Campus Updates

August 21, 2020

In this update:  

  • Important Upcoming Dates 
  • Schedule Time for Health and Wellness 
  • Begin with the End in Mind 
  • September Lunch Order Form 
  • Parentwiser Classes 
  • Kindergarten Schedule 
  • Homeroom Teacher Assignments 
  • Clever SSO 

Important upcoming dates:   

  • August 24th - 28th: Professional Development Week, Childcare Provided 
  • August 31st - September 4th: Professional Development Week continues, No Childcare 
  • September 2nd: Kindergarten through 2nd Grade Supply Pick-Up at CHA 
  • September 3rd: 3rd Grade through 5th Grade Supply Pick-Up at CHA 
  • September 4th: Virtual Meetups with Teachers 
  • September 4th: “So You Want to Talk About Race” Virtual Book Club meeting 
  • September 7th: Labor Day—No School, No Childcare 
  • September 8th: First Day of School 
  • September 14th:  Parentwiser Class 

Dear Parents,   

Often what stands between goal completion and the starting point are time management issues. Throw a pandemic in the mix and supporting schooling your child, and things have moved to top-level chaos. There’s hope in the form of a reliable and reasonable schedule. Learn how to manage precious time and help children get from point A to B with ease. 

Schedule in Time for Health and Wellness 

  • Add snack time and lunchtime, not just for the children but for yourself as well. 
  • Schedule in breaks and use a timer to keep on track. Use the time for mental breaks and other mindful activities. 
  • Schedule “me time.” Free time allows each family member to invest in their passion, experience enjoyment, or relax. 

Be Realistic 

  • Start and end your day with realistic goals for the period. 
  • Follow the calendar on Teams and add all activities to the calendar. 
  • Maintain boundaries and don’t give up personal time for unwinding. 

Manage Time with Calendars 

  • Use online calendars like Teams’s to help the entire family connect. 
  • Use a whiteboard and add space for a monthly, weekly, and daily schedule. 
  • An old-fashioned calendar can track upcoming assignments, projects, and events. 

Use Alarms 

  • Calendars provide notifications alerting you of upcoming events. 
  • Make sure alarms are not on mute or are loud enough. 
  • Use specific sounds for specific events. 

Begin With the End in Mind - This means to think about how you would like something to turn out before you get started.  Reading a recipe before cooking or looking at a map before leaving on a trip is beginning with the end in mind.  For young children, a good example is that of a jigsaw puzzle.  Before doing a puzzle, they look at the cover of the box.  They start with the end in mind.  

How do you put this into practice?  Having dialogue at the dinner table and asking certain questions such as, “What does our family want to be known for? What unique contributions can we make? What big goals do we want to achieve?” promotes our purpose as a family and will allow you to shape your future according to the principles you as a family hold most dear, rather than letting other people or circumstances determine it. 

Immunizations and Required Paperwork – Please submit your child’s immunization records to TADS or email to Kaylee Strachan as soon as possible, if you have not already done so. These records and any medical or food preference forms are required in order for your child to start school in September, even if they aren’t starting the year on campus. Please email [email protected] with any questions. 

September Lunch Order Form – The lunch order form is open for in-person kindergarten students. You can find the form here. Lunches cost $4.50 which includes milk. Monthly payment will be drafted by ACH on the first of the 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] 

Parentwiser – In partnership with Issaquah School Districts PTSA, CHA will now be able to access parenting classes through parentwiser.org using the code: Friends of Chestnut Hill at registration.  Mark your calendar for the upcoming event on September 14, 2020.  More information will be shared as the event draws near. 

Talking to Kids About Race and Bias (K-5) - What and when are our kids learning about race and bias?  Not sure how to handle complicated conversations at home?  Rosetta Lee, local educator, diversity consultant and activist, will explain what racial concepts are absorbed at what age and provide straightforward language on how to introduce hard topics like race, bias, diversity, and inclusivity.  She will teach us how to process our childrens’ points of view and methods to develop intentionally inclusive children.  Rosetta will close with advice on how to incorporate lessons of respect and tolerance in day-to-day activities before leaving time for Q&A.  

Talking to Kids About Race and Bias (6-12) - How much do your teens know about race and racism?  In what ways do our students experience the effects of implicit bias? Does your family want to know how to be an ally?  Join Rosetta Lee, local educator, diversity consultant and activist, for an evening full of age-appropriate tools on how to address the complexities of race, racism, privilege, bias and inclusivity.  Walk away with increased confidence and tools will help you handle tough topics and conversations for years to come with your teen.  Q&A to follow.  Students in grades 6-12 are encouraged to attend with supervision.  

Kindergarten Schedule - This fall, with the kindergarten program being offered on-site and in-person, the kindergarten hours will transition back to their regular timeframe of 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM, with drop-off available and temperature checks and health screenings being conducted from 8:00 to 8:30 AM.  Afternoon Extended Day will be available from 3:00 to 5:00 PM, and there will be a grace period for pick-up between 3:00 to 3:15 PM (and from 3:00 to 3:45 PM for Kindergarten siblings of older CHA students).   

Homeroom/teacher assignments - These will be shared next week, with homeroom schedules being shared at supply pick up.  Students attending in-person kindergarten do not need to come to the supply pick-up event, as their materials will be provided to them when they begin school.   

Clever SSO – One of the things we heard loud and clear from the end of year survey was how hard it is for elementary-aged children to remember all their site logins and passwords. For Reach 2.0 we will be using additional online resources, so I am excited to tell you that we are partnering with Clever to offer a single sign-on to all student resources, using their Office 365 credentials. After signing in once to their applications, students will subsequently be able to sign in with one set of credentials, which can also be a badge for younger students.  We are in the process of getting this setup, and will share details before school starts, but I wanted to let you know that you will have one less thing to worry about! 

Thank you, 

Holly Senaga, Head of School 

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