In this update:
- Important upcoming dates
- Welcome Chef
- January Lunch Order
- Leader in Me
- Student Lighthouse Vision House Drive
- Lost and Found
- Weekly Snack List
- CHAPTER Updates
Important upcoming dates:
- Last Week of Extracurricular Fall Session – Monday, December 3rd - Friday, December 7th
- Multicultural Fair – Thursday, December 13th 1:00 – 3:00pm
- Spelling Bee Information coming home – December 13th
- Festival of Peace and Light – Friday, December 14th, 9:00 – 11:00am
- Winter Intersession - No School, Childcare Provided - December 17 – 21st
- CHA Closed - (No School, No Childcare) - December 24th & 25th
- Winter Intersession - No School, Childcare Provided - December 26th – December 31st
- CHA Closed - (No School, No Childcare) - January 1st
- Classes Resume – Wednesday, January 2nd
- Ski Equipment Check and Labelling - Friday, January 4th & Monday, January 7th, 8:00 – 9:00am
- Classroom Spelling Bees – Monday, December 7th - Friday, January 11th
- Winter Extracurricular Classes Begin – Monday, January 7th
- 3rd - 5th Grade Skiing Starts – Wednesday, January 9th
- K – 2nd Grade Skiing Starts – Thursday January 10th
- CHA Open House – Saturday, January 10th
Dear CHA Community,
Yesterday morning as I stood outside greeting students and parents, one of our Second-Grade students, Gianna approached and after saying, “Good morning”, asked if she could speak with me. Intrigued, I said, “Of course”. Gianna shared that she’s concerned about our world’s wildlife and has been doing some research. She went on to share that she’d like to do a fundraiser to help animals in need. I let Gianna know I’d be happy to meet with her to discuss to which she replied, “When”? I smiled and thought, “This is a student who means business and is passionate about sharing her idea.” I let her know I’d look at my calendar and get back to her. This morning as Gianna approached, we greeted one another, and I asked her to meet me at her recess. She followed up with, “Morning or afternoon”. Point taken, specifics are important. I let her know we’d meet during her morning recess. With a nod, she said, “Okay,” and walked into school. Gianna arrived at my office right as her recess began. She’d initiated conversation with her classroom teacher to let her know she had an appointment at recess and then followed through in making her commitment to meet. Gianna sat down, with her typed agenda and began to share what she’d like to do for help the World Wildlife Fund. She was thoughtful, intentional, organized and compassionate in her pitch. All desirable skills we want to foster in students in the 21st Century. Encouraging students to become Global Ambassadors is one of the key components of our mission as we work towards connecting them to the world outside of their school. Gianna has taken the mission to heart. She and some of her classmates are creating posters to promote their fundraising, which you’ll see around the school next week. Gianna is building a collection jar at home to place at the front desk to accept collections December 3rd through the 13th. If you’d like to contribute to this organization online, please visit: www.worldwildlife.org/donate . Gianna and I thank you for your support.
Chef – We’re excited to share that Chef Megan is expecting her second child and will be welcoming him in January. For that reason, she will be transitioning out of her role as chef at CHA at the end of December. Please join us in wishing her congratulations and thanking her for the past few years of dedication and nutrition for so many students! She has prepared innumerable snacks and lunches, and we know students will miss seeing her as they go through the lunch line. Please also join us in welcoming our new chef, Melissa Chapman, who will join us on Monday. Melissa will work alongside Chef Megan until the end of the year to transition into the role and complete her CHA orientation. Melissa has her degree in Culinary Arts from Le Cordon Bleu and has worked as a kitchen manager at Microsoft and as a chef at a restaurant in Redmond. We’re looking forward to getting to know her and to enjoying her cooking.
January Lunch Menu - The January menu and online order form are now available at www.chestnuthillacademy.com/lunches. The order form will be open until 4:00 on Friday, December 28th. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.
Leader in Me - The CHA Family Learning Committee has put together a packet of lessons from Habit 1 and 2 of Leader in Me for students to bring home in their Friday Folders this week. They are activities for families to participate in at home. You will find a Leader in Me resource in your child’s Friday Folder. The activities are focused on Habit 1 and Habit 2 of the Leader in Me curriculum. These lessons are to help you model and teach the 7 Habits at home with your family. We encourage you to start a dialogue at home that fosters the many powerful principles of the Leader in Me. We are in the process of creating a page of Leader in Me resources for families which we will share with you as soon as its ready.
Student Lighthouse Vision House Drive – This year, the Student Lighthouse team will once again support Vision House, an organization that provides housing, support services, and childcare for homeless families in the Puget Sound area. Vision House would like to enable families to purchase clothing, household supplies, holiday gifts, and other items they need, so they’ve asked for donations in the form of gift cards. You can join us in our goal to help the homeless members of our community by taking one or more tags from the display set up near the front desk at CHA. Once you’ve purchased gift cards, please drop them off at the front desk by Thursday, December 13th. The Student Lighthouse team thanks you for your generosity!
Lost and Found – The cart is overflowing again. Please take a minute to review the items here . If you recognize something, you will find it in the racks at the entrance to the parking garage. These items will be going to Goodwill at the end of the year.
Weekly Snack List – You can view the snacks Chef Megan will be offering next week here.
There is no Specialists’ Newsletter this week, on account of the short week.
Holiday Gift Cards – Would you like to give holiday gifts to our wonderful teachers and staff at CHA, but not sure what to give? CHAPTER can help! As in previous years, we will be collecting family contributions all next week (Dec. 3-7) for the teachers and staff and combining the funds into gift cards for The Bellevue Collection. Please check this week’s Friday folder for more details. All forms are due at the front desk by Friday 12/7 at 3:30pm.
17th Annual CHAPTER Auction and Gala — Save Saturday, March 9th for the event of the year, to be held at the Marriott Bellevue. More information, including sponsorship and donation opportunities, are available at http://www.chestnuthillacademy.com/Auction.
Avoid the Ski Bus Fee! Join CHAPTER! - Membership fees help pay for the ski bus, social events throughout the year, yearbooks, parenting classes, enrichment programs, summer math books, teacher appreciation, and much, much more. There’s still time to join! A link for registration is available at https://cha-chapter.org/.
Corporate Matching - Don’t forget that as a non-profit, CHAPTER is eligible to receive corporate matching for your donations and volunteer hours. Your membership dues, walk-a-thon pledges, and other donations are all eligible for matching. CHAPTER is registered with most area employers. If you have any questions or need help, please reach out to [email protected].