Campus Updates

January 29, 2021

In this update:  

  • Important Upcoming Dates 
  • Re-Enrollment DUE TODAY
  • Lunar New Year
  • Support Local
  • Black Lives Matter
  • Friday Faculty Feature
  • Parenting Class
  • Specialists’ Newsletter 
  • Reminders 

Important upcoming dates:   

  • Today – Re-Enrollment Due   
  • Today- Material Pickup for REACH Students  
  • Today – February Lunch Orders Due  
  • February 1-5 – Black Lives Matter at School Week  
  • February 5 – Material Pickup for REACH Students  
  • February 5 – Courageous Conversations at 11:00 AM 
  • February 11 – Material Pickup for REACH Students  
  • February 12 – Lunar New Year Celebrations, Wear Red  
  • February 15 – President’s Day – No School, No Childcare  
  • February 16-19 – Mid-Winter Break – No School, Childcare Provided  
  • February 26 – Material Pickup for REACH Students  
  • March 1 - Month of Giving starts and the online auction opens at Noon  
  • March 5 - Online auction closes at 8 pm   
  • March 8 – Report cards sent home 
  • March 5 – 31 Month of Giving; Concludes at noon on March 31 

Dear Parents,    

Without question, the greatest human need is to feel valued. With every interaction, we are either building a community or destroying it. We have learned that a leadership culture is what we see, what we hear, and how we feel. How do we move from Digital Citizenship to Digital Leadership? 

George Couros shares, “In Digital Citizenship, we use the internet and social media in a responsible way. In Digital Leadership, we are using the internet and social media to improve the lives, well-being, and circumstances of others.”  

Students are responsible Digital Citizens when they share appropriate stories, images, videos, and ideas with friends and family. They have a positive digital footprint. They give credit when sharing an image, idea, or video. They follow the Golden Rule of treating others as they would like to be treated and report inappropriate behavior online. So how do they become Digital Leaders? 

We encourage them to learn and share learning. We empower them to find their voice and empathically listen to others. We give them opportunities to promote meaningful causes that they personally connect with to influence and invite others to do the same more positively. By promoting an environment that supports critical thinking and problem-solving, students learn firsthand how to deconstruct information and can subsequently build a plan that upholds their learning and leadership values in order to move forward with favorable impact within their communities. 

Re-Enrollment DUE TODAY- With a waitlist this year and record-breaking application numbers for next year, do not miss the opportunity for your child to continue their journey with CHA.  Find the re-enrollment forms here. Our re-enrollment deadline is today, Friday, January 29th. 

Lunar New Year - We are excited to celebrate the Lunar New Year with everyone on Friday, February 12th. Just a quick reminder about the opportunities to help with the celebration (please see Teams for more information): (1) 4th/5th-Grade PowerPoint Presentation: please sign up HERE by Monday, February 1st.  (2) 3rd Grade Poem and Song: please sign up HERE by Monday, February 1st. (3) New Year Family Blessing Videos: we are collecting short videos to be played during the student activity sessions. Please upload the video to Teams Channel/Lunar New Year by Sunday, February 7th. (4) Parent volunteers for grade-level activities: please sign up HERE

Support Local - Tired of cooking the same thing and looking for new recipe ideas? For 2021, the Soul of Seattle — a fundraising event created by Chef Edouardo Jordan that celebrates Black History Month and highlights local Black-owned businesses — will go online-only due to the ongoing pandemic. Starting Monday, February 1, and occurring each Friday, those attending can find custom menus from participating restaurants, which will be paired with panels, cooking demonstrations, and a virtual dance party, a switch from 2020’s inaugural event, which was held at the Central District’s Northwest African American Museum. Other chefs involved with this year’s Soul of Seattle festivities are Matthew Lewis of Where Ya At Matt, Sabrina Tinsley of La Spiga, Dre Neeley of Gravy, Wayne Johnson of FareStart, Trey Lamont of Jerk Shack, Kristi Brown of Communion, Donna Moodie of Marjorie, and Daisley Gordon of Café Campagne. Tickets are on sale now. 

Black Lives Matter – We are excited to announce CHA’s first Black Lives Matter at School week.  Next week, February 1st-5th, each day will have a theme that originates from the BLM at Schools Guiding Principles.  On each day, classrooms will be taking some time to facilitate discussions around the themes in connection with our Leader in Me approach.  The week will culminate with each classroom creating a diversity quilt. Please join us in reading, learning, serving, and engaging in thoughtful discussions during this week of reflection and action.  Here are the themes for each day:  

  • Monday: Focus on Empathy. This day is dedicated to listening and empathizing with stories that are different than your own.  
  • Tuesday: Looking at Beauty in the World Around Us. This day is dedicated to seeing the beauty and diversity of the world around us. Although there are differences, there is much that connects us.  
  • Wednesday: All Families are Beautiful and Valuable. This day is dedicated to the variety of families we find in our community. We are better together.  
  • Thursday: Acknowledging Black Genius. This day is dedicated to celebrating Black Genius, and this is a kick-off to Black History month and promoting Black Genius throughout the entire year.   
  • Friday: We are Better Together. This day is dedicated to uplifting Black voices because they are valued and needed in our community.  

Friday Faculty Feature - Meet Gabi Canales!  Gabi joined our team this year as an Instructional Assistant, and she is a ray of sunshine.  Not to mention that she is a queen of organizing Friday Folders for 3rd grade, our largest grade level!  We’re thrilled to have her warm, caring personality joining our team of IAs and supporting students.

Q: What is your favorite thing about CHA?  A: The kind, supportive, and welcoming community. You’re all amazing!
Q: What inspires you?  A: My family and my faith.  
Q: What is one of your hidden talents?  A: I love being creative! My favorite way to be creative is singing and pottery.  It is so fun to express yourself in different ways. 
Q: Into which Hogwarts house would you be sorted?  A: According to a quiz I took, I am a Slytherin! It made me nervous at first being told I was a Slytherin. However, at the end of the last Harry Potter movie, Harry tells his son, Severus, about the great man Severus Snape was – and he did it as a Slytherin!  
Q: If you could take students on a field trip to anywhere in the world, where would you take them?  A: The Basque county! In between France and Spain. That is where some of my family is from. Not a lot of people have heard of the Basque Country so it would be cool to introduce the students to a small group of people in the world with a completely new language and lifestyle most people don’t know about!  
Q: Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by?  A: “Be the reason someone feels welcomed, seen, heard, valued, loved, and supported.” And “Everything you do, do it with LOVE!” 

Parenting Class - ParentWiser is hosting a viewing of The Upstanders over a 48 hr viewing period followed immediately by a live zoom webinar led by Tori McBride, Behavioral Health Supervisor at Swedish Medical Center.  The Upstanders is an IndieFlix documentary film about resilience and the power of connection to end bullying. Watch the film from home during the  48 hr viewing window, then join Tori McBride, Behavioral Health Supervisor at Swedish Medical Center, and guests to ask questions and learn what tools and resources are available in our area.  Film viewing period: February 8th starting at 7 pm - February 10th at 7 pm Live zoom webinar with Swedish Mental Health and counselors: 2/10 at 7 pm Register for both links at,  or directly on Eventbrite 
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


  • Mid-Winter Break Childcare - There will be no school the week of February 15th for Mid-Winter Break. Although CHA will be completely closed on Monday, February 15th (President’s Day), there will be camp available on Tuesday - Friday. Sign-ups are available here. This sign-up site closes Friday, February 5th at 3:30pm. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email Kaylee Strachan
  • 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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