Kodiak ROAR, August 15,  2019
ROAR: Reminders
Start the school year off right and connect at these community-building events.
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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)
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
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.
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.

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.
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.

**A Cascade stop has been added to our West Side Colorado Springs Route, which also includes a stop at 32nd Street & West Colorado Avenue (for all our Manitou Springs families!).

If your family is interested in bus service, please review and complete this form and return it ASAP to Ann Runte, either in person or emailed to  arunte@css.org.
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. 

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.
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. Only three more host families needed! 

PreK: Jeffrey and Natellie Ryan, on Saturday, October 5, 2019
K: Richard and Ashley Gillit
1st: host needed
2nd: Brad and Brooke Rawls, on Saturday, on September 7, 2019
3rd: Craig Foster and Jennifer Clarke, on Sunday, September 15, 2019
4th: Adam and Aubryn Bednar, on Saturday, September 21, 2019
5th: host needed
6th: David and Lynn Shepherd, on Saturday, September 7, 2019
7th: Will and Jennifer Bain
8th: Patrick and Kathleen Devanny, on Saturday, August 24, 2019
9th: John Edwards and Marga Wastalu-Edwards
10th: host needed
11th: Paul and Lee Ann Williams
12th: Pio and Melissa Hocate, on Saturday, September 14, 2019

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

Here we go with the start of the fall season! Remember, all of CSS sports have a no-cut policy so students are encouraged to try a new sport and join a team.  
Tune into CSSKodiaks.com, the hub of all things athletics! 
Middle School Boys' and Girls' Cross-Country* 
Contact Head Coach Eric Gaylord at egaylord@css.org or 805-245-1614. (*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 Head Coach Delovell Earls '10 at  delovell.earls@gmail.com or  (719) 649-4963.
Please join us Friday, August 9, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Boddington Field to welcome Coach Earls and Assistant Coach Nataya Stepleton '15. Athletes and parents are invited to come out for some soccer fun and meet our new coaches. Read about our returning alumni coaches here.
Middle School Boys' Soccer*
Contact Head Coach Amos White at awhite@css.org or (719) 434-3558. (*5th graders may join this team)
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.

Registration is open for the upcoming  Landsharks Running Club season that begins  September 1, 2019 . Practices will start that week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. on the CSS quad. There are three meets at Bear Creek Park at 3:00 p.m. on Sundays:  September 22, September 29, and October 6.  

Landsharks develops young athletes in positive, safe, character-based programs for those in Kindergarten-6th grade. The focus is on having fun, competing against individual abilities, improving personal skills, being an encouraging teammate, making new friends, and promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Register here. For more information, contact Kristin Penn at kristinopenn@gmail.com or (919) 368-4273.
Cub Scouts are open to Kindergarteners-5th graders and meet at Broadmoor Elementary, typically on Tuesdays. To learn more about joining Pack 101, call (321) 303-2630.
Come learn about joining Girl Scout Troop 40609, b uilding girls and future leaders with courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

Parent information meeting for 2nd-5th grades is on August 23, 2019, at 3:30 in Maytag.

Parent information meeting for Kindergarten-1st grade is on September 5, 2019, at 3:30 in Maytag.

Girl Scout meetings are held about 2-3 times each month in Maytag on Fridays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 pm. Scouts from CSS are picked up from their classrooms and escorted to Maytag.

What they could accomplish and learn in a year: Leadership skills, confidence, respect for the environment, outdoor camping and survival skills, entrepreneurship through the largest Girl led business, crafts, games, songs, Girl Scout Traditions, sisterhood, friendship, citizenship, community service, STEM activities, fun outings such as hikes, horseback rides, going to plays/ballets, visits to local state parks and more!

Registration will be open until October 30, 2019. For more information, contact Melissa Hocate at gstroop609co@gmail.com or (719) 930-4393.
ROAR: Achievements
A warm welcome to our new Upper School international students! They join us from Germany, Spain, China, Japan, and El Salvador. 
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.
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

( 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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