Cheetah Chatter Parent Update

Chapel District Elementary School September 10th-17th

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9/13 CDES Spirit Night at Panera Bread- Come Support Chapel!

Chapel Families,

We have finished our second week of school #CDES STRONG! Also, our bus and car rider arrival and dismissal have become much more efficient, so thank you for all your help in adhering to our new procedures!

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.

As we are heading into the 3rd week of school, please be sure to keep your child home if they are not feeling well and to let the school nurse know. 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.

We are also looking for any parents or family members to join our CDES Parent Advisory Committee. Meetings are held via Zoom for your convenience at 5:00 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Please email Dr. Clow if you are interested (

Wishing our families a wonderful weekend and please remember those brave Americans who lost their lives on 9/11, with the 20th anniversary approaching tomorrow. Chapel students participated in a moment of silence on morning announcements this morning, and several grade levels are doing lessons on the events of 9/11 and talking about the importance of our everyday heroes (police, fire fighters, first responders).

Have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you at Chapel's Panera Bread Spirit Night Monday from 5-9 p.m.! We broke Dairy Queen's sales record in the spring with our last fundraiser and are anticipating another large turnout from our Chapel Cheetah families!


Dr. Kari M. Clow

CDES Principal

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CDES Spirit Night at Panera Bread 9/13

Want an easy way to help CDES raise money for the upcoming school year? Bring the whole family and participate in our Panera Bread fundraiser on September 13th from 5-9 p.m. Please be sure to show the flyer to mention to the cashier that you are supporting Chapel District Elementary School, in order for our school to get credit. 20% of sales will get donated back to CDES, which will be used for our PBIS incentives for students! Thank you for supporting CDES!

For an online Rapid Pick-up/ Curbside order to count towards your fundraiser night, customers MUST enter the promo code “PRFUND” on the promotional flyer when checking out. If the code is not entered, we will be unable to track and record the transaction.

If you place a delivery order, your order must be placed through delivery service. Just like RPU/ Curbside, the Promo code must be entered at checkout. We cannot track orders placed through DoorDash, UberEats, GrubHub, or Postmates.

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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 September 14th. 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 (
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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!

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CDES Important Times to Remember

8:35 a.m.- Doors Open

8:35-8:55 a.m.- Arrival/Drop off/Breakfast

8:55 a.m.- Instruction begins, Students Marked Late After 9:00 a.m.

3:35 p.m- Dismissal Begins

3:35-3:55 p.m.- Dismissal of car riders and bus riders

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

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CDES Back to School Night

Please join us Thursday, September 23rd from 6:00-7:30 p.m. for our Back to School Night! Families will be able to briefly visit classrooms, while we will have a community fair in the gymnasium with local community organizations and businesses. Meet all of your child's teachers and learn more about Chapel District Elementary School!

**CDES will consult with TCPS and the Talbot County Health Department to monitor Covid rates within the community. If this event has to be canceled, families will be notified.

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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


*9/13- CDES Panera Bread Spirit Night 5-9 p.m. (must mention CDES to get credit)

*9/14- Parent Advisory Committee Meeting 5:00 p.m. (Zoom)

*9/15- TCPS BOE Meeting 6:00 p.m.

*9/14- PTO Meeting 6:30 p.m. (You may attend in Media Center or on Zoom)

*9/20-9/24- Fall MCAP Testing (Grades 3-5)

*9/23- Back to School Night 6:00-7:30 p.m. (Please note this date was changed!)

*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)

*10/12- 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.

Communications Platforms- PowerSchool Parent Portal, School Messenger

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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, September 14th 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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