Message from Head of School - March 28th, 2014

In the words of Heinrich Heine, “Where words leave off, music begins.”  The musicals this week were simply amazing!  CHA teachers are so creative in their creation and vision of choreography, costumes, and scenery. I couldn’t be more impressed with the experience our teachers share with students.   Musicals allow students to express feelings, thoughts, actions, words and improv.  Our students did a phenomenal job of expressing themselves on stage with guidance from Mr. Franklin and their teachers.  The musicals would not be possible without the teachers dedication.  The teachers and I wish to thank the parent volunteers for helping with props, costumes and CHAPTER’s support.  Thank you for an incredible musical week.

SPRING BREAK: For those families who decide to stay and play, we will be  offering Camp at CHA for Spring Break. It’s hard to believe that April is almost here, but if you plan on having your child attend camp, please complete the registration forms that were sent in Friday Folders or on the School’s OUT! website if you are a Microsoft employee.  Additional forms are also available at the front desk . 

MATH CHALLENGE: In January, Mrs. Douglas' and Ms. Jarvis’ with the highest participation.  Congratulations to Elysse and Rohan G for demonstrating their comprehensive understanding of the problem. In February, Mrs. Daffara's class had the highest participation for K-2nd, with Reyan K providing a terrific understanding of the problem and with 3rd-5th we had Amar K provide the best answer. The classes with the highest participation have earned a math game for their class and individual students listed have won a math game to take home.

ZENO MATH CHALLENGE: Don’t forget, the Zeno Mathfest is nearly upon us!  Mathfest is a giant mathematical carnival held at Crossroads Mall on April 26, 1-4pm.  We will celebrate the joy of math challenge and problem solving. We also thank all our Zeno partner schools who work so hard to elevate the math culture on the Eastside.  Please consider joining us and don’t forget the Math Spirit award will be presented to the school that has the most attendance based on enrollment. Will CHA take the trophy for the 3rd year in a row?

WASHINGTON DC: March 31st- April 4th, Ms. James, Ms. Jarvis, Mr. Franklin and I will travel with the 5th graders to Washington DC.  Throughout the week, 5th graders will participate in many events such as: the Alexandria Colonial walking tour, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, National Archives, Capitol Hill Tour, Arlington National Cemetery, and the International Spy Station to name a few.  This trip is an amazing experience and I look forward to sharing it with your children.

In my absence, please contact Christi Taylor at, Leanne Dillon at, or Madeline Costa at for any administrative support that you may need.  I will have access to email, but depending on our location I may not be able to respond in a timely manner. 

Have a wonderful weekend! Holly Senaga, Head of School


Our Mission Statement

Chestnut Hill Academy is dedicated to a diverse community of students, parents, and staff working together to provide an environment where students develop academic success, personal responsibility, and integrity, preparing them to become educated global citizens, problem solvers, and life-long learners.

Head of School: Holly Senaga

13633 SE 26th Street, Bellevue, WA 98005, 425-372-2800



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