Kodiak ROAR, August 1,  2019
ROAR: Reminders

As we ramp up to the school year, families can expect to receive ROAR weekly on Thursdays. This special Back-to-School edition is a perfect reference to gear up for the school year. We also encourage you to be connected with CSS by tuning into the website and following us on Instagram and Facebook.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL ORIENTATIONS, MEETINGS, EVENTS
Start the school year off right and connect at these community-building events. 

Back-to-School Night: PreK-5th Grade (for parents) 
Thursday, August 15, 2019, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
In classrooms
Early Childhood Center: PreK, Kindergarten and 1st Grade Classrooms
Children's Academic Center: 2nd Grade - 5th Grade Classrooms
 
6th Grade and New Middle School Student Orientation & Mandatory Seminar I Gear Check
Friday, August 16, 2019, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (pizza served)
Trianon    
 
New Parents & Students Welcome Meeting   
Friday, August 16, 2019, 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.
 
New Children's School Parents & Students meet in your classrooms   
New Middle School Parents & Students and New Upper School Parents & Students meet in Louisa Performing Arts Center 
 
Students and parents should attend this welcome meeting together and then head out to the Quad for the Ice Cream Social!
 
All-School Ice Cream Social
Friday, August 16, 2019, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The Quad 
(Hosted by the Parents Association and Admission Office)
 
New families, returning families and CSS Ambassador families will gather and celebrate the start of the school year by welcoming new families and welcoming back returning families. Come casual and consume the last tastes of summer with a frozen treat. Teachers will gather near grade level signage to meet and greet students and families. This is a perfect evening to get back into the flavor of the new school year. Alumni always welcome! 
 
First Day of School for Middle and Upper School 
Monday, August 19, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

First Day of School for Children's School 
Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. 
*(This first day is for all of 1st - 5th Grade students + half of PreK & half of Kindergarten students as notified by PreK and Kindergarten teachers)
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. 
* (1st - 5th Grade students continue with a full day + the other half of PreK & other half of Kindergarten students as notified by PreK and Kindergarten teachers)    

Parents Association Welcome Coffee & State of the School 
Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m; State of School presentation begins at 9 a.m.  
Terrace Room and Trianon Terrace
 
This wonderful gathering is sponsored by the Parents Association and is an opportunity for the entire CSS community to welcome our new parents and visit with all parents. This year's Welcome Coffee will be held during the second week of school. Come, connect, and learn about volunteer opportunities and ways to get involved with the Parents Association this year.  

Following the Welcome Coffee, Aaron Schubach, Head of School, will present the State of the School at 9:00 a.m.    

Parent Reception
Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
(Hosted by the Board of Trustees)
Louisa Performing Arts Center
 
All parents are invited to meet members of the Board of Trustees and learn more about the school.  

Middle School & Upper School Academics in the Spotlight
Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
El Pomar Academic Center and Trianon
MEET & GREET: KATRINA TIJERINA, DIRECTOR OF COLLEGE COUNSELING
Parents and students are invited to join us Tuesday, August 6, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. in the Trianon Library to welcome  Katrina Tijerina, our new director of college counseling. She will also be available throughout the school year to meet individually with parents and students. Learn more about her here.
 
MANDATORY MEDICAL INFO & MEDICATION COLLECTION
All students must have emergency contact information, releases, and an annual physical on file prior to being permitted on campus for sports practices, orientations, and the first days of school. With several classes leaving on immediate experiences in the field this information is imperative to a successful launch of the school year.

Medication collection for Upper School Mountain Caravan and Middle School Seminar I will be Monday - Thursday, August 12-15, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 a.m. in Ann Runte's office just off the rotunda in the Trianon.

If you have questions about procedures and packaging of medication for students during overnight trips, please contact Ann Runte, Infirmary Coordinator, at arunte@css.org or call her at (719) 434-3510.
RENWEB IS NOW FACTS:
OUR PARENT PORTAL
A message from Elena Hall, our new Registrar:
 
You should have already received your parent portal login credentials from our Admission Office. This system known to most of you as RenWeb is rebranding to the name FACTS. FACTS/RenWeb is the school-wide database through which students and parents can access and update emergency dismissal forms, manage medical forms, as well as deposit funds into your student's lunch account. Student grades, attendance and enrollment information is recorded here. 

Please ensure that you update your contact information in FACTS/RenWeb, specifically your cell phone number. Parent Alerts are our mode of text communication in the event of school delays, inclement weather updates, and other emergency situations. Please also ensure that your email is correct. Emails are regularly sent by teachers through distribution lists to communicate with parents. Also, the information listed in your profile is what is used to generate the printed directory.
 
Lunch balances and tuition payments may be paid via FACTS/RenWeb or to Jody Welch in the Business Office . You may also pay lunch balances and submit tuition via check to Ann Runte in the Trianon. 
 
Please contact Elena Hall if you experience any FACTS/RenWeb tech glitches or if you need your password reset. A mobile app, called Renweb Home is available for Android and Apple users and is handy for accessing the directory on-the-go.

 
SUMMER READING, SUPPLIES, AND TEXTBOOK LISTS
Children's School
Middle School
Upper School
 
If you have questions about summer reading, supply & textbook lists or gear lists, please direct them to Sam Gaudet, Associate Head of School, at sgaudet@css.org or (719) 434-3550.
REGISTER FOR BUS SERVICE BY FRIDAY, AUGUST 2 
CSS offers one-way and round-trip bus transportation at various locations throughout the region for Kindergarten through Grade 12 students. We also offer a late bus run for 5th - 12th grade students participating in athletics or theatre programs. All drivers are tested annually on driving skills and vehicle inspection measures, as well as the importance of overall awareness of their surroundings.

Bus routes are reviewed annually. In order to determine this year's pick-up and drop-off locations there must be a minimum ridership at each location. Once we finalize the pick-up and drop-off locations, we will fine tune pick-up and drop-off times.  Locations and times are subject to change depending upon ridership. Multi-student discount of $100 per student is available if two or more students per family ride the bus.

If your family is interested in bus service, please review and complete this form and return it to Ann Runte by August 2, 2019, either in person or emailed to  arunte@css.org.
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
CSS offers daily hot lunches, a salad bar, drink stations, a snack shack, and box lunch orders for after-school activities and away games. 

Over the years, CSS has worked with multiple food vendors to manage rising food costs. Each year, CSS closely monitors the viability of a hot lunch program against operational costs, usage and the desire to offer varied and healthy entrees, as well as dietary choices. We work carefully to reduce food waste, increase the number of regular lunch buyers, and offer the value-added service of the snack shack. Please  fund your student's lunch account with the Front Desk or the Business Office prior to your student buying lunch or snacks. 

Meals 
One-Pass-Through Lunch including beverages 
  • Children's School (K-5th): $5.70
  • Middle School (6th-8th): $6.90
  • Upper School (9th-12th): $6.90
  • Beverage only: $1.95 to $2.50
Learn more here about the Lunch Program. The lunch menu is posted to the website throughout the year.
 
HOST A 2019-2020 PARENT MIXER
CSS  Parent Mixers are grade-level events, designed to give new and returning parents an opportunity to meet and socialize at the beginning of the school year. There are lots of different ways these parties have been done! They are often very casual, and always much appreciated by parents and community. 

Several families have already volunteered to host this fall and have started picking dates!

PreK: Jeffrey and Natellie Ryan, on Saturday, October 5, 2019
K: host needed
1st: host needed
2nd: Brad and Brooke Rawls, on Saturday, September 7, 2019
3rd: Craig Foster and Jennifer Clarke, on Sunday, September 15, 2019
4th: Adam and Aubryn Bednar
5th: host needed
6th: David and Lynn Shepherd, on Saturday, September 7, 2019
7th: William and Jennifer Bain
8th: Patrick and Kathleen Devanny, on Saturday, August 24, 2019
9th: Paul and Lee Ann Williams
10th: host needed
11th: host needed
12th: host needed

Contact Parents Association Committee member Margot Gray to host one of these grade level mixers at margot_gray@hotmail.com 
 
ROAR: Opportunities
OPEN GYMS AND FALL ATHLETICS

Great athletes are made in the off season but the season is ramping up. Take advantage of the final stretch of summer practices on campus before teams officially report for the fall seasons. Remember, all of CSS sports have a no-cut policy so students are encouraged to try a new sport and join a team. View the summer schedule here.

The CSS Kodiak High-Altitude Training Camp in August has been cancelled due to low enrollment.
 
 
Tune into CSSKodiaks.com, the hub of all things athletics! 
 
Middle School Boys' and Girls' Cross-Country* 
Contact Head Coach Kelly Walker at photog64@mac.com (719) 205-4212. (*5th graders may join this team)

Upper School and Middle School Boys' and Girls' Mountain Biking*
Contact Co-Head Coach Tim Ferguson at tferguson@css.org or (719) 237-2539.  (*5th graders may join this team)
 
Upper School Girls' Volleyball
Contact Head Coach Kyong Lee at kyonglee1991@yahoo.com or (719) 238-1824
 
Middle School Girls' Volleyball & 4th/5th/6th Girls' Volleyball    
Contact Head Coach Blisse Beardsley at  bbeardsley@css.org or (906) 298-0920. 

Upper School Boys' Tennis
Contact Head Coach Marc Knutila at  marcknutila@gmail.com or (505) 615-4324

Upper School Boys' Soccer
Contact Athletic Director Vicki Vaughan at  vvaughan@css.org or (719) 434-3580.
 
Middle School Boys' Soccer*
Contact Head Coach Amos White at awhite@css.org or (719) 434-3558. (*5th graders may join this team)
CSS VOLLEYBALL CAMP NEXT WEEK
CSS Middle School Head Volleyball Coach, Blisse Beardsley, and previous Head Coach, Misti Johnston, have been coaching volleyball for a combined total of 25 years. They enjoy emphasizing the fundamentals of volleyball while building love for the sport. They will leave a lasting impact on your child who will find inspiration from this camp along with sharper skills and a better understanding of the game. Open to boys and girls.

 

Date: August 5-9, 2019

Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Cost: $185

Ages: 9-14 years old

Email Coach Beardsley at bbeardsley@css.org for more information. 

 

ANNOUNCING THE 2019 FUN RUN SPIRIT SHIRT
Brand new performance Sport-Tek design! Order shirts by Wednesday, August 28.

Just a month into the school year, The Parents Association will host the totally awesome  Fun Run and  Carnival, a community-building event fueled by school spirit and parent volunteers. 

You are encouraged to participate in the  Fun  Run on September 20, 2019, whether  running or walking, pushing a stroller, or encouraging the runners from the sidelines.  Fun  Run  registration is only $12.00 and includes a  Fun  Run performance Sport-Tek shirt to wear for Carnival and on Spirit Days (Fridays) throughout the year. Then families head to the Quad for food, games, and laughs. A midway experience greets Carnival goers for an afternoon of togetherness. This year, Alumni Reunion coincides with the event and all are invited to participate in this long-standing community-tradition filled with nostalgic memories.

The Fun Run is a wonderful way for community businesses to get involved, show school 
spirit and participate in a healthy activity together. All funds raised from Carnival and Fun Run benefit the school in the form of future community-building events or classroom and club needs. We invite you to consider a business sponsorship and know that you are furthering the mission of connecting families and creating a dynamic and active community. Sponsorship levels are available from $300 - $1,000! This year's Fun Run & Carnival shirts will only feature business names as an advertising opportunity and will not feature individual or family names. Individual and family philanthropy or charitable giving is encouraged through the Annual Fund and year-end charitable giving.

ROAR: Achievements
#OFFTOCOLLEGE
The Class of 2019 is #offtocollege. Head over to our Instagram or Facebook to enjoy our photos of grads, see where they are going and leave them your best wishes. We are so proud of this class and all they accomplished during their time at CSS. Click here for the Class of 2019's college matriculation list and college profile.
SUBMIT STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS & PHOTOS
Parents and teachers are encouraged to submit nominations and digital photos of student achievements to Anslee Wolfe, Communications and Marketing Manager, at  awolfe@css.org These extracurricular achievements make us a well-rounded school and highlight the many unique talents and passions of our student body.  Each week, a diverse selection of achievements is highlighted in ROAR and shared on social media. 
ROAR: Requests
2019-2020 MAJOR DATES CALENDAR 

( Throughout the year, we may need to make adjustments to the calendar and will announce changes accordingly.)

Our calendar reflects opportunities to maximize student-centered learning, create partnerships with families, and build community.
 
Major dates are published on the website and are also available on the website and through the school's Google calendar at www.css.org/calendar. From the website you can filter out sports calendars or subscribe to the All Campus Calendar using the links on the page!  
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