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September 8, 2017
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Wednesday, September 2 0, Wednesday Night Events Start:
Wednesday nights are family nights at City Tree and First Pres! Plan to join us each Wednesday from 6:00-7:30pm. There is something for everyone!
Children's Activities:
Children preschool-gr. 5 gather in the Geneva Room for pizza, a Bible lesson, and fun! This is a free event, but please send $1 per slice of pizza to help defray costs. Care is also provided for infants and toddlers through the church beginning at 6:00pm, bring them to the Geneva Room. Children's activities are free, but parents must be on site attending adult classes. Call the school office to let us know that your child will be coming.
Youth Activities:
Youth group meets each Wednesday in the Youth Room (room 307). All students in gr. 6-12 are encouraged to attend. Youth group has weekly activities, discussion, and dinner (pizza for $1/slice and $1 for drinks). Students must be picked up by 7:30pm at the 4th Ave entrance. Click here for the flyer
Parenting Class:
Parenting classes are hosted in the Scout Room. Each class starts with a potluck and is followed by a lesson. Classes are video and discussion based. Come find community as we struggle together through the ups and downs of parenting! Join us for our first class, "Sacred Parenting: How Raising Children Shapes our Souls". Click here for the flyer
Questions? Contact Peggy Gross. 
 
Friday, September 22, City Tree T-shirt Orders Due:
City Tree sweatshirts & t-shirts are available to order!
- Click here for the City Tree sweatshirt/t-shirt order form 
-Drop off completed form & payment in the T-shirt mailbox in the hallway
Please note that we will NOT be able to place orders after September 22. Place your orders today!
 
Sunday, October 8, City Tree Sunday:
SAVE THE DATE! ALL Preschool, Elementary, and Middle School students will sing, play in the band, and participate in City Tree Sunday on October 8! We would love to have 100% participation since it is such a great way to show the church all that is happening at our school. Please save this date and plan to join us for the morning. We will gather in the dining room at 7:45am.
 
Back-to-School Packets PAST DUE:
Back-to-School packets were distributed to all families at Back-to-School Morning with important information and forms to be completed and returned. Packets were due Friday, September 1! If you did not attend Back-to-School Morning, packets were placed in parent files. Please return packets to the office. The office will provide you with any missing items from incomplete packets in parent files.
 
RenWeb Parent's Web, Update:
Instructions on how to create your login and password for Parent's Web were included in Back-to-School packets for all families.  We requested that you review our information and make any needed changes. We have been notified by parents that many of you were experiencing difficulties . Recent updates: 
-RenWeb has told us they have corrected these issues, so please try the process once again following the attached directions. If you find that you continue to have issues, the next step is for us to assist you directly.
-The office staff will be available to help parents in the Geneva Room between 8:00-9:00am (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday) or 8:30-9:00am on Wednesday. There is no need to call and reserve a time to come in , just stop by the Geneva Room during these hours and we will be happy to assist you.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we are working through these technical issues.
 
New Faces!
Ms. Barbara Ayers, Precious Miracles Class:
We would like to welcome Barbara Ayers to the City Tree family! While Mrs. Ashley is on maternity leave, Ms. Barbara will be a lead teacher in our infant room. Ms. Barbara brings with her a rich educational background which includes early childhood coursework as well as a Bachelor's degree in Psychology & a Master's degree in Counseling. In addition, Ms. Barbara is also a published author! We are thrilled to have Barbara on staff here at City Tree!
 
Madeline Jensen, Precious Miracles TA & K-8 After School Group Leader:
We'd like to welcome Madeline Jensen to our infant and after-school program! Ms. Maddie will be working as a teaching assistant in the infant room and in the after school program as a group leader for 3rd-5th grade. She enjoys art, going to museums, riding bikes, and spending time with her puppies. Ms. Maddie grew up at First Presbyterian Church and is excited to be working at City Tree!
 
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Ralph's Community Contributions Program Sign-up & Renewal Info:
If you shop at Ralphs or Food 4 Less you can help City Tree every time you shop without spending any additional money. Ralph's is proud to report that they a re committed to giving $2 Million during the next 12 months through their Community Contributions Program. Th e new program year begins on September 1, 2017 (participants can start registering for the new term on this date). To ensure that City Tree continues to receive the benefits of the program, you will need to register and/or re-register as quickly as possible on or after Sept . 1 at www.ralphs.com or by calling at 800-443-4438. Note: Even if you registered as recently as June, July or August 2017, you are required to register AGAIN beginning September 1. Click here for more details.

PTOPTO
Thursday, September 14, PTO Meeting:
The first PTO Meeting of the year is Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 5:15-6:00pm in the Geneva Room. Childcare is provided for Preschool & K-8 students, we apologize there is no care available for infants . All Preschool and K-8 parents are encouraged to attend.

PTO Volunteers Needed!
We are filling volunteer positions for this school year's PTO. Look for the brightly colored signs by the school
entrance and sign up to volunteer! Your participation makes our school better for your child and for all students. Two key position that still need to be filled are:
-Fall Festival Co-Chairs 
-2018 Gala Co-Chairs 
If you are willing to take on any of these specific positions or just serve where needed most, please contact
PTO President, Victoria Cannizzo, with questions.
 
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 were placed in your Back-to-School folder. Contact parent volunteer, Peter Tucker if you would like to assist.
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BrightWheel Parent Communication: 
Preschool teachers are using an application called BrightWheel that will allow you to receive photos, messages, and calendar updates from the convenience of your mobile device or your computer. This service is free, secure and specifically designed for early education programs. You should have already received an email invitation and flyer in your parent file to sign up so that you can access your child's profile. Once you create your personal account you will begin seeing pictures and updates that your child's teacher posts from her classroom tablet. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Mrs. Carroll or your child's teacher.
 
New Date! Tuesday, September 12, Downtown Playdate Begins:
Connect with other parents and caregivers of infants, toddlers and preschoolers for some midweek play time, music, story time, and crafts! Park in our parking lots on 3rd Ave., follow signs to entrance. It is held in the church nursery from 10:00am-12:00pm. For more info please contact Peggy Gross & Kellye Carroll.
 
Friday, October 6, Preschool Grandparents Day:
Save the date! Preschool Grandparents Day will be on Friday, October 6 at 3:00pm. This is a special time for grandparents (or a loved one!) to visit with their preschool students in the classroom. They will make a project together and enjoy a snack. We hope to see many families there! Look for more information as it gets closer, but let your grandparents know about this now!
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Monday-Friday, Sept 11-15, Grades 1-3 MAP Testing
Monday-Friday, September 18-22, Grades 4-8 MAP Testing
Things to Remember During MAP Testing:
-Make sure your child is well rested on school days and especially the day of the test. Children who are tired are less able to pay attention in class or to handle the demands of a test.
-Give your child a well-rounded diet. A healthy body leads to a healthy, active mind. It is especially helpful if students eat a good breakfast on testing days.
-Arrive on time to school. This allows your child to start the day with less stress and allows for more success.
-Please keep in mind that test scores give only one picture of how your child is doing in school, and many things can affect a student's test scores. Therefore it is important to consider other kinds of information about your student as well. 
-MAP Test scores will be shared with you during fall parent-teacher conferences. 
-If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher or the testing coordinator.
-Please avoid scheduling appointments during testing weeks.
Schedule for grades 1-3:
Monday, 9/11: Gr 1 & 3 reading
Tuesday, 9/12: Gr 2 reading, & Gr 3 math
Wednesday, 9/13: Gr 1 & 2 math
Thursday, 9/14: Gr 3 language
Friday, 9/15: Gr 1-3 makeups
Schedules for grades 4-8: 
Monday, 9/18: Gr 6-8 reading
Tuesday, 9/19: Gr 4 & 5 reading, & Gr 8 language
Wednesday, 9/20: Gr 6 & 7 language & Gr 4 & 5 math
Thursday, 9/21: Gr 8 math & Gr 6 & 7 math
Friday, 9/22: Gr 4 & 5 language, Gr 4-8 make-ups
 
Monday, September 11, King's Daughters Begins, Grades K-8 Girls:
Calling all girls in grades K-8! King's Daughters will begin next week on Monday, September 11!
-Gatherings are Mondays from 4:00 to 5:15 in the Scout Room
-No cost to join!
-To sign up, please contact  Jennifer McCain via email or call (619) 756-1934 
-A brief parent meeting will be held the following week with more details.
 
Wednesday, September 13, Grades 1-5 Park Day Begins:
Due to this week's heat wave, park day was postponed and will begin Wednesday, September 13. Click here to read more about Park Day.
 
Wednesday, September 13, Grades 2-5 Choir Auditions:
Students in grades 2-5 are eligible to join choir! Please note all children who come out this day will be able to join choir. Details:
-Auditions are in the chapel from 3:15-4:00pm
-Mrs. Williams wants to hear each voice, no preparation is needed
-Cost is $50 to join, please click here to fill out the sign-up form. Submit form and payment to the mailbox in the hallway labeled "Choir".
Contact Mrs. Williams if you have questions.
 
Thursday, September 14, TENTATIVE First Volleyball Game of the Year:
Thanks to all the girls who have been practicing hard to get ready for this year's volleyball season. As a reminder, the practice schedule is as follows:
-Mondays & Wednesdays from 4:45pm-5:45pm on the roof playground.
-If you have not officially signed up but your child is attending practice, click here to register. The deadline for signing up to play was Friday, September 1!
-Games will tentatively begin September 14, and we will pass along the final schedule once we receive it from our league coordinator.
-VOLLEYBALL UNIFORM REQUIREMENTS: All students are required to have athletic shoes, socks, knee pads, and BLACK SHORTS for each game. New volleyball uniform shirts were ordered and will be checked out to students before the first game.
Contact Coach Sara Hooper with any questions.
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Middle School Communication...
Google Classroom:
All middle school students have a google classroom account set up for them, and have logged on multiple times. Google Classroom will be a hub for teacher/student communication, and for those who are returning middle school students, takes the place of the homework board. It will take some time for students to become proficient at using Google Classroom well. Each weekend, students are required to visit their google classes and record homework in their planners for the upcoming week. We hope you have all had a chance to login with your child to begin to become familiar with google classroom.
A Few FAQ's:
What are my child's login credentials? - Your child has these and should be able to log in. Please ask him/her to share them with you and keep them in a safe place at home.
What should my child do with Google classroom info? - We want the physical planner to be a real time, immediate tool for students. Students should visit google classroom on the weekends and homework for the upcoming week into their planners. However, planners should be updated regularly in class and used as the first resource to check due dates.
Where is work posted? - There are multiple ways to check work. 1) From the menu in the upper left of the home screen click on Calendar. Be sure your child selects the correct week to view when in calendar mode. 2) From the home page, click on the assignments that are summarized under each class title 3) Click on each class and read the Stream.
Feel free to email Mrs. Henzel with any specific questions about Google Classroom use!
 
Monday, September 11, Math Tutoring Begins:
Students in grades 6-8 may attend tutoring in Mr. Simmer's room (110) after school from 3:20-4:00pm on Mondays & Wednesdays throughout the school year. Students do not need to be signed up for after school care, but must be picked up outside the front office or in Room 110 by 4:00pm unless they are signed up for care.
 
Monday, September 11, King's Daughters Begins, Grades K-8 Girls:
Calling all girls in grades K-8! King's Daughters will begin next week on Monday, September 11!
-Gatherings are Mondays from 4:00 to 5:15 in the Scout Room
-No cost to join!
-To sign up, please contact  Jennifer McCain via email or call (619) 756-1934 
-A brief parent meeting will be held the following week with more details.
 
Tuesday, September 12, 7th Grade Catalina Parent Meeting:
Seventh grade families, please mark your calendars for October 18-20! Our 7th graders will attend Mountain and Sea's Camp in Emerald Bay for three days of action-packed Life and Marine Science learning. We have chaperones in place for this trip, but will need parents to assist with transporting kids to/from the Catalina ferry landing in Long Beach. Plan to attend a brief parent meeting on Tuesday, September 12 from 3:30-4:00pm. We will go over the trip itinerary and required registration materials at that time. Note that all registration fees are paid through the school for your child. You must be up to date on Middle School Activity fee payments and tuition as of October 1 in order to be eligible to attend this trip. Registration paperwork will be due to the office by September 22.
 
Thursday, September 14, 7:45am, Google Classroom Parent Help:
The computer lab (room 305) will be open from 7:45-8:15am on Thursday, September 14 for any parents that would like to come by and get assistance with using google classroom. Come with questions and your child's login information. This will be an open/unstructured time with staff that can answer questions and provide help on an individual level. We will offer these training sessions as needed throughout the 1st quarter to help all our families become familiar with Google Classroom and our Middle School communication tools. Please RSVP to becky.henzel@citytree.org if you plan to stop by on September 14. Feel free to bring your child and work together with him/her.
 
Thursday, September 14, TENTATIVE First Volleyball Game of the Year:
Thanks to all the girls who have been practicing hard to get ready for this year's volleyball season. As a reminder, the practice schedule is as follows:
-Mondays & Wednesdays from 4:45pm-5:45pm on the roof playground
-If you have not officially signed up but your child is attending practice, click here to register. The deadline for signing up to play was Friday, September 1!
-Games will tentatively begin September 14, and we will pass along the final schedule once we receive it from our league coordinator.
-VOLLEYBALL UNIFORM REQUIREMENTS: All students are required to have athletic shoes, socks, knee pads, and BLACK SHORTS for each game. New volleyball uniform shirts were ordered and will be checked out to students before the first game.
Contact Coach Sara Hooper with any questions.
 
Friday, September 22, 6th Grade Camp Registrations Due: 
Sixth grade families, mark your calendars for October 17-20! Our 6th graders will spend this week at Indian Hills Camp for a great time of learning about ecology, Earth Science, and Christian Education. We will need parents to assist with transporting kids to/from Indian Hills in Jamul (about a 40 min. drive from City Tree). Please plan ahead for these dates. All families must complete the online registration form for camp by Friday, September 22! Please note, you will need to have your child's immunization record and some medical information to fully complete registration. FULL registration is required by the Friday, September 22 deadline to avoid a late charge. Note that all registration fees are paid through the school for your child. You must be up to date on Middle School Activity fee payments and tuition as of October 1 in order to be eligible to attend this trip. If your child would like to participate in paintball, a check or cash must be made out to City Tree Christian School and dropped off in the office by September 22. Please contact Indian Hills Camp via email ( registration@indianhillscamp.com) or call (619) 669-6498 with questions or to receive help with the registration process. Contact   Mrs. Becky Henzel with any questions about the camp, or to provide transportation. Click the link for camp registration: https://mycircuitree.com/Indianhills/Registration/RequestCode/22026.
    
Friday, September 22, 8th Grade Washington DC Trip Registration Due:
We are excited for this year's 8th grade trip to the east coast as enrichment for their study of American History. The dates for this trip are TENTATIVELY scheduled for April 21-26, 2018 pending airline availability. Preparation for this trip is a multi-step process, the first of which is to fill out the online registration form. Note that you will need two important pieces of information regarding the trip.  The first is our "expedition number" which is T143. The second is that all fees discussed on the form's Payment and Trip Policies are prepaid by the school using Middle School Activity Fees so there is no need to worry about any billing-related information. Please list your child's FULL LEGAL name and complete all parts of the registration form. We will be having two meetings, one in November and one in the spring in preparation for the trip. These meetings will cover trip itinerary and logistics, travel policies, and much more. E-mail Mrs. Becky Henzel with any questions you have in advance of these meetings. Click the link for the online registration form : http://bit.ly/1NDr0j6.

Monday-Friday, September 18-22, Grades 4-8 MAP Testing:
Things to Remember During MAP Testing:
-Make sure your child is well rested on school days and especially the day of the test. Children who are tired are less able to pay attention in class or to handle the demands of a test.
-Give your child a well-rounded diet. A healthy body leads to a healthy, active mind. It is especially helpful if students eat a good breakfast on testing days.
-Arrive on time to school. This allows your child to start the day with less stress and allows for more success.
-Please keep in mind that test scores give only one picture of how your child is doing in school, and many things can affect a student's test scores. Therefore it is important to consider other kinds of information about your student as well. 
-MAP Test scores will be share with you during fall parent-teacher conferences. 
-If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher or the testing coordinator.
-Please avoid scheduling appointments during testing weeks.
Schedule:
Monday, 9/18: Gr 6-8 reading
Tuesday, 9/19: Gr 4 & 5 reading, & Gr 8 language
Wednesday, 9/20: Gr 6 & 7 language & Gr 4 & 5 math
Thursday, 9/21: Gr 8 math & Gr 6 & 7 math
Friday, 9/22: Gr 4 & 5 language, Gr 4-8 make-ups
 
6th-8th Grade Band: 
-6th grade: Monday/ Friday (plus Tuesday OR Thursday for the 1st quarter)
-7th grade: Friday (plus Tuesday OR Thursday for the 1st quarter)
-8th grade: Friday (plus Tuesday OR Thursday for the 1st quarter) 
-Click here for 1st quarter Tues/Thurs band groups.
Honors Jazz Band will also be offered after school on Tuesdays from 3:15-4:15pm. Please contact Mrs. Irwig via email for more information about the audition and selection process for this club.
 
Aug/Sept PE Schedule:
Sept 13: Kroc Center, Volleyball
Sept 20: Kroc Center, Volleyball
Sept 27: Kroc Center, Volleyball
 
1st Quarter Supplementary Curriculum (beginning Tues, September 5):
Grades 6-8: Tues/Thurs- Band or CYT Theater Arts
LookingAheadLooking Ahead
September 11-15: Grades 1-3 MAP Testing

Thursday, September 14: PTO Meeting, 5:15-6:00pm

September 18-22: Grades 4-8 MAP Testing

October 3 & 4: All School Pictures Days 
 
Friday, October 6: Preschool Grandparent's Day 
 
Sunday, October 8: City Tree Sunday

Friday, October 27: All School Fall Festival 
PicturesPictures of the Week
Ms. Barbara and the infants are getting along and enjoying their time together! This week, Mrs. Maria, Ms. Barbara, and Precious Miracles class took a loop around the City Tree block in the large infant stroller we call "Big Blue"!
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