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The Bulldog Beat, February 16, 2018

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February 16, 2018

Dear Middle School Families,

While we will not get the full CAIS accreditation report until the end of the school year, I was pleased with the number of ways the visiting team identified our teaching faculty as a major strength of the school during their presentation at the end of their visit. I couldn’t agree more! This also mirrored the feedback we received from 4th grade parents as they spent time in our classrooms last month, witnessing our program in action and the positive relationships shared between our awesome teachers and amazing students.

Hallway Happenings

Spirit Week Is Coming!
Our first week back after February Break marks Spirit Week. The week’s events will be as follows:

  • Monday – Meme/Character Day
  • Tuesday – Look Alike Day
  • Wednesday – Crazy Hair/Hat Day
  • Thursday – Throwback Thursday
  • Friday – PJ Day

If any students have questions, they should email Alondra at or Lucie at Thanks to SLT for organizing all of the fun!

On Monday, February 26, we will have Brenda Conlan, a professional drug and alcohol speaker, visit CDS to spend time with our 7th and 8th grades. Using data from research and anecdotes from her own life, Brenda will present to both grades together and then have sessions with each section for a Q & A. As this is our first time inviting Brenda to our school, we are treating this as a trial session to see if we would like to invite her back next year for more time. If you have any questions or if you receive any feedback following Brenda’s visit, please email me directly. Thanks!

Community Notes
On Tuesday, February 27, please join us for the “State of the School” address in Founders’ Hall. In addition to vital information about our present status and future vision, there will be short presentations about our continued work with Harvard’s Project Zero and how it manifests in our classrooms. See you there!

Common Sense Media has invited CDS families to join them for a special screening of The Breadwinner on Wednesday, March 14 at 4:30 p.m. The screening will be followed by a short panel discussion with the Chair of Twitter Women’s Forum, the UN Global Women’s Ambassador, and some teens. Please take a look at the film’s review on Common Sense Media’s site and RSVP here.

Please mark your calendars: the traveling exhibit Anne Frank: A History for Today will be in Founders’ Hall the week of March 19-23. A group of students have been selected to serve as docents for the exhibit, bringing small groups through the exhibit that week. The docents are from our 7th and 8th grades: Anya A., Bella M., Noa L., Reis C., Sammy T., Zaia G. (all 7th), and David R. (8th). They will go through a special training session run by the Dutch Consulate, which is also underwriting the exhibit. Thanks to the Consulate and our docents for their time and effort to bring this powerful story to CDS!

Good Neighbor Aspirations
Thank you to all family drivers for your willingness to circle the block when your student is not ready at the glass doors! We are circulating the traffic through much more smoothly, and we appreciate all of your efforts to be a good neighbor.

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • February 16: MS Dance for grades 6-8 (6:00 p.m–9:00 p.m.)
  • February 19: No School – Presidents' Day
  • February 20-23: No School – February Break
  • February 26: School Resumes
  • February 26: Brenda Conlan Visiting with 7th and 8th Grades
  • March 2: Trimester 2 Ends
  • March 13: MS Art & Music Spring Spectacular
  • March 16: Bid & Bash Event
  • March 19-23: Anne Frank Exhibit at 601


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