July 6, 2017
whatsgoingonWhat's Going On

Friday, July 7, Tuition Paid in Full Due:
For families who chose to pay their tuition in full and receive a 5% discount! The full amount is due Friday, July 7. Please mail your payment (must be postmarked July 7, 2017), drop it in the tuition box, or bring it into the school office.

Monday, July 10, Office/Administrative Staff in All-Day Ren Web Training:
Please be aware that the office staff, as well as the principal, preschool director, and middle school director will be in an all-day training on Monday, July 10. The school office will be open during normal hours, 7:30am-4:00pm, and Pam Gohlke will be covering the front desk. Pam has worked in City Tree's office before, and is great at handling routine issues, but will be less able to handle complex questions. We appreciate your understanding!

Monday, July 10, Summer Jam Legoland Field Trip Spaces Available:
We have a few extra spaces available for our Summer Jam Legoland Trip (park and waterpark). Students eligible for these spots must be entering grades 5-8 in the fall. Details:
Depart City Tree : 8:30am promptly
Return to City Tree: 3:15pm
Cost for this day ONLY: $95.00 (Includes all entrance fees & transportation)
OR Sign-up for the entire Summer Jam week of July 10-14: $230.00
Bring: Lunch, swimsuit, towel, change of clothes and underclothes, sunscreen, comfortable closed toed shoes, hat & spending money (optional)
Contact the school office by calling (619) 232-3794 or via email if you are interested in reserving a spot for the day of the field trip or the week of July 10-14.

Monday, July 10, Summer Camp Week 5 Payment Due:
Remember that Summer Camp fees for students entering grades K-8 in the fall are due a week in advance! Week 5 fees are due Monday, July 10. Week 6 payments are due Monday, July 17.   Click here to read the K-8 Summer Handbook for all procedures and policies for K-8 camps.

Wednesday, July 12-Friday, July 14, Adventure Camp Field Trip Drivers Needed:
This doesn't happen very often, but we are in need of parent volunteers to help drive on a few field trips for Adventure Camp next week. Trips needing drivers:
Wednesday, July 12: 10:15am-2:30pm, Coronado Beach
Thursday, July 13: 9:30am-1:15pm, Vertical Hold
Friday, July 14: 10:15am-2:30pm, Bud Kearns Pool
Parent volunteers are welcome, but not required, to stay for the field trip. It works fine to simply drop off and pick up at the site. You may volunteer for one day or all three and even just one drop off or pick up. This is a great way for parents to earn family participation hours for the next school year, too! Call the school office at 619-232-3794 if you are available to help.

Sunday, July 16, Volunteer Training for Vacation Bible School:
Those who have signed up as volunteers for VBS must attend this ONE AND ONLY TRAINING meeting in the West Room from 12:15-2:00pm on Sunday, July 16. It is important for all volunteers to attend. Lunch will be provided. Contact Peggy Gross to let her know you are coming (families are welcome to stay as well). Thank you for your commitment to FPC & Children's Ministry! NOTE: We are in need of adult and teen volunteers for VBS week, July 24-28! Students entering Grades 6-8 in the fall are eligible to apply as volunteers. Click here to download the registration forms.
July 24-28, ROME Vacation Bible School:
ROME Vacation Bible School is July 24-28 from 9:00am-12:00pm. City Tree's Preschool & Summer Camps will be participating as part of week 6. If your child is not already signed up, click here to download the registration form. Children ages 2yrs-5th grade are eligible, cost is $40. Contact  Peggy Gross with questions.

Welcome Kellye Carroll, Preschool Director!
We are pleased to welcome Kellye Carroll as our new Preschool Director! Kellye is not new to City Tree, many of you may already know her as our teacher of  grades 4 & 5 last school year or from her work as a preschool  teacher from 2010-2012. In addition to her preschool experience at City Tree, Mrs. Carroll was a teacher and then assistant director at El Cajon Wesleyan Preschool from 2013-2016. Mrs. Carroll has a rich educational background that benefits our school. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Chapman University and her Master's Degree and teaching credential from the University of California at San Diego. Mrs. Carroll has completed the coursework for her doctorate degree and has begun her work on her dissertation. Mrs. Carroll & Mrs. Wadley are working closely together to make this the best possible transition for our children, parents, and staff. They have had the opportunity to work together this past week and will continue in close communication as Mrs. Wadley moves to her position at PLNU. We are thrilled that Kellye Carroll will direct City Tree's preschool. Please take time to introduce yourself and welcome her!

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Parent Volunteer Needed to Sort Used Uniforms:
We are in need of 1-2 parent volunteers to sort and organize used uniforms to store in the back office. This job can be done at any time within regular office hours, Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:00pm. Please call the school office if you are interested in helping.

Volunteers Needed to Make Playdough:
We need parent volunteers to make playdough for our Preschool classrooms! Playdough is a very important tool and can easily be made at home. Click here for an easy recipe - you probably have everything you need right at home! Pick a time that works best, cook up some playdough, and drop it off in the office. One color is best so don't worry about making multiple colors, just pick your favorite! Our kids will love it! This project counts toward your required K-8 participation hours. Make sure to record your time and let the office know to get your volunteer stickers.
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. 
regularsummereventsRegular Summer Events
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!
lookingtowardfallLooking Toward Fall
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. 

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 7: 2017-2018 payment in full discount deadline

July 24-28: Vacation Bible School

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 
photofunPhoto Fun
Students have started to send us their summer reading photos! We are asking that students set aside time this summer to read or be read to. Take photos of your child reading in a special location: on vacation, at the beach, in the backyard, anywhere! Click here to read more in the What's Going On section of the email.

KinderCamp has been learning about transportation this week. Campers rode scooters and bikes played transportation games. Students also painted with toy cars and cleaned them at the KinderCamp Car Wash!
QuickLinksQuick Links
KinderCamp: Entering Kinder & 1st Grade
Adventure Camp: Entering Grades 2 & Up
Summer Jam Twenty17: Entering Grades 5-8
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. 
1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)
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