Cheetah Chatter Parent Update

Chapel District Elementary School October 29th-November 5th

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Book Fair 11/3-11/10 and Picture Day 11/8

Hello, Chapel Families!

Just a reminder that today, October 29th is an Early Dismissal day with a 12:20 p.m. dismissal time. We are looking forward to our school and classroom celebrations! Today is also the end of Quarter 1. For students in grades 3-5, please be sure all assignments have been turned into their teacher. Report cards for Quarter 1 will be issued electronically through email on Friday, November 5th.

We will be holding a CDES Scholastic Book Fair November 3rd-10th! The book fair is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. We will have grade-level specific buy days for any parents or family members who would like to visit our media center and purchase books. This will help us limit the amount of visitors on any given day. Visiting parents/family members will need to buzz into the front office, sign in, and wear a visitors badge prior to going to the Media Center. You will also have the option to purchase books online! Flyers will go home explaining the Scholastic eWallet and online options. Proceeds from the book fair will support our Grandparents Club and CDES!

11/3- PK (10 a.m.- 3 p.m.)

11/4- Kindergarten (10 a.m.- 3 p.m.)

11/5- 1st (10 a.m.- 3 p.m.)

11/8-2nd/3rd (10 a.m.- 3 p.m.)

11/9- 4th/5th (10 a.m.- 3 p.m.)

11/10- Any grade level- Last Day to Buy! (10 a.m.- 3 p.m.)

Today is the last day to order your CDES PTO Cookbook! Order forms were sent home in take home folders, or please see order form linked below. Cookbooks are $15.

LifeTouch has rescheduled our picture date for Monday, November 8th. If you have already paid online, your order will roll over for the 11/8 picture date.

Our Grandparents Club is currently selling Butter Hearts pastries, pies, and cookies. Order forms are due November 10th. Get your orders in before the holidays! Order forms went home in students' take home folders. Item delivery/pick-up will be November 19th at CDES.

We are accepting donations for our Giving Tree gift card program through November 15th. Please reach out to Mrs. Tillman ( with questions.

We are also beginning to collect Veterans Day pictures for our CDES Veterans Day video! If you have a family member or friend who has served in the military, or who is currently serving, please email your picture to Dr. Clow and Mrs. Leffler (, and include the following:

  • Veteran's name
  • Branch of Military
  • Years of Service
  • How veteran is related to your child (grandfather, uncle, aunt, mom, dad, cousin, friend, etc.) and your child's name

We hope everyone has a safe and FUN Halloween this weekend!


Dr. Kari M. Clow

CDES Principal

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Pre-K Fun This Week!

Students in Mrs. Marvel, Ms. Stevens, and Mrs. West's PK classes had an amazing week! Students celebrated their Raise a Reader kick-off with a pajama day on Thursday, as well as bringing in their favorite book to read. Students also made pumpkin bread and practiced making their letter of the week- P!

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Logan Charest and Cara Hughes will be offering the Youth Mental Health First Aid Training to community members, parents and grandparents on November 11th, virtually, from 9-3. Please email Cara Hughes or Logan Charest at or if you are interested. See the attached flyer for more details.
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Bus Driver Appreciation Week

Last week was National School Bus Safety Week, which is a perfect time to recognize our hard working and dedicated TCPS/CDES bus drivers! Drivers received a goodie bag with CDES gear, treats, and cards from students. Thank you to our amazing bus drivers for all they do to keep our students safe! We appreciate YOU! #NationalSchoolBusSafetyWeek

212- Mr. Ted

223- Mr. Mike

238- Mr. Bruce

229- Ms. Carol

242- Ms. Darlene

214- Mr. John

232- Ms. Nichele

207- Ms. Emma

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We Need Pictures of Our Veterans!

We are collecting pictures of veterans who are also friends and family of our Chapel Cheetahs to be featured in our CDES Veterans Day video. Please email your picture to Dr. Clow and Mrs. Leffler (, and include the following:

  • Veteran's name
  • Branch of Military
  • Years of Service
  • How veteran is related to your child (grandfather, uncle, aunt, mom, dad, cousin, friend, etc.) and your child's name
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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 15th 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!

Student Illness/Covid Info

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.

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Chapel Cheetah Champs!


If you receive a FARMS letter that states your family does not qualify for free lunch, all students' lunches/breakfasts will remain free regardless of this letter! For the entire 21-22 school year, ALL students will receive free meals. We just encourage TCPS families to complete the FARMS forms to assist with additional funding.
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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


*11/1- Start of Chapel Kids Care Food Drive (Ends 11/18)

*11/3- Grandparents Club Meeting 6:00 p.m. (You may attend in Media Center or on Zoom)

*11/3-11/10- CDES Book Fair in Media Center

*11/5- Quarter 1 Report Cards Issued

*11/8- Picture Day!

*11/8- Student Flu Clinic 4-6 p.m.

*11/9- Parent Advisory Committee Meeting 5:00 p.m. (Zoom)

*11/9- PTO Meeting 6:30 p.m. (You may attend in Media Center or on Zoom)

*11/10- Parents Day, Veterans Day Program, Early Dismissal (12:20 p.m.)

*11/11- Veterans Day, No School for Students/Teacher Inservice Day

*11/11- Youth Mental Health First Aid Virtual Training (Parents/Community welcome) 9-3

*11/12- NO SCHOOL- TCPS Closed (Waterfowl Festival Weekend)

*11/15-11/19- American Education Week (Spirit Week, Quarter 1 Awards)

*11/19- TCPS Education Foundation Mission Possible Event 5-8 p.m. (Tickets must be purchased)

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

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


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

*12/4- PTO Breakfast with Santa 9-11 a.m.

*12/9- Tentative CDES Winter Concert

*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, November 9th 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: November 3rd 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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