Staff Comet Connection
CIS Family Newsletter
Dear CIS Families,
I hope everyone had a wonderful break and enjoyed their time with friends and family! It was a much needed opportunity to rest and reconnect.
Please see the updates for the week ahead below and throughout the newsletter:
Service Project Needs:
Please be reminded that we are collecting items to donate to homeless shelters this winter on December 15th. In order to collect these items, we are in need of several LARGE boxes to collect these items. If you are able to drop off a box to collect the items below, we would GREATLY appreciate it! One box per class or grade level would be GREAT.
Donations are as follows:
K-3- Coat Drive
4-5 Shoe Drive- Ms. Hieb also shared this resource for this particular drive: https://soles4souls.org/
6-8 Canned Food Drive/ Food Pantry
9-10 Sock Drive
11-12 Hat/Scarf/Glove Drive
School pictures taken at CAROLINA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL on 11/13/2023 are now available for parents to view and order online. Please help spread the word by copying and pasting this info onto your school’s website, social media, emails from teachers or administrators to parents, your school’s newsletter, etc.
School Pictures are Ready!
View and order at https://shop.jostenspix.com/login
- CAROLINA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
- Event Code: FE281823
- Also Needed: Powerschool Unique Student ID
Also, if your school signed up for it, an email from JostensPIX will be sent within 24 hours to parents with a link to the JostensPIX website.
Upcoming College and Career Readiness Initiatives December 4-8
Detailed schedule of events and activities linked HERE.
Environmental and International Update:
A grant has been submitted for a native pollinator garden in the courtyard where the mulch bed is currently. We hope to hear some good news in February with the results!
Grants are currently being written for the remaining courtyard area to act as an outdoor learning space, natural play area, and community garden. We are excited about these developments!
We are expecting a replacement of the greenhouse in early 2024 and the refurbishment of our existing fenced garden beds
Ms. Steele is continuing to develop new resources for our nature trail and hope to share these with you in the new year!
Ms. Steele is also working on writing an extensive Environmental Curriculum Essential for K-8 for teaching next academic year and exploring the idea of Capstone Projects for high schoolers.
High School Exams
Upcoming exams have been scheduled. Specific details about your individual scholar's exam schedule will be sent from their classroom teachers.
Notes from the Nurse!
Flu season is upon us, don’t wait to get the flu shot for your family! The upcoming fall break is a great time to get vaccinated. Here are some local resources to get the flu shot, and most also offer COVID booster shots.
- Cabarrus Co. Health Dept. https://www.cabarrushealth.org/232/Make-an-Appointment
- Mecklenburg Co. Health Dept. https://health.mecknc.gov/clinical-services/immunizations
- Harris Teeter Pharmacy https://www.harristeeter.com/health/clinic/schedule-appointment
- CVS Minute Clinic https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/
November is Epilepsy Awareness Month! In honor of both staff and students on campus who have been diagnosed with Epilepsy, I would like to increase awareness about this disease and how it can impact individuals we know and care about. " By educating the public, we can promote understanding and encourage support for individuals living with epilepsy. Knowledge empowers communities to provide better care, offer assistance during seizures, and create a more inclusive and compassionate environment (Eplilepsy Foundation, 2023)." Please feel free to share these resources with students as well.
What is Epilepsy?: https://www.epilepsy.com/what-is-epilepsy
Causes of Epilepsy?: https://www.epilepsy.com/causes
Complications and Risk: https://www.epilepsy.com/complications-risks
Lost and Found
Parents, please encourage your scholars to check the Lost and Found by the front office for lost items. Please also check their items upon their return home to ensure that the items that they bring home are in fact theirs. Oftentimes, parents will label their scholar's clothing and personal items with their names. This makes it easily identifiable. Thank you in advance for your assistance with this matter!
Access link to Before and After School Care Registration below using QR Code.
Excused Absences and Attendance
Here at CIS every day counts and attendance matters. Our Attendance Team will be closely monitoring and tracking attendance. All NC approved absences must reported and documents uploaded through this system.
Please direct parents to use this form to enter in excuses for absences.
If students come to your classroom with a tardy note, they have already been marked tardy. If they come to you tardy without a tardy note, you will either have to change their attendance record to reflect the tardy or send them back down to the front desk to be marked tardy and get a tardy note.
Month at a Glance
November 28th- PTSO Virtual Meeting Nov 28th at 630 PM
Please join the PTSO for a Volunteer Meeting on Tuesday Nov 28th at 630 PM via link below to hear more about plans for 2024 and see how you can help participate. We are in need of many volunteers for events and ongoing activities. Thank you for your support and see you then!
Link to attend: https://meet.google.com/zib-jtws-gdg
November 27th-30th- NC Check-in - Virtual Day not needed (only Biology will test and this does not require a virtual day)
December 4-8- College and Career Readiness Week (details linked above).
December 6th- PTSO Holiday Store Kickoff Date
December 12-Winter Contata @ 6:00 pm
December 13- Winter Band Concert
December 18-January 3- Winter Break
January 4- School Resumes