Campus Updates

October 30, 2020

In this update:  

  • Important Upcoming Dates 
  • Standards Based Grading
  • RallyUp Pizza Party 
  • Book Fair
  • Halloween
  • Parent Ambassadors
  • Microsoft’s Re-Imagining Education Virtual Open House
  • Specialists’ Newsletter
  • School Uniform 
  • Reminders 

Important upcoming dates:   

  • November 1 – Daylight Savings – Don’t Forget to Set Your Clocks Back One Hour 
  • 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 12 – Materials Pick Up 
  • November 13 – November Childcare Signups Close 
  • November 17 – Fifth Grade Virtual Coffee Chat  
  • November 18 – ParentWiser Parenting Class 
  • 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,    

Bright Horizons President Stephen Kramer recently shared a message of relevance to our current climate that I hope resonates with you as much as it did with me. “The ingredients for change are not complicated: love and understanding, education and open minds, compassion, and outstretched arms. We need the will and the leadership to make these a priority for our communities.  Everyone has the opportunity to make their voice heard. Whether you do that in a team meeting, through action in your own community, or at the ballot box, I urge you to demonstrate your commitment to real and lasting change and to make racial equity a key pillar to unify our nation and our communities. We cannot rest until the need for unrest is a thing of the past. Our future and the future of those we care for depends on it.” 

With the upcoming election, I want to ensure that our community nurtures open, respectful interaction among diverse groups. We seek to engage students in the civic process and create climates that welcome authentic dialogue, while still positioning the classroom as a place of stability and support during a time of national uncertainty. Teachers have facilitated experiences to provide students with a better understanding of the election process. In line with our mission of cultivating global leadership, students are hearing inclusive worldviews and learning about ways of knowing, problem-solving, and communicating their thoughts.  Our teachers are empowering students through modeling by providing them with a path of understanding new learning and how to reflect on information through this process.  

Looking for ways to guide discussions at home?  The National SEED Project (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) uses the following discussion norms:  

  • Be fully present.  
  • Speak from the “I” perspective.  
  • Own your participation and shape your own experience.  
  • Be self-responsible and self-challenging.  
  • Suspend judgment of yourself and others.  
  • Listen, listen, listen, and process.  
  • Lean into discomfort.  
  • Accept conflict and its resolution as a necessary catalyst for learning.  
  • Be comfortable with silence.  
  • Be crisp; say what’s core.  
  • Treat the candidness of others as a gift; honor confidentiality. 

As we move into the coming election week, we invite you to join us in supporting students with opportunities to practice how to respectfully engage with people and ideas across differences and emphasizing our unity as a community centered around children, families, and learning.  

Standards Based Grading – Assistant Principal, Derek Heinz, has composed a letter to all parents explaining the differences between traditional grading and standards based grading, and why CHA is making this change. You can view an excerpt below. The entire letter is available here

In a little over two weeks, the first trimester report cards will arrive, and like just about everything else in 2020, they will not look the same as what our families have become accustomed to seeing. As you know, we are transitioning from traditional grading practices to a standards-based grading (SBG) system.  With SBG, teachers, parents, and students are all afforded a holistic understanding of performance across the entirety of the learning continuum, allowing greater opportunity for collaboration and focus on specific learning and growth.  When you receive your report card, it is important to bear in mind that grades are often simply snapshots of where students are relative to the various standards at that very moment in the school year. Some standards will have been taught and assessed in their entirety by the end of first trimester, whereas others will be introduced, taught, retaught, expanded upon over the course of the year.  So, a student may have only been exposed to half or less of the standard’s learning objectives by the time at which grades are due to be reported. In those situations, it is impossible for a teacher to ascertain that any student is performing at a level of 3 or 4 since the student will not have been assessed relative to the entire standard.  In these cases, a 1 or 2 is not indicative of any deficiency but rather a reflection of much more work to be done in the classroom as the class continues the exciting work of meeting the given standard.   

With your report card, you will also receive a supplement specific to your child’s grade level explaining the scores and how they were derived.  If a standard is not yet complete, that will be stated on the supplement, along with how the scoring will be affected. You’ll also find a “Frequently Asked Question” section contained in the supplement which is universal to the entire school and will help provide additional guidance and information. We look forward to the ways in which this transition to SBG will more effectively guide our teaching and learning at CHA. 

Rally Up Pizza Parties - We are very excited about the Rock the Walk pizza party next Friday, November 6th and in preparation, we would like to share some details and logistics with you. On Thursday, Nov 5th, each student will be given a pizza making kit with his/her Friday folder pick up. This “Make n Bake” kit will contain pizza dough, red pizza sauce, whole milk mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and baking instruction.  

Please have your child prepare and cook their pizza prior to their lunch time on Friday.  (Parents, you may need to help your students to  preheat the oven and watch the timer.)  Students who are in-person will be sent home with a kit at the end of the day on Thursday. We invite them to bring their pizza with them for lunch on Friday or if hot lunch was ordered, Chef Liam will serve them pizza. 

All ingredients will come home in separate containers. For the students with gluten allergy, we will be providing gluten-free doughs; please ask when you pick up the kit. However, do note that the cheese is whole milk (sorry the pizza kit does not offer a milk-free version) and for our vegetarian students, the pepperoni can be disposed of.  

Thank you again for your support; we are so proud of the students’ dedication and their walk to Disney World. Please feel free to reach out to [email protected] if you have any questions. A huge shout out to Maria Hui for organizing!  We appreciate your efforts on our students behalf!  

Book Fair - On behalf of our community, I would like to say a huge ‘Thank you!’ to our amazing Book Fair chairs for Sandy, Shirley, Tami, Masako, and Masae, who have done a spectacular job running this event. 

The Book Fair Chairs have asked me to share this message with you: “A big thank you to all CHA families who supported our school by shopping the Online Scholastic Store or donating to the Book Fair Fund! We have raised a grand total of $8,960 (=$7,525 Book Fair Fund  +  $1,435 Online Scholastic Store)! The Book Fair Fund of $7,525 has exceeded our goal of $5,000 because of your generosity. The preliminary Scholastic Book sales of $5,741 yield a net amount of $1,435 (25% of fair sales) in Scholastic Dollars for future use. The result is amazing considering it was our first virtual Book Fair. With the funds raised and the Scholastic Dollars, we are excited to be adding more books to the classrooms and the library shortly. It was wonderful to see photos of CHA students and staff enjoying reading on the “You’ve Been Caught Reading” Fun Channel. We thank our paparazzi who caught them reading, brought excitement, and inspired us to keep on reading! We are also very thankful for CHAPTER and our wonderful staff who supported us throughout the Book Fair including Ms. Senaga, Ms. Whalen, Ms. Morlidge, Jaynie, Kaylee, and all the teachers.” 

Halloween – In the absence of our annual Halloween parade, we would like to invite families to share photographs of their Halloween costumes and activities on our new Parents Teams Halloween channel here. Meanwhile, here is your ‘Marvel’lous CHA Admin Team wishing you all a Happy Halloween!

Parent Ambassadors - As we move further into this admission season, which is entirely virtual this year, we’d love to enlist your support in helping families to get a sense of our school in lieu of the traditional, in-person visit experience.  Families will be attending “virtual visits”, and they’ll have the chance to interact directly with teaching staff and specialists during our virtual Open House event, and we know that they would similarly appreciate the opportunity to connect with currently enrolled families to hear about CHA from the parent perspective. If you’re willing to be a “parent ambassador” this year, which would involve an occasional email introduction to families asking about the grade level in which you have a student, please send a quick email to Mrs. Stuart-German. Thank you!

Microsoft’s Re-Imagining Education Virtual Open House - This will be a live, full-day virtual conference experience, open to all K-12 educators, parents and students, taking place on Saturday, November 7th, 2020.  Attendees will have the opportunity to take part in a diverse agenda of free and unique experiences including motivational keynote presentations, focused breakout sessions, and interactive workshops that will showcase and address the following topics and much more:  

  • Innovative educational and accessibility tools to create an inclusive classroom 
  • Advanced literacy solutions for students with ADHD, dyslexia, and other special needs 
  • Bold new ways to engage students virtually and energize remote lessons 
  • Best practices for dynamic and effective communication during virtual learning 
  • Realistic mental and physical health tips to manage stress and maintain school/work/life balance 
  • How to identify and support each student’s individual learning style  

Please click the following link to learn more and complete your registration:   

School Uniform - Lands End is having a month-long sale in case you need more items. The details of the sale are shared below. For all uniform related information, please visit our webpage here.


Update on COVID-19 from Public Health - Seattle & King County (PHSKC) 

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 Camp Sessions - 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 November 5th.  Material pick-up is available from 7:30-4:30 downstairs in the garage.  
  • 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.   You can register here
  • 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] 
  • ParentWiser - How to Raise Successful Kids Without Overparenting (11.18.20) -Register at  or directly on Eventbrite 
  • Previous issues of Campus Updates can be viewed here 

Thank you, 

Holly Senaga, Head of School 

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