Campus Updates

December 11, 2020

In this update:  

  • Important Upcoming Dates
  • My Bright Day Screening
  • Drive Through Festival of Peace and Light Map and Directions
  • Snowcoming Week 
  • CHA Student and Staff Photo Album
  • January Lunch Order Form
  • New Teams Features
  • Microsoft Remote Learning Support
  • Friday Family Feature
  • Specialists’ Newsletter 
  • Update on COVID-19
  • Anti-Racist Children’s Book Lists
  • CHAPTER Winter Grade Level Social Event
  • Reminders 

Important upcoming dates:   

  • December 11 – CHAPTER Winter Social Event (tonight!)
  • December 14 – Deadline for signing up for Winter Break childcare  
  • December 14 -18 - Snowcoming Week
  • December 17 – Virtual Multicultural Fair 
  • December 18 – Drive Through Festival of Peace and Light (no school, no childcare) 
  • December 21-23 – Winter Intersession, Childcare Provided 
  • December 24-25 – Winter Intersession, No Childcare 
  • December 28-31 – Winter Intersession, Childcare Provided 
  • December 31 – January Lunch Order Form Deadline 
  • January 1 -  Winter Break and Intersession: No School, No Childcare 
  • January 9 - Virtual Open House
  • January 15 - Professional Development Day - No School, No Childcare 
  • January 18 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School, No Childcare 

Dear Parents,    

In reading, Tribe of Mentors by Timothy Ferriss, I came upon a quote by Liv Boeree, “The actual consequences of your actions matter far more than your actions themselves.”  This is true in so many facets of our lives right now in which people have varying views. Within our school community, we share the commonality of putting students and families first. I appreciate our families upholding the policies set forth by Governor Inslee and Bright Horizons, keeping each other safe to the best of our abilities. Together we have successfully persevered.  As you are no doubt aware, Governor Inslee has extended the restrictions and mandates in place for Washington State through January 4th. Our policies remain the same.  In order to maintain the health and safety of our school, our daily health screen continues to include the following questions below. If you are a K or 1st grade parent who needs to switch from in-person to online school, please notify the Admin Team.   

  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 an outdoor gathering with more than five people (outside of your household), we will be asking you to quarantine out of school for one week.  

  1. Is anyone in your household supposed to be quarantined according to your local travel guidance?  

My Bright Day Screening - To speed up the drop-off process for in-person K and 1st Grade students in the morning, we are going to start using the My Bright Day app for our COVID screening questions. Starting Monday, we are asking all families to use the app to answer the required questions before you arrive at school. When you arrive at school, we will just need to take the temperatures of the people in the car, which should help to expedite the process. If you are dropping off more than one child from your household, you will only need to answer the questions once per day. The login credentials are the same as for the Family Information Center. We are not using any of the app’s features other than COVID screening. We are not using the app for camp or childcare drop off. If you have questions, please contact Kaylee Strachan or Jaynie Woodard. If they are unavailable, please call 855-239-3850 and press 2 or email [email protected] Here is how you complete the screening process in the My Bright Day app: 

  • Download and Install the My Bright Day by Bright Horizons app from your phone’s app store.
  • Log in to the app using the credentials of the parent/guardian who is the primary payer on the Family Information Center  
  • Tap Drop Off Notes 
  • Tap Covid-19 Screening 
  • Answer the questions and tap Submit 
  • Rinse and repeat every day before you drop child off at school.

Drive Through Festival of Peace and Light Map and Directions – Please place the sign sent home in today’s Friday Folder  (which has your student’s name and grade level on it) on the righthand side of the dashboard of your car, and drive through to the different stations, making sure to stop at your grade level station while remaining in your car. Staff will keep 6 feet apart except for handing out treats, gifts, and Friday folders, for everyone’s health and safety. In your email version is a map so that you know where to enter and exit. You are invited to drive through between 9 and 11. We are looking forward to seeing you! 

Snowcoming Week - The Student Lighthouse Team is excited to host Snowcoming Week from December 14-18. Students are welcome to wear free dress all week or dress according to each day’s theme. 

  • Monday, 12/14 PJ Day: Wear your pajamas to school 
  • Tuesday, 12/15 Dress for Vacation Day: Dress in an outfit you’d wear on vacation - tropical or wintery, it’s up to you! 
  • Wednesday, 12/16 Winter Hat Day: Wear a fun hat or headband 
  • Thursday, 12/17 Blue, White & Silver Day: Dress for winter or Hanukkah in silver, blue, and white clothing  
  • Friday, 12/18 Holiday Clothing Day: Join the CHA staff in wearing your favorite holiday sweater or sweatshirt when you come for the drive through event. 

CHA Student and Staff Photo Album - If you are curious to see what we all look like without our masks on, or to put faces to the names of the students, you will be happy to hear that we have updated the Staff and Student Photo Album which you can view using the green button on the Parent Portal.  

January Lunch Order Form - The January lunch order form is now open for parents of in-person students. You can find the form here. The deadline for placing your order is 4 pm, December 31st. Please send any questions to [email protected] 

New Teams Features - We have two new features rolling out on our tenant this week. One is Breakout Rooms (hurray!) which teachers may have used with your students yesterday. The only issue one teacher reported is that as participants in a breakout room have default presenter rights, students were messing around with muting/kicking each other out. I am waiting on guidance from Microsoft for how we change that (if you know, please share!). Once I find out how to change that setting, teachers will adjust.  

The other feature is the new sound settings as you join a meeting. Students joining a meeting will need to choose Computer Audio as they most likely aren’t dialing in and aren’t in a conference room using surround sound. They can also turn their mic on or off here. If they accidentally choose ‘Don’t use Audio’ they will join the meeting muted and will need to click on the speaker icon to turn audio on once they are in the meeting. 

Microsoft Remote Learning Support – The principal product manager at Microsoft Education has put together a video that shows the various ways in which Microsoft is supporting parents with remote learning. You can watch the video here, and you can find the website he refers to here. Microsoft has separate sections within the site for parents who are feeling overwhelmed, parents who are coping and parents who are thriving. They have also published a glossary of Microsoft 365 Terms which includes useful links to the various programs that we use at CHA which you can find 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

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

Anti-Racist Children’s Book Lists – If you’re still looking for some great children’s books to read this winter break, we invite you to explore one of the following lists or resources to find some books and to support conversations with your child about race and antiracism.  In conversations about literature and representation in children’s books, we talk about how children need both “windows” and “mirrors”.  They need books that provide insight into other worlds and other ways of being, and they also need to see themselves reflected, validated and celebrated.  We hope that the below lists and resources help you to explore and expand the books that you select, and that they help support dialogue you might be having at home in relation to the topics of race and antiracism.  

  • Embrace Race: 20 Picture Books for 2020: Readings to Embrace Race, Provide Solace, and Do Good  
  • The Brown Bookshelf: creating awareness of the myriad Black voices writing for young readers  
  • The Conscious Kid: books by Black authors and children’s books to support conversations on race, racism, and resistance  
  • Teaching for Change: multicultural and social justice books for children, young adults, and educators  

CHAPTER Winter Grade Level Social Event – Tonight from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM 
Join fellow CHA parents and children for socialization and a holiday craft activity via Microsoft Teams. Parents will be given 30 mins to meet each other without the children from 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM, followed by a simple family craft activity from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM. All supplies for the activity were sent home with the 12/4 CHA materials pickup. Links to the meetings were sent home. If you didn’t receive the email with the link, please contact our CHAPTER president at [email protected]. We can’t wait to see you there!  


  • Winter Break Childcare - You can find the sign-up link here. This sign-up site closes on Monday 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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