Carolina International School News

The World is our Family!

Welcome to the 22-23 School Year!

Hello Comet Nation!


As I begin this year as CIS' interim principal, I would like to say thank you for all of those who have sent emails or have called with support. It has been my pleasure to serve the families of CIS for the last ten years, and I am excited to see what our Comets will accomplish this year!. If at any time you need to contact me, I can be reached with an email to sarahgrafton@ciscomets.com. You can also call or text me at 980-433-9808.


A HUGE "well done" to the students who were in attendance every day last week. Regular school attendance helps students to achieve academic excellence. If your child must be absent, please send a note or email to your child's homeroom teacher.


Thank you all for your patience as we have gotten Silent Dismissal cards out to all of our families. If you are still in need of a car tag, contact your child's homeroom teacher and one will be sent home as soon as possible. Dismissal will begin at 3:30 each day. Our goal is to have all students dismissed by 4:00. Contact your child's teacher if you will be later than 4:00.


The students have been off to a great start in wearing their uniforms. The uniform policies can be found below.


I am looking for parents who are willing to help us host a book fair this fall. If you have any experience with book fairs or who are willing to learn, send me an email.


Lastly, the calendar of events for the month are also listed below. For specific events for your child's classrooms, reach out to their homeroom teacher.


In Service,

Mrs. Sarah P. Grafton

September 2022 Events!

September

1 - Jostens on campus to measure for Senior cap and gowns and Junior class rings

5 - No School Labor Day Holiday

7 - Beginning of Grade 3 Assessment - BOG3

8 - International Day of Literacy

13- Coffee with Counselors 8:30 - 9:30

15 - Coffee with Counselors 8:30 - 9:30

15 - Board of Directors Meeting, 6:30 https://zoom.us/j/93748925338?pwd=a21xOHY2Y0RURjdUaEMzYnNqdDZUZz09

19 - Required Teacher Workday - No School for Students

20 - Remote Learning Day - Student will work from home. Contact the teacher for questions.

21 - Progress Reports go home

21 - International Day of Peace - wear a shirt depicting peace or the color blue with uniform bottoms

22 - Senior Pictures - More information to come to Seniors soon

28 - 6:00 High School's National Honor Society Induction Ceremony


Upcoming

Pictures Days!

K-5 is October 24th - wear a white polo

6-12 is October 26th - wear a white polo

Makeup Day is November 17th

Senior Cap and Gown Orders with Jostens

Jostens will be on campus to measure Seniors for their cap and gowns and to help Juniors with ordering class rings. Order forms were sent home with students last week. If you did not receive a packet, see Mr. Grant.


The information for cap and gowns can be found below.

Technology at CIS

All students have access to laptops in their classrooms. The Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) must be signed and returned to your student's homeroom teacher. Families can also purchase insurance through One Safe Laptop Insurance. The school's district ID is DIST0095.


22-23 technology fee can be paid online through K12Payment.

Technology forms can be found below.

Athletics

Fall Basketball Clinic for Grades 3-5

CIS Athletic Department is proud to offer Fall Basketball clinics a 6-week-long basketball programs for aspiring young minds. For more information, please email Anthony at the email listed below. The 6-week long instructional sessions combine fundamental skill instruction and coordination individual skills, goal setting, developmental enhancement skills and providing an enjoyable & educational fall athletic event. Participants will benefit by improving their individual/cooperative skills such as: working as a team, passing skills, dribbling skills, offensive and defensive sets!!!!


See the attachment below to sign up.

GREAT THINGS ARE HAPPENING AT CIS!

From the Counselors

Bags of Hope

We are very fortunate to have several community organizations that offer their time and resources to our students. Bags of Hope has partnered with our school to provide food for families in challenging financial situations and are in need of food assistance.

Bags of Hope provides a backpack filled with easy-to-use foods for your child to help stretch your food budget dollars on weekends. This backpack of food will be provided at no cost to your family. Your student is invited to participate in this program.


If you are interested in participating, please complete the form below. The information you are providing is for record keeping purposes only and will only be shared between Bags of Hope and your school's Bags of Hope coordinators.


English: https://forms.gle/barbXv7bVZ2vG5sG6

Spanish: https://forms.gle/Xn1fGHenjk4TUenW8


Ms. Szikszai and Ms. Huckabey

Coffee with Counselors

Come meet the CIS school counselors over coffee and donuts!

Tuesday, September 13th, 8:30-9:30 (zoom session to follow from 9:30-10:00)


Thursday, September 15th, 8:30-9:30 (zoom session to follow from 9:30-10:00)

Community Needs - Counselor Survey

Community Needs Resource Survey


The School Counseling Department is aware that members in our community are in need of assistance with food and housing services. We would like to provide assistance in meeting these needs. Please complete this confidential survey and a school counselor will contact you.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kS1pcMppX-PxYyHDNqma7aqd21m0ZEm11UDUcGQ3pLs/edit

Comet Cafe - Ordering lunches has never been easier!

Carolina International School has partnered with BOONLI to provide a secure, fast, and easy-to-use online ordering system that allows you to view our lunch menu, order, prepay and manage student lunches from their smartphone, tablet or computer. The full flyer can be found at c12345_4edc1de36ac04b82a231661ee763a5f4.pdf (ciscomets.com)


Registration and Ordering is now OPEN!

NEW PARENTS Go To: www.cometscafe.com - (please bookmark this page)

Click Create an Account:

Password is: CIS6

Enter information and click Submit

Enter information for your students,

Add Profile.

Repeat for any additional students Click I’m Done and Sign In


RETURNING PARENTS Go To: www.cometscafe.com (please bookmark this page)

Sign In - no need to create a new account

Update Profile(s) - click on profile name, add new information for the new school year & click “update profile”

To Delete Profile - If a profile is no longer needed, click on profile name & click “remove profile”

Bricks 4 Kidz

The Bricks 4 Kidz® program provides a fun and exciting, hands-on approach to learning through the use of LEGO® bricks and our proprietary battery operated, motorized models. Your child’s imagination and creativity will soar during our unique and educational sessions. This unparalleled program incorporates one of the best-selling toys of all time, LEGO bricks, with interesting and dynamic models for students to enjoy. Children will be exposed to important Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematical concepts while having fun!


Grades: K-5 Cost: $135 Dates: 8 Classes September12th – November 14th


Register Now https://my.bricks4kidznow.com Email Lporretta@bricks4kidz.com or call 704-213-1851 for more information.

Performing Arts Booster Club

The Performing Arts Booster Club (PABC) is collecting empty pouches of Little Bites. The drop-off crate is located on the first floor, near the vending machine.


PABC is also selling Weekly CIS Planners. Get one yours today! The planner contains all important dates that appear on the 2022-2023 CIS Calendar. They are $10.00 each. You can pay via Cash App through the QR code below. Please enter your child/children first and last name and the grade level. Agendas will be given directly to the students on Friday afternoons.

Science Olympiad Parent Meeting

Science Olympiad Video Parent Meeting.


Science Olympiad is for middle and high school students. It is a competition that involves 18 STEM events. Each student usually prepares for 2 of these events.


If you are interested in learning more Hans and Megan Furlough will be hosting a Teams meeting on September 7th from 7:00-7:30. Please contact the Coaches at hansfurlough@ciscomets.com or meganfurlough@ciscomets.com for a Teams link to the meeting.

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