August 17, 2017
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First Tuition Payment DUE:
Bills were emailed on Wednesday, August 16! Please notify the school office if you did not receive an email regarding billing. Notes about billing:  
-Per the billing email, if you have already paid your August 1 tuition, it was not reflected on the bill. Bills will be corrected and reflect payments properly on the next statement for September 1.
-Payment info:
You can pay tuition with cash, check, money order, or pay with a credit card online through the City Tree website by clicking here. Please note: If you are set up for electronic funds transfer, it will continue on through the new school year unless you have notified us that you have a change in account info or cancelled it.
-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.
Be on the lookout for info about RenWeb and specifically the parent portal that will soon be available to you!

Friday, August 18, Preschool End of Summer BBQ:
We'll be hosting our final summer celebration next Friday, August 18 with a BBQ on the patio and some fun outdoor activities! Please sign-up at your child's class to help with food and volunteering for this fun event. Click here for the flyer.

URGENT! Parent Volunteer Needed to Grill for Preschool BBQ! 
We are in need of a parent volunteer to help grill for the Preschool end of Summer BBQ! Email Preschool Director, Kellye Carroll, if you are available to assist.

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 or call (619) 507-1777 OR just show up!  

Monday-Friday, August 21-25, Teacher Preparation Week, No School!
Teacher Preparation Week is Monday-Friday, August 21-25! There will be NO PRESCHOOL & K-8 PROGRAMS during this week as we prep for the first day of the 2017-2018 school year.

Volunteers Needed! 
All of these jobs can be used for Family Participation Hours!
Wednesday, August 23, Folder Stuffing for Back to School Morning:
-We are looking for 2-4 parents to volunteer in assembling and stuffing back-to-school folders 
-Task is from 9:00am to about 1:00pm 
-Please DO NOT bring students to this event! The work is done much more efficiently and accurately when only adults are present.
-Contact Amanda Ochoa if you can assist.
Thursday, August 24, Used Uniform Sale Volunteers:
-We are looking for 2-4 parents to help separate, organize, and set up the Used Uniform Sale for Back to School Morning. 
-Task is from 9:00am to about 1:00pm 
-Please DO NOT bring students to this event! The work is done much more efficiently and accurately when only adults are present. 
-We also need 1-2 parents to help with the sale on Friday, August 26 at Back to School Morning. Volunteers for the sale are needed from 7:45-9:30am.
-Don't forget: If you have any uniforms in good shape that you would like to donate to City Tree, please drop them off at the office by Wednesday, August 23. 
-Contact Amanda Ochoa if you can assist.

Friday, August 25 Back to School Morning & Used Uniform Sale:
Summer is almost over and the new school year is almost here! Parents and students are invited to join us for Back to School Morning & Used Uniform Sale!
When: Friday, August 25, 7:45-9:30am
Where: West Room, Assembly Room, Classrooms
What: Parents and students are invited to come and see their child's classroom, meet their teachers, buy some gently used uniforms, and pick up important information for the beginning of the school year!

Monday, August 28, First Day of 2017-2018 School Year

Friday, September 1, Grades 5-8 Girls Volleyball Sign-ups Due:
Calling all 5th-8th grade girls! We are currently taking volleyball sign-ups for the 2017 fall season. 
-Cost is $75.00
- Click here to download the sign-up form. Turn in money and form to mailbox in hallway labeled "Athletics" by Friday, Sept 1!
Practice Schedule:
-Practice dates: Mondays & Wednesday from 4:45-5:45pm on the roof playground beginning the first week of school, August 28. 
-What to bring: Players should bring knee pads, athletic wear, socks, and tennis shoes on all practice days.
-Don't forget to sign up for Coach Sara's volleyball camp during Week 9 August 14-18, 11:30am-3:15pm daily. Space is still available!
Monday, September 4, Labor Day, No School

Preschool Clothing Donations Needed:
If you have any unused or out grown clothing items, or would like to donate new items for students to use in an emergency, please bring them to the school office. Donated items needed include:
-Clothing items: Shirts, pants, shorts, skirts in sizes 2, 3, 4, XS, & S
-Boys and girls underwear (small sizes) 
-Used shoes and socks

Refrigerator Needed: 
We are in need of a working, kitchen sized fridge for the Youth Lounge/Room 307 kitchen on the 3rd floor. Contact
  Peggy Gross if you have something to donate.

Help City Tree through Amazon Smile:
If you shop on Amazon, please go through Amazon Smile and identify First Presbyterian Church of San Diego as your charity. City Tree Christian School will receive all the donations!  Click here to get started. Remember: You must go through the Amazon Smile portal each time you shop!

Shopping with Gift Cards!
Get your shopping done and raise money for the school without spending extra. Order gift cards today. With every gift card you purchase, City Tree gets a percentage, AND you can earn a percentage toward your child's tuition, too! Here's how to order:
-Fill out an order form found here or in the hallway by the mailboxes, turn in to "gift card" mailbox
-OR visit to select from more retailers
-Use our school code (8ACE8B2D32415) when you shop online 
-Orders are due each Wednesday
Contact parent volunteer,   Daphney Wadley, or office assistant, Mandie Tyink, with questions.
Box Tops for Education Coordinator Needed:
We are in need of a parent coordinator for Box Tops for Education! Coordinator promotes the collecting of Box Tops, collects the Box Tops from the various locations around City Tree, and redeems the funds City Tree has earned for the box tops collected. Contact the school office if you would like to volunteer. Visit to learn more.
Cherrydale Farms Gifts & Gift Wrap:
At the beginning of the school year our PTO is sponsoring Cherrydale Farms gift and gift wrap sales. We ask each Preschool and K-8 family to participate in this important sale as it funds all the PTO activities for the whole school year. The goal is to raise $6000. It is critical that families work hard to gather as many sales as possible as it greatly benefits all the children of City Tree. Order forms will be in your Back-to-School folder. Contact Peter Tucker if you would like to assist.

Earn a $300 Tuition Credit for Yourself and a Friend:
Word of mouth about our school goes a long way and we appreciate your efforts to help grow our school community! Refer a family to enroll for the September 2017-2018 school year, and get a tuition credit. The referring family will receive a $300 tuition credit after the new student has been attending for 3 months.Be sure to tell anyone you refer to mention your name when they tour so that we can apply your well-deserved credit! The first step for any interested family is to make an appointment to tour the school. If passing on a business card or brochure is easier, please help yourself to the information at the front of the school office. Also, have them visit to learn more and contact the school office with any questions!
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Important Back-to-School Info:
The new school year is less than a month away! Back to school information was mailed. Be sure to read all the information related to your child:
-Make sure you have turned in and completed all registration paperwork and payment! Click here if you have not registered already to download the proper enrollment packet.
-If you have any uniforms in good shape that you would like to donate to City Tree, please drop them off at the office by Wednesday, August 23.

Middle School Back to School Morning Reminders:
-Students & parents drop in any time between 7:45-9:30am
-Meet Middle School teachers and staff
-Become familiar Middle School rooms and facilities
-Get to know your class schedule
-Check out information on our homework blog/posting site!
-Stock your locker! Feel free to bring materials and school supplies to store in your locker on this day.

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

Saturday, August 19: City Tree Service Day, 8:45am-1:00pm

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

Thursday, September 7: Back-to-School Night 
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KinderCamp, Adventure Camp, & Summer Jam have been having a great time during Spanish Immersion Week! Campers have been learning vocabulary, practicing their conversation skills, as they explore El Mercado!
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KinderCamp: Entering Kinder & 1st Grade
Adventure Camp: Entering Grades 2 & Up
Summer Jam Twenty17: Entering Grades 5-8
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead
I Peter 1:3 (NIV)
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