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Echo Hill 2019
Echo Hill 2019
Echo Hill 2019
Echo Hill 2019
7th and 8th Grade students had a blast at Echo Hill Outdoor School last week! They learned about Chesapeake Bay ecosystems, participated in team-building exercises, and spent lots of time outside in nature. This annual field trip is a favorite among our middle school students!
Cardinal Character Trait for September: Kindness
“No act of KINDNESS is ever wasted.”
- Aesop
SAVE THE DATE! October 6
Episcopal School Sunday and Blessing of the Classrooms Celebration
Picture Day for Kindergarten - 8th Grade students is t omorrow, September 19th! Students need to wear their formal uniform to school.

Order forms have been sent home, so check your child's backpack. You can also find a PDF version here.
Your picture day is on Wednesday, November 6th
Classes begin Monday, September 23rd!
Starting in the 2nd grade, students at Christ Episcopal School have the opportunity to learn a string instrument. Our string orchestra students play in an ensemble and have many performance opportunities throughout the year.

Instrument Rentals
Until students are on a full-sized instrument, it is recommended that you rent from Potter’s Violin Shop, Lashof Violin Shop, or Shar Music (mail order).  

  • Violinists and violists need an instrument, bow, rosin, and either a sponge or shoulder rest. Cellos and basses need an instrument, bow, cello, and rock stop.
  • 2nd and 3rd grade violinists need a copy of Suzuki Volume 1 for violinists along with the coordinating CD.
  • 4th graders need a copy of Essential Elements 2000 Book 1 
  • 5th-8th graders need a copy of Essential Elements 2000 Book 2

There is an annual fee of $650 to participate in the instrumental program. This fee includes your student’s weekly orchestra class, extra rehearsals in preparation for performances, as well as the multiple performances throughout the school year.
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The Parent's Association (PA) has our first meeting this Friday, Sept. 20 at 8 a.m. in the Dining Room.
All parents are welcome- please come and join us!
As a reminder, the Christ Episcopal School Parents Association (PA) is a group of parent volunteers who help organize, promote and support many important community building activities at CES. Our much anticipated school-wide events enrich the CES spirit through fun, family-friendly activities. Such events include School Spirit Week, Bingo Night, Scholastic Book Fair and more. Our dynamic group also finds creative ways to show our support and appreciation for our exceptional team of faculty and staff. We need you all to help us continue these traditions, so please consider joining our fabulous team! We just need two more reps to have all classes represented- if you can represent the 5th or 7th grade, please let us know!

Here's an overview of the responsibilities of a PA Class Representatives vs. Room Parent. Keep in mind, this person(s) can certainly be one in the same and we'd welcome that! Also, there can certainly be more than one class PA Rep!

PA Class Rep: (contact the PA -see below - to volunteer for this position)
  • Part of a dynamic team of parents dedicated to community building and teacher appreciation!
  • Attends monthly PA meetings, or if unable to attend, reviews minutes and distributes by email relevant information to their class on PA events
  • Coordinates volunteers from your class to work the Bird's Nest on the Fridays in the month your class is assigned via sign-up genius
  • With the help of another class rep, organizes volunteers and helps manage the school event your class is assigned (i.e., Scholastic Book Fair, Spirit Week, Bingo Night, etc.)
  • Brings creative ideas to the team to help build upon the mission of the Parents Association

Room Parent: (contact your child’s teacher to volunteer for this position)
  • Works directly with your child's teacher(s) to help our amazing faculty
  • Coordinates field trip chaperones, as needed
  • Helps plan class parties (i.e., Halloween, Valentine's Day), as directed by the teacher
  • Manages the Class Fund which goes towards Teacher Appreciation gifts, End-of-Year gifts and other class activities 
  • Works with the PA Treasurer to ensure reimbursement for expenses from the Class Fund
  • Serves as an important liaison between the class and the teacher

All are welcome to join- even if we already have a designated rep for your child’s class- we love having an active team!

If you're interested in joining the PA, please contact Hillary Hurlbutt at or Kathryn Bojczyk at, or come to the next Parents Association meeting on Friday, September 20, at 8:00am in the CES Dining Room. Our other meeting dates will be on the school calendar but are typically the first Friday of each month.
Wed 9/18 vs. Barnesville 4:00pm @ Mark Twain

Mon 9/23 @ Woods Academy 4:00pm*

Wed 9/25 @ Norwood 3:00pm

Tue 10/1 @ Barnesville 4:00pm

Thu 10/3 CES Red vs. White Co-ed Spirit Game 3:00pm @ Mark Twain

Wed 10/16 @ Bullis 2:45pm

Thu 10/24 @ St. John's Episcopal 4:00pm*

*Doubleheader w/Girls
Mon 9/23 @ Woods Academy 3:00pm*

Thu 10/3 CES Red vs. White Co-ed Spirit Game 3:00pm @ Mark Twain

Thu 10/10 @ Bullis 2:45pm

Thu 10/17 @ Norwood 3:00pm

Thu 10/24 @ St. John's Episcopal 3:00pm*

*Doubleheader with Boys
Mark Twain Athletic Park
14501 Avery Road, Rockville, MD 20853

As with all MS Sports, games are subject to change.
ERB Online Testing is Coming Up for 6th-8th Grades
Monday, 9/23 - Thursday, 9/26
The Online CTP (ERB) is coming up for the 6th-8th grades. The Comprehensive Testing Program is an online standardized test CES uses in grades 2-8 to collect basic information about student achievement in key areas of reading, writing and math.

The students will be testing (in the morning) Monday through Thursday, September 23-26. The students will be taking 8 subtests: Verbal Reasoning, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Writing Mechanics, Writing Concepts and Skills, Quantitative Reasoning and Math Part 1 & 2. 

Monday, Sept 23rd (10:40-12:10)
*Vocabulary- 20 min
Verbal Reasoning- 35 min
(total 55 min)

Tuesday, Sept 24th (8:00- 9:40)
Math Part I- 35 min (6th). 39 min (7th-8th)
Reading Comprehension- 40 min
(total 79 min)

Wednesday, Sept 25th (10:40-12:10)
*Writing Mechanics- 30 min
Quantitative Reasoning- 45 min
(total 75 min)

Thursday Sept 26th (8:00-9:40)
Math Part II- 35 min (6th gr), 39 min (7th & 8th)
Writing Concepts and Skills- 42 min
(total 81 min)

While we approach these tests in a low-key manner, we do ask families to be sure their child is well rested, has had a nutritious breakfast and is relaxed and ready to go on the mornings of the testing. It is your children’s schooling to-date that prepares them for this testing so there is no studying that needs to be done. All of the students will be taking the tests on their Chromebooks. It is very important that the students charge their Chromebooks the night before each test and bring it to school with their charging cord.
Please contact Trina Gandal in the Learning Resource Center 301-424-6550 or email her at if you have any questions.
Play group begins October 4th!
Our playtime for 1-year-olds begins next month! On each first Friday of the month, 9:00-10:00am, little ones with a parent or caretaker gather in the Preschool House with one of our Preschool teachers for a very casual and very fun playtime! Register now! Space is limited, and there is no cost.

One-on-One Friday Fun gives prospective parents a chance to look at our program and Preschool House while thinking ahead to Preschool for their children.
We are always looking for pictures from our community to include in the yearbook. Our 8th grade class will begin working on layouts and designs soon, and the more pictures they have, the better.

Please send photos from field trips, sports games, class parties, etc. to Thank you!
Hunger Walk: Sunday, October 20th
Our own, CEC Youth Group, and The Hunger Fund of the Diocese of Washington are hosting a Hunger Walk on October 20th at the National Cathedral. The Cathedral Walk begins at 1:30pm. The Walk includes information on how to raise funds, how the meals reach those in need and a scavenger hunt around the cathedral.  Click here for more information. 

All donations (any size…..LARGE or small) are needed and 100% tax-deductible. Please drop you checks marked to the Hunger Fund into the plates on Sunday morning or mail them to the church office. All funds are given directly to Food Banks or Pantries, Soup Kitchens or Organizations directly feeding those in need in the DC Metro Area. This is a great way to make a difference and what an act of love – feeding God’s people!
Design by Annabelle Heister from Christ Church, Rockville!
September Newsletter
Click here for a list of all the fall class offerings, or visit their website to learn more.
Fashion Field Trip
Date: Sunday, September 29th
Time: 12:00-6:00pm
Ages 8-16
Cost: $40

Students will visit Georgetown Washington University's Textile Museum to learn about fashion, fabric, texture and style. After the museum, students will create a fashion project inspired by the exhibition. Fee includes transportation, art supplies, art instruction, and a snack. Register here.
Hike & Sketch Field Trip
Date: Sunday, October 13th
Time: 8:00am - 1:30pm
Ages: 8-16
Price: $40
Girl Scout Price: $35

YMM is taking a field trip to Great Falls Park, Virginia for a day spent hiking and sketching! Price includes art supplies, a snack, and transportation. Students will need to bring their own picnic-style lunch. Register here.