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Important Upcoming Dates, Picture Day, Extended Day, CHAPTER (CHA's PTA), Class Placements and Homeroom Schedules, Car Signs, Lunch Routines, Required Paperwork and Medication, Summer Camp, Snack List and Reminders

Campus Updates

IN THIS UPDATE:

  • Important Upcoming Dates 
  • Picture Day 
  • Extended Day 
  • CHAPTER (CHA's PTA) 
  • Class Placements and Homeroom Schedules 
  • Car Signs 
  • Lunch Routines 
  • Required Paperwork and Medication 
  • Summer Camp 
  • Snack List 
  • Reminders 

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:

  • September 8th – First Day of School 
  • September 10th  - Goal Setting Conference Sign-Ups Posted 
  • September 14th - Vakker Picture Day 
  • September 10th - Student Classroom Ice Cream Social 
  • September 15th  - Sounders Gear 
  • September 17th  - Blue Friday 
  • September 23rd  – Virtual Curriculum Night 
  • September 24th  – Virtual Walk-a-thon Kick-Off  
  • September 24th  - Goal Setting Conference Sign-Ups Close 
  • September 29th  – All School Social - CANCELLED 
  • September 29th  - October 1st – Virtual Goal Setting Conferences: No school, Childcare provided 

Dear CHA Community,

Today I was reminded of a quote that pertains to all of us as we prepare our children for school. "It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings." We start the year by beginning with the end in mind, focused on our mission of developing global leaders, problem solvers, and life-long learners, one child at a time. It takes practice, and in order to practice, somebody must provide opportunities.

As you prepare your child for school, engage them in conversation regarding the "why" behind what you're doing. Invite them to pack their backpack to know what's inside and where to find it. Invite them to pack a lunch or snacks alongside you so you can discuss nutrition, healthy choices, and the importance of drinking and eating throughout the day to sustain their bodies physically and mentally. Invite them to lay out their outfit for the next day by encouraging them to refer to their schedule. Help them build routines and habits that develop independence. When we look at levels of engagement, we want children to be excited, have a heartfelt commitment to tasks, and have cheerful cooperation. We wish to avoid indifferent compliance and resentful obedience. These foundations empower children to become independent leaders of self as they discover their greatness.

We eagerly await your arrival on Wednesday morning.

Picture Day – We continue to work through Health and Safety protocols to keep our community safe. Our on-campus picture day for the fall has been cancelled and will shift to the spring. Vakker, which provides our school picture service, has invited CHA parents who would like a fall picture to join them at their location: 14341 NE 21st Street Ste. A-B, Bellevue WA 98007 Note: Vakker is in the last building on the right at the end of 21st Street. On 21st street, you'll see a one-story office building on your left and the backside of small businesses on your right. Vakker is in the last building on the right at the end of 21st Street. Look for the sandwich board sign on the road and the chandeliers in the windows.

Parents may drop into Vakker on Tuesday, September 14th, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Thursday, September 16th, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., to have their child's school picture taken. Please make sure that your child is in CHA Dress Uniform for the photo. If you prefer an individual appointment, please get in touch with Vakker directly at 425-455-2827 to arrange. Vakker will provide you with order information upon arrival.

Students should wear dress uniform for individual school pictures as these photos are used for the school yearbook. Students who don't have their photos taken in the fall will have them done in the spring for the yearbook.

Extended Day – Following up on my email earlier this week, we will be closing the building at 5:00 p.m., the same as last year. Students must be picked up from Extended Day by 5:00 p.m. If a student remains at school past the designated closing time of 5:00 p.m., the student's account will be charged at the rate of $10.00 per student for each minute late. If a parent picks up at 5:10 or later three times in one trimester, after-school Extended Day privileges will be revoked for the rest of the trimester. You can read this "Late Pick-Up" policy in the Parent Handbook, along with other policies here. For up-to-date information on how COVID is shaping school policies and procedures, please review our COVID Protocols here.

CHAPTER (CHA's PTA) is looking forward to a new school year and is excited for its first volunteer opportunity! We are looking for a few parent volunteers to help direct traffic in the upper and lower parking lots to ensure a smooth and efficient drop-off and pick-up process during the first week of school. Please click here to review the available dates/times to sign up. Thank you in advance for your help!

We will also be following up soon with details on our two events in September: (1) our first fundraiser of the year, our annual Walk-A-Thon, which will again be a safe and healthy way to kick off our year as a community; and (2) our all-CHAPTER meeting, which is our opportunity to share details on the year ahead and how to get engaged. Look for details soon!

Class Placements and Homeroom Schedules - We will be sharing these with you on Tuesday, September 7th.

Car Signs – Next week, you will be receiving a colored laminated sign with your child's name on it. The color corresponds to your grade level cohort, and the sign should be placed on your windshield as you are coming to drop-off or pick up your child, as it will help us readily identify, welcome, and support you through the drop-off and pick-up routines.

Lunch Routines – As noted in our most recent Campus Update, snacks and lunch will be served in the classroom rather than in the Café, and school lunches will be individually packaged. If students are bringing a snack or lunch from home, we would like to remind you that it needs to be free of any peanut or tree nut ingredients and that it is also "ready to eat" and does not require any additional preparation or warming.

Required Paperwork and Medication – We still have some students with outstanding paperwork. We are required to have all immunizations, food preference forms, health plans, and the COVID consent form on file prior to students coming to school. Please reach out to Kaylee if you have questions on whether your child is still missing paperwork. If your child has any kind of medication that goes with their health plan, please ensure you bring that to school on Wednesday and have your child drop it off at the front desk.

Summer Camp - This summer, we had the privilege of welcoming a number of campers to our program, especially as families looked for a consistent summer experience with a strong focus on health and safety. 61.2% of the families attending our summer camp program registered through use of their Bright Horizons Back-Up Care employer-sponsored benefit, and we averaged 97 campers per week. Our most popular week was the "Delving into Dinosaurs" and Kindergarten-focused week of camp, with 37 of our incoming kindergarteners joining us to support their transition into the school year. Our Instructional Assistant team thoughtfully planned a total of 162 activities over the course of the summer, and they're already looking ahead to some of our school year camp sessions. We hope that you'll join us for our next camp session, which will be occurring on September 29th, September 30th, and October 1st during our goal-setting parent-teacher conference days. Keep an eye out for the sign-up, which will be available on September 10th!

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. 

REMINDERS

Campus Updates - You can view previous Campus Updates here. The next Campus Updates will be sent out Friday, September 10th.

Thank you,

Holly Senaga, Head of School