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November 30, 2017
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Friday, December 1, Last Day of City Tree Christmas Shop:
-On Friday, December 1, the Christmas Shop will be open from 7:30-8:30am ONLY for anyone who would like to make a last minute purchase! Students must be accompanied by their parents for this last shopping day. 
-Volunteers Needed: Click here to browse and sign up for volunteer opportunities online, there are still spots left and we need your help! 
Contact Karen Baker to assist or if you have questions.
 
Friday, December 1, Jamba Juice Friday:
Jamba Juice Friday is the first Friday of every month! It is sold on the ramp from 7:30-8:30am. All proceeds go toward helping fund Middle School special trips.
 
Friday, December 1, Falcons Band Performs in Coronado Christmas Parade:
Join us as the City Tree Falcons Band performs in the Coronado Christmas Parade on Friday, December 1!
-Parade begins at 6pm
-Parade is on Orange Ave. starting at 8th Ave. at Spreckles Park, down to the Hotel Del, and loop back to Spreckles Park.
-NOTE: 4:30-5:00pm ARRIVAL TIME FOR STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN THE PARADE IS FIRM!!
-Support the band: Tamales will be sold after the parade for $2.50 each and Mexican hot chocolate for $2! 
Come and support our school band and enjoy an evening of fellowship!
 
During December, Classroom Gift Trees:
Classroom gift trees can be found outside each classroom.
-Select ornament and get a special gift for your child's classroom
-Wrapped gifts are brought to school any day December 13-15
-Trees are located: Outside the door of each classroom in addition the Geneva Room door for Preschool/K-4 music and the K-8 after school program, end of 2nd floor hall for K-7 Art, and Middle School has one near their sign-in area in the hallway
 
Monday-Friday, December 4-8, Collection for Ladle Ministry:
At Christmas time, City Tree families are invited to bring items for our homeless neighbors. We are collecting:
-Small blanket
-Flashlights and batteries
-Socks
-Small sized toiletries
-Toothpaste and toothbrush
-Sewing kits
-Small Kleenex packages
-Small hand sanitizer
-Razors
-Combs
Collection boxes will be located on each floor outside of classrooms.
 
Wednesday, December 6, All School Ladle Christmas Card Making:
Preschool and K-8 students will partner to make special Christmas cards for our homeless and poor neighbors. These cards will be attached to special gift bags that will be handed out at FPC's Ladle Ministry.
-Card making will take place in Geneva Room from 8:30am-12:00pm
-Parent volunteers are needed, sign-up on classroom clipboards soon 
-Please bring in items for our gift bags, see list above!
 
Wednesdays, December 6, Find the Perfect Gifts this Year with Scrip Gift Cards!
Who doesn't love picking out their own gift? By giving a scrip gift card to someone you love this holiday, they can do just that while you earn rebates for City Tree! Shop for your favorite gifts cards by visiting shopwithscrip.com and register with our unique code ( 8ACE8B2D32415). Submit orders and payment to the office by Wednesday, December 6! There are hundreds of great places to choose from. We will make sure you get the right card for your holiday shopping and gifts.
 
Do Your Holiday Shopping with Amazon Smile!
As the holidays are approaching, remember that if you shop on Amazon using Amazon Smile, identify First Presbyterian Church of San Diego as your charity and City Tree Christian School will receive all the donations. Click here to get started!
 
Thursday, December 14, All School Christmas Program:
Save the date NOW! Our preschool & K-8 students are ALL participating in our all school Christmas Program.
-5:00pm start time in the main Sanctuary
-Dinner and Art Show follows in the Dining Room
-Invite your friends and family
-More details to follow!
 
Christmas Break Schedule:
Friday, December 15: Last day of school before Christmas Break
Monday, December 18-Tuesday, January 2: Christmas Break, NO school
Sunday, December 24: Christmas Eve service at First Pres in the Sanctuary, 7:00pm 
Monday, December 25: Christmas Day
Sunday, December 31: Join First Pres for a special New Year's Eve service at 10:00am 
Monday, January 1: New Year's Day
Wednesday, January 3: School resumes
 
Volunteers Needed for the FPC Nursery During the Holiday Season!
FPC is in need of volunteers in the nursery during the busy holiday season. If you are willing to serve with child care at any of the extra services, we would be grateful! Services include: Christmas Eve (both morning and evening), as well as the New Year's Eve service. Contact Peggy Gross if you would like to help.

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Help Decorate the CTCS Scholarship Tree!
This year for Giving Tuesday, our goal is to raise $1,000 for the City Tree Scholarship Fund! All donations will benefit scholarship applicants and ensure that all children have the opportunity to receive a quality Christian education. Here's how it works:
-Make a donation in any amount below and receive the specified Christmas tree ornament:
$5 donation = Candy Cane Ornament
$10 donation = Bauble Ornament
$20 donation = Christmas Stocking Ornament
$50 donation = Fancy Decorative Bauble
$100 donation = Ornate Glass and Crystal Ornament
-Write your name (or child's name) on the ornament to show your support and hang it on the tree!
-Receive a mini candy cane and a chance to win a special prize with every donation! One out of every 7 donations is a winner!
-Volunteers Needed: PTO is in need of parent volunteers to help promote the Scholarship Tree before and after school. Contact the school office if you are available to assist.
Be on the lookout for the Scholarship Tree, it will be out sometime early this week on the ramp by the school entrance!

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:
Christmas time volunteer positions:
-Assist with setting up K-8 Art Show, December 13 or 14 
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 afterschool 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.
PreschoolPreschool
Thursday, December 14, All School Christmas Program Attire, IMPORTANT INFORMATION!
Here is what Preschool students are to wear on Thursday, December 14 for the All School Christmas Program:
Girls: Brightly colored Christmas dress, any color
Boys: Nice dress pants, white button-up dress shirt
Dress shoes preferable for both boys and girls.

Important Upcoming Dates:
Friday, December 15: Last day of school before Christmas Break
Monday, December 18-Tuesday, January 2:
Christmas Break
Wednesday, January 3: School resumes
ElementaryElementary
Friday, December 1, Student Council Selling Tickets for K-8 Dinner & Movie:
Student Council is hosting dinner & showing "Home Alone" ( clean films version, appropriate for all ages) and all K-8 students are invited! Event details:
Tickets will be sold before and after school Friday, December 1! 
When & where: Friday, December 8 from 4:30-7:00pm in the Geneva Room
Cost: $15 per student OR $25 for a family with 2 K-8 students.
Volunteer needed: We are in need of 4 volunteers to help with the event 
Contact Laurie Decker if you have questions or to volunteer.
 
Friday, December 1, Coronado Christmas Parade Notice for Students Participating in Parade:
The City Tree Falcons Band is performing in the Coronado Christmas Parade on Friday, December 1! Bring all your instruments, reeds, and cables and be ready to rock! Event details:
Arrival time: Students participating MUST ARRIVE and meet at the Spreckles Park gazebo NO LATER THAN 5:00PM - this time is FIRM!
Attire for all 5th-8th grade students:
-Attire: New band t-shirt and blue jeans or school blue pants (no black or any other color jeans), and red tennis shoes
- Details for Hair: Students will be given a hat for the parade. Please return the hat at the end of the parade so it can be used for the Christmas program. 
-Assigned 4th grade candy helper students will be provided their costumes 
-4th grade banner holders should wear blue jeans or school uniform pants with Christmas t-shirt 
Contact Mrs. Irwig with any questions you may have.
 
Friday, December 8, K-5 Memory Verse Party:
Students who have memorized the first 10 bible verses of the year will be celebrating at the Memory Verse Party! Students will be decorating cookies. 

Friday, December 15, 4th grade Sacramento Trip Payment Due:
Registration payment and paperwork was due October 15 for our 4th grade Sacramento Trip! The next installment is due December 15.
 
Grades 4-8 Boys & Girls Basketball Sign-ups NOW DUE:
Calling all 4th-8th grade boys and girls! Forms and payment for boys and girls basketball were due Wednesday, November 8 but it's not too late to sign up!
-Click here to download the registration form
-Cost: $100, turn in form and payment to the mailbox labeled "Athletics" in the hallway by the main entrance.
 
Boys Basketball Games & Practice Schedule:
No games or practices the week of November 20-24 due to Thanksgiving Break  
Monday, Dec 4: Practice on the roof playground, 4:30-5:45pm
Wednesday, Dec 6: Practice on the roof playground, 4:30-5:45pm
Thursday, Dec 7: B Team game vs St. Paul's Lutheran B @ 5:00pm, arrive by 4:30pm
Monday, Dec 11: Practice on the roof playground, 4:30-545pm
Tuesday, Dec 12: B Team game vs Victory Christian B @ 4:00pm, arrive by 3:30pm
Wednesday, Dec 13: Practice on the roof playground, 4:30-5:45pm
Remember: There is NO PRACTICE Dec 18-Jan 2 due to Christmas Break 
Click here to download the schedule and location information.
MiddleSchoolMiddle School
Friday, December 1, Student Council Selling Tickets for K-8 Dinner & Movie:
Student Council is hosting dinner & showing "Home Alone" (clean films version, appropriate for all ages) and all K-8 students are invited! Event details:
Tickets will be sold before and after school Friday, December 1! 
When & where: Friday, December 8 from 4:30-7:00pm in the Geneva Room
Cost: $15 per student OR $25 for a family with 2 K-8 students.
Volunteer needed: We are in need of 4 volunteers to help with the event 
Contact Laurie Decker if you have questions or to volunteer.
 
Friday, December 1, Coronado Christmas Parade Notice for Students Participating in Parade:
The City Tree Falcons Band is performing in the Coronado Christmas Parade on Friday, December 1! Bring all your instruments, reeds, and cables and be ready to rock! Event details:
Arrival time: Students participating MUST ARRIVE and meet at the Spreckles Park gazebo NO LATER THAN 5:00PM - this time is FIRM!
Attire for all 5th-8th grade students:
-Attire: New band t-shirt and blue jeans or school blue pants (no black or any other color jeans), and red tennis shoes
- Details for Hair: Students will be given a hat for the parade. Please return the hat at the end of the parade so it can be used for the Christmas program. 
-Assigned 4th grade candy helper students will be provided their costumes 
-4th grade banner holders should wear blue jeans or school uniform pants with  Christmas t-shirt.
Contact Mrs. Irwig with any questions you may have.
 
Wednesday, December 6, Middle School Ice Skating:
Please see the attached flyer for our annual Middle School Ice Skating PE day. For their physical education activity, students will visit the Kroc Center Ice rink and usher in "winter"! Students should wear jeans, socks, and layers to school this day. Click here for more info.
 
Wednesday, December 6, Middle School "Wonder" Movie Field Trip:
Middle school students will be taking a field trip to UltraStar Theater at Hazard Center in Mission Valley to see the movie "Wonder" as a culminating activity for our recent Language Arts novel unit. The movie begins and 1:00pm and students will be transported to the theater by bus right after PE, and we hope to be back between 3:15-3:30pm. NOTE: THE EXPECTED RETURN TIME IS AFTER THE NORMAL DISMISSAL TIME FROM SCHOOL. We need parent help to drive students back to City Tree after the  movie. Please be sure to sign permission on your child's clipboard and include your name, email address, and how many passengers you can take if you are able to help with transportation. The cost for this trip is $9.00 due to homeroom teachers by Tuesday, December 5. Click here for the flyer.
 
Saturday, December 9, Annual FPC Youth Group Christmas Party:
The annual FPC Youth Group Christmas Party is happening on Saturday, December 9 and City Tree Middle School students are invited! Event details:
What time: 5:00-8:00pm
Dinner info: It will be a progressive dinner! Families are needed to host for appetizers, main courses, and desserts. We also need drivers to get to each stop along the way! If you'd like to host a stop, be a driver, or just attend, RSVP here: https://fpcsd.churchcenteronline.com/registrations/events/94366  
-Ugly Christmas Sweater contest, white elephant gift exchange, & more!
For questions and more details contact Peggy Gross.
 
Friday, December 15, Middle School Christmas Brunch:
Parents are invited to join us for our traditional Christmas Brunch from 8:20-10:20am. The 8th graders will be doing a Home Economics project with Mrs. Bogan beforehand to prepare some special dishes. Please check the clipboards and sign up for one or more of the brunch items needed. We need all families to sign up to bring something in order to make this a successful event. Please deliver all items to the West Room or West Room kitchen labeled Middle School Christmas Brunch. Click here for the flyer with special dress and gift exchange info.
 
Grades 4-8 Boys & Girls Basketball Sign-ups NOW DUE:
Calling all 4th-8th grade boys and girls! Forms and payment for boys and girls basketball were due Wednesday, November 8 but it's not too late to sign up!
-Click here to download the registration form
-Cost: $100, turn in form and payment to the mailbox labeled "Athletics" in the hallway by the main entrance.
 
Boys Basketball Games & Practice Schedule:
No games or practices the week of November 20-24 due to Thanksgiving Break 
Monday, Dec 4: Practice on the roof playground, 4:30-5:45pm
Wednesday, Dec 6: Practice on the roof playground, 4:30-5:45pm
Thursday, Dec 7: B Team game vs St. Paul's Lutheran B @ 5:00pm, arrive by 4:30pm
Monday, Dec 11: Practice on the roof playground, 4:30-545pm
Tuesday, Dec 12: B Team game vs Victory Christian B @ 4:00pm, arrive by 3:30pm
Wednesday, Dec 13: Practice on the roof playground, 4:30-5:45pm
Remember: There is NO PRACTICE Dec 18-Jan 2 due to Christmas Break
Click here to download the schedule and location information.
 
Forest Home Winter Camp, February 2017:
Sign up today for Forest Home Winter Camp!
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.
 
December PE Schedule:
December 6 - Kroc Center, Ice Skating (Note time change: 10:45-12:00)
December 13 - Kroc Center
 
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, December 1: Jamba Juice Friday
 
Friday, December 1: Falcons Band performs in Coronado Christmas Parade, 6:00pm 
 
Wednesday, December 6: All school Christmas Card Making for Ladle Guests  
 
Friday, December 8: K-8 Home Alone Dinner and a Movie
 
Thursday, December 14: All School Christmas Program
 
Friday, December 15: K-8 Free Dress Day
 
Friday, December 15: Last day of school before Christmas Break
 
Sunday, December 24: Christmas Service & Candlelight at First Presbyterian Church.
 
Monday, December 18-Tuesday, January 2: Christmas Break
 
Wednesday, January 3: School resumes 
PicturesPictures of the Week
Preschool-8th gr students have been doing some Christmas shopping in the City Tree Christmas Shop! Students were given budgets to make holiday purchases for family and loved ones to give out at Christmas. Thank you PTO for hosting such a wonderful opportunity for our student to give!

Boys' basketball season is officially underway! Boys in grades 4-6 have been practicing and polishing their technique with Coach Webb for the last couple of weeks to prepare for their first game. We look forward to an awesome season!
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