Week of March 20, 2017



Dear Staff,

Do you recognize these faces?  They are some of the amazing cast of the CSD HS musical Mary Poppins.  I hope that you were able to see one of the shows this weekend, as it was truly outstanding!  The photo that you see above was taken by Charity Helms, CSD mom and staff member.  She captioned it, “The Seniors.”  Wait, what????  Seniors???  As blown away as I was by their performance, I was equally blown away at the realization that all of these beautiful and talented young people are seniors!  Weren’t they just on the K/1 hall?  This is our first class of students to go from kindergarten through 12th grade.  That in itself is very exciting!  As I watched them on stage this weekend tap dancing, singing, acting, even at one point flying thorough the air–yes, really flying, I was reminded at truly how far they all have come since they entered our doors as young five and six year old students.  Some of these students were painfully shy when they were young, some of them were defiant, some were considered not great test takers, and yet here they all are putting on one of the most professional plays I have seen. Truly, it was breathtaking to watch them and listen to them act and sing!

Earlier this week Juli and I did an open house for newly admitted families to CSD.  In the presentation we talk about how Dr. Boyer defines being a literate person.  He defines being a literate person not just in reading and writing, but in three areas.  They are reading/writing, numbers and the arts.  As I watched these seniors on stage I thought to myself how proud Dr. Boyer must be.  For these students, who we have taught K-12, are truly literate.  In fact, they are “practically perfect,” as Mary Poppins would say.  So kudos to you dear staff, because you are the ones who have helped them reach their full potential.  I know at the K-7 building we don’t always have the benefit of seeing them blossom.  However, you are the ones who help weed the garden, sprinkle them with kindness and shine down on them with love even when they are hard. They are nurtured and grow into these beautiful, talented and literate on so many levels, human beings who are going to do great and wonderful things in this world!  So as we dig into one of the hardest parts of the year I hope you will pull this picture back out and remind yourself of all the good you do on a daily basis.  I also hope that you will remember that as testing season kicks off that these faces once were third, fourth, fifth and even middle school test takers.  Some of them did really well and some of them didn’t, and look at them now…all practically perfect!  Remember to make it fun, that is what they will remember.  As Mary Poppins would say, “A spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down!”  I hope you all have a fantastic week!  I leave you with one final quote from the play that was in our playbill:

“Anything can happen if you let it.  Sometimes things are difficult but you can bet it doesn’t have to be so, changes can be made.  You can move a mountain if you use a larger spade.  Anything can happen it’s a marvel.  You can be a butterfly or just stay larval.  Stretch your mind beyond fantastic dreams are made or strong elastic.  Take some sound advice and don’t forget it.  Anything can happen if you let it!”

-Mary Poppins

PS~ Take a few minutes and listen to the latest CSD podcast done by Marianne Coale and Amy Teckenbrock, “More Than a Test Score.”



Monday, March 20th
Juli out – at DPI meeting
5th Grade NC Check In
Session 4 ASE Begins
Tuesday, March 21st
Love and Logic Parent Class w/ Marianne – 8:30a.m. in 6th Grade Art Room
Schultz to the Laurels
Wednesday, March 22nd
Middle School Parent Meeting – 7:00 in MS Black Box
Thursday, March 23rd
Middle School Parent Meeting – 8:30 in MS Black Box
Hurlbut to Huntersville Oaks
Love and Logic Parent Class w/ Marianne – 7:30 in MS Media Center
Friday, March 24th

Upcoming Dates
March 22-25 – MS Musical – Bugsy Malone Jr.
March 25 – CSD Auction
Week of March 20th – EOG Pre-testing and Data Analysis to be completed by 3/27/16
Week of Mar 27 – 5th Grade Operas
Week of March 27 – EOG Review and Prep Begins
Mar 29 – Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
Week of April 3 – 5th Grade Operas
April 7 – 16 – Spring Break
April 17 – Classes Resume
May 16th – Last Day of 6/7 Branch Electives
May 15th – Last Day of 6/7 Arts Electives

Upcoming “BIG” Dates:
May 12-13 – Staff Retreat
Week of May 15 – EOG’s
May 30 – State of the School Address
May 31 – Last Day of School
June 1-2 – Teacher Workdays

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