December 7, 2017 | Cougar Connection


It's Christmastime!


Reminder: What to wear for the Christmas Concert

The theme for this year's Christmas Concert on Thursday, December 14, is Christmas Memories. All students should come in appropriate concert attire:

Girls: Appropriate party dress with dress shoes. Because students are moving on stage and seated playing instruments, dresses should be modest in length—no formals, strapless, or spaghetti straps. Shoes should be flats or heels that are no more than 2 inches in height.

Boys: White or solid-colored dress shirt, tie or bow tie, slacks, and dress shoes. Jackets are optional.


If you'd like to order a recording of the concert, download this form


PreK and K put on Christmas plays

PreK and Kindergarten present their Christmas plays on Sunday, December 10, in the Upper School Dining Room.

PreK play: 1:00 p.m. To order a recording of the play, download this form.
Kindergarten play: 3:00 p.m. To order a recording of the play, download this form.


Compass goes Christmas caroling

On Friday, December 15, each Compass house will go Christmas caroling at local residential care facilities. Students are to be in Chapel Dress. We look forward to a wonderful morning!


Christmas Vacation dismissal

Please note the following class dismissal times for Friday, December 15. There is no hot lunch, no after school library, and no after-school enrichment programs that day.

  • PreK and Kindergarten at 11:45 a.m.
  • Grades 1–5 at 12:00 p.m.
  • Grades 6–8 at 12:15 p.m.
  • Classes resume on Wednesday, January 3.


School News


Spread the word

Our next Lower and Middle School Open House is coming up on Monday, January 15, from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. If you have friends who you think would like to join us, please contact Alexandra Pingree at 831.655.9337 or Janet Luksik at 831.655.9382. Learn more

Middle School Honor Roll

Congratulations to the Middle School students who made the Honor Roll for the first trimester! See the list of names here.


Rosary Chapel lawn is getting a face-lift

The project is a mix of hardscape and softscape, with benches, lighting, drought-tolerant plants, and a memory walk. Follow along with the progress of construction in our photo gallery.

Giving News

Benefit Celebration Committee meeting 

Our committees are hard at work securing fantastic bottles for the wine auction; however, we need a bit more help from you. We are asking for a donation of your favorite bottles of wine for the Benefit festivities. Please drop them off in the Lower and Middle School Office. Thank you for your generous donations!


We are still in search of fabulous live auction items as well. If you are able to, or know someone who can help facilitate a live auction item, we would love to hear from you!


Please contact Benefit Co-chairs:
Jamie Roth at 831.655.9379 or
Sabrina Taylor at 831.332.4971 or


Former trustee supports Knowing Technologies

We are thrilled to announce that thanks to the generosity of a former trustee, we will receive $150,000 for the Knowing Technologies one-to-one technology coaching program for faculty. This program truly benefits all of our students from PreK to grade 12.

Important Dates

Pep Rally

11:00 a.m. Friday, December 8, in the gym

Compass color free dress


Also coming up …

Thursday - December 7, 2017
9:30 AM
Upper School Dining Room
Friday - December 8, 2017
9:30 AM
Upper School Dining Room
Sunday - December 10, 2017
1:00 PM
US Dining Room
3:00 PM
US Dining Room
Wednesday - December 13, 2017
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Ave Maria Convalescent Hospital
Thursday - December 14, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday - December 15, 2017
Wednesday - January 3, 2018

Photo of the Week


The girls soccer team gets silly at the start of a new season. Thanks to parent, and one of the co-coaches, Jeni Shortes, for sending us the photo!


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