Celebration Reflections

Our theme for 2020 and 2021 was Stay Rooted, Branch Out. This year required that we trust our traditions to guide us through the uncertain days ahead. We looked to our roots to sustain us, hold us in place and to remind us of where we came from. We kept our students at the center of the learning process and focused on the whole child. We created a safe space for them. […]

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CDC Updates and School Policy

While recent CDC updates have relaxed mask regulations for people who are vaccinated for many settings, it is recommended that schools continue to use the current COVID-19 prevention strategies for the 2020-2021 school year.  All schools should implement and layer prevention strategies and should prioritize universal and correct use of masks and physical distancing. Community […]

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Oh What a Year it Has Been!

COVID-19 upended our routines and forced us to make so many changes and adjustments to stay safe and healthy. We took them all in stride and found ways to stay open and modify the way we teach but not give up on our ideals. Rather than cancel our Strawberry Festival again this year, we decided to […]

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Community School’s Annual Strawberry Festival Returns Reimagined as a Drive-Through and Socially Distant Experience

Community School’s Annual Strawberry Festival takes on a new format this year as it’s reimagined for 2021. The event will take place in the expansive parking lot of Roanoke’s Berglund Center where a drive-through format will accommodate a socially distant atmosphere that still offers many of the festival’s familiar traditions including its signature homemade strawberry shortcakes. […]

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The Gift of Time

We understand that academic, social-emotional and physical development are equally important. We also recognize that each child has a unique timeline for developing and mastering skills. […]

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Finishing Strong

Today is Mardi Gras and is usually thought of as a day of excess. While we are still trying to control the spread of COVID-19, we need to direct our pent-up energy to new creative activities which do not bring large groups together in close spaces. If New Orleans can cancel parades, close bars, and scrap […]

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Teacher Feature: Katlyn Oldham

While studying to become an Occupational Therapist, I found myself doing a clinical rotation in a classroom. There I discovered my love and passion for teaching. With this discovery, I quickly changed career paths to pursue early childhood education. I joined CS as a preschool teacher in 2007 and have never looked back. I credit […]

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Our Annual Appeal

Dear Community School Families and Friends,
Annual Fund donations support programs and initiatives that are not covered by tuition. This year, due to COVID-19 requirements, our financial need is much higher. […]

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Teacher Feature: Danielle Cheek

The Big One is my favorite CS philosophy. It states to treat yourself, others and your environment with care. I think it is so important because we often forget to take care of ourselves and I love being able to spend time focusing on this component of Social Emotional Learning with my students. I also love how involved the school is with the community and helping others. […]

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Updated Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Cohen

By nature I am somebody who tends to color inside the lines, but Community School taught me to go beyond my comfort zone and become comfortable with thinking outside the box. In a more concrete sense, the focus at Community School on critical thinking and the humanities has made me both a better scientist and a better writer. Community School also helped me to be a more well-rounded person, which is important both on a personal level and in my interactions with patients. […]

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