Entering kindergarten and pre-kindergarten children and their parents are invited to visit our campus for a “Kindergarten Play Day,” from 9:45-11:15 Saturday, November 19th. If you are examining your options for your child’s kindergarten year, or just curious about our school, join us for some kindergarten themed activities, and an opportunity to meet our teachers, see our classrooms and outdoor environments and share some Saturday morning fun with other moms and their children.

ECDS Students attend a Performing Arts Workshop performance and after-school Fall Festival and Middle School Haunted House this Friday afternoon beginning at 2:00 p.m. Annual Fall Festival in-school and after-school activities include booths prepared by parents of each grade, a pumpkin walk, a silent auction of scarecrows created by each grade, Haunted House performances (if you dare), and of course the opportunity to dunk a few faculty members… all for a good cause of course! Thanks to our PAC (Parent Action Committee), chairs, parents, Middle School and performing arts students, resource, design, and performance directors, and support staff for their tireless efforts to make the day memorable and fun for the entire school community.

Join us for an afternoon of fun and learning at our Preschool Back-to-School Open House on Sunday, September 25th, from 1 to 4 p.m., at our Encinitas Boulevard Preschool.

The annual Encinitas Country Day School Back-to-School “Beach Day” will be on Wednesday, August 31 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas. Look for the white balloons just south of the Lifeguard station.

This event is B.Y.O.E (Bring Your Own Everything). We hope to see you there!

Please join us on Wednesday, February 10 (note change from original school calendar) after school from 2:30 - 4:00 for lots of Valentine’s Day Fun.

We will have our annual Cake Walk. This year we will also have Face Painting, a Photo Booth, Popcorn Bar, Bracelet Making, a Raffle Basket and a Kissing (Hershey’s) Booth. All activities will require $1 tickets which will be sold at the event. Students from both campuses are invited with their parents.

Parents are asked to provide cakes, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, etc for prizes for the Cake Walk. Please sign up at your classroom - we need lots of prizes for this fun activity.

In addition, CandyGrams will be sold before and after school, Monday, Feb. 8th - Wednesday, Feb. 10th and in the morning on Thursday, Feb. 11th. They will be passed out on Thursday the 11th. All proceeds go to the Middle School Student Council.

Please read the following flyers for extensive information:

Contact Mrs. Marasco if you have questions.

You’re invited to Encinitas Country Day School’s Open House on Sunday, February 21st from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Bring your family, friends and neighbors for an afternoon of fun and friendship at ECDS. We’ll have student music, dance and drama performances, Art Show and Science Fair, student project displays, and challenging activities and fun for the whole family. Teachers and students will be hosting their classrooms and grade level booths and whole campus tours. So mark your calendar and stop by and see why students, staff, and friends are so proud to be part of our thriving ECDS community.

You’re invited to Encinitas Country Day School’s Open House on Sunday, January 31st from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Bring your family, friends and neighbors for an afternoon of fun and friendship at ECDS. We’ll have student music, dance and drama performances, Art Show and Science Fair, student project displays, and challenging activities and fun for the whole family. Teachers and students will be hosting their classrooms and grade level booths and whole campus tours. So mark your calendar and stop by and see why students, staff, and friends are so proud to be part of our thriving ECDS community.

“Fall Fun Play Day” Event for 3 to 5 Year Olds, Saturday, November 14 from 9:45 am to 11:15 am in the Kindergarten area at the ECDS Manchester Ave. Campus.

All are welcome to join us for a fun-filled morning that will include theme-based art, snack and play activities, as well as story time.

While your child enjoys supervised activities, you can get a glimpse of the beautiful ECDS campus and spend time observing experienced ECDS Kindergarten teachers in action.

Fall Fun Play Day
9:45 to 11:15 am, Saturday, November 14, 2015

Encinitas Country Day School
3616 Manchester Ave, Encinitas

The 2nd and 4th Fridays will typically be Free Dress days each month. Please mark your calendars for upcoming Free Dress days on October 23, October 30 (Halloween costumes), November 13, and December 11.

Your child can bring in their most spook-tacular & creative Decorated Pumpkins for the Pumpkin Decorating Contest by Wednesday, October 28. Your children’s scare-tastic creations will be used as prizes for the Pumpkin Walk at the ECDS Halloween Fall Festival on October 30. Please refer to the Pumpkin Decorating Contest flyer in your mailbox for more information about the contest.

Parents should plan to attend Parent/Teacher Conferences with their child’s teacher, which will be held on the afternoons of November 12 & 13 for Grades 1-8. School for Grades 1-8 will run as usual each day until Noon, and the conferences will be scheduled for 12:30 to 4:30 pm on both days. Kindergarten will have their usual school day schedule on those days. Parents may either pick up your children at the aftercare room, or you may leave your children with aftercare during your conference. There will be no charge for this aftercare. Teachers will be posting conference sign-up sheets in their rooms in the next few weeks.

Save the Date! The ECDS Halloween Fall Festival will be held after school on Friday, October 30 at the Manchester Avenue campus, and everyone from both campuses is invited to attend. This is one of the best events of the year and your family won’t want to miss it! Look for Halloween Fall Festival and Pumpkin Decorating Contest flyers in your mailboxes soon.

The Scholastic Fall Book Fair will run from Monday, Oct. 5 at 8 am until Thursday, Oct. 8 at 4:00 pm. We will be open all day. The students will visit the Book Fair with their classes on Monday and Tuesday, and they’ll make “Wish Lists” so you will know what they have their eye on. Please come join us for coffee and kid free shopping on Wednesday morning after drop off - a great way to get a head start on some holiday shopping! If you want to volunteer to help at the Book Fair, please contact Mrs. Marasco in the Library.

The Individual Portrait Photos and Class Photos of the students at the Encinitas Boulevard campus are scheduled for Tuesday, October 6 through Thursday, October 8, with Makeup Days on Tuesday, October 13 and Wednesday, October 14. The schedules for each classroom will be distributed soon.

ECDS will be hosting an Odyssey of the Mind Information meeting for interested students and parents on Wednesday, September 23 at 3:20 in the Science Room #212. Students and parents in Grades 3-8 are welcome. Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program where team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. A 7-member team of 4th and 5th Grade students represented ECDS at a number of competitions last year, including competing at the 2015 World Finals Competition with more than 850 teams from around the world.

Mark your calendar and join us on Sunday, September 27 for our annual Fall Open House at the Encinitas Boulevard campus. This is an excellent time to visit your child’s classroom, learn more about our program, connect with your child’s teacher and other parents. Each teacher will be talking about their classroom and the school year ahead. The presentation schedule is as follows:

1:00 Mrs. Gist and Mrs. McCorristin & Ms. Ritu 1:45 Ms. Marzia 2:15 Mrs. Landis and Ms. Chanel 3:00 Ms. Keara

One of the first events of the new year is our Montessori Philosophy for Parents meeting. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 22 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm at the Encinitas Boulevard campus. This presentation is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the depth and background of the Montessori method of teaching and caring for children. Complimentary Daycare will be provided.

Our annual ECDS Uniform Swap event starts this week. You can drop off gently-used school uniform clothing on Wednesday, Sept. 16 and Thursday, Sept. 17, and you’ll receive a ticket for every item you drop off. Come and redeem your tickets for uniform items on Thursday, Sept. 24 and Friday, Sept. 25. You can also purchase uniform items for $1 each on Friday, Sept. 25. If you would like to help sort clothes and man the Uniform Swap tables, please contact Mrs. Marasco in the Library.

We will be holding our annual Classroom Orientations for parents at the Manchester Avenue campus next week on September 15-17. All Orientations will take place in your child’s classroom. Free aftercare will be provided each day, and you can pick up your kids from the outdoor field areas after you are done in the classroom. The teachers are looking forward to letting you know everything that will be happening in their classrooms this year. The Classroom Orientation schedule is: • Kindergarten Tues. 9/15 2:45 to 4:00 pm • Grades 1-3 Weds. 9/16 3:30-4:30 pm • Grades 4-8 Thurs. 9/17 3:30-4:30 pm

We would like to invite all new ECDS parents to the Coffee Social event next Friday, 9/18 at 9:00 am in the Library at the Manchester Avenue campus. You’ll be able to meet other parents and members of the school’s Leadership team, and we’ll be glad to answer any questions you might have about ECDS.

The annual ECDS Father’s Day Family Picnic (PDF) is the final event of the 2014-2015 school year, and it will take place on Friday, June 12 beginning at 10:30 am on the Lower Field. The Picnic will be a Potluck Barbeque. The school will provide hot dogs, condiments and bottled water. If your family will be attending the picnic, please sign up on the clipboards outside the office by June 9 to tell us how many family members will attend, and if you would like to contribute one of the food items listed. After the picnic, there will be some fun activities for Dads and their children, including the Tug-of-War, 3-Legged Sack Race, and Water Balloon Toss.

The annual End-of-Year Programs presented by the Visual and Performing Arts Department and featuring your children are coming up soon, so make sure to mark the date on your calendar now and invite grandparents and other family members to attend. The End-of-Year Performances for Grades 1-7 will be held on Wednesday, June 10, and the Kindergarten End-of-Year Performances will be on Thursday, June 11. The 8th Grade Graduation and Middle School Recognition Ceremony for Grades 6-8 will be on Thursday, June 11 at 4:00 pm. Encinitas Boulevard Closing Programs will take place on Friday, June 12. The Father’s Day Family Picnic on Friday, June 12, will be the last event of the year at the Manchester Avenue campus.

ECDS will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 25. School will resume on Tuesday, May 26.

Since there is so much to share about the opportunities that will be available through the Polestar Lifetime Learning Foundation, a Gala Celebration & Concert, themed “Moonlight Over Manchester”, will be hosted by ECDS at 3616 Manchester Avenue in Encinitas on Saturday, April 11 at 7:00 pm. A presentation about the foundation will be given by Kraig Kidd-Dragula, Executive Director of the Polestar Performing Arts Academy, and he will introduce the professional members of the Polestar Board of Directors who will be leading the direction of this new inspiration.

Guests will be greeted with hors d’oeuvres and desserts as they arrive, and they will have time to view some of the materials being developed to publicly present the new organization. Guests will then be invited to the Polestar Amphitheater for a concert of international music, performed by the ECDS Performing Arts Department and guests. This evening event will be a semi-formal event. Wraps and jackets are recommended in the evening air. There is no charge for admission.

Please RSVP by putting your reply card in the Polestar RSVP box in the ECDS office by Wednesday, April 8. We hope to see you there at the Gala!

There will be no school during Spring Break week from Monday, March 30 through Friday, April 3. Daycare will be available at the Encinitas Boulevard campus from Monday, March 30 through Thursday, April 2, with no Daycare available on Friday, April 3. Classes will resume on Monday, April 6. During Spring Break, the ECDS office will be open from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm from Monday, March 30 through Thursday, April 2. The office will be closed on Friday, April 3. We hope everyone has a relaxing and fun adventure planned for Spring Break week.

ECDS will celebrate the arrival of spring with our annual Spring Festival on Friday, March 27, which is the last day of school before Spring Break. This is a special day filled with fun activities presented by ECDS teachers and staff for your children at both campuses. Your child’s teacher may need parent volunteers for this event, so please check with your teacher to see if parent assistance is needed.

Mark your calendars for the upcoming ECDS Spring Break week from Monday, March 30 through Friday, April 3. There will be no school during Spring Break week, and the Manchester Avenue campus will be closed for the break. Daycare will be available at the Encinitas Blvd. campus from March 30 through April 2, with no Daycare on Friday, April 3.

The ECDS Teacher Appreciation Day event will be held on Friday, May 15. If you’re interested in helping with this event, please attend the next planning meeting on Tuesday, March 17 at 9:00 am in the Library.

The coming weeks will find ECDS students in Grades 5-8 leaving our campus for some valuable learning and class bonding time at annual overnight camps and programs. The 5th Grade will be going to AstroCamp, the 6th Grade to Camp Cuyamca, the 7th Grade to Catalina Island, and the 8th Grade to Washington, DC. These camps and programs serve as amazing academic learning experiences, and they also enhance the students’ social and personal lives by giving our students memories that will last their lifetimes.

Our annual ECDS Jog-A-Thon (PDF) benefiting the “Gift of Life, International” organization will be held on Friday, March 13. Each year, this event provides an opportunity for ECDS students and their families to make a huge impact in the lives of children who need lifesaving heart operations. ECDS students should be collecting pledges from family, friends, and neighbors now, using their Pledge Sponsor Sheet to keep track of the pledges they receive. Pledge Sponsors can make a donation of a specific amount per lap completed by the student, or they can make a flat donation of any amount. “Gift of Life International” is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization under Tax ID #56-2322626, and all donations are tax-deductible. Pledge Sponsor Sheets must be turned in to your child’s teacher by Wednesday, March 11. Signup sheets for parent/grandparent volunteers have been posted for each classroom, and there is a Signup List on the Signupgenius website where you can sign up online as well.

The 2nd and 4th Fridays are typically Free Dress days each month. Please mark your calendars for upcoming Free Dress days on March 13, March 27, April 17, and April 24.

At every First Friday Assembly, typically held on the first Friday of each month, one class gives a presentation to explain a character trait to their fellow ECDS students. On Friday, March 6, the 4th Grade classes will have their turn to give a presentation about the character trait of having a “Positive Attitude”. The assembly starts at 9:00 am, and parents and other family members are welcome to attend the assembly so they can view the 4th Grade presentation.

The ECDS Jog-A-Thon is coming up on March 13. We will be needing 4-5 volunteers from each classroom on the day of the Jog-A-Thon for about one hour, to help with the kids and help with the tallying. You can sign up online using the signup list on SignupGenius, and we will also have volunteer sheets posted outside each classroom so you can sign up to help with this very worthy cause.

Save the date! Our annual Jog-A-Thon will be held on Friday, March 13. ECDS students in Kindergarten through 8th Grade will be running laps on the track to raise money for the “Gift of Life, International” organization, and the money that is raised will provide lifesaving heart operations for children in El Salvador and Uganda this year. Parent volunteers will be needed for each classroom, so please mark the date on your calendar now so you can be a part of this heartwarming event.

There are a number of fun annual activities planned to celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Manchester Avenue campus! ECDS Middle School students will be selling Candy Grams before and after school every day next week, from Monday 2/9 through the morning of Thursday 2/12. The Candy Grams will be delivered during the day on Thursday, 2/12. The Cake Walk event will take place after school on Wednesday 2/11, starting at 2:30 for Preschool & Kindergarten students from both campuses, and starting at 3:00 for 1st through 8th Grade students. Middle School students can decorate their own cupcakes at lunchtime and after school in the Middle School Cupcake Lounge.

There will be NO SCHOOL and NO Daycare on Friday, February 13 and Monday, February 16 in honor of the Presidents’ Day holiday. We’ll see everyone back at school on Tuesday, February 17.

We will be posting sign-ups at each classroom looking for volunteers to help with the Valentine’s Day Cake Walk and Middle School Cupcake Lounge. We need people to bring in baked goods, as well as to help set up and man the Cake Walk and Cupcake Lounge. Volunteers are needed to help on the morning of February 11 with setup and packaging of the goodies. At Noon, we need some Middle School parent helpers to supervise the Cupcake Lounge where the Middle School students can decorate and enjoy their cupcakes. In the afternoon from 2:00-4:30 pm, we need helpers to supervise the Cake Walk and pass out baked goodies as prizes. We also need several people who can be the Master of Ceremonies to lead the Cake Walk. Please look out for sign-up sheets or contact Mrs. Marasco if you would like to help out.

The 2nd and 4th Fridays are typically Free Dress days each month. Please mark your calendars for upcoming Free Dress days on Thursday, February 12 (since ECDS is closed on Friday, February 13), and Friday, February 27.

Teachers in Grades 2-8 are holding their Classroom Spelling Bees this week. The annual ECDS Spelling Bee will take place on Thursday, February 5 in the ECDS Library. The Spelling Bee for Division I (Grades 2 & 3) will start at 9:15 am, followed by the Spelling Bees for Division II (Grades 4 & 5) and Division III (Grades 6, 7, & 8). Parents, grandparents, and friends are welcome to attend.

ECDS invites families, friends, and members of the wider community to join in celebrating its 26-year Legacy of Scholarship, Integrity and Service at our Open House on Sunday, January 25 from 1 to 4 pm, which will be held at our Manchester Avenue campus located at 3616 Manchester Avenue in Encinitas. The Open House will will feature student performances, campus tours, interactive history and science projects, a school-wide Art Show, and grade-level themed booths that display curriculum-based projects. There will also be lots of fun activities for your whole family including a large-scale group art experience, a Super Mega Inflated Obstacle Course, supervised gymnastics zone, kite flying, a special gardening/planting experience in preparation for Mother’s Day, and more.

The 2nd and 4th Fridays are typically Free Dress days each month. Please mark your calendars for upcoming Free Dress days on January 23 and February 12 (Thursday) & 27.

We have some upcoming events on the calendar which will require some parent volunteer help. Please contact Mrs. Marasco if you can help with any of these events.

  • Open House - Sunday , January 25. We will need a few helpers to man the Hospitality Tent for an hour or so between 1:00 and 4:00 pm.
  • Valentine’s Day Cake Walk and Middle School Cupcake Lounge - Wednesday, February 11. These are both events that mainly require volunteers on the day of the event. Setup only takes a few hours. Come join the fun and be a part of a really fun day!

ECDS families, as well as their neighbors, families, and friends are invited to join ECDS Administrators and Faculty on Thursday, January 15 for a presentation that will provide resources and insights to help parents make informed decisions about their child’s Kindergarten year. The event will be from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the Library at the ECDS Manchester Avenue campus. Complimentary Daycare will be provided.

SAVE the Date! The ECDS Open House on Sunday, January 25 will feature student performances, campus tours, and lots of fun activities for your whole family. Please note this date on your calendar now, so you won’t miss this exciting event!

We invite all of our Encinitas Boulevard families to join us in a beautiful celebration of the holidays on Friday, December 19. The children have been busy preparing a holiday program for you, and there will even be a special visitor from the North Pole! Children who do not normally attend on Fridays are welcome to attend their classroom programs accompanied by their parents and families. If your child will be participating in the Holiday Program for their classroom, please gift wrap a book for him/her and give it to your teacher by Monday, December 15. Santa will be giving the children these books during the Holiday Program. If siblings or other children will be coming with you that day, please send in a book for them too.

Holiday Performances starring your talented children will be presented by the ECDS Performing Arts department on the dates below. Please mark your calendars now so you can experience the exciting music and dramatic performances presented at your child’s holiday program!

  • Grades 1-8 - Tuesday, December 16
  • Kindergarten (Manchester Ave. Campus) - Thursday, December 18
  • Encinitas Blvd. Campus - Friday, December 19

Please save some of your shopping for the days between December 13 and December 16, when you can shop at Barnes and Noble Bookstore in Encinitas and mention “Encinitas Country Day School” and we will receive 20% back in store credit for our school. On Saturday, December 13, some of your favorite teachers will be gift wrapping at the store - come by and say hi and get some shopping done! If you can’t make it to the store, you and your friends and family can shop online from December 13-21, and ECDS will receive credit if you use Bookfair ID #11486172 at checkout.

Your child is encouraged to participate in the annual ECDS Kids-to-Kids program by preparing a gift package or backpack for a child their age and gender, containing necessary items and a gift. Bring in the gift bag or backpack to the ECDS Library at the Manchester Avenue campus or the Front Desk at the Encinitas Boulevard campus by Wednesday, December 17, and fill out a special gift tag. Your child’s gift will be distributed through a local charity to help a child in need this holiday season.

Students and Parents in Grades 1-8 are invited to come and walk with the ECDS float in the Encinitas Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 6. This year’s exciting ECDS parade float design features a Nutcracker Ballet theme. Students who walk in the parade will be dressed as colorful characters from the ballet, including Snowflake Ballerinas, Nutcracker Soldiers, and Mice. Everyone who walks in the parade can sign up to choose their costume - first come, first served. Mrs. Marasco will be out in front of school to sign up parade participants for costume choices over the next 2 weeks. We hope that many ECDS families will participate in this fun annual event!

The school will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday Break, with no Daycare available, from Wednesday, November 26 through Friday, November 28. Classes will resume on Monday, December 1. We hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

The annual ECDS Thanksgiving Feast will be held on Tuesday, November 25 at both campuses. This event is a special time for the students to learn how to prepare food, cook for one another, share a meal together, and take a reverent moment to be grateful. We appreciate your understanding that this is a student-centered event in which older students help set up the event and serve the younger students. Parents are encouraged to check with your child’s teacher to see what food items your child can bring for the Feast.

Save the Dates! ECDS will have a float in the annual Encinitas Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 6, and we hope that many ECDS families will participate. This year’s theme is “Droppin’ In for the Holidays,” celebrating Encinitas’ reputation as THE mecca for Action Sports. Another December event to save on your calendar is our annual Barnes & Noble Book Fair, which will take place on December 13-16.

ECDS Parents are invited to a special presentation on “Preparing for Kindergarten” on Thursday, November 13 at 3:30 pm at the Encinitas Boulevard campus. The presentation will feature resources and insights to help you make informed decisions about your child’s Kindergarten year. We will provide complimentary daycare while you attend the presentation.

Parents in Grades 1-8: Please be sure to sign up for a conference with your child’s teacher on the signup sheets in each classroom. The conferences will be held in the afternoons on Thursday, November 6 and Friday, November 7. Classes will end at 12:00 Noon for all students in Grade 1-8 on Thursday and Friday.

The 2nd and 4th Fridays are typically Free Dress days each month. Please mark your calendars for upcoming Free Dress days on November 14 and December 12.

We will be having Halloween Costume Parade at both parades on Friday, October 31. The parade at the Encinitas Boulevard campus will start at 10:00 am, and the parade at the Manchester Avenue campus will start at 11:00 am. Your child may wear his/her costume to school. Please keep in mind that the costume will be worn all day, so make sure that it is safe and comfortable.

Class Group Photos and Make-up Photos will be taken at the Encinitas Boulevard Campus on Tuesday & Wednesday, November 4 and 5.

ECDS parents of 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students are encouraged to come to the Middle School Information Session on Thursday, October 30 from 2:15 to 3:15 in the Library. Come and meet ECDS Middle School teachers and learn about the ECDS Middle School experience and curriculum (ECDS parents of students in other grades are welcome as well).

The Halloween Fall Festival will be held after school on Friday, October 24 at the Manchester Avenue campus. This is one of the best events of the year and your family won’t want to miss it! Look for more information about the event in the special “Halloween Happenings” email newsletter that was sent on October 10, or on the flyer in your mailboxes.

Class Photos and Individual Portrait photos will be taken on October 20, 21, 22, and 23 at the Encinitas Boulevard campus. Please see your child’s teacher for the schedule of when their classroom will have their photos taken. Parents will be able to view and order the photos online in time for the holidays.

Save the Date! The Halloween Fall Festival will be held after school on Friday, October 24 at the Manchester Avenue campus. This is one of the best events of the year and your family won’t want to miss it. Stay tuned for a special Halloween e-newsletter soon, with detailed information about all of the Halloween events happening at ECDS in October.

We invite you to visit the Scholastic Book Fair from Monday, October 6 through Thursday, October 9 in the Library at the Manchester Avenue campus. The Book Fair runs from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day, except for Thursday when it will close at 4:00 pm. Please come join us and see all the wonderful books that are available for our ECDS students. It’s a great way to plan ahead for holiday shopping and birthday gifts.

Mrs. Marasco, ECDS Volunteer Coordinator, is coordinating volunteers for the Scholastic Book Fair in October, so please contact her if you want to help with the Book Fair. She’s also starting the countdown to the Halloween Fall Festival event, which is one of the best events of the year! If you’re interested in helping with the Halloween Fall Festival, please join Mrs. Marasco for an organizational meeting on Wednesday, September 24 at 9:00 AM in the Library.

Mrs. Marasco, ECDS Librarian, is pleased to be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair at the Encinitas Boulevard campus this year. We will be selling books during the Open House on Sunday, September 21 from 1-4. You can also purchase books after school on Monday, September 22 and Tuesday, September 23 from 2:30 - 6:00 pm each day. Please take advantage of a great selection of books for your children - they make great gifts too! Proceeds will be used exclusively to benefit the Encinitas Blvd. classrooms and enrichment programs.

Encinitas Blvd. Parents - Please join us on Sunday, September 21 for our annual Fall Open House at the Encinitas Blvd. Preschool campus. This is an excellent time to visit your child’s classroom, learn more about our program, connect with your child’s teacher and other parents, and to peruse the Book Fair. Each teacher will be talking about their classroom and the school year ahead.

Mrs. Marasco, ECDS Volunteer Coordinator, is coordinating volunteers for the Scholastic Book Fair in October, so please contact her if you want to help with the Book Fair. She’s also starting the countdown to the Halloween Fall Festival event, which is one of the best events of the year! If you’re interested in helping with the Halloween Fall Festival, please join Mrs. Marasco for an organizational meeting on Wednesday, September 24 at 9:00 AM in the Library.

The Individual Portrait Photos and Class Photos of your students in Kindergarten through 8th Grade at the Manchester Avenue campus will be taken during the week of September 22-26. Please ensure that your student dresses according to the ECDS School Dress Code on both days that their photo will be taken. There will be a Make-Up day for individual portraits only on October 17, for any students absent on their scheduled Individual Portrait Photo day. You will receive instructions for viewing proofs and ordering photos as soon as the photos are ready.

The annual Classroom Orientations for parents in Kindergarten through 8th Grade will be held on September 9-11. The teachers are looking forward to letting you know everything that will be happening in their classrooms this year! All Orientations will take place in your child’s classroom. The Classroom Orientation schedule is: • Kindergarten Tues. 9/9 • Grades 1-3 Weds. 9/10 • Grades 4-8 Thurs. 9/11

The Montessori Philosophy Orientation will be held on Tuesday, September 16 at the Encinitas Boulevard campus from 3:00-4:00 pm. Parents are invited to come and learn about the Montessori methods and materials that teachers will be using in their classrooms this year.

For the annual ECDS Uniform Swap - please drop off gently used uniform clothing on Wednesday 9/10 and Thursday 9/11. You’ll receive a ticket for every uniform item you drop off, and you can return the following week on Thursday 9/18 and Friday 9/19 to pick out clothes in a bigger size for your children. All leftover clothing will be donated to a local charitable organization.

Parents of students that will be starting Kindergarten in Fall 2014 are invited to attend a Kindergarten Orientation Meeting at the ECDS Manchester Ave. campus on Tuesday, January 14 at 3:30 pm. Parents of younger students are invited as well. This is a great opportunity for you to gain a wealth of knowledge about preparing your child for Kindergarten.

Families of students in Grades 1-5 are invited to enjoy Holiday music and drama performances on Friday, December 13 in the ECDS Amphitheater. Don’t forget to bring your cameras!

Mark your calendars to take your family to the annual Encinitas Street Faire on Sunday, November 24. Be sure to visit the ECDS booth while you’re there. We will be located near the Whole Foods Market on the 101 Coast Highway in downtown Encinitas.

Parent/Teacher Conferences for students in Grades 1-8 are scheduled for November 7 & 8 from 12:30-4:30 pm. Sign-up sheets are located in every classroom, and we encourage parents to take this opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher.

Halloween was a special day at ECDS that included a costume parade, a school-wide assembly, and classroom parties. It is so fun to see all our kids dressed up in their costumes and full of the fun, inventiveness, and joy that is such a part of this holiday. Everyone enjoyed the funny Halloween show, as well as the superb dancing of our Dance Class during the annual Halloween Assembly.

There will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, November 11, in observance of the Veteran’s Day holiday.

ECDS Families - mark your calendars now for the Halloween Fall Festival on Friday, October 25 from 2:30-4:30 pm. This is one of the best events of the year with lots of fun for kids of all ages! Activities at the festival include game booths provided by each classroom, yummy food, the Dunk Tank, and the Middle School’s Haunted House. Wristbands will be on sale October 22-25.

The ECDS Kids Korps Chapter is collecting New and Gently-Used Books for Leucadia Head Start through the end of October. They plan to give the books to the Head Start students at a special Holiday Party. Please leave any books you’d like to donate in the collection box in the office. On October 22, Kids Korps members will be participating in “Kids’ News Day”, when they will be selling newspapers for $1 each to benefit Rady Children’s Hospital.

We invite all ECDS families to visit the Scholastic Book Fair and discover a treasure trove of books! The Book Fair runs from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm each day from Monday, Oct. 7 through Thursday, Oct. 10, in the Library at the Manchester Avenue campus.

The ECDS Kids Korps chapter will be holding a Membership Drive on the promenade next to the Library on Friday, 9/27 from 2:30-3:30 pm. They will have information about Kids Korps, signup sheets, a mini-project, and treats for sale with all proceeds going to future service projects.

All ECDS families are invited to help us celebrate the school’s 25th birthday! The Manchester Avenue celebration is on Thursday 9/26 at 2:30 pm. At the Encinitas Blvd. campus, the celebration and Fall Open House are on Sunday 9/29 from 1:00-4:00 pm. The events at both campuses will be marked by musical performances, the release of ceremonial doves, and a giant birthday cake.

Encinitas Country Day School offers summer adventures to interest and excite campers for a day, week or all summer long. Every camper will find a smorgasbord of academic, visual and performing arts, sports, science, surf and summer fun activities to chose from. Custom American experiences are available for international students on summer break.

Summer Program Registration

For registration information and to download the summer catalog and registration forms, please go to our Summer Registration Page. Enroll by April 30th and receive 10% off.

Browse the information about our summer camp programs by clicking on the image links below.

The annual ECDS Jog-A-Thon is on Friday, March 8. This is the biggest service project of the year for ECDS students in Grades K-8, benefiting the “Gift of Life” charity and providing lifesaving heart operations. Parent or grandparent volunteers will be needed, and they must be at the school for 20 minutes before the classroom’s scheduled track time and plan to leave 15 minutes after their class is done. We also need parents to help your children collect pledges from family and friends.

ECDS leadership, students, teachers and friends were called together by the sounds of a conch shell followed by student vocalists singing “We are the World” accompanied by staff and parent musicians and singers. All the singing and celebration brought everyone together in song, clapping and swaying to mark the beginning of the School’s 25th year. The school’s founder made a few comments about how the work of the school, its teachers, families and students has been continually expanding over the years, like the ripples created by a pebble that is thrown into a pond. She pointed out how that expanding circle has had far-reaching effects in the lives of students and their service to others has expanded to the greater community and the world. She asked students to join her as she identified 24 great things to celebrate about the school and asked students to release one dove for each one. Principal Lehmunn released the twenty-fifth dove, and the entire school community welcomed the beginning of the 25th anniversary year and all of the things students, teachers, families and friends will do in the future to make this world a better place, for you and me. Then music and song rang out again as the entire flock was released by the students. There were feathers, flashes of white and circling birds everywhere. It was a great beginning for a great year. Thanks to everyone for participating and making it a memorable occasion.

Join our environmental biologist Cindy Daverin for a family hike of the conservation trail loop. Learn about local riparian and upland habitats. Collect and examine water samples taken from our on-campus seasonal stream and identify native plants and animals that live right on our campus. Sign up for hikes that begin from the central promenade booth every half hour during the open house.

This Sunday’s Open House is a great way to see what ECDS students have been doing this year. The afternoon event includes Campus Tours, Opportunities to meet teachers, Student Performances, a Middle School Science Fair, and a Student Art Show. Bring a friend and join us for Arts & Crafts, Family Fun, Hikes and more.

Encinitas Country Day School and Rising Stars will be presenting Schoolhouse Rock Jr. at the Rancho Santa Fe Performing Arts Center this weekend. Tickets are on sale at the school and at the box office before each performance. (January 7th and 14th at 6 p.m. and 8th and 15th at 2 p.m.)

ECDS student, parent and faculty volunteers will be on hand from 10:00-3:00 Sunday, December 11th, to wrap your gift books and spread holiday cheer. Your support will provide local shoppers with free holiday cheer and gift wrap and will also support our school Library. Everyone’s welcome.

First Friday Assembly, Encinitas Holiday Parade and Performing Arts Programs make the holiday season the warmest time of the year at Encinitas Country Day School. Look for details in postings here, and in the school lobby.

Manchester Campus

  • 3616 Manchester Blvd
  • Encinitas CA 92024
  • Ph: 760-942-1111

Encinitas Blvd Campus

  • 2155 Encinitas Blvd
  • Encinitas CA 92024
  • Ph: 760-942-2224
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