May 31, 2018
Early Morning Drop Off (7:30-7:45 a.m.)
Ashley Meyer, Cougar Den
Chatter submissions are due by noon Wednesday.
Please send articles to or call Betsy Raulerson, 336-288-2007 x104.

Monday: Casual Dress, Field Day, Early Dismissal
     Since Monday, June 4, is the all-school field day, it is a casual dress day. We also have a 2:30 p.m. early dismissal that day. See item below the calendar for details of the 3:15 p.m. faculty/staff vs 8th grade soccer game. 

Field Day Details
  • When and where: Monday, June 4, 12:20 - 2:20 p.m., the Commons (the grassy area outside Berry Hall)
  • Students should bring: water bottle, sunscreen, and a disposable lunch (they will have a picnic with their teams)
  • What to wear: casual dress with a shirt of designated team color (teachers will communicate the colors with the students) and sneakers. Students may get wet.
  • Pickup: carpool begins at 2:30 p.m.

May 31-June 8, 2018
Thurs, May 31
7th Grade At The Blue Ridge Y
8th Service Learning,  McNair Elementary School
6th Grade To Pilot Mountain State Park
Fri, June 1
11:30am- 12:45pm
End Of Trimester 3
Last Day For PreK
6th Grade Art Show & Reception,  Stafford Gallery
PreK End-Of-Year Parties,  PreK Classrooms
7thGrade Trip Returns
Mon, June 4
Team Colors Casual Dress
Lost & Found  In Ketner Commons
8th Grade "Be The Change" Projects,  Berry Hall
Chapel, Year-End Communion In Phillips 
Field Day
Early Dismissal, Extended Day Available
Faculty/Staff vs. 8th Grade Soccer Game
Tues, June 5
Lost & Found  In Ketner Commons
8th Grade Chapel & Slide Show,  Berry Hall
8th Grade Baccalaureate, 8th  Graders & Parents Only In Phillips
Dismissal For 8th Grade Only
Wed, June 6
Lost & Found  In Ketner Commons
Closing Assembly For Students & Faculty Only
Dismissal: No Lunch, No Extended Day
Thurs, June 7
Graduation, Chapel Dress For  2nd, 7th, & 8th
Dismissal For 2nd Grade
Reception For Graduates & Families,  Berry Hall
Fri, June 8
More News
8th Grade vs. Faculty/Staff/Alumni Soccer Game Rescheduled For June 4
     Will students repeat their beat down of faculty/staff team in basketball by beating their elders in soccer? Come find out at the rescheduled annual spring 8th grade vs. faculty/staff/alumni soccer game on Monday, June 4, at 3:15 p.m.,on the outdoor field right after Field Day. This game is fun for Cougars of every age.

Note Two Calendar Changes (Including Early Dismissal)
     The end of the year is fast approaching! Below are two changes that families should note on their calendars. 
  • Monday, June 4, there is an end-of-year communion service in Phillips Chapel (team colors casual dress) at 11 a.m. Field Day is 12:20-2:20 p.m. There is a 2:30 p.m. early dismissal for the entire school. Extended Day is available.
  • Tuesday, June 5, 8th graders will be dismissed with their parents at 10 a.m. after the Baccalaureate service, which is for 8th graders and their parents only.

Tuition Statements Will Be Sent Soon
     Statements for families who chose the one-payment option (100% due June 15) or two-payment option (60% due June 15) to pay tuition for next year will be sent out in the next two weeks. Please call or email  Kathy Creekmuir   with any questions you may have, 336-288-2007 x105.

Annual Fund Pledges Due Today
     Thanks for paying your pledge to The Fund for Canterbury by the end of the day today. While we are at our goal, we're not turning down new or increased pledges! Every donation helps Canterbury students. The easiest way to give, pay your pledge, or give again is on our website: Contact Mary Dator at 336-288-2007 x110 or  with any questions. 

Come See How 8th Graders Can "Be The Change"
     As one of the culminating experiences in the 8th grade, students worked on a self-directed interdisciplinary project, Be the Change. This multifaceted endeavor challenged students to look at a topic of their choice with both social and scientific lenses. 
    On Monday, June 4, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., p lease join us in Berry Hall for a showcase of their new learning, findings, written expository essays, and at least one product that they will display and discuss.
     Projects include: effects of sleep deprivation on the brain, over saltwater fishing pertaining to law and biological science, opioid overdose in North Carolina and how opioids affect the body and family life, how technology affects teen brains, the history of artificial intelligence and its modern implications, fracking and its environmental issues, individual motivational sports psychology, and many more.

Middle School Technology Reminder
     Rising 8th grade parents should pay the second Chromebook lease payment of $237.50 by July 1. Please make checks payable to Canterbury School and deliver to the Administration cottage.
      Rising 6th and 7th grade parents will receive lease and payment information over the summer regarding their child's technology package. 
Yearbooks = Trees
    Canterbury produces its yearbook through TreeRing, which prints on recycled paper and produces the exact number of books ordered, eliminating unnecessary waste and resources. TreeRing also works with  Trees for the Future   to plant trees around the world for each yearbook a school orders. This year, Canterbury printed 364 yearbooks, so our name will be on 364 trees!
Order School Supplies Online
     Again this year, the CPA is offering the opportunity to order school supplies online and have them delivered to your child's classroom before the first day of school in August. This is also a small CPA fundraiser. Go to   and click on "find boxes" then follow the directions. To have supplies delivered to Canterbury (and support the CPA), you must order by July 8. Supplies ordered after July 8 can be delivered to your home, but do not count toward fundraising. You also may purchase supply list items yourself and send them with your child on the first day of school. Supply lists will be posted on the Canterbury website on June 1.
There's No Brain Drain At Canterbury
     You'd be surprised how fast children can lose math and reading skills over the summer. To keep students' minds sharp, Canterbury has a summer academic program for returning students. Look for an email tomorrow with information about summer academic work.
Hold Your Event At Canterbury
     Did you know that Canterbury has hosted events for up to 500 people? We've been the site of everything from weddings to a taekwondo tournament to a convention to elect a bishop. If you or your group is looking for event space, check out Canterbury!  There's more information on our website here or by contacting Kaitlin Finnin, facilities rental manager. The best part? We have special pricing for Canterbury alumni and friends.
Class Lists Will Be Sent In August
     Class lists and teacher assignments for 2018-19 will be sent out in early August. 
Please accept this gentle reminder not to make a special request for a particular teacher for the upcoming year. If you feel there are academic reasons to make such a request, please contact the appropriate division director. Each student will be placed in the class that the teachers and division directors feel works best for him or her. Thank you for honoring this important Canterbury tradition.

Keep An Eye Out For Critters
     Construction of the new highway on the edge of campus has understandably driven extra critters onto our property - among others, we have seen turkeys, possums, raccoons, deer, mice, and snakes. We want to remain in healthy coexistence with them, but we want to be safe about it. We have asked students and teachers to stay on trails (with teachers leading the way), watch where they are going, avoid underbrush, and keep a good distance from any wildlife they see. As a reminder, children should never be in the woods or Outdoor Education Center without an adult present. Parents and younger siblings should follow the same safety precautions when on campus.

Summer  Reading Available At Canterbury Library
     As always, we encourage students to read as much as possible over the summer. Grade-level teachers provide summer reading requirements and the Canterbury library is here to help. Students are always welcome to come in and check out books over the summer. Instead of using the computer, please fill out the form on the desk with student name, book name, barcode number (found on the back of the book) and the date. When you return a book, you can simply cross it off the list and place it on the cart.
     Also this summer, there will be story times in the Canterbury library. All ages are welcome, although the stories will be most appropriate for our PreK-2nd graders. Students can stop by, hear a story with Ms. Baumann, have some cookies and lemonade, and pick out some new books. The dates are:
Thursday, June 2110:30 a.m.-noon
Thursday, July 1910:30 a.m.-noon
There are also book discussions, featuring books from the EBOB list, planned for older students. We will have a snack, discuss the book, and watch related videos.
Thursday, July 12, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., "A Wrinkle in Time" (discuss the book and watch the movie)
Thursday, Aug. 2, 10:30 a.m. - noon, "Jack and the Geniuses: At the Bottom of the World" (discuss the book and watch some episodes of Bill Nye)

Final Lost And Found Will Be In Ketner Commons
     Lost and found items from all buildings will be displayed  June 4-6  on tables in Ketner Commons (this is a change from the previously announced Berry Hall). Please stop by and claim your child's belongings. Any items left after June  6  will be donated to charity.

Summer Office Hours Announced
     Beginning Friday, June 15, the Administration office hours will be:
Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Fridays (June 15 - Aug. 10), 9 a.m. - noon
The office will be closed July 4 - 6 in observance of Independence Day  
     The school is lightly staffed in the summer months, so if you reach the voice mail prompt instead of a person, please leave a message. Remember that some teachers do not check voice mail on a regular basis during the summer. You can leave a message at extension 104 and it will be returned by the Administration office. 

Wondering About Teacher Gifts? CPA To The Rescue! 
     Is the month of May a little hectic at your house? Are you feeling pulled in different directions and worried you might forget something? Rest assured. The CPA is here to help! We are taking care of gifts for all of the teachers and staff at Canterbury with an end-of-the year gift card. Donations to this gift fund provide an equitable means of giving to all who lead and nurture our children throughout the school year. If you would like to contribute to the fund before the school year ends, please turn in a check made out to the CPA to the front office or you may donate via PayPal by clicking here Your participation is voluntary and certainly appreciated! If you have any questions, please contact Liddy Hall .

There's Still Time To Register  For Canterbury Summers
     We've got great camps for four weeks this summer. Check them out on our website  here.

Canterbury Shares Cares, Concerns, And Celebrations
     If your family experiences a birth, death, marriage, illness, or injury, please contact Rhonda Wakefield, chair of the CPA Care Committee, at  or 336-681-6471. With your permission, she will share the news appropriately with teachers, the chaplain, the school counselor, 
and with the community at large through the  Chatter.
  • Please continue to pray for the Tessier family (Shannon, Brian, Isabella - 4th, and Tanner - 1st). Shannon's father, Ron Hoffman, is receiving care at Duke Cancer Center.
  • Please keep the Dalton family in your prayers. Kindergartener Erica Dalton's father, Eric, recently died in a motorcycle accident. If you would like to make a meal for the family, go to this link.

Looking Ahead

See you on Tuesday, August 28. Have a wonderful summer!
If you  really  want to look ahead, here's the