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March 16, 2017
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Friday, March 17, Read Across America Reading Challenge Logs Due:
The Read Across America Reading Challenge ends this week! Logs are due tomorrow Friday, March 17 in the gray bin by the silver mailboxes in the hallway by the school entrance. 
-Reading targets:
Preschool-Grade 1: 200 minutes
Grades 2-5: 300 minutes 
Grades 6-8: 400 minutes
-Don't forget, count any reading that occurs outside of the classroom even if it's assigned by a teacher! Click here to download a log
-Students who meet the challenge minutes for their age will receive Jamba Juice! Stop by the Geneva Room on Wednesday, March 24 before school to pick up your delicious reward!

Friday, March 24, T-shirt Order for Military Child Month:
In April, City Tree will be celebrating the month of the Military Child! Order a special purple t-shirt to wear. Order details:
- Click here to download your order form or pick one up outside the school office. 
-Cost is $15 per t-shirt
- Order forms and payment are due Friday, March 24. Place orders in the t-shirt mailbox in the hallway. 
-T-shirts will be delivered to classrooms on Monday, April 3 to be worn for a special assembly on Fri, April 7!
-From April 7-June 13 purple shirts can be worn at any time as part of the CTCS uniform for the remainder of the school year!
-All military children will receive a FREE t-shirt, but please complete the form for sizing purposes. 
Questions? Contact parent volunteer Lestine Webb via email or by calling (805) 509-7997.

Thursday, April 6, All School Spring Picture Day:
Spring photos will be taking place on Thursday, April 6 with Sumner Photography.
-K-8 students will be allowed to wear free dress that day,  click here to read the Free Dress Policy.
-Payment is not required the day of Spring pictures 
-Volunteers needed: We need 2-3 parent volunteers as runners for Sumner photography. Please contact the school office if you are able to assist. 

Thursday, April 6, Athletic Awards Dinner:
Calling all City Tree students who participated in Volleyball & Basketball! Save the dates for the Athletics Awards Dinner! More info to follow. 
 
April 28-30, FPC Women's Retreat:
City Tree moms are invited to attend the annual Women's Retreat at Mission San Luis Rey! Registration is now open for Friday, April 28-Sunday, April 30! Make sure to register soon, more than half of the spots are already filled! This year's topic is "Hope is in the House", with Arlene Pellicane as the speaker. Cost is $190, a deposit is required to register. Half scholarships are available. Click here to sign up and make a payment.

City Tree Summer Camp Info Coming Soon:
City Tree offers summer camps all summer long for children entering Kindergarten through 8th grade. We are in the process of planning great week-long camps for students! Information will be posted online soon and distributed to parent files.

CTCS Alumni Spotlight!
We love to hear from CTCS graduates who go on to high school, college, and beyond! Recent graduate Alejandra, from the class of 2016, checked in with us and gave some highlights to her start to high school. Here is what she had to say:
Alejandra:
...has made good friends, has good teachers, and enjoys school dances
...says City Tree helped her be prepared for high school by teaching her what it means to walk with the Lord, to be a good leader to those around her, and to not be afraid of trying new things! 

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Gala 2017, Thanks! 
A huge thank you to Lori Avery & Tina Carreras, our Gala Chairs, for doing a lovely job coordinating this year's event. Our Gala Committee was amazing and we want to thank:
Lori Avery, Debbie Toon & Victoria Cannizzo, Donation & Solicitation coordinators
Jessica Untalan, Invitation coordinator
Lita Laguire, Raffle coordinator
Stacie Johnston, Gala Baskets coordinator
Yang Ciccimaro, Tanya Castaneda & Aimee Evola, Student photos
Yang Ciccimaro, Art Project coordinator
Peter Tucker & Priscilla Morin, registration/check out
Lisa Phipps, Wendy Bogan, Isabella Ruiz, decoration team
Shirean Williams, Grab bag coordinator
Wassila Almeida-Cabral & Laura Buckley, teacher appreciation gifts
Victoria Cannizzo, Room Parent liaison
Kat Floeter, Cinematography
Marisol Irwig & Joel Williams, Jazz Band
Dan Decker, MC
Bryce & Tony Phipps, Music/Media
Will Carreras, Media/Photographer
Also thank you to our Class Art Project Coordinators, Gala Basket Wrappers, Gala set up and break down crew, and all parent volunteers who helped this year!
Everyone's hard work is greatly appreciated - we could not have done it without you! We were thrilled with the generosity of so many that purchased auction items and generously gave to support City Tree's technology and enrichment programs. Our PTO Treasurer is still running the final numbers and we will announce the amount raised in the near future!
 
Gala Photos for Sale & Auctions Items Up for Bid!
Student Photos:
Beautiful black and white matted photos of (almost) every City Tree students were taken for the GALA. If you did not have the opportunity to pick yours up at the GALA, please look in the boxes outside the office. You can pay for your photos in the office.
1 for $20
2 for $30
3 for $40

Auction Items:
Every year we have a few auction items remaining after our Gala Event. These items will begin appearing on the tables in the hallway outside the office and will be available to bid on.
PreschoolPreschool
Friday, March 17, Loving Lights, King's Kids, & Heavenly Angels Classics 4 Kids Field Trip:
Mrs. Bogan's Loving Lights class, Ms. Snipes' King's Kids class, and Mrs. Ruiz's Heavenly Angels class will all be seeing a special St. Patrick's Day performance that features our own City Tree Singers along with other performers! Don't forget to wear green! Field trip details:
When: Friday, March 17
Where: Balboa Theater at Horton Plaza
Departure time: 8:45am
Return time: about 11:00am
Cost: $8.00 for students and chaperones, please pay teacher if you haven't already
Check your child's clipboard for more info and to sign up as a chaperone for the trip.

City Tree Kindergarten, Did You Know?
Did you know that the tuition for City Tree's kindergarten is less than Preschool? Click here to see the tuition costs. We are proud of the outstanding education we are able to provide for students at a very affordable price. City Tree emphasizes the arts, high academic standards, strong Christian character and more! Contact Sue Kennedy, Principal, if you would like to visit the kindergarten class and/or learn more. Remember that last day to pay registration at the discounted rate is Friday, April 28!
ElementaryElementary
Thursday & Friday March 16 & 17 City Tree Singers Perform at Classics 4 Kids: 
We are so proud of our students who were selected for this special performance at the Balboa Theatre, Classics 4 Kids, St. Patrick's Day Celebration! What an honor it is for the City Tree Singers to represent City Tree in FOUR different shows that will be presented in our community. They will be performing with The Classics Philharmonic Orchestra, Celtic Fiddler Wanda Law, and Irish dancers from Malone Academy for a special Irish celebration!
Thank you to Mrs. Shirean Williams, our wonderful music teacher, for coordinating this event and preparing our students for these special performances!

Important Reminders for the City Tree Singers Performers:
Here are some important reminders for City Tree Singers performing in the March 16 & 17 Classics 4 Kids performances:
-Students will be performing at 9:30am & 11:30am on both days
-Singers and chaperones must meet at City Tree in the Geneva Room at 7:45am on Thursday, March 16 & at 8:00am on Friday, March 17. Students will be walking to and from the venue.
-Attire: Please make sure that all articles of clothing are in VERY good condition.
Girls: Plaid uniform skirt or skort, green City Tree short sleeve polo shirt (with school logo if possible), white knee socks, and black or navy shoes
Boys: Navy blue trousers (no shorts) with belt, green City Tree short sleeve polo shirt (with school logo if possible), and black, brown or navy shoes
Please contact Mrs. Shirean Williams with any questions you may have regarding the performance.

Thursday, March 30, K-8 Free Dress Day:
Students in grades K-8 re allowed to wear free dress on the LAST Thursday of every month. Free dress must abide by the free dress policy, click here to read the policy from our handbook.
 
Friday, March 31, Family Participation Hours Deadline:
K-8 parents: Deadline to complete your Family Participation hours is Friday, March 31! Here is a list of events coming up in which we need your help:
-2017 Gala Dinner & Auction: D on't forget to claim your Gala participation hours - you get 5 hours of volunteer time per person in your party for ATTENDING the Gala, too! Come to the office to collect stickers.
-Check your child's clipboard for any upcoming field trips 
Don't forget to claim stickers for volunteer time you have already completed! Click here to read Family Participation Guidelines for this year. 

Monday, April 3, Kindergarten & Grade 1 Field Trip to Flower Fields:
Mrs. Whitelock's Kindergarten class and Mrs. Cramer's 1st grade class are visiting the Carlsbad Flower Fields. Field trip info:
When: Monday, April 3 
Departure: 8:30am, please arrive on time 
Return time: about 2:30pm 
Cost: $15, please pay teachers if you have not already 
Attire:
Kindergarten should wear their yellow, field trip shirt, jeans, and comfortable walking shoes.
First graders should wear a City Tree shirt, jeans, and comfortable walking shoes.
What to bring: Booster seats for carpooling and a sack lunch
Drivers needed: Sign up on the classroom clipboard to drive if you are available to help with carpooling to and from the trip.
Contact your child's teacher with any other questions you may have.

May 1-5, Grades 1-3 MAP Testing
May 8-12, Grades 4-8 MAP Testing
Even though these dates are a long way off it is helpful to mark them on your calendars now. Please avoid scheduling appointments during testing weeks! Students do better and feel more relaxed during testing, when they avoid make-up tests and are able to complete testing with their regular teachers.

Grades 4-8 Girls Basketball Games & Practices:
- Thurs, March 16: Tournament game, A Team @ 4:30pm, arrive by 4:00pm
-Thurs, March 16: Tournament game, B Team @ 5:30pm, arrive by 5:00pm 
-Mon, March 20: Practice on the roof playground from 4:30-5:55pm
-Tues, March 21: Tournament games for A Team & B Team, times TBD based on outcome of games week of March 13
-Wed, March 22: Practice on the roof playground, 4:30-5:55pm
-Thurs, March 23: FINAL Tournament games for A Team & B Team, times TBD based on outcome of games week of March 13
 
Click here to download the girls' basketball schedule and location information.
MiddleSchoolMiddle School
Thursday, March 23-Thursday, April 6, Human Development:
Click here for more information about our upcoming Human Development unit, and feel free to contact Mrs. Henzel with additional questions.
 
Saturday, March 25-Tuesday, March 28, First Pres AMOR House-Building Trip:
AMOR is FPC's student ministry opportunity to serve in Tijuana, BC Mexico where we will help build houses for those who are in need:
-Dates: Saturday, March 25-Tuesday, March 28
-Cost: $275, scholarships are available
-Due to these dates conflicting with school, it is possible to attend only for the weekend. Please contact Peggy Gross for more details.
NOTE: City Tree Students wishing to attend for all 4 dates must meet the following criteria in order to miss school:
1) Complete all tests and turn in all work due March 27 and 28 ahead of time to teachers.
2) Maintain at least a 'C' grade in every class up until the departure date of March 25.
3) Be in good standing behaviorally (no disciplinary issues in the weeks leading up to the trip).
4) Inform the school office and teachers ahead of time so absences can be recorded appropriately.
Contact Mrs. Henzel with questions.
We are accepting registrations for AMOR, click here for the attached registration packet. Bring completed forms and payment to school office or e-mail Peggy Gross.

Thursday, March 30, K-8 Free Dress Day:
Students in grades K-8 re allowed to wear free dress on the LAST Thursday of every month. Free dress must abide by the free dress policy, click here to read the policy from our handbook.

Friday, March 31, Family Participation Hours Deadline:
K-8 parents: Deadline to complete your Family Participation hours is Friday, March 31! Here is a list of events coming up in which we need your help:
-2017 Gala Dinner & Auction: Don't forget to claim your Gala participation hours - you get 5 hours of volunteer time per person in your party for ATTENDING the Gala! Come to the office to collect stickers.
-Check your child's clipboard for any upcoming field trips 
Don't forget to claim stickers for volunteer time you have already completed! Click here to read Family Participation Guidelines for this year.

Tuesday, April 4, 4:00-4:30pm Mandatory Grade 8 Washington DC Meeting:
Please mark your calendars and plan to attend our final  Washington DC planning meeting on April 4 from 4:00-4:30pm in Room 312. All students MUST attend with at least 1 parent! Final itineraries will go out in parent files prior to this meeting. Parents and students should look at this information together and come to our meeting with questions. We will be reviewing key travel information and behavior policies at the meeting, but we will not go over all the content. You are also welcome to   e-mail Mrs. Henzel ahead of time with questions as you review the information. For the safety of our travelers, we are not posting the itinerary in this e-mail or online. If you need additional copies, please stop by the office.

May 1-5, Grades 1-3 MAP Testing
May 8-12, Grades 4-8 MAP Testing
Even though these dates are a long way off it is helpful to mark them on your calendars now. Please avoid scheduling appointments during testing weeks! Students do better and feel more relaxed during testing, when they avoid make-up tests and are able to complete testing with their regular teachers.
 
Grades 4-8 Girls Basketball Games & Practices:
-Thurs, March 16: Tournament game, A Team @ 4:30pm, arrive by 4:00pm
-Thurs, March 16: Tournament game, B Team @ 5:30pm, arrive by 5:00pm
-Mon, March 20: Practice on the roof playground from 4:30-5:55pm
-Tues, March 21: Tournament games for A Team & B Team, times TBD based on outcome of games week of March 13
-Wed, March 22: Practice on the roof playground, 4:30-5:55pm
-Thurs, March 23: FINAL Tournament games for A Team & B Team, times TBD based on outcome of games week of March 13
 
 Click here to download a newly revised girls' basketball schedule and location information.

March PE Schedule:
March 22 - Kroc Center - Ultimate Frisbee
March 29 - Kroc Center - Ultimate Frisbee
 
3rd Quarter Supplementary Curriculum:
6th - Art
7th - Life Skills - Health, College and Career Planning
8th - Life Skills - Health, Financial Planning
LookingAheadLooking Ahead
Friday, March 17: City Tree Singers perform at Classics 4 Kids

Friday, March 17: Loving Lights, King's Kids, & Heavenly Angels Classics 4 Kids field trip

Thursday, March 30: K-8 Free Dress Day

Friday, March 31: K-8 Family Participation volunteer hours deadline

Thursday, April 6: Athletics Awards Dinner

April 10-14: Easter Break

May 1-5: Grades 1-3 MAP Testing

May 8-12: Grades 4-8 MAP Testing 
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We want to congratulate our middle school scientists whose projects were selected to represent our school at the Greater San Diego Science & Engineering Fair! Visit  www.gsdsef.org for more info about the fair. Stop by and visit on a day the fair is open to the public. Thank you to Mrs. Lucas, our wonderful middle school science teacher, whose guidance helped make this opportunity possible for our students!

City Tree has been celebrating Read Across America! This week, students dressed up as some of their favorite book characters! Students are encouraged to participate in the Read Across America Reading Challenge which ends tomorrow Friday, March 17. Click here to read more!


The City Tree Singers did a wonderful job during their special performance at the Classics 4 Kids, St. Patrick's Day Celebration at the Balboa Theater! Students performed with The Classics Philharmonic Orchestra, Celtic Fiddler Wanda Law, and Irish dancers from Malone Academy for a special Irish celebration! Thank you to Mrs. Shirean Williams, our wonderful music teacher, for preparing our students for such a great opportunity! 
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Philippians 2:12-13 (NKJV)
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