Former TCDS Student to Hold Special Dress Down Day Friday for “Kena’s Kits”

This Friday, May 4, we will have a special Dress Down Day!

Liam Johnson, a TCDS alumni, is currently a freshman at Sahuaro High School. His brother Aiden is in eighth grade at TCDS, and his mother Mrs. Johnson is a guest teacher at our school.

As an Eagle Scout, Liam came up with a wonderful project for children who have cancer and are in the hospital – and he approached TCDS administration to see if our school could help with funding this project.

Liam writes…

“My name is Liam Johnson, and I am working on my Eagle Scout Project.   I am making comfort kits for children who are in the hospital fighting cancer. I decided on the name Kena’s Kits, because I followed a little girl’s journey from the day she was diagnosed to the day she passed away.  I have gotten permission from Kena’s family to use her name and images for my project.  My cousin was also diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma on the same day as Kena and is currently in remission. 

While following Kena’s and my cousin’s story, I learned a lot about what families go through, and I wanted to do something that makes their life a little easier or their stay feel more like home.

The bags are from ThirtyOne and are extremely durable.  With the funds raised from the Dress Down Day, I will be filling the bags with age appropriate items such as:

Chap stick      Stuff Animals      Lipstick Gum        Window Clings      Soft blankets String to make bracelets       Cozy Socks     Soaps               Hard Candies        Journals         Nail polish       Any age appropriate toys/items –baby to 16 Coloring books          Crossword puzzles       Games – that can be played from bed             Comics          Action figures           Rubik’s cubes           Stress balls                   Model magic            Joke books/Mad Libs             Silly Putty

I have contacted Diamond Children’s Hospital here in Tucson, Arizona, where the bags will be donated.  They are so excited for this project and are looking forward to see how many Kits I can assemble. If you are wanting to help sponsor a bag or fillers, you can make an additional donation at or feel free to share with family and friends.”

Below, from left to right, (top) 1) Liam holds a Kena’s Kits bag, 2) The Kena’s Kits were named after Kena.                                                                                                    (middle) 3) Some of the items which will go into a Kena’s Kits bag, 4) Kena’s Kits bag,                                                                                                                                        (bottom)5) Liam has already been able to purchase several items to put in some Kena’s Kits bags.




TCDS in Top 10 Fundraising Schools for Jump Rope for Heart!

Way to go, Champions! The incredible support we had from our TCDS Champions, families and friends for our Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser resulted in TCDS being one of the top 10 fundraising schools in Southern Arizona! Congratulations to each of you for  your hard work and generous donations to this fundraiser which benefits the American Heart Association! 

And a HUGE congratulations to fourth grade student Brody V. for being the top fundraiser at TCDS! Brody raised a whopping $756 for the American Heart Association. That is amazing, Brody!

American Heart Association’s Youth Market Director Carla Anaya let us know this exciting information and writes, “Thank you again for your hard work and support this year.”

TCDS Champions – pat yourselves on the backs; you did a great job fundraising for American Heart Association through Jump Rope for Heart!

Brody and Ms. Wendy attended a Jump Rope for Heart ceremony where Brody received a special award for his incredible fundraising, and kindergarten teacher Ms. Wendy (who headed up the fundraiser with P.E. teacher Mr. Hall) was recognized on behalf of our school for our amazing fundraising efforts.

“Santa Night” Came to TCDS!

Santa made an early stop in Tucson – making a fun appearance at our school during an evening event – and oh my, kids were sure excited!

The Early Education program worked with parent volunteers to sponsor a “Santa’s Night Out” last Friday. 43 preschool and prekindergarten students, along with some older siblings, were entertained in the MPR while their parents enjoyed a three-hour night out! The kids ate a pizza dinner that was graciously donated by Tony Terry, owner of Gaslight Theatre, Grandma Tony’s and Little Anthony’s Diner. They also created Christmas crafts, watched “The Polar Express” and had a great visit with Santa! 

This was one amazing Santa!

Looking very much like, well how Santa should look…this Santa talked with each of the children; talked about his little treasure chest which holds magic dust that helps the reindeer fly and perhaps is what helps him to fit into chimneys; and Santa told the kids that he and Mrs. Claus replace the bells on the reindeer straps , and this year they decided to share the magic bells with the boys and girls. Santa also has a special app on his phone in which kids can put their finger up to, and the app confirms whether the boys and girls are on the naughty or nice list! Before Santa left for the evening, he threw some of “Rudolph’s red nose magic” for the kids.

A special thank you to Iris K., parent of a preschooler and PTSA member, for bringing this idea to fruition – it was amazing! Thank you as well to our Santa Night Out volunteers – Ms. Erika from the Finley Child Development Center, DMAFB, Heather B., Mona A., and Athena W….and a thank you to our staff and teacher volunteers Ms. Wanda and Ms. Martha.

Santa Night Out raised $530 for the Early Education program! Thank you to all parents who brought your kiddos out to Santa Night Out!

By the looks at these pictures, everyone had a very fun night! 

It looks like Santa left Ms. Wanda a special gift!

Once again, a very special thank you to Santa for his visit and to Mr. Tony Terry for his pizza donations!

Chipotle School Fundraiser is This Thursday!

Why not take the family out to dinner during our school’s Chipotle Night Fundraiser this Thursday, December 7th?

Our PTSA (Parent/Student/Teacher Association) is holding the fundraiser at the Chipotle on Grant near Tanque Verde from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. This Chipotle is located at 6501 E. Grant Road, 85715 in suite #141.

TCDS receives a whopping 50% of all sales when our flyer is presented upon paying for a meal. Please know that you MUST show your flyer to the cashier in order for TCDS to receive credit.

 Flyers go home early this week. We will also have extra flyers at the event.

We hope to see you there!

Early Holiday Shopping? Check Out Our Team DC Fundraiser!

Team DC – led by Ms. Nicky and Ms. Rachel – has started a new fundraiser that will run through the holidays.

You can shop at to support Tucson Country Day School’s Team DC. Shop with for your gift wrap, bags, bows, gifts and more. Hundreds of items are $8 or less. Orders ship directly to your home. You can also get a free gift with an order of $50 or more.

Team DC earns 50% of each order. Funds raised will help middle school students pay for their Washington DC trip.

(enter seller name during checkout-Tucson Country Day School)