Campus Updates

October 18, 2019

Witalthe excitement about reading this week, and the students getting “caught reading”, our dialogue has primarily been on children’s literature and the books they are exploring.  While this is great conversation to discuss story elements and genres, how do your children connect and view you as a reader?  As children place importance on the books they enjoy and sharing their favorite storiesthe opportunity for you to share books that have had the greatest influence in your life is ideal.  Our ability to tie literature to our personal experiences, and be a reading role model, is crucial to their success.  Your child walks like you, talks like you, absorbs everything you do. So, setting the right example when it comes to reading is imperative.  Children should see you read for leisure as well as work.  Donating gently used books or books that they’ve lost interest in helps them understand information is to be shared and borrowing from the local community library should be an option. Encourage your child to bring a book with them wherever they go just as you do.  Draw attention to their surroundings and point out that language surrounds them.  Above all, enjoy reading with one another.  Sharing a story, a book, a poem or tale is a gift.    

Fall Festival is Tonight!The CHA specialist team has been working hard to get everything ready. - we hope everyone is as excited about the event as we are! Here are a few friendly reminders  

  • The Spaghetti Feed will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 pm in the Café.   
  • The Fall Festival itself will begin at 6:00 p.m. and run until 7:50 p.m. 
  • Students MUST be accompanied by their parents at all times. 
  • Students should bring their own bags for prizes. 
  • Attire for the Fall Festival is free dress but excludes costumes. 
  • We will be offering a shuttle service from the Eastgate Park and Ride (14200 SE Eastgate Way, Bellevue). The shuttle will start at 5 and run until the event ends. 
  • Parking in front of the business above the school will result in your car being towed.   

5th Grade Cake Raffle – Our 5th Grade students decorated cakes this morning to be raffled off at this evening’s Fall Festival. All proceeds from this and the Spaghetti Feed will go to the Tukwila Weekend SnackPack program. You can see the cakes and buy your tickets at the front desk.  

Book FairTonight is your final chance to visit the Book Fair. At a Scholastic Book Fair, you have the opportunity to buy discount priced books for your child (they have all made a wish list which the Book Fair volunteers will share with you), and you have the opportunity to buy books for your child’s classroom library (there are wish lists for those too). In addition, the school receives ‘Scholastic Dollars’ based on the number of sales, which teachers can, in turn, invest in more books for their classrooms. Sound like a win-win! All the information you will ever need about the Book Fair is available on our website here, and our lovely volunteers are very friendly and helpful!  

Book Fair Raffle Buy a book during the Fall Festival to win a poster! Include your student’s name, grade and poster choice on your raffle ticket, and submit at the register to win. 

Book Fair Thank Yous Putting together a Book Fair on the scale its done here requires hard work, dedication and lots of helpers. We would like to say thank you to all the volunteers who made this year’s event the success its been and extend a particularly large thank you to our number one Book Fair organizer for several years – Masako Yap.  

Congratulations We would like to extend our warmest wishes to First Grade teacher, Ms. Carmela Laya, who got married last week and is now Mrs. Sacccardo. We hope that you will be very happy together! Talking about happy things, we are also delighted to announce the arrival of Sullivan Fitzgerald Snyder (Sully for short!). Sully joined the CHA Family on Tuesday, October 15th at 8:47 am at 8 lbs. 21 oz. Congratulations Maddie and Ryan!   

Solaina’s PhilanthropyOn September 29thSolaina and her 3rd Grade buddy Makayla participated in the Base 2 Space stair climb, climbing 832 steps to get to the top of the Space Needle!  Solaina has raised $1040 so far, way exceeding her goal of $500! Thank you for supporting Solaina’s fight to find a cure for cancer and supporting her efforts in leadership.   

Jupiter Gradebook Access for 3 –5th Grade Students and Parents - At CHA, we want to put children in charge of their learning and give them the tools they need to hold themselves accountable for their own success. To this end, we have given students in 3rd through 5th grades the ability to log in and check their assignments and grades in Jupiter today. As we value the role of parents in helping reinforce new learning, we are giving parents access too. You will find a link to our JupiterEd site on the left sidebar of the parent portal, and you can find directions for setting up your account on Parent Portal / Tech Tips / Jupiter. The CHA Parent’s Handbook has been updated to reflect this change. If you have trouble accessing Jupiter, let me know. If you have questions about your child’s grades, please contact their teachers. We should stress that this is the first time we have done this. While we have taken steps to prepare staff and students, there will undoubtedly be kinks in the implementation that will be ironed out as we work through it. Thank you in advance for your feedback and your flexibility.  

6th Annual CHA Mom’s Night OutFriday, November 8th, 6:00 - 9:00 pm - We invite you to join Head of Chestnut Hill Academy, Mrs. Holly Senaga, at CANVAS! Paint and Sip Studio in Kirkland. We will be testing out our artistic abilities while we socialize with fellow CHA moms. Heavy appetizers, dessert, and your take-home masterpiece are all included with your $100 registration fee. A no-host bar will also be available. We will be mingling for the first hour and start the painting at 7 pm. All proceeds go to CHAPTER-PTA. Please click the link below to register and RSVP by Nov 4th. Limited space available so please register today!! http://cha-chapter.org/  *Please note that this is an adult-only event. *  

Leader in Me Family Mission Statement The Family Learning Action Team is sending home a Leader in Me handout in today’s Friday Folders.  The handout is focused on Family Mission Statements.  You can view the handout online here and other Leader in Minformation here.  

Specialists Newsletter – Each week we compile a newsletter outlining what your students have been doing in their specialist classes. You can view this week’s Specialist Newsletter here and on the home page of the website. If you have any questions about the newsletter, please email Sarah Morlidge. 

Weekly Snack List - You can view the snacks Chef Jose 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. 

Reminders 

  • Admissions and Parent Referral Program - Parents who made family referrals whose children are accepted will receive a Referral Bonus of $250 per family.  If you would like to refer a family to CHA, please direct them to www.chestnuthillacademy.com/admissionsOn Saturday, November 2nd, we will be hosting our first Open House of the admissions season.  The event will be held from 9 AM to 11 AM. Thank you for your recommendations. 

  • Middle School Presentation - We are looking forward to welcoming Third through Fifth Grade families to the Middle School Presentation on October 23rd, which will include a Parent Panel. The event will be from 6:00-8:00 pm in the Chestnut Hill Academy Gym.  Please RSVP on our Sign-Up page. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Kaylee Strachan.  

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