Cheetah Chatter Parent Update

Chapel District Elementary School October 15th-22nd

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Thank You for Your Support!

Hello, Chapel Families!


Thank you to all of our Chapel families for supporting our PTO Fall Festival last weekend! We had a wonderful turnout, our families had a blast, and our PTO was able to raise about $6,000. It was a true success and we would like to thank our hard working PTO officers for making this great event happen (Bernadette Golt, Taren Knopp, Katie Callahan, Ashley Foster, Julie Callahan). We appreciate your support!


LifeTouch has rescheduled our picture date for November 8th. If you have already paid online, your order will roll over for the 11/8 picture date. We will send new order forms home closer to Picture Day.


Friday, October 29th is an Early Dismissal day with a 12:20 p.m. dismissal time. That morning we will will have our CDES Halloween Celebration, which will include students dressing up in their costumes and class parties. This will be a students only event, as we are trying to limit the amount of visitors in/out of the school building. Please ensure your child's costume is school appropriate and reach out to your child's teacher with any 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 (kari.clow@talbotschools.org, aleffler@talbotschools.org) 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 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


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 (christa.johns@talbotschools.org). If your child has to quarantine, work will be provided and your child's teacher will check in/provide office hours as needed. We will continue to use enhanced cleaning procedures and follow TCPS protocols to ensure student and staff safety.


We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!


Sincerely,


Dr. Kari M. Clow


CDES Principal

PTO Fall Festival!

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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 (kari.clow@talbotschools.org, aleffler@talbotschools.org) 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 jtillman@talbotschools.org with any questions. Thank you so much for giving!

Community Helpers Visit Kindergarten!

A special thank you to Dft. Tony London ("Mr. Tony" our School Resource Officer), Tim Streckfus, and volunteers from the Cordova Volunteer Fire Department for visiting our Kindergarten students on 10/8 to teach us about their special jobs. We appreciate all you do to keep our community safe!

Student Illness/Covid Info

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at CDES!

Students celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month September 15th-October 15th by having 5th grade guest speakers on morning announcements read about famous Hispanic Americans and their contributions. We also had a special treat from Tenchi (restaurant in Greensboro), where students at lunch were able to sample "Agua Frescas" or "Fresh Waters." Students tasted delicious water infused with fresh fruit. Thank you to Mrs. Sump and Tenchi for coordinating this awesome event!
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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 jtillman@talbotschools.org if you are interested!
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!

ALL TCPS STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH FOR THE ENTIRE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR!

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

OCTOBER

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

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


NOVEMBER

*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!

*11/9- 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

*11/12- 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


DECEMBER

*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

*12/22- 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-

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85746972623?pwd=VHZTd1FtVDBuWnY3SjZNY0N0UlM4Zz09


*Please email any questions or comments to cdespto@gmail.com


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- https://us05web.zoom.us/j/88366253821?pwd=RUJHb1JzRUVDeXoxRlFKWDNFZURsdz09


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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