Campus Updates

April 20, 2018

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In this update: 

  • Earth Week
  • ITBS Testing 
  • Parent Satisfaction Survey 
  • Applying Out Statistics 
  • May Lunch Orders 
  • STEM Night 
  • Spring Basket Pick Up 
  • Spring Music Recital 
  • Did you know? 
  • Camp Explorations 

Important Dates: 

Dear CHA Community,  

This week was Earth Week, and CHA students did an amazing job highlighting conservation and promoting environmental awareness.  The Green Team was very busy this week providing morning announcements with helpful tips and informative facts, and they organized themed days such as “bring a stuffy to school” day to promote habitat awareness, and “Low Energy Thursday”, during which they invited classrooms to turn off the lights and decrease their overall energy utilization.  They also facilitated activities like sunflower planting, and during their Green Team meeting, worked on assembling the new hydroponic tower garden they received through a generous CHAPTER grant.   

We were excited to see that the focus on minimizing waste in the Café has continued to result in improvements to sorting practices (between compost, recycling, and trash), and an overall decrease in waste.  At the end of each lunch period, Green Team students helped weigh the compost, trash, and recycling periods, and this year, many grade levels saw a progressive decrease across consecutive days of the week.  This week we’ll be calculating our overall waste percentages and reporting them with our application to receive another year of Sustaining Green School certification, and we’re proud of the students’ efforts and strategies to minimize waste!    

Every student will receive a red sapling today courtesy of the Huang Family. Directions on “How to Plant Your Tree” are included in Friday Folders.   

ITBS Testing Week - ITBS begins on Monday, April 23rd and will continue through Friday, April 27th for 1st-5th grade promptly at 8:30.  A few things that you can do at home to ensure that your child is positioned for the optimal testing experience are: 

  • Make sure they get a good night’s rest every night next week. 
  • Have a great breakfast that includes protein. 
  • Share the message that the most important part of the test is just doing their best. 
  • Be on time, if not early, to school.  

Please note:  Students who arrive after 8:30 when testing begins at 8:35 will not be admitted to the classroom as we want to ensure a positive testing environment is maintained without disruptions.  Students who arrive late will need to stay in the lobby reading a book until there is a break in testing and they’re able to join their class.  The student will then need to make up that section of the test on Friday.  Please ensure that appointments are made outside of the testing window (8:30-11 for 1st and 2nd and 8:30-12 for 3rd-5th) during this week.  The ITBS provides us with insight into how your child is achieving in a variety of academic areas and is just one moment in a yearlong learning process.  We’ll share the results with you for your individual child, your child’s grade cohort, and the school overall, at the beginning of June.   

Parent Satisfaction Survey – It’s that time of year when I ask you to join me in completing the 2018 Parent Survey.  The survey gives the staff and I valuable information as to how we are meeting the needs of students and parents alike as well as providing us with an idea of the services we provide or families.  The survey takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.  Please print the confirmation page at the end of the survey and turn it into the front desk.  I’ll host weekly raffles for $100 gift certificates to the shop or restaurant of your choice.  The drawings will take place on Friday, April 27th, Friday, May 11th, and Monday, May 14th and the winners will be announced in Campus Updates.   

The first class to have all their parents submit the survey will win a $100 gift certificate of their child’s teacher.  Imagine the bragging rights the teacher will have for having the best parents ever!  

Each classroom teacher who has 100% participation will receive a $50 gift certificate of their choice.  We appreciate you helping your child’s teacher achieve 100% participation. 

Last year we achieved 96% participation which is lower than in years past.  With 99% participation CHA would continue hold the record for highest participation in the School’s Division and receive a $900 cash award from Bright Horizons to use for our end of year staff party. Follow the link to in Holly’s email to participate, or use your phone’s camera to scan the QR codes you will see posted around the building starting Monday.  

Applying Out Statistics – Much of the Fall found CHA 4th and 5th grade students preparing to take the SSAT and applying to highly competitive college preparatorys in the Seattle area.  Our students received notice regarding the school’s decisions that they had been admitted to.  According to the Admissions Directors of Admissions at the elite college preparatory schools listed below, this year brought record breaking applicants with some schools seeing a 50% increase in applications.  For 5th grade acceptances, these schools have 30-32 spaces, for 6th grade some have 16-32 spaces, however some schools only have space available for 6th grade only if a 5th grader has left.  We are very proud of every CHA student and we wish you well.  I’m pleased to share the following results with you.  They are still subject to change as students are pulled from the wait pools  Congratulations to the 4th and 5th grade families who successfully applied out.  We wish you the very best as you move on to your next school community!  

Here are the statistics for 4th Graders applying out for 5th Grade:

For 5th Graders applying out for 6th Grade:  


May Lunch Orders - The online order form is now open for ordering hot lunches for the month of May. You can find the menu and the order form here. The form will remain open until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 27th. Please email if you have any questions or suggestions.    

STEM Night – The coffee cars been ordered, activities prepared, are you ready to join us for an epic STEM Night, Friday, April 27th from 6:00-7:30pm?  We hope you’ll join us for a great night of challenging engineering tasks for all ages and it’s a ton of fun!  Activities include clothes pin race cars, pasta tower building, marshmallow puff tubes, and many new challenges. Second graders are learning about animal care and therapy animals through a leadership opportunity with Seattle Humane.  If you’d like to support their efforts, please come to come to the first-floor gallery for a lemonade taste test during STEM Night.  For a suggested donation of $1, you will try different types of lemonade and let them know your favorite. Fifth graders worked with UW Husky ADAPT club students who are in the graduate program for Physical Therapy who adapt toys for students with disabilities.  The toys are then sent to communities for students with special needs to use.  Two of our toys will be sent to Mrs. Trout, formally, Ms. James whose twins Alexander and Benjamin will benefit from these adaptations.   

Our students used their basic circuity skills to study individual cases and planned a design concept that they then used to adapt the toy to meet the individual student’s needs.  Students worked in small groups of two with a UW student’s support.  Come check out our toy adaptations on the 3rd floor!  

Spring Basket Pickup – If you ordered these from CHAPTER please remember to pick them up from the CHA parking garage between 2:45 and 6:00 next Thursday, April 26th.  

Spring Music Recital – If you have taken private music lessons this year, we hope you can join us for a recital on Wednesday, May 16th, at 6:00pm.  The recital will be held at Newport Presbyterian Church.  (4010 120th Avenue Southeast Bellevue, WA 98006 425-746-6111). Mr. Rees has created a flyer which is coming home in today’s Friday Folder which contains all the information you need to participate. If you have any questions, please contact Bob Rees ( or Scott Adams (  

Did you know? Everything that’s blue in this email is hyperlinked for your convenience. If you click on the hyperlinked events in the ‘Important Dates’ section, you have the option to add the event to your calendar.  

Camp Explorations - Be sure to visit the Summer Camp page of the website to find out all about the fun Camp Director, Brandon Poole, has planned. CHA families will receive a 10% Early Bird Discount on enrollment (not including the registration fee or Extended Day) for registration forms submitted by May 19th.  

All the best, Holly Senaga, Head of School

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