Campus Updates

October 02, 2020

In this update:  

  • Important Upcoming Dates 
  • REACH Updates 
  • October Book Club 
  • Book Fair 
  • Specialists’ Newsletter 
  • Reminders 

Important upcoming dates:   

  • October 9 – Virtual Book Club 
  • October 14th – ParentWiser Executive Function 
  • October 16 – Fall Festival Celebrations 
  • October 16-29 – Online Book Fair 
  • October 21 – Virtual Middle School Presentation 
  • October 23 – Professional Development Day for Staff / No School or Childcare for Students 
  • October 24 – Virtual Open House 

 

Dear Parents,   

Teachers. Where would we be without them? They provide us with the foundational knowledge necessary to understand how to learn.  Teachers’ Day, also known as World Teachers’ Day, is an annual celebration across the globe to acknowledge, evaluate, empower, and appreciate teachers. 

In 2020, World Teachers’ Day will celebrate teachers on Monday, October 5. The theme is “Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future”. The day invites us to celebrate the teaching profession worldwide and draw attention to the voices of teachers, who are at the heart of efforts to attain the global education target of leaving no one behind. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly added to the challenges. It is no exaggeration to say that the world is at a crossroads, and now more than ever, we must work with teachers to protect a child’s education and guide it into the unfolding landscape brought about by the pandemic. 

The issue of teacher leadership in relation to crisis response is not just timely, but critical in terms of the contribution teachers have made to provide remote learning and ensure that learning gaps have been mitigated.  Teachers are simultaneously providing education and experiences all the while learning on the job themselves.  

The role of teachers in building resilient learners and shaping the future of education is critical.  Their belief in their ability to make a positive impact in the life of every child is instrumental in a child’s success.   

I invite you to pause and take a moment this weekend, on Monday, next week, and throughout the year, to reminisce and appreciate a teacher who made a difference in your life or the life of your child.  I am forever grateful to Mrs. Regal, my third grade teacher, Mrs. Seifert, my mentor teacher, and the many other teachers whom I’ve had the privilege to learn from and work alongside.  

Join me in celebrating CHA teachers today, Monday, and every day after.  I’m inspired by their commitment to educating our student leaders. 

October Book Club – We invite you to join us on October 9, 2020, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, for another virtual book club conversation on the book “So You Want to Talk About Race?” by Ijeoma Oluo.  The book club meeting will consist of small group time in breakout rooms discussing stereotypes, the myth of the model minority, microaggressions, the experience of students and families at CHA, and what we can continue to do as a school to more deeply engage issues of race and raise anti-racist children.  We appreciate you making time to join us in community dialogue as we connect around this meaningful topic, and you can register here

Book Fair – Talking of books, it’s almost October, which means Scholastic Book Fair is coming!  The Book Fair team has been working hard to launch this year’s book fair, which like everything else, is going online. There will be a lot more information coming next week, but for now, our marvelous Book Fair committee would like you to save the dates, which will be October 16th - 29th. The committee has their own Book Fair web page here and they have lots of fun ideas for engaging parents in promoting student readership via the Parent’s channel. 

REACH Updates – these are discussed in the CHA Parents / Teams Tips channel and posted to the CHA Website / Tech Tips page. 

Tip #1: If you are the parent of a 1st - 5th Grade online student and did not receive the Parent/Guardian Assignment Email, please could you double-check your spam/junk folders. The message comes from an email account with the address [email protected]. Please add this email address to your contact list to increase your chances of receiving the email this Sunday. For parents who are still unable to find it, Mrs. Morlidge will follow up via Teams on Monday to gather information for the ticket we are opening with Microsoft to see what’s going on. 

Tip #2: If your student is new to Assignments and not sure how to find them. Here is a short clip showing how students can access them. 

Tip #3: We recommend downloading the Teams desktop client, which you can get here, and pinning it to your child’s taskbar so that it’s easy for them to get back to Teams after they have been to other websites. 

Rock the Walk - Holy Moly! The students have logged in over 2,046 miles and raised over $87,000 with corporate matching for the 2020 Rock the Walk event! What an achievement! With all classes contributing, they are currently just outside of Memphis, Tennessee. Wow! Congratulations! Here is the final tabulation for the mile achievement: 

Classroom 

Total Miles 

DeWitt (5th) 

188 

Fox (4th) 

183 

Warenkiewicz (3rd) 

139 

Taylor (5th) 

138 

Welge (3rd) 

131 

Palladino (K) 

126 

Moore (2nd) 

107 

Roberts (K) 

107 

Newell (3rd) 

104 

Balachandran (4th) 

98 

Bernal (K) 

89 

Saccardo (1st) 

89 

Jenson (1st) 

82 

Shamsen (3rd) 

78 

Springer (4th) 

74 

Roseland (K) 

73 

Duffina (2nd) 

72 

Carver (1st) 

69 

Kolb (2nd) 

56 

Luckey (1st) 

43 

Grand Total 

2046 

  

But wait, this is not over! Holly and CHAPTER are now challenging all students to walk an additional 4 miles each this weekend to complete their journey to Disney World. They overheard Mickey and Minnie are planning a surprise for them. Humm…what can it be???  

Students, this is your charge for this weekend: Put back on your walking shoes, have your parents snap pictures of you and your stylish foot necklaces on your 4-mile walk, and post them on the Teams channel. We will see you at Disney World! 

ParentWiser Parenting Class: Tired of struggling with your student over school, homework or chores? Dr. Sharon Saline will give you a deeper understanding of organization, focus and prioritizing and why they’re critical to the learning process. Date:  October 14th, 2020 | Time:  1:00 | Register online:  www.parentwiser.org/events  or Eventbrite. See the flyer here.  

CHA Specialists’ Newsletter – You can view this week’s newsletter here. If you have any questions about the content, please contact your child’s teacher directly. You can find all our teachers here, and you can find information about the individual programs here

Reminders: 

  • Previous issues of Campus Updates can be viewed here 
  • Material Pick Up – Please park, enter the garage, share your child’s name with the staff members that are assisting with pick up or find your child’s materials on your own if you prefer.   
  • October Lunch Orders – All order forms must be submitted by 4 pm, Wednesday, September 30th. You will find the menu and order form here.  
  • School Photos – If you had your child’s picture taken but have not order the photos yet, you can view Vakker’s flier here to find out how to do that.  If you have any questions, please email Kaylee Strachan. Thank you! 

 

Thank you, 

Holly Senaga, Head of School 

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