Monday, July 15, 2019

Sunshine and Smiles

Today we have reached our half way point of summer camp. We cannot believe that this summer is flying by so quickly. We have many friends going back to their year round school this week and we are feeling so sad that we won't get to spend our days with them. You see, this summer has been like no other here at Coastal Day School. It's hard to explain the difference, but in an effort to try, the friendships have been sweeter, the laughs have been bigger, and the silliness has been taken to a whole new level. These campers have made our staff laugh until they cry, have been the best behaved group we've ever had the pleasure of taking on field trips, and have had a blast over the last five weeks. We have had the honor of watching children overcome fears of heights and water, try things they never thought they would, and see their faces when they realize they are stronger and braver than they knew. We are so very grateful for the opportunity to hang out with these incredible kiddos and will treasure the memories we have made this summer, as we hope they do the same. Each summer is a bit stressful, as you quickly realize the magnitude of having 48 campers' lives in your hands as you cross state lines for field trips or apply sunscreen for the 3rd time at the pool and water park. We know it takes a great deal of trust to send your child off to camp each day, and we are thankful that you put your trust in us. Our staff is amazing and truly love these campers like they are family, and on each field trip, I find myself in awe of their commitment and diligence to keeping our campers safe. We are looking forward to our second half of the summer and all the fun we will get to have! 


Here are a few pictures of our first half!

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Summer 2019

We cannot believe that summer is just around the corner!!! The last few months have flown by. Here at CDS, we talk all the time about how we feel like we lost a whole month because of the hurricane this year and we feel like we've been trying to catch up ever since. We are so happy to finally have all our summer information ready to go and we are getting SO excited about hanging out with your kiddos all summer! Our staff has been working tirelessly to plan the best summer yet with awesome daily field trips and fun games!!! 

Our Summer Camp Program is for any rising Kindergarten student through Middle School. We are open Monday through Friday from 7:30am until 6pm. We offer a two-day (Tuesday and Thursday), three-day (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday), and five-day option. All field trip fees are included in your weekly tuition! Some examples of field trips offered are Jungle Rapids Water Park (TWICE this summer!!), movies, parks, pools, bowling, splash pad, WonderWorks, and more!!! While at Coastal Day School, campers will enjoy fun activities such as crazy water games, silly dry games, arts and crafts, and tons more!!! We love seeing sweet friendships form and getting to see campers enjoy all the activities our staff has spent months planning. 

**Click here for our field trip calendar for our full day camp program**
**Click here for enrollment forms for our full day camp program**
We also offer an exciting, half-day program for our current preschool students ages two to five years. If we have any open spaces after May 15, 2019, we will open those spaces up to new families enrolled with us for next school year. Click here for more information about our half-day Summer Preschool Program. This program has a greater focus on our weekly themes but we still offer fun, academic based activities as well! We plan fun water days and special treats throughout the summer that your child will love! 
If you are interested in registering your child for one of our summer programs, please click on the link above for registration forms. You are free to pick any weeks you want as well as pick the number of days you'd like each week (two-day option is Tuesday and Thursday, three-day option is Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and we also have a five-day option-we do not offer a daily option in the summer.) We do not have a minimum on the number of weeks your child attends and you only pay for the weeks you register for!! Please keep in mind that once you have turned in a registration form, we cannot make changes to the dates you've registered for and you will be required to pay for the dates reserved, regardless of attendance. We provide a quality program with a low student/teacher ratio and awesome field trips that usually require prepayment (we've actually already paid for some of them) so when we hold a space for a child, it is important that we receive payment for that space in order to continue providing all the fun activities we do daily. We feel badly when plans change and parents are still expected to pay for the weeks they have reserved, but please understand that we cannot make any exceptions to this policy in order to be able to keep our camp open and functioning. If multiple parents were to ask each week to make changes to what they have reserved, it would severely affect our ability to continue to operate as it is very difficult to fill spaces last minute when parents have already made other plans for their children once our program is full. Thank you in advance for your understanding and support in this area. We know that it can be a struggle when funds are tight so please make sure to only reserve weeks you know you will need. 
We really hope your child(ren) will be joining us for a fun-filled summer here at CDS! We are excited to see our returning campers and meet new families and provide them with a safe and exciting summer camp. I know how scary it can be sending your child off to camp, especially on field trips, but our staff takes our campers' safety very seriously and we work diligently to ensure your child is well taken care of. Our staff has been trained to obsessively count campers (I mean really OBSESSIVELY-we count in our sleep during the summer-true story 😆) and monitor their group very closely. We are so grateful for such an amazing staff that truly loves our campers! 

If you have any questions about our full-day Summer Camp Program, please feel free to email our Summer Camp Director, Veronnica, at If you have any questions about our half-day Summer Preschool Program, please feel free to email our Program Director, Caroline, at You can also contact us by phone at 910.383.3919. If you would like to register your child, please feel free to stop by Monday through Friday between 10am and noon or 1pm and 3pm or call us to schedule an earlier or later time that works for you! We will not be available to accept registration Friday, April 19-Friday, April 26, 2019.

We are looking forward to another amazing summer!!

Friday, February 1, 2019

Enroll Today!!

Good Morning!

Today is the day!! Here is the link to our enrollment request form! Submissions are time stamped and spaces will be filled in the order received. 

As a reminder, by completing this form, you are not guaranteed a space. This is simply a request to enroll.

Starting on Monday, February 4, 2019, we will begin sending out emails to notify you of your enrollment status. Instructions will be included in the email for how to proceed with the process and confirm your child's space. Deadlines for paperwork and the new student fee will be outlined in the email as well. If you miss a deadline, your space will be given to the next child on the list. No exceptions will be made.  

If your child does not receive a space, they will automatically be placed on our waiting list. Don't give up hope if you are added to the waiting list! We have seen it move dramatically in the past due to changing family situations, moves, etc. It's still possible to receive a space before school starts or even after our school year has begun.  

We will be working hard to process all the enrollment requests we receive but it is a time consuming task and will take us a few days to complete. Our office staff answering calls will not be able to confirm if you received a space or not, you will need to wait for the confirmation email. Every person that submits our enrollment form will receive an email notifying them of their enrollment status by Friday, February 8, 2019. If you have not received an email from us by then, please contact us. Emails have ended up in spam folders in the past so make sure to check there also.

Again, we are very excited to get to know all our new families! We are honored that you have chosen our school and look forward to partnering with you to help your sweet kiddos learn and grow. If you have any questions about the enrollment process, please contact Caroline at 910-383-3919 between 10am and noon or by email at

Best of luck!!!
-CDS Admin Team 😊

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Enrollment Time!!

I can’t believe it’s already 2019!!! The last few months have flown by! I have returned to a classroom this year (which I’m loving!) so unfortunately, the blog has taken a back burner. I'm going to try to be better!! 

With the new year always comes enrollment time!!! We are so excited to meet new families and get to share what makes our little school so awesome!!

If your family previously attended Coastal Day School for an entire academic year and would like to return (yay!), we will have a special enrollment time for your family starting January 22, 2019. Just stop by any day that week (except Monday-we are closed) between 10am and noon to drop off paperwork and the $150 new student fee. Here is a link to our handbook which includes all the paperwork we need turned in. 

If you are a new family wishing to enroll here at CDS for the 2019-2020 school year, we will open enrollment on Friday, February 1, 2019. We will post a link here on our blog at 8am and will share the post on our Facebook page as well. All submissions will be time stamped and spaces will be given in the order they are received. We will begin to send out emails on Monday, February 4, 2019 to notify you of your enrollment status. Filling out the form online does not guarantee a space in our program. All spaces are first come, first serve and we will go in the order the submissions came in. Any child that does not receive a space in our program will be placed on our waiting list.

If you are new to our program and would like to meet our staff and see our facility, we will be holding an Open House on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 6:30pm until 7:30pm. Children are welcome to attend :) We are looking forward to meeting all of you and answering any questions you may have!

We are so thankful and honored to be planning another school year! We really do have the most amazing students, parents, and staff that encourages, supports, and loves us so well. Looking forward to year 13 and all the fun we will get to have!!

Ashley 💕