CCS Newsletter

September 22, 2017


Mrs. Gerson’s class made a donation to the Charlotte food shelf - tomatoes, ground cherries and Hubbard squash. Karen Doris, in the center, reminded us that Kris Gerson was one of the food shelf founders. We are proud that our CCS gardens are able to share fresh food with our community!

Third Graders took a trip to Shelburne Farms on Wednesday to answer the question, "Where does our food come from?" Students visited three stations - the field, the forest and the animals. They harvested corn and popped it over an open fire - it was delicious and nutritious! ​​Students spent time with animals and made a bracelet ​​from wool. The weather was perfect and everyone had a wonderful time asking questions and making discoveries ​​together.​

CCS faculty member, Ann Foster, took some wonderful pictures this week of our students while they enjoyed recess.


Stephanie, Jen and Cassandra


Friday, September 22nd

Grade 6-8 Dance!!, MPR, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Tuesday, September 26th

Early Dismissal, 1:55pm

Tuesday, October 3rd

Early Dismissal, 1:55pm

Friday, October 6th

CVSD Team Spelling Bee, at WCS, 8:30am

Monday, October 9th

School Safety Week!

Tuesday, October 10th

Early Dismissal, 1:55pm

K-4 Fire Safety for schedule details.

Thursday, October 12th

PTO Meeting, CCS Library, 6:00pm.

Topic: Proficiency Based Learning and Your Child

Tuesday, October 17th

Early Dismissal, 1:55pm

CVSD Board Meeting, CVU Rm 160, 6:00pm

Wednesday, October 18th

5-8 Fire Safety for schedule details.

Thursday, October 19th

Make-Up Picture Day!

Friday, October 20th

NO SCHOOL - Parent / Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, October 24th

Early Dismissal, 1:55pm

Tuesday, October 31st

Halloween Parade - watch newsletter for more details

Early Dismissal, 1:55pm



With the reopening of the cafeteria, we will be using the cafeteria for morning drop-off and morning care. If you plan on using morning care at CCS, please use the cafeteria entrance only - there will be no supervision in the MPR! The availability of both the east and west entrances should greatly ease the “bottleneck” problem at the flagpole on both ends of the day!


We have found that moving the pickup spot for the cafeteria entrance out near the library has made afternoon pickup both more efficient and safe. We plan to use this plan going forward, so please keep pulling forward to the cones to pick up your student.

General Safety Guidelines and Requests:

Safety is our number one priority during morning drop-off and afternoon pickup! In order to ensure the safety of all CCS students, staff and families, we kindly ask that you follow these guidelines:

  • Do not pass cars that are still loading or unloading students! Passing a car on the right or left during this time puts students in great danger. We have previously attempted having students only enter/exit cars on one side, but that is not sustainable. The safest, most efficient practice is for cars to stay in line and wait their turn.
  • If your child is having difficulty getting in or out of your vehicle, please assist them, ask for help or safely exit the loading areas, pull into the area of the diagonal lines (flagpole entrance only) so that you are out of the traffic pattern and can help your child get ready to come into the school.
  • Plan ahead! If possible, have your children sit in the most efficient seats possible in your vehicle (following legal requirements, of course!).
  • In the mornings, we offer childcare/supervision in the cafeteria beginning at 7:30 a.m. If you need to get out of the parking lot quickly, this is a good option!
  • If you walk your child to and from your vehicle, rather than staying in line, you must have them with you. Children may not run ahead or run out to meet you, no matter their age.

Thank you in advance for your assistance in keeping all of our CCS students and staff members safe!


Students in grades 5-8 who choose to participate in band or chorus will receive a music handbook. This handbook contains important information regarding concert dates, grading policies, rehearsal etiquette, and more. This document is a contract between the teacher(s), parent(s), and student that must be abided by during the 2017-2018 school year.

The last page of the handbook must be signed by the student and parent/guardian, then returned to Mr. Smith or Mrs. Littlefield by September 28th.

A digital copy of the handbook will be put on our CCS music website for future reference. (The website is coming soon!)

Thanks for your continued support of the CCS music program!


We expect that the cafeteria will be open for business on Monday, September 25th! A great deal of teamwork has gone into making our temporary lunchroom work for students in the past four weeks. Our custodial and maintenance staff has worked hard to balance the extra work, our kitchen staff has been creative and flexible, and students and staff have been open-minded and helpful during lunch and snack times. We are really looking forward to being back in the cafeteria!


Proficiency-Based Learning and Your Child

Thursday, October 12, 2017

6:00 -7:00 p.m. CCS Library

Purpose: To help our parents partner with our school in the education of our kids by providing a deeper understanding of proficiency-based learning (PBL) in the Champlain Valley School District.

This evening will include a presentation and discussion with principals and instructional coaches. We will address what learning, assessment, and communication of student progress looks like in Grades 5, 6, 7, and 8, in the PBL model.

Don’t miss this great opportunity!!

Co-sponsored by your CCS PTO and administration.

For more information contact Stephanie Sumner or Jen Roth


There are many ways to be involved this school year, from one-time events like the Champ Run to ongoing teacher appreciation lunches. Since some of the choices have changed since last year and we have a new system for collecting this information, please go to the link below and submit a form with your information and preferences.

Here's the volunteer link:

Please contact Beth Cullen at with questions.
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