The calendar for the 2017-2018 school year is being revised to make up some of the time missed due to Hurricane Irma. Please note the following changes to this year's calendar:
We appreciate everyone's understanding regarding these unplanned but necessary changes to the school calendar. We are very grateful that our community remained safe during Hurricane Irma.
ECC - Elementary - MS Conference Day
The Parent Conference Day originally scheduled for Wednesday, September 13 will not be rescheduled. Parents that would like to meet to discuss their child's progress or any questions or concerns, should contact their child's teacher directly to set up a mutually convenient time to meet.
CDS uses KidCheck® to provide an online check in/check out system for the safety and tracking of our children. Every ECC and elementary family should create an account. This assures that our after care program is equipped to care for your child in the event that unplanned circumstances prevent you from picking up your child at the regular dismissal time. If you used KidCheck last year, your account is still active.
Picking up from ECC After Care
Parents need to park their car and go into the ECC office to sign out their children.
Picking up from Elementary After Care
After Care is located in the Elementary Multi-Purpose Room. When you are picking up your child(ren), please use the east entrance and report to the Elementary Office. Parents should pull into the School Bus Loop and pick-up children directly from the Elementary Multi-Purpose Room (glass doors facing the bus loop).
There is a receptionist on duty until 6:00 pm every school day.
After Care Hours and Dates
After Care is available until 6:00 pm every day there is school with the exception of Friday, October 27, 2017 (elementary only - ECC has after care on this date), Friday, December 8, 2017 and Friday, March 16, 2018. After Care is offered on half-days; students who need to stay for after care on half-days need to bring their lunch and a beverage. School lunches are not served on half-days.
The ECC also provides before school care beginning at 7:00 am.
Policy for reporting an ECC student absence
Attendance records are kept for all students at the ECC. If a student is going to be absent, parents should notify Molly Houssian, ECC receptionist, before school by phone (813.963.2388) or by email.
Policy for reporting an elementary student absence
Parents should notify Vicki Rivas, elementary school receptionist by 8:00 a.m. by phone (813.920.2288) or by email.
Students who arrive to school after the elementary gate is closed must check-in with Mrs. Rivas in the elementary school office to obtain a tardy pass.
Policy for reporting a MS student absence
Parents should notify the school by 8:00 a.m. at the following email address to report their child's absence. We suggest that parents add this email to their "contacts" for quick access.
Your message will be retrieved by the middle school secretary. If a student is not reported absent at the email above, an email notification of the absence is sent to the parent requesting a response confirming the absence.
Please note that attendance is recorded each day by the first period teacher at 8:00 a.m. Students who arrive to school after 8:10 a.m. must check-in with the receptionist at the front desk in the main lobby to obtain a tardy pass.
Policy for reporting an US student absence
Parents should notify the school by 8:30 a.m. at the following email address to report their child's absence. We suggest that parents add this email to their "contacts" for quick access.
If a student is not reported absent at the email above, an email notification of the absence is sent to the parent requesting a response confirming the absence.
Please note that attendance is recorded each day by the first period teacher at 8:30 a.m. Students who arrive to school after 8:40 a.m. must check-in with the receptionist at the front desk in the main lobby to obtain a tardy pass.
US Early Dismissals
Parents should contact the Welcome Center at 920-2288 to arrange for students to be dismissed early. All students, including student drivers, dismissing early must sign out at the Welcome Center. Parent permission is required for student drivers to leave campus early.
The administration has approved the following dates for the 2018-2019 School Calendar:
Middle school and upper school students are welcome to remain on campus after dismissal. The administration has established after school policies to enable students to remain on campus after school and attend home athletic games.
MS/US Study Hall
No student will be allowed to "hang out" on campus unsupervised after dismissal. By 4:00 p.m. all students must be in an extracurricular activity (working with a teacher, attending an after school program, athletic team practice, drama/music rehearsal, etc.) or report to the supervised MS/US study hall that will be held in the MS/US Multi-Purpose Room. Parents will not be billed a fee for students to attend this study hall. Students who are not participating in an athletic team practice session are not allowed to be in the gymnasium or fitness center after school. These facilities are fully booked by the fall athletic teams.
All students reporting to MS/US study hall must sign in and sign out.
Once a child is signed out of study hall, he/she will not be allowed to return. Once children are signed out of study hall, they will no longer be supervised by CDS faculty.
There is a receptionist on duty until 6:00 pm every school day. The school's phone number is 813.920.2288.
MS/US After School Study Hall Hours & Dates
The MS/US After School Study Hall is available until 6:00 pm every day there is school with the exception of Friday, October 27, 2017, Friday, December 8, 2017 and Friday, March 16, 2018.
At CDS, we encourage our students to give back to the community. As an IB school, we embrace the mission statement of the IBO, which strives to develop “caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.”
The Online Student Directory is now available for families to access through their My BackPack account.
If you have not yet activated your account on My BackPack, you can set up your account by clicking here.
If you do not know your user name and password, click on "I Forgot My User Name/Password" at the bottom of the box. Fill in your email address and the information will be emailed to you.
Schoology is a web-based learning management system that provides a secure and safe, easy-to-use, way for teachers, students, parents, and administrators to seamlessly communicate and collaborate to enhance students’ learning and success.
The access codes and instructions for creating your parent Schoology account will be sent home with your student. Teachers will be distributing them to middle school students over the next few days.
Senior Long Term Assignment Due Dates
Mrs. Hsu, DP Coordinator, has shared a calendar with a list of due dates for seniors' long term assignments. This calendar should be checked on a regular basis.
Junior Long Term Assignment Due Dates
Mrs. Hsu, DP Coordinator, has shared a calendar with a list of due dates for juniors' long term assignments. This calendar should be checked on a regular basis.