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March 9, 2017
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Saturday, March 11, 2017 Gala Dinner & Auction:
This year's Gala is only 2 days away! Click here to read more about what you can expect for the evening of the 2017 Gala!

Thursday, March 2-Friday, March 17, Last Day of Read Across America Reading Challenge:
To celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday, we are having a reading challenge for the whole school - we want to encourage children to read outside their classroom!
-Students record the number of minutes/books they read or are read to from Thurs, March 2-Fri, March 17 on their reading log. Reading logs were placed in parent files, click here to download a copy. Students submit the completed logs to bin outside of office.
-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!
-Any child who participates will get a Dr. Seuss bookmark
-Students who meet the challenge minutes for their age will receive a special prize! 

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!
-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.

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.

We Need a New Sandbox!
We need a new sandbox for our roof playground. We are still trying to figure out the best way to proceed: repair our old one, purchase a new one, or build our own. If you are handy and skilled in carpentry and would like a great project that would benefit preschool and elementary children please contact Sue Kennedy via email.

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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What to Expect the Night of the CTCS 19th Annual Gala Dinner, Silent & Live Auction!
Please share this information with any guests you have invited to attend the Gala!  

Location & Parking Info:

The 2017 Gala is located at the Liberty Station Conference Center, 2600 Laning Road, San Diego, CA 92106. Click here for location & parking information.

Gala Attire:
You may come as dressy or as casual as you like! We are celebrating our 40th anniversary, our theme colors are green, black, and silver and some are dressing with the theme in mind.
 
Registration, 5:30-6:15pm
Check in to receive your event program, bid number, & 1 free drink ticket. You may purchase additional drink tickets for $5 each. Also, a grab bag for $25 each will be available (at least $40 of value in each bag filled with gift cards, gift certificates, chocolates and cookies)!
 
City Tree Jazz Band plays on the Main Hall Stage, 5:45-6:15pm

Silent Auction, 5:30-7:05pm
Located in the foyer and main hall. Auction items consist of Classroom Baskets, Classroom Art Projects, Teacher Experiences, and Product/Services/ Experiences donated from local businesses in or around San Diego.
6:45pm - Classroom Baskets close : Bid on themed baskets assembled by each classroom!
6:55pm - Teacher Experiences close : Bid on special experiences your child can have with City Tree staff! Please note: The set price and the number of students who can be accommodated for each experience is noted on the bid sheet. Spaces will be filled on a on a first come, first served basis.
7:05pm - All other general auction items close:
Bid on all of the wonderful auction items donated to this years Gala! 
7:05pm - Classroom Art Projects close: Every classroom/grade at City Tree has created a one-of-a-kind work of art to be bid on. Make sure you find your child's project!

Dinner, 6:45-8:15pm
Enjoy a 3 course meal, listen to live piano music, get to know your City Tree community and enjoy a short film created by the Cinematography Club!

Live Auction, 8:30-9:15pm
Located in the main hall. Live Auction items consist of big ticket items, some classroom art projects and will also involve additional ways to help fund City Tree needs. Raffle ticket winners announced immediately following the live auction:
1st prize- $300 
2nd prize- $150 
3rd prize- $75

Checkout and DANCING! 9:00-10:30pm

Other things going on throughout the evening:
Raffle Ticket Sales: Cash prizes, look for ticket sellers in foyer and main hall (tickets are 1 for $1, 7 for $5, 15 for $10).
Photo Booth : Take a free photo at the photo booth in the main hall (self-run, using iPad on a tripod).
Teachers' Wish List Table: Help purchase educational materials/equipment for your favorite teacher's classroom, look for table in the foyer. Options to support in set increments or purchase the entire item. 
Wine Grab Table: Pull a numbered cork to correspond with your mystery wine. Corks are $20 each, wine is valued up to $60.00! 
Student Photos: Buy a matted portrait of your child! Photos will be displayed in the main hall - 1 for $20, additional photos are $10 each.
Bar Service: Main hall will be serving beer, wine, & prosecco, as well as water, lemonade, coffee and tea throughout the evening.

URGENT! Volunteers for 2017 Gala Needed!
We need your help with several jobs to make the day of the Gala run well. Sign-up on the board outside of the school office to volunteer. For questions regarding the listings below, please contact Lori Avery & Tina Carreras.
Friday, March 10, Volunteers Needed for Gala Program & Gala Description Display Assembly:
We are in need of 2-4 parent volunteers to help assemble programs for the Gala auction & assemble description displays for Gala auction items. Volunteers are needed Friday, March 10 from 9:00-1:00pm, the project may even end earlier! Please contact the school office if you are available to help!
Saturday, March 11, Help needed at the event:
URGENT, Transport of Gala items and materials: Help transport items and materials from City Tree to the Liberty Station Conference Center. Meet at City Tree at 10:00am. 
Event set-up : Meet at the Liberty Station Conference Center at 10:30am to begin setting up the event space. 
Check-in & Registration: Help get guests checked in at the event. We need volunteers from 5:00-7:00pm.
Raffle Ticket Sales at Gala : Sell raffle tickets at the event, several shifts are available!
Auction Closers & Runners : Help close silent auction items and finalizing bids from 6:45-8:00pm.
Gala Check-Out Assistant: We need help checking out auction items and raffle prizes to guests from 7:30-10:00pm. 
Event Clean-Up & Tear-Down: We need cleaning up after the event starting at 10:00pm.
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.

NO PEANUTS in Little Blessings!
Little Blessings will be a PEANUT FREE classroom beginning Monday, March 6. Please begin to plan accordingly as you pack lunches for your child. Please make sure you are not packing peanut butter sandwiches or any snacks that have peanuts in the label. Read labels carefully! We will have a student joining us who has a severe allergy to peanuts. Thank you for your cooperation. The good news is there are a lot of alternative to peanuts and peanut butter. This child is not allergic to tree nuts or seeds; just peanuts. Please consider using other alternatives such as soy based spreads, almond butter, or seed butter in place of peanut butter. Here are some other ideas to help you pack lunches and snacks. Click here for the official letter to parents.

Vision Screening, Thanks: 
We would like to thank the California-Hawaii Elks Major Project for coming last week to conduct a vision screening for our Preschool and K-3 students. Thank you to parent volunteers Felicia Smith, Wanda Jones, & Ahleisha Crouch for helping students move through the process in a timely manner. Results from the screening were placed in parent files earlier this week. 
ElementaryElementary
Friday, March 10, Last Day Grades 4 & 5 Attend Art in the Park: 
Grades 4 & 5 have been attending Art in the Park all week. Remember that students leave promptly in the morning to walk to Balboa Park. Please contact Mrs. Carroll if you have any questions.

Friday, March 10, Additional Jazz Band Practice for 2017 Gala:
Jazz Band students participating in the performance at the 2017 Gala have an additional practice on Friday, March 10 from 3:15-4:30pm. Attending this practice is strongly encouraged since it is the last practice prior to the event.


Saturday, March 11, 2017 Gala Jazz Band Performance Reminders:
-Where to meet : Jazz Band students must meet Mrs. Irwig at the Liberty Station Conference Center on Saturday, March 11 at 5:00PM, click here for directions and location info.
-Attire: Students must wear their red sports band uniform (red tennis shoes preferred), bring all their music, instrumental equipment, and instruments.
-Students must remain in the assigned room for the band with Mrs. Irwig & Mr. Joel. Students are not permitted to be at the event unless they have a job assigned to them by their teachers. 
-After the performance: Students will be brought back to City Tree by bus with a supervising after school group leader.
-Child care: Jazz Band students whose parents are at the Gala are not charged for child care. HOWEVER, siblings NOT performing but requiring child care, DO need to pay for childcare and reserve it in advance.
Please  contact Mrs. Irwig if you have any questions regarding Saturday's performance.
 
Thursday, March 16, Grades K-5 Classics 4 Kids Field Trip:
Students in grades K-5 will be walking to a Classics 4 Kids field trip to see a special musical performance at the Balboa Theater in Horton Plaza - our own City Tree Singers will be performing! Field trip details:
When: Thursday, March 16
Departure time: 8:30am
Return time: about 11:00am
Cost: $8.00 per person, deadline to pay was Wednesday, March 8. Please pay teacher if you have not already.
Chaperone note: We are asking for ONE chaperone per class. If the space to sign up on the clipboard is filled and you would like to attend the field trip, please come by the school office to be placed on a waiting list.
Attire: School uniform, but wear your GREEN polo shirts in honor of this St. Patrick's Day Celebration!
Contact your child's teacher for any questions.

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.

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: Our Gala committee is always looking for help. Click here for read a list of volunteer opportunities in the PTO section of this email. And don't forget - you get 5 hours of volunteer time per person in your party for ATTENDING the Gala, too! Contact Lori Avery to find out more ways to help!
-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. 

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.

Vision Screening, Thanks: 
We would like to thank the California-Hawaii Elks Major Project for coming last week to conduct a vision screening for our Preschool and K-3 students. Thank you to parent volunteers Felicia Smith, Wanda Jones, & Ahleisha Crouch for helping students move through the process in a timely manner. Results from the screening were placed in parent files earlier this week.

Grades 4-8 Girls Basketball Games & Practices:
- Mon, March 13: Practice on the roof playground from 4:30-5:55pm
-Tues, March 14: Tournament games for A Team & B Team, times TBD based on record from above games
-Wed, March 15: Practice on the roof playground, 4:30-5:55pm
-Thurs, March 16: Tournament games for A Team & B Team, times TBD based on record from above games

-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
Friday, March 10, Human Development Permission Slips Due:
Click here for more information about our upcoming Human Development unit. Each student will need a signed permission slip in order to participate. Slips can be turned into the office or the homeroom teacher by Friday, March 10, or parents may sign and email the permission slip to Mrs. Becky Henzel by Friday, March 10. Human Development classes will take place March 21-April 3. 

Friday, March 10, Additional Jazz Band Practice for 2017 Gala:
Jazz Band students participating in the performance at the 2017 Gala have an additional practice on Friday, March 10 from 3:15-4:30pm. Attending this practice is strongly encouraged since it is the last practice prior to the event.
 
Saturday, March 11, 2017 Gala Jazz Band Performance Reminders:
-Where to meet: Parents, Jazz Band students must meet Mrs. Irwig at the Liberty Station Conference Center on Saturday, March 11 at 5:00PM, click here for directions and location info.
-Attire: Students must wear their red sports band uniform (red tennis shoes preferred), bring all their music, instrumental equipment, and instruments.
-Students must remain in the assigned room for the band with Mrs. Irwig & Mr. Joel. Students are not permitted to be at the event.
-After the performance: S tudents will be brought back to City Tree by bus with a supervising after school group leader.
-Child care: Jazz Band students whose parents are at the Gala are not charged for child care. HOWEVER, siblings NOT performing but requiring child care, DO need to have it reserved in advance.
Please contact Mrs. Irwig if you have any questions regarding Saturday's performance.

Friday, March 16, Science Fair Field Trip:
All 6th-8th grade students will be visiting the Greater San Diego Science & Engineering Fair in Balboa Park with Mrs. Lucas to check out this year's entries and get ideas for future projects. No field trip sign-up is needed, but please be aware that students will be off campus from 11:40-2:15 this day. If you can help chaperone this field trip, contact Mrs. Henzel. 

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.

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: Our Gala committee is always looking for help.  Click here for read a list of volunteer opportunities in the PTO section of this email. And don't forget - you get 5 hours of volunteer time per person in your party for ATTENDING the Gala, too! Contact Lori Avery to find out more ways to help!
-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 is 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:
-Wed, March 13: Practice on the roof playground from 4:30-5:55pm
-Tues, March 14: Tournament games for A Team & B Team, times TBD based on record from above games
-Wed, March 15: Practice on the roof playground, 4:30-5:55pm
-Thurs, March 16: Tournament games for A Team & B Team, times TBD based on record from above games
-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 15 - Kroc Center - Handball
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 10: Last day Grades 4 & 5 go to San Diego Museum of Art

Friday, March 10: K-5 Memory Verse Party

Saturday, March 11: 2017 Gala Dinner & Auction, 5:30-10:30pm

Thursday, March 16: Grades K-5, Classics 4 Kids field trip

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

March 16 & 17: City Tree Singers perform at Classics 4 Kids

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

April 10-14: Easter Break

May 1-5: Grades 1-3 MAP Testing

May 8-12: Grades 4-8 MAP Testing 
PicturesPictures of the Week
  Our 4th and 5th grade class spent the week at the San Diego Museum of Art program. The students visited the museum, studied art and learned about the Renaissance. They also had the opportunity to create art including their own cathedrals complete with stained glass windows.

We would like to thank our parent volunteers who came to read books in classrooms this week. Thank you to Peter Tucker, Priscilla Morin, Felicia Smith, Ahleisha Crouch, Laura Buckley, & Matt Buckley! Our students greatly appreciate the time you took to read to them!

The first grade class recently learned about the techniques of artist Paul Cezanne, who is well known for his fruit, still life paintings. Students used bright colors & bold outlines to create their citrus paintings. Catch them on display during the Spring art show!
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