The Communicator - November 3, 2011


  • Tuesday, November 8 - School Closed for Election Day
  • Monday, November 14 - Parents' Council Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, November 17 - 4th-8th grade Parent Social, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. See the invitation     RSVP here
    - Friday, February 3, 2012 - Our 75th Anniversary Celebration (More information to come). 

The eighth grade continues to appeal to the student body to make shoe boxes for children through Operation Christmas Child. These should be sent to school the week of November 7th. All information can be found at 

Come one, come all to the Annual CDS Book Fair!

The Book Fair will run through tomorrow, Friday November 4th from 8:00 - 3:30 p.m.

The Book Fair is going well but we need the parents to go in and have a look.  There are lots of good books to put under the Christmas Tree.  Many students have selected books and have them set aside so please go in and purchase them for your children.  We also have a wish list table of books that the teachers would like for their classroom.  This table has some great titles that everyone can enjoy.  Please consider a gift to the classroom.  Sales are open until 3 p.m. on Friday.  In store sales and on- line sales continue.  Bring your Barnes and Noble card or gift cards with you.

The library needs volunteers for the November Book Fair in the following time slots.  Please contact Julie Walters, our parent chair, if you are able to serve.

November 4th:  10:00-12:00 a.m.; 12:00-2:00 p.m. and 2:00-4:00 p.m.

This is NOT like the Scholastic Book Fair of the past.  We have much more available for all ages, particularly for 6th-8th graders, and there are no gadgets.  We are only offering quality books at the Book Fair, and there is MUCH to choose from.  Our offerings are recommended and used by teachers, administrators, parents and Mrs. Frances Westbrook, our librarian. 

REMEMBER also that online or in any Barnes and Noble nationwide, shoppers may purchase anything (books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, Nooks, even a cup of coffee), and CDS will still get the 20% from each purchase  Just use our code at check out:  #10586774.

The first grade has been studying the community and who is involved in it and gave a presentation to parents on Friday, October 28th.  See the slideshow of all our first grade community members.

Good luck to 3rd grade teacher, Kerry Plitnick, as she prepares to run the New York City Marathon this Sunday.  Run KERRY run!



*All Parents' Council information can also be found on the Parents' Council page that you can access from the News and Events dropdown menu on the website.  You do not have to log in to see the webpage.

- Parents' Council meeting rescheduled
The November 10th Parents' Council meeting has been reschedule to Monday, November 14th at 9:00 a.m. (right after Assembly) in the Multi-Purpose Room.

- 2011 Halloween Carnival Recap
As all of you know, CDS held their annual Halloween Carnival this past Monday. The children all seemed to really enjoy the day! From dressing up in their costumes to participating in the pumpkin and costume contests, there was definitely an aura of excitement felt by all! The children were intrigued by the ghost structure and the new booths offered this year and excited by the traditional tried and true favorites that returned! Everyone had a smile on their face throughout the day and the enthusiasm was contagious as it permeated throughout the hallways of CDS! 
We would like to thank our Committee Volunteers as well as the many other Parent Volunteers, Room Mothers, and CDS Staff that helped to make this event possible this year. We appreciate the time and effort that everyone leant to assist with this event to make it a huge success! Thank you so much for your support- words cannot express our deep gratitude!
Mary Atmar Bradley and Miley Burnett
2011 CDS Halloween Co-Chairs 

Link to Ginger Howell's Halloween pictures

- Wreath Sale: The deadline to order is slowly approaching.  If you would like to order a wreath or garland please download the form or pick one up at the front desk and send in.  Questions: Kelly Carr at or 202 338 0300.  Wreaths will be available for pickup on November 30th.

-Box Tops for Education: Our Collection of  box tops was sent in at the end of October.
It was the largest amount CDS has sent in to date.  Thank you! Please continue to send them in. Place them in an envelope or plastic zip lock bag and send them into school.  Remember,
each box top is worth $  .10 to Charleston Day School.

- Uniform Sale: If you have any CDS uniforms that have been sadly outgrown we would love to have them donated for our first CDS Uniform Sale. The uniform sales will take place at our Parents' Council Meetings. The next meeting is Monday, November 14th.  Please send the uniforms into school with your child.  Let us know if you would like a donation form, we will be happy to provide.  If you have further questions please contact Kelly Carr at 202.338.0300
or Elizabeth Foster at 843.343.3121. 



The last day to sign up for 3rd/4th grade basketball is Monday, November 7th. Registration form (once filled out should be sent to Jason Hanky)


You can always find the latest information on basketball on the basketball webpage.

The Fall Sports Assembly will be held Monday, November 14th at 8:00 a.m. All parents are invited to attend.

Please return all volleyball jerseys, cleaned and labeled by Monday, November 7.


To print out next week's schedule, please download it here

1st Grade  
Thursday: Dictation; Math quiz
Friday: Spelling test

2nd Grade
Penguins of the Week: Francis Hagood and Lucy Manuel 
Thursday: Math Moon test; Spelling test
Friday: Charles Towne Landing field trip

3rd Grade

Wednesday: Subtraction facts test
Thursday: Grammar quiz; Adaptations Science quiz
Friday: Math quiz; Vocabulary test

4th Grade
Spelling test Lesson 6
Friday: History test Lesson 1


5th Grade
Monday: Exponents quiz
Wednesday: Number the Stars comprehension check-in
Thursday: Measurement quiz
Friday: Spelling test; French test

6th Grade
Monday: Math test
Thursday: Science test
Friday: French test 

7th Grade
Monday: Grammar test
Friday: Science test

8th Grade 
Wednesday: Literature Test