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January 4, 2018
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Spread the Word About City Tree!
Spread the word and tell your friends, family, & coworkers about City Tree! Here's how you can help:
-Encourage people to tour our school! The first day for NEW, fall student enrollment is February 20, 2018!
-Invite others to attend our Thursday, January 11 Middle School Morning at 8:00am!
-Middle School Shadow Day for 5th grade students is on Tuesday, January 16!
-Invite others to attend our Tuesday, January 23 Kindergarten Parent Preview at 5:00pm!
-As a way to thank you for referring another student who enrolls and attends for at least 90 days, you will receive a free month of tuition!! More details coming soon.
 
Monday, January 1, 2017, Tuition Due:
Tuition statements for January 1 billing will be emailed. Tuition is due January 1. Late fees will be applied after Thursday, January 4, NO EXCEPTIONS! You can pay for tuition by:
-Dropping off cash, check, or money order by Thursday, January 4.
-Credit Card: Contact bookkeeper Gail Barrett by calling (619) 232-7513 x1014 to make your payment over the phone via credit card.

New Date!
Friday, January 12, Jamba Juice Friday:
Jamba Juice Friday has been rescheduled to Friday, January 12! It is sold on the ramp from 7:30-8:30am. All proceeds go toward helping fund Middle School special trips.
 
Monday, January 15, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, No School
 
Wednesday, January 17, Wednesday Nights Return:
Wednesday Nights at FPC returns next week on January 17! More info about new studies coming soon!
 
Thursday, January 18, All School Science Fair:
City Tree's preschool-8th grade Science Fair is Thursday, January 18, 3:20-5:15pm in the Dining Room! Preschool-8th grade students will have their projects on display for all to see! Doors open at 3:20pm and grade 5-8 grand prize winners will present their projects at 4:00pm. This is a great learning opportunity for parents and children together.
 
Science Fair Tabulators Needed: 
We are in need of parent volunteers from 12:00-3:00pm to tabulate the judging scores for the 5th-8th grade science projects on the day of the science fair, Thursday, January 18. If you are interested, please email Ms. Michelle Lee or sign up on your child's class clipboard when. It is a great way to earn Family Participation Hours!
 
Monday, January 22, Priority Enrollment for the 2018-2019 School Year for All Returning City Tree Families Begins!
 
Christmas Program, Dinner & Art Show, Thanks!
Mrs. Irwig, Mrs. Williams, and all of City Tree would like to thank all the parent volunteers who helped with this year's Christmas program, dinner, and art show preparation. Thank you to: Anna Lawecka, Peter Zwierzykowski, Marisela Jimenez, Kerry Labrousse, Jun Lindsey, Mariko Kobayashi, Anna Hubbard, Priscilla Morin, Gail Barrett, Yolanda del Rio, Selene Echeverria, and Aimee Evola! We could not have done it all without you and the dinner was delicious! Your hard work, efforts, and support of City Tree are greatly appreciated!
 
Additional CTCS T-shirts For Sale! 
This year, the office has ordered a few extra youth size City Tree t-shirts that are for sale in the office for $15 each. If you are interested, please come by to see the sizes available. T-shirts available on a first come first served basis, no additional orders will be made this school year. Office accepts cash or check only.

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PTO Volunteers Needed!
We are filling volunteer positions for this school year's PTO. Look for the brightly colored signs by the school entrance and sign up to volunteer! Your participation makes our school better for your child and for all students. Two key position that still need to be filled are:
2018 Gala, March 2018
-Gala Co-Chairs: We have one volunteer, one more person would be helpful!
-Gala Donation Solicitation Coordinators: 1-3 volunteers needed 
-Gala Decoration Coordinator
Misc volunteer positions to be filled:
-Ice Cream Social Coordinator: Facilitating all school after school ice cream social
If you are willing to take on any of these specific positions or just serve where needed most, please contact PTO President, Victoria Cannizzo, with questions.
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Tuesday, January 23, Kindergarten Parent Preview Night, Save the Date!
If your child is headed to Kindergarten next school year, please plan to join us for an informative hour on Tuesday, January 23 at 5:00pm! More details coming soon!

Cool Weather Reminder:
As the days are getting cooler and we're starting to see more rain, we want to make sure your little one is warm. Don't forget to bring a jacket for your child along with a warm change of clothes for their cubby. For those little ones in diapers, don't forget to bring a new pack in each week and check with your child's teacher to see if their supply is getting low. Remember: Please label everything!

Important Pick-up Time Reminders:
Pick-up Procedures:
Due to safety precautions and licensing requirements, we request that you make your pick-up time brief. We understand that it is often convenient to get updates on your child's day from their teachers or observe the fun your child is having with friends, but this is often a difficult time for our teachers and aftercare staff to effectively supervise children if they are conversing with parents. It is essential for teachers and staff to place their priority on supervising students while on the playground or in the classroom. 
Extended Care:
Staff hours are also set according to pick-up times designated by parents. Make sure you are picking up on time or contacting the office to arrange for extended hours of care for your child. Remaining on the playground for your child to play once your child has been signed out or without notice of extended care places the school in violation of licensing requirements. 
Click here to read our parent handbooks regarding these policies.
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Thursday, January 4, Gr 2-5 Choir Practice Schedule Change:
Students in choir will not longer have practice after school on Wednesdays. Mrs. Williams will be conducting choir practice during school hours on Thursdays beginning January 4. Contact Mrs. Williams if you have any questions. 
 
Tuesday, January 9, Girls' Basketball Practice Begins:
Grades 4-8 girls' basketball practice will be held every Tuesday & Thursday beginning Tuesday, January 9 from 4:30-5:45pm on the roof playground. Remember: It's not too late to sign up! Click here to download the sign-up form, cost is $100. Contact Coach Francine Howell if you have any questions.
 
Thursday, January 11, Middle School Morning for Current 5th Grade Families, 8:00-9:00am:
It's not too early to be looking ahead to Middle School! This is an important transition in the lives of children, and City Tree wishes to partner with you through the next three years to prepare students for high school and beyond. We hope to see all our current 5th grade parents at this event. Click here for the reminder flyer for this event as you look ahead to next year. If your child is not normally signed for before school care, please RSVP to the office and he/she may join the before school care program so that you can attend this event.
 
Boys' Basketball Games & Practice Schedule:
Monday, Jan 8: Practice on the roof playground, 4:30-5:45pm
Tuesday, Jan 9: B Team game vs Urban Discovery Academy B @ 4:00pm, arrive by 3:30pm
Wednesday, Jan 10: Practice on the roof playground from 4:30-5:45pm
NO PRACTICE Monday, January 15 due to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, no school 
Wednesday, Jan 17: Practice on the roof playground from 4:30-5:45pm
Monday, Jan 22: Practice on the roof playground from 4:30-5:45pm
Tuesday Jan 23: 1st round tournament game, time TBD
Wednesday, Jan 24: Practice on the roof playground from 4:30-5:45pm
Thursday, Jan 25: Semifinal round tournament game, time TBD
Consolation games for Tuesday, Jan 30 & Thursday, Feb 1 TBD 
Click here to download the schedule and location information.
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Tuesday, January 9, Girls' Basketball Practice Begins:
Grades 4-8 girls' basketball practice will be held every Tuesday & Thursday beginning Tuesday, January 9 from 4:30-5:45pm on the roof playground. Remember: It's not too late to sign up! Click here to download the sign-up form, cost is $100. Contact Coach Francine Howell if you have any questions.
 
Boys Basketball Games & Practice Schedule:
Monday, Jan 8: Practice on the roof playground, 4:30-5:45pm
Tuesday, Jan 9: B Team game vs Urban Discovery Academy B @ 4:00pm, arrive by 3:30pm
Wednesday, Jan 10: Practice on the roof playground from 4:30-5:45pm
NO PRACTICE Monday, January 15 due to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, no school 
Wednesday, Jan 17: Practice on the roof playground from 4:30-5:45pm
Monday, Jan 22: Practice on the roof playground from 4:30-5:45pm
Tuesday Jan 23: 1st round tournament game, time TBD
Wednesday, Jan 24: Practice on the roof playground from 4:30-5:45pm
Thursday, Jan 25: Semifinal round tournament game, time TBD
Consolation games for Tuesday, Jan 30 & Thursday, Feb 1 TBD
Click here to download the schedule and location information.
 
8th Grade Shadow/Visitation Days:
As you are looking at high school options for your student, often they will offer the opportunity for 8th grade students to participate in shadow/visitation days. This can be a great way to get a "taste" of the high school experience, and get an inside look at different schools. Please be sure to check with your child's teachers ahead of time to determine which days work best for visitations, and notify the office when absences will occur. We will make every effort to work with you as you plan this important transition. Additionally, schools often ask for recommendations from current administrators/teachers. If your child's potential high school has such requirements, please print the recommendation form and include a stamped, addressed envelope (or fax number) and leave it in the office for the appropriate staff member. Recommendations and records will be sent directly to the school in question.
 
Middle School PE Sweatpants Reminder:
Remember that special sweatpants are on the approved list of Middle School list of PE clothing items available for sale at Dennis Uniforms! With the cold weather we've been experiencing, this is a great option to stay warm and active! Be sure your child's name is written in permanent marker in the white box on all PE uniforms.
 
Forest Home Winter Camp, February 2018:
Sign up today for Forest Home Winter Camp - there are a few spots left!!
Students in grades 6th-8th attend February 2-4, 2018
-Cost is $200, spots are limited!
Students in grades 9th-12th attend February 16-19, 2018
-Cost is $250, spots are limited!
Scholarships available!
Contact Peggy Gross with any questions you may have and to register.
 
January PE Schedule:
January 10 - Kroc Center
January 17 - Kroc Center
January 24 - Kroc Center
January 31 - Mile Fun Run, Balboa Park (note time change: 10:40-12:35)
 
2nd Quarter Supplementary Curriculum:
Grade 6: Study Skills w/Ms. Lee
Grade 7: Art w/Ms. Amanda
Grade 8: Ceramics w/Mrs. Kennedy
LookingAheadLooking Ahead
Friday, January 12: Jamba Juice Friday, note new date! 
 
Monday, January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, no school
 
Thursday, January 18: All School Science Fair
 
Friday, January 19: 2nd quarter ends/1st semester ends
 
Monday, January 22: 3rd quarter begins/2nd semester begins
 
Thursday, January 25: K-8 Free Dress Day 

Thursday, January 25: PTO hosting Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
 
Wednesday, January 31: Grades 1-8 Mile Fun Run 
PicturesPictures of the Week
Middle School regularly visits the Kroc Center for physical education. Everyone had a great time skating at the ice rink! Some students helped each other as they learned to skate on ice for the first time!

Mrs. Decker and the 7th grade class did a growth mindset activity in class. Students took time to reflect on areas and skill sets they want to grow in this year, as well as what areas they have already grown in!
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Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you.
 Philippians 3:13-15 (NKJV)
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