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Campus Updates

February 14, 2020

In this update:  

  • Important Upcoming Dates 
  • Black History Month
  • Coronavirus Policy Update
  • Spring Extra-curriculars 
  • Tuition Agreements 
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • CHA Gala Auction Volunteers 
  • Specialists’ Newsletter 
  • Weekly Snack List  
  • Reminders   

Important upcoming dates:    

Dear CHA Community,    

Black History Month - History is often reduced to a handful of memorable moments and events.  In Black history, those events often include courageous stories like those of The Underground Railroad and historical moments like the famous “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But these are only a few of the significant and important events to know and remember. 

To honor this expansive and growing history, Black History Month was established by way of a weekly celebration in February known as “Negro History Week” by historian Carter G. Woodson. But just as Black history is more than a month, so too are the numerous events and figures that are often overlooked during it. What follows is a list of some of those lesser-known moments and facts in Black history. 

  • Before there was Rosa Parks, there was Claudette Colvin. At the age of 15, she refused to move to the back of the bus nine months prior to Rosa Parks taking a stand. 
  • Martin Luther King Jr. improvised the most iconic part of his “I Have a Dream Speech.” 
  • Inoculation was introduced to America by a slave. 
  • The earliest recorded protest against slavery was by the Quakers in 1688. 
  • Of the 12.5 million Africans shipped to the New World during the Transatlantic Slave Trade, fewer than 388,000 arrived in the United States. 
  • One in four cowboys was Black, despite the stories told in popular books and movies.  
  • A Black jazz singer, Ester Jones, inspired the iconic cartoon character Betty Boop in Harlem. 
  • The first licensed African American female pilot was Bessie Coleman. 

Throughout February, join PBS in celebrating Black History.  There are a wide variety of programs featuring musical performances to Oscar-nominated documentaries to profiles of individuals who forged new paths in science, civil rights, sports, and so much more.

Coronavirus Policy Update – We continue to monitor the impact of the new coronavirus and follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and local health authorities to keep the students, families and staff at CHA safe and healthy. In keeping with the latest recommendations from the CDC and given our sensitive populations, Chestnut Hill Academy is now requiring all individuals returning from mainland China after February 2, 2020, to remain out of   school for 14 days following the date of their return to the U.S. This includes all staff, students, family members, and any other individuals with drop-off/pick-up privileges who have either returned from mainland China since February 2nd or who live in the same household as someone who has returned from mainland China since February 2nd. If, at the end of this 14-day period, the household has experienced no symptoms, a return to school is allowed. If the household does experience symptoms during that 14-day period, you will need to notify Chestnut Hill Academy’s Administration Team and obtain medical clearance before a return to school is allowed. We continue to ask that any family or staff members who have plans to travel to or from an area impacted by the coronavirus to please inform our Admin Team as soon as possible. Thank you for working with us to keep our school healthy and safe. 

Spring Extracurriculars – The Spring session of extracurriculars begins the week beginning March 16th and ends the week beginning June 1st. All the information you need about the programs that will be running is on our Extracurricular page. Please address any questions to the extracurricular vendors. 

Tuition Agreements – The tuition agreements are coming in thick and fast. We really appreciate your timeliness in submitting them. Jupiter text alerts will be going out to the remainder this afternoon, just to make sure that everyone gets this vital information. 

Parent-Teacher Conferences - The Sign-Ups for Parent Teacher Conferences will open at 8 am on 2/21 and close at 4 pm on 3/6. You will be able to find them on our Sign-Ups page at that time. Specialists are also available to conference with you. If you would like to meet with one of the specialists, please drop them an email to arrange a time during conference days. You can view a list of our specialist teachers here, and there are links you can use to contact them on the same web page. 

CHA Gala Auction Volunteer Sign Up - If you can volunteer for any of the upcoming tasks, please add your name here. Dates and times are subject to change as we get closer to the event, so your flexibility is much appreciated. 

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

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.   


  • Awards of Excellence – The deadline for you to submit nominations is Wednesday, February 26. Please click here to make your nomination(s). 
  • March Lunch Orders – The March Lunch Order Form is open here.  If you have any questions about the menu, the ordering process or the billing, please email [email protected]

I wish you an enjoyable Mid-Winter Break and look forward to hearing about the fun you had when you return. 

Holly Senaga, Head of School 

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