Campus Updates

January 05, 2018

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In this update: 

  • Important Dates 
  • Spelling Bee 
  • Ski season 
  • Extra-Curricular Classes 
  • School Uniform 
  • Work Correction Policy 
  • Key Dates 2018-19 
  • Head lice  

Important Dates 

  • January 8th - Ski Equipment Check & Labelling 
  • January 10th & 11th - Ski season starts 
  • January 12th - MLK Assembly @ 9:00 – CHA Gym 
  • January 16th-19th Classroom Spelling Bees 
  • January 15th - MLK Day, CHA is closed - no school or childcare 
  • January 20thOpen House 
  • January 26th - Family Math Night  
  • February 2nd – School Spelling Bee   

CHA Families,  

Like many of you, as we begin the new year, we reflect upon the year before and begin to think about the year ahead.  I recently read a sign that said, “When things aren’t adding up in your life, start to subtracting”.  I paused at the simplicity of this statement as it falls along the same line of Mrs. Morlidge often telling me, “Now hang on a minute, did you unplug it for a few minutes? Be patient, start it up again, give it a go and it will work”.  Although in this instance we’re speaking of machines, it is applicable to people too.  Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few moments, including you.  Remember as you live this new year to give yourself permission to unplug, unwind and rejuvenate!  From my heart to yours, Happy New Year!                                                                                

Spelling Bee 

The fourth annual CHA school spelling bee is coming!  The Spelling Bee is open to 1st through 5th Grade and participation is voluntary. General information about the spelling bee is coming home today in Friday folders.  Classroom level bees will be held the week of January 16-19.  A winner and runner up per homeroom will be announced on Friday, January 19.  Information and “permission slip” will go home that day to the 28 students who qualified for the all-school bee.  The All-School Spelling Bee will be held on Friday, 2/2 starting at 2:00. The winner of the CHA Spelling Bee will move on to the Regional Spelling Bee in Seattle which will take place on March 25, 2018 at Seattle University.  The word lists for the classroom bees can be found here, along with the Rules for the Spelling Bee and information regarding How to Study for a Spelling Bee.  

Ski Season 

Thank you to those of you who brought your ski equipment for labelling this morning. We will be checking equipment again on Monday, February 8th. Coach McIntosh and myself will be available at the gym entrance between 8:00 and 9:00. Please drive down to the lower parking lot to bring ski gear in to school; unfortunately, we can’t have skis carried through the building.  

CHA is excited to kick off our 2018 Ski Season next week!  It is imperative that students have cleared gear check (check in weekly at the table downstairs outside the gym with Coach McIntosh or myself), delivered their bags after the check to the gym under their grade level sign, and check into their homerooms by 8:30.  The teachers will start loading students at 8:35-8:45 and we will be departing by 8:50.  We need to be up at the Summit with students ready to begin lessons at 10:00.    

We appreciate you sending skiers and snowboarders to school prepared to ski and board.  What does this look like:  

  • All equipment and clothes are labeled 
  • All equipment is with the student (ski/board, boots, helmet, goggles, jacket, gloves, ski/board pants, ski bag, water bottle) 
  • Ski pass is attached to the skier/boarders jacket. We do not have additional staff to go to Guest Services to pick up passes upon arrival and place them on students.  Lessons begin upon arrival.  Skiers/Boarders who do not have passes will not be allowed to board the bus and will remain at CHA with non-skiers. 
  • Lunches need to be completely disposable. 
  • 5th graders are the only grade that may bring money to purchase lunch. 
  • Parents who are on site are welcome to purchase lunch at the lodge for their child. 
  • Parent volunteers assist with loading the skis at CHA, unloading the skis at the Summit, bringing the coolers to the Summit Lodge, bringing the coolers and loading them after lunch to the bus, unloading skis once we return to CHA. If you are interested in being a parent volunteer, please contact me at  Parent volunteers who will be skiing/boarding will be offered a day pass.  

Extra-Curricular Classes 

The Winter Session will begin on Monday. Please refer to the email Mrs. Morlidge sent out on Wednesday for details of classes with spaces.   

School Uniform 

I am happy to share that Mrs. Morlidge has created a new uniform flyer, based on feedback from parents. As well trying to communicate the options more clearly, we have also endeavored to streamline the selection a little. If your student is wearing items that have been removed from the ‘menu’, they are free to wear them for the rest of this school year. You can view the flier here. The Parent Handbook has also been updated.  

Correction Policy 

Another update that has been made to the Parent Handbook is a change to the wording regarding correction of student work, in order to ensure consistency between teachers. Report Cards, Evaluations and Grading (Page 20) now reads, ‘If a student scores less than 80% and elects to make up a test or assignment, the grade they receive will be an AVERAGE of the original grade and new grade, but cannot be higher than an 80%.’ You can read the revised Parent Handbook here.  

Key Dates  

We have uploaded the Key Dates Calendar 2018-19 to the Parent Portal of the CHA website. You can view it here.  

Head Lice 

We have had an incidence of headlice, so it seems timely to remind everyone of our policy and how to protect yourselves. Any student suspected or diagnosed with head lice will be excluded from school and cannot return until treated such that lice or nits are no longer present in the student’s hair. We also require parents to wash all the student’s personal belongings prior to returning to school. All family members should be examined and treated simultaneously to avoid re-infestation. Although a head lice infestation is not a sign of uncleanliness, you can prevent lice by avoiding physical contact with a person who has lice, not sharing combs, brushes, hats, scarves, ribbons, or other personal items and keeping long hair tied back. The Center for Disease Control has some excellent information about avoidance and detection which you can review here.  

Have a terrific weekend! Holly Senaga, Head of School

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