Kodiak ROAR, September 5,  2019
ROAR: Reminders
Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
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.
  Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
El Pomar Academic Center and Trianon

Parents are invited to this back-to-school event to learn about the academic programs that Middle School and Upper School students will be immersed in over the course of the year. Please come to share community time with fellow parents, hear from teachers, and gain familiarity with several of CSS's signature programs, including Senior Capstone, College Counseling, and the Arts. Whether your children have attended CSS for 14 years or 14 days, this is a night not to be missed!

All guests should meet in the Louisa Performing Arts Center promptly at 6:00 p.m.
Students in kindergarten through 5th grade participate in Fall Adventure to develop team-building and personal growth skills. Click here to check the supply list of what each student needs.
Teacher_Johnson, Sam
Friday, September 20, 2019, 10:00 a.m. Welcome Breakfast & 11:00 a.m. Ceremony   
Louisa Performing Arts Center 
Ceremony Audience: 5th-12th grade, alumni, parents, and special guests

This year's honoree shines a spotlight on the school's dedication to the veteran teacher, Mr. Sam Johnson, who retired in 2016. Read more about Sam here.

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
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). 
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.
Come out to the quad as it's transformed into a sea of fun with booths, games, activities, food and more 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.
Fall athletics are underway with competitions! Cross country, tennis, volleyball, soccer, and more! Keep up on the latest at  CSSKodiaks.com.
Friday, September 27, 2019
Revue runs from 6:30 - 8:30 in the Louisa Performing Arts Center
Bonfire takes place immediately following Revue at 8:30 p.m.

The Revue shares lots of laughs and tons of talent. A huge cast of students, faculty, and staff. Music. Comedy. Dance. Family-friendly performances. Perfect for all ages. Concessions will be sold in the lobby.

Following the Revue, the crowd will head outside for the annual bonfire. Treats and cocoa to be served. For the safety of all students, parents are fully responsible for the  supervision of your child(ren).

The school has applied for the bonfire permit with The Colorado Springs Fire Department and upon a day-of inspection, the fire will be permitted contingent upon adherence to safety guidelines and current weather conditions. Please direct questions about the Bonfire to Upper School Student Forum advisor, John Longo at jlongo@css.org.

Parental Supervision Required 
We encourage all families to come and celebrate community with The Colorado Springs School at the Revue and  BonfireParental/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.
Special Parking Request
In order for Forum to set up the bonfire during the day, we ask that you do not park in the CAC gravel parking lot on Friday after 8:30 a.m. Drop-off will happen as usual, but please move your cars to the Trianon parking lot if you are staying on campus afterwards. A successful inspection by the fire department depends on this, among many other moving parts! 
ROAR: Opportunities
Thank you to all who attended the Welcome Coffee and State of the School presentation last week. 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
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.
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. 

Playgroup is on Wednesdays, 8:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. 
NEW LOCATION: Children's Library in the Trianon
Free and open to the public when school is in session! 
The  Kodiak  Kids  Playgroup at The Colorado Springs school welcomes newborns to 3 year olds, their parents, grandparents, and nannies. Drop in for this free and casual  playgroup on Wednesdays when school is in session! Adults and  children have created unique bonds during this special time over the years.
For more information, contact Volunteer  Playgroup  coordinator Natellie Ryan P'31, P'33, at  natellieryan@gmail.com. 
Take a peek and visit the  Kodiak Kids Playgroup on Facebook. 
2019-2020 PARENT MIXERS 

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 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 
ROAR: Achievements
Alumni Alumni Max Fagin '06 and Tyler Boschert '07 returned to campus this week to run some calculations on the sundial near the Tutt Field House that stemmed from their 2006 Experience-Centered Seminar. And while they were here, they taught a hands-on math lesson to Upper School students that showed them how to determine the height of the gnomon using inclinometers. "It's a great lesson for trigonometry," Fagin said. 
William S. '21 has been invited to be a keynote speaker Monday, September 9, 2019, during the kickoff for Colorado Springs StartupWeek a week-long celebration of innovation, entrepreneurialism, and the creative spaces and places that make up the city's startup ecosystem. William is being recognized for Grover Robotics, a robotics kit  he designed based on independent work at his home workshop as a sophomore before joining CSS as a junior this year. Grover  is an all-in-one coding platform  for students that sparks interest or fuels one affordably.  Congratulations, William!
The big blue blocks in their larger-than-life shapes are always a blast and spark creativity. The single color promotes cohesive construction rather than competition, and the large size allows children to engage in big-scale creation in groups. One group of children recently worked together to build a chocolate factory. 

While traditional playgroup equipment has fixed purposes and develops motor skills, the big blue blocks are only limited by imagination and promote creative thinking, problem solving, and cooperation.
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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