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August Newsletter

A Note From Our Principal,

Thank you all for your participation in our Kids Helping Communities initiative this summer! We were able to donate diapers, wipes, books, non-perishable food and much more to the Child Crisis Arizona.  They were blown away by the generosity of our community.  We are grateful for the opportunity to watch our students serve others these past few weeks and appreciate the role you all had in this.

 

We look forward to August 10th when we will welcome our regular school year students and some of our summer campers back to CDS to begin our 2020-2021 school year!

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Vici

Summer Camp Survey

We will be reaching out to camp families in the next few weeks to gather feedback on our summer camp program. The survey will be sent via email and we’d love for all camp parents to participate so we can celebrate our successes and make plans to improve our camp program next summer. Please keep an eye out for the survey!

Links 2 Home

If you’re not currently receiving photos and daily reports for your child you can easily change this by downloading the Links 2 Home app on your phone. Just type ‘Links 2 Home’ in the search bar for the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. After downloading Links 2 Home you can register with the same email address that you used to enroll your child in our school.

Updating your information in Alma

Have you changed your email address or phone number? Need to add or remove an emergency contact? You can do this at any time in Alma. If you need help logging in or accessing the system please let us know.

Important Dates  

August 6th & 7th —SCHOOL CLOSED – Professional Development

August 7th—Meet the Teacher – on Zoom!

August 10th—First Day of School!

August 12th—Spirit Day – Crazy Sock Day!

August 19th—Spirit Day – Crazy Hair Day!

August 26th—Spirit Day – Pattern Day! (stripes, polka dots, plaids, etc)

August 28th—September Lunch Menus Due

September 4th—SCHOOL CLOSED – Professional Development

September 7th—SCHOOL CLOSED – Labor Day

From Our Education Department  

5 Children’s Books to Continue the Discussion About Diversity

Your family has likely already begun the conversation about diversity and inclusion. It’s important now more than ever to continue that discussion and further expand your child’s awareness and appreciation for people of all cultures. Below are some books to read with your child that are diverse and representative of the world we live in.

1.      Whoever You Are by Mem Fox

Your child will enjoy looking at the colorful illustrations in this book about children all over the world. They might not all look the same and their lives may be different, but inside everyone is alike.

2.      All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

This story follows a group of students from all ethnic backgrounds as they go about their day at school. They are loved and welcomed for their differences, while learning about each other and the diverse world around them.

3.      One Family by George Shannon

Families can look very different, and this book showcases that in a child-friendly way. They can be big or small and include people of various races and genders.

4.      It’s OK to be Different by Sharon Purtill

This book celebrates differences of all kinds, including ethnicity, size, and personality. It encourages children to love what makes them unique and accept people who may not be like them. As the story says, “You should be kind to those who are different from you. Because to them, you are different too.”

5.      The Colors of Us by Karen Katz

The main character, Lena, is a seven-year-old who wants to use brown paint to make a self-portrait. After a walk around her neighborhood with her mother, Lena realizes that there are many shades of brown skin and all are beautiful.

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