Thursday, November 23, 2017

November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving Celebrated at SCS:  Of course a day dedicated to family would provide a central theme at our school, and the recent Campus Thanksgiving Assembly did just that.  Singing, dancing, and a virtual Thanksgiving Feast provided by each of the ECE classes was added to a group reading of "Bear Says Thanks".  Kids and parents enjoyed the gathering and left with everyone wishing each other a happy holiday ahead.  Happy Holiday Everyone!

  50th Birthday Bash lives up to the billing After a year of researching, planning, creating, and publicizing the great SCS/CCCC Birthday Event happened on schedule and was a great success!  We simply could not have chosen a better day as a chilly November morning turned into a sun-warmed day of celebration.  Hundreds of kids, parents, grandparents friends, faculty, and former faculty enjoyed the myriad events all day long.  (I can just say from working the popcorn machine, we were really busy!)  Kids enjoyed everything from outdoor games, to petting animals, to facepainting and everyone found something to be happy about!  Perhaps the most impressive presentations came from the cool puppet shows, and live wild animal exhibits - but there was something for everyone all day.  Special thanks goes out to the Birthday Committee who worked all year, at multiple events, to make it all happen!  On to our next 50!!

 $50,000 Annual Fund Launches with Fanfare: The other great thing that happened at the Birthday Party was the launching of our 2017-18 Annual Fund and this year we set a super goal for ourselves: $50,000 for our 50th Year!  After raising a record $25,000 last year the Development Committee got very inspired by the challenge of doubling that number for our 50th Anniversary - WE CAN DO IT!  Look for opportunities to "double your gift" as we reach out for this great goal together.  The Annual Fund supports every aspect of school life from classroom budgets, to scholarships, to computer programs so please help! 

  "Giving Tuesday" is Just Around the Corner: On a day that has become synonymous with helping non-profits like ours, next Tuesday will be a big push for us to fulfill our dream of meeting our Annual Fund Goal - so please answer the call!  Look forward to our upcoming emails reminding you to give at our website, send a check, or just drop off a gift that morning.  Please remember that there are NO charges for online giving to the donor and as a non-profit we pay very little for the service ourselves. Here's the link:

  New Infant Room Opens Amid Smiles: Our newest class in the Early Childhood Program at the SCS Campus site is our addition of 8 new infants in the "Seahorse" Room.  Reaching max capacity almost immediately, we staggered the entries just to ease everyone into the new classroom.  With lots of help from our Shrimps faculty as well as Minnows, Rainbows, and Guppies who shifted rooms, the new Seahorses have settled in nicely, and a warm, loving atmosphere has developed already.

Holiday Events on the Horizon: Be a part of our school celebrations for the holidays as all classes and PEAK sites will be having fun events this season!  On December 2nd join us for the Birthday Bus as we participate once again in the Portsmouth Holiday Parade!  We need volunteers to walk with the SCS Bus in the parade and hand out party hats and noisemakers.  Contact Kelly Lee at to participate. 
  • Portsmouth Holiday Parade - December 2nd (Volunteer to walk!)
  • Adopt a Family Week - December 11-15
  • "Holiday Spirit Week" - December 18-22
  • All School Holiday Assembly - December 22nd
  • SCS Winter Break Week - December 25-29