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In the Lab with 8th Grade

In Science class this week, CES 8th graders experimented with various antacids. They used materials like lemon juice, distilled water and universal indicator to determine how effective different antacids like Tums and Rolaids are at neutralizing an acid. So, next time you have a case of heartburn, you can ask them which over-the-counter tablet to reach for!

March 7, 2018

~ Cardinal Character Trait: Respect/Gentleness ~
"One of the most sincere forms of respect
is actually listening to what another has to say."

-Bryant H. McGill

The Cardinal
In This Issue
Friday is Free Dress!
From the Admissions Office
Open House
South Sudan Well Update
Spring Break Camp
Music Dates to Save
Save These Dates!
March for Our Lives
2018-2019 Calendar Dates
YMM Art Newsletter
In the Week Ahead
3/7: Enrichment: Picasso

Enrichment: Tippi Jam

Finance Committee Meeting 4:30pm
3/9: MAKE UP Cardinal Casual Dress Day

PA Meeting 8:00am
Enrichment: Comics & Animation 3:30-4:30pm

Enrichment: Jr. Minecraft Modding

Bingo Night & Cake Walk 6:15-8:00pm
3/12: Enrichment: Globetrotters

Enrichment: Secret Agent 3:30-4:30pm

Enrichment: Spring Paddy 3:30-4:30pm
3/13: 6th Grade to Mount Vernon 8:00am-3:00pm

Enrichment: Origami

Faculty Division Meetings 3:30-4:30pm
3/14: Enrichment: Picasso

Enrichment: Tippi Jam

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A Message from the Head of School:

Dear CES Parents,

OK, so this will be the third time that I am sharing this story through The Cardinal.  I cannot help it! I think it is important to remember what it means to be Christian. And, especially what it means to be Christian in an Episcopal school.  Let me remind you of the story...

The story is of a Muslim man, Eboo Patel, author of the book, Sacred Ground , who was invited to speak at Berea College, a Christian college in Kentucky. He was scheduled to speak in the college's chapel, and a member of the college administration called him to ask if he would be more comfortable if they removed the cross that was prominently placed at the front of the chapel.  The response from this devoutly Muslim man was, "I don't want them to cover the cross. I don't want them to hide their Christian faith. I want them to tell the story of how that cross inspired them to build an interracial college in pre-Civil War Kentucky. I want them to share how that cross moves them to admit Buddhists from Sri Lanka and Hindus from India, and have them in classes ... I want them to tell the world,  'This is what it means to be Christian.'"

In today's world, where there is fear and anxiety around "other," it is important to remember that there are also people and institutions who embrace "other-ness."  CES is such an institution. We strive everyday, with intention, to love our neighbor as ourselves, to nurture tender hearts in our children, to share our love of Christ with a broken world, and to honor those of all faiths.  And....we do it without apology, because it is the CES Way.

In other news....several parents have asked about whether or not we need to make up any snow days.  The answer is, "So far, we do NOT!" We have been doing a lot of counting of days in the office. This year, for a variety of reasons, we actually have six extra days packed into the calendar.  We have only missed four days for inclement weather (including high winds). If we can keep any future N'oreasters farther north than DC, we should be fine.

With love and gratitude,
Caroline Chapin, Ed.D.

This Friday is
Free Dress Day

Since we missed the scheduled
free dress day last Friday,  we will have a
make-up day  this Friday, March 9th.

We are welcoming our NEW families!
What a pleasure it was to begin offering admission to new students on March 1!  Outstanding students and families will be joining us in the fall across the Preschool, Lower School and Middle School divisions!

Between now and the start of the 2018-2019 school year, they will be joining us for new student and family events and will be paired with current CES Buddy Families to assist in the warm welcome and smooth transition.  

We will continue to accept applications for classes with space available.

Friday, March 16

CES continues to accept applications for classes with space available.  
Tell family, friends, co-workers and neighbors...come see CES!

Administrators and Student Ambassadors will provide tours of the 
Preschool, Lower School and Middle School.

Come see CES in action on a school day!
Tours begin in the Jefferson Building Lobby
22 W. Jefferson Street

No need to Rockville's educational gem 
with its outstanding academic program and tremendous community!

& Cake Walk
This Friday, March 9, 2018
6:15-8:00 PM

Don't miss  Bingo  Night  this FridayDoors open from the Dining Room at  6:15pm. 
$5 per person or $10 per family, which covers p izza, water, chips, unlimited popcorn  and all the  bingo  cards you can play!  Click here  for a flyer with all of the details!

Please bring a cake/treat (or even two or three) for the popular cake walk!  It's like musical chairs where an entire cake is the prize!  Bingo winners win great prizes, too! Fun and prizes for all ages. Don't miss this fun family event!

This event wouldn't be possible without the K and 1st grade parents that are hosting, but there are still some volunteer spots open. Please click on the SignUpGenius Link if you can help. And, if you can't attend, but would like to contribute a cake, please drop one off in the Dining Room, and label it " Bingo  Night."

South Sudan Well Update

Thanks to everyone for supporting the 6th grade  Water for South Sudan Project!

We are pleased to announce that we have raised over $5000 which allows us
to co-sponsor the building of a well in South Sudan. 

Please continue to share our link on your social media. Many thanks!!

Spring Break Camp

Spring Break is just a few weeks away! Need childcare for the week?
Click HERE for more details about our Spring Break Camp and for the registration form.

Questions? Contact Marion Entwisle at

Dates from the Music Department

Friday, March 16
LS Musical - "Giants in the Sky"

Friday, April 13
MS Musical - "Dear Edwina, Jr."

Wednesday, May 2
Spring Orchestra Concert

Saturday, May 5
MS Orchestra Competition at King's Dominion

New themes and new Specialty Camps!   You can check it all out  RIGHT HERE!

We are also looking for great staff talent so if you know anyone looking for a part-time summer job, please spread the word!

NEW THIS YEAR!  Looking for rising ninth graders who would like to volunteer for a week or more with our Little Cardinals (preschool camp)! Email Marion Entwisle at with any questions.

Save These Development Dates!
May 1, 2018  - Golf Outing at Blue Mash
June 30, 2018  - Last Tax Deductible Giving Day for CES Fiscal Year

March for Our Lives:
March for Gun Violence Prevention
Saturday, March 24

Thousands of young people and their supporters will descend on  Washington on Saturday, March 24, "to demand that their lives and safety  become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our  schools today."

Members of the Diocese of Washington are invited to march in solidarity  with the young people on March 24, to provide ministries of hospitality,  and to participate in a vigil at the National Cathedral the evening before.

Our Head of School, Caroline Chapin, and Chaplain/CEC Assistant Rector Cindy Simpson plan to join the Saturday march and invite interested school families, parishioners and friends to join us. We will most likely meet at the church/school that morning, walk to the Rockville Metro station & head downtown. Details will follow. Check the Diocesan Web Site at or for more information.

Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs."Matthew 19:14

2018-2019 CES Major Dates

August 16-17:
New Teacher Orientation

August 20-24: Professional Planning Week

August 27: First Day of School

August 31: Early Dismissal (Extended Day available)

September 3:  Labor Day Holiday

October 8: Columbus Day Holiday

October 31: Early Dismissal (Extended Day available); Professional Work Day

November 8: Early Dismissal (Extended Day available); Parent Conferences

November 9: School Closed for students; Parent Conferences

November 12: Veterans' Day Holiday

November 20: Grandparents' & Special Friends' Day; Early Dismissal (No Extended Day)

November 21-23: Thanksgiving Holiday (Classes Resume November 26)

December 21: Early Dismissal (No Extended Day)

December 24-January 1: Winter Break (Classes Resume January 2)

January 18: No School for Students - Professional Work Day

January 21: Martin Luther King Holiday

February 18: Presidents' Day Holiday

March 22:  Early Dismissal (Extended Day available)

March 25-March 29: Spring Break (Classes Resume April 1)

April 18: No school for students; Optional Spring Conferences

April 19-April 22: Easter Holiday

May 24: Field Day; Early Dismissal (No Extended Day)

May 27: Memorial Day Holiday

May 31: Last Day of School; Early Dismissal (No Extended Day)

June 3-5: Professional Work Days

Snow Make-Up Days:  February 18; April 18; April 22 (If needed)

YMM Art Space
March 2018 Newsletter

Easter Bunny Workshop!   Students will learn about the Easter Bunny and create their own bunny filled with candies.  To enroll, please call 703-942-8765. Limited space available.

Dates: Sunday, March 18, 2018
Ages: 2-5
Time: 4:00-5:00pm
Price: $20

Art Energizes Contest -  Starting this week, our students will be participating in the Art Energizes Contest, which encourages students to explore STEAM (science, technology, english, art and math). Students will use art to integrate the other elements of STEAM. If you would like to learn more about this program, click on the link:  Art Energizes

2018 NAEA National Convention -   On March 22-24, selected student's work will be displayed at the annual NAEA National Convention in Seattle. Participating students created a sculpture based on the theme Entanglement: Interpreting Quantum Theory. Above are the results!

YMM Sleepover! The sleepover will start with a pizza party dinner! Then, kids will create a glow in the dark art project. Next, they will watch a movie while eating popcorn and snacks. There will be storytelling before going to bed. In the morning, kids will eat a light breakfast and get ready for pick up. More information to come! Limited spots are available. Call 703-942-8765 to register.

Dates: June 30 to July 1, 2018
Ages: 8-13
Time: 7pm-8am
Price: $80
For boys and girls

YMM Field Trip! Students are invited to participate in a YMM Field Trip to the the National Gallery of Art. Students will learn about art movements, art theory, and create art in the context of a world renowned art gallery. This field trip is opened to the public, so bring a friend! More details to unfold in the coming months! Limited spots are available. Call 703-942-8765 to register.

Dates: Sunday May 6th, 2018
Ages: 9-16
Time: 10am-4pm
Price: $30
Location: National Gallery of Art

Have Your Party With Us!
Birthday Parties

YMM Art Space would love to host your next birthday party!

Adult Art Parties

YMM Art Space offers adult art parties featuring a fun and creative art project! We provide the art supplies!

For more information, please email Sarah at

*all participants must be at least 21 years of age*

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