CSS 101

Welcome to CSS! Whether this is your family’s first CSS summer or 104th, here is a cheat sheet of this summer’s activities for you to preview. Mark your calendars and prepare to get the full Science School experience.

June 27 and 28: Unpacking the School

Session A/AB teachers and all assistants will be setting up the schoolhouse for opening day. If this is your first summer, please feel free to stop by for a brief visit to introduce yourself to Doug Jones, CSS Director and Aaron Sloboda, CSS Assistant Director!

July 1: First Day of Classes (Sessions A and AB)

Make sure to send your child wearing closed toed shoes which can get wet, with sunscreen applied. A hat and a water bottle are optional but helpful. At the beginning of each class, Doug will address all families in the schoolyard. Parents will get important information such as parking, pick up and drop off. Plan ahead — parking is not available on School Street. Please walk to the schoolyard if you can. Otherwise, park at a metered spot to gather in the schoolyard.

July 2, 6-7pm: Back to School Night(Session A)

This is a chance for parents and families to meet their child’s teacher and teaching assistants in the classroom, hear about what your child will learn in class and the fun activities and field trips they will experience. The hour is broken up into four 15-minute periods (8:30am classes will meet 6:00-6:10pm, 10:15am classes will meet 6:15-6:25pm, 12:00pm classes will meet 6:30-6:40pm and 1:45pm classes meet 6:45-6:55pm). There are light refreshments served in the schoolyard courtesy of the CSS Hospitality Committee. Kids and families can socialize in the schoolyard. The CSS Store is open if you’d like to purchase a CSS t-shirt, bag, mug, rain jacket, artwork or other CSS items! WHOI opens up their School Street Parking Lot to CSS for this event.

July 4, 12:00pm: Woods Hole Fourth of July Parade

Come cheer on the 2017 CSS Assistants as they march in the parade! It is always a fun surprise to see how they’ve dressed up to celebrate and the humor of the local laboratory participants is an added bonus!

July 17, 7-8pm: Open Board Meeting

Come to the schoolhouse to meet the Board and offer any thoughts or ideas you may have. All are welcome!

July 18: CSS Volunteer Party

Time and location to be announced. CSS is a remarkable success story relying on close to 100 volunteers to create the fun summer experience for our kids each year. If you have volunteered or sign up to volunteer for this summer’s session, you will be invited to this party to kick back and relax.

July 19: Session A Open House

Pop in for the last 15 minutes of each class. This is the second time parents and families are invited to their child’s classroom to see what he/she has been up to during the past three weeks. View classroom aquaria, art projects, and experiments. Parking is not available on School Street. Please plan accordingly.

July 22: Session B Begins

July 23, 6-7pm: Back to School Night (Session B)

This is a chance for parents and families to meet your child’s teacher and science assistants in the classroom, and hear about what your child will learn in class and the fun activities and field trips they will experience. The hour is broken up into four 15-minute periods (8:30am classes will meet 6:00-6:10pm, 10:15am classes will meet 6:15-6:25pm, 12:00pm classes will meet 6:30-6:40pm and 1:45pm classes meet 6:45-6:55pm). There are light refreshments served in the schoolyard courtesy of the CSS Hospitality Committee. Kids and families can socialize in the schoolyard. WHOI opens up their School Street Parking Lot to CSS for this event.

July 25, 5:00-7:00pm: CSS Annual Picnic

Held at Woods Hole Taft Ball Park off of Millfield Street. The Assistants are the hosts for this event. Bring your own picnic dinner, relax and have fun as the Assistants organize games for the kids. Brownies and watermelon are provided. It is a fun evening of fresh air, games and fun! You will find out what “uca uca limulus” really means. WHOI opens up their School Street Parking Lot to CSS for this event.

August 5, 7:30-9pm: CSS Annual Meeting

At a location to be confirmed. As much a celebration as a meeting, this is a special evening. Featuring reports from CSS committees, recognition of our teachers, assistants and student lifer awards, end of year slide show and lots and lots of refreshments. The children are welcome and this is a great opportunity for them to see the full spectrum of Science School offerings in one night.

August 7, 5-6pm: Open House (Session B and AB)

This is a second time parents and families are invited to your child’s classroom to see what he/she has been up to during the past three weeks. View classroom aquaria, art projects and experiments. The hour is broken up into four 15-minute periods (8:30am classes will meet 5:00-5:10pm, 10:15am classes will meet 5:15-5:25pm, 12:00pm classes will meet 5:30-5:40pm and 1:45pm classes meet 5:45-5:55pm). There are light refreshments served in the schoolyard courtesy of the CSS Hospitality Committee. Kids and families can socialize in the schoolyard. Last sale day of the season for the CSS Store! WHOI opens up their School Street Parking Lot to CSS for this event.