CMDS 2019 Lunch & Learn Events

CMDS is hosting a set of events aimed at giving our parents a full picture of their child's upcoming grade level. Here are a few questions you might have about these upcoming Lunch & Learns: What are these Lunch & Learn events? They are an opportunity for our current CMDS families to hear more about [...]

The Sounds of Christmas Traditions

by Leslie Morgan Do you hear it? The familiar buzzing of holiday excitement permeates the air as time-old Christmas songs bounce out of our children, bells from Salvation Army Santas jingle outside our grocery stores and the clangs and beeps from our kitchens increase as our cookie-count goes up. CMDS 1st Grade Teacher Leslie [...]

The Power of Choice: Electives at CMDS and a Spotlight on Gardening

by Alissa Abercrombie and Christine Groves Walk down the hallways on any given Wednesday morning and you’ll see CMDS 5th and 6th Graders heading out to their Elective. CMDS Curriculum Director Alissa Abercrombie This 40-minute class, which CMDS launched this school year, changes each quarter. Students pick the class or subject they want to [...]

Bringing Field Trips to the Classroom through Room Transformations

Sometimes it’s necessary to shake things up in the classroom to help your students stay engaged and show them how invested you are in their learning. One way the CMDS 3rd Grade teaching team has done this is through room transformations. A room transformation takes a concept in the curriculum and brings it to life [...]

What’s Next for CMDS Graduates? Choosing a Middle School

by Alison Hinson, CMDS Director of Admissions “We love getting CMDS graduates.” “We can always count on CMDS graduates to be leaders and get involved.” “What can we do to get more of your students to attend our school?” Alison Hinson These are words we hear each fall when Memphis-area middle schools begin [...]

CMDS Winter Weather Update: CMDS Is Open Thursday

last updated: Thursday, November 15, 5:35 a.m.  Christ Methodist Day School and the CMDS Early Education Program will be OPEN on Thursday, November 15. All regularly scheduled school activities, including aftercare, will take place.

CMDS Africa Photo Safari Exhibit Opens Friday at ArtsMemphis

A photo exhibit with strong CMDS ties opens this week at ArtsMemphis. Trophies Through the Lens: Africa 2018 features more than 30 photographs taken during a photographic safari to the Easter Cape of South Africa. Three CMDS families traveled with local wildlife photographer Jack Kenner on a 10-day trip to the Kariega Game Reserve: Ellen [...]

Music Memos from CMDS Early Childhood Music Teacher Mrs. Ellis

by Jauna Ellis CMDS EC Music Teacher Jauna Ellis Eleven years ago, I was a new mom, working diligently from home to build a voice and acting studio. I absolutely loved every minute of being a work-from-home mother. However, I remember feeling – quite often – that I was leaving behind a life [...]

October Is Not Just for Trick-or-Treaters: It’s Dyslexia Awareness Month

by Margaret Patterson We’ve heard the term ‘dyslexia’ repeatedly and are inclined to say, “I kinda, sorta know what it is.”  Well, here are the facts. Margaret Patterson is the director of the CMDS Connections program. What exactly is it? Dyslexia is a learning condition that can affect basic language skills, reading (decoding), [...]

Devotions With Your Kiddos. The Struggle Is Real. The Payoff Is Great.

by Meghean Warner Our family has struggled with night time devotions since my daughters were born. My husband and I both work, and sometimes by 7 p.m. Netflix seems much more appealing than doing a nightly devotional with our girls. Meghean Warner teaches Grade School Art at CMDS. In fact, even the word [...]

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