Charleston Day School 2018-2019 Annual Report

In the 2018-2019 fiscal year, Charleston Day School enjoyed overwhelming support with a record-breaking 97% of our current parents and 100% of faculty and trustees participating in the Gateway Giving annual fund.

That's the #Powerofparticipation.

Many thanks to all who helped to make Gateway Giving a tremendous success, from our youngest Kindergarten philanthropist to the countless volunteers, parents, grandparents, faculty, staff, alumni and friends who dedicated time and resources to allow for all the opportunities that Gateway Giving provides.

- Judith Foley Arnstein, CDS Head of School

SAVE THE DATE! The 2019-2020 Grades K-5 Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day will be OCTOBER 18, 2019!

Your Giving IMPACTS...

Hands-on learning opportunities

The fourth grade Invention Convention allows students to find solutions to real-world problems and present their ideas to a panel of external judges.

"It was really neat creating my prototype and then seeing it come to life. My K-9 blanket really works!"

- Graham Shortridge, Inventor

Off-campus learning experiences

Kindergarteners walk off campus to the corner grocer to put their learning in action.

"On the way to Burbage’s, you can hear the jingle of coins and the chatter of the children. How many pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters will they need?"

- Garden Blincow, Kindergarten teacher

Character development

Bigs and Lils meet regularly to read together.

"When I first joined CDS...many impressive qualities stood out to me but mostly Charleston Day's commitment to social/ emotional learning through the character development curriculum. During a friendship lesson, I was floored when a second grader raised his hand, offered the word 'integrity' as a friendship trait and gave an example!"

- Allison Nesser, school counselor

and Your Giving Impacts...

Professional Growth & Development

At the April faculty workshop, The Art of Tinkering, all faculty and staff members engaged in engineering, prototyping and design thinking. It was fun to be students for the day!

Sixth graders collaborated in art class to build a tree with recycled materials but no tape! The result? Students working at the intersection of art, science and technology.
“I believe firsthand in the quality of education here at CDS.”

- Garden Blincow (’81), Kindergarten teacher

2018-2019 was the second year of the Charleston Day School Kindergarten program.
The CDS graduating class of 2019

Class of 2019 High School Acceptances

Academic Magnet High School | Ashley Hall | Asheville School | Baylor School | Berkshire School | Bishop England High School | Charleston Charter School for Math + Science | Christ School | Episcopal High School | First Baptist School | James Island Charter High School | McCallie School | Palmetto Christian Academy | Porter Gaud School | Saint Mary’s School | St. George’s School | Taft School | Wando High School | Woodberry Forest School

Our students are well prepared for the challenges that lie ahead--not only in arithmetic, writing and reading, but in community engagement.

- Andy Willits, eighth grade teacher and high school advisor

At Charleston Day, our mission is to foster scholarship, integrity, respect and responsibility in our students. Students are challenged and supported to reach their own unique potential...

CDS alumni are courageous and prepared for what the future holds.

Becca Baird ('07), fighter pilot
Emma Navarro ('16) and her tennis partner, Chloe Beck, win the girls doubles championship at the Junior French Open.
MaryMar Keenan '88, ceramics artist www.mmclay.com
John Williams ('03), associate producer for "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert", chats with Drew Barrymore.
Our students are always ready to lend a helping hand.
They are ready to meet any challenge...
and stay in the game.

In 2019, you supported Gateway Giving by participating in the CDS Golf Tournament and Online Auction...

and by attending the 2nd Annual Spring Luncheon and Silent Auction with author/designer James Farmer.

Spring luncheon guests enjoyed bidding on the fabulous items in the Silent Auction.
Congratulations to Eleanor Parker ('57), who won one of the raffled off flower arrangements by James Farmer at the luncheon. All proceeds from the raffle (nearly $3000) will go towards bringing a children's author/illustrator to Charleston Day School during the 2019-2020 school year.

Special gifts were given...

Rev. Dr. William Paterson Rhett, Jr. lovingly donated these family portraits in his wife's memory. Mrs. Dottie Rhett was a CDS teacher for 15 years (1973-1996). The portraits hang in the middle school wing along with a placard containing the winners of the annual Dottie Rhett Speech Contest.

Established in 2010 in memory of a CDS graduate, Adela Holmes Cook (’05), the Run for Adela was the only 5K on the beach at Sullivan’s Island. In April, Charleston Day students and families rallied one final time to run and walk in her honor.

In its Grand Finale, the Run for Adela had roughly 800 registrants and raised over $50,000, bringing the total raised over the last 10 years to more than $500,000.
This year’s race was a celebration commemorating ten years of fun, fundraising, healing, memories and friendship. The money raised over the years will go to fund a scholarship for a child from Meeting Street Academy to attend Charleston Day School grades 6 - 8 in perpetuity. We would not have been able to accomplish everything without Adela’s family, friends, the Charleston community, sponsors, and her alma mater, Charleston Day School. It is truly amazing what we can accomplish together.

— Lawson Johnson, Run for Adela Volunteer Coordinator and Adela's second cousin

So once more, we say...

By donating to the Gateway Giving Fund, you help to support our mission to instill respect, responsibility, integrity and scholarship in EVERY student EVERY day.

That's the #Powerofparticipation.

Gateway Giving would not be possible without the help of dedicated volunteers. MANY THANKS!

View the 2018-19 Gateway Giving Donor Lists by Level:

Once a Scorpion, always a Scorpion.