Parent News
October 2021

So many fun things are happening at school! When I think of our amazing community of families and teachers, I am so grateful to everyone for all they do.

Enjoy this "throwback" photo from my teaching days--these children are now 9 years old! I do miss the fun of exploring with the children daily, but love seeing our teachers bring magical learning experiences to class everyday, not just on special holidays. Their creativity and engagement level is so high!

Please join me in thanking co-chairs Julia Hetherington and Liz Forbes and their entire hardworking team for putting together the most amazing Fall Family BBQ to date! Nearly 400 strong, we ate, we bounced, we enjoyed farm animals, and played games with Spiderman and Spidergirl. All while enjoying excellent bluegrass music! Thanks to past CCPC parents and Due South owners, Rusty and Laura Holman, for their generous support with delicious food.

Please see the photo gallery at the end of this newsletter to share in the energy of CCPC Halloween!

The school year is moving quickly! Thanks to each of you for making our CCPC community so strong.
All are Welcome!
Come meet new & old friends with the return of

Moms' Night Out

Thursday November 11

Outside Bar at

Please RSVP to parent coordinator Kate Carman at

There's no better place to gather with CCPC moms and commune over delicious drinks and nibbles than this fun and special New Orleans inspired spot. Cash bar.

Washington Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema's directive is simple,
"Get thee there."

All are Welcome!
Come meet new & old friends with the return of

Dads' Night Out

November 15

Cleveland Park
Bar & Grill
3421 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Please RSVP to parent coordinator Mac Mackie at

Monday Night football,
NBA Basketball,
NCAA Basketball, and
NHL games
You gotta sport, they gotta screen.

Great atmosphere and great selections at the cash bar.

Annual Fund Coming Soon
Give Big for the Big Room!
Our parents support CCPC in so many important ways. Our annual campaign is a meaningful source of funds and this year will make possible a renovation and new equipment in our Big Room. Used for gross motor activities as well as a community gathering space, the Big Room needs a facelift. A new rock climbing wall, wooden slide and climber, and large-scale block building area are part of our wish list for this project.

Look for more information from Campaign Chairs Andrea & Dan Murray and your classroom Annual Fund Representative.
We thank you in advance for your generous support.
Safe Eating Tips for Home and School
Choking is a Danger for Young Children
Here is some important information for parents. For all children under the age of FOUR, please do not serve popcorn or tortilla chips.
Cut the following in quarters (not in half):
grape tomatoes
baby carrots
hot dogs/sausages
pitted cherries and olives

Apples should be sliced very thinly or shredded. These easy modifications will help prevent choking and keep children safe.
Travel Notification
As you begin making travel preparations outside DC, Maryland, or Virginia for the upcoming holidays, please make sure to complete this quick Travel Notification Form which can also be found on our website.

We need to know your plans so that teachers can know when to expect each child’s safe return to class.

Submit your Thanksgiving plans no later than
Wednesday, November 17.

Submit your Winter Break plans no later than
Monday, December 13.
Mark Your Calendar
School Closed

Thursday, November 11

Thanksgiving Break
School Closed

Wednesday, November 24
Friday, November 26
Save the Date: PreK Creekside Conferences
Monday, December 6 Salamanders
Tuesday, December 7 Tree Frogs
Wednesday, December 8 Chameleons


Either in-person or by ZOOM, parent choice
Note: Classrooms are open and children attend school as usual.
Reading Corner
Our feature article about Parten's Stages of Play is from
Kristen Peterson, founding director of Butterfly Hill Nature Preschool
Dear Grown Ups,
Have you ever asked your 3 year old who they play with at preschool or child care and they say, 'nobody.'
This makes grown ups uncomfortable. We place high value on friendships and playmates and we think that in order for our child to be happy, they need to play with other children.
Did you know that you can borrow from our lending library on the first floor between Room 160 and the office? You don't even need a library card!
Come browse and borrow from our curated collection of parenting and child development books while your child chooses from our children's book collection. Enjoy and return when you're finished, honor system.
Halloween and BBQ Photo Gallery