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October Newsletter

A Note From Our Principal,

Fall is in full swing and our students are starting to enjoy the extra outdoor time, nature play area and seasonal curriculum activities.  Our art, iron chef, digital photography and lego after school programs are back up and running, and we are enjoying watching our students learn and grow in their extracurricular activities. Soccer will begin October 17th.  Each class is in the middle preparing for our upcoming Cultural Fair learning new things about each of their countries and creating special projects to be displayed during our Cultural Fair celebration.  Thank you for all you are doing to support this wonderful event! As always, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.


Ms. Vici

Your Opinion Matters! 

Our parent survey is launching soon and we’d appreciate you spending a few minutes to take the survey. You will receive an invitation by email on 10/2.  Please let us know if you do not receive it!

Cultural Fair

Please join us for our annual Cultural Fair on October 10th from 5pm – 7pm.  Cultural Fair is an open house style presentation of countries selected by each class.  The students and teachers have been working hard on projects and learning new things about each of their countries.  We are always appreciative of the support the classrooms receive from the parents to help make this special event happen.  This is a must see event, see you there!

Story Book Pumpkin Decorating 

It’s October and pumpkins are everywhere! We are inviting all CDS students and families to decorate a pumpkin as a favorite book character. It’s that easy and fun!

  • This project is completely optional.
  • Pumpkins should represent a favorite book character.
  • On a notecard please include the child’s name, grade, title and author of the book. Creatively find a way to attach this to/or display with your pumpkin.
  • Absolutely no carved pumpkins.
  • To decorate you can use paper, glue, paint, markers, pipe cleaners, fabric, or other craft items on the pumpkin.

Please bring all Storybook pumpkins on October 28th.  Storybook pumpkins will be on display around the CDS campus.

Halloween Parties  

Our classrooms will be celebrating Halloween together with a costume parade, story book pumpkins and other festivities on October 30th from 9:00 – 12:00. Your child’s teacher will let you know if anything specific is needed for their class. We can’t wait to see all of our students in costume!

Important Dates  

October 2nd—Parent survey emails go out

October 3rd & 4th— Lifetouch Picture Day

October 7th – PO Meeting 8:45

October 10th – Cultural Fair, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

October 17th & 18th — Parent Teacher Conferences, please look for a Sly Reply Sign-up email in the coming weeks for a time slot that works for you

October 17th & 18th – Half day dismissal, complimentary care available, please inquire with the office for questions

October 18th – All in For Kids, Adults only event sponsored by our Parent Organization

October 23rd – Fantastic Fire Department will visit CDS

October 30th—Halloween Festivities, Costume Parade 9-9:30, Other activities 9:30-12

From Our Education Department  

Early Math Exposure Adds Up to Later Success

Hands-on experiences help children understand foundational math concepts, such as number and shape recognition, patterning, sorting, and addition and subtraction. The activities below provide your child with valuable early exposure which will help him gain confidence for additional math skills presented in kindergarten and beyond.

Toddlers (ages 1-2)

  • Take a walk with your child to look at leaves. Talk about their size, shape and where you found them. Encourage him to repeat the words back to you.
  • Tell the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Count each of the bears, bowls, chairs and beds mentioned. If you have the book, point to each item as you count.

Beginners (ages 2-3)

  • Place one cracker and a group of three crackers in front of your child. Ask him to point to one cracker. If he answers correctly, ask him to point to many crackers.
  • Look through a book or magazine together. Ask him to find and point to various shapes, including squares, circles and triangles.

Intermediates (ages 3-4)

  • Look through a magazine with your child. Encourage him to find and circle numbers from 1-40. Help him count how many numbers he found.
  • Give your child two groups of toys or snacks. Ask him to count the total number of items.

Pre-K/Pre-K 2 (ages 4-5)

  • Place five socks in front of your child. Ask him to count how many socks he sees. Take a few socks away and have him recount them. Repeat the activity by varying the number of socks you remove.
  • Provide your child with two piles of small items (i.e., carrots and grapes, crayons and markers, rocks and leaves). Ask him to compare the number of items in each group. Listen for words such as more than, less than and equal to.
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