Campus Updates

May 29, 2020

In this update:  

  • Important Upcoming Dates 
  • SPARC 
  • Moving Up  
  • Field Day Drive Through 
  • School Technology Returns 
  • Spirit Week 
  • TADS Registration 
  • Teams User Guide
  • Summer Camp  

Important upcoming dates:   

  • June 1st-5th – Spirit Week  
  • June 1st – Moving Up Photo Due  
  • June 11th – Field Day Drive-Through  
  • June 12th - Last Day of School, Virtual Moving Up Ceremony  
  • June 15th - Camp Explorations Begins   

Dear CHA Community,   

We are still at the beginning of this crisis and have many decisions to make along the way that will influence how we come out on the other side. One thing that remains certain is our focus to ensure that every student continues to develop and flourish. Never has our mission of problem-solving, thinking globally, and developing leadership been more relevant. While COVID-19 may change the way we live and work, it has accelerated trends, such as REACH, that were already underway. As we rethink our approach to teaching and learning, we’ve created a model that better supports our current reality. Our ability to adapt and transform is critical to our success, and we remain steadfast in our commitment to educating future leaders. Your partnership enables us to understand issues from multiple perspectives and move forward confidently as we continue to build a legacy, one child at a time. We look upon this crisis as an opportunity to reimagine as we build on the foundation of extraordinary experiences cultivated for students at CHA for the past 22 years.   

SPARC - The Student Personalized Academic Resource Coordination (SPARC) program was developed to serve students with special and gifted needs. A commitment to differentiated instruction allows us to meet students’ needs as we recognize each individual student as an independent learner.  SPARC provides an inclusive academic setting that enables students to reach their full potential. SPARC will support students who have completed testing through an Educational Psychologist.  Once a student with special needs has been identified and/or qualifies as highly capable, they will receive SPARC support. SPARC has three tiers:    

  • Tier 1:  Student support is met within the class.  
  • Tier 2:  Student support is met within the class and with the aid of the CHA Academic Specialist.  
  • Tier 3:  Student support is met within the class and outside programs.      

Through this program, we will support a broad spectrum of learners, from those who need specialized support to those who would benefit from an accelerated structure. This is accomplished through the coordination and monitoring of an educational plan individualized for identified students. The SPARC program seeks to build on strengths while ensuring mastery of the grade-level curriculum and beyond. We are delighted to announce that Marsha Setting will be our SPARC Coordinator. You can read her bio here

Moving Up Ceremony – We are very excited for this, our final event of the year. Mr. Rees will be hosting the Moving Up ceremony as a Teams Live Event on Friday, June 12th @ 9:30 am. The link and program will be sent out prior to the event.  Mrs. Senaga, 5th grade speakers, CHAPTER Co-President, Susan Archer will join us as well while we enjoy some music, celebrate the Lacy Legacy Award recipient and the top three Book Worm Award winners. We hope you’ll join us as we share memorable events throughout the year. Please add your photos to the “Graduation Photos” folder in CHA Parents Team / Files before Monday 8:00 am so that your child is included in the Moving Up Slideshow movie. If we do not receive a photo from you, we will use their school picture. Here is a link to the folder in Teams. In case that does not work, here is the process - from the CHA Parents Team general channel (1), choose files (2), Graduation Photos folder and then grade level folder. Please rename your photo with your child’s name. 

Field Day Drive Through - Come and join us for this event on Thursday, June 11th, when we will celebrate all our students, create positive memories, and enjoy live interaction between staff and students. We will create a Field Day atmosphere with music, fun, yearbook and gifts to hand out to all our wonderful students. There will be a designated route for cars to follow with different stations along the way full of surprises and happiness; please enter the driveway closest to the front office and drive down and around. It’s important that families and students stay in their car during the event and wear a mask.  Each grade level has been designated a time slot to come and drive through the CHA campus. 

  • 9-10: Kindergarten 
  • 10-11: First Grade 
  • 11-12: Second Grade 
  • 12-1: Third Grade 
  • 1-2: Fourth Grade 
  • 2-3: Fifth Grade 

We are hoping you can take time to join us on June 11th to finish the school year in style!!  If you have any questions about this event, please contact Coach Sturgess

School Technology Returns – Please bring any school technology (laptops, surfaces, adapters, etc.) that you have been using at home to the Field Day Drive Through. We will have a station set up at which a teacher will collect them. 

Spirit Week - To bring a little fun to the end of the school year, the Lighthouse leaders have planned another Virtual Spirit Week. Thank you to all the students who contributed suggestions! 

  • Monday, 6/1: PJs and Pets Day - Wear your PJs all day and bring your pet or stuffy to your live classes or post a photo on your class Teams page. 
  • Tuesday, 6/2: Sports Day - Wear a jersey or your favorite team’s colors to your live classes. Go outside and play some sports in your yard with your family. 
  • Wednesday, 6/3: Crazy Hair or Hat Music Day - A lot of musicians have wild hair and fashions. Let them inspire you to style your hair in a crazy ‘do or wear your favorite hat to live classes. Share a clip of yourself singing or playing music on your class Teams page. 
  • Thursday, 6/4: Favorite Colors and Treats Day - Wear your favorite color shirt to your live classes, and then find some time to bake a favorite treat to share with your family. Make sure you have adult permission and help with baking! 
  • Friday, 6/5: Movie Day - Dress as a movie character or wear a shirt showing movie characters to your live classes. Make it a family movie night at home; watch your favorite family movie while eating yummy movie snacks. 

TADS Registration – A huge thank you to everyone for returning re-enrollment contracts so quickly this year! The next step in the process of getting ready for the 2020/21 school year is to invite you to update your registration forms. TADS is the site we use to collect this registration information, and there should be an email coming to you from them on Monday afternoon. Please can you add [email protected] to your email contacts to be sure that communication reaches your inbox. We are requiring that families complete their ‘paperwork’ before July 1st To submit your registration paperwork, please go to The first time you visit the site, you will need to create a new account, the easiest way is by following the link sent to you via the email from TADS. The process should be reasonably straightforward, especially as you are not new to this process, but we have prepared some instructions for parents, which you will find here. If you don’t have the email from TADS by Tuesday morning and need a ‘set up code’, please email mailto:[email protected]?subject=TADS Registration

Teams User Guide – During REACH, Microsoft Teams has proved invaluable in enabling us to provide a remote online learning experience for our families, giving us a platform to connect, collaborate and communicate with our families in a way that was never possible before, and helping us provide the best possible experience we can for our families, so we will continue to use Teams in the future. Mrs. Morlidge put together a brief Teams User Guide which we wanted to share with you in case you did not take the plunge yet. You can view it here. We will also be reaching out to you in a couple of weeks with a survey about your experience during REACH as we solicit feedback to see how we can improve our online offering. 

Summer Camp – CHA is moving forward with plans to offer our long-standing K-5 Camp Explorations program, and registration for summer camp is open now.  We are planning an in-person program with social distancing measures in place, and each day, campers (ages 5-12) will explore the world around them through varying themed experiences.  CHA families will receive a 10% Early Bird Discount on enrollment (not including the registration fee or Extended Day) for registration forms submitted by May 29th, 2020. Early Bird Discount does not apply to the School’s OUT! and Back Up Care Systems.  The Back-Up Care Advantage System is not yet accepting reservations for summer, so we recommend that you submit a reservation through our website, and we can assist with changing the type of reservation once our camp dates have been confirmed.  You can find all the information you need here.  We look forward to sharing more with you over the coming weeks about the enhanced health and safety guidelines that will support our camp program, such as health screenings at check-in, escorted drop-offs to decrease the number of people entering the building, smaller group sizes with minimized mixing of groups, and increased frequency and depth of cleaning routines.  Because parents will not be coming into the building for drop-off, and because the administrative focus will be on conducting health screenings and welcoming campers at drop-off, we are asking all families to complete all necessary paperwork PRIOR to drop-off, and we will not be processing paperwork at the front desk during check-in.  Upon completing a reservation for camp, you will receive a confirmation email from Kaylee Strachan letting you know what forms are still needed to complete your camp file prior to your child’s first day. Thank you!  

I wish you an enjoyable weekend, 

Holly Senaga, Head of School 

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