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Campus Updates

January 18, 2019

In this update:

  • Important upcoming dates
  • AV in the Gym
  • Mid-Winter Break Sign Up
  • Family Math Night
  • Video
  • Spelling Bee
  • Soccer Cleats
  • Weekly Snack List
  • CHAPTER Updates

Important Upcoming Dates 

Dear CHA Community, 

This morning, Habit 8: Find Your Voice found our third graders sharing a strong message about being leaders and building relationships within our community by continuing to share the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through speech, song, pictures and story.  Having read, Let’s Talk About Race in class this week we invited students to share experiences, ask questions and continue dialogue about connecting culture is an important component of our student’s experience.  We will continue using literature to explore situations and have conversations with students encouraging them to share their own experiences.  We hope you’ll do the same at home.  By creating an environment that raises a student’s conscience we ensure that students’ voices, opinions and ideas are valued and respected by our faculty, peers and community.

AV in the Gym – Due to a very generous grant from our PTA, we now have a fully functioning Audio-Visual system in the gym! The system was used for the first time this morning during the Martin Luther King assembly led by our talented 3rd Grade students. The difference the new equipment makes to the overall experience was tangible – both to the presenting students who loved using the hand-held mics, and to the audience who loved the large screen and being able to hear the presenters. The new seating plan was also a hit with staff and parents. Additionally, the upgrade to the facilities in the gym makes this a much more flexible space for CHA and its community. None of this would be possible without the very generous donations from our parents – so ‘Thank you!’ and see you at the auction! 

Mid-Winter Break Sign Up - There will be no school the week of February 18th for Mid-Winter Break. CHA will be completely closed on Monday, February 18th (President’s Day), but there will be camp available on Tuesday - Friday. We are excited to announce the theme for Mid-Winter Break camp… Artistic Explorations! Imagination and inspiration will shine during this week of art. Campers will tackle different mediums, experiment with artistic techniques, and learn about artistic movements as they investigate different ways to express themselves. Join us as we cultivate an aesthetic appreciation of the world of art, craft, and design! Operational hours for camp are from 7:00am-6:00pm, with snack and activities beginning around 9:00am. Extended day packages (monthly and annual) do not include camp dates. Please visit the CHA Sign Up page to register your child for camp. 

Family Math Night - CHAPTER invites you to join us for Family Math Night on January 25th. Dinner from Qdoba will be served from 5:15-6:00 pm in the cafe. We’ll then meet in the gym for some family fun and math games until 7:30 pm. Mrs. DeWitt will also be offering a Math Class for parents in the MPR on Bar Models from 6:00-6:30.  The night will end by revealing our estimation jar winners! Please RSVP by Friday, January 18th by signing up at:   http://www.chestnuthillacademy.com/Sign-Up .We look forward to seeing you there! 

Video – Does anyone in our community have a recommendation for a professional videographer? We would like to make a promotional video of the school. If you useful have contacts, please could you let Mrs. Morlidge know? Thank you! 

Spelling Bee – Mrs. Shamsen’s class have now completed their Class Spelling Bees. You can see the updated results on the Parent Portal here. 

Last Week for Soccer Cleats Collection – Alex, a freshman at Bellevue High School, is collecting soccer cleats for kids in Peru.  There will be a collection box for new or used soccer cleats at the front desk until Friday, January 25th. Use this three-day weekend to do a quick clear out of your child’s old soccer gear! 

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


Lower Playground Update:  The exciting upgrades to the lower playground are nearly complete! This last Monday, the contractor was on site installing the new swings and monkey bars funded by the proceeds from last year’s auction. With the favorable weather, we expect the students will be able to enjoy these enhancements to their soccer field playground next week! 

New Boxlight Interactive Panels: CHAPTER is proud to fund the installation of three additional Boxlight interactive panels in the coming weeks. The new Boxlight interactive panels will replace aging Promethean boards that are nearing the end of their service life, with a newer, more interactive, and more intuitive technology. The response from staff and students to the existing Boxlight interactive panels has been overwhelmingly positive, and CHAPTER is partnering with Bright Horizons to eventually replace all the Promethean boards.  If you are wondering what a Boxlight Interactive Panel is, you can see one in action in this clip on the CHA You Tube Channel, where Mrs. Springer (4th Grade Science & Math) will use one of the features of the panel to recap why a straw appears bent in a glass of water! 

Gala Auction Tickets are on sale now! You will find all the information you need, including the ticket link, some photos of last year’s fun and instructions on how to register, on our Gala Auction page - www.chestnuthillacademy.com/Auction. Additionally, please be on the lookout for the formal auction invitation in this week’s Friday folders. Strong attendance at this event is critical to ensure that we have adequate funds to continue with ambitious projects next year, and as such, early RVSP’s are appreciated. 

Auction Grade Level Baskets: Help us build grade baskets that bring top dollar at the auction in March. Donations to the Grade Level Baskets are an easy way to participate in the success of this event. Donation envelopes will again be distributed in this week’s Friday folders, and the online link for donating can be found at http://www.chestnuthillacademy.com/Auction. Thank you to all who have already returned their envelopes. For those of you that haven’t had a chance to do so, please consider donating to our grade basket. The envelopes need to be returned to the front desk by 1/25. 

Mom’s Night out at Jimmy Choo at the Bravern: Please save the date for Mom’s Night out on Feb 9th from 4-6pm! For more information and to RSVP, please click here. If you have any question, please feel free to reach out to Susan Archer at [email protected]

Volunteers Needed!  We still have a need for volunteers for several upcoming events. The success of these events depends largely on the generous contributions of time our members give. Please contact CHAPTER Volunteer Coordinator Steven Daly if you can assist with any of the activities below.

  • Family Math Night January 25th 
  • Faculty Appreciation Week. Volunteers are needed next month to start planning and organizing the event.    

New Communication Channels: The Chinese community at CHA has pioneered the way with an informal CHA community channel using the WeChat app. On seeing the benefit that such a channel brings to parents, the PTA (CHAPTER) would like to investigate using either WeChat, or another of the alternatives. We have had one response so far. Is there anyone else out there who is interested?  The purpose of the channel would be for parents to get advice from each other; it would not be used by the school to disseminate information. We are looking for a couple of parents who would be willing to:

  • Put together a survey to see which app most parents would prefer to use?
  • Set up the app once it is selected?  

If there are other groups already in existence, either on social media apps or in your workplace, we would also be happy to let other parents know about them.  Please contact [email protected] if you would like to help us with this project.   

CHAPTER Board Positions.  Please contact [email protected] if you’d be interested in participating in CHAPTER Leadership or Representative roles for the 2019 – 2020 school year. 

Don’t forget that in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the school will be closed on Monday and there will be no childcare. Enjoy your long weekend!

Holly Senaga, Head of School 

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