Campus Updates

November 20, 2020

In this update:  

  • Important Upcoming Dates 
  • Multicultural Fair
  • Drive Through Peace and Light
    Screening Policy Update
  • Attendance Notifications 
  • Ski Season Survey
  • Leaders of the trimester
  • Clever Logins Troubleshooting
  • TEDxSeattle 2020
  • Specialists’ Newsletter 
  • Reminders 

Important upcoming dates:   

  • November 23-25 – No School, Childcare Provided – Free Dress  
  • November 26-27 – Thanksgiving/No School, No Childcare 
  • December 4 – Material Pickup  
  • December 4 - Ski Season Survey closes at 4:00 pm.
  • December 11 – Material Pickup 
  • December 17 – Virtual Multicultural Fair 
  • December 18 – Drive Through Festival of Peace and Light 
  • December 21-23 – Winter Intersession, Childcare Provided 
  • December 24-25 – Winter Intersession, No Childcare 
  • December 28-31 – Winter Intersession, Childcare Provided 

Dear Parents,    

Our mission is to provide an environment where every child and family feels welcomed and respected and where students learn on a daily basis to value the diversity of the world in which we live. Celebrating holidays can be an appropriate part of learning when handled with careful thought.  

Our specific approach to holidays complements our overall philosophy regarding the developmentally appropriate teaching of equity and diversity; celebrations may also emerge from the interests and needs of the families in each classroom. If children only learn about various cultures through holiday celebrations, they develop a superficial understanding of the world around them. Instead, concepts of diversity and equity are integrated into the curriculum and environment. Students need experiences that are reflective of themselves, their families, and their culture (mirrors). They also need opportunities to consider others’ thoughts, feelings, and perspectives (windows).  We believe that such an approach is essential for creating a broader, richer view of humanity and the world.  

Global awareness and empathy are two critical 21st-century competencies. Students must be able to consider multiple perspectives with empathy and respect if they are to participate as workers, leaders, and community members in a global environment. 

We understand that to survive and thrive, all humans have basic needs of companionship, creativity, productive work, safety, and food and shelter. How we meet these needs is what creates culture, including our clothing, food, jewelry, music, dance, language, toys, family roles, rites of passage, spirituality, celebrations, and holidays. 

Multicultural Fair - Carrying on with our theme of reimagining CHA traditions, teachers have continued their study of multiculturalism with focus and time being spent in preparation for our Multicultural Fair. This year, along with everything else, it will look a little different. Your child’s teacher will share the plan and progression of the project with students and in upcoming newsletters, but we thought you might be interested to see what is going on across the different grade levels.  

Kindergarten will be creating a Louvre online museum of their Eiffel Tower projects and will use Teams reactions from parents to convert to Euros to buy a party in January. In second grade, students will be exploring the history, geography, food, and music of Puerto Rico through a number of different resources and activities, including our very own Mr. Morales! Third grade students are exploring the culture and people of Peru. They will represent their discoveries of their research questions through a written statement, as well as creating a virtual or physical gallery item. Meanwhile, in fourth grade, students will be researching local First Nations tribes in Washington State. They will create a replica or model museum item related to their research, and record themselves presenting their item using FlipGrid. Finally, our fifth grade students will be studying their own family traditions and culture, learning about their ancestry and traditions through a combination of interviews with family members and research which they will share through a multi-media presentation. Our students are highly creative, and we look forward to seeing the results of their hard work and celebrating all cultures alongside them.   

Drive-Through Peace and Light – Our traditional Festival of Peace and Light brings us together as a community.  This year, on December 18th, we’d like to invite you to a drive-through event to send students and families off on winter break with peace, light, and connection.  Please mark your calendar for Friday, December 18th, with the option to drive through the parking lot between 9 and 11 AM to see faculty and receive some tokens of our appreciation.  Please note that mask-wearing on school grounds is mandatory, even for the drive-through events, as windows are rolled down and interaction is occurring between staff and families. We look forward to celebrating with you. 

Policy Update - In partnership with Bright Horizons, CHA continues to take a number of steps to support the health and safety of our school. CHA will continue to follow the Enhanced Protocols we currently have in place, while also following the guidance from the WA Department of Health, for King County. Please read these carefully and let us know if you are an in-person family who will be impacted by this policy. 

As you are aware, Governor Inslee held a press conference Sunday in which he set some new restrictions and mandates for Washington State residences, along with a travel advisory. In order to maintain the health and safety of our school we will be adding the following new questions to our daily Health Screens.   

  1. In the last 14 days has any member of your household attended a gathering (indoors or outdoors) where attendance exceeded, or which was otherwise not in compliance with recommended guidance? 
  • If your family participated in an indoor gathering with anyone other than your immediate household or participated in and outdoor gathering with more than five people (outside of your household), we will be asking you to quarantine out of school for one week. 
  •  Please notify admin if you will be participating in a gathering.  
  1. Is anyone in your household supposed to be quarantined according to your local travel guidance? 
  • We will be following Governor Inslee’s travel guidance asking anyone who has traveled outside of WA State to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival back into Washington. 
  • This applies to only family members who travel.    
  1. Washington State Required Questions that will be added to the Health Check. These questions pertain to the individual child or staff member entering the building. Should you answer YES to any of these you will NOT be permitted to enter the building for 24 hours. If you have two of these symptoms then the medical clearance process is applicable: fatigue, congestion or a runny nose, a headache, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. You can view the complete list of screening questions on our website here

Attendance Notifications – In addition to updating our attendance policy, which we told you about last week, we also wanted to let you know that you can sign up to be notified by Jupiter if your child is marked absent. You can see how to do that here. We appreciate the parents who let us know where we got it wrong last trimester, and we appreciate your support as we work our way through refining this process. 

Ski Season Survey -  In January we would normally be kicking off ski season. One day a week on Wednesdays, 3rd-5th and Thursdays, K-2 would be up on the slope. Almost all students would be up on the mountain skiing with us with a few choosing to be at home if they had decided not to participate in the program. Many of our parents still want the opportunity to take their child(ren) skiing but do not want to go on the weekend when large crowds will be there. The proposal is that on the following Wednesdays, there would be no school but CHA would be open for camp for students who don’t want to ski or can’t stay at home. There will be no additional charge if you send your child to camp and attendance would not be taken.  The dates would be Jan 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb 3. Teachers would offer office hours for students who don’t ski or come to camp. If the COVID situation deteriorates and Governor Inslee orders ski resorts to close, we would still follow the plan chosen by our parents.  CHA will not be hosting an event on the mountain, only offering the same opportunity for parents and students to ski on a weekday as they have in the previous 16 years. We ask that you vote yes or no to this proposal using this survey. Voting is limited to one entry per family. We will go with what the majority decides. Voting will close on Friday, December 4th at 4:00 pm.

Leaders of the Trimester – Congratulations to the following students, who have been recognized as leaders in our community!  

  • Kindergarten: Nicole L, Julianna C, Tara S, Jayden L 
  • First Grade: Prisha S, Aiden Z, Mia T, Liza V
  • Second Grade: Ishaan B, Chloe E, Jazmine L 
  • Third Grade: Amrita N, Joshua H, Sarina G, Avni M 
  • Fourth Grade: Griffin M, Miranda R
  • Fifth Grade: Jiya J, Narwynn V

Clever Logins Troubleshooting – If your child is having any issues logging in to Clever, or any of the apps we use in Clever, please email Mrs. Morlidge - [email protected]. I have recently added Code.Org to the site we roster through Clever, so if your child is looking for something fun and creative to do on a computer over break, this would be a great place to start. Courses A and B would be very suitable for K-2, with C through F for 3-5. 

TEDxSeattle 2020 – Cultures Connecting, a local organization focused on addressing race relations in the 21st century, has been one of our professional development resources at CHA in past years as we continue to engage in work around diversity, equity, and inclusion.  This weekend, Dr. Caprice Hollins from Cultures Connecting will be speaking in TEDxSeattle’s virtual event on “What White People Can Do to Move Race Conversations Forward”.  Her talk will be Saturday, November 21st, at 10:35 AM, and you can register here if you’re interested in learning more.  

CHA Specialists’ Newsletter – There is no newsletter today, on account of the short week. You can find all our teachers here, and you can find information about the individual programs here. 

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


  • December Lunch Order for In-Person Students – You can find the form and the menu here
  • Winter Break Childcare - You can find the sign-up link here. This sign-up site closes Monday, December 14th at 4:00pm. Any sign-ups after this time will be considered late and a $50 late fee will be charged to your account. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at [email protected]. Please note CHA is completely closed on December 24-25th and January 1st, with no childcare.  
  • Tackling Topics Together – Please join us on January 8, 2020, for a continuation of our Virtual Book Club series!  You can register for the conversation here
  • Snow Days - Please take a minute to review our Emergency Closures web page to make sure you understand the plan and are set up to receive notifications. 
  • Yearbook Photo Submissions - Please submit the photos with a brief description here and use the access code: chestnut.   
  • Previous issues of Campus Updates can be viewed here

Thank you, 

Holly Senaga, Head of School 

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