WELCOME TO CHERRY HILLS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

New Family Checklist

Message from Head of School, Kati Melton

Welcome New Cherry Hills Christian Family,

I want to extend a warm welcome to you as a new CHC family. Relationships are at the heart of everything we do, and our community will be a better place because you will be a part of it.

For over 39 years, God has blessed Cherry Hills Christian School with a mission to educate the whole child – heart, soul, mind, and strength. Now, more than ever, we are committed to preparing students to live fully for God in a rapidly changing world. We believe God created every child as His divine masterpiece, capable as learners and uniquely gifted for His purpose.

This year CHC faculty, staff, and Board of Education are reading Beyond Biblical Integration by Roger C.S. Erdvig which provides a framework for biblical immersion and an authentic approach to achieving our school’s mission and vision. This book study is taking us on a deep dive into helping our students “think, desire and act in ways that are consistent with God’s thoughts, desires and actions as revealed through scripture” (Erdvig, 10). We are examining ways to cultivate an environment that fosters our Portrait of a Graduate where students are developing alive hearts, anchored souls, academically prepared minds, and abiding strength.

As Erdvig explains in his book, “In our lifetime, this mission has never been more necessary or more challenging” (XV). Thank you for entrusting your children to our care. We are humbled and grateful for your partnership as we shape our school to raise up and equip the next generation of exceptional Christian leaders into the world.

We are excited your family will be joining CHC soon!

With Joy,

Kati Melton
Head of School

SCHOOL START & END TIMES
START OF SCHOOL CHECKLIST
LOWER SCHOOL INFORMATION
MIDDLE SCHOOL INFORMATION

Summer Learning Opportunities & Reading Assignments

CHC is offering several summer learning opportunities. Teachers have created literacy and math modules for students in Kindergarten through Grade 8 to access over the summer. The content of these modules is consistent with our curriculum and helps prepare students for the upcoming school year. This optional summer work, however, does not need to be turned in. It is simply for review and practice to maintain learning and enter the next grade level with greater competence and confidence! 

 

Kindergarten 

Grade 1 

Grade 2 

Grade 3 

Grade 4 

Grade 5 

Grade 6 

Grade 7 

Grade 8 

MIDDLE SCHOOL READING

All CHC middle school students are required to complete summer reading. An assignment based on summer reading will be given during the first week of school. This assignment is designed to kickstart the academic year and set the tone for a year of learning and growth. 

Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Reading List 

School Start & End Times

PRESCHOOL START

Morning Drop-Off
8:00-8:20 am (M-F)
Please note that Preschool does not have a Late Start on Tuesdays.

PRESCHOOL DISMISSAL

Half-Day Preschool – 12:15 pm
Full-Day Preschool – 3:00 pm

K-8 SCHOOL START

Morning Drop-Off
8:00-8:20 am (M,W,Th,F)

Late Start Tuesday Drop-Off
9:00-9:20 am

K-8 DISMISSAL

Afternoon Carpool Begins at 3:25 pm

*School ends at 3:20 so by the time everyone gets in their carpool rooms number start getting called at 3:25 

Start of School Checklist

STEP 1: SET UP YOUR PARENT CANVAS ACCOUNT

CHC Students manage their learning on the Canvas Learning Management System. To establish your parent account and pair with your children, please email schoolhelp@chclions.org and ask for a pairing code for Canvas. You will receive full instructions and support on establishing your parent account and an invitation to learn more about supporting your child with it. 

 

STEP 2: COMPLETE MAGNUS HEALTH AGREEMENT

Cherry Hills Christian School uses Magnus Health, a simple, secure, web-based software for collecting and managing student health information and online forms and documents. We appreciate partnering with you to ensure a safe and healthy environment at CHC. During the school year, please adhere to all CDC guidelines concerning contagious illnesses. Refer to this link for information on school exclusion due to illness.  

In early July, Magnus Health will send a notification requesting your attention. Several requirements will need to be completed before the start of school. Please note that if you have a student at another school that utilizes Magnus, you will have different login credentials.  

Reach out to the School Nurse, Marissa Mullins, with any questions. 

MAGNUS HEALTH PORTAL
STEP 3: REVIEW AND SUBMIT HANDBOOK & POLICY FORMS

Cherry Hills Christian seeks to establish a strong partnership with parents as we work together to provide an excellent learning environment for students. To provide clarity and ensure expectations are clearly communicated as we begin a new school year, parents will receive a notification through Magnus with CHC’s Parent Student Handbook, Code of Conduct and Dress Code Policy. Please carefully review these documents and affirm in Magnus that you and your child have read, understand, and agree to the policies. For your convenience the Parent-Student Handbook is also linked below.

PARENT – STUDENT HANDBOOK
STEP 4: PURCHASE SCHOOL SUPPLIES | K – GRADE 8

CHC has made it easier than ever for parents to order supplies for their Lower School and Middle School students.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES
STEP 5: SHOP FOR DRESS CODE CLOTHING | K – GRADE 8

Cherry Hills Christian School students and families shop for school-required clothing from CHC’s preferred clothing vendors, Educational Outfitters, French Toast, and spirit gear from Squad Locker.

  • EMBROIDERY GUIDELINES & APPROVED VENDORS
  • Sweatshirts and sweaters must be purchased pre-branded from CHC approved vendors; French Toast and Educational Outfitters. Blank polos can only be embroidered at Educational Outfitters. CHC will not release logos for embroidery.
  • IMPORTANT REMINDERS
  • Parents should ensure clothing lengths are clearly and obviously in compliance. The CHC Administration has the authority to make the final decision regarding the appropriate length of clothing items.
    • Females’ skirts/skorts must be worn at fingertip length or longer. Athletic skorts from Athleta and Lululemon must be at least 15” long. 
    • Males’ shorts must be no higher than 4 inches above the knee and may not be rolled up.
  • Friday spirit wear branded t-shirts are provided for all CHC  students.
DRESS CODE guidelines
STEP 6: REVIEW K – GRADE 8 STUDENT CLASS PLACEMENT

Your child’s class placement and schedule are available on FACTS. To access and review your student’s teacher and schedule, log into your FACTS account (formerly known as RenWeb).

Use District Code: CHCS-CO to log in. If needed, please click “Forgot Username and/or Password” to reset your log in information. From the home page, click on Student Information > Schedules.

STEP 7: SCHOOL LUNCH

We are excited about our new commercial kitchen and lunch program coming this fall. More details are coming soon!

STEP 8: COMPLETE STUDENT PROFILE

It is our desire to genuinely know and love each one of our students. We encourage parents of students in grades K-8 to download and complete a profile form to inform the student’s teachers about specific academic, spiritual and social goals. The student’s Homeroom teacher will collect this profile.

STUDENT PROFILE FORM
STEP 9: KNOW CHC’S CELL PHONE POLICY

Student cell phones pose a significant distraction at school and are not permitted on campus. To enforce this policy, it is required that a student’s cell phone is in a parent’s possession during school hours. If a student has a special after-school circumstance, parents may complete the Student After-School Cell Phone Request Form. The approval is at the sole discretion of CHC. The Form must be turned in no later than the day before the date(s) requested.

For example, a student is being picked up after school by someone other than their parent, not going directly home, and needs access to their phone for the evening.

If the after-school cell phone request is approved, a student must turn in their powered-off cell phone at the front desk immediately upon arriving at school and then pick up the cell phone after school on their way to afternoon carpool. Students are not allowed to turn on their cell phone until they are in the car and/or off-campus.

CELL PHONE REQUESTS FORM
STEP 10: DOWNLOAD ALL-SCHOOL CALENDAR

For key dates, download the calendar, or visit our website to import information into your own digital calendar. We encourage CHC Parents to visit our events page regularly because we are always adding fun new events.

24-25 CALENDAR
STEP 11: LEARN ABOUT BEFORE & AFTER-SCHOOL CARE

Cherry Hills Christian School offers students in Preschool through age 13 a quality, affordable School-Age Care Program. Our program is designed to meet our families’ scheduling needs and to provide them the peace of mind of knowing that their students are engaged in constructive enrichment activities promoting physical, emotional and intellectual development. Please review program details, and enroll today!

PROGRAM DETAILS
STEP 12: SUBMIT VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

CHC has the most incredible parent volunteers helping with lunch, field trips, special events, missions, and more. Our RAPTOR safety program will help us ensure that all volunteers entering the building are properly screened. Before you can volunteer during the 2024-25 school year, please complete this easy volunteer application.

VOLUNTEER APP
STEP 13: REVIEW CARPOOL PROCEDURES

Please carefully review the important details below for K-8 families:

Returning CHC families, please note that your number and carline color may have changed. It is strongly suggested that parents don’t arrive until 3:20 pm or later. If you arrive at 3:30 or 3:35 pm, your wait will be much shorter.

Carpool cards may be picked up at the front desk.
If a Middle School student has parent permission to walk or ride a bike home, or walk to Valor, the Authorization to Leave Campus permission form must be submitted through Magnus. Otherwise, all students should be picked up through carpool.

Lower School Information

CHAPEL

Wednesdays
Kindergarten | 9:20-9:40 am
Grades 1-3 | 8:25 – 8:55 am
Grades 4-5 | 10:15-10:45 am

We would love to have you join us for our weekly Chapel. Miss Lisa creates a unique experience for students, teachers, and families to encounter Jesus and cultivate a heart that loves God and loves others. 

For questions, reach out to Carey Bailey, cbailey@chclions.org 

PARENTS IN PRAYER

Thursdays, Pavilion 1 
8:10 – 8:30 am  

Join us for a short yet powerful time of prayer with other parents. For questions, reach out to Carey Bailey, cbailey@chclions.org 

Middle School Information

SPIRITUAL LIFE | Life Groups & Chapel

Life Groups & Chapel
Fridays | 8:45 – 9:30 am | Room 170

At Cherry Hills Christian Chapel is an intentional weekly pause for our community to gather and experience God. We teach the relevance of God’s Word so that we can learn more about His character and we praise Him through song. We desire to create a unique experience for students, teachers, and families to encounter Jesus and cultivate a heart that loves God and loves others. 

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” Psalm 119:105 

MISSIONS & OUTREACH

Service to others is a vital and core component of the Middle School. Students in Grades 6-8 participate in service projects near and far throughout the academic year. Among them:

Missions Week
This is one of the most highly anticipated weeks of the school year! Missions Week excursions challenge students to reach outside their comfort zones in care and service to others. Students in Grade 6 travel to inner-city Denver. Students in Grades 7 and 8 are invited to travel out of state, where they have worked in previous years on a Native American reservation in South Dakota and for an orphanage in New Mexico.

Service Projects
These quarterly, off-campus excursions allow students to perform acts of service for one of CHC’s 24 ministry/community partners in metro Denver. Middle School students also have the opportunity to participate in three yearly food drives benefiting local food banks.

Christmas Outreach
Students also look forward to this wonderful time of the year — and to our annual dodgeball tournament and other fun and games resulting in support for Musana, CHC’s sister school in Uganda.

ATHLETICS

When they step onto the court or field, CHC Lions are prepared to play well and with fairness and integrity. Middle School students may participate in several sports throughout the academic year.

Fall

  • Co-Ed Golf
  • Girls’ Volleyball
  • Boys’ Volleyball
  • Co-Ed Cross Country
  • Co-Ed Tennis

Winter

  • Boys Basketball: Season runs mid-October – mid-December; registration is in early October
  • Girls Basketball: Season runs January – early March; registration is in early December

Spring

  • Girls’ Soccer: Season runs mid-March – early May, registration is in early March
  • Boys’ Volleyball: Season runs mid-March – early May; registration is in early March

Contact Athletic Director Cecil Williams, with any questions at cwilliams@chclions.org.