The Communicator - March 15, 2012

Dates to Remember

  • Thursday, March 15 - 7th grade presents Julius Caesar, 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 16 - Report cards go home; Regular dismissal at 2:50 p.m.; No aftercare program due to the start of Spring Break
  • Monday, March 19 - Friday, March 23 - Spring Break

Download the academic calendar for the week of March 26.

O AFTERCARE TOMORROW, FRIDAY, MARCH 16 Due to Spring Break - please plan accordingly.

SURVEY UPDATE Today is your last chance to complete the Parent Satisfaction Survey.  Please help the school improve by completing the survey today!  Your input is essential.  So far, 76 families have participated.  Follow this link:

5TH GRADE SPEECH CONTEST Congratulations to all the fifth graders for their superb speech contest and dramatic reading performances which took place yesterday. The entire class was simply magnificent, and each fifth grader now has the experience of speaking in front of a group of 300 plus people. Finalists were: Thomas Blincow, Elise Seabrook Brown, Lucas Clare, Stedman Dowd, Will Marshall, Emma Navarro, Olivia Prezzano and Celia Smith, and the announcer was Robert Grubbs. Award recognitions went to: Lucas Clare – Third Place, The National Mall in Washington, D.C. Elise Seabrook Brown – Second Place, Nantucket Lightship Baskets Will Marshall – First Place, Roller Coasters See more pictures here.




BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH Watch your back – it’s the Ides of March. Come watch the 7th graders present their dramatic reading of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the amphitheatre.

Three Scorpions earned Citizen of the Month Honors for February. Hats off to Evie Otis (3rd Grade), Austin Givens (4th Grade) and Matthew Leadem (8th Grade) for representing Charleston Day School well and upholding the school’s mission so admirably.

A major THANK YOU to all of our school community, especially the parents, for supporting the school so favorably during the busy admissions season. We continually hear comments from prospective families regarding the loyalty and supportiveness of our parent body. Many thanks to all parents for pitching in to help our cause. Next year’s first grade class is shaping up beautifully with 34 students committed to join our school community next year.

Spring Break starts after the end of a full day tomorrow (dismissal at 2:50 p.m.). After school program will not be open tomorrow due to the start of spring break. During spring break, only the administrative offices will be open. The main school building and receptionist’s office will be closed. The administrative phone line is 722-7791.

Pajama Day. Student Council presented a presentation on an anti-bullying campaign at Monday’s assembly. They suggested that tomorrow we “wake up with a clean slate – a new beginning.” They suggested wearing appropriate pajamas will remind us that we are beginning a new and “waking up with a great attitude.”
CDS students are encouraged to wear pajamas to show their support of this goal. All pajamas should follow dress code guidelines with regard to (shoes, shirts straps, & shorts length).

If you are a parent of a middle school student, they may wear pajamas to school but will need to bring a change of clothes for their trip that day. 

FRENCH DAY The French Club from Bishop England High School visited Charleston Day School last Thursday to work with our first through third graders throughout the day.  They participated in French activities ranging from games to puppet shows.  Thanks to the French Club at Bishop England for sharing their talents with us.  For pictures of the day, click here.









FIELD DAY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Field Day will be on Friday, April 20th from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the James Island County Park Stono shelter.  Parents' Council puts on this amazing event for every year.  Thank you Parents' Council!

About 35 volunteers are needed to help with a variety of tasks.  This is the most fun a parent will ever have volunteering.  Volunteer doctors and nurses are welcome at the First Aid Station.  Email Marni Kerrison: to let her know you'd like to volunteer.  Go Blue!  Go Red!

ERB TESTS ERB tests will be administered the week of April 30.


A Note to Primary Families from Frankie Westbrook, Librarian: The SC State Library at 301 Gervais Street in Columbia has announced its "2012 StoryFest SC Summer Reading Kick-off Author Line-up". This year's StoryFest will present Denise Fleming (author of In the Small, Small Pond, The Cow Who Clucked and Buster Goes to Cowboy Camp) and Marc Brown (author of the Arthur series). The Collaborative Summer Reading Program's theme is Dream Big Read! and all SC public libraries participate.

According to Curtis Rogers' announcement on the SC State Library website, "Events will be held on Saturday, June 2nd at the South Carolina State Museum at 301 Gervais Street from 9am to 4pm and will be free to the public. Events include two presentations by each author, storytelling sessions, a craft area and face painting, visits from popular book characters, and a Readers' Theater presentation. The day’s events will bring families from across the state to participate in fun, learning activities in a safe, family friendly setting. For more information, visit"

Tomorrow, Friday, March 16 from 11:30-5:30 at Patriots' Point, United States Marines who have just returned from Afghanistan will meet and greet visitors and have on display their equipment and vehicles. This event is FREE with only a $5.00 parking fee. Semper Fi



Parents' Council page

MANY THANKS To Amy Mathisen for providing delicious snacks at the monthly faculty meeting on March 5.

Please mark your calendars! Needed: volunteers to make the week special for the faculty. Contact Bonnie McAlister ( or Liz Dieck ( if you are interested in helping! Thanks!

Please send in all your "box tops" for CDS.  Deadline for CDS to get credit for this quarter is March 30th.  Thank you to all who have been sending them in.  For questions, contact Kelly Carr: 202.338.0300.


TENNIS The match schedule has been updated on the Tennis webpage.  However, we are still work ing on rescheduling the matches during next week.

LTP TENNIS SPRING  BREAK CAMP Where: Live to Play Tennis, 1513 Mathis Ferry Rd., Mt Pleasant, SC 29464 When: March 19 - March 23 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Cost $30.00/Day or id="mce_marker"20.00 all week Please call LTP Tennis Club to sign up! 388-0898

LACROSSE Charleston Day lacrosse teams have held their first games.  The season is underway.  Good luck to our Scorpion Laxers!

BASKETBALL Please join us on Monday, March 26 at 8:00 a.m. for the Winter Sports Assembly. The 3rd-8th grade basketball players will be receiving certificates of participation at this time. Players in the Trident League (grades 5-8) are eligible to receive a few special awards.


Download the academic schedule for the week of March 26 here

1st Grade Tuesday, 27th -
timed test
Wednesday, 28th - Math quiz
Thursday, 29th - dictation; timed test
Friday, 30th - Spelling test

2nd Grade
Thursday, 29th -
Moon test; Unit 10 vocabulary test
Friday, 30th - Spelling test



 3rd Grade
Wednesday, 28th -
Division Facts test
Thursday, 29th - Historty quiz
Friday, 30th - Vocabulary test; Math quiz

4th Grade
Wednesday, 28th -
Inca/Aztec qiuz
Thursday, 29th - Classical Roots 13 test
Friday, 30th - Fraction test


5th Grade
Wednesday, 28th -
History quiz
Thursday, 29th - Family history interview due
Friday, 30th - Reading requirements due; Vocabulary test


6th Grade



7th Grade
Wednesday, 28th -History test
Thursday, 29th - Pre-algebra test, part 1
Friday, 30th - Pre-algebra test, part 2

8th Grade Tuesday, 27th - French test