Kodiak ROAR, October 24,  2019
CSS campus captured this morning by Nicole Goyette, our Director of Middle School and Upper School.
ROAR: Reminders
STUDENTS OF ALL AGES LEARN FROM THE CSS GARDEN
When 4-year-old Olivia G. '33 pulled carrots from the garden at The Colorado Springs School, it sparked a newfound interest in the veggie.

"She came home and told us all about it," said her father, Nick Green. "She showed off her mini carrots and shared them and was proud of them. The garden is making a positive impact and teaching her where food comes from. She's much more aware."

Olivia ate carrots before she and her classmates in prekindergarten visited the garden in early September, but now she asks for them and points them out at the grocery store. She didn't even mind the that ones from the garden were a bit dirty before her mother washed them.

"I love carrots," Olivia said recently. "I love them so much. I think they are super good and fresh." Her afternoon school snack that day? Carrots.

Igniting that curiosity and connection with nature is the goal behind the school's new Adopt-a-Crop program, the first of its kind offered at CSS to the Children's School in which students plant seeds and harvest the crops.
 
OPEN HOUSE & ALL-SCHOOL SHOWCASE
Know future Kodiaks? Invite them to our Open House & All-School Showcase on November 9 to learn more about The Colorado Springs School. We will feature robotics, science demonstrations, art, live music and dance, campus tours, food and desserts, and more. We hope to see you there!
 
THIS WEEK IN SPORTS
Keep up on the latest athletics at  CSSKodiaks.com
 

SENIOR NIGHT
Join us on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, as we send off our senior athletes who have played fall sports.

4:00 p.m. boys' varsity soccer at Boddington Field.
4:00 p.m. C girls' volleyball game in the Field House
5:00 p.m. JV girls' volleyball game 
6:00 p.m. seniors recognized with their parents
Varsity girls' volleyball immediately following tributes

Tradition has been to do a WHITE OUT, so please wear as much white as possible to the games and support our athletes. Go Kodiaks!
GIRLS' CROSS COUNTRY HEADED TO STATE
The Kodiak girls' cross country runners are headed to state this Saturday! With a 3rd place finish at regionals last week, CSS punched their ticket to state for the 4th consecutive year. The team has been preparing all week, training alongside the boys' team, which merely missed a spot at the state meet. Senior captain Kate G. has led the Kodiaks all season, both on and off the trails. Saturday will be her final cross country race, and if you know anything about Kate, you can trust that she will leave every ounce of energy on the course. Newcomers to the team this year, seniors Autumn C. and Kylie C., have been consistently finishing behind Kate as the 2nd and 3rd place runners for the Kodiaks. The rest of the pack includes Heather H. '21, Brooke A. '21, Hina S. '20, and Ellie N. '20, who has been nursing an injury.

Congrats to the boys' cross country team as they finished in 7th place at regionals among a heavily stacked field of runners. Senior captain Clay R. led the Kodiaks in 18th place, followed closely by junior Orlando M. finishing in 20th place in the 5k race. Senior Kyle J. ran to a 34th place finish, followed by Nathan G. '23, Leo G. '20, and Aaron Y. '21. The scoring three boys averaged the fastest collective team average in school history at 19:53. Great season, Kodiaks!

Join us for a pep rally from  12:35 to 12:50 p.m. Friday, October 25, on the quad,  weather permitting, or in Maytag. We'll recognize athletes and coaches! 

Come cheer on the girls at the CHSAA State Meet at 10:20 a.m. Saturday, October 26, at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. Go, Kodiaks! (If you park on site, plan to pay $10.) 
ANNUAL FUND CHALLENGE UPDATE
Every day is a good day to make a gift to CSS to benefit student-centered learning and an environment where students can thrive. Last week, we wrapped up the Annual Fund Claremont Challenge by securing 60 gifts of $1,962 or more. In fact, more than 70 families generously committed gifts and pledges at the Claremont level or higher, and we secured the $50,000 challenge gift. 

The push to achieve 100% parent participation continues. The class to achieve 100% parent participation will gain a $250 grant for their grade.  Right now, 2nd grade is the lead for parent participation, with 5th, 6th, 11th, and 12th in close range.  Every gift, no matter the amount, creates momentum for parent participation.
PREK ART SHOW FRIDAY
Children in prekindergarten have been working hard for the  PreK Art Show, which takes place every other year. Please join us for this year's show from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. Friday, October 25, 2019, in the Trianon. Students' art includes clay sculptures, jewelry, paintings, photography, and more.
 
ROAR: Opportunities
PARENT COFFEE CONNECTION 
Monday, November 4, 2019, 8:10 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Topic: Homework: What, Why, and How ...
Presenter: Sam Gaudet, Associate Head of School
Louisa Performing Arts Center 
Parents Association logo
PARENTS ASSOCIATION MEETING
First Thursday of the month at 8:00 a.m.
Next Meeting: November 7, 2019
Versailles Room of the Trianon
All parents/guardians are welcome

Click here to learn more about the role of the Parents Association in building community in our school. E mail the Parents Association at parentsassociation@css.org.
ROAR: Achievements
THE KINDNESS DIARIES SPEAKING TOUR VISITED CSS
Global adventurer and philanthropist Leon Logothetis brought his message of kindness and the power of human connection to CSS on Monday. He delivered a presentation to students in 5th through 12th grade as part of The Kindness Diaries speaking tour. Several students volunteered to share how it feels when someone is kind or unkind to them.

When Leon asked what they learned today, students' answers included: being kind can make you a superhero; kindness is the most special thing you can ever do to somebody; you don't have to be perfect to be kind; and by saying one kind thing to someone, it can change their life.

Leon asked students to recite the following pledge: "I promise that I will go into the school today and forever more and be kind. I will make people feel less alone. Kindness changes the world."

He also met with 30 Upper School student leaders to workshop ways they can carry out his message of kindness and human connection on campus and beyond. Leon paired them up with a kindness buddy, someone they can check in with at school. 

He also challenged students to consider creating a kindness club, spurred by their own ideas with the aim to help people feel less alone. "You will know how good it feels simply changing someone's life by being kind. Truly, you may touch lives - left, right, center - for decades," Leon said. Students have begun looking into starting the club.

A special thank you to the Safayan family for generously underwriting this event.
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!  
NEXT YEAR: MAJOR DATES FOR 2020-2021
The school's administrative team has begun calendar planning efforts for the 2020-2021 school year. A complete calendar will be released second semester, but we've compiled a list of major dates and breaks for next school year. Click here for the dates.  
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