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Campus Updates 6.18.2021
CHA Campus Updates

In this update:  

  • Moving Up Ceremony
  • Virtual Art Show
  • Juneteenth
  • Uniform Updates
  • Reminders

Important upcoming dates: 

  • June 21 – Camp Explorations Begins
  • September 7 – Ice Cream Social
  • September 8 – First Day of School
  • September 23 – Curriculum Night
  • September 24 – Walk-a-thon
  • September 29 thru October 1 - Goal Setting: No school, Childcare provided

Dear CHA Community,

Father's Day started in the early 20th century in the United States to celebrate fatherhood and to complement Mother's Day. It was first celebrated on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA by Sonora Smart Dodd. One Sunday in May, Sonora Smart Dodd listened to a Mother's Day sermon at church. Dodd's own mother had died 11 years earlier, and her father had raised their six children alone. Sonora was the only daughter and helped her father William raise her younger brothers. "The object of this day, she says, is to bring all the respect and honor due him...to instill the same love and reverence for the father as is the mother's portion." (Spokane Press, June 6, 1910) She wanted the Father’s Day celebration date to have a significant meaning. After gaining community support Fathers’ Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910. While white carnations became the symbol of Mother’s Day the rose became the symbol for Father’s Day. A colored rose was worn for a living father and a white rose representing the deceased. The holiday grew in national popularity due to the promotion by Mrs. Dodd and it became her lifetime commitment.

This Sunday marks the 111th Anniversary of Father’s Day. I’ve been fortunate enough to have my father’s love and support throughout my life, even if he did get kicked out of my softball games for disagreeing with the ump, I always knew he was there. I’ve had the privilege of watching my husband raise our three girls and watch them in turn look upon him with love and respect. I’ve seen thousands of students walk down the halls of CHA holding their father’s hands, say, “I love you, Daddy, Papa, and Dad” at drop off, and witnessed the exchange of awe and wonder as they grow in their relationship. To every Dad out there, “Happy Father’s Day”.

Moving Up Ceremony - Thank you to Mr. Rees who compiled this year’s Moving Up Ceremony video. the link is in the email version of Campus Updates, and is being shred with students. The video includes a musical performance by our students, speeches by some of our students and your CHAPTER presidents, the end of year movie and Mrs. Senaga’s message to all families.

Virtual Art Show 2021- Mrs. Choi would like to thank you all the parents who uploaded photographs of their children's artwork on Teams and third through fifth grade students who participated in Virtual Art Show 2021. You will find the videos of the art show in our Dropbox here where you will also find 4th and 5th grade Stop Motion Animation videos. I hope you enjoy watching our students' wonderful creations!

Saturday is Juneteenth - Earlier this year, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed House Bill 1016, making Juneteenth a legal state paid holiday starting in 2022. Previously, Washington was already one of 47 states that recognized Juneteenth as a holiday, but it was previously not a paid day off. Texas was the first state to officially recognize Juneteenth as a holiday in 1980; Washington did so in 2007. Yesterday, the Senate passed a bill to recognize Juneteenth as a federal holiday. It will head to the house next.

Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day and Freedom Day, commemorates when the last enslaved African Americans learned they were free on June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas. Union soldiers brought them the news more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Here are some events and resources that may be of interest as you reflect and engage in conversations with your family and community.

Events:

Resources:

Uniform Updates - I am happy to share that as well as Land’s End, Dennis Uniform now has the new school logo available for logo’d items. As a reminder, we recommend that you order before July 16th to be sure that you receive your uniform items in time for the start of school. We strongly suggest using the sizing guides from both vendors to avoid disappointment when your order arrives, and the hassle of having to return stuff. We also have items available from the Uniform Swap, though none with the new school logo yet. Items with the old school log can be worn until June 2022. You can place requests for items here.

Reminders

KCLS Summer Reading Challenge - Starting June 1st, the King County Library System is again holding their summer reading program for ALL ages. The goal is to read 1,000 minutes from June 1 - August 31st and KCLS will be giving away prizes and holding activities all summer long. KCLS libraries are opening with more hours and will have paper copies of their reading checklist available but are encouraging patrons to use their online system if they can. For more info - click on the KCLS link - https://kcls.org/summer/ 

Summer Camp – Camp Explorations information is available, and it is time to register! Everything you need to know about summer camp can be found here. Q’s: Email camp@chestnuthillacademy.com  

Summer Reading and Math – The teachers have planned some fun activities to keep students' minds sharp over the summer. You can find details on our website here. You should choose the grade level your student will be entering in the fall. If you have questions, there is a designated teacher to contact for each grade.

Previous issues of Campus Updates can be viewed here.

Thank you,

Holly Senaga, Head of School

Campus Updates 6.10.2021
CHA Campus Updates

In this update:  

  • Important Upcoming Dates 
  • Middle School Admissions
  • Summer Tutoring
  • Summer Reading and Math
  • CHAPTER Social
  • Humane Society
  • Parent MRA
  • Specialists’ Newsletter 
  • Weekly Snack List 
  • Reminders 

Important upcoming dates: 

  • June 14 & 15 – Student-Led Conferences 
  • June 16 – K-2 Field Day 
  • June 17 – 3-5 Field Day 
  • June 17 – K-4 Last Day of School 
  • June 17 – Final Friday Folder pickup for REACH Students 
  • June 18th - No school for K-4, In-Person Moving Up for Grade 5 
  • June 21 – Camp Explorations Begins 

Dear CHA Community, 

As we roll into the last week of school, I think back to the first week. At first, people refused to believe that a strange new thing could be done, like elementary students learning online successfully. Then people began to hope it could be done because what other option was there? Through trial and perseverance, we saw that it could be done, and our paradigm shifted from one of disbelief to belief at the many successes that were achieved.  

While most families were happy to leave online schooling behind, we had 33 families that depended on it this year. It also provided flexibility for additional families as some students moved in and out of online school for a variety of reasons. When we started this process, we asked you to trust us; to come sail on our ship with no guarantee of reaching the shore. We asked you to believe in our conviction that we would do what we said we could, and you did. This is what makes our community strong: a sense of trust, of belonging, and the belief that we are in this together. It is not about getting it right every time. It is about our mission of leadership, problem-solving, and learning, and trying to do what is right every time, even if the outcome is unpredictable, or not what we expected. We support one another through whatever life may bring. When living through a pandemic, we would not want to do it with any other community than the parents and students of CHA.  

Middle School Admissions Update– As we continue to move through the spring and into the summer, local middle schools continue to reach out to families in their wait pools, making middle school admissions an ongoing process of updates and offers.  Congratulations are in order to several families who have received recent offers to local schools of choice, and we’re pleased to share the updated numbers for our graduating 5th Grade students below:  

5th Grade Admissions

 

Which schools are our 4th and 5th graders attending next year?  

Schools for 4th and 5th Grade

 

Summer Tutoring - We currently have just one teacher offering summer tutoring this year. The others are taking a well-earned rest this summer! You can find the information you need to sign up here

Summer Reading and Math – The teachers have planned some fun activities to keep students' minds sharp over the summer. You can find details on our website here. You should choose the grade level your student will be entering in the fall. If you have questions, there is a designated teacher to contact for each grade. 

CHAPTER Garage Crew

CHAPTER Social Update - Thank you to our volunteers who joined us in the CHA garage on Sunday, June 6th, to deliver meals to families for our CHAPTER spring social. It was great to see the faces of so many members of our community and have this opportunity to reconnect. We wish all of you a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing you soon. 

Humane Society -  A message from CHA 4th Grader Solaina, 'Do you have a pet? Well, not all animals are as lucky as yours. If you want to help animals in need, donate to the Humane Society! To donate, there is only one thing you must do: donate a bag of dog or cat food like PureBites cat treats, Life Essentials dog treats, or some dog toys like TUFFY (brand of dog toy) to the buckets at the front and gym level entrances. These supplies will be donated to the Humane Society by me, Solaina Lasley. This donation period will run on the last week of school, between June 14 to 17! Your donations will help many animals get the food and supplies they require to live happy, healthy lives! Please donate! Thank you!' 

Parent MRA - Thank you to those who have completed the survey and returned the forms to be part of our drawing. Congratulations to the families of Tyler (Kindergarten) and Esha (2nd grade) who are our final winners. We had a total of 113 families complete the survey. We truly appreciate your feedback and look forward to using these results to help us improve in the coming school year 

Weekly Snack List - You can view the snacks Chef Liam will be offering to in-person students next week here at the bottom of the page. If your child is not eating the school snack, you are welcome to send a nut-free alternative to school in their backpack.    

CHA Specialists’ Newsletter – If you have subscribed to the Specialists Newsletter you will receive it automatically. If not, you can view this week’s newsletter here. If you have any questions about the content, please contact your child’s teacher directly. You can find all our teachers here, and you can find information about the individual programs here

Reminders:  

  • KCLS Summer Reading Challenge - Starting June 1st, the King County Library System is again holding their summer reading program for ALL ages. The goal is to read 1,000 minutes from June 1 - August 31st and KCLS will be giving away prizes and holding activities all summer long. KCLS libraries are opening with more hours and will have paper copies of their reading checklist available but are encouraging patrons to use their online system if they can. For more info - click on the KCLS link - https://kcls.org/summer/ 
  • Summer Camp – Camp Explorations information is available, and it is time to register! Everything you need to know about summer camp can be found here. Q’s: Email camp@chestnuthillacademy.com  
  • Previous issues of Campus Updates can be viewed here

Thank you, 

Holly Senaga, Head of School 

Campus Updates 6.4.2021

In this update:  

  • Important Upcoming Dates 
  • Pick Up
  • Our New Website
  • Parent MRA
  • Fall Hours of Operation
  • Masks Policy
  • Specialists’ Newsletter 
  • Weekly Snack List 
  • Reminders 

Important upcoming dates:   

  • June 4 – Material Pickup for REACH Students 
  • June 6 – CHAPTER Social 
  • June 14&15 – Student-Led Conferences 
  • June 16 – K-2 Field Day 
  • June 17 – 3-5 Field Day 
  • June 17 – K-4 Last Day of School 
  • June 17 – Final Friday Folder pickup for REACH Students 
  • June 18th - No school for K-4, In-Person Moving Up for Grade 5 
  • June 21 – Camp Explorations Begins 

Dear CHA Community, 

For my family and many others, June is a mixed bag. After adjusting to Daylight Savings, reduced protocols and restrictions, activities resuming, the routines of the school year coming to an end, and the rounds of year-end celebrations and rituals, suddenly giving way to summer, which, with its promises of freedom and leisure, can create a new kind of stress. That stress is most keenly felt by working parents, over-scheduled families, and families with children who need extra time to adjust to summer’s new routines.  Here are four ways to ease your family’s transition to summer and prepare everyone for a positive experience. 

1. Discuss your child’s feelings. Some kids feel confused or dismayed about the passage of time, and this can be especially acute during seasonal transitions and graduations from classes or schools; even more so because parents and the culture at large are telling kids that the events are “supposed” to be celebratory. Try to allow some time and space for children to express their concerns and needs. 

2. Help your kids with summer transitions and changes. Some children need more time than others to shift into summer’s activities, and others need the kind of continued structure that summer does not often provide. Try to give some thought to the ways in which your household routines will change. Will mealtimes, bedtimes or morning routines be different? Is there a new camp or activity, guests, or travel? Let your kids know about these changes. Decide whether you are going to have different rules around technology, outdoor time, exercise, or chores during the summer, and discuss them with your kids. Create a calendar, chart and expectation as a family which will help support children independently navigate their schedule which includes time for them to select a reading, math or language activity from their BINGO Boards. Try to leave extra time when attending new camps and other drop-offs and pick-ups. If your child will be attending a new school in the fall, talk about that over the summer and try to visit if you can even if you have already been there before. Familiarity supports a feeling of belonging.   

3. Take advantage of summer to reconnect. Transitional periods can require a lot of extra practical energy. Try to carve out some unstructured time for your kids and your family. Take a family walk in your neighborhood after dinner. Pull a chair outside at twilight and watch the first stars come out. You will reconnect and regain a sense of equilibrium, as well as an appreciation for the season. You will also have an opportunity to talk about transitions with your kids in a gentle way instead of in the moment. Make sure to get out in nature, too—it is a great way to gain a different perspective outside of imposed schedules and tasks and access the beauty and awe of the beautiful area we live in.  

4. Explore inexpensive and non-traditional options. Many parents rightfully worry about childcare coverage for their kids while they work, or options for their kids if they are home with them. You may want to explore local options such as those offered through your local library, or parks and recreation department, or pool. Summer can be a great time for you or your kids to explore a new hobby or project. In addition, do not shy away from leaving empty space on the calendar. Summer is the perfect time to encourage the creativity and introspection that can only come from allowing a little boredom into your kids’ lives. 

KCLS Summer Reading Challenge - Starting June 1st, the King County Library System is again holding their summer reading program for ALL ages. The goal is to read 1,000 minutes from June 1 - August 31st and KCLS will be giving away prizes and holding activities all summer long. KCLS libraries are opening with more hours and will have paper copies of their reading checklist available but are encouraging patrons to use their online system if they can. For more information click here.

Pick-Up - As we continue to work to make student pick-up safer and more efficient, we politely request that you refrain from crossing the street on foot. It is dangerous not only for our parents and children but also for the cars that often stop in the street to accommodate us. There have been a number of occasions on which cars approaching behind them have had to brake suddenly, increasing the risk of a potential accident. The cars exiting the parking lot and those lined up on the shoulder find themselves in the awkward position of trying to pull out or up the road around parents and students attempting to cross. If you would like to park elsewhere and walk onto campus, please use the crosswalk up the hill at the traffic light, which will make for a safer experience for everyone. 

Quick Links

Our New Website – As you have hopefully noticed, we switched to our lovely new website on Tuesday. You should have received an email from Mrs. Morlidge explaining how to log in, and how to get to the Tech Tips section which explains how to access grade-level pages, subscribe to the teacher newsletters, calendars, etc. If you did not, you can view the post here. The website will be a work in progress for Mrs. Morlidge over the summer. This week she has added the Calendar and School News pages to the Quick Links at the top right of the page so they are easier to find. Campus Updates will be created as a 'post' this week, as well as being sent out as an email, while Mrs. Morlidge weighs up the relative benefits of the new tools at her disposal. Please email her at support@chestnuthillacademy.com if you need help or have suggestions. 

Parent MRA - Thank you to those who have completed the survey and returned the forms to be part of our drawing. Congratulations to the families of Luke (3rd grade) and Jayesh (4th grade) who are our next round of winners. We will choose 2 more winners next week. The Measurable Results Assessment (MRA) helps us determine the impact the 7 Habits and the Leader in Me is having on our school community. The deadline to complete the survey is today. Here is a link to the survey.  We only need 1 entry per family. Once you have completed the survey, please fill out and return the form sent home in your child’s Friday Folder 2 weeks ago. Click here for an extra copy. 

Fall Hours of Operation – As noted in prior Campus Updates communications, we look forward to returning in September with students 100% in-person, five days a week.  We also look forward to extending our hours of operation again, and CHA will be open at 7:30 AM for morning Extended Day and until 6:00 PM for afternoon Extended Day, beginning on September 8, 2021. 

Masks Policy - The recently released mask guidance from the CDC is very encouraging news.  Simply put, the guidance says that fully vaccinated individuals can resume activities without wearing a mask except where required by other governing agencies at the federal and state level. While we are looking forward to the day when our students, families, and staff do not need to wear masks, we are not there yet. The CDC has not issued guidance for school settings other than to say to continue to follow existing protocols.  Once they do provide guidance, the other regulatory agencies that govern schools will need to make decisions on the appropriate changes, and we will then be in a position to evaluate that guidance and determine if we will implement those suggested changes. 

In the meantime, we will be requiring students and families to continue to wear masks at drop-off and pick-up and our staff will continue to wear masks throughout the day.  Our priority throughout the pandemic has been to ensure the health and safety of your children and our staff. We will continue to fully implement the safety protocols that have proven to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which includes wearing masks. With that, your cooperation in complying with our policy is critical to support our effort to keep our school community safe. We are optimistic that every day we are one step closer to getting to the other side of this pandemic as more individuals are vaccinated. We will continue to closely monitor information from the CDC and consult with our experts to make the best decisions for our school community. Your commitment and partnership are truly appreciated. 

CHA Specialists’ Newsletter – You can view this week’s newsletter here. If you have any questions about the content, please contact your child’s teacher directly. You can find all our teachers here, and you can find information about the individual programs here

Weekly Snack List - You can view the snacks Chef Liam will be offering to in-person students next week here. If your child is not eating the school snack, you are welcome to send a nut-free alternative to school in their backpack.    

Reminders:  

  • Summer Camp – Camp Explorations information is available, and it is time to register! Everything you need to know about summer camp can be found here. Q’s: Email camp@chestnuthillacademy.com  
  • Previous issues of Campus Updates can be viewed here

Thank you, 

Holly Senaga, Head of School 

Campus Updates

In this update:  

  • Important Upcoming Dates 
  • New Website
  • Parent MRA
  • Masks Policy
  • TADS Final Reminder
  • Faculty Feature
  • Specialists’ Newsletter 
  • Weekly Snack List 
  • Reminders 

Important upcoming dates:   

  • May 28 – Material Pickup for REACH Students (please note: 7 am-4 pm) 
  • May 28 - Awards of Excellence Due  
  • May 28 – School closed to students for Teacher Workday 
  • May 28 – June Lunch Orders Due 
  • May 31 – Memorial Day – No School, No Childcare 
  • June 1 – New Website Goes Live 
  • June 1 – TADS Enrollment Due 
  • June 4 – Material Pickup for REACH Students 
  • June 6 – CHAPTER Social 
  • June 14&15 – Student-Led Conferences 
  • June 16 – K-2 Field Day 
  • June 17 – 3-5 Field Day 
  • June 17 – K-4 Last Day of School 
  • June 18th - No school for K-4, In-Person Moving Up for Grade 5 
  • June 21 – Camp Explorations Begins 

Dear CHA Community, 

As part of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (May 1-31), Mo, a Kindergarten parent to Elena in Ms. Roberts’ class reached out to share about a project, www.onebookoneworld.org where several non-profit-organizations focused on Asian American communities to kick off a campaign to raise money and purchase a variety of book titles to be donated to K-12 classrooms in order to promote increased awareness of Asian Americans and their contributions to our communities and country. This drive received tremendous support from the AAPI community and thanks to Mo’s efforts on our behalf, CHA’s Library received 23 new books, some with two copies.  The 13 books represent five Asian cultures. Mo had shared the following quote by Grace Lin, “A book is a mirror and a window to the world for our kids”.  We appreciate Mo’s efforts and are excited for our students to enjoy these new additions to our library celebrating AAPI.    

New School Website – The plan is to switch over to the new site on June 1st, so please plan on the site being unavailable that day. The following day, parents should be able to log in to chestnuthillacademy.com but will need to reset their password using the email address we have on file for you, and the ‘Forgot Password’ link on the home page. Some of the image content is a little dated due to the lack of photogenic opportunities this year, but we will fix that in the fall! Mrs. Morlidge has put together a brief User Guide to show you how to get started. We will roll out more info once we are live next week and have dealt with any teething issues!

Parent MRA - Thank you to those who have completed the survey and returned the forms to be part of our drawing. Congratulations to the families of Kabir Singh (Kindergarten) and Evalyn Tanner (Kindergarten) who are our first winners. We will choose 2 more winners next week. The deadline to complete the survey is June 4th. Here is a link to the survey in case you missed it last week. The Measurable Results Assessment (MRA) helps us determine the impact the 7 Habits and the Leader in Me is having on our school community. We only need 1 entry per family. Once you have completed the survey, please fill out and return the form sent home in your child’s Friday Folder last week. Click here for an extra copy. NB This link will only work until June 1st. 

Masks Policy - The recently released mask guidance from the CDC is very encouraging news.  Simply put, the guidance says that fully vaccinated individuals can resume activities without wearing a mask except where required by other governing agencies at the federal and state level. These agencies are responsible for establishing the guidance that applies to local businesses and workplaces.  While we are looking forward to the day when our students, families and staff do not need to wear masks, we are not there yet. The CDC has not issued guidance for school settings other than to say to continue to follow existing protocols.  Once they do provide guidance, the other regulatory agencies that govern schools will need to make decisions on the appropriate changes, and we will then be in a position to evaluate that guidance and determine if we will implement those suggested changes. 

In the meantime, we will be requiring students and families to continue to wear masks at drop-off and pick-up and our staff will continue to wear masks throughout the day.  Our priority throughout the pandemic has been to ensure the health and safety of your children and our staff. We will continue to fully implement the safety protocols that have proven to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which includes wearing masks. With that, your cooperation in complying with our policy is critical to support our effort to keep our school community safe.  We are optimistic that every day we are one-step closer to getting to the other side of this pandemic as more individuals are vaccinated. We will continue to closely monitor information from the CDC and consult with our experts to make the best decisions for our school community. Your commitment and partnership are truly appreciated. 

TADS Final Reminder - These forms are due from you by Tuesday, June 1st. If we can get them all turned in by that date it makes our lives much easier because we can perform bulk updates of all the systems that we use. Information that is late means we must spend time chasing it down, and then we must spend more time performing individual manual updates. We really, really appreciate the folks who will meet the deadline and make life easier for us – thank you! Q’s? Kaylee Strachan 

Faculty Feature - Holly Senaga, Head of School, is at the heart of our CHA community.  She sets a vision of excellence for CHA and has steered our school through the remarkable changes of this past year without a navigational chart, in addition to her unwavering commitment to delivering our mission (sometimes in creative, innovative ways!) and providing the highest quality care and education to students, families, and teachers. Her influence and support extend from conducting health checks in the morning, to making time for students, and always being ready with a listening ear for parents and faculty.  Plus, did you know that she was a Steelers fan?  

  • Q: What is your favorite thing about CHA? A: From the moment I stepped foot inside CHA sixteen years ago, I felt compelled to be a part of this extraordinary community.  There is something very special about this school that is difficult to encapsulate.   A few of my favorite things are seeing students confidently and competently carry themselves. It's how students question and think critically. It's my colleagues who I have great respect for, that I have the honor of working alongside, and our support of one another.  It's the parent partnership I experience.  It's the wonder and excitement of learning I see every day.   
  • Q: What accomplishments fill you with pride so far this year? A: By far our greatest accomplishment is successfully supporting children in REACH as a community of parents and educators, concurrent learning, and transitioning to in-person.  Our focus on our community's health first, has provided a safe learning environment for students to thrive.  I'm in awe of our students' resiliency and ability to demonstrate growth in a variety of situations and circumstances.  As difficult as this year has been, it lets me know that they'll be more than okay when the next challenge arises. 
  • Q: What inspires you? A: Risk-takers inspire me.  T.S. Eliot once said, "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go". It is through taking risks that we have the opportunity to reach our full potential.   
  • Q: What is one of your hidden talents? A: I can keep a conversation going far longer than is necessary and twirl a baton. 
  • Q: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? A: Watching my girls play soccer, spending time with my family and friends, traveling, watching sports, cheering for the Steelers, and reading. 
  • Q: Into which Hogwarts house would you be sorted?  A: Hufflepuff - Loyal, dependable and hardworking. 
  • Q: If you could take the students on a field trip to anywhere in the world, where would you take them? A: I'd take them to Washington, D.C. our Nation's Capital to explore American History, our government, and many of the most iconic sites in the country. 
  • Q: Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by? A: "If you inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader" by John Quincy Adams.

  

CHA Specialists’ Newsletter – You can view this week’s newsletter here. If you have any questions about the content, please contact your child’s teacher directly. You can find all our teachers here, and you can find information about the individual programs here

Weekly Snack List - You can view the snacks Chef Liam will be offering to in-person students next week here at the bottom of the page. If your child is not eating the school snack, you are welcome to send a nut-free alternative to school in their backpack.    

Reminders:  

  • Return to In-Person - We will have 262 of our 295 students back as of Tuesday, June 1st. Thank you for the trust you place in us to keep your children safe. You will find the information you need here. The last date for starting back was June 1st. Q’s: Email cha@brighthorizons.com   
  • Summer Camp – Camp Explorations information is available, and it is time to register! Everything you need to know about summer camp can be found here. Q’s: Email camp@chestnuthillacademy.com  
  • Previous issues of Campus Updates can be viewed here

Thank you, 

Holly Senaga, Head of School 

Campus Updates

In this update:  

  • Important Upcoming Dates 
  • Uniform Update
  • TADS Enrollment Information
  • Parent Measurable Results Assessment
  • Virtual Art Show
  • CHAPTER Social
  • Student-Led Conferences 
  • Extracurriculars in the Fall
  • Faculty Feature
  • Specialists’ Newsletter 
  • Weekly Snack List 
  • Reminders 

Important upcoming dates:   

  • May 24-28 – Spirit Week 
  • May 25 – Author Visit  
  • May 28 – Material Pickup for REACH Students (please note: 7 am-4 pm) 
  • May 28 - Awards of Excellence Due  
  • May 28 – School closed to students for Teacher Workday 
  • May 28 – June Lunch Orders Due 
  • May 31 – Memorial Day – No School, No Childcare 
  • June 1 – New Website Goes Live 
  • June 1 – TADS Enrollment Due 
  • June 4 – Material Pickup for REACH Students 
  • June 6 – CHAPTER Social 
  • June 7 - Student-Led Conference Sign-Ups Due
  • June 14&15 – Student-Led Conferences 
  • June 16 – K-2 Field Day 
  • June 17 – 3-5 Field Day 
  • June 17 – K-4 Last Day of School 
  • June 18th - No school for K-4, In-Person Moving Up for Grade 5 
  • June 21 – Camp Explorations Begins 

Dear CHA Community, 

Every child deserves a champion.  An adult in their life who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.  Recently, Colin Powell shared, “Now more than ever, all children need a laptop. Not a computer, but a human laptop.  Moms, Dads, Grannies and Grandpas, Aunts, Uncles, educators, someone to hold them, read to them, teach them.  Loved ones who will embrace them and pass on the experience, rituals, and knowledge of a hundred previous generations.  Loved ones who will pass to the next generation their expectations of them, their hopes and their dreams”.  The importance of our children’s dreams needs to be of high value to us since it is to our youth that we entrust the future.  We invite you to think about the many ways you are a “laptop” for your child as we encourage them to explore their understanding of “change starts with me” and becoming change leaders.  
 
Uniform Update – I am happy to be able to tell you that Land’s End have updated the CHA school uniform store to reflect the new logo. Dennis Uniform is still a work in progress, so please don’t buy any logo items from them for now. Land’s End has a sale running May 26 - June 1 offering up to 30% off. The code is HOLIDAY, the PIN is 1865. The grey school sweatshirt is now also available with the new logo on and is also available in a zip-up option at the request of some of our students. Remember to get your child’s last name added to the reverse side so it doesn’t get lost! You can find all the information you need here

TADS Enrollment Information – These forms are due from you by June 1st. If we can get them all turned in by that date it makes our lives much easier because we can perform bulk updates of all the systems that we use. Information that is late means we must spend time chasing it down, and then we must spend more time performing individual manual updates. We really, really appreciate the folks who will meet the deadline and make life easier for us – thank you! Q’s? Kaylee Strachan 

Parent Measurable Results Assessment (MRA) - As part of our Leader in Me program, we use the input of families to determine the impact the 7 Habits and the Leader in Me is having on our school community. We use the information from the MRA to help us determine these results. Here is a link to the survey. We only need 1 entry per family. The deadline to complete this is June 4th.  Once you have completed the survey, please fill out and return the form sent home in your child’s Friday Folder to be entered into a drawing for a gift card you can enjoy together! You only need to return 1 form per family.  

Virtual Art Show - Each year, we celebrate our students’ hard work and artistic talent with a school-wide art show. Because not everyone can join us in person, we are planning a virtual art show for the last week of school. Mrs. Choi asks that you submit photos of your child’s creations by Thursday, May 27. Please reach to Mrs. Choi at pchoi@chestnuthillacademy.com if you have questions. To submit your child’s art: 

  • For K through 2nd grade students -  Students have worked on a variety of art projects, whether in person or through REACH. If your child completed projects in-person, they took all their artwork home unless they chose to keep it in their leadership binder. Choose up to three art pieces that your child has made this year. These can also be works completed in art class, at home with parents or siblings, or even outside of school’s art class. Please take a nice photo with a good angle and light. Upload the photos to the grade folder in Parents Team/ Files/ Virtual Art Show 2021/Grade level folder.  Please save it with your child’s first name, First Initial of his/her last name Title (ex. PhoebeC_Spring Flowers) 

  • For 3rd through 5th grade students - Our 3rd grade students have been working on their virtual art show slides for the past week, and 4th and 5th grade students will be working on it for the next couple of weeks. Students need to take photos of their creations that they have at home and send the photo to their email accounts so we can access the images at school to finish our slides. Mrs. Choi asks that you help your child take the photo so that they have a nice photo (with good angles and light) to display on their slides. You can take photos with your phone and send them to your child’s email address. 

CHAPTER Social - In lieu of our annual end-of-the-year picnic, CHAPTER will be bringing the social gathering experience to your home on June 6th, 2021. Please save the date for now - more details to come soon!  

Student-Led Conferences – One of the end-of-the-year traditions of CHA is Student-Led Conferences in which students share their accomplishments and leadership notebooks with their families. This year’s conferences will all take place on Teams. K - 4th Grade Parents are invited to sign up for a time slot to meet with their child here. 5th Grade parents will get an invite from their child. The deadline for signing up is June 7th. When the sign-us are complete your child’s teachers will calendar the meetings in Teams and send you an invitation. As the name suggests, the students will lead the conference and the teachers will monitor the calls and help with logistics and technology if required. These leadership portfolios will be coming home shortly after the conference for you to keep. If you are unable to attend, your child will share their presentation when at home.  

Kindergarten – Student-Led Conferences will be held on Monday, June 14th and Tuesday, June 15th. Parents will be given a list of questions ahead of time to prompt their child throughout the conference. Students will share their reflections on their growth over the year using their leadership notebooks. The teachers will be helping students join the Teams call and monitoring up to 3 or 4 conferences at the same time.   

First Grade - Student-Led Conferences will be held on June 14th and 15th from 9:00-11:00 am. Your child will be reflecting on the work in their portfolio, the 7 Habits they have demonstrated, and their year in review.  

Second Grade -  Student-Led Conferences will be held on Monday, June 14, and Tuesday, June 15 during your child’s regular rotation times. Three students will be conferencing at a time and will be in the Gallery on their laptops, while the other students will be in class working on end-of-the-year projects and activities.  

Third Grade -  Student-Led Conferences will be held on Monday, June 14, and Tuesday, June 15 between 1:30 and 2:30 pm. This hour will be divided up into four 15-minute time slots, during which students will lead their parent(s) in a presentation of their accomplishments and reflections of the year. In-person students will join from school and online students will join from home.   

Fourth Grade - Student-Led Conferences will be held on June 14th and two on June 15th in the afternoon. There will be two 15-minute slots where four students from the same homeroom will simultaneously lead their conferences in separate calls with their respective parents. During the conference, your child will present their chosen WIG (Wildly Important Goal), celebration, and reflections for the different academic areas using PowerPoint.   

Fifth Grade - Fifth-grade students will email their parents to invite them to a Student-Led Conference on Tuesday, June 15th, and will then schedule their meetings on their Teams calendar with support from Mrs. Taylor and Mrs. DeWitt. Students will share their reflections on their growth over the year using their leadership notebooks. 

Extracurriculars in the Fall - We are happy to share that we have been given the go-ahead by the Bright Horizons COVID team to have extracurriculars back in person in the fall. Kaylee is reaching out to all the vendors to get classes set up again and we will share the details of the classes you can sign up for on the website when we are ready. Registration will open the day of the Ice Cream Social on September 7th. 

Faculty Feature - Please allow us to introduce you to Assistant Principal Derek Heinz! Mr. Heinz can be found conducting health checks in the lower parking lot each morning, enjoys opportunities to substitute teach and spend time in the classrooms and has always been quick to challenge students to chess games during Extended Day and camp.  He models our school mission of lifelong learning with his wide and varied interests; he is a fly fisherman and a children’s book author, and he never hesitates to share a kind smile, a laugh, and a listening ear.  We’re appreciative of what he contributes to a friendly and supportive culture here at CHA, and you can learn more about him in his own words below:  

Q: What is your favorite thing about CHA? A: The curiosity and personalities of the students and the opportunity to be a small part of all their growth!  
Q: What accomplishments fill you with pride so far this year? A: The resilience of our staff, students, and all the families.  
Q: What inspires you? A: Learning and growth, plain and simple. 
Q: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? A: Fly fishing and ticking off bucket-list rivers to fish. 
Q: If you could take the students on a field trip to anywhere in the world, where would you take them? A: All over Montana or New Zealand, but they had better be ready to fish 12 hours a day! Then again, that probably wouldn’t be the safest trip for them … .  
Q: Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by? A: “You get what you give” – or anything along those lines.  CHA Specialists’ Newsletter – You can view this week’s newsletter here. If you have any questions about the content, please contact your child’s teacher directly. You can find all our teachers here, and you can find information about the individual programs here

Weekly Snack List - You can view the snacks Chef Liam will be offering to in-person students next week here at the bottom of the page. If your child is not eating the school snack, you are welcome to send a nut-free alternative to school in their backpack.    

Reminders:  

  • Return to In-Person - We will have 252 of our 295 students back as of Monday, May 24th. Thank you for the trust you place in us to keep your children safe. You will find the information you need here. The last date for starting back is June 1st. Q’s: Email cha@brighthorizons.com   
  • Summer Camp – Camp Explorations information is available, and it is time to register! Everything you need to know about summer camp can be found here. Q’s: Email camp@chestnuthillacademy.com  
  • Previous issues of Campus Updates can be viewed here

Thank you, 

Holly Senaga, Head of School