Another Fall Festival in the Books

Fall Festival week was wonderful! The weather was perfect and allowed our students at all levels to take full advantage of the many outdoor happenings on and off campus. Our youngest students enjoyed the petting zoo from a local farm and seeing the more exotic animals that visited from Mill Mountain Zoo. Most exciting was the […]

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Our Theme for 2021-2022

Our staff met together in June to reflect on our year and decide on a theme for the upcoming year. We use the theme to focus our instruction on shared topics and find new ways to collaborate with other teachers. This year’s theme is To the Stars. […]

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CS Board Chair Looks Back on Life Lessons Learned in a Pandemic School Year

As we speak to friends across the country whose children have lost focus, who have stalled or even reversed in their academic progress, who have become more anxious, we see our own children thriving. This was no lost year for Community School students, thanks to the tremendous work done by our teachers and staff. They have been compassionate, patient, wise, and strong, creative and nurturing . They have redesigned classrooms, changed curriculum on the fly, adjusted to teaching some kids in the room and some on a screen simultaneously, and done hundreds of other things that we can’t see. They have done a remarkable job individually and collectively to lift up one another and our families and, most importantly out students. And they have done it with grace and love. […]

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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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