Sheri’s Weekly Letter 11/9/17

Dear Parents,   We have enjoyed a short, but productive week at The City School. Our students have been extremely busy with their academic studies, prepping for the upcoming conferences and planning other school-related activities and events. Our boys varsity football and girls varsity volleyball teams are both in the play-offs. Our Mock Trial Team (the defense team) participated in their first competition this week….. and won! The prosecuting team will compete next week. Go City!   A huge thanks to all who attended our fall fundraiser last weekend. The event was a huge success! We enjoyed a great day of games, food, festivities, and community! Special thanks to the fundraising committee, chaired by Heidi Miller and Carmie Rehor, for their tremendous efforts in planning and implementing this wonderful fundraising event for our community. Thank you to all who contributed through donations, sponsorships, volunteering time, and bringing family and friends.   Student-Led Conferences are quickly approaching. Please see the attached list regarding our conference schedule. Note that November 13th and November 14th are regular school days with conferences running after school from 4:30PM to 6:30PM. On November 20th and November 21st there is NO SCHOOL for students; however, conferences will run throughout the day from 8:30AM to 3:30PM.   In other news, many of our students have been meeting with me at lunch to plan our 5th Annual Thanksgiving morning breakfast for people who are homeless and/or in need. One of the great aspects about NOT requiring students to complete community service hours is that when service opportunities arise, we are inundated with students who show up to help, purely out of their desire to serve others in a way that feels meaningful to them. Such is the case with this Thanksgiving event. Our students are currently seeking donations, organizing supplies, making posters and flyers, and volunteering their own time on a holiday to assist those in need. I am immensely encouraged and proud (although not surprised) by the enthusiasm and proactivity of our students. Please see the attached list of supplies we have requested from each Advisory to help with this event (Thanksgiving Breakfast Donation List). Students who have attended at least two lunch meetings to plan for this event are welcome to help on Thanksgiving morning. For those students who are helping, the schedule is as follows: Tuesday, November 14th: During lunch – Last planning meeting Wednesday, November 22nd: (Day before Thanksgiving) – 10AM – 12PM – Students work with me at school to set up and fill backpacks Thursday, November 23rd: (Thanksgiving morning) – 6AM – 10AM – Students meet me at school to set up, host the meal, and clean up.   Parents of students who are helping at this event are welcome to attend with their child on Thanksgiving morning, but parents are NOT required to attend and may drop off their child at school with me at 6AM if they do not attend. No siblings, alumni, or outside help is desired, due to the large number of current TCS students that have already committed to work at the event. Adults who attend will be there to assist the students as needed; however, students will be doing most of the work themselves as this is their event.   In addition to this Thanksgiving event for the community, it has come to my attention that there are several families in our OWN City School family who are struggling to make ends meet. We are asking parents who are able to do so, to purchase gift cards (in any amount) from any market or store and bring these gift cards to The City School. There will be a box on the office desk for donations for our families in need. I will disperse the gift cards to as many families as I can, depending on the number we receive. Our hope is that some of our struggling families will be able to receive a gift card to help purchase food for a Thanksgiving meal for their family.   Lastly, note that parents are NOT ALLOWED to park their cars in the lot near Top Tier Treats and the Uniform Store. We have enjoyed a great relationship with our neighbors over the past five years and would like to continue to do so. They have asked me to remind you not to park in their lot when you come to school.   I hope you enjoy a relaxing, long weekend. Happy Veteran’s Day!   Warmly,   Sheri
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