Inspiring Minds to Learn, Hearts to Love, Hands to Serve
8th Grade Shakespeare Study: Each year, the 8th graders do an in-depth study of Shakespeare as part of English with Mrs. Scola. It usually culminates with a performance at the Secondary Shakespeare Festival at the Folger Theatre. Unfortunately, this year's festival was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. But that hasn't gotten us down at CES! The 8th graders performed A Midsummer Night's Dream for the whole school during chapel last week before we shifted to Virtual School.
Cardinal Character Trait of the Month: GENEROSITY
"True generosity is an offering; given freely and out of pure love. No strings attached. No expectations. Time and love are the most valuable possession you can share."
- Suze Orman
The CES office is operating on an adjusted schedule while we conduct Virtual School for our students.
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A LETTER FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL
Dear CES Family,
We have had an amazing three days of online learning. It has not been perfect. There has been frustration when technology did not work as we wanted it to. However, there has been a whole lot more success than there have been glitches. How are we defining success this week?
Every child has seen his/her teacher live and/or via video conference.
Curriculum has continued to be delivered.
Students are completing assignments and posting completed work to the teachers.
Technology support has been quickly available.
Though exhausted and sometimes anxious or overwhelmed, teachers are feeling proud of their accomplishments.
Parents are grateful that their children are continuing to learn and see their friends and teachers.
Now that we see how school is going to look under the current international crisis, and because we do not know how long this is going to last, I want to share a letter that has been posted on Facebook. It is written by Erin Atwell DeMartini who works for the Mount Diablo Unified School District in Dublin, California.
Perspective is really important during these challenging times.
Dear parents with school aged children who are about to start day one of remote learning from an educator and mom:
You might be inclined to create a minute by minute schedule for your kids. You have high hopes of hours of learning, including online activities, science experiments, and book reports. You’ll limit technology until everything is done! But here’s the thing...
Our kids are just as scared as we are right now. Our kids not only can hear everything that is going on around them, but they feel our constant tension and anxiety. They have never experienced anything like this before. Although the idea of being off of school for 4 weeks sounds awesome, they are probably picturing a fun time like summer break, not the reality of being trapped at home and not seeing their friends.
Over the coming weeks, you will see an increase in behavior issues with your kids. Whether it’s anxiety, or anger, or protest that they can’t do things normally - it will happen. You’ll see more meltdowns, tantrums, and oppositional behavior in the coming weeks. This is normal and expected under these circumstances.
What kids need right now is to feel comforted and loved. To feel like it’s all going to be ok. And that might mean that you tear up your perfect schedule and love on your kids a bit more. Play outside and go on walks. Bake cookies and paint pictures. Play board games and watch movies. Do a science experiment together or find virtual field trips of the zoo. Start a book and read together as a family. Snuggle under warm blankets and do nothing.
Don’t worry about them regressing in school. Every single kid is in this boat and they all will be ok. When we are back in the classroom, we will all course correct and meet them where they are. Teachers are experts at this! Don’t pick fights with your kids because they don’t want to do math. Don’t scream at your kids for not following the schedule. Don’t mandate 2 hours of learning time if they are resisting it.
If I can leave you with one thing, it’s this: at the end of all of this, your kids’ mental health will be more important than their academic skills. And how they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during those 4 weeks is long gone. So keep that in mind, every day.
My CES Family, please keep these wise words in mind. We will continue making adjustments to the program after Spring Break. At this moment, I am not optimistic that we will be back on campus. In fact, I think it is most likely that we will be away for at least 8 weeks, which would put us at mid-May. As soon as I know this with certainty, I will let you know. All of us will continue to work on your behalf. Right now our plan for after Spring Break is to maintain office hours with minimal staffing. I will keep you informed regarding that, too.
Take care of yourself. Next week, take a break!
With love and gratitude for each and every one of you,
Caroline Chapin, Ed.D.
Head of School
WANTED: YEARBOOK PHOTOS
As we continue to hold Virtual School, we are starting to get some great pictures and stories from CES families about how it's going. We'd love to get more, especially for the yearbook! This certainly will be a year to remember! Please email your photos to:
These include pictures of your student(s) in their virtual classroom, conferencing with their teacher, streaming a PE workout video, practicing music, or however your family is participating in Virtual School. Thank you!
FROM THE ADMISSIONS OFFICE
Are you a returning family that hasn't yet completed your child(ren)'s 2020-2021 re-enrollment agreement?
Are you an incoming family that received an enrollment agreement you haven't yet reviewed and submitted?
We understand!! We hope your newly adjusted schedules will provide time to get into the TADS system and take care of enrollment. If you have questions or want to talk, please call me or send an email to
email@example.com. I would love to hear how you and your family are doing during this unusual time. My thoughts, prayers and best wishes to all of you. I look so forward to being together!
Director of Admission
ENRICHMENT & SUMMER PROGRAMS
Summer is right around the corner, and there's no better way to spend summer days than at CESummer Camp! We have fun programs for all ages! Please contact Marion Entwisle at 301-424-6550 or
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.