The Annual Giving Campaign - WE DID IT!
Dear ACDS Cougars,
With gratitude to everyone who made a gift to the Annual Giving Campaign, we are excited to announce ACDS has met our fundraising goal!
We would like to thank all parents, faculty, and Trustees who made pledges and donations of every size. The ACDS community really pulled together to help us reach our goal.
We would also like to thank our campaign volunteers for their hard work, leadership, and commitment to the Campaign.
Congratulations, everyone! We did it! Go Cougars!
Your Campaign Co-Chairs,
Kelli Kaplan and Daya Karam
Please note: If you have not yet given and want to participate, you still have time! Pledges and donations can easily be made online by clicking here. Every family's contribution makes a difference. Thank you for your support!
Social-Emotional Learning: Positive Discipline
Cougar Byte Podcast
Hint: It’s not what you think it means. Listen to our latest podcast episode drop to learn what Positive Discipline is (and what it isn’t) from Positive Discipline experts Cathy Kawakami and Jane Murphy, why we adopted it as our social-emotional learning philosophy throughout the whole school, and how it works in the classroom AND in our homes. Click here to learn more.
Save the Dates: Parent Workshops led by Positive Discipline Expert
We are proud to host the following online Positive Discipline parent workshops for all ACDS parents, led by Positive Discipline Lead Trainer Cathy Kawakami. Attending these workshops is an excellent opportunity to strengthen what our children are already learning in the classroom:
- Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - The Positive Discipline Framework and How it is Helpful for Building ALL Relationships
- Wednesday, January 11, 2023 - Focusing on Solutions by Making Agreements and Following through with Dignity and Respect
- Wednesday, February 8, 2023 - Practicing Skills for Respectful Communication
All online workshops will run from 7-8 p.m. on Zoom, and the Zoom link will be sent the day of the scheduled workshop.
Please Test Before Return from Thanksgiving
As stated in the Covid Updates section on our website, we ask that all students and staff complete an antigen test after the Thanksgiving Break, before returning to campus. If you test positive, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. Families and staff do not need to report the results.
Update on Masking on Campus for Visitors
In alignment with the County Department of Public Health (CDPH), ACDS is suspending the mask requirement for students and adults on campus. The exception is staff who are close contacts, who are required to mask per OSHA regulations.
Per CDPH guidance, masks are optional but strongly recommended as a highly-effective measure in preventing COVID infection, supported by our on-campus ActivePure air disinfection systems and MERV13 filtration.
Please be aware that depending on conditions, such as significant on- or off-campus exposures, a rapid increase in infections or surge in our school community or county, or any other circumstances deemed by the Administration as a threat to student or staff safety, mask requirements may be reinstated for students and staff at the classroom, grade, or school-wide levels. This may apply to parents, visitors, field trips, and team sports (athletes and coaches) as well, as circumstances warrant.
Pick Up Your Copy of Raising Kids!
If you didn't attend our 11/3 event to pick up the new book by Sheri Glucoft Wong and Dr. Jorgenson, please visit the front office. The school is providing one complimentary copy per ACDS family. The recording link for the event is available under the Parent’s Corner on the school website. Please use your login credentials to access it.
Sheri and Dr. J would appreciate your book review once you’re done reading – please consider leaving a review for Raising Kids on Amazon.com or GoodReads.com. Thank you!
Important dates for November & December 2022
Monday, November 21
- DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) Day
- Free dress for all students
- Thanksgiving Feast Food Prep
- No Pasta Market hot lunch
Tuesday, November 22
- Thanksgiving Feast for Students, Teachers, and Volunteers
- Uniform day
- Early dismissal at 12:30 PM (no extended care)
Wednesday, November 23 - Friday, November 25
- Thanksgiving Break, School Closed
Friday, December 2
- Minimum Day, Dismissal 11:45 AM (extended care available)
Friday, December 16
- Minimum Day, Dismissal 11:45 AM (no extended care)
Faculty Appreciation Holiday Luncheon & Raffle - Please Help
Please consider donating a gift basket or single gift item to be included in the raffle. A la carte gifts can also be donated and will be placed in a themed gift. Donations are due by Wednesday, December 14.
Need some inspiration? Here are a few examples of past gift items and baskets:
- Gift cards
- Bread maker + cookbook
- “Movie Night” basket with popcorn, candy
- “Home Improvement” basket with tools and gift cards
- “Picnic at the Park” basket with insulated tote bag, picnic blanket, and goodies
- “Relax at Home” basket with hot cocoa mix, cozy blanket, and Doordash gift card
- “Pasta Night” basket with pasta, sauce, breadsticks, and wine
- “Kitchen Basket” with kitchen tools, towels, cutting board, Whole Foods gift card
Click here to view complete details and sign up using iVolunteer.
Reminder: Multi-Factor Authentication is Required for All Parent Accounts
If you have not set up Multi-Factor Authentication for your Veracross parent account yet, please do so by the end of November. The benefits of accessing Veracross include family student directories, upcoming T1 report cards, and the ability to update medical information.
For instructions, please click here.
Thank You Feast Volunteers
Thank you to our Feast Chairs, Sharareh and Caitlin, and the countless parent volunteers who have been working tirelessly to put on this special tradition for the faculty and students. If you’d like to pitch in, there are still a few volunteers needed for set-up and clean-up.
Thank you to the Thanksgiving Feast committee, Ms. Z with her 4th grade art students, Jen Glasser, and Tanya Jorgenson, who are contributing in various ways to share a Thanksgiving meal with Casa de Clara, a transitional home for families in need. For any further information about Saint Vincent de Paul's outreach and ways to serve our community, please contact Tanya Jorgenson.
LOVING THE NOW. READY FOR NEXT.