Cheetah Chatter Parent Update

Chapel District Elementary School Nov. 19th-26th

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Recent Honors for Chapel District Elementary School!

Hello, Chapel Families!

We are so excited to share that Chapel District Elementary School has been recognized as a 2022 U.S. World and News BEST Elementary School! CDES placed in the top 30% of Maryland public elementary schools in the state, thus allowing us to receive this prestigious award. We are beyond proud and honored for this distinction and would like to thank our hard working and dedicated Chapel staff, students, families, and community. Without each of you, this would not be possible! WE ARE #CDES STRONG!

In addition, CDES has been nominated as a finalist in APG Chesapeake's Best of the Best Public Schools! The winner will be announced in December. Thank you to all of our Chapel families for voting and recognizing CDES as a finalist!

Lastly, CDES was awarded 7 Badges of Success as a Maryland PBIS School! We are excited to add these recent honors to our past GOLD school awards!

Our Grandparents Club fundraiser (cookies, pies, butter hearts) items will be delivered TODAY! Please be sure to pick up your items from the cafeteria between 2:30-4:30 p.m.

We are accepting donations for our Giving Tree gift card program through November 22nd. We are in need of additional donations! Please reach out to Mrs. Tillman ( with questions. Giving Tree donations go directly back to our Chapel families, so thank you for considering donating.

Classroom tree ornaments are due November 30th! Ornaments are for trees that will be auctioned off at our Breakfast with Santa event on December 4th.

We are so thankful for our Chapel staff, students, families, and community! Wishing all of our families a relaxing and safe Thanksgiving. We are truly blessed at CDES because of each of you!


Dr. Kari M. Clow

CDES Principal

2021 Chesapeake Best of the Best Public School Finalist!

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Chapel District Awarded 7 Badges of Success As Maryland PBIS School!

We are excited to announce that CDES was awarded 7 Badges of Success from PBIS Maryland for the 20-21 school year! PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports and is a program implemented at CDES that promotes recognizing positive student behavior. CDES is a certified PBIS school that has earned gold distinction in the past and now has excelled in earning al seven badges of success awarded by PBIS Maryland. CDES was recognized for the following badges for the 20-21 school year:

  • Teamwork Makes the Dreamwork
  • Data on My Mind
  • Tier 2
  • The Power of Teaching
  • Our Classroom, Our Community
  • Community Connections
  • Instructional and Restorative Responding


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CDES Giving Tree!

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...

We will be helping some of our Chapel families have a happy holiday season this year. We will be collecting gift cards to help ease the financial burden for families in need. If you would like to help brighten the holiday for these families, please send gift cards by November 22nd to:

Chapel District Elementary School

11430 Cordova Road

Cordova, Maryland 21625

Att'n: Jane Tillman

Feel free to contact me at with any questions. Thank you so much for giving! We are in need of more gift cards at this time!

Higginbottom Orthodontics Donates Turkeys!

Doctors Kyle and Erik Higginbottom donated turkeys for Chapel families in need for Thanksgiving meals. Turkeys will be paired with canned good collected by Chapel students to create holiday meals for our families. Thank you to Higginbottom Orthodontics for being one of our longest standing community partners!
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Breakfast With Santa- 12/4/21 8:30-11:00 a.m.

We are excited to bring back our Breakfast with Santa event! Please be reminded that all those attending will need to wear a mask, as the event is being held in a TCPS school building. If you do not have a mask, you will not be allowed to enter. The event will be from 8:30-11:00 a.m. with breakfast items available, pictures with Santa, and our silent auction. Thank you to our Grandparents Club and PTO for this event!

Lost and Found- Please Claim Items!


We have TONS of Lost and Found items! Please claim if any of these items are your child's!

Students Recognized for Quarter 1 Awards

Students in grades PK-5 were recognized on Thursday with awards earned for Quarter 1. All students and their awards are posted on our "Chapel Cheetah News" FaceBook page. Congratulations, Cheetahs!

Student Illness/Covid Info

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My Child is Sick! What should I do???

We will continue to keep you informed of Covid updates. Please see the TCPS link below that shows Covid cases and quarantined students by TCPS school below.

Basically if children show any signs of illness there are three options:

1) Stay home for 10 days, may return with no fever for 24 hours and resolution of symptoms

2) Get tested, return with proof of negative PCR test result and resolution of symptoms

3) See a doctor and get a differential diagnosis/note and have no fever for 24 hours and resolution of symptoms

My Child Has Been Deemed a Close Contact! Now What?

For future reference, if your child is deemed a close contact, you will receive a text message and email from the school, as well as a quarantine letter from the Talbot County Health Department that outlines the dates of your child's quarantine, information about Covid testing, and a return to school date. You may reach out to our school nurse, Christa Johns, with any questions you may have ( If your child has to quarantine, work will be provided and your child's teacher will check in/provide office hours as needed. In addition, your child's absences will be excused. We will continue to use enhanced cleaning procedures and follow TCPS protocols to ensure student and staff safety.
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TCPS FROG For Parents

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

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R.I.S.E Program Has Started, Volunteers Needed

Looking for a way to give back to your community? Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Mrs. Jane Tillman, to see how you can volunteer at CDES. We are always looking for volunteers to read with students for our RISE program, work with small groups of students, shelve books in the media center, etc. Reach out to if you are interested!
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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.

Chapel Cheetah Champs!

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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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Important Upcoming Dates


*11/19- Fundraiser items pick-up- CDES Cafeteria 2:30-4:30 p.m.

*11/19- TCPS Education Foundation Mission Possible Event 5-8 p.m. (Virtual)

*11/24-11/28- Thanksgiving Break, NO School

*11/29- 5th Grade D.A.R.E. Begins

*11/30- Classroom tree ornaments due


*12/1- Grandparents Club Meeting 6:00 p.m. (You may attend in Media Center or on Zoom)

*12/4- PTO Breakfast with Santa 8:30-11 a.m. (Masks required)

*12/14- Parent Advisory Committee Meeting 5:00 p.m. (Zoom)

*12/14- PTO Meeting 6:30 p.m. (You may attend in Media Center or on Zoom)

*12/16- Quarter 2 Interim Ends

*12/17- 5th Grade D.A.R.E. Ends

*12/21- Youth Mental Health First Aid Training 5:30-8:30 virtual

*12/22- Youth Mental Health First Aid Training 1-4 in person

*12/22- Quarter 2 Interims Issued, Early Dismissal 12:20 p.m. dismissal

*12/23-1/2- TCPS Winter Break

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, December 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: December 1st 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!

Our ButterBraids fundraiser is due November 15th! Get your orders in for the holidays! Order forms went home with students in their take home folders.

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

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