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Thank you CES Families & Friends!

CES has, once again, been selected as a  Bethesda Magazine's  2019  "Best of Bethesda" Top Vote Getter!

For 2019, we are recognized for:
-Best Private School for Academics (Lower School)
-Best Private School for Music/Arts

We're honored and grateful!

January 9, 2019

~ Cardinal Character Trait: Responsibility ~
"I am responsible for doing the work I need to do today even though it may be hard."

- Helen Keller

The Cardinal
In This Issue
Welcome CEC's New Rector!
Wine & Whiskey Party
CES Gala: Denim & Diamonds
Parent Look Ahead Day
Admissions Open House
2018-2019 Financial Aid
MS Basketball Schedule
Free Ways to Support CES
Student Spotlight
Alumni Spotlight
CEC Bargain Box
YMM Art Jan. Newsletter
In the Week Ahead
Finance Committee Meeting 8:00am

Girls Basketball (gr. 5/6) @ Hebrew Academy
1/11: 6th & 7th Grade to the National Aquarium

Wine & Whiskey Patron Party 7:00pm
1/14: Enrichment Classes Begin
1/15: Faculty Meeting

Basketball (gr. 7/8) @ Barnesville School
   Girls - 3:30pm
   Boys - 4:30pm
1/16: Grade-level Spelling Bees

Click for calendar details

2018-2019 CES

Click  HERE to view or download the Handbook.

A Message from the Head of School:

Dear CES Families,

Today I have two important updates to share with you.  The first, is that Christ Episcopal Church has announced its new rector, The Rev. Lisa Zaina. She comes to Christ Church from Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church in Atlanta, where she has served as Vicar since 2014.  Prior to entering the ministry, Lisa spent 25 years living and working as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. She will join Christ Church on March 1. As part of her interview process, I had the opportunity to take Lisa to lunch to talk about the church and school.  I thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon together, and I am looking forward to working with her. I think that you will enjoy her, too. She is smart, funny and knowledgeable about church/school relations.

The second update is in regards to our uniform policy.  Earlier this year a group of parents came to me asking for a change in the spring uniform options for the girls.  As you know, we chose several options that the lower school and middle school girls tried this fall. Well, they were a great hit, and I was asked if those options could be made available throughout the year.  After a brief discussion with the board, to ensure that we were not veering away from actions that reflect our mission and vision, the decision was to move CES to a "standardized dress" model and away from a "uniform" model for student attire.  Basically, this means that the approved school clothing items may be worn throughout the year. There is only one uniform, and it is considered the formal uniform. The formal uniform can be worn anytime but is required for certain school occasions, as outlined in the Handbook.

The Handbook has been updated with the new language for defining the standardized dress and outlining the days when students are required to wear the formal uniform.  As you review the Handbook, you will notice some additional changes, including a description of the Cardinal Character program and an update of the technology program.  Please let your division head or me know if you have any questions about policies stated in the Handbook.

With love and gratitude,

Caroline Chapin, Ed. D.

Introducing The Rev. Lisa Zaina
Incoming Rector
The Vestry of Christ Church Rockville, Prince George's Parish, is pleased to announce that The Re v. Lisa M. Zaina has accepted the call to be our next rector, succeeding The Rev. John McDuffie.

Lisa comes to Christ Church from Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church in Atlanta, where she served as Vicar. Prior to entering the ministry, Lisa spent 25 years living and working in Washington, D.C., and she considers it her home.

Lisa will join Christ Church on March 1, 2019.

CES Wine & Whiskey Patron Party
January 11 @   7:00 pm

At the home of CES parents
Jason Bromer & Julie Suh

If you haven't RSVP'd,
please do so HERE!

PreK - Gr. 7 Parent Look Ahead Day
Wednesday, January 23, 8:00-11:30 a.m. 
Stay or drop in!
Visit Gr. K-8 classrooms to see what lies ahead for your child(ren) .

Spend the morning with us on Wednesday, January 23rd!
8:00-8:30am -  Chapel
8:30-11:30am -  Classroom visits
8:30-9:30am  - Kindergarten Preview, including chat with Ms. Minnick, K teacher

 ~Enjoy refreshments
~Pick up curriculum materials
~Visit multiple classrooms
~Drop in as your schedule permits

Admissions Open House
Fri., Jan. 25, 9-11am

Please invite family, friends, co-workers and neighbors to come see our students and teachers working together during the school day! They will:
  • See our very strong program
  • Observe our close student-teacher interaction
  • Experience the teamwork and close community we are known for
  • Learn about our focused Cardinal Character Program, daily chapel, daily PE, technology integration and exceptional faculty...
...and so much more!

Preschool, Lower School and Middle School tours led by administrators and CES Student Ambassadors begin in the Jefferson Building lobby.

We look forward to meeting prospective families considering CES for 2019-2020!

UPDATE: 2019-2020 Financial Aid 

Many returning families have submitted financial aid applications for 2019-2020 through our new TADS system.  However, those applications cannot be considered without 2017 W-2's and federal tax returns, along with any 2018 W-2's and documents available, uploaded into the TADS system.  If you haven't already, please upload them right away so the Financial Aid Committee can consider your application. 

Applicant families applying for tuition assistance should submit the financial aid application through the TADS system by Friday, February 8, 2019  in order for both admission and financial aid notification to be provided on March 1, 2019 (the notification date set by AIMSMDDC, the school's accrediting organization, for its member schools).

Questions?  Please contact Janet Gerber
at 301-424-8702 or

First game is tomorrow!

Girls Basketball
Grades 5/6
Grades 7/8
Thu Jan 10 @ Hebrew Academy 4:00pm
*Wed Jan 23 @ Gottesman 3:45pm
*Tue Feb 5 @ Woods Academy 4:15pm
Tue Feb 12 @ Norwood 4:00pm
*Wed Feb 13 @ Hebrew Academy 5:00pm
*Tue Jan 15 @ Barnesville School 3:30pm
*Mon Feb 4 @ Norwood School 3:00pm
*Wed Feb 6 @ Woods Academy 3:15pm
*Thu Feb 21 @ Bullis 2:45pm

Boys Basketball
Grades 5/6
Grades 7/8
Thu Jan 17 @ Hebrew Academy 4:00pm
*Wed Jan 23 @ Gottesman 4:45pm
*Mon Feb 4 @ Norwood School 4:00pm
*Tue Feb 5 @ Woods Academy 3:15pm
*Wed Feb 13 @ Hebrew Academy  4:00pm
*Tue Feb 19 @ Barnesville School 3:30pm
*Tue Jan 15 @ Barnesville School 4:30pm
Tue Jan 22 @ Avalon 3:00pm
Thu  Jan 24 @ Norwood School 3:00pm
Thu Jan 31 @ Gottesman 5:00pm
Tue Feb 5 @ St. John's 3:00pm
*Wed Feb 6 @ Woods Academy 4:15pm
*Thu Feb 21@ Bullis 2:45pm

*games noted with an asterisk are doubleheaders with another CES team

As with all MS Sports, games are subject to change

Free Ways to Support CES

School code:  8575

Please link your Harris Teeter  VIC Card by asking  your cashier to use our school code
Link it yourself online:
  1. Go to
  2. Go to "My Account" 
  3. Type in our school name in the "Together in Education" section

School ID:  00699

Please link your Giant Bonus Card using our school ID.
  1. Sign into your account at
  2. Select "My Account"
  3. Select "Manage My Account"
  4. Select our school name in the "Rewards & Savings" section

Simply do your Amazon shopping  through this link That's it!
CES receives  up to 15%!

Thank you for your support!

S t u d e n t    S p o t l i g h t
CES Student Artwork Wins Big! Recently, CES art Teacher Mrs. Luisa Vargas submitted student artwork to a contest run by the YMM Art Education Research Institute and the YMM International Development Center. The theme of the contest was "Fantastic Link - Art Out of Waste." Students used recycled material and other items that would otherwise be thrown away to make works of art! In doing so, they learned the importance of recycling, reusing and reducing. Prize-winners for the YMM Award for Global Creative Arts 2018 for the USA schools have been selected. Congratulations to the winners from CES!
Claire M. ('28) - Silver Prize
Josie N. ('22) - Silver Prize
Zachary S. ('22) - Silver Prize
Ryan H. ('22) - Bronze Prize

Their artwork will be displayed at the YMM Award ceremony, and at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Convention in Boston, MA

Top Row (left to right):  "Lucinda the Robot" by Claire M., "Cuckoo Clock" by Josie N.
Bottom Row (left to right): "WWII American Tank in Battle" by Zachary S., "Where Ideas Come From" by Ryan H.

~ Alumni Spotlight ~
We were honored to have one of our former students, Henry O. come to speak in chapel last Friday! He spoke to our K-8th graders about St. Augustine, an early theologian who had a heavy influence on Western Christian beliefs.

Henry graduated from CES in 2017 and went on to attend St. John's College High School where he is currently a sophomore.

Thank you for coming back for a visit Henry!

Do you know this part of the
Christ Episcopal Community?

Happy New Year from everyone at The Bargain Box! We are a great place to donate those duplicate gifts or the ones that you don't quite know what to do with or the gently used clothing that got replaced with new duds. And we will gladly give you a receipt for tax purposes. Our thrift and consignment shop is located at 398 Hungerford Drive, just a few blocks from the school, and is open Mon. - Sat., 10- 4:30. All profits fund outreach projects in the community and diocese. You never know what you will find at the Bargain Box!


YMM Art January Newsletter

We are so proud of our partnership with YMM Art Space. Check out the CES spotlight in the January Newsletter! Be sure to read the full edition for all the great stuff happening at YMM this winter and spring.

Other News
20% Off Sale - YMM is offering 20% off all Spring Classes during the month of January! Just use the promo code: WINTERSALE at check out! Visit

Spring Semester Begins!  Classes begin on January 12th and end on June 23rd for our 2019 Spring Semester! There will be a total of 20 classes for the spring session. We offer a 15% discount to all new students, as well as a trial class, no strings attached! If you would like to register or schedule a trial class, or would like more information, contact Sarah at If you are a new student and would like to take advantage of the 15% discount, contact Sarah to request the promo code.

Art Journaling -  Art Journaling is a visual diary to  record thoughts, memories and  emotions in a creative, process based  manner by using art techniques,  images and words. Art Journaling  allows for self-expression, self-discovery  and innovation.  Enrollment is currently open.   Follow this link to register!
Date: Mondays: Feb 4 - Feb 25
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Ages: 10 & up
Price: $120
Number of Sessions: 4

Flip Book Comics Workshop -  Join our Flip Book Comics Workshop!  Students will learn the basic concepts  of animation and story telling then  design and create their own flip book.
Enrollment is now open. Follow this link to register!
Date: Sun, Jan 27
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Ages: 8-16
Price: $30
Girl Scout Price: $25

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