In This Update:
- Important Upcoming Dates
- Health and Hygiene
- Auction Update
- Family Math Night
- Family Math Night Raffle
- Land’s End Sale
- Skiing Lost and Found
- Active Minds
- Specialists’ Newsletter
- Kleats for Kids
- Weekly Snack List
Important upcoming dates:
- Open House for prospective families – Saturday, January 11th , 9:00 – 11:00 am
- Classroom Spelling Bees - January 13th-17th. N.B. In the event of snow next week and school closing, the CHA Classroom Spelling Bees will be held in the week of January 20-24.
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day – January 20th: No school, no childcare
- Lunar New Year Celebration – January 31st
- Auction Homeroom Competition Ends January 31st
Dear CHA Community,
With the flu season upon us, we want to share our influenza policies as it is turning out to be one of the harshest flu seasons we have experienced in quite some time, and many states are seeing record numbers of flu cases. One of the best ways to prevent flu is by getting the flu vaccine annually for you and your child(ren). The flu vaccine is available for all children over the age of 6 months. If you have not already had your child(ren) vaccinated, we suggest consulting with your child’s pediatrician. Consistent with the most recent guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), our influenza policy is that any child or employee with an influenza-like illness must remain home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. Medical clearance to return is not required for children or staff.
We ask parents to be especially cautious and keep children home if they are experiencing any flu-like symptoms. We have asked the same of all teachers and employees. Symptoms of seasonal flu may include fever or chills and cough or sore throat. In addition, symptoms of flu can include runny nose, body aches, headache, tiredness, diarrhea, and vomiting. Click here for further info from the American Academy of Pediatrics/Healthy Children website.
We have asked teachers and staff to do wellness checks of children when they enter the center or school for the day. If children are sent home with flu-like symptoms, we urge parents to contact their child’s pediatrician and to consider the health of their children and the health of the other children in our care and keep children home until they are truly well. In addition to receiving the flu vaccine, proper hand hygiene is the best way to minimize the risk of infection and spreading the influenza virus:
- Practice good hand washing often and thoroughly and help children to hand wash as well.
- Wash with soap and water or use hand sanitizers when a sink is not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose and remind children of this.
- Wash your hands and your child’s hands for a minimum of 20 seconds when entering the classroom— approximately the length of singing the ABCs.
- Encourage good cough etiquette and cough or sneeze into tissues and dispose of them immediately. An alternate approach is to cough into your upper sleeve. Washing hands immediately after coughing and sneezing is best.
Auction Update - Congratulations to 2nd grade for winning the early bird registration competition! The grade was awarded their prize this afternoon! Thank you to all who participated! Registration to purchase sponsorships and tickets to the auction is still open through February 14th. Please register for a fun night out with teachers, staff and the CHA community to support our largest fundraising event of the year. Your support is greatly appreciated! Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions or need help signing up.
Help make our auction great while helping your child’s homeroom win the donation pizza party competition! The auction committee is still accepting donations until January 31st. If you have an item or experience to donate, please fill out a procurement form and leave it at the front desk with your donation. Need inspiration on what to donate? Ideas can be found in the auction information and procurement packet on the website at https://www.chestnuthillacademy.com/Auction. Thank you for your support!
Family Math Night - CHAPTER invites you to join us for Family Math Night on January 24th. Dinner will be served from 5:15-6 pm in the cafe. We’ll then meet in the gym for some family fun and math games until 7:30 pm. The night will end with a raffle - you will not want to miss it! Please RSVP here by Friday, January 17th. We look forward to seeing you there!
Family Math Night Dinner Raffle – Just look at the beautiful food and the happy faces of parents relaxing in their own private dining room while their children enjoyed the Fall Festival. Wouldn’t you like to enjoy a similar experience while your children have fun at Family Math Night? Tickets are on sale for $5 each from Monday, January 13th through Friday, January 17th from the front desk. This is your chance to win VIP Underground Parking during the festival, personal chaperones for your kids, and a dinner and wine pairing in Mrs. Senaga’s office prepared by James Beard award-winning Chef Liam.
Land’s End Growth Spurt Alert - Because kids are always growing, now is the perfect time for your school families to stock up on uniform and dress code clothing that will fit for the rest of the school year. From January 8 through January 17 families can save 20% on select Lands’ End School uniform and dress code apparel (no promo code needed). All information is on our Uniform page. Also, Land’s End tracksuits are being updated for 2020, so there is limited inventory online. The overall the styling, fabrics, and colors remain unchanged, but the design will be simplified. The new tracksuits are expected to become available for purchase in May. If you can’t wait till then, please contact our rep Caroline Nguyen and she will try and source them for you. I would also like to offer up a shout out to CHA moms Sandy Rossetti and Sandra Moore who are doing a wonderful job running the Uniform Swap and await your donations!
February Lunch Orders – The order form for February lunches is now open here. Lunches cost $4.50 if you place your order before the deadline of 4:00 pm, Friday, January 24th. Milk is provided free of charge. For those parents who place their order after the deadline or send their child to school without a packed lunch, the price of the meal we provide 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].
Skiing Lost and Found - If your child is missing any ski gear please check the Ski lost and found box which is located in Coach Sturgess office next to the gym. It was a great 1st week up on the mountain, everyone here at CHA is excited and looking forward to next week. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Sturgess
Active Minds Extracurricular - Teddy Gainer is the founder and director of the ‘Active Minds Class’. The Active Minds Class was specifically engineered to aid development in elementary-aged students. Learners enjoy physical activities and challenges which adhere to structured ‘Learn Through Play’ principals that are proven to help young learners with social, cognitive and physical development. Our Classes focus on our 6 Pillars of Development - Movement and Mobility, Academics, Teamwork, Communication, Creativity and Fun. You can view a short intro video here to see what all the hype is about.
The Active Minds Class currently has a presence in 10+ Elementary/Private/Montessori schools and holds multiple summer camps reaching 100’s of young learners. In addition, AMC is partnered with the University of Washington’s Education Department, working closely with their education majors, providing fieldwork opportunities and collaborating with faculty. We are excited to bring this program to CHA. Currently, we have space for 12 students (K-2nd Grade). Classes will run every Wednesday 3:45-4:45pm starting Jan 15th - Mar 5th and be held in the gym at CHA. For more information/registration please contact us at [email protected].
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 Specialists’ Newsletter here and on the home page of the website. If you have any questions about the newsletter, please email Sarah Morlidge.
We Need Your Cleats! - Soccer is beloved by people around the world. Unfortunately, many kids around the world cannot afford soccer gear such as cleats. You can help! When you donate your used cleats to ‘Kleats for Kids’, you are giving the gift of soccer to kids who love the sport but cannot afford to buy cleats. ‘Kleats for Kids’ is a club at Bellevue High School that collects used cleats and donates them to children in Peru. We are working with the Peru consulate to help the kids in need. Last year, we collected about 100 cleats with your help. We will be delivering our first batch of cleats in February, and we hope that we can collect even more soccer gear this year. There will be a box at the CHA front desk from January 13th to February 14th. Please put your used cleats and soccer gear to good use. Rather than throwing it into a trash can, throw it into our bin!
Weekly Snack List - You can view the snacks Chef Jose will be offering next week here. If your child is not eating the school snack, you are welcome to send a nut-free alternative to school in their backpack.
- Spelling Bee - The sixth annual CHA school spelling bee is coming! The word lists for the classroom bees can be found here - along with the Rules for the Spelling Bee.
Wishing you a Happy New Year.
Holly Senaga, Head of School