Canyon Association to Support the School (CATSS)
Welcome from CATSS to the 2020-21 School Year!
Thank you to all the parents, staff, and Canyon community for joining us on this incredible journey in leading our children through their formative years.
To our new families, welcome to Canyon! Thank you for being part of our small, vibrant community. The setting and size of our school makes it a one-of-a-kind education, and we are excited for you to be a part of it!
We are always grateful for the dedication and passion our parent community brings to the school. This year is no exception; we are even more appreciative of the effort and commitment everyone is making to ensure a quality education in these uncertain times.
What Does CATSS Do?
CATSS is a volunteer organization focused on community building and fundraising to support the school. We typically help coordinate school events such as the welcome breakfast, Halloween carnival, and the all-school picnic and camp out (just to name a few). We also work with the school staff in supporting important events like the winter and spring plays, graduation ceremony, women’s history night, back to school night, and on and on and on!
Typically CATSS also asks for a donation to the field trip fund at the beginning of the year. Since in-person instruction is suspended, there are no field trips planned at this point. If things change, we will re-evaluate and send a request when necessary.
This year we are rising to the challenge of maintaining a cohesive community while also not having any in-person gatherings. This clearly doesn’t make any sense, and is the opposite of the culture we have worked hard to create. Luckily, we have proven time after time how resilient and creative we are as a community. We have faced bridge closures, severe budget shortages, and fires, all in recent years. And still we persevere, thrive even! So our traditions and events still exist, but how we celebrate and acknowledge them will change.
That being said, we would love to hear from you! Please let us know if you have any new ideas or suggestions. If you are reading this, you are part of the CATSS community! Your voice can make a difference. Being an active member of CATSS is a wonderful way to contribute to the school and get to know the other parents and school staff-and it’s fun, too!
Even more than ever, the school still needs money.
We know that this is a difficult time to make a donation. Please consider though, that education budgets are slated for deep cuts that will make it difficult, if not impossible, for schools to continue offering quality education to our children without help from the community. In years past we’ve raised money to offer enrichment to supplement our curriculum. This year we are attempting to help our sister organization, CEF, raise money to simply maintain our core teaching staff. Participation and support in either organization is greatly appreciated!
Thank you again for being part of this amazing community. You are vital to the success and future of Canyon School!