auction and Gala,
be sure to check out this auction item for
"The Man Who Has Everything!"

For his gentleman side: A gift certificate for $165 to spend at Smathers and Branson, a company famous for their gorgeous and perfectly preppy needlepoint belts, key chains, dog collars, hats....the product list is extensive! Smathers and Branson will make custom designs and will also personalize any product!

For his adventurous side: A gift certificate to the Heavy Metal Playground!! What is the Heavy Metal Playground you ask?! It is a place where you can drive and play on big equipment- dig, push, scoop dirt, stack tires, smash cars....the activity list is extensive!  The Heavy Metal Playground is every grown-up's kid-dream materialized!

Remember to Bid High and Bid Often!

Middle School Chromebook Loans

Now that our one-to-one laptop program is established in the middle school, and the CES academic program grows more reliant on students having access to a Chromebook to participate in daily classroom assignments, we find it necessary to establish a protocol for students borrowing Chromebooks from the school.

To-date, we have been providing a device from the Lower School Chromebook cart to middle school students whose Chromebook is out for repair. The result has been that lower school students do not always have the kind of access to the Chromebooks that we would like for them to have. We would like to continue to provide this service, but the "loaning" time needs to be as limited as possible. We realized that we needed to provide greater clarity and articulate parameters around the borrowing of a CES Chromebook. To ensure fair and easy access to Chromebooks,
  • CES HIGHLY recommends that parents purchase the three-year, full warranty for the Chromebook at the time of purchase. This warranty covers all repair issues, including those associated with physical damage to the Chromebook if it is dropped or stepped on.
  • It is vital that students promptly communicate to teachers any Chromebook issues they are experiencing.
  • Once the issue has been identified, and if it warrants the Chromebook being sent for repair or replacement, a student may borrow a CES Chromebook for two weeks. During this time, the student's Chromebook should be replaced or repaired.
  • At the end of two weeks, the student will return the borrowed, CES Chromebook back to the school so that it may become available to the Lower School students once again.
  • If the manufacturer completing the repair, or providing a new Chromebook, indicates that the process will take longer than two weeks, the student should provide this information to the advisor AND the CES Technology Integration Specialist, Mrs. Vredenburg.
If you are experiencing any issues with your Chromebook, please email me and your student's advisory teacher. I am happy to give it a quick look-over as a courtesy and report back any findings.

Most physical issues are covered under warranty. If you purchased the 3 year service plan from CDWG, please see the link below entitls "How to File a Claim" that will help walk you through the claims process. Our representative is Chris Hegan ( if you need help. Otherwise, you will need to contact the manufacturer of your Chromebook to determine if the damage falls under their limited warranty.

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you!
Caitlin Vredenburg

Here are some helpful links:
How to File a Claim
HP Support:
ACER Support:
ASUS Support:

Save These Dates!
January 12, 2018  - Wine and Whiskey Patron Dinner Party (Nicole & Justin Stone)
February 9, 2018  - "Twilight in Venice" Auction and Gala
May 1, 2018  - Golf Outing at Blue Mash
June 30, 2018  - Last Tax Deductible Giving Day for CES Fiscal Year

Artwork  will be submitted  by these CES Students!
Robbie E. (Kindergarten)
Charlotte C. (4th grade)
and Grace B. (8th grade)

Ready for warmer weather? As you think about warmer days, consider CESummer for your child's summer fun!  We have some awesome new themes this year and some new Specialty Camps. You can check it all out  RIGHT HERE!  

String Orchestra Camp, a new Comics & Animation Camp,
and several other programs are being offered, so be sure to check it out!

We are always looking for great staff talent as well, so if you know of folks who are looking for a part-time summer job, please help spread the word!  (A few of our teachers will be helping out this summer, so we are super excited about that!). 

NEW THIS YEAR!  Looking for rising ninth graders who would like to volunteer for a week or more with our Little Cardinals (preschool camp)! Interested? Email Marion Entwisle at     p: 301-424-6550     f: 301-424-3516