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December 14, 2017
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Thursday, December 14, All School Christmas Program:
Our Preschool (even our infants) & K-8 students are ALL participating in our all school Christmas Program!
-5:00pm start time in the main Sanctuary
-Dinner & Art Show to follow in Dining Room 
Dinner info:
-Menu: Pork chops & mashed potatoes for adults, pizza and salad bar for kids, and ice cream Polish cookies for dessert!
-Cost: $8 for children, $10 for adults
Volunteers Needed: We are in need of parent volunteers to help with setup, serving, and tear-down in Dining Room for the dinner and art show on the day of the program. Please come by the Dining Room at 2:30pm to begin helping set up. 
Invite your family and friends!
 
Friday, December 15, Last Day to Bring Classroom Christmas Tree Gift:
Please remember to bring your classroom Christmas Tree gift by Friday, December 15 to your child's classroom or homeroom. 
 
Sunday, December 17, Christmas by Candlelight at First Pres:
Join First Pres for an evening of well-loved Christmas carols and medleys as the Westminster Choir & members of the San Diego Symphony present Robert Shaw's The Many Moods of Christmas! The complete setting of this performance will be presented by the glow of candlelight. Event takes place in the Sanctuary at 7:00pm. Invite your family and friends to celebrate Christmas with you!
 
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, 8:30am, 11:00am, & 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
 
Sunday, December 24 & 31, Volunteers Needed in FPC Nursery at Christmas Eve & New Year's Eve Services!
FPC is in need of volunteers in the nursery during the busy holiday season. Help is needed on:
Sunday, December 24 at all three services: 8:30am, 11:00am, & 7:00pm
Sunday, December 31 at the 10:00am service 
Contact Peggy Gross if you are willing and available to serve with child care at any of the extra services!
 
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! Remember: WE RETURN to school on Wednesday, January 3! You can pay for tuition by:
-Dropping off cash, check, or money order in tuition drop box Friday, December 15 (it is okay to postdate check January 1, 2018) OR by Thursday, January 4.
-Mailing your payment to: First Presbyterian Church, 320 Date Street, San Diego, CA, Attn: City Tree Bookkeeper
-Credit Card: Contact bookkeeper Gail Barrett by calling (619) 232-7513 x1014 to make your payment over the phone via credit card.
 
Friday, January 5, 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.
 
Help Our Preschool Friend Parker!
Parker is a City Tree preschooler who was diagnosed with Leukemia over the summer. Help support Parker and his family by ordering from their jewelry business, Mimi & Lu! They are offering a 20% discount just for City Tree friends and family, enter CITYTREE20 upon checkout. This is a perfect opportunity to get some Christmas shopping done while supporting a City Tree family. Please see attached flyer.
 
Additional City Tree 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.
 
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!
 
Safety Reminders!
We have noticed that the police and parking enforcement have been a presence around our school lately. We are glad they are here to keep our students safe. But we also know that no one likes to get a ticket, so we thought a few reminders would be helpful:
-Use the crosswalk! Jaywalking across the street is an unsafe practice, please cross the street properly by using the crosswalks.
-Do not double park! Please take time to wait for a parking space. It is not safe for your children to exit the car if you are not parked along the curb or in a parking space in a lot. It's not safe for drivers, it disrupts the flow of traffic. Children can be difficult to see as they walk between cars and their movements are often unpredictable.
-Close the doors behind you! Closing the doors to the school entrance securely is a safe practice. To prevent from having strangers enter the building, it is important to do this when entering and exiting the building.
Parents and students, let's work together to make City Tree safe for everyone!

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Friday, December 15, Help Decorate the CTCS Scholarship Tree!
We have almost met our goal to raise $1,000 for the City Tree Scholarship Fund - help us get there tomorrow! 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, your child's name, or the name of a special staff member you want to honor 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!

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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Thursday, December 14, All School Christmas Program, Dinner & Art Show - IMPORTANT INFORMATION for Infant & Preschool Families!
Our preschool & K-8 students are ALL participating in our all school Christmas Program! Mrs. Carroll, Preschool Director, provided important detailed info for infant & preschool families:
Event details:  
-5:00pm start time in the Sanctuary
-Dinner & Art Show to follow in Dining Room  
-Click here to read details about dinner 
Here is what Preschool students are to wear on Thursday, December 14 for the Christmas Program:
Girls: Brightly colored Christmas dress, any color
Boys: Nice dress pants, white button-up dress shirt
Dress shoes preferable for both boys & girls.
Invite your family & friends!

Friday, December 15, Last day of school before Christmas Break

Monday, December 18-Tuesday, January 2, Christmas Break, NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, January 3, School resumes
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Friday, December 15, K-8 Free Dress Day:
Due to the all school Christmas Program on Thursday, December 14, students in grades K-8 will be allowed to wear free dress on Friday, December 15. Free dress must abide by the free dress policy, please click here to read the policy  from our handbook.
 
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.
 
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:
No games or practices the week of November 20-24 due to Thanksgiving Break    
Remember: There is NO PRACTICE Dec 18-Jan 2 due to Christmas Break
Wednesday, Jan 3: Practice on the roof playground, 4:30-5:45pm
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
Click here to download the schedule and location information.
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Friday, December 15, K-8 Free Dress Day:
Due to the all school Christmas Program on Thursday, December 14, students in grades K-8 will be allowed to wear free dress on Friday, December 15. Free dress must abide by the free dress policy, please click here to read the policy from our handbook.
 
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.
 
Boys Basketball Games & Practice Schedule:
No games or practices the week of November 20-24 due to Thanksgiving Break 
Remember: There is NO PRACTICE Dec 18-Jan 2 due to Christmas Break
Wednesday, Jan 3: Practice on the roof playground, 4:30-5:45pm
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
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 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 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
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Friday, December 15: K-8 Free Dress Day

Friday, December 15: Last day of school before Christmas Break
 
Sunday, December 24: Christmas Eve Service & Candlelight at First Pres, 8:30am, 11:00am, & 7:00pm
 
Monday, December 18-Tuesday, January 2: Christmas Break

Sunday, December 31: New Year's Eve service at 10:00am
 
Wednesday, January 3: School resumes
 
Friday, January 5: Jamba Juice Friday 
 
Monday, January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, no school
 
Thursday, January 18: All School Science Fair 
PicturesPictures of the Week
Student Council hosted dinner and a movie for our K-8 students. Students enjoyed a delicious pizza dinner and dessert as they play games, took photos in the photo booth, and watched "Home Alone"!

City Tree students have been practicing for the All School Christmas Program! Don't forget to join us on Thursday, December 14 at 5:00pm in the Sanctuary to see their hard work! Dinner & art show follows in the Dining Room. Click here for more details!
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And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God.
And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.
He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David.
Luke 1:30-32 (KJV)
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