Important Upcoming Dates, Important Kitchen Updates, Parking Lot, Drop-Off Signage, Car Signs, Specialists Newsletter, Gold Bells, Tagging in Teams, CHAPTER Board Meetings, Rock the Walk, Parenting Class, Snack List and Reminders
September 17th, 2021
IN THIS UPDATE:
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
Dear CHA Community,
Some goals are more important than others. Our goal this past eight days has been to transition back into school successfully by familiarizing ourselves with learning new systems, processes, and expectations. We're beginning to create a cadence of trust as we commit to one another to support students and families within our community. It's important that we're all accountable and responsible to each other as we work towards growing leaders. Our job as educational leaders is to release students' potential by creating a culture that values their unique and individual talents. We do this by removing barriers and becoming a source of help and support. We acknowledge everyone in the school, empowering them to work at their full potential. The result? Students volunteer their highest efforts and energies, working towards independence instead of interdependence. These are the leadership conversations that invite student voices and affirm their worth and potential.
We look forward to many more engaging conversations with our students this year as they continue to grow themselves to become leaders of others.
Important Kitchen Updates - The kitchen will remain closed for lunch service for October as we continue to align our program with resources that meet our needs. Snacks will continue to be served in the AM, PM, and Extended Day.
The lack of delivery or timely delivery is impeding our ability to post snack menus on time. We're unaware of what we'll receive, which unfortunately impedes our ability to list allergens for parents to be aware of whether or not their child can safely have the snack. Typically, and for this reason, substitutions would be a rare occurrence and are typically done in advance to notify parents, so they have the option to adjust and, if needed, to send an alternative snack with their child. With this in mind, students with identified allergies or dietary restrictions need to provide their own snacks from home starting Monday, September 20. This presents the safest and most consistent option given our supply chain concerns and our inability to adjust snack menus. Our top priority remains to keep children safe, and this includes food allergens. Families impacted by this will receive an individual communication.
I want to thank the many parents who have offered to support our food program after seeing Jaynie Woodard and me shopping at Costco last Sunday. We greatly appreciate your support and understanding as the foodservice industry continues to bounce back.
Parking Lot – If you'd like to be a speed racer, our parking lot is not the place to practice. Everyone has other places they'd like to be and to get there, we need to do it safely. The speed limit in the parking lot is 5 to 10 MPH. Please adhere to this whenever you are in the parking lot, especially when you are heading down the hill towards the lower parking lot for pick-up. I'd also like to remind you that the slope to the lower parking lot is a two-way street. Please keep to the right so that others may pass on the left. Remembering not to block the upper parking lot as they turn left is also appreciated. Thank you to all our parent volunteers this week who've supported getting parents safely in and out of the parking lot. Here are the links if you would like to volunteer in the car park in the upcoming months:
Drop-Off Signage – We are grateful to Sanaz for suggesting that we get A-frame signs made to remind parents how you can help speed up the drop-off process. You will see these signs on display soon.
Car Signs – Every student will be receiving another car sign with their name in their Friday folder today. Please display this placard on your car dashboard during car line, or use it to flash for convenience when at the front door for Extended Day pick-up. We kindly ask that you keep these ones safe and do not discard them. Thank you!
Specialists Newsletter - This week, we are delighted to bring you the first edition of the newsletter compiled by our specialist teachers so that you can find out what your children are doing in their specialist classes. If you are active in our CHA Parents Team you will also see that they have been sharing photos of the activities in their classes; although you can't be in the building, they are as keen as I am for you to feel part of their learning. You can read the newsletter here.
Gold Bells – Did you subscribe to the teachers' Friday Newsletters yet? This week they will email you the link again, but next week if you have not subscribed, you will need to remember to visit their grade level page to find out what's been going on and what's coming up! You can see how to subscribe in this short video clip. If you can't remember what you subscribed to, log into the site, click on your avatar in the top left corner, choose notifications, and you will see a list of subscriptions. You can read more about how to use the website on our Tech Tips > Website page.
Tagging in Teams - Please can you tag us so that we get notified when you ask questions. As I am sure you can imagine, the staff here are in multiple Teams, Channels, and Chats, and tagging helps us stay on top. To tag someone, type @ and then start typing the name of the person you want to tag (e.g., your child's homeroom teacher, Sarah, Holly, Kaylee, etc.) Suggestions should pop up, and you select the one you want. There are also tags for each grade level team (e.g., Kindergarten Teachers, 1st Grade Teachers) and the Admin Team. Finally, you can also tag an entire channel, but that should be used really sparingly!
CHAPTER Board Meetings – CHAPTER's Board meets once a month. You can view the minutes of the meetings on the CHAPTER page of the website, including minutes from this month's meeting. If you have any questions about them, please email CHAPTER@chestnuthillacademy.com
Rock the Walk Message from the CHAPTER (CHA's PTA) Board of Directors - Please be on the lookout for an email in parent and student inboxes on Monday morning, inviting your family to participate in Rock-the-Walk 2021. This is our first community-building event and fundraiser for the year, and we need your support. Please continue to watch our Rock-the-Walk teams channel for information on how to participate, instructional videos, and community content showing the students getting some fall exercise. Detailed instructions will be posted on Monday morning.
Parenting Class - ParentWiser is hosting Dr Laura Kastner on October 13 at 7 pm, to present Building Resilience and Positive Coping Skills. During a pandemic, when many things are outside of our control, what we do as parents with what we can control will shape our children into cool, kind kids with character. Join nationally recognized author and speaker Dr. Laura Kastner to discuss strategies to help our children, our partners, and ourselves find calm in the chaos. October 13th, 7 pm on zoom. Register at www.parentwiser.org/events or directly on Eventbrite
Snack List - The school will provide a morning, afternoon, and Extended Day snack. You can view the snack list for next week here. Parents can also send alternate snacks from home and should do if their child has an allergy.
Holly Senaga, Head of School
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