CSCA Publication
WHAT'S HOT Week of December 10, 2018
In this week's issue, you can see even more ways that CSCA helps provide opportunities to TCS. Whether it's the Drama program, Staff Appreciation, Professional Development grants, or WITS, our funding makes a difference!
Please click here to give to our Annual Fund or return the donation form mailed in November. Thank you!
IMPORTANT DATES

DEC 11
10:30am
In City Color
TCS Community Meeting McCaw Hall
All are welcome! Sign in at TCS front desk. 

DEC 21
Alumni Brunch
10:25-11:25
Loft 3
See details--->

DEC 21
Staff Appreciation!
COOKIEPALOOZA
Warm up those ovens, it's time to show staff some love with cookies!

SAVE THE DATE!
MARCH 29
TCS Beach Party & Auction

FRIDAYS 
Coffee/Tea w/ the Principal
Per Scheduling with the  Front Office 206-252-9850

Please check the school website regularly for complete schedule and updates! 
 




 
Ms. Neel is a new and already beloved TCS educator. Help her stock her classroom with
this wish list!

Mr. Scilletta has set up this wishlist to help get supplies for his upcoming science project on soapmaking.

We are also still looking for:

  • Fridge without automatic defrost (Science Dept.)
  • Two black wheeling office chairs (Science Dept.)
  • White, black, or gray mat board - the larger the better (Art Dept.)
  • Wood frames (new or used) with glass and hanging wire on the back. In good condition, less-ornate black preferred in 8x10 minimum up to 18x24 (Art Dept.)
  • People who are willing to cut beveled windows in mat board (cutting party to be announced)
 
Please let  Molly Goldman
know if you have a lead or would like to sponsor these needs.  Thanks! 
REMINDER: Reminder: TCS students get discounted monorail passes. Bring student ID or transportation notice (or have Ms. Tracey print out a notice that you attend TCS) and show at monorail office to get your $25 monthly pass.
CENTER SCHOOL 
PARKING INSTRUCTIONS
We have parking passes at the front desk. If you have access to a printer, we can email you the pass for the date of your visit. Just email either Tracey Lott or Kathy Webb with the date of your visit and we will email you a pass for that exact date. 
DISTRICT CALENDAR
Click calendar icon for
upcoming events :

(CSCA) CENTER SCHOOL COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
The CSCA is our PTA. Our purpose is to work the for betterment of Center School for all students. 

2018-2019 Executive Board

Co-Presidents

Heidi Raykeil Malinda Bailey
Co-Vice Presidents

Hannah Morgan TBD
Co-Secretaries

Leanne Larkin Maizun Blackbird
Co-Treasurers

Andrea Anderson Frank Lockhart

 
The Center School Parents is a closed group.

DRAGON'S FIRE WANTS YOU!   

Dragon's Fire wants to hear about what's going on in our school community.

Please submit articles and pictures to  Dragon's Fire  by 3 PM on Friday 
to be in the following week's newsletter.

Do you know anyone who should be getting Dragon's Fire but isn't? Just send them this link! 


Amazon donates 5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases  to the CSCA which funds the programs that make The Center School what it is. 

DRAGONWEAR 
Click here to purchase TCS gear. 
This is great way for the ASB to raise funds for their programs and events!

STAFF APPRECIATION - WINTER EDITION: COOKIEPALOOZA
TCS Staff Appreciation happens twice each school year. For the winter, our tradition is Cookiepalooza! 

CSCA organizes and presents each staff member with a tin full of deliciousness and a small gift card. 

Will you help?  Let's show the amazing TCS staff some love this holiday season! Sign Up Here!

If you can't contribute cookies, you can always give to the Annual Fund that pays for the luncheon appreciation in spring. And, of course, students and families can participate on their own with notes of thanks and appreciation!
TCS ALUMNI BRUNCH- SPREAD THE WORD! 
Please help get the word out to TCS alums: Come reconnect with aging staff members and connect with the next generation of Center School students; they could use your insight! This tradition, begun by Molly Pritchard, includes free food and beverages and takes place at  10:25 AM - 11:25 AM in Loft 3, near the school's entrance. 

We could use a few parent volunteers to help purchase and set up food and clean up. This is always such a fun and inspiring event to attend! Please let Molly Goldman know if you can help out. 
IN CITY COLOR
if you missed it this weekend (or if you just can't get enough!), TCS Drama under the direction of 
Ms. Lackey will be giving another performance of 
"In City Color", an original improv and sketch comedy show this week! This one's for the TCS students, but all are welcome!  
  • Tuesday, 12/11
  • 9:30am
  • McCaw Hall (Nesholm Theatre)
And be sure to check out the full-size version of the beautiful show poster created by Ms. Wyn!
YOUR SUPPORT MAKES A DIFFERENCE!
A Message from Mr. Chipps & Ms. Bersos 
Here's another example of how CSCA dollars fund Mini-Grants for TCS teachers and staff...

"With the CSCA's support, Ms. Bersos and I attended the regional conference of the National Council of Mathematics Teachers on November 29 th  and 30 th
At the conference we spent two days attending workshops and reflecting on our practice. We learned about topics that included: 'Building thinking classrooms', 'Using Project-Based learning to Explore Social Justice in Algebra Class', 'Anxiety and Frustration in the Math Classroom', 'Using Literacy Strategies to Teach Precalculus and Calculus Concepts' and many more. 

We took away content, strategies to improve our teaching and connections to experts. It was a tiring but productive and formative two days. Thanks CSCA!"   

Nathan Chipps, Math Teacher
CONCERNED ABOUT TRAFFIC IMPACTS?
CSCA is putting together a document so families can connect to go over transportation 
concerns when the viaduct comes down. 

Also, check out Seattle Department of Transportation's new website with the latest information, tools, and resources you'll need to move safely to and through downtown.
REMINDER FOR PARENTS!
Now is the time to make sure all students, including Seniors, are passing their courses with a grade of 60% (or above if you're applying for college) in order to earn credit for graduation.

Parents/Guardians can help by collaborating and asking if you can assist with:
  • Making sure homework is completed AND TURNED IN
  • Setting goals and calmly asking about progress.
  • Confirming grading policies and timelines.
  • Tracking D and E grades to develop an action plan to correct.
  • Getting plenty of sleep and eating properly.
  • Finding ways to de-stress in a healthy way and remaining calm.
TCS STUDENTS GIVE PARENTS ADVICE
At 9th Grade Parent Night, we
had the chance to see the world premiere of Sawyer Anderson's 2-minute film entitled How To Help Your Kid. Check it out, and hear from students what works ... and what doesn't.
TCS and WRITERS IN THE SCHOOLS
This fall, TCS Junior Kiyoshi Sakauye opened for Alice Walker at a Seattle Arts & Lectures event presenting a poem he wrote  to a crowd of more than 1,800 people. Kiyoshi discovered their love of writing by participating in the TCS Poetry class through SAL's WITS program.  "I found my voice through poetry. Once I found my voice, I realized that my life is real."

Kiyoshi backstage with Alice Walker
COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY
Green Lake Elementary School needs help with their sets for their upcoming production of The Lion, The  Witch and The Wardrobe. They need a few creative artists to paint a winter backdrop scene, a spring scene, The Wardr obe, and a few other projects. What a great way to earn community service hours-painting sets for little kids! 

Sets need to be completed by January 25th.  If interested, please contact the director (and TCS parent) at  Molly.goldman@gmail.com
VOLUNTEER WITH NW FOLKLIFE
Email to apply!
  • 3 students needed IMMEDIATELY to help with end-of-year mailings. 
  • Looking for students for Mid-Winter Break for Movin' Around the World Winter Event on Feb 16-22, 2019 | 11AM - 3PM
  • Looking for students for Spring Break for Movin' Around the World SPRING Event on April 6 - 12, 2019 | 11AM - 3PM
Assistant Volunteer Coordinator Internship for Juniors & Seniors @ The Armory. 
Now accepting applications for 2nd Semester Assistant Volunteer Coordinator Internship. You'll be planning the May 2019 Folklife Festival while you earn school credit.
  • February 4th - end of school year
  • 8 - 15 hours/week (totaling the 180 hours necessary to earn course credit)
  • Learn about event planning, especially if you love music, arts, and culture
  • Send resume and cover letter with your name and "Volunteer Coordinator" Internship in the subject line
GETTING COURSE CREDIT
ACTION NEEDED BEFORE 12/15
If you already have an internship, you need to bring Ms. Wyn your hours (timesheets) and complete a check-in.   Do this before December 15th.  And remember that if you you don't complete 180 hours during the first semester you won't receive credit for the class.
 
Are you interested in earning .5 credit for a job or volunteer position you already have?  See Ms. Wyn to set up a second semester "SPS INTERNSHIP" and be your own hero.
SAT / ACT TESTING DATES AND INFORMATION
Click these links for information. Questions? Contact Mrs. deNormandie.
GAP YEAR INFORMATION FAIR
February 13, 2019
Roosevelt High School
1410 NE 66th St., Seattle, WA 98115
Presentation: 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Fair: 6:45pm - 8:30pm

Register for the Gap Year fair and only give your contact info to programs that really interest you and have scholarships/volunteer opportunities.
SCHEDULED COLLEGE REP VISITS!  
Look on Naviance to see the calendar of which colleges are sending representatives to TCS

Monday, 12/10
12:30pm
Tyndale University College & Seminary
Oje Izirein
"TCS AWES"
College & Job Application Tips

BE
T HOROUGH
Read the instructions and know your deadlines.
BE
C OURTEOUS
A handwritten note of thanks or a simply email keeps your name in the front row.
BE
S YSTEMATIC
Provide all of the requested information and create a system to track your progress.
BE
A UTHENTIC
Make sure your facts are facts.
BE
W ISE
Choose your recommendations wisely and keep a copy.
BE
E QUIPPED
Request copies of your high school transcripts and keep a copy.
BE 
S TUDIOUS
Proofread, proofread, proofread.

Then RELAX ... you've earned it!
SCHOLARSHIPS       
There's more than  $85,000   plus  a full tuition/room/board for 4 years in $cholarship m oney  posted on our Naviance site waiting to line the pockets of an interested student. And, these are just the applications that are due through December! Take a few minutes to add your name to the list of lucky recipient $

Scholarship tools can be found by navigating to Colleges Home > Scholarships & Money.