July 27, 2017
whatsgoingonWhat's Going On
Tuition Statement Update, 1st Tuition Payment DUE:
We are in the process of switching our data management and billing system to RenWeb. In the past, our first tuition bill for the new school year came out in the end of July and were mailed to your home so that you could pay tuition by the August 1 due date. Since the transition to this new system is taking some time, here are some details on what to expect:
- We are expecting tuition bills to be delivered through EMAIL (not US mail) between August 4-7. We will be using the emails we have on file. If you do not think we have your current email please contact Amanda Ochoa with your updated email information.
-Due to the later arrival of your bill, we will not require tuition payment until Thursday, August 10.
- Late fees will be added on Tuesday, August 15.
-All future tuition payments will be due on the 1st of the month per tuition agreement.
-If you still have not registered for the 2017-2018 school year, it is very important that you do so NOW as we are quickly approaching the beginning of the school year. Click here to download the proper enrollment packet. Submit all paperwork and registration payment to the office as soon as possible. Contact the office if you have any questions.
Please be on the lookout for more information about RenWeb and specifically the parent portal that will soon be available to you! 

Friday, July 28, Closing Celebration of ROME Vacation Bible School:
Friday, July 28 we invite everyone to join us for the Closing Celebration and VBS lunch! Celebration details:
-K-8 summer camp parents, join us in the Assembly Room at 11:45am where we begin and end VBS each day 
-Son Beams, Loving Lights, & King's Kids parents, please pick up your child from the lower patio playground and bring them to the Assembly Room at 11:45m for the closing celebration. 
-Be sure to sit with your child 
-After a time of singing and review of the week, all are invited to a free camp lunch, a time of fellowship, fun, and a hands-on experience with your child in the Roman Marketplace! 
-Note: Lunch will be provided for the Preschool son Beams, Loving Lights, & King's Kids classes, as well as all City Tree K-8 campers. And of course, all parents and guests are welcome, too! 
Contact  Peggy Gross with questions.

Saturday, July 29, Knox Men's Fellowship Presents A War Without a Gun at First Pres: 
Knox Men's Fellowship will be hosting a special event at First Pres about the true story of Pfc. Desmond Doss featured in Mel Gibson's movie "Hacksaw Ridge" who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Associate Producer of "Hacksaw Ridge", Gabe Videla, will be speaking and giving insight in to the story! Event details:
When: Saturday, July 29, 8:30-10:30am 
What: Breakfast and program speaker, $10 donation for breakfast 
To RSVP or Questions: Contact Doug Brown via e-mail or call 714-724-2098 OR David Peck via e-mail. Please be sure to RSVP by Wednesday, July 26. 
Friday, August 18, Last Day of Preschool & Summer Camps:
Friday, August 18, is the last day of Preschool and K-8 Summer Camps! Please make sure you are caught up on all Preschool tuition & K-8 summer camp payments. Also, remember to collect all belonging in cubbies and check for any missing items in the lost and found area or in hallways.

Saturday, August 19, City Tree Service Day:
Volunteers from both City Tree Christian School & First Presbyterian Church will come together to give City Tree a "touch up" before the start of the school year!
-Saturday, August 19 from 8:45am-1:00pm
-You might paint, do minor repairs, refresh a bulletin board, or power wash the sidewalk - work that our great custodial staff doesn't have the capacity to do
-No skills required
-Students are allowed to attend if they are under direct supervision and helpful 
-Remember that K-8 families can also apply this toward Family Participation hours!
This is an opportunity to show our love and support for City Tree while working side by side with one another. To volunteer, contact Ben Montoya at benamontoya@gmail.com or call (619) 507-1777.

Temporary Farewell and Blessings to Mrs. Ashley Hairston!
As many of you know, one of our lead infant teachers, Mrs. Ashley Hairston, is having a baby, and her due date is fast approaching. This is an exciting time, and I am sure you will join with us in wishing Mrs. Hairston and her husband God's blessings as they approach the birth of their baby. Ashley is taking her maternity leave a little sooner than she originally planned. If you would like more details about Mrs. Hairston's absence, p lease follow the link below.

Yearbooks for Sale While Supplies Last!
Yearbooks are for sale while supplies last! Cost is $30. It includes lots of photos from Preschool, Elementary, & Middle School! Don't miss out!

K-8 Summer Reading Program:
Your goal this summer?? To read! Read all summer and enjoy wonderful books! Make sure to set aside time each day for your child to read and/or be read to. Take a cool photo of your child reading - reading in a tree, reading on a boat, reading at the Golden Gate Bridge, reading at the beach, reading anywhere! Our incoming Kindergarten students are encouraged to read and submit photos, too! Email photos to Amanda Ochoa and look for them in the Summer E-mail Update and on our Facebook page! Remember: Students entering grades 6-8 are REQUIRED to read this summer, be sure to send a fun photo! Click here to read more about the middle school reading requirement. 
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2017 FPC Student Ministries Summer Calendar: 
Don't miss out on all the fun First Pres is hosting all summer long! Click here to download the FPC Student Ministries summer schedule. Please contact Peggy Gross with any questions you may have.

K-8 Summer Camp Reminders & Procedures: 
Click here to read details about regular K-8 summer camp reminders and procedures.

Preschool Summer Reminders & Procedures:
Click here to read details about regular Preschool summer reminders and procedures.

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Preschool Water Wednesday Play Days:
All of the preschool classes will be doing special water activities on Wednesdays. Water tables, squirt bottles, sponge bottles, and paint with water. Please remember to have your child dressed in their swimsuit, with sunscreen applied before you get to school. See the attached flyer for more details.
Excuse our Mess!
During the summer months is the time we do lots of deep cleaning, floor waxing, painting, and repairs. When our custodial crew is cleaning a classroom they move the furniture out in the hallways. When your child's classroom is being cleaned they will typically be relocated for 2-3 days to another room. Thanks for your understanding!
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Preparing for the 2017-2018 school year:
-Make sure you have turned in and completed all of your registration paperwork and payment.
-If you have not already registered for the fall,   click here to download your enrollment packet today! Completed registration paperwork & registration payment should be dropped off in the school office.
-If you have any uniforms in good shape that you would like to donate to City Tree, please drop them off at the office.
-If you have any contact info changes (i.e.: address change, phone number, e-mail, etc.), now is the time to notify the office to update any info.

Immunization Records for Kindergarten and 7th Grade Due:
California law requires students entering Kindergarten to have an up-to-date shot record on file and students entering 7th grade must be immunized with a pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine booster called T-dap. Pertussis is a very contagious respiratory disease that can be severe and last for months. Immunization with T-dap can protect students, schools and communities against pertussis. These requirements affect all City Tree students entering Kindergarten & 7th grade. Parents must provide the school with proof of immunization for all new students, entering Kindergarteners, and entering 7th graders prior to the first day of school. We encourage parents to plan ahead and make appointments for these immunizations as soon as possible. The California Department of Public Health's website, Shots for School, provides extensive information,   click here for their website.

PTO Board Members Needed: 
We are filling our board for next school year. Your participation makes our school better for your child and for all students. Here is a list of important jobs we need filled:
-Room Parent Coordinator
-We also need parents to head up the Fall Festival and/or the 2018 Gala Dinner & Auction!
If you are willing to take on any of these specific positions or just serve where needed most, please contact Peter Tucker or Sue Kennedy with questions .

Calling All Students Entering Grades 6-8 in the Fall...
Summer is here, and as your family makes plans July and August, we wanted to provide some important information to consider as you look ahead to next year. Whether your child is going into 6th, 7th or 8th grade, there several key things you can do as a family over the summer months to usher in the start to a successful new year. 
Reading Requirements:
This summer all middle school students are being asked to select and read and respond to one award winning book of their choice (fiction or non-fiction). It can be any award and any age appropriate book.
Writing Requirements:
Students created a summer writing journal to take home with them complete with writing prompts. This has information for how to respond to the book they choose to read. In general though, students must have 1 entry per chapter, unless their book has more than 20 chapters. In that case, students are only required to complete 20 entries. Click here for a copy of the writing prompts. Students should bring their journal to school on the first day back in the fall. Please contact Mrs. Henzel with any questions about this summer enrichment assignment.
Middle School Summer Reading Resources:
Studies show that students who are engaged academically during the summer months are more likely to start the school year successfully. Students entering 7th and 8th grades are strongly encouraged to select books within their lexile range (this is information that students already have). Lexile information can be checked by visiting www.lexile.com. Visit one of these links for reading lists:
-You can also visit your local library!
Help your child get a good start to this summer project by selecting a book early in the summer. Completing this summer reading will allow students to exercise their critical thinking muscles over the summer and get a solid start to the new school year. 
Middle School Summer Checklist:
Be on the lookout for our summer checklist and back to school letter in August. We look forward to a new and exciting year! Check out the  attached checklists for middle school preparedness for other helpful summer tips to ready your student for the fall.
importantdatesImportant Dates
Friday, July 28: Vacation Bible School closing celebration at 11:45am

Tuesday, August 1: First 2017-2018 tuition payment due

Friday, August 18: Last day of Preschool & K-8 Summer Camps

August 21-25: Teacher Preparation Week, NO students

Friday, August 25: Back-to-School Morning, 7:45-9:30am

Monday, August 28: First day of the 2017-2018 school year

Monday, September 4: Labor Day, no school 
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City Tree Preschool, K-8 summer camps, and friend of First Pres have had a great time at Vacation Bible School this week! Students have learned about God's love, being faithful in difficult circumstances, and explored a Roman marketplace. Don't forget to join us for the Closing Celebration tomorrow! The celebration begins at 11:45am in the Assembly Room, click here to read more!
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KinderCamp: Entering Kinder & 1st Grade
Adventure Camp: Entering Grades 2 & Up
Summer Jam Twenty17: Entering Grades 5-8
So be careful to do what the Lord your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left.
Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess. 
Deuteronomy 5:32-33 (NIV)
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