2018 Back-to-School Info School Supply Kits

We hope everyone has a wonderful summer! 

This Back-to-School Page contains helpful information and important materials you will need prior to the beginning of the school year — all in one place.

2018-2019 School Calendar  - This list of key dates will not be updated and is subject to change. Always consult the calendar on the school website for the most complete and accurate information.

This page will be updated throughout the summer.

During the summer families will receive emails directing them to this page on the website for updated back-to-school information and forms that will need to be completed before the beginning of school. This year all forms will be submitted to school through the online Magnus Health portal. (See below for more information.)

NEW STUDENTS: Magnus Health accounts for new students are now available.
If you are having difficulty accessing your account, please email Cayce French.

Update Your My BackPack Account (All families)

We need your help to be sure CDS has the most up to date, accurate and complete contact and emergency information for your family.  

UPDATE FAMILY DATA ON YOUR “MY BACKPACK” ACCOUNT

If you do not know your User Name and Password, click on "I Forgot My User Name/Password" and the information will be emailed to you.

Please be sure to update or add the following information on your My BackPack profile:

  • Indicate any changes to your family contacts including address, cell phone numbers, email addresses, etc.
  • Additional Contacts
    • Emergency Contacts: family/friends who should be called if school is unable to reach parents. (Be sure to check the box under "Additional Contacts" to designate each emergency contact person.)
    • Drivers: persons authorized to pickup your child from school. We must have your permission in order to release your child(ren) to another adult. Please list the names of your carpool and any other adults who may pick your children up from school for any reason. (Indicate "Driver" in the "Relation" field for each contact.)
  • Do Not Publish
    • Through My BackPack, CDS parents are able to access contact information for other CDS families. Parents have the ability to control how much, if any, of their contact information is shared through this online directory. To block any of your personal/family data from being visible on this online directory, click the small DNP box next to each item. (Please refer to the CDS My BackPack Parent Guide for more information.) 

Magnus Health

Magnus Health

NEW STUDENTS: Magnus Health accounts for new students are now active.
Please contact Cayce French if you have difficulty accessing your student's account.

Great news! Carrollwood Day School's Magnus Health portal is now active! CDS is using this secure online system to collect and manage all student health information and other vital school forms. Because this is the first year CDS is using this system and each child's record needs to be set up, it is expected to take about 20-30 minutes to complete for each child. After this year, it will take just a few minutes to provide updates to your child's record as needed.

How to submit required forms:

  • NOTE: For the best user experience, it is strongly recommended you access Magnus on your computer (not your tablet or mobile phone) AND you use Chrome as your Internet browser. Magnus Health is accessible through other browsers, but pdf forms do not display correctly onscreen and will only be viewable after you download them. Printed forms downloaded through browsers other than Chrome also do not print correctly. Chrome can be downloaded at https://www.google.com/chrome/.
  • Go to Magnus Health SMR (Student Medical Records)
  • Use your "My BackPack" user name and password to log in to Magnus Health.
  • You will see your child(ren) listed on your Front Desk screen. Click on the "Complete Now" button for each child. 
  • You will advance to a screen with initial "yes" and "no" questions about your child's age and activities. 
  • Once these conditional questions have been answered, the system will generate a customized "To Do" list with all the forms and other required information (like birth certificates and immunization forms) that need to be completed/submitted for your child. 
    • You must complete all questions on the forms; for example: if you are asked to list all allergies your child has and your child does not have any allergies, you will need to write "None."  The system will not advance to the next page if any questions are left blank.
    • At the bottom of the "Vital Health Record" you will need to click "yes" in the last item and enter the names and cell phone numbers for all parents (and/or other emergency contacts) you want to have called in the event of an emergency. The cell phone field in the "Health Emergency Contacts" section at the top of this screen is not working properly.  
  • You do not need to complete/submit everything in one sitting. Magnus Health will track your progress and will send email reminders to you weekly until all required forms and information is complete.

All forms and information must be completed/uploaded to Magnus Health by July 31, 2018.

Early Childhood Campus

GENERAL INFORMATION

How to Stay Informed

PTO Welcome Letter

Risse Brothers Uniforms 

  • Kindergarten students wear the school uniform. Risse Brothers is the school uniform provider and is located at 4228 N. Armenia Avenue, Tampa 33607 (813.282.8338). Risse Brothers is open Monday - Saturday during the summer and will be at the Bearss Avenue Campus with a complete selection of regular and PE uniforms on August 13 and 14. 

School Lunches

  • Lunch service for ECC students will begin on Friday, August 24, 2018. Lunch service at the ECC will be on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. ECC parents must pre-order their children's lunches. Parents are able to access the ECC lunch menus online to help decide which days they want their children to purchase lunch. The menus can be viewed at: MySchoolDining.com/Carrollwood. Menus differ for each division, so remember to click the ECC button at the top of the page.
    • Click here to pre-order ECC lunch
      • The form asks for the child's POS ID. This should have been emailed to each family. If you do not have your child's POS ID number, enter your child's birthdate.
    • Lunch orders must be received by 3:00 pm on the school day prior (i.e., Monday lunch orders must be received by 3:00 pm on the previous Friday)

REQUIRED FORMS 

Students will not be allowed to attend school until all required forms and information have been received by school. 

All forms need to be updated every year and need to be completed or uploaded to the Magnus Health portal. When parents log in to their Magnus Health account, the system will generate a list of all required forms for each child.

IMMUNIZATION INFORMATION

Current immunization and health record(s) must be uploaded to the Magnus Health portal prior to August 1, 2018Parents should obtain their child's immunization form (FL DH 680) and physical form (FL DH 3040) from their pediatrician.

Immunization & Physical Requirements
When do Children and Teens Need Vaccinations? 

  • For this first year on Magnus Health, all families need to provide the school with a copy of each student’s birth certificate, immunization record, and physical.

DRESS CODE

Carrollwood Day School is a uniform/dress code school for students in kindergarten through upper school. The responsibility for assuring students are in the proper dress ultimately lies with the parents and the individual student. The school expects all students to be dressed appropriately on campus. Students may not be allowed to attend classes unless in appropriate uniform.

Students who are not in full uniform for the first time will be loaned appropriate dress, if available. The second offense will result in the student’s parents being called to bring their student appropriate uniform attire.

The complete Dress Code can be found in the Student Handbook.

Uniforms

  • Cargo style shorts and slacks are not allowed.
  • Hoods on sweatshirts cannot be worn in the classrooms or inside the school buildings.
  • Kindergarten students are not required to wear a separate PE uniform.

Shoes and Socks

  • ECC and Elementary:
    • Shoes: Dark closed-toe dress or athletic shoes in student’s choice of color
    • Socks:  Solid, conservative or school color socks (e.g., white, red, grey, black, and brown)
      Girls may also wear black, white or red footed tights

Hair

All students’ hair should be kept neat and clean. Extreme hairstyles and hair color are prohibited. A boy’s hair must not cover the eyebrows or touch the collar. Those who fashion hairstyles that are unruly will be required to have their hairstyle groomed. Words and designs may not be cut into the hairstyle.  First offense will result in a warning; second offense will result in parents being called.

  • ECC and Elementary:
    • Ponytails are not allowed for boys in kindergarten or elementary school.

KINDERGARTEN SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Students who ordered school supplies online will receive their supply packs at their teacher meetings in August. 

Florida's 2018 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday will be Friday, August 3 through Sunday, August 5, 2018. No sales tax will be collected on purchases of clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item and certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item.

Elementary

GENERAL INFORMATION

How to Stay Informed

PTO Welcome Letter

Risse Brothers Uniforms 

  • Risse Brothers is the school uniform provider and is located at 4228 N. Armenia Avenue, Tampa 33607 (813.282.8338). Risse Brothers is open Monday - Saturday during the summer and will be at the Bearss Avenue Campus with a complete selection of regular and PE uniforms on August 13 and 14.

School Lunches

  • CDS partners with Flik Independent School Dining to provide school lunches. During the school year, parents are able to access our school’s menus on the CDS My School Dining site. Flik uses a no-cash system. Parents set up and fund a declining balance payment account for each child at MySchoolBucks.com
  • If a student's account becomes overdrawn by $15, the student will be served a Sunbutter and jelly sandwich for $2.50 which will be deducted from the student's account balance. We recommend that parents set up auto pay on their MySchoolBucks.com account to ensure their children get to have the lunch of their choice.

REQUIRED FORMS

Students will not be allowed to attend school until all required forms and information have been received by school. All health information and school forms are must be completed/uploaded to Magnus Health by August 1, 2018.

 

All forms need to be updated every year and need to be completed or uploaded to the Magnus Health portal. When parents log in to their Magnus Health account, the system will generate a list of all required forms for each child.

 

IMMUNIZATION INFORMATION

Current immunization record(s) must be on file prior to August 1, 2018Parents should obtain their child's immunization form (FL DH 680) and physical form (FL DH 3040) from their pediatrician.

Immunization & Physical Requirements
When do Children and Teens Need Vaccinations?

  • For this first year on Magnus Health, all families need to provide the school with a copy of each student’s birth certificate, immunization record, and physical.

ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION FORMS

Students in grades 4 and 5 are invited to participate in Running Club along with the middle school cross country and track and field teams. Athletes and parents should refer to the Athletic Handbook and Athletic Brochure for policies and information about the elementary athletics programs. All athletic forms need to be completed on the Magnus Health portal. 

DRESS CODE

Carrollwood Day School is a uniform/dress code school for students in kindergarten and older. The responsibility for assuring students are in the proper dress ultimately lies with the parents and the individual student. The school expects all students to be dressed appropriately on campus. Students may not be allowed to attend classes unless in appropriate uniform.

Students who are not in full uniform for the first time will be loaned appropriate dress, if available. The second offense will result in the student’s parents being called to bring their student appropriate uniform attire.

The complete Dress Code can be found in the Student Handbook.

Uniforms

  • Cargo style shorts and slacks are not allowed.
  • Sweatshirt hoods cannot be worn in the classrooms or inside the school buildings.
  • Only the oval “Patriot Pride” eagle logo is allowed on PE apparel and sweatshirts.

Shoes and Socks

  • ECC and Elementary:
    • Shoes: Dark closed-toe dress or athletic shoes in student’s choice of color
    • Socks:  Solid, conservative or school color socks (e.g., white, red, grey, black, and brown)
      Girls may also wear black, white or red footed tights

Hair

All students’ hair should be kept neat and clean. Extreme hairstyles and hair color are prohibited. A boy’s hair must not cover the eyebrows or touch the collar. Those who fashion hairstyles that are unruly will be required to have their hairstyle groomed. Words and designs may not be cut into the hairstyle.  First offense will result in a warning; second offense will result in parents being called.

  • ECC and Elementary:
    • Ponytails are not allowed for boys in kindergarten or elementary school.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Students who ordered school supplies online will receive their supply packs at their teacher meetings in August. 

Elementary School Supply Lists

Students should bring their supplies to school in August to their scheduled "meet your teacher meeting" day.

Florida's 2018 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday will be Friday, August 3 through Sunday, August 5, 2018. No sales tax will be collected on purchases of clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item and certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item.

TECHNOLOGY@CDS

iPad 

Carrollwood Day School's one-to-one device program includes all students in grades 4 – 12.

At CDS, technology is embedded in the learning experiences throughout the entire school. 

For the 2018-2019 school year:

  • All CDS students in grades 4-6 are required to bring an Apple iPad to school every day.
  • Students in each grade are required to have particular apps installed on their iPads and MacBooks. It is the responsibility of the student's family to purchase and install the required applications on the student device.  Please click here for the elementary Required Apps.

Visit the BYOD@CDS page under "Academics > Technology" for specific requirements and answers to frequently asked questions about the CDS One-to-One program.

SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS

Summer Reading

To help you select your books, your child's teacher has prepared a list of suggested summer reading. Some students find they enjoy and decide to read books by one author. Some students like to read mystery books, fantasies or historical fiction. The important thing is that all students need to read to sharpen their reading skills and to experience the pure joy of reading a good book.

Summer Math

Parents can reinforce math skills with everyday activities. Incorporate math into your family's daily life - without a lot of time, effort, or expense - with these fun ideas.

Students entering 6th grade have a math packet to complete.

BACK TO SCHOOL MEETINGS

In August, students entering grades 1 - 5 will receive their teacher assignment and an appointment time to meet their new teacher. These meetings will be scheduled for Monday, August 13 - Wednesday, August 15; students will meet with their homeroom  teacher during this time. They should bring all school supplies, it is not necessary to wear uniforms for these meetings. School supply packs will be delivered to the classroom for those students who ordered school supplies online through CDS.

5th Grade Orientation
Wednesday, August 15
8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Fifth grade has a special orientation that includes a pizza lunch for the kids. The entire fifth grade will come together to meet their teachers and hear about the many unique and exciting activities that happen in the fifth grade year, the capstone year of Carrollwood Day School's IB Primary Years Programme.

Students will need to bring their charged iPads and any supplies not brought during interviews; they should also come dressed in their CDS school uniform. Students should bring a snack and lunch if they have dietary restrictions.

Middle School

GENERAL INFORMATION 

How to Stay Informed

PTO Welcome Letter

Schedule for Middle School Orientation (Will be published during the summer)

Risse Brothers Uniforms 

  • Risse Brothers is the school uniform provider and is located at 4228 N. Armenia Avenue, Tampa 33607 (813.282.8338). Risse Brothers is open Monday - Saturday during the summer and will be at the Bearss Avenue Campus with a complete selection of regular and PE uniforms on August 13 and 14.

School Lunches 

  • CDS partners with Flik Independent School Dining to provide school lunches. During the school year, parents are able to access our school’s menus on the CDS My School Dining site. Flik uses a no-cash system. Parents set up and fund a declining balance payment account for each child at MySchoolBucks.com
  • If a student's account becomes overdrawn by $15, the student will be served a Sunbutter and jelly sandwich for $2.50 which will be deducted from the student's account balance. We recommend that parents set up auto pay on their MySchoolBucks.com account to ensure their children get to have the lunch of their choice.

REQUIRED FORMS

Students will not be allowed to attend school until all required forms and information have been received by school. All health information and school forms are must be completed/uploaded to Magnus Health by August 1, 2018.

  • All forms need to be updated every year and need to be completed or uploaded to the Magnus Health portal. When parents log in to their Magnus Health account, the system will generate a list of all required forms for each child.

IMMUNIZATION INFORMATION

Current immunization record(s) must be uploaded to the Magnus Health portal prior to August 1, 2018.  Parents should obtain their child's immunization form (FL DH 680) and physical form (FL DH 3040) from their pediatrician.

Immunization & Physical Requirements
When do Children and Teens Need Vaccinations?

  • 7th grade immunization update must be uploaded to the Magnus Health portal by August 1, 2018
  • For this first year on Magnus Health, all families need to provide the school with a copy of each student’s birth certificate, immunization record, and physical.

ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION FORMS

Athletes and parents should refer to the Athletic Handbook and Athletic Brochure for policies and information about the elementary, middle school and upper school athletics programs.

ORIENTATION & FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL

Attendance at Orientation is mandatory.

Middle School Orientation
Monday and Tuesday, August 13 and 14 - 8:00 am to 12:00 pm 
Wednesday, August 15 - 8:00 am - 3:15 pm

  • All forms on the Magnus Health portal must be completed before orientation.
  • Students must wear their school uniforms each day and bring a snack and drink. On Wednesday, students will leave campus for a Silly Sock Bowling party and should wear their craziest socks with their uniforms.
  • Monday, August 13:  This day is for incoming CDS middle school students only - ALL 6th grade students and 7th and 8th grade students who are NEW to CDS. 
    • Students need to bring their school supplies and iPads/MacBooks.
  • Tuesday, August 14: ALL middle school students
    • Students need to bring their school supplies and iPads/MacBooks.
    • 8:15 am: MS New Parent Welcome Meeting - this meeting is for all parents NEW to MS; all returning MS parents are also welcome to attend
    • 10:00 am: Parent Meeting - Parents will be introduced to the COBRA Defense Active Shooter Response training that will be done with MS and US students on Wednesday morning. (This program is for parents, only.)
  • Wednesday, August 15:  ALL middle school students 
    • 8:30 am - 11:30 am - COBRA Defense Active Shooter Response Training - MS students will receive training and go through a drill to learn what to do during the "critical window" of time between when a shooter starts firing and when police arrive on scene
    • All MS students will be transported by school transportation to Pin Chasers Midtown for an afternoon of class bonding and fun. Students will return by bus to school for dismissal at 3:15 pm. 

Thursday & Friday, August 16 & 17, 2018 - 8:00 am - 3:15 pm
Students begin the first two days of the new academic year. Students will turn in their summer assignments for math and reading. Bring your charged iPads/MacBooks, a snack, and lunch*. 

* For those who would like to purchase lunches at school, information will be sent over the summer with menus and instructions on how to order.

DRESS CODE

Carrollwood Day School is a uniform/dress code school for students in kindergarten through upper school. The responsibility for assuring students are in the proper dress ultimately lies with the parents and the individual student. The school expects all students to be dressed appropriately on campus. Students may not be allowed to attend classes unless in appropriate uniform.

Students who are not in full uniform for the first time will be loaned appropriate dress, if available. The second offense will result in the student’s parents being called to bring their student appropriate uniform attire.

The complete Dress Code can be found in the Student Handbook.

Uniforms

  • Cargo style shorts and slacks are not allowed.
  • Sweatshirt hoods cannot be worn in the classrooms or inside the school buildings.
  • Only the oval “Patriot Pride” eagle logo is allowed on PE apparel and sweatshirts.

Shoes and Socks

  • Middle School
    • Shoes: Dark closed-toe dress or athletic shoes in student’s choice of color; no boots, crocs, or sandals
    • Socks:  Solid, conservative or school color socks (e.g., white, red, grey, black, and brown)
    • Girls may also wear full length black leggings or footed tights

Hair

All students’ hair should be kept neat and clean. Extreme hairstyles and hair color are prohibited. A boy’s hair must not cover the eyebrows or touch the collar. Those who fashion hairstyles that are unruly will be required to have their hairstyle groomed. Words and designs may not be cut into the hairstyle. First offense will result in a warning; second offense will result in parents being called.

  • Middle School and High School:
    • Hair height is not to be above 2 inches.
    • Ponytails and dreadlocks must be pulled back and above the collar.
    • Facial hair (beards, mustaches and goatees) and unusually long sideburns are not permitted.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Florida's 2018 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday will be Friday, August 3 through Sunday, August 5, 2018. No sales tax will be collected on purchases of clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item and certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item.

Middle school students are responsible for purchasing their own school supplies and bringing them to school during orientation in August.  This year the teachers have organized the lists to itemize supplies needed for each class and included a consolidated supply list to make your shopping easier! Here are the lists of supplies required for each grade next year:

TECHNOLOGY@CDS

 iPad 

Carrollwood Day School's one-to-one device program includes all students in grades 4 – 12.

At CDS, technology is embedded in the learning experiences throughout the entire school. For the 2018-2019 school year:

  • All CDS students in grade 6 are required to bring an Apple iPad
  • CDS students in grades 7 & 8 are required to bring an Apple MacBook laptop to campus every day.
  • Students in each grade are required to have particular apps installed on their iPads and MacBooks. It is the responsibility of the student's family to purchase and install the required applications on the student device. Please click here for the MS Required Apps.

Visit the BYOD@CDS page for specific requirements and answers to frequently asked questions about the CDS One-to-One program.

SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS

Middle School Math Assignments

Keeping students academically engaged throughout the summer is one way to continue to ensure their success in the future.  

Middle School Summer Reading

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”  - Dr. Seuss

  • Rising 6th Graders
    • Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper 
    • Book of Choice
  • Rising 7th Graders
    • Don't Look Behind You by Lois Duncan 
    • A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Parker 
  • Rising 8th Graders
    • The Giver by Lois Lowry 
    • ONE of the following books
      • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
      • Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper
      • Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix
      • My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

Click here to download a copy of the required middle school summer reading assignments.

Upper School

GENERAL INFORMATION

How to Stay Informed

PTO Welcome Letter

Schedule for Upper School Orientation (Will be published during the summer)

Risse Brothers Uniforms 

  • Risse Brothers is the school uniform provider and is located at 4228 N. Armenia Avenue, Tampa 33607 (813.282.8338). Risse Brothers is open Monday - Saturday during the summer and will be at the Bearss Avenue Campus with a complete selection of regular and PE uniforms on August 13 and 14.

School Lunches 

  • CDS partners with Flik Independent School Dining to provide school lunches. During the school year, parents are able to access our school’s menus on the CDS My School Dining site. Flik uses a no-cash system. Parents set up and fund a declining balance payment account for each child at MySchoolBucks.com
  • If a student's account becomes overdrawn by $15, the student will be served a Sunbutter and jelly sandwich for $2.50 which will be deducted from the student's account balance. We recommend that parents set up auto pay on their MySchoolBucks.com account to ensure their children get to have the lunch of their choice.

REQUIRED FORMS

Students will not be allowed to attend school until all required forms and information have been received by school. All health information and school forms are must be completed/uploaded to Magnus Health by August 1, 2018.

  • All forms need to be updated every year and need to be completed or uploaded to the Magnus Health portal. When parents log in to their Magnus Health account, the system will generate a list of all required forms for each child.

IMMUNIZATION INFORMATION

Current immunization record(s) must be uploaded to the Magnus Health portal prior to August 1, 2018.  Parents should obtain their child's immunization form (FL DH 680) and physical form (FL DH 3040) from their pediatrician.

Immunization & Physical Requirements
When do Children and Teens Need Vaccinations?

  • For this first year on Magnus Health, all families need to provide the school with a copy of each student’s birth certificate, immunization record, and physical.

ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION FORMS

Athletes and parents should refer to the Athletic Handbook and Athletic Brochure for policies and information about the elementary, middle school and upper school athletics programs.

ORIENTATION

Attendance at Orientation is mandatory.

Upper School Orientation
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, August 13, 14 and 15 - 8:30 am to 11:30 am
(Seniors will remain until 2:30 pm on Tuesday for mandatory College Boot Camp. Lunch will be served.)

  • All forms on the Magnus Health portal must be completed before orientation.
  • Dress Code for US Orientation: Please wear clothes suitable for physical activity and in compliance with the CDS conservative dress code, i.e. no short shorts, spaghetti straps, cropped tops, plunging necklines, or shirts displaying offensive pictures or wording. Students will need to wear a shirt to match their assigned color team on Tuesday - team assignments will be sent out in August.
  • Monday, August 13 - 8:30 am - 11:30 am:  This day is for incoming CDS upper school students only - ALL 9th grade students and "NEW to CDS" 10th and 11th grade students. 
    • 8:30 am: US New Parents and Students Welcome Meeting - This meeting is for all parents and students NEW to the upper school.
    • 9:30 am: Students will be dismissed for orientation programming and parents can stay to learn more about College Counseling, test prep, and IB at CDS.
  • Tuesday, August 14 - 8:30 am - 11:30 am:  ALL upper school students. 
    Seniors will remain until 2:30 pm for College Boot Camp. (Mandatory for the Class of 2019.)
    • 8:30 am - 11:30 am: The Patriot Cup - Year V will be held in the Hayes Family Gymnasium.
    • 10:00 am - 11:30 am: Parent Meeting - Parents will be introduced to the COBRA Defense Active Shooter Response training that will be done with MS and US students on Wednesday morning. (This program is for parents, only.)
    • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Seniors Only
      Lunch will be served. Seniors may register for parking permits at the CDS Security Office in the facilities building.
    • 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Class of 2019 College Boot Camp
      This program is mandatory; students need to bring their charged laptops.
      Theatre

      Topics to be covered:

      • Bright Futures Qualifying and Application
      • College Counseling class
      • Deadlines
      • Athletes
      • Discipline issues
      • Essay completion
      • Common App and Coalition App (and the SSAR)
      • Communication responsibilities
      • Application progression and internal deadlines
  • Wednesday, August 15 - 8:30 am - 11:30 am:  ALL upper school students. 
    • 8:30 am - 11:30 am - COBRA Defense Active Shooter Response Training - US students will receive training and go through a drill to learn what to do during the "critical window" of time between when a shooter starts firing and when police arrive on scene

Upper School New Parent Welcome Meeting
Monday, August 13 - 8:30 am to 9:30 am
Theatre
 

  • Sara Rubinstein, Head of the Upper School, looks forward to welcoming parents and sharing plans for the school year. 
  • Parents are welcome to stay after the initial meeting to learn more about College Counseling and IB at CDS.

Parent COBRA-Defense Training Meeting
This program is for parents, only
Tuesday, August 14 - 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Theatre  

  • Parents will be introduced to the COBRA Defense Active Shooter Response training that all faculty and staff (ECC through US) will complete in early August and that will be done with MS and US students on Wednesday morning. As part of their orientation programming, MS and US students will receive training and go through a drill to learn what to do during the "critical window" of time between when a shooter starts firing and when police arrive on scene. All parents are encouraged to attend this program.

DRESS CODE

Carrollwood Day School is a uniform/dress code school for students in kindergarten through upper school. The responsibility for assuring students are in the proper dress ultimately lies with the parents and the individual student. The school expects all students to be dressed appropriately on campus. Students may not be allowed to attend classes unless in appropriate uniform.

Students who are not in full uniform for the first time will be loaned appropriate dress, if available. The second offense will result in the student’s parents being called to bring their student appropriate uniform attire.

The complete Dress Code can be found in the Student Handbook.

Uniforms

  • *** NEW*** A black dry-fit collared shirt has been added to the upper school wardrobe.
  • Cargo style shorts and slacks are not allowed.
  • Sweatshirt hoods cannot be worn in the classrooms or inside the school buildings.
  • Only the oval “Patriot Pride” eagle logo is allowed on PE apparel and sweatshirts.

Shoes and Socks

  • Closed-toe shoes and socks must be worn; no crocs or sandals
  • Girls may also wear full length black leggings or footed tights

Hair

All students’ hair should be kept neat and clean. Extreme hairstyles and hair color are prohibited. A boy’s hair must not cover the eyebrows or touch the collar. Those who fashion hairstyles that are unruly will be required to have their hairstyle groomed. Words and designs may not be cut into the hairstyle.  First offense will result in a warning; second offense will result in parents being called.

  • Middle School and Upper School:
    • Hair height is not to be above 2 inches.
    • Ponytails and dreadlocks must be pulled back and above the collar.
    • Facial hair (beards, mustaches and goatees) and unusually long sideburns are not permitted.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Upper school students are responsible for purchasing their own school supplies and bringing them to school during orientation in August.

Florida's 2018 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday will be Friday, August 3 through Sunday, August 5, 2018. No sales tax will be collected on purchases of clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item and certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item.

TECHNOLOGY@CDS

iPad 

Carrollwood Day School's one-to-one device program includes all students in grades 4 – 12.

At CDS, technology is embedded in the learning experiences throughout the entire school. For the 2018-2019 school year:

  • All students in grades 9 - 12 are required to bring an Apple MacBook laptop to campus every day.
  • Students in each grade are required to have particular apps installed on their MacBooks. It is the responsibility of the student's family to purchase and install the required applications on the student device.  Please click here for the HS Required Apps.

Visit the BYOD@CDS page for specific requirements and answers to frequently asked questions about the CDS One-to-One program.

SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS

Required Summer Math

In order to keep your current math skills sharp, please complete this summer review packet.  Show all work, graphs, and solutions clearly. Solutions are not provided with this packet. Summer Math Packets are due on the first day of school, Thursday, August 16, 2018. 

Required Summer Reading

For both 9th and 10th grade, students MUST read two novels: the mandatory novel and one novel from the “Choice” list. Students should be prepared to write an essay regarding summer reading the first week of school. If they choose to take notes as they read (in their own handwriting), they may use these notes for the preparation of their essay. The essay will be completed in class.

All 11th graders need to read Homer's The Odyssey  translated by Robert Fagles  

12th Grade EE Summer Assignments

Required Spanish Assignments

Required Science Assignments

Forms as needed (After Care & Transportation)

After Care

CDS uses KidCheck® to provide an online check in/check out system for students that participate in the extended day program at both the Early Childhood Campus (ECC) and the Bearss Avenue campus (grades 1 - 5). KidCheck® improves the safety and tracking of our children and  will also enhance our communication, security and our administration of our extended day programs. Each family that intends to utilize the before care (ECC only) or after care program (both campuses) must create an account prior to the first day of attendance. If your child is already registered in KidCheck, it is not necessary to create a new account; your account is still active.

Click here to download the simple instructions to create your KidCheck account today. 

Transportation

Carrollwood Day School offers transportation to and from the Bearss Avenue Campus on a fleet of school owned buses. This service is maintained for the convenience of CDS families. CDS has established bus stops at various locations on each of our bus routes. Compliant with State guidelines, CDS may not pick up students at their residence.  In addition to the route bus stops, there is a shuttle between the ECC and Bearss Avenue Campus to assist families with children enrolled at both campuses.

For families that do not use the CDS bus service, Carrollwood Day School encourages all parents to carpool whenever possible. In an effort to "go green," over the summer CDS will make available resources for parents to help find carpool partners effective and easy. 

Get Involved in 2018-2019!

Volunteer

The Room Representative acts as the liaison between the teacher and the parents, coordinates class volunteers, and facilitates events held "outside the classroom" (International Festival, class Auction/Gala involvement, Staff Appreciation activities, etc.). Periodic meetings are held to discuss the details of upcoming events. Meeting notes and parent information letters are provided for the representative to communicate with parents. It is a great way to get involved and stay connected!

We are currently collecting names of those parents who are interested in getting more involved for the elementary grades. If you are interested in potentially becoming a Room Representative for your child's class/homeroom for the next school year, please click on the link below to add your name to the list by August 3rd. Please add your name to each grade level that you would consider volunteering to be a Room Rep. Final selection will take place by September, after the students have been assigned to their classroom. (Please note: Placing your name on this list does not guarantee that you will be asked to serve as a Room Rep for your child's classroom. Room Rep assignments are based on supply/demand, teacher needs, etc.

Please contact Andrea Esguerra , ECC and Elementary School Room Rep Coordinator, or Julie Rand, MS Room Rep Coordinator, with questions.  

Volunteer

Support our Stars... in sports and on the stage!

Whether you are a parent of an athlete or thespian or not, CDS athletics and performing arts are a lot of fun and bring our community together. We hope you will consider becoming a member of both organizations!

Booster Club

The Patriot Booster Club is an organization of parents, alumni and friends who are building a quality athletic and physical education program at CDS. In cooperation with the Athletic Director, the Boosters provide support for all athletics, including sponsored events, intramurals, middle school sports teams, and JV and varsity sports teams.

Join Booster Club


Friends of the Performing Arts is an organization of parents, alumni, and friends who are dedicated to strengthening the Performing Arts program at Carrollwood Day School. In cooperation with the Performing Arts Directors, the Friends provide support for all performing art productions produced at CDS throughout the year.  

  • The first performing arts show next year will be a high school production (TBD) on  November 30 - December 1!
  • The all-school musical, Mary Poppins, is scheduled for April 5-7!

WATCH FOR YOUR INVITATION TO JOIN THESE TWO GROUPS!

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