Cheetah Chatter Parent Update

Chapel District Elementary School September 17th-24th

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Upcoming Spirit Week, Fall MCAP Testing Grades 4 & 5

Hello, Chapel Families!

We will have our first spirit week September 20th-24th for our 'Start With Hello' campaign sponsored by the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation. This campaign helps bring awareness to the importance of building socially inclusive learning environments for all students. Below outlines each day:

Monday 9/20- "Show your Chapel Cheetah Pride" (wear black and gold)

Tuesday 9/21- "Crazy For Kindness" (crazy socks, hair, or mismatched clothes)

Wednesday 9/22- "Wear Your Favorite Shirt" (wear your favorite shirt with favorite team, cartoon, game, or band to see who else likes it, too)

Thursday 9/23-"Peace Love and Kindness" (wear your favorite tie dye gear)

Friday 9/24- "Forget Me Not Friday" (wear green to show support for including others so they are not alone)

Grades 4 & 5 will also be participating in Fall MCAP testing in ELA and Math. Please see the testing schedule further down in the newsletter. Please reach out to Mrs. Palmer if you have any questions (

Chapel District Elementary School was featured at the September 15th TCPS BOE meeting regarding creative use of student interventions and our newly formed W.I.N. ("What I Need") block in grades 3-5. A special thank you to Mrs. Amy Palmer and Mrs. Becky Crawford for assisting in our presentation to the board of education! (PowerPoint presentation further down in newsletter).

This past week MSDE has advised local schools regarding masks during P.E. class. When students are actively engaged in an exercise activity students will NOT be required to wear a mask. Starting Monday, students will no longer have to wear masks during P.E. while engaged in exercise activity. Students will continue to be 3 ft distanced when possible.

Please be reminded that your child should bring a water bottle to school every day, as well as a mask with several extra clean masks in their book bags. Sometimes students like to change their masks out throughout the day. Also, please be reminded that mesh masks are not allowed.

Please be sure to keep your child home if they are not feeling well and let the school nurse and your child's teacher know (Nurse- TCPS follows strict guidance from the Talbot County Health Department on quarantine procedures when a student is sick or exhibits Covid-19 symptoms. In addition, please make sure you send a parent or doctor's note if your child is absent for any reason.

Thank you for your support at our Panera Bread Spirit Night Monday evening! Please read further down in our newsletter for exciting PTO events and fundraiser announcements. Have a great weekend!


Dr. Kari M. Clow

CDES Principal

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TCPS BOE Celebrates Chapel's 21-22 Theme- Here Comes the Sun!

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CDES Presentation to TCPS BOE 9/15/21

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CDES Picture Day- September 30th!

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CDES Parent Advisory Committee

We will be having our Parent Advisory Committee meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of the month on Zoom at 5:00 p.m. Our next meeting is October 12th. We invite previous Parent Advisory Committee members, as well as new ones to join! During our PAC meetings, we ask for input and feedback from Chapel families on various topics to improve you and your child's school experience. Please email Dr. Clow if you would like to join (
TCPS FROG For Parents

Links to assist parents navigating FROG, as well as HelpDesk contacts for each TCPS school.

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How We Recognize Students at CDES for Positive Behavior!

Students at CDES can be recognized with a Positive Office Referral by any staff member for showing their P.A.W.S. Students can receive a positive office referral by going above and beyond every day to show their P.A.W.S.!

*Pay attention

*Act responsibly

*Work to do their best

*Show respect

Students can also receive small P.A.W.S. daily when they follow school rules. Students then write their name on these P.A.W.S. coupons, which go into their classroom envelope for weekly drawings for the prize cart on Fridays.

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Chapel Cheetah Champs!

Here Comes the Bus App -Now Available- Track Your Child's Bus in Real Time!

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CDES Back to School Night Cancelled 9/23

Due to rising Covid-19 rates within Talbot County and TCPS, we will be cancelling our Back to School Night on 9/23. We are still hoping to have our Parent Day on November 10th and are hoping to do a CDES Academic Night that same week. Stay tuned!


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Additional Snacks at Lunch

If you would like your child to be able to purchase additional snacks at lunch (chips, ice cream, cookies), you may upload money to your child's MySchoolBucks account through the app. You can also send money in with your child. Breakfast and lunch will continue to be free for all children during the 21-22 school year; however, these additional snacks must be purchased.
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Please Be Sure to Complete the Free and Reduced Meals Application- It benefits CDES and TCPS!

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Important Upcoming Dates


*9/20-9/24- Fall MCAP Testing (Grades 4-5)

*9/20-9/24- Start With Hello Spirit Week

*9/23- Interim 1 Ends

*9/29- Interims Issued

*9/30- Picture Day!


*10/1- Early Dismissal/Parent Teacher Conferences PM- 12:20 p.m. dismissal

*10/6-Grandparents Club Meeting 6:00 p.m. (You may attend in Media Center or on Zoom)

*10/9- CDES PTO Fall Festival 12-3 p.m.

*10/12- Parent Advisory Committee Meeting 5:00 p.m. (Zoom)

*10/12- PTO Meeting 6:30 p.m. (You may attend in Media Center or on Zoom)

*10/25-10/29- Red Ribbon Week

*10/29- CDES Halloween Celebration, Early Dismissal 12:20 p.m.

TCPS Attendance Policy

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Research on Child Development

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Available Designs- CDES Online Spirit Wear Store!

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CDES PTO Updates

PTO Officers:

Co- Presidents: Bernadette Golt and Taren Knopp

Vice President: Katie Callahan

Treasurer: Julie Callahan

Secretary: Ashley Foster

PTO Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Meetings held in person in the Media Center OR you can attend virtually on Zoom!

*Next PTO Meeting: Tuesday, October 12th at 6:30 p.m-

*Please email any questions or comments to

Please link your E-Vic Card TODAY! You must renew your membership each year. Thank you!

Support Our PTO- Re-Link or Link Your Harris Teeter E-Vic Card! Must renew this annually!

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CDES Grandparents Club Info

President: Mike Butler

Vice President: Carla Callahan

Treasurer: Cindy Doupnik

*Meetings will take place the first Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. Meetings held in person in the Media Center OR you can attend virtually on Zoom!

Next Grandparents Club Meeting: October 6th at 6:00 p.m

Zoom link-

Please be sure to print out the Grandparents Club membership form below, complete, and to pay your $5 dues to be a member! We are looking for new members!

Download the BoxTops App Today to Support CDES for the 2021-2022 School Year!

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