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Campus Updates

October 05, 2018

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In this update: 

  • Important upcoming dates 
  • Fall Festival 
  • Parenting Class 
  • November Lunch Orders 
  • Lost and Found 
  • Uniform Labelling 
  • Library Author Visit 
  • Drop Off 
  • Green Team and Student Lighthouse Applications 
  • Weekly Snack List 
  • CHAPTER Updates   

Important upcoming dates: 

  • Book Fair – October 15th through 19th  
  • Great Washington Shakeout – October 18th 
  • Fall Festival and Spaghetti Feed – October 19th 
  • Middle School Parent Panel - Wednesday, October 24th, 11:00 – 1:00 pm 
  • Parenting Class ‘Sex, Tech & Kids’ by Amy Lang – Wednesday, October 24th 6:00 – 7:30 pm 
  • Halloween Parade - October 31st, 2:40 – 3:00 pm  

Dear CHA Community,  

I’m often asked by parents, “How can we support CHA”?  There are many ways you already support and supporting The Leader in Me initiative would be a great addition if you’re not already doing so. “How can you support TLIM?” It’s simple, use the 7 Habits language at home.  As the school year unfolds, the children are learning the language and meaning of the 7 Habits. By hearing the same language at home and at school, you send your child a strong message of what you believe is important and that we are all on the same team—the team that wants to help them succeed. When parents and schools support one another, the sky is the limit! Below is a summary of each of the habits:  

  • Habit 1: Be Proactive (You’re in Charge) 
  • Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind (Have a Plan) 
  • Habit 3: Put First Things First (Work First, Then Play) 
  • Habit 4: Think Win-Win (Everyone Can Win) 
  • Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood (Listen Before You Talk) 
  • Habit 6: Synergize (Together Is Better) 
  • Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw (Balance Feels Best) 
  • NEW:    Habit 8:  Find Your Voice (Inspire Others) 

Fall Festival Friday, October 19th - The evening will start with a Spaghetti Feed which will take place from 5:30-6:30 pm in the Café.  Gluten free noodles are available, and butter and parmesan will be available for those that don’t prefer sauce.  All proceed benefit the Bleeding Disorder Foundation. The dinner will cost $5.00 per person and will include spaghetti, salad, a roll, and a beverage. Please RSVP here:  http://www.chestnuthillacademy.com/Sign-Up  so that we will have an accurate count for ordering. 

The Fall Festival itself will start at 6:00 pm and run until 7:45 pm with a drawing for three gift cards.  Students will turn in their passports at the end of the night to the front desk. If you leave early, students may drop off their passports at the front desk for the drawing.  Students do not need to be present to win.  Should their passport be drawn, they’ll receive their prize on Monday, October 22nd.  Students who are present will receive their prize at the time the drawing occurs. This is an all school extravaganza where children and parents can enjoy a wide variety of activities including the famous Haunted House hosted by Mr. Rees.  As a King County Green School, we want to empower the students to be green leaders by having them bring their own large brown paper bag that they’ve decorated for any prizes they collect.  Student’s first and last name as well as their grade should be written on the bag. Attire for the Fall Festival is free dress but excludes costumes.  Costumes may be worn on Halloween, Wednesday, October 31st to school. 

Schedule of Events: 

  • 5:30-6:30     Spaghetti Feed - Café - $5/per person – Cash or check 
  • 6:00-7:30     Fall Festival – All floors – See Passport handed out night of for location 
  • 6:00-7:00     5th Grade Cake Bidding – Lobby – Winners announced at 7:00 – Cash or check 
  • 7:30-7:45     Passport Turn in and Drawing – Front Desk 
  • 7:45            Fall Festival Ends  

‘Sex, Tech & Kids’ by Amy Lang – I have attached a flier for the upcoming parenting class on Wednesday, October 24th 6:00 – 7:30 pm where you will discover: 

• When to start the conversations and how to age-appropriately talk to your kids 

• How media is negatively impacting kids 

• Simple, low-tech things to keep your kids healthy & safe online 

• An easy to use birds & bees talk formula 

• Tips for making the talks easy and fun  

November Lunch Order and Menu – These are available on the CHA Food Program page of the website. Lunches cost $4.50 which includes milk. Any additional milk purchases made by your child will be added to your month-end bill. For those parents who choose not to order before we close the form at 4pm on Friday, 26th October, and send their child to school without a packed lunch, the price of the meal we provide for your child will be $9. Monthly payment will be drafted by ACH on the first of the following month. You will receive an email confirming the meals you have ordered which you can print off for your records. If you have any questions about the menu, the ordering process or the billing, please email [email protected].    

Lost and Found – The lost and found cart by the entrance to the admin offices is starting to fill up so I thought it would be timely to remind you that non-uniform items which are not claimed by the end of the week will be moved down to the racks at the entrance to the garage and at the end of the trimester they will be taken to goodwill. Stray uniform items that are not labelled will be returned to the uniform swap.  

Uniform Labelling – The great thing about school uniform is that your child doesn’t spend hours trying to decide what to wear in the morning. The downside is that if they leave their clothing lying around school and it’s not labelled, we don’t know who to return it to. Please consider purchasing labels at Mabel’s Labels, which has the added benefit of raising money for the PTA. You can find all the information you need on the Uniform page of the website. Remember to look for CHAPTER Chestnut Hill Academy in the list of schools.  

Library Author Visit - Next week, Kirkland author Leslie Kelley will be visiting Chestnut Hill Academy and will spend time with Kindergarten and First Grade students during library. Her book ” Are you my Dad?” follows the journey of an emperor penguin and other Antarctic animals. Students will have the opportunity to listen to her book, learn fun facts about emperor penguins, and participate in themed activities. Book order forms went home last week. If you are interested in purchasing a copy of her book for your child please submit the book order form to the front desk by Monday, October 8th.   

Morning Drop Off – If you are dropping your child off before valet starts at 8:10 please park up in the top car park and walk your student to the school entrance. Students should not be crossing the car park by themselves or wandering around the building unaccounted for.  

Green Team and Student Lighthouse Applications - are due by Friday, October 5th, by 3:30 PM.  Representatives will be announced in next week’s Campus Updates. 

Middle School Presentation – We had a great turn out with upwards of sixty parents in attendance. If you were unable to attend the meeting you can view Holly’s presentation here. Don’t forget to RSVP for the Middle School Panel on the 24th if you are planning on joining us.  

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


Thank you to those who have taken the opportunity to join CHAPTER and support our community. Your membership fee helps pay for the ski bus, social events throughout the year, yearbooks, parenting classes, enrichment programs, summer math books, teacher appreciation, and much, much more. For those who haven’t yet joined, we would appreciate your consideration. A link for registration is available at https://cha-chapter.org/.   

Brown Bag Luncheon - We had an overwhelming response for the food drive this past week. The parents have been extremely generous and have contributed a great quantity of food. The kids also had lots of fun putting together the luncheon together on Thursday. We made over 60+ lunch bags and had leftovers that we will donate to Eastside Academy as well. With a population of 30 students, I believe they will make good use of the luncheons. Thank you to our organizer, Maria Lau Hui, as well as our Holly Senaga, Susan Archer, Ms. Whalen, and Mr. Joe for helping with this effort.  

Mark your calendars & save the date for these CHAPTER sponsored October and November events!    

  • Book Fair - October 15th - 19th.  Great opportunity to purchase books for your home, classroom and CHA library.  Details to come! Volunteers are needed to support this. You can see the jobs and times available on the CHA Sign Up page. 
  • Parenting Class - October 24th 6:00 -7:30 pm.  
  • 5th Annual CHA Moms’ Night Out! - Saturday, November 10th, 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Please join the Head of School, Mrs. Holly Senaga at CANVAS! Paint and Sip Studio in Kirkland. CANVAS! will lead everyone in creating their own acrylic masterpiece! Light food will be provided, along with a no-host bar. $100 per participant. Net proceeds benefit CHAPTER-PTA. Please click the link below to register. Limited Space Available so Sign Up today!!  https://cha-chapter.org/ 
  • 2nd Annual CHA Dads’ Night Out! - Tuesday, November 13, 6:00 -9:00 pm. CHAPTER is excited to announce our annual Dad’s Night Out. Join other CHA dads at K1 Speed in Redmond for an evening of indoor kart racing. Light food will be provided, along with a no-host bar. $125 per participant. Net proceeds benefit CHAPTER-PTA. Registration is now available at https://cha-chapter.org/.  Space is limited, so please register early. 
  • Save the date for the Auction 2019. It is scheduled for Saturday, March 9th 2019, At Seattle Marriott in Bellevue.  

Thank you, Holly Senaga, Head of School

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