Your Guide to Homecoming Festivities

Homecoming weekend is a time for traditions honoring our Founders and our school's 57-year-old history. We will further build our community and family relationships with such traditions as the 28-year-old Carnival and the good work of the Parents Association. We will cheer wildly for our students in athletic contests. And we will extend the fanfare well into next week's Revue and Bonfire event.
Please join us in welcoming alumni as they return to campus and participate in a line-up of events tailored for their return.
Two decades after graduating from The Colorado Springs School, Shannon O'Keefe remembers the impact her Upper School Science Teacher Sam Johnson had on her.

"We'd go on these Experience-Centered Seminars, and he would see a roadcut, somewhere a road had been cut into a hillside. We'd pull over and 15 of us would pile out of a van on the side of some random road in Utah or Arizona and examine the rock in this roadcut. We were doing geology," said O'Keefe, an emergency physician in Salt Lake City. "I still think about that when I see a roadcut. I feel like I've thought about it so many times."

That kind of lasting effect on students and how Johnson championed hands-on learning during his 25-year career at CSS is why he is the 2019 Founders' Day Hall of Fame honoree. Johnson, who retired in 2016, is being inducted into the school's Hall of Fame during a ceremony Friday, September 20, at 11:00 a.m. in the Louisa Performing Arts Center.

Even now there's rarely a day that passes without Johnson reflecting on his time at CSS.

"The best thing was coming here every day," he said. "They were the best years of my life."

Friday, September 20, 2019, 
10:00 a.m. Welcome Breakfast & 11:00 a.m. Ceremony   
Louisa Performing Arts Center 
Ceremony Audience: 5th-12th grade, alumni, parents, and special guests

Special musical tributes will be performed by Vocal Ensemble, 5th graders and seniors Estin N. '20 and Sam J. '20.

This year's honoree shines a spotlight on the school's dedication to the veteran teacher Sam Johnson, who retired in 2016. 

Join us in honoring the school's founders with awards presented to alumni and past faculty/staff. The Hall of Fame induction honors our 57-year history and showcases alumni living purposeful lives in a dynamic world.

"Founders' Day is a day to reflect on the school's history by connecting with individuals shaped by our school and those who shaped our school. We will honor excellence and challenges, pursuits and struggles, we will celebrate friendships, mentors, and colleagues. We will honor a different era of our school's history and an enduring mission of progressive education."  - Aaron Schubach, Head of School 
Whether you're planning to run, walk, push a stroller or encourage runners from the sideline,  line up for a 12:10 p.m. start in front of the Louisa Performing Arts Center.
  • Wear your Kodiak Fun Run shirt and appropriate running footwear (ie. no rain boots or sandals).
  • A staggered start of age groups will allow for a safe start and run for everyone: Upper School, Middle School, 4th and 5th, 2nd and 3rd, 1st, Kindergarten, and PreK.
  • Younger students must be accompanied by an adult/parent.
Following the Fun Run, families head to the Quad for food, games, and laughs.

If you ordered Fun Run shirt(s), your order(s) were sent home today, September 18, in your youngest student's backpack.

Carnival is on its way and the excitement is building. 

CARNIVAL IS A CASH-ONLY EVENT. To purchase concessions, game tokens, or bake sale items you must have cash in your pocket!  
Head to the token booth first thing to purchase your game tokens. These tokens can be purchased in increments. An average game costs 2-3 tokens to play. Games may reward winners with candy or tickets. A prize redemption booth is offered for gamers to cash in the tickets they have earned.

Head over to the bake sale tent to load up on homemade baked goods. Fill your arms with great prizes. The Carnival will help you make memories with your children that will last a lifetime and it's a perfect place to make a new parent friend.  All the proceeds of Carnival goes  directly to benefit each classroom, club, or organization manning a booth. 

The Carnival is organized by the Parents Association - this includes all parents! We need you. Volunteer opportunities include: working at your child's classroom booth, provide something for the bake sale tent, helping with set-up or take-down, and much more.

Volunteer with your class Carnival Representative or contact the Carnival chairs:
Booth Chair Wendy Woodbury, Booth Chair at or Logistics Chair Karri Kaleshefski at  

We encourage all families to come and celebrate community with The Colorado Springs School at the Fun Run & Carnival . Parental/adult  supervision  is required at this event. While this is an event hosted at the school it is not one in which faculty and staff will have supervisory responsibilities over students. For the safety of your children, we ask that you attend as a family or arrange for  supervision .
Calling All Bakers
We are in need of individually wrapped treats to be sold at the annual Carnival for the Parents Association Bake Sale booth. Get creative and have fun. Anything from cookies and cakes to homemade jams, bread and candy. Please drop off baked goods the morning of the Carnival (starting at 7:30 a.m.) in the Trianon. It is helpful if you label them with any important info such as flavor, nuts, gluten-free, etc.

Interested in volunteering at the booth? Contact Brooke Rawls at
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Featured Homecoming Games and Tailgate!

On behalf of the CSS Upper School Spirit Club, you are invited to the Homecoming games and events this week:

Thursday, September 19
3:00 p.m., Varsity Cross Country at Monument Valley Park (starts on the north end)

4:00 p.m., Boys' Varsity Tennis at Memorial Park

Saturday, September 21
11:00 a.m., Junior Varsity Girls' Volleyball at Tutt Field House

12:00 p.m., Varsity Girls' Volleyball at Tutt Field House

1:00 p.m., Boys' Varsity Soccer and tailgate at Boddington Field 

To celebrate all the teams, the Booster Club is sponsoring a tailgate on the field at 1:00 Saturday in-between the volleyball and soccer game. Free burgers and hot dogs are on the menu. Feel free to bring a side dish.

We hope to see both students and parents from all divisions coming together and showing school spirit. The Spirit Club is promoting a "Blue Out" for the events, which means to wear Kodiak blue to show your support. Also, we will provide face paint and beads! Let's make it a great week for Kodiak Athletics and kick off the school year with Kodiak Pride!

Click here for a complete schedule of upcoming games.   
Saturday, September 21, 2019
8:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

The Upper School students will have a fun night and we know those parents will capture some photographic memories to start the evening.
Friday, September 27, 2019
Revue runs from 6:30 - 8:30 in the Louisa Performing Arts Center
Bonfire takes place immediately following Revue at 8:30 p.m.

The Revue shares lots of laughs and tons of talent. A huge cast of students, faculty, and staff. Music. Comedy. Dance. Family-friendly performances. Perfect for all ages. Concessions will be sold in the lobby.

Following the Revue, the crowd will head outside for the annual bonfire. Refreshments will be served. For the safety of all students, parents are fully responsible for the supervision of their child(ren).

We have received a permit from the Colorado Springs Fire Department, and we are taking all the recommended safety precautions. Final approval of the bonfire will occur on the day of the event in adherence with a safety inspection and based on current weather conditions.  Please direct questions about the Bonfire to Nicole Goyette, Upper School Director, at

Parental Supervision Required 
We encourage all families to come and celebrate community with CSS at the Revue and Bonfire. Parental/adult supervision is required at this event. While this is an event hosted at the school, it is not one in which faculty/staff will have supervisory responsibilities over students. For the safety of your children, we ask that you attend as a family or arrange for supervision.
Special Parking Request
In order for us to set up the bonfire during the day, we ask that you do not park in the CAC gravel parking lot on Friday after 8:30 a.m. Drop-off will happen as usual, but please move your cars to the Trianon parking lot if you are staying on campus afterwards. A successful inspection by the fire department depends on this, among many other moving parts. 

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