Campus Updates

December 01, 2017

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Dear Parents, 

I hope that your teacher conferences went well, and that you are back in the swing of things after the break. This week I am have been holding down the fort while Holly was at a Bright Horizons conference in Arizona, which is why Campus Updates is coming from me. Holly will be back on Monday when we will be back to business as usual!  

In this update: 

  • Important Dates 
  • Author Visit 
  • Poinsettia Pick Up 
  • Singapore Math Class – The Bar Model 
  • Multicultural fair 
  • Adopt-A-Family 
  • Extra-Curricular Classes   

Important Dates 

Author Visit – Deb Lund - Thanks to a generous grant from our PTA, CHAPTER, Deb Lund, children’s author and writing teacher will be visiting Chestnut Hill Academy next week to host a Writer’s Workshop for all students.  Students will work individually and in small groups to begin writing stories with engaging “hook” sentences. Deb will continue to Skype additional lessons with the student’s during their Library time through January and February. If your student would like to order a copy Deb’s books or Fiction Magic cards, please look for the order form in Friday folders and return to the front desk by Dec. 6th. If you would like to view Deb’s bio or work, she has a website:  

Poinsettia Pick Up on Tuesday - Plant pickup is next Tuesday 12/5 from 2pm-6pm. Please drive around to the lower parking lot and pick up your plants from the parking garage.  

Singapore Math Parent Class - Our resident Singapore Math consultant, Tricia Salerno, will be leading a Singapore Math parent class titled ‘The Bar Model’ on Tuesday December 5th from 6 – 8pm. Please RSVP here if you are able to attend. You can see the flyer here.  

Festival of Peace and Light – Thursday December 14th Your homeroom teachers will be sending this information out with field trip permission slips today, but I wanted to include it here too so that it doesn’t get overlooked, apologies for any duplication! The busses will start leaving CHA at 12:30pm. Doors of the hall at the Bellevue Hilton open to families at 1:30pm and the performance starts at 2:00pm. All students need to be in dress uniform on Thursday.  Students can take the bus back to school after the event and extended day will be provided.  There will be no afternoon shuttle to Houghton. Please be sure to sign your child out with their homeroom teacher at the hotel if they are not returning to school. 4th & 5th Grade students only will need to bring a sack lunch to accommodate the bus schedule. If you ordered a lunch for that day you will not be charged. Please email if you have any questions.  

Multicultural Fair – Friday December 15th  Each grade level will be sharing information with their own families about the fair, but this year we are hoping to mix it up a little with the Multicultural Fair, and offer participation opportunities across the different grades. If you have inside knowledge of the countries that we are celebrating this year, the teachers would love to hear from you! Maybe you have visited and have photos or anecdotes to share, may you have family connections with a country and would be willing to share an artifact, traditional clothing, a folk tale, a traditional song, or a craft? 5th Grade is not on the list because they are doing a colonial fair instead. 

In addition, we would like to turn the cafeteria in to a mini food hall featuring food from the different countries. Normally we cannot accept food made at home, but we are able to do it on this very special occasion as long as there is a label with ingredients listed and nuts are not included. Please drop off your food items in the cafeteria before 10 so we can arrange them.  I have listed the grades, countries and contacts below. Let’s make this a memorable and meaningful experience for the students!  

K is studying Russia. Contact is Kristina Bernal  

1 is studying Japan. Contact is Laura Grieger 

2 is studying Ecuador. Contact is Debbie Fox 

3 is studying West Africa. Contact is Tiffany Watkins 

4 is studying Great Britain. Contact is Jessica Springer  

Adopt-A-Family - CHA is pleased to announce that we will once again be supporting this Vison House appeal. Vision House is a local organization that has provided transitional housing, support services, and childcare for homeless families for the past 25 years. Student Council members have created a tri-fold board displaying gift tags labeled with the most needed items, which will be in the lobby on Monday morning.  Families are invited to take a tag, to purchase the specific gift item identified on that tag, and then bring the gift in by Wednesday, December 13th.  Melissa Lodwick, who has helped coordinate the project with Vision House, will help transport items on the 13th. We thank you for your generosity and support of Student Council and Vision House. 

Extra-Curricular Classes - Next week will be the last session of the fall extra-curricular classes. The Winter Session will start after winter break, in the week beginning January 8th. Look out for details of some exciting new options that we will be bringing to CHA including robotics, coding, drama and photography. Registration information for the Winter session will be in next week’s Campus Updates.  

Due to the short week there is no Specialist Newsletter this week. 

Have a lovely weekend,  Sarah Morlidge, Director of Technology and Communication

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