Canton Country
Day School

August 10, 2018
W eek A t a G lance CONTENTS
Welcome letter from Mike Brown
RenWeb Forms
Important Dates (Orientation and Picnic)
New Faculty Welcome
CCDS Lunch Program
CCDS 18/19 Calendar
Welcome Letter from Mike Brown

Welcome to a new school year at CCDS!

Progress has been non-stop at CCDS this summer. Through the generosity of the Timken Foundation, we will have new air-conditioning and heating throughout the entire school. This will allow for us to operate more efficiently, circulate additional fresh air inside of the school, and provide greater comfort for the children and staff. In addition, we have been remodeling some new offices, painting, updating some of the flooring, and thoroughly cleaning.

Our new bus should arrive in October, and all summer we have been setting up our new student information system known as RenWeb. I ask for your patience as we work through some of the quirks in the beginning, however, RenWeb will allow for you to have access to our family directory, your child’s academic information, financial information, lunch ordering, and much more! A new website will also emerge in a few months.

The staff and teachers have been working very hard over the past several months to grow professionally. We have sent one of our largest groups ever to introductory and advanced levels of training in the Responsive Classroom. This program helps teachers to foster positive community, integrate academics with the teaching of social and emotional skills, and create the conditions for positive student behavior. Additional staff have regularly attended Reggio Emilia study groups to work on developing more relevant learning experiences for the children, attended a workshop for Administrative Assistants, participated in gifted and talented webinars, spent a week at the Choral Music Experience at Michigan State University to focus on conducting, rehearsal techniques and repertoire, attended conferences such as the National Science Teachers Association and the Mac-Admins Technology Conference, and participated in the Adult History Camp at Historic Zoar Village.

One of the things I am most excited about is the curriculum progress our departments have been achieving over the last several months. Divisions and departments at the school are working closer than ever to present a stellar academic program for your children. Kindergarten through fifth grade will be implementing the new Everyday Math series; middle school world language students will be using the new Avancemos for Spanish and Bien Dit for French as well as all new textbooks for science. In language arts, we will be implementing the Fountas and Pinnel Reading Program in grades K-2, Easy Grammar (grades 1-8), Easy Writing (sentence structure) (grades 4-8), Wordly Wise Vocabulary (grades K-8), the Membean Online Vocabulary Practice (grades 6-8), and fully implementing the StarFall Curriculum in our early learning program.

We can’t wait to see your kids in a few weeks. We are working on improving our communication to you; however, we are only a call or email away if you have a question. Be sure to enjoy these last few weeks with your children and we’ll see you at the picnic on the 26 th !
Mike Brown, Head of School
RenWeb Forms & Information
Family forms are now active on RenWeb. Forms can be accessed in the School Information section. Simply click on Web Forms and complete or update all necessary forms for your enrolled student(s). Parents will be notified as new forms become active.
Additional information to be reviewed can be accessed at CCDS Website Parent Resource . This information is also available for download on RenWeb here.
Please contact Pam Popa if you have questions regarding the forms. or 330.453.8279
ALL Parent Orientation
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 6:00pm

Grades 1-5
NEW Parent Orientation
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 6:00pm

Childcare will be provided.
Please RSVP to Becky Stewart at or 330.453.8279
Sunday, August 26
Students are invited to visit their classrooms from 3:30 to 4:00pm
Students are invited to meet their teachers, grades 5-8 can pick up laptops and all students can deliver their supplies. Pre-ordered supply kits will be distributed.

In order to ensure a variety of delectable dishes we are asking that you please bring the following to share:
Families with last name from
A-M Hot or Cold Side Dish
N-Z Dessert
We appreciate your contribution.

Thursday, September 6, 2018 6:30 p.m.
Back to School Night is one of numerous events that contribute to understanding and partnership. It is an annual opportunity for families to visit with teachers and to receive an introduction to the teachers’ plans for the year. 
Trail Grand (Re)Opening
Sunday, August 19
6 PM - 7:30 PM

The CCDS administration and science/wildlife teachers have been working with Enviroscapes to reclaim some of the trails on our 40 acre property. Come walk through the newly reopened trail and then enjoy a picnic dinner.
Information from Chef Frank and how to order students lunches can be accessed here. Please click on each link to review information.

CCDS Faculty Welcome

Marc Brightman
Middle School Language Arts
Marc Brightman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Mount Union in 1993 in Sports Management with minors in English, secondary education, and physical education. He earned his Masters degree in education in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in classroom instruction from Ashland University in 2003. He has taught language arts at the middle school and high school levels for 24 years in the Tuslaw Local School District. He adores teaching literature, writing, and grammar to his middle school students with a focused passion on the mythic structure of the universal hero’s journey. He has also coached track and field for 21 years and helped to establish a successful cross country program for 17 years including three conference championships and three appearances at the state meet.
Mr. Brightman is an avid baseball card collector and enjoys spending his time reading, exercising, and spending time with his family and three dogs. He has been married for 20 years to Tari, and he has two daughters, Taylor (University of Pittsburgh) and Karley (Glenoak High School). Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings have been major influences in his life. He ran the Boston Marathon in 2009 and 2010 where he finished in the top 25%. He can be seen running on the trails of Stark Parks with his goldendoodle Rilee. He is excited and looks forward to beginning this new chapter of his life with his students, their families, and his new colleagues at CCDS.

Haleigh Kimble
My name is Haleigh Kimble and I am pleased to join Canton Country Day School as the new kindergarten teacher. I am a graduate (’08) of the school and am excited for my new role with this community. I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know everyone. Here is a little bit about myself.
After graduating from CCDS, I attended the Jackson School for the Arts. I then went on to attend The Ohio State University and graduated with my degree in Early Childhood Education. After graduation, I accepted an internship with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. I worked as a Children’s Activities cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge for seven months. There I planned and implemented activities for children. When I returned to Ohio I substituted in Perry Local School district.
When I heard there was an opening at Canton Country Day School in the primary department I was very excited and then when I was offered the position I knew I was coming home.

Message from Maura Cotter
I am so excited to welcome Haleigh Kimble as the kindergarten teacher at Canton Country Day School.  Her dedication and love of our school and the students was always apparent. During her vacations you would visit and help with the first grade class. In fact, while in high school she was the Cougar Bots robotic team coach and was late for her senior prom because she was at a tournament.
I was fortunate to have taught Haleigh in first grade and now I have been contracted by the school to mentor her during this school year.  I am looking forward to working with Haleigh on this new journey.

Rachel Ferraiuolo
Rachel Ferraiuolo received her Bachelor of Arts degree in both French and Music from the University of Mount Union class of 2018. During her time at UMU, she instructed the women’s chorus, Cantus Femina , on how to properly pronounce and enunciate sung French for their Spring 2018 concert for a series of newly-commissioned repertoire. She also studied abroad to Lyon, France for a time, where she studied subjects such as the language and culture of France, gothic architecture and pop culture. During her time abroad, she also made trips to Dijon (the capital of the Burgundy region of France), the French Alpine village of Annecy, a week-long field study in Paris, and toured the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. While teaching at CCDS, she will be attending classes at Kent State University (Kent campus) to further her education. She hopes to apply for their Master of Arts in Teaching program with a focus in French and Francophone Studies. She fell in love with the language in high school, and through her francophone studies at university, she hopes she can inspire students to want to learn the language while also integrating different aspects of the French culture into her classroom for the students to participate and enjoy. 
Miss Ferraiuolo is a devoted Harry Potter fanatic and spends her free time practicing flute, stretching with some yoga, and snuggling with her family’s three cats. You’ll most likely see her with a Harry Potter t-shirt and a comical coffee mug when she’s not too busy. She has a younger brother (Gabriel, 17) who aspires to attend the University of Dayton for a degree in mechanical engineering. Another major part of her life that brings her immense joy is performing with her church’s choir, both as a conductor and as a flautist. As an instrumentalist, she gave her senior lecture recital on French impressionism, performing and explaining works by Claude Debussy, Camille Saint-Saëns and Jules Mouquet to name a few. She is extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity to teach at CCDS and is looking forward to introducing the students to the new experiences learning a language entail.
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