April 20, 2020
For me, this past week was a mixed bag of emotions. I found myself getting a bit depressed for a number of reasons by news reports in the early part of the week. At that time, there was seemingly no good news in spite of the efforts of our collective community to mitigate the impact of the pandemic. Later in the week, the news became more encouraging. Although it will still be some time before we are back to normal, I was relieved to hear some initial conversation about a plan to get there – finally.
While education will continue, we all now know that we will not be returning to the school building this school year. The plan for the remainder of the school year was shared in great detail in my April 13 correspondence. That email is posted on the school website should you need to refer to it over the next few weeks.
The Men’s Club is hosting a special activity for the CBS community this week. WITH ALL PARAMETERS FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING IN PLACE, families are invited to drive through the campus yard for a How Ya Doin’ Hot Dog Lunch! The purpose of the event is less about the lunch and more about the opportunity to connect with the school community and to see a few teachers and friends along the way. Spread the word among your classmates and friends. Here are the campus specific directions.
City Park Campus – Tuesday, April 21
In road-legal vehicles only, a family is invited to drive through Berky Circle Road (the carpool road behind the school) in the same manner as carpool is conducted. Please … no bicycles or walk-ups. As your family drives through the circle, expect to see some of our teachers who will be lined up along Berky Circle looking to wave and shout hello to the students and families. The teachers will be approximately 10 feet apart from one another and will be discouraged from approaching the vehicles. Students MUST remain in their vehicles but should roll down the windows for a brief exchange with the teachers. Most importantly, the serving line must be kept moving. This will not be a time to catch up. Please keep the line moving. The service area will be near the wiffle tennis courts. When your vehicle gets to the service area, indicate to the Men’s Club volunteer the number of bag lunches you desire. In each bag you will find a plain hot dog, a bag of chips, and condiment packs. Beverages will not be served. The Men’s Club volunteer, wearing a mask and gloves, will hand you the requested number of bag lunches through the vehicle window. After receiving the complimentary lunches, vehicles can exit Berky Circle just as is done during carpool. Each grade level is asked to swing by at the following times. This is also when the teachers of these grade levels are more likely to be on campus. It will also help spread the crowd out over the two hours.
7th Grade – 11:00-11:45 6th Grade – 11:45 – 12:15 5th Grade – 12:15 – 1:00
Canal Street Campus – Thursday, April 23
In road-legal vehicles only, a family is invited to drive through the school yard in the REVERSE direction of daily carpool. In other words, take a right on St. Patrick from Canal, enter the yard at the St. Patrick gate and exit the yard at the Cleveland gate. Please … no bicycles or walk-ups. As your family drives into the yard, expect to see some of our teachers who will be lined up along St. Patrick, in the school yard, and along Cleveland looking to wave and shout hello to the students and families. The teachers will be approximately 10 feet apart from one another and will be discouraged from approaching the vehicles. Students MUST remain in their vehicles but should roll down the windows for a brief exchange with the teachers. Most importantly, the serving line must be kept moving. This will not be a time to catch up. Please keep the line moving. The service area will be near the play equipment. When your vehicle gets to the service area, indicate to the Men’s Club volunteer the number of bag lunches you desire. In each bag you will find a plain hot dog, a bag of chips, and condiment packs. Beverages will not be served. The Men’s Club volunteer, wearing a mask and gloves, will hand you the requested number of bag lunches through the vehicle window. After receiving the complimentary lunches, vehicles should exit the yard. Each grade level is asked to swing by at the following times. This is also when the teachers of these grade levels are likely to be on campus. It will also help spread the crowd out over the two hours.
PK, K, 1st Grade – 11:00-11:45 2nd, 3rd, 4th Grade – 11:45 – 12:30
5th, 6th, 7th Grade – 12:30 – 1:00
Financial aid letters were mailed to applicants this past Friday. Applicants should receive those letters this week. Please email me next week if you applied for financial assistance by the March 6 deadline and do not receive your letter this week.
All are reminded that 2020-2021 tuition is due May 1, 2020. I remain sensitive to the fact that some families may be challenged to meet the deadline. Please recall that you have three payment options: 1) in full by check mailed to either campus; 2) financed through First Bank and Trust (10 payments from July to April); or 3) by credit card through First Bank and Trust. Options 2 and 3 come with additional charges by the bank. If your financial circumstances make none of these three options viable for your family, you are encouraged to reach out to me. Thanks to everyone for doing their best to honor the tuition obligation.
Uplifting, humorous posts about parents assuming the role as teacher have flooded the web. Subsequently, it’s no surprise that one of the most frequently asked questions we’re getting from parents is: Are you still having summer camp? (LOL) The interest, desire or need for a summer camp program has never been so high. For now, the answer is YES! We continue to accept registrations and tuition for the Canal Street campus day camp for boys and girls entering grades PK – 2nd and for the City Park day campus day camp for boys and girls entering grades 3rd – 7th. The camps will run from June 8 – July 17. We also have a few specialty camps which remain scheduled at this time. Go to the school’s website and click on the summer camp icon, or click on this link. It will bring you to the registration page for both day camps and the specialty camps. If it becomes necessary to modify the dates on any of the summer programs, we will inform the school community as soon as possible. In addition, we will refund any applicable registrations and tuition for any cancelled camps.
This past Friday, the Voodoo Fest announced that the 2020 festival has been cancelled. As you know, the school calendar includes holidays the week before Halloween to accommodate the festival’s interference with school operations. During that week, the school conducts the annual faculty overnight retreat and Drama Week for the students. In addition, many families have already scheduled family vacations during that window of time. Since non-refundable funds have already been spent on all of these events, the school is not planning to change the school calendar for that week in spite of the cancellation of the Voodoo festival. Plus, we figured that most students and families would prefer to keep those holidays!
Wednesday of this week is Secretaries Day. If you would like to join us in recognizing the ladies who work in our business offices for their service to CBS, you can reach Ms. Joy and Ms. Karen in their campus offices on Tuesday morning from 9:00-11:00 and Ms. Sandy and Ms. Sue on Wednesday morning from 9:00-11:00. Ms. Carol and Ms. Alicia are on different, flexible schedules. So, you can reach any and all of the ladies via email at any time. I am sure they will appreciate hearing from you.
Among the most enjoyable and memorable experiences for our middle school students is the time that they share with Brother John Mai. During the time the students spend with Brother John Mai, they often sing together. Admittedly, I find myself humming these songs as I work throughout the day. Mr. Neider thought it would be nice to have Brother John Mai record himself leading a few songs for the students. I always say that Brother John Mai’s constant joy and enthusiasm will put a smile on anyone’s face. In that spirit and in closing, I share three YouTube links so that students of all ages (and parents too) can sing along with Brother John Mai.
God’s Not Dead: God's Not Dead
Walk, Walk, Walk: Walking in the Light
Jump Into The Light: Jump into the Light
Feel free to share the links with former students who know Brother John Mai. I am certain they will appreciate it too – and maybe even sing along. Brother John Mai was so excited to produce these videos. He is equally excited to see the students and families singing along. If you care to send a gift of appreciation to Brother John Mai, record a short video of your sing along emailing it to one of these addresses.
Hopefully, the sing along will keep you connected to the joyfulness of Brother John Mai and bring a smile to your face as it did mine. So, stand up everybody, join in and sing!
Live Jesus In Our Hearts,