Campus Updates

October 23, 2020

In this update:  

  • Important Upcoming Dates 
  • Middle School Presentation 
  • School Readiness Webinar  
  • Coffee Chats 
  • Sibling Admission Info Session 
  • RallyUp Pizza Party 
  • ParentWiser Webinar 
  • Book Fair  
  • New Staff: The Faces Behind the Masks  
  • Specialists’ Newsletter 
  • Reminders 

Important upcoming dates:   

  • October 16-29 – Online Book Fair 
  • October 16-29 – You’ve Been Caught Reading 
  • October 24 – Virtual Open House 
  • October 27 – Second Grade Virtual Coffee Chat 
  • October 29 – Materials Pick Up 
  • October 30 – Halloween Celebrations – Costumes/Free Dress 
  • November 3 – Third Grade Virtual Coffee Chat 
  • November 5 – Materials Pick Up 
  • November 6 – Rally Up Pizza Parties  
  • November 6 – Favorite Hat Day & Free Dress  
  • November 10 – Fourth Grade Virtual Coffee Chat 
  • November 11 – Veteran’s Day – Red, White & Blue Day 
  • November 13 – November Childcare Signups Close 
  • November 17 – Fifth Grade Virtual Coffee Chat  
  • November 18-20 – Parent/Teacher Conferences, Childcare Provided – Free Dress 
  • November 23-25 – No School, Childcare Provided – Free Dress  
  • November 26-27 – Thanksgiving/No School, No Childcare 


Dear Parents,    

Now more than ever, it’s important for students to experience a positive school climate. Whether or not they feel safe, whether or not they feel engaged and connected and cared about by the people who are teaching them and working around them, and whether or not they are experiencing some level of challenge and support to meet the challenge—those are things that matter whether they are learning virtually or in school, whether they’re in the middle of a pandemic, or on vacation.  How do we do ensure that they are experiencing a positive school climate?  By fostering, building, and maintaining our connection to students and families.  By providing them with a platform to share their voice.  By being visible and eliciting student and parent feedback; feedback similar to what we’re receiving in the Six-Week Parent Survey.  Change often comes to us when we don’t want it; when we’re not willing participants. We cling to the past because it’s comfortable.  We’ve been uncomfortable for a while now and yet, we are finding ways to thrive.  Grit and perseverance have been called “the key to success”. Unexpected and unwanted change allows us to become more resilient and foster our ability to persevere. While it doesn’t feel good at the time, know that in the long run students will be stronger and more resilient for it.  And while we weather some of this unexpected and unwanted change, our community remains committed to supporting each other, to focusing on connection, and to fostering that sense of grit and resilience.  

Middle School Presentation – CHA in partnership with Eastside Catholic, EPS, Overlake, Forest Ridge and Lakeside hosted our Annual Next Steps to Middle School event last night.  We had a great turnout with 102 participants joining us to explore the next steps of applying out for 5th and 6th grade.  If you weren’t able to join the presentation, you can view the recording here or the slides here. Don’t forget that Teacher Recommendation Requests are due to teachers no later than November 20th. Transcript Requests should be emailed to Kaylee Strachan [email protected]. Middle School Report Requests should be emailed to Holly Senaga [email protected].   

School Readiness Webinar – This Friday, Kristina Bernal and Chelsea Roberts, along with Lindy Hochberg, a Kindergarten Prep teacher from Bright Horizons at Redmond, engaged in conversation via a webinar about kindergarten readiness.  If you weren’t able to join this afternoon, and are curious about what tips and suggestions they have to offer for students and families preparing for the transition to kindergarten, you can find the recording here.   

Coffee Chats – Please join Holly Senaga for your grade level Coffee Chats where she’ll share the state of the school, answer questions and invite you to share your experience so far this year.  

Sibling Admission Info Session – On Thursday, November 12th, from 12-1 PM, Mrs. Stuart-German will be hosting a virtual Sibling Admission Info Session via Zoom to answer questions about the admission process.  If you are curious about how the admission process may have changed since your currently enrolled child went through the admissions process, or have questions specific to the grade level that your next child will be going into, but don’t need the full overview that you would get at a standard Open House or virtual visit, then this is the info session for you!  You can register here.   

Rallyup Pizza Party – Thanks to the students participation in the Rock the Walk, CHAPTER will be providing individual pizza supplies for every student on Thursday, November 5th as part of your material pick up in preparation for their pizza lunch on Friday, November 6th.  Pizza should be prepared and ready to eat during their lunch time with their class.  Huge “thank you” to CHAPTER for organizing and sponsoring this event! 

ParentWiser - How to Raise Successful Kids Without Overparenting - ParentWiser is hosting Julie Lythcott-Haims on November 18th at 7pm to present, How to Raise Successful Kids Without Overparenting.  This webinar is based off of her best-selling book, How to Raise an Adult. Julie Lythcott-Haims highlights the ways in which overparenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large. While empathizing with the parental hopes, and especially fears, that lead to over helping, Julie offers practical strategies. Register at,  or directly on Eventbrite 

Book Fair - Thank you for supporting our CHA Book Fair by shopping on Scholastic or donating to the Book Fair Fund. We appreciate your participation and generosity. If you haven’t yet shopped or donated, we are open until next Thursday, October 29th.  

The Book Fair benefits CHA by adding more books to the classrooms and to the library. This year we have two options to help support our reading program:  

Teams Book Fair Channels:  If you don’t see these channels on your CHA Parents Team, check under “2 hidden channels” at the bottom of your channel list.  

  • Book Fair Information – here you’ll find information about the book fair, announcements, links to the book fair homepage, the Scholastic Store, and the donation page.  
  • Book Fair Fun – here you’ll find book trivia questions and “You Were Caught Reading” challenge.  

We have enjoyed seeing photos of students reading in the “You Were Caught Reading” contest on the Book Fair Fun channel! Please continue to post photos. We’ll draw 2 names every evening and the winners will be given a special prize.   

For detailed Book Fair information, please look at the Book Fair packet included in your last week’s Friday folder, visit the Book Fair Homepage or the Teams Book Fair Channels.    

New Staff: The Faces Behind the Masks – We have been adding to the CHA family since June and are pleased to introduce the following new staff members 


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


  • November Lunch Orders – The November Lunch Order form is now open here for parents of online students. The form closes at 4 pm on Friday, 30th October. 
  • 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]. These days are free dress for students. 
  • Friday Folders – Material pickup will happen on Thursday for the next two weeks – October 29th and 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 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. 
  • School Readiness Panel – If you weren’t able to join the presentation you can view the recording here. 
  • Yearbook Photo Submissions - Please submit the photos with a brief description here and use the access code: chestnut. You may also download the submission site as an app by searching for “Walsworth Yearbook Snap.” Questions? Please contact Ilene Gorski [email protected] or Charis Whalen [email protected] 
  • Previous issues of Campus Updates can be viewed here 


Thank you, 

Holly Senaga, Head of School 

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