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Campus Updates

June 08, 2018

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In this update: 

  • Arrangements for Next Week 
  • Teacher Line Up for 2018-19 
  • ITBS Scores 
  • Medication Returns 
  • Summer Food Drive 
  • Walk-On/Truck Day 
  • BH Leadership Conference Awards 
  • Principal of the Day 
  • CHA Art Show 
  • CHAPTER End of Year Picnic 
  • Summer Tutoring  
  • Camp Explorations 

Important Dates 

  • June 13th - Field Day starts at 9:00 
  • June 14th - Moving Up Ceremony at 2:00 
  • June 15th - No school, no childcare 
  • June 18th - First day of Camp Explorations!           

Dear CHA Community, 

This was certainly a colorful week at CHA!   First and foremost, we celebrated our CHA spirit and energy.  Student Lighthouse facilitated this fun Spirit Week, with wild and wacky theme days; it was fun to see so many weird and wonderful costumes and hairstyles! We have also been enjoying a plethora of art work thanks to the creativity of our talented students and the amazing Mrs. Choi. Next week will be a busy one, so please could I encourage you to read the announcements carefully and let me know if there is anything that requires clarification. I also wanted to share with you that Holly is doing well and get plenty of rest. 

Important Arrangements for Next Week: 

  • Monday 11th – 3rd and 4th Grade Celebrate Success Ceremonies & Student Led Conferences: see grade level newsletters for details. Please bring in signed Reading & Math Contracts from your students’ Friday Folder! Please note, all extracurricular classes are finished for the year, except for Monday Art Club’s make up session. 
  • Tuesday 12th – K, 1st , 2nd and 5th Grade Celebrate Success Ceremonies & Student Led Conferences: see grade level newsletters for details. 5th Grade Luncheon. Yearbooks coming home. Please send in a bag for your children to bring their class work & locker contents home in!  
  • Wednesday 13th – Field Day (9:00 – 2:30). Students wear PE uniform & need to bring entirely DISPOSABLE lunch with beverage – no backpacks please. Please apply sunscreen before sending your child to school. Parent volunteers still required – Sign Up Here .  
  • Thursday 14th – Moving Up Ceremony (2:00 – 3:00) at Bellevue College Gymnasium. Location map here. All students must wear dress uniform with brown or black shoes. The only thing students should bring is a disposable sack lunch (please do not send backpacks). The students will shuttle over in the bus. There is no transportation provided after the ceremony. Please sign out your child with your child’s homeroom teacher before you leave the ceremony. CHA is closed after the ceremony, and no Extended Day is available.  If your child has any prescription medications stored at school, they will be given to you when you check your child out after the ceremony. Nonprescription medication will be sent home in student bags on Tuesday. 
  • Friday 15th – school is closed, no childcare is available. Report cards will be sent home electronically, unless you have an outstanding account balance. The report card will come from [email protected] and [email protected] so please make sure you have these email addresses in your safe senders/contact list.   

Teacher Line-Up for 2018-19: (class placements will be announced at the Ice Cream Social on September 4th

  • 5th Grade – Katie Norkus (Language Arts) and Hazel Dewitt (Math and Science) 
  • 4th Grade – Christi Taylor (Language Arts), Jessica Springer (Science) and Natasha Warenkiewicz (Math) 
  • 3rd Grade – Linda Peters (Math), Jessica Shamsen (Language Arts) and Tiffany Watkins (Science/Social Studies) 
  • 2nd Grade – Lisa Duffina (Language Arts), Debbie Fox (Science/Social Studies) and Leah Morman (Math) 
  • 1st Grade – Danielle Carver, Christina Chow, Jordan Moore and Raven Wilcox 
  • Kindergarten – Kristina Bernal, Jodie Newell and Sam Palladino  

ITBS Results - We are thrilled with the strong results and the high academic performance of the CHA students this year.  The overall test results verify that we are a school of excellence.  We are particularly proud of the improvement in listening skills, which has been a focus area for teachers this year; scores on that section of the test are up across all grades. Individual results will be coming home today in your students Friday Folder. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s homeroom teacher who will be happy to discuss them with you.  Bear in mind that, testing reflects a moment in time.  It is neither a complete picture of what happens in a quality school, nor the complete picture of your child’s academic life.  However, many important pieces of information can be gleaned to help identify a student’s challenges and strengths. You can view the school’s overall performance here.  

Medication Returns As the school year concludes, all student medications will be returned to parents. Lotions and chapsticks will be given to students to take home on Tuesday, June 12th. All other medications will be required for pick up at the end of the Moving Up Ceremony on Thursday, June 14th. Please collect your student’s medications from their homeroom teacher upon signing your child out. If you and your child will not be attending the Moving Up Ceremony, please stop by the front desk to collect the medication before June 14th. Please note, if you are signed up for Camp Explorations, you will need to bring the medication back for the appropriate dates of care. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email our Administrative Assistant, Maddie Snyder.  

Summer Food Drive - Student Lighthouse’s summer food drive collected an excellent number of donations, which were collected by the Food Bank on Thursday. Thank you for your generous contributions!   

Walk-On/Truck Day - Every year, CHA staff members join Bright Horizons employees from our local centers in walking and raising money to support the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children. The Foundation uses the money we donate to build and support Bright Spaces, which are play spaces in local homeless and battered women’s shelters. We invite our CHA families to partner with us in our efforts to brighten up children’s lives by donating to this worthwhile cause. You can help by joining CHA at the Walk-On/Truck Day- Saturday, June 30th at Mercerdale Park (Mercer Island), 9am-12:00pm. The event is free; donations are accepted. If you would like to donate to this cause, you can visit http://bh.kintera.org/seattlewalkon-truckday2018, or leave a check made out to the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children at the front desk. Thank you for your support!  

BH Leadership Conference Awards – We are delighted to share with you that at last week’s Bright Horizons Leadership Conference in Florida, Holly Senaga was presented with two prestigious awards: the Mary Ann Tocio Award for Leadership Achievement and the Weaving the Tapestry Award. Holly has asked me to tell you that the reason she keeps winning awards is that she works at an excellent school, with a fabulous staff and wonderful families. We all know that it’s also due to the fact she is an extraordinary Head School!                                    

Principal of the Day – Talking of Principals, today we had Aisha J. acting as head of school. Students were invited to bring a stuffy to school on Friday and enjoyed popsicles at recess. Aisha was joined by her friends Ishwin, Alison, Nehmat, and Anvi for pizza with Mrs. Morlidge and Mrs. Stuart-German, and all third graders got a brownie treat. Aisha also invited everyone to join her in a drive for the Seattle Humane Society.  Donations can be submitted to the front desk, and the funds raised by the end of the day Friday will be matched by her parents.     

CHA Art Show - Mrs. Choi would like to express her heartfelt thanks to all the creative CHA students, who participated in the annual art show, and to those of you taking the time to come and celebrate the artistic gifts and talents of our students. We would love to keep all the beautiful work of our students in the hallway, but as the school year is coming to an end, it is time for the art pieces to be returned to their creators. If your child had a submission, please pick it up from the table next to the front desk, no later than Tuesday, June 12th. The art work that students have worked on in Art class will be delivered to their classroom teachers, and they can take it home.  

CHAPTER End of Year Picnic –  300 people attended the end-of-year picnic, not bad for a rather average day weather-wise! Those who braved the rain had a wonderful time at Vasa Park, enjoying hot dogs, hamster balls, a magic show, water balloon launchers and delicious ice cream. Thank you to all the CHAPTER Board for sponsoring, and to all the parent volunteers who made the event possible!  

Summer Tutoring - We have five CHA teachers who are currently offering their services as summer tutors. You can see details of the subjects and grades they will tutor, as well as when they are available and how much they charge here.  

Camp Explorations There is still time to sign up for Camp Explorations, which will begin Monday, June 18th! Every year there are multiple weeks that fill up quickly (who doesn’t want to play on a giant waterslide on the field?), so we encourage you to submit your registration as soon as possible.  For more information on our camp program, check out our camp page here.   

All the best, Sarah Morlidge, Director of Technology and Communication

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