Campus Updates

December 07, 2018

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In this update: 

  • Important upcoming dates 
  • Ski Registration 
  • Parent Ski Volunteers 
  • Hour of Code 
  • Leader in Me 
  • Family Photo Album 
  • Festival of Peace and Light 
  • Emergency Communication 
  • Student Lighthouse Vision House Drive 
  • Soccer Cleats Collection 
  • Lego Robotics 
  • Weekly Snack List 
  • CHAPTER Updates 

Important upcoming dates: 

Dear CHA Community, 

With your support, Gianna has achieved her goal of raising $200 for the World Wildlife Fund with a total for the first week of $283.20.  Gianna synergized with Ms. Woodard this morning during her recess time to count what has been collected thus far.  With four days left for her drive, Gianna has set a new goal of reaching $400 by December 13th.  The commitment that Gianna has demonstrated towards seeing this project through with thoughtful intention is what we hope to see more students explore during their time at CHA.  Giving back to our global community is an achievement that we hope will instill a lifetime commitment towards creating a better world.  

Ski Registration - Students who will be participating in our ski program need to be registered by Friday, December 7, 2018. We have uploaded the Ski Orientation presentation to the CHA website as it contains lots of useful information for skiers new and old. You can view it here. If you haven’t joined CHAPTER and your child is skiing, you will want to do so now to take advantage of the free ski bus ride that is included in your membership benefits. You can join CHAPTER for $80 per family here. Parents who opt not to join CHAPTER will be billed $160 for ski busses in the next ACH round.  

Parent Ski Volunteers - We would love to recruit some parent volunteers to help with loading/unloading skis and carrying lunch coolers to and from the lodge etc. Parent volunteers will need to be at the lower parking lot by the gym to start loading the bus at 8:15am. All parent volunteers must provide their own transportation to and from the mountain, as well as bring a lunch for yourself. You may drive your student home directly from the mountain if that works best for you. Volunteers can sign up on our school  Sign Up page.  

Hour of Code - Happy Computer Science Education Week! This week, students in every grade level participated in the Hour of Code during Technology class. The Hour of Code is a movement to introduce students around the world to computer science. It is organized by, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities.  Any students who would like to continue the Hour of Code work from this week’s Technology class can access the challenges from the CHA Computer Lab website in the section labelled “Coding Resources,” and under the link “HOC” followed by their grade level. Feel free to explore for more coding challenges ranging from beginner to advanced. Happy coding!  

Leader in Me – In order to provide families with resources for the Leader in Me program, Mrs. Morlidge has created a web page in the Parent Portal. You will find it on the left sidebar. We have started out with some reading lists and will let you know as we add more content throughout the year.  

Family Photo Album – We are always looking for ways to help families connect with each other. This years’ additions are the CHA Family Photo Album and the Family Map. When you log in to the Parent Portal, you will notice 4 new green buttons at the top of the page with links to each of those, as well as the Student Directory and the Student Photo Album. If you have other suggestions, please email Mrs. Morlidge.  

Snowcoming – Student Lighthouse wants to bring some cheer to school, so they’ve declared next week “Snowcoming” and have chosen a few theme days for fun.  Students who do not wish to dress in the theme may have free dress Monday through Wednesday. 

12/10               Monday – PJ day        

12/11               Tuesday – Sweater Weather Day 

12/12               Wednesday – Wacky Wednesday 

12/13               Regular Uniform 

12/14               Dress Uniform  

Festival of Peace and Light - The students of CHA would like to formally invite you to attend their performance as they share songs and facts about countries from around the world.  Students who are bussing over will depart CHA at 8:45 am. Students do not need to bring anything with them to school on this day.  Doors of the Microsoft Conference Center will open to families at 9:45 am with the performance beginning at 10:00pm. Please be sure to sign your child out with their homeroom teacher at the center after the performance. Microsoft Conference Center, Building 33, is located at:  16070 NE 36th Way, Redmond, WA 98052.  Directions and a Parking Map have been uploaded to the Parent Portal. Here is the link.  

Emergency Communication - Should we be lucky enough to get snow this winter, school opening and closing times may change. We will be using Jupiter (and not email) to send messages from the school to your cell phone, as it is the most reliable method. You will only receive notifications if you have added your cell number to Jupiter and checked the box to allow us to send messages. To do that please login to Jupiter (, click on ‘Settings’, add your ‘Mobile Phone Number’ and check the two text message boxes. On days when you suspect a possible late start or closing, check the school website, local radio and television stations for weather service updates, and look out for text messages from Jupiter. You can also register with, the service which provides the ticker tape news on the tv, for text alerts.   

Student Lighthouse Vision House Drive – 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!   

Soccer Cleats Collection – Alex, a freshman at Bellevue High School, is collecting soccer cleats for kids in Peru. He was inspired to complete this project when he discovered that there are kids around the world who don’t have the luxury of playing with soccer with shoes like we do. As a soccer player himself, he decided to make a change and contacted the Peru Consulate in Seattle. There will be a collection box for new or used soccer cleats at the front desk until Friday, January 25th. This is a great excuse to go through your student’s old soccer gear and get rid of outgrown shoes. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].   

Lego Robotics - Last weekend the robotics team ‘Lego Captain’ competed in the FLL qualifying round (9-14) at Chinook Middle School together with the other 28 teams (include three from EPS!). The team consists of six CHA students, as well as students from Odle Middle School and Medina Elementary. The competition was fierce and spirits high. Lego Captain ranked #13 overall in robotic competition and what’s more, showed clear improvement on core values and team work. Although the kids were disappointed that they did not advance to the next round (7 teams qualified), they all have grown so much in their own ways in the last two months. Thank you to Xiaosi Li for bringing this opportunity to our school! You can view a short video clip of the team on our CHA You Tube Channel here

Weekly Snack List – You can view the snacks Chefs Megan and Melissa will be offering next week here.  


CHAPTER Auction – Thank you to Lisa LaBranche for spotting the date error in the Procurement Form on the CHAPTER Gala Auction page. The overnight stay at the hotel is for the night of the auction, not the night after!  

Holiday Gift Cards – Thank you to those who contributed toward the holiday gift cards for our wonderful teachers and staff at CHA.  We collected family contributions all week for the teachers and staff and combined the funds into gift cards for The Bellevue Collection.  Your generosity will be enjoyed by the staff as they celebrate the holidays.  

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    

Gymnasium Audio-Visual Equipment - CHAPTER selected the vendor for final design and build of the gymnasium audio-visual equipment. We look forward to having high quality speakers, amplification, and projection permanently installed to support assemblies, presentations, and other events. The installation should be starting in the coming weeks and completed when the school reopens after winter break.  

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].   

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