Kodiak ROAR, August 29,  2019
ROAR: Reminders
Thank you to all who attended the Welcome Coffee and State of the School presentation on Tuesday. Head of School Aaron Schubach spoke about our history, enrollment growth, school-wide goals, and more. The screencast is available below.

State of the School 2019 screencast
State of the School 2019 screencast

A special shout out to our incredible Parents Association for bringing our community together during this week's Welcome Coffee prior to the State of the School presentation. We value the opportunity to come together in meaningful ways as we support our shared vision of a dynamic learning community for students.  We hope you caught up with old friends and made new ones!
For students in kindergarten through 5th grade to engage in enriching experiences while parents enjoy a night out.

Children will gain animal strengths and knowledge while learning about wild animals! They'll enjoy an animal obstacle course challenge, Safari Treasure Hunt, learn what type of animal they are, and play many more games. Safari snacks will be served while watching a wild movie. It'll be a roaring good time!
  • 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. September 6, 2019, in the Early Childhood Center
  • $40 per child, $30 for a sibling
Advanced reservations are required by emailing Enrichment Coordinator Lori de Juan at ldejuan@css.org.
Click here for a Campus Map to navigate locations. 
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.  Please join us as we celebrate and welcome all of our parents. Come and enjoy an opportunity to put faces with names. 

Cocktails and Light Appetizers | Brief Remarks and Socializing | Business Casual Attire | Adults Only, please.

Our school is governed by the Board of Trustees. They are current parents, past parents, alumni, and community members who care deeply about the past, present, and future of our school. 
Please RSVP by Thursday, September 5, to Hunter Hall, Advancement and Communications Assistant, at hhall@css.org or  (719) 434-3501.

Middle School & Upper School Academics in the Spotlight (For parents and AKA Back-to-School Night)
Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
El Pomar Academic Center and Trianon

Founders' Day & Hall of Fame Ceremony
Friday, September 20, 2019, 11:00 a.m.
Louisa Performing Arts Center
Audience: 5th-12th Grade, Alumni, Parents, and special guests
Join us in honoring the school's founders with awards presented to alumni and past faculty/staff. The Hall of Fame induction honors our 57-year history and showcases alumni living purposeful lives in a dynamic world.  
"Founders' Day is a day to reflect on the school's history by connecting with individuals shaped by our school and those who shaped our school. We will honor excellence and challenges, pursuits and struggles, we will celebrate friendships, mentors, and colleagues. We will honor a different era of our school's history and an enduring mission of progressive education." 
- Aaron Schubach, Head of School
Look for an announcement on this year's honorees!  Click here to read about past honorees.     
Alumni Reunion Weekend
Friday, September 20, through Saturday, September 21, 2019
Alumni who attended CSS during all eras of the school's history will return to campus. Those classes celebrating milestone reunions in 2019 include: 1969 (50 years), 1979 (40 years), 1989 (30 years), 1999 (20 years), and 2009 (10 years). 
Click here for a full schedule. 
Fall athletics are underway with competitions! Keep up on the latest at  CSSKodiaks.com.

Sign up for fall athletics.This is the last week to  join a fall sports team! Check out all the exciting opportunities afforded to 4 th-12th grade athletes on  CSSKodiaks.com .   For more information, contact Athletic Director Vicki Vaughan at  vvaughan@css.org
ROAR: Opportunities
Friday, October 11, 2019
On the Quad and Terrace
Mark your calendars for the ultimate parent social on the Quad. Stay tuned for official events and more details on this exciting new event. Click here for the event link. 
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 on Friday, September 20, 2019.

Whether you're planning to run, walk, push a stroller or encourage runners from the sideline, you need to line up for a 12:10 p.m. start in front of the Louisa Performing Arts Center. Following the 12:10 p.m. Fun Run, families head to the Quad for Carnival with food, games, and laughs.
Dun dun... dun dun.... dun dun dun dunnnnnnnnnnnn! That's right, the shark slide will be back for this year's Carnival! The smash hit from last year and lots of other booths, games, activities, food and fun will hit the quad on Friday, September 20. Bring your family and friends to this annual CSS tradition that takes place immediately following the Fun Run. 

The Carnival will help you make memories with your children that will last a lifetime and it's a perfect place to make a new parent friend. CARNIVAL IS A CASH ONLY EVENT. To purchase concessions, game tokens, or bake sale items, you must have cash in your pocket!  All the proceeds of Carnival goes DIRECTLY to benefit each classroom, club, or organization manning a booth. 

The Carnival is organized by the Parents Association - this includes all parents! We need you. Volunteer opportunities include: working at your child's classroom booth, provide something for the bake sale tent, helping with set-up or take-down, and much more.

Volunteer with your class Carnival Representative or contact the Carnival chairs:
Booth Chair Wendy Woodbury, Booth Chair at  wgwoodbury@comcast.net or Logistics Chair Karri Kaleshefski at  karrikaleshefski@gmail.com

Parent Supervision Required
We encourage all families to come and celebrate community with The Colorado Springs School at the Fun Run & Carnival. Parental/adult supervision is required at this event. While this is an event hosted at the school it is not an event in which faculty/staff will have supervisory responsibilities over students. For the safety of your children we ask that you attend as a family or arrange for supervision.
Calling all bakers
We are in need of individually wrapped treats to be sold at the annual Carnival for the Parents Association Bake Sale booth. Get creative and have fun. Anything from cookies and cakes to homemade jams, bread and candy.  Interested in volunteering at the booth? Contact Brooke Rawls at brawls11@gmail.com.
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. 

Hosts will be in touch, if they have not already, with details about the upcoming mixers.

*Please note a host family is still needed for 10th grade.

PreK: Jeffrey and Natellie Ryan, on Saturday, October 5, 2019
K: Richard and Ashley Gillit on September 22, 2019
1st: Sanjay Bhatnagar and Andrea Miller
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: Will and Allison Cabaniss 
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 on Sunday, September 8, 2019
10th: host needed
11th: Paul and Lee Ann Williams
12th: Pio and Melissa Hocate, on Saturday, September 14, 2019
 Alumni Parent Mixer for the Classes of 2016 - 2019: Ilise Garvin and Eric Gaylord on Saturday, September 28, 2019 

Contact Parents Association Committee member Margot Gray to host one of these grade level mixers at margot_gray@hotmail.com 
The National Honor Society , Ursa Major Chapter, at The Colorado Springs School is conducting the 
Biannual Selection Process.  

General Requirements for NHS Eligibility:
  • Junior or Senior class
  • Minimum 3.25 cumulative CSS GPA
  • Attendance at CSS of at least two terms
  • Excellence in Character, Leadership, and Service
For more details on the NHS Selection process, click here. Amy Johnson-Smith is the advisor to the National Honor Society and can field additional inquiries. 
Registration is open for the upcoming  Landsharks Running Club season that begins Wednesday,  September 4, 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 1st-5th graders and meet at Broadmoor Elementary. To learn more about joining Pack 101, call (321) 303-2630 or email 
A meeting for joining the cub scouts is scheduled for Wednesday, September 4, 2019, from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Broadmoor Elementary School, 440 W. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. near CSS. 

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 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.

Registration will be open until October 30, 2019. For more information, contact Melissa Hocate at gstroop609co@gmail.com or (719) 930-4393.
ROAR: Achievements
Thank you, mountain mamas and papas! This parent crew attended Mountain Caravan with the Upper School this first week of school and kept things in tip-top shape.
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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