Welcome New Families!
Each year, Capitol Hill Day School welcomes new families to the School community. We strive to make the transition an easy and seamless one. Here is some useful contact information, as well as suggestions for the many ways parents can be involved in the life of the School. Below you'll find Frequently Asked Questions, useful School contacts, and ways to get involved. And, of course, you are always welcome to contact any of the faculty and staff.
Saturday, May 11
9:30a - 11:00a
Playdate for new PreK & K students
Thursday, August 29
10:30a - 12:00p
Open House for PreK & K students
Tuesday, September 3
First Day of School
Note: PreK & K students begin with a half day on either 9/3 or 9/4; 1st Graders begin with a half day on 9/3. All students have a full day on 9/5.
Saturday, September 7
1:00p - 4:00p
Back to School Picnic
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Getting Involved at Capitol Hill Day School
Capitol Hill Day School families have always participated in and contributed to the School community in a number of ways. The School seeks volunteers throughout the year for a variety of events.
- Homeroom Parents
- Annual Giving Chairs
- Admissions Open House Volunteers
- Off-Campus Admissions Fairs (Black Student Fund, Rainbow Families, World Bank/IMF)
- School Auction Chairs and Volunteers
- Members of Board of Trustees
- School representatives at community events (Barrack's Row Street Festival, Yards Park Summer Concerts, Fourth of July Capitol Hill Parade)
- Back to School Picnic Chairs and Volunteers
- Community Service Committee (Extra Lunch Wednesdays, Giving Tree, food drives)
Additionally, parents may share their expertise and interests in support of the School's Field Education Program by contacting Lisa Sommers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about getting involved:
Frequently Asked Questions
- PreK, K, & 1st Grade Start Days
- Arrival & Dismissal
- After School Program
- Student Dress
- Announcements About School Closings
- Parent Portal
Students entering PreK and K begin with a half day of school (8:10 am-12:30 pm) on either Tuesday, September 3 or Wednesday, September 4, 2019. All PK and K student have a full day on Thursday, September 5. Parents are notified of their child’s specific start date, as well as class placement (for PreK and K students) in the summer.
All 1st Grade students begin with a half day on Tuesday, September 3 only, after which, they attend for a full day.
Our After School Program (ASP) is available daily until 6:00 pm. ASP is also available on teacher work days and during Spring Break. ASP begins the first day of school for students in Grades 2 through 8, the second day of school for 1st Graders, and two days later for PK and K students. Children are grouped according to age, with two counselors assigned to each group. A snack, recess, and study hall (Grades 3-8) are offered daily. Enrichment activities such as music instruction, Tae Kwon Do, soccer, chess, and yoga are available. Registration for ASP and enrichment classes opens in August.
- PreK & K Class Groupings
- Homeroom Parents
- Back to School Nights
- Parent Potlucks
- Family Conferences
- Student Progress Reports
- School Newsletters
We strive to create balanced classroom communities, taking into account individual students as we balance gender, diversity, temperament, learning style, and personality. Every classroom grouping is designed to enrich each child’s experience, as well as offer children the opportunity to learn with and from one another.
The Mashup is a monthly School e-newsletter that includes a message from the Head of School, upcoming events, and volunteer opportunities. Field Notes is published mid-month, and contains highlights of Field Education experiences.
- Java with Jason / Coffee with the Head
- Community Conversations
- Board Meetings
- Extra Lunch Wednesdays
- Giving to the School
- Safety and Emergency Procedures
Board meetings are held on the second Tuesday of most months and are open to all current parents and staff. The majority of Board members are current parents. In addition to the Head of School, Board membership includes faculty representatives, alumni, alum parents, independent school leadership, and community leaders.
Like all independent schools, Capitol Hill Day School depends on its entire community to contribute to Annual Giving to cover the financial gap between tuition and the cost of educating our children. The School also holds an annual spring fundraiser and auction, a popular and lively social event for our adult community.