- Important Upcoming Dates
- Car line Drop off & Heating
- Fall Festival Highlights
- Book Fair
- Applying Out
- Middle School Presentation
- CHA Library
- School Readiness Panel
- The Great Shakeout
- Emergency Alerts
- Yearbook Photo Submissions
- November Lunch Orders
- REACH Updates
- Specialists’ Newsletter
- October 16-29 – Online Book Fair
- October 16-22 – Reading Week
- October 16-29 – You’ve Been Caught Reading
- October 21 – Virtual Middle School Presentation
- October 22 – Materials Pick Up
- October 22 – Dress Up As Your Favorite Character Day (or Free Dress Day)
- October 23 – Picture Makeup Day
- October 23 – Professional Development Day for Staff / No School or Childcare for Students
- October 24 – Virtual Open House
- October 29 – Materials Pick Up
- November 5 – Materials Pick Up
With the looming question, “When will we return to school in-person full time?”, I thought I’d share with you one of the sources of information I refer to regarding decisions to return students safely to school. The Public Health—Seattle & King County (PHSKC) Schools and Childcare Task Force sector helps determine where we are in the process of bringing more students back to campus. While some parents and students are anxious for the opportunity to return, others remain anxious about returning and prefer to remain online. Currently, we have 48 out of 60 kindergartners in-person, and 22 out of 50 first graders in-person. Our recent poll of second graders resulted in 25 out of 44 students wanting to return in-person. As other schools are finding, running dual modalities is complex. Adding to our complexity is how we provide instruction. Teachers in grades 2nd-5th provide subject specific instruction, our students rotate, and all students now need to access technology on a 1:1 basis.
As numbers have continued to increase (see King County data below), we will pause in returning additional grades to campus. Should the numbers decline and maintain under 75 cases per 100,000 for 14 days, it is recommended we wait for two weeks after that to ensure the numbers remain lower than 75 to bring additional students back to campus. Looking at our current timeline, should numbers drop and remain below 75 for the next month, we would look to bring back second grade students who prefer in-person for the second trimester beginning November 16. In preparation, we are upgrading our Wi-Fi and internet bandwidth to support the additional devices with the return of more students. The following data provides key indicators of COVID-19 activity in King County aligned with key indicators of COVID-19 activity outlined in the Decision Tree for Provision of In Person Learning among K-12 Students at Public and Private Schools released by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). The following is data as of October 14, 2020. This data is available and regularly updated on the PHSKC COVID-19 data dashboard webpage.
Early testing remains one of our best tools for preventing COVID-19 from spreading in our communities. Public Health recommends that anyone who has a sign/symptom of COVID-19 or close contact with someone who has COVID-19 be tested right away. They should home and away from others while waiting for test results.
Fall Festival Highlights - Today students participated in CHA’s Mini Fall Festival Celebrations in their classrooms. Students each received a fall festival goodie bag that contained a snack bag, cookie decorating mini kit, photo props, popcorn, candy/prize goodie bags and trick or treat reusable bag (color your own). Students enjoyed decorating fall-themed cookies with their classmates and teachers. Students had snack time together. Teachers hosted an array of different classroom games such as BINGO. To finish off students and teachers took silly pictures with their Halloween props. We hope your child enjoyed their Mini Fall Festival Celebration. Don’t forget to enjoy the popcorn together as a family and watch a movie together. Thank you to our Spanish teacher, Vanessa Suarez, and her helpers, who made this possible.
- Scholastic Online Book Fair: 25% of your purchase will be credited to CHA to purchase books for classrooms. Happy Shopping! Books must be purchased through the CHA Scholastic Store for CHA to receive credit. Shop the CHA Scholastic Book Fair
- Book Fair Fund: With the Book Fair being exclusively online this year, we are unable to implement the “Teacher Wish List” program. In its place, we have created the Book Fair Fund. Your donation to this fund will enable the school to purchase books for the classrooms and library. Any amount you are able to contribute would be greatly appreciated. Donate to the Book Fair Fund
- Book Fair Information – here you’ll find information about the book fair, announcements, link to book fair homepage, Scholastic Store, and donation page. You’ll also be able to post your own questions.
- Book Fair Fun – here you’ll find book trivia questions and “You Were Caught Reading” challenge. You’ll be able to comment with trivia answers and post photos of your child being caught reading.
- Reading Week (October 16-29) – The Librarian will host story time featuring books from the Scholastic flyer, author video preview, etc.
- You Were Caught Reading (October 16-29) – We’ll have a daily post on the Book Fair Fun channel where you can reply with a photo of your child reading. The posted photo enters your student in the “You Were Caught Reading” contest. We’ll draw 2 names every evening, and winners will be given a special prize.
- Dress Up As Your Favorite Character Day (October 22)
- EPS: Director of Admissions, Cheryl Miller, CHA Alumni Parents, Dianne Melling, Dorian Bell, Tami Cheung and Gautam Babbar
- Eastside Catholic: President, Gil Picciotto, Director of Admissions, Bobby Kubacki, Assistant Director of Admissions, Steve Rudolf, CHA Alumni Parents, Shannon and Steven Daly, Traci Williams, Marsha and Ryan Setting
- Overlake: Director of Admissions, Lou Sabino, Parents, Maria and Vernon Hui, Zori Miltcheva
- Forest Ridge: Director of Admissions, Elizabeth Ayers, CHA Alumni Parent, Masako Yap
- Lakeside: CHA Alumni Parents, Latosha Smith, Anita Varghese, Rahul Sundaresan
CHA Library - The remodeled Library is now open! Picture and Fiction books are available for student checkout. Parents can find the CHA online catalog here and students can also access on Clever. In the catalog you can search for the title, author, subject, or series of book(s) students are interested in reading and exploring. Please note that books found in the catalog may not be on the shelves. Mrs. Whalen will do her best to locate. Once students know the book title and author there will be two options for placing your orders. As a parent, you can go to the CHA Parent Team Library Requests channel (please remember to tag her!), and Mrs. Whalen will show students how they can place their requests in their Library Teams. Mrs. Whalen let you know if the book(s) are available and place them in Friday Folders for pick up. Another option for library book checkout is KCLS – The King County Library System. If the CHA Library does not have the book(s) students are looking for then please try KCLS here to see if it is available at your local library. The KCLS is open for Curbside to Go, holds, and book returns. Did you know you can check out e-books from KCLS using Overdrive? We have included a link to the children’s section here.
Emergency Alerts - In the event of power failures, snowstorms, earthquakes etc., school opening and closing times may change. On days when you suspect a possible late start or closure, check the school website, local radio and television stations for weather service updates, look out for text messages from Jupiter, or you can register with www.flashalert.net, a free service which will alert you via phone and text. For those of you already registered with Flash Alert, you may have received a message from them which starts with ‘You have a FlashAlert Messenger account to receive news (such as weather closures or other news) from Chestnut Hill Academy and 4 other organizations. Please read on to continue using this free service..’ It is a genuine message and action is required by you to keep your subscription active. If you have any questions about the message, please contact them directly at [email protected].
- Summer highlights (travel, hikes, beach visits, back yard hammock time, etc)
- Quarantine projects (gardens, art, etc)
- Facemask fashion (any cool masks)
- First day of school pics
- Rock the Walk
- Fall Fest
- What is your virtual school set-up?
- Virtual Team backgrounds – send us some examples of these
REACH Updates – these are discussed in the CHA Parents / Teams Tips channel and posted to the CHA Website / Tech Tips page.
- Checking Assignments - Teachers are encouraging the students to get in the habit of checking their Assignments when they log in to Teams. If students do not see it in their ‘Me Space’ (the left sidebar), click on the ellipsis and drag the Assignment icon out to the sidebar. If there is a red dot on the assignment icon that means there is an overdue assignment. There is no way to set up notification emails, so your help in supporting the students as they learn to become more independent is much appreciated.
- Parent/Guardian Assignment Email on Sundays – I only got 2 Responses to my request for information so it looks like the previous problem has resolved itself. I will reach out to the two parents individually to trouble shoot.
- A parent asked, ‘Could we have after hours Teams calling time for younger students?’ - Unfortunately, the teachers and Mrs. Morlidge do not have the bandwidth to monitor the ways in which calling is being misused by some students; a situation compounded by the lack of granularity in Teams’ policies and controls. Having set expectations with students, which are not being met by some, we have to focus our resources on the primary purpose of Teams at CHA, which is for classes.
- Picture Makeup Day - Vakker Portraits will be returning to CHA on October 23rd from 9am-11am to do photo makeups and retakes. Families will need to park in the lower lot and walk into the garage to meet the photographer, lining up 6ft apart. Students should wear their dress uniform. Please sign up for a time slot here, and email [email protected] if you have any questions.
- November Camp Sessions - Wednesday, November 18th, through Friday, November 20th and Monday, November 23rd through Wednesday, November 25th there will be no school, but childcare will be available from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. If you will not be using an employer-sponsored back-up care benefit, you must sign up here. If you are an in-person kindergarten/first grade family with an annual or monthly Extended Day package, the cost of the conference days only is covered in your Extended Day package, so you will not be charged, but you will need to sign up in advance so we can plan staffing. All sign-ups must be submitted by Friday, November 13th, at 3:30 PM. If you have any questions, please email Kaylee Strachan at [email protected].
- Friday Folders – Material pickup will happen on Thursday for the next three weeks – October 22nd and 29th, November 5th. Material pick-up is available from 7:30-4:30 downstairs in the garage. Please park outside in the lower parking lot and walk in to collect the folder. Everyone is required to wear a mask. The garage gate will close at 4:30.
- Admissions and Parent Referral Program - Chestnut Hill Academy is accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. Our application deadline is Friday, January 22nd. Parents who made family referrals whose children are accepted will receive a Referral Bonus of $250 per family. If you would like to refer a family to CHA, please direct them to www.chestnuthillacademy.com/admissions. Thank you for your recommendations!
- Halloween - CHA will be celebrating Halloween on Friday, October 30th. Staff members will be dressed in costumes, and students are also welcome to dress up for the day. Costumes are optional. If your child chooses not to dress up, he or she can wear free dress. Please refer to CU 10.9.20 for costume guidelines.
- Previous issues of Campus Updates can be viewed here