January is time for re-enrollment at Challenger School, and as a parent of a current student, you don’t need to do a thing thanks to continuous enrollment.
Simply watch for an email in early January containing your child’s placement information for the 2023–2024 school year in addition to updated policies, program costs, and important deadlines.
If the placement is as you expected, your child is all set for the next school year! If you’d like to make changes or add a program (like extended classtime or summer program), you can submit a request at any time through the parent portal. If you have an additional child who is ready to enroll, contact your campus for a new student application packet and get it submitted before classes fill up.
As always, we thank you for your continued support and appreciate the opportunity to be a part of your child’s life and education.
Grade 3–8 classes will hold in-class spelling bees this month. These class bees will feature spelling and vocabulary words students have learned or will learn in class during the year. Class finalists qualify for the campus bee, which will utilize words and vocabulary from the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Good luck to our stellar spellers!
Students have been enthusiastically singing and are excited to present their Christmas Sings and Concerts. Parents of PS–G5 students are invited to enjoy the Christmas Sings. We also welcome families to attend the Christmas Concerts presented by our middle school students (G6–8). Outstanding elementary classes will be featured as part of the concerts, too.
The date and time of your child’s performance is posted on our website’s Events page under Christmas Sings. Due to restrictions, California campuses will not be able to host Christmas Sings or Concerts this year; however, students will celebrate the season with plenty of fun activities.
We look forward to this month’s festivities!
On December 7, 1941, Japanese forces attacked the U.S. Naval Station at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, plunging our country into war. In classes this month, we will honor those who lost their lives on that day and throughout World War II.
On the last day of school prior to winter break, classrooms will be celebrating the holidays with Christmas festivities. Upon arrival that day, students will be greeted with festive music and holiday cheer. While uniforms are required for K–G8 students on this day, students are encouraged to help celebrate by wearing a holiday accessory. This could be a headband, tie, socks, hat, tights, or scarf that displays Christmas cheer.
Challenger will provide fun activities and tasty treats, so please do not send food or gifts to this in-class, student-only occasion. It will be a wonderful day of Christmas cheer!
Please contact your campus office if you’d like to volunteer to assist with K–G8 classroom parties (except in California, where state regulations do not allow visitors on campus).
Challenger School will not be in session December 19–January 2. We hope you enjoy time together with family and friends, and we wish you the best in the New Year!
To ensure that your child retains the skills he or she is learning in class, try these activities together over Winter Break:
Watch educational DVDs like Challenger Phonics Fun with your child (available at your campus or online at LearningCrew.org). The kit makes a terrific Christmas gift! Sing along with the songs, and as you watch, ask your child questions about letters, sounds, and blending.
Play counting games. Ask your child to count the cookies on a plate or presents under the tree. While you’re in the car, say, “Can you find eight houses that are decorated for the holidays?” As you look at a calendar, ask, “How many days are left in this year?” Three-year-olds are learning to count to 20, and four-year-olds can handle even larger numbers.
It’s full steam ahead for Science Fair projects!
Kindergarten–grade 2 students will begin their projects after the break, and grade 3–8 students should already have their projects well underway. Please make sure that your child completes the project on his or her own. The Science Fair will culminate in late January.
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