Study Island Blue Ribbon Winners – Week 7 (December 7-13)

The Week 7 Study Island Blue Ribbons go to…

All kindergarten through eighth grade students are asked to participate in this academic contest. We have winners for Week 7 – they were announced at flag ceremonies, and we’re excited to announce them right here as well!

– All students who earn three or more Blue Ribbons in a week are awarded a Dress Down Day for the following week. This is instead of an entire class winning a Dress Down Day thus giving more students who are participating the chance for a Dress Down Day. These students are not posted in this article, however, they are announced during a flag ceremony.
– The top Blue Ribbon winner in each class/crew wins the exclusive Blue Ribbon Button. Top students must earn at least three Blue Ribbons on Study Island in a week to win the button.

Week 7 Winners:

*Each name in bold indicates the student with the most blue ribbons earned in each class, therefore receiving the blue ribbon button. All additional students earned three or more blue ribbons.


Ms. Sarah: Zak M., Geneasa W.

Ms. Dana: Irelynn H., Daniel Z., Triniti F., Marcus H., Liam L. 


Ms. Sammy: Gabriella W., Olivia D., Violet W.


First Grade

Mrs. Crenshaw: Isabella W. 

Mrs. Fiore: Landon K., Abigail B.

Mrs. Smith: Rylan H., Haley B., Brandon F., Eli G., Mira W.


Second Grade

Ms. Maggie: Martin R., Bradley B., Colin C., Caleb D., Nora F., Kayla F., Trevin M., Levi T. 

Ms. Jacque: Violet D., Fallon C., Payton H., Alexander H., Mikayla L., Jacob M., Marck M., Jonathan N., Jordan R.

Mrs. Rodriguez: Adeana H., Jaydon B., Stella K., Teagan K., Thomas M., Devyn P., Kiley R.

Ms. Laurie: Archer B., Jakom A., Aubrey D., John F., Lexi H., Cristiano L., Madison P., Daniel P., Sarrina R., Kiera V.


Third Grade

Ms. Rianna: Alianna G., Alek P., Hannah C., Layla O., Diego R., 

Mrs. Hubble: Isaac C., Tatum L., Lily O., Isaiah S., Ricardo Y., 

Ms. Shannon: Valerie B., Anycia A., Jalen D., Zachary K., Isaiah R., Diego S., Zoe V.


Fourth Grade

Mrs. Post: Gabriel H., Ember K., Khang N. 

Mrs. Young: Logan R. 

Mr. David: Richard G., Lance M., Cierra A., Sofia A., Jesse B., Ava H., Elijah R.

Mr. Crowley: Sophia H., Eleanor A., Austin R., Alexis U., Ian W.



Fifth Grade

Mrs. Maddock: Lealah N. (Lealah earned 82 Blue Ribbons!), Brooke B., Isabella B., Melina C., Devin C., Ishy F., Sutton H., Isaiah M., Amber M., Alexandria M., Brock S., Aurora W. 

Mr. Josh: Tyler R., Mateo B., Rane B., Keegan D., Chase E., Lauren F., Alexis K., Eden M., Juan N., Bella O., Alexia R., James S.


C House

8th Grade: Madeline B., Matthew N., Kaiya V. 

7th Grade: Hailey R., Korin M.

6th Grade: Jacob S., Paul E., Hayden J., Alyssa K.


H House

8th Grade: Alexis H., Connor H., Jyotie S.


A House

8th Grade: Ethan W., Nicholas B., Aurora D., Madi E., Martin L., Jack M., Ella S., Chris S., Deja V.

7th Grade: Ethan M., Ava G., Dannica G.

6th Grade: Hannah J., Madi C., Emma E., Adelle K., Tyler P., Nathan R., Milanni W.


M House

8th Grade: Zachary T., Marissa B., Madison F., Kadin H., Anthony H., Trent H., Andres I., Kyle M.

7th Grade: Brady T., Katherine H., Matthew K., Sarah O.

6th Grade: Breaden B.


P House

8th Grade: Taylor R., Madeline R., Ezekial V.

7th Grade: Nick H., Jeycie K.

6th Grade: Ashley H.


S House

8th Grade: Mark W., Carter E., Rashad H., Rory M., Nathaniel M. 

7th Grade: Jesamin A. 

6th Grade: Kayla H.

Jim Click Raffle Ticket Sales WAY UP at TCDS = Big Earnings for Our School!

Wow, Tucson Country Day School! You sure have found a great – and easy – way to raise money for clubs, field trips, classroom items and more!

Winners were recently announced for Jim Click’s eighth annual “The Millions for Tucson Raffle” – and while our school’s family, friends, students and staff who participated didn’t win one of the three prizes available, we believe we are all winners with the amount that our school raised from taking part in the raffle!

Between a variety of clubs, grade levels and individuals at TCDS, our school sold 734 raffle tickets – raising more than $18,000 for school-related purposes!  That is amazing! CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU to all who sold and bought raffle tickets on behalf of TCDS. This is a huge leap from last year’s raffle ticket sales at school when a total of just 18 tickets were sold by one club.

Among the participants selling raffle tickets here at school, the majority of raffle ticket sales were sold for Team DC – middle school students raising money for a three-day school trip to Washington, D.C. in the spring. Also included are National Junior Honor Society which raised $1,200 for their club; the kindergarten team raised money for field trip transportation; Elementary Spanish teacher Senora Elsa raised funds for the Spanish Department; and Mrs. St. Amand raised funds for classroom items.

According to Jim Click’s “Millions for Tucson” raffle website, “All Greater Tucson-area charities with a 501c3 IRS Letter of Determination” are eligible to participate in the raffle. 394 local charities participated in this year’s Jim Click raffle. In all, $1,031,000 was raised – and each organization keeps 100% of the proceeds they raised! What a wonderful opportunity Jim Click provides with this raffle.

A sneak peek for the 2018 raffle – a 2018 Grand Cherokee is up for grabs!

For more information on the winners of this year’s Jim Click “The Millions for Tucson Raffle”, check out the following link:

What a Dynamic Middle School Art Show!

WOW! Our Champions sure are creative!

Middle school students and their art teachers, Mrs. Phelps and Mrs. Paradis, held a Middle School Art Show one evening recently – and it was amazing to see the wonderful artwork our students create.

“I am so proud of all the students. Thank you to families for coming … and sharing your support of the arts. We had a great turn out. So great that I didn’t even get a moment to take photos! Wow!” says Mrs. Phelps.

Comments from parents and teachers include:

“That was amazing! The art department should be very proud of all of the incredible creative pieces that were displayed. The students love this class and the teachers! Outstanding job!”

What an awesome display of work from the young talented artist[s]!”

“Fabulous! Thanks to Kala [Phelps] and Jean [Paradis] for all of their hard work for putting on such a wonderful display of the incredible art work that our middle school student create. It was well attended buy the community. Even the treats were impressive … I’m hooked!”

“My fifth grade students did a walk through in the MPR to view the 6-8 grade art work displayed and WOW! Shout out to the art teachers and their
BEAUTIFUL TCDS art program. The middle school students were so proud to show off their hard work put forth, and, in turn, their enthusiasm got our
fifth graders excited to hold a show of their own.”

It was great! My class really enjoyed it.”

Congratulations to our middle school students for their incredible artwork – and to our wonderful art teachers for all that they do for our students.

Take a look at our Art Department’s Weebly and Facebook page.



Another Amazing Winter Concert with 4th-8th Grade Students

The 4th through 8th grade Winter Concert was amazing!

First to sing was the after-school choir group the “Singers” – students in 4th and 5th grade. They sang “The Shepherds Saw a Star” and “The Spirit of the Season”. Music teacher Mrs. Bell and middle school teacher Mrs. Barney are the “Singers” directors.

The fourth grade classes took to the stage next to sing “Twas in the Moon of Wintertime”, “Jammin’ Bells” and “Silent Night” with a solo performed by Gabriel Heller. 

Fifth grade students had a great time singing “Hanukkah, O Hanukkah”, “Rockin’ Robin” and “Last Christmas”. 

Next to perform was the middle school choir. They performed “Nutcracker Jingles”, “White Christmas” accompanied by Donovin O. and “Patapan Fantasia”. Donovin O. rounded out the middle school choir performance with a piano solo of “Carol of the Bells”. 

Some teachers had a fun – and comedic – staff performance next.

The middle school orchestra proudly came on stage afterward. The orchestra performed “Two by Two”, “Silent Night”, “Jupiter”, “Chimes” and Selections from “Apollo Suite”.

Ending the musical evening was the middle school band. The band performed “La Bamba”, “Macarena”, “Jingle Bells on the Housetop” and “Ancient Echoes”.

Music teacher Mrs. Bell teaches fourth grade music (as well as kindergarten through third grade), and she also directs the middle school choir and after-school choir “Singers” along with Mrs. Barney.

Music teacher Mr. Rice teachers fifth grade music, and he also directs the middle school orchestra and band.

Congratulations to all of our students for their wonderful performances!



Books…and Snowflakes…in the Library? Check Out These Fun Contests!

Our students really enjoy going to the library with school Librarian Ms. Chris. Aside from the hundreds of books to check out, Ms. Chris has some fun contests going on!

Ms. Chris says she has held monthly contests in the library since the beginning of the school year. The contest information is displayed in the library in a frame near Ms. Chris’s desk. Ms. Chris tells classes about the contest when they come in. Parents and students, on their own, are welcome to stop in at the library to check out the latest contest and take part in it.

Here is the December contest (and below that information are the details and winners of November’s contest).

December Library Contest

Ms. Chris’s library “Let it Snow – Snowflake Contest” is currently underway.

Do you want to participate? Here is how.

Students are asked to bring in a homemade snowflake, made out of whatever materials they have handy. Every student who brings one in will have their name put into a drawing to win a $5 book of their choice from Scholastic! Winners will be announced when we return from Winter Break.

We will decorate the library with the snowflakes, so be sure to stop by and see our students’ beautiful creations!

We have the winners from November’s Library Contest!

This November, the contest was “Guess How Many Books are in our Library”! 

We are happy to announce the winners!  First grade student Andrew H. came in first place with  a guess of 15,789 books. In second place guessing 15,715 books is fourth grade student Gabriel H. Fifth grade student Aiden S. came in third place with 15,111 books. Fifth grade student Josephine J. is the fourth place winner with a guess of 14,696 books.

“They all had incredibly close guesses,” says Ms. Chris.

So do you want to know the actual number of books we have in the library? The actual number is 16,723 books!

 But, according to Ms. Chris, that number is likely to increase soon.

“Of course, this number changes daily with the addition of new books.”

Ms. Chris would like to give a big and special thank you to Josephine, who actually did the math to find out how many books are in the library. Ms. Chris says she counted the average number of books per shelf as well as the number of rows and then multiplied – all without a calculator!

All four Champion guessers were awarded a $5 book of their choice from Scholastic.


A reminder from Ms. Chris:

A reminder to all students and parents: With the rain here and there, please remember to protect your library books in the event of rain. A Ziploc bag or plastic grocery bag can be used to help keep the library books (and any other books) in backpacks safe and dry. Thank you!