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Thank you for joining us on
Grandparent's & Special Friends' Day!

We loved filling the halls of CES with Cardinals of all ages!

November 29, 2017

~Cardinal Character Trait: Generosity~
"That's what I consider true generosity:
You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing." 

- Simone de Beauvoir

The Cardinal
In This Issue
  • Hot Lunch Ordering Closing Soon
  • One-on-One Friday Fun
  • Website Re-Design Survey
  • Music Dates to Save
  • Winter Basketball Schedule
  • Gala Info for Preschool Parents
  • Advertise in the Gala Catalog!
  • Free Ways to Support CES
  • CEC National Philharmonic Singers Concert
  • Student Spotlight
In the Weeks Ahead

11/29: 8th Grade to Shakespeare Theatre
12/01: Cardinal Casual Dress Day

PA Meeting 8:00am

National Geography Bee (grades 4-8)
One-on-One Friday Fun 9:00-10:00am
12/02: National Philharmonic Singers at Christ Church 8:00pm
12/05: Faculty Meeting
12/06: Ballroom Dance Recital 7:00pm

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A Message from the Head of School:

Dear CES Family,

It is wonderful to be home and back at CES. After an amazing two weeks in China, I immediately got back on a plane to visit my daughter who is expecting my first grandbaby on Dec. 22. By the time I had returned from that weekend trip, I had a raging cold that ultimately turned into pneumonia.  So, instead of getting on a plane again, and flying to Omaha to visit my husband's family for Thanksgiving, I kissed him good-bye and spent the next five days lying on the sofa.  Now, typically this would have sent me into an immediate funk...a woe-is-me, full-fledged pity party.  Yes, I would have become Pitiful Pearl.  But, thankfully, I was just fine.  In fact, I enjoyed the quiet, the time to indulge in bad television as well as the time to reflect on the remarkable three weeks I had just experienced.

The trip to China was amazing.  I met exceptional people who are passionate about children, education, creativity, art, music and literature.  Moses Wang, co-owner of YMMArt, was intent on introducing me to the rich history, culture and beauty of China. I learned a lot about the tenacity and work ethic of the Chinese people and their commitment, for centuries, to creating beauty and nurturing the human spirit... even when their government leaders did not support such nurturing.  I was struck by the gentleness and generosity of every person I met.  We were greeted with warmth, acceptance, and gifts of food, drink and cultural souvenirs.  When my cough started to emerge, I was suddenly awash in cough drops, tiger balm (similar to vapor rub) and hot tea.  I never asked for a thing, but each of my needs was graciously anticipated and tended to.  I was touched beyond measure.  In fact, I found myself wondering if I could have been that observant and quick to offer comfort.  It was remarkable.

So, as I read and hear more about U.S.-China relations and agonize over what the future holds for America, it is such a gift to have these memories... to be reminded that below the chaos and loud clamoring of politics, there are gentle, good people who abound and are making a difference across this world... from CES to Asia and back again.  For that, I am truly thankful.

Oh, and the baby that is on the way?????  I'm SUPER thankful for that!

With love and gratitude,

Caroline Chapin, Ed.D.

 Hot Lunch Ordering Closes Soon!
Place your order for the winter months ahead!

Log into your account HERE and place your order for  December, January & February.  Ordering will close TOMORROW, November 30th.

Please note:  Your account balance must be 0 before you can place a new order. Please drop off payment via check (made payable to CES) or cash (exact change is appreciated) to Maggie Schneider in the main office.
Thank you!

One-on-One Friday Fun

Looking for a fun outing with your 1-year old?  Join us this Friday, December 1, 9-10am, for our monthly One-on-One Friday fun event.

numbers-toy.jpgThe casual playtime will be held in our Preschool House and includes free play, a craft, snack time and a music activity.  For details and registration (space is limited), visit the One-on-One page.  Then follow the signs and balloons to the 2's classroom in the Preschool House!
We'd love to see you and your little one this Friday!   Please share this invitation with friends, family, neighbors or co-workers who would enjoy the fun! 

CES Website Re-Design
Please complete the brief  CES Website Survey . by  Monday, December 4th.  Thank you!

The school is in the beginning stage of a website re-design.  To assure the new site is as engaging and informative as possible, we would very much like your input on website features that are important to you. 

 Music Dates to Save
Friday, December 15th, 6:30pm
Christmas Concert

Friday, March 16th, 6:30pm
LS Musical - "Giants in the Sky"

Friday, April 13th, 6:30pm
MS Musical - "Dear Edwina, Jr."

Wednesday, May 2nd, 6:00pm
Spring Orchestra Concert

Winter Basketball Schedule

Upcoming Games:

Boys (7/8)  Wed. Jan. 3 @ Woods Academy 3:15pm
Girls (7/8) Wed. Jan. 3 @ Woods Academy 4:15pm
Girls (7/8) Fri. Jan. 5 @ WCA 4:00pm
Boys (5/6) Tue. Jan. 9 @ Hebrew Academy 4:00pm
Girls (5/6) Thu. Jan. 11 @ Hebrew Academy 4:00pm

To view a printable version,  click HERE .

Please note: As with all MS sports schedules, dates and times are subject to change.

We wanted to share with you another fun fact

Did you know that EVERY class at CES creates a
~ Beautiful / COOL / Ah-mazing ~
piece of artwork that is then auctioned off at the Gala?
These pieces of art at every age are PRICELESS, and bidding can get very spirited!!

We hope you will join us at the Gala this year to see the artwork your children have created, and bid high and often so you can take it home with you!

Reserve your space in the Gala catalog NOW!

The Twilight in Venice Auction and Gala program provides advertising opportunities for all businesses and individuals! Advertising in the program not only directly supports Christ Episcopal School but also promotes your business !

Why should you advertise? The full color Twilight in Venice Auction and Gala program is distributed and used by over 150 guests at this annual event! This program includes the event itinerary, sponsorship recognition, listings of live and silent auction items, lists of gala sponsors, and your advertisement ! It is read and referenced by parents and faculty in advance of the event, and is used during the event. Lots of people are seeing your advertisement many times!

Reserve your space today by emailing your advertisement to and sending payment to Christ Episcopal School. This year, your one full-page advertisement space (5.5" x 8.5") is available for $300. We can accept entries in the following formats: pdf, jpeg, gif, tif, and Word files. All materials must be received by Friday, January 19, 2017. If you have any questions about advertising in the Twilight in Venice Auction and Gala program, please contact Bob Treseler at 301-424-6550 ext.105.

Free Ways to $upport CES

~Earn CASH for CES every time you shop for groceries!~
Harris Teeter  Together in Education (TIE)
School ID: 8575
Giant A+ School Rewards
School ID: 00699
Click HERE for more information. 

~Shop on Amazon, Benefit CES!~

CES earns up to 15%!

A Holiday Concert  of Carols from Around the World
will be presented by
The National Philharmonic Singers
Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Christ Episcopal Church
107 South Washington Street, Rockville, Maryland 20850

Stan Engebretson and Victoria Gau, Conductors
Carols from Around the World  highlight this annual event, a benefit performance for the Community Ministries of Rockville, raising monies for this worthy cause at one of their most crucial times of the year.
The concert begins with a the mystical  Gitanjali Chant, followed by  Gaudete, a Swedish collection of holiday arrangements of favorites such as  In Dulci Jubilo; Lo, How a Rose;  and  Psallite.
To balance this traditional music, the Philharmonic Singers will present new Christmas arrangements of  The Wexford Carol; Sleep Little Baby, Sleep; and the beautiful, tender 
O Magnum Mysterium by Nicholas White.
The lighter side of Christmas music is explored with  Jingle Bells; Carols for All to Sing; and the audience-favorite of  Twelve Days of Christmas before closing with a moving candlelight rendition of  Silent Night. 
Members of The National Philharmonic Singers perform as a chamber choir.  The group is among several performing ensembles of the National Philharmonic, in residence at the Music Center at Strathmore.  As such, they present works suited for smaller ensembles, whether with accompaniment or a cappella.  The repertoire ranges from 16th to 21st  centuries, and they often premiere new compositions by local composers.  This is the twelfth year of performance at Christ Church.
Free-will donations will benefit the  Community Ministries of Rockville.

~ S t u d e n t    S p o t l i g h t ~

Two  6th grade students,  Isabella G. ('20) &  Annelise S. ('20) performed in  The Nutcracker  at the Kennedy Center last week! 

Playing soldiers in the show, these two demonstrated to us that being part of a team makes your own light shine brighter.

Here they are pictured in front of the poster for the show. 

Way to go, dancing Cardinals!     p: 301-424-6550     f: 301-424-3516