Campus Updates

February 05, 2021

In this update:  

  • Important Upcoming Dates 
  • New Staff
  • Lunar New Year
  • CHAPTER’s Month of Giving
  • Leadership Day
  • Head Lice
  • Parenting Class
  • Uniform Sale
  • Book Fair Team Message
  • Specialists’ Newsletter 
  • Courageous Conversations
  • COVID Update
  • Reminders 

Important upcoming dates:   

  • February 11 – Material Pickup for REACH Students  - NOTE THIS IS A THURSDAY
  • 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 22 – Third Grade Returns In-Person 
  • February 24 - Leadership Day
  • 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 10-12 – Online Parent/Teacher Conferences 
  • March 10-12 – No School, Schools OUT! and Camp Available 
  • March 5 – 31 Month of Giving; Concludes at noon on March 31 

Dear Parents,    

Our goal with Black Lives Matter week was to create a place for students to talk. To provide a place for students to ask questions that encouraged them to think critically and explore history, diversity, inclusion, and justice through an understanding that Black History is American History.  

As we continue in our learning journey with Black History Month in celebration of the achievements by African Americans, our instruction and conversations will focus on recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans.  

Every U.S. president since 1976 has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history. Black History Month enables both adults and children to gain a broader understanding of Black histories, going beyond racism and slavery to also spotlight Black achievement. You can find added resources on Black Lives Matter here:  https://www.chestnuthillacademy.com/Diversity_Inclusion 

New Staff - Please join me in welcoming three new members of the CHA Community. Flynn and Kailynn will be supporting the 3rd Grade team as we welcome back in-person students, Ji will be working in the kitchen. All three have been training this week and are settling in quickly. You can read about all of our staff here.   

Flynn Archer recently graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in Psychological Sciences and is considering pursuing a Master’s or PhD programs in Child Psychology. This is his first job in education, and he’s absolutely over the moon to have the chance to join the amazing CHA family as an Instructional Assistant!  
Kailynn Sala was born and raised in Washington state, and loves going on road trips where she enjoys visiting National Parks. She is thrilled to be a part of the CHA family and can’t wait to see what’s in store for this year! 
Ji Kim has come onboard to assist Chef Liam in the kitchen. She says, ‘ I love food and I love being able to make a positive impact on the world’. Ji has a Culinary Arts AA from the Art Institute of Seattle and studied Integrative Nutrition at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. 

Lunar New Year - We are excited to celebrate the Lunar New Year with everyone on Friday, Feb. 12. 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 use the Zoom links on Teams for rehearsal (5pm on Sunday, Feb. 7th) and recording (5:30 pm on Monday, Feb. 8th).  (2) 3rd Grade Poem and Song: please use the Zoom links on Teams for rehearsal (5:30 pm on Sunday, Feb. 7th) and recording (6pm on Monday, Feb. 8th). (3) New Year Family Blessing Videos: we are collecting short videos to be played during the student activity sessions. Please upload video to: Teams Channel/Lunar New Year by Sunday, February 7th. (4) Parent volunteers for grade-level activities: please sign up HERE

CHAPTER’s Month of Giving - This is CHAPTER’s primary fundraising event of the year.  Although we will not be able to celebrate in person this year, we hope that you will show your support for CHA and participate in the donation drive or the online auction, which will be showcasing the beloved classroom art projects.  Look for more information in your inbox and on Teams in the coming weeks.  Questions?  Please contact Alissa Tsang or Lisa LaBranche at [email protected]. Please mark your calendars with these important dates: 

  • March 1, 2021 - Month of Giving starts and the online auction opens at Noon  
  • March 5, 2021 - Online auction closes at 8 pm   
  • March 5 thru 31, 2021 - Continuation of the online Month of Giving; Concluding at Noon on March 31  

Leadership Day - Our Leadership Day on February 24th will focus on “Celebrating YOUR Genius”. On this day students will be celebrating who they are, their growth, and their passions. Students will be participating in an array of activities with their classmates as they explore their geniuses and celebrate who they are. Students will also be receiving a Leadership Day 2021 t-shirt. Shirts will be sent home in Friday Folders on February 11th, 2021.

Head Lice - We received a postcard from a company called, “Lice Knowing You” sharing that four of our students had been recently treated. We do not know if this is a solicitation or if they even have the correct school. While we called, they were unable to share information due to confidentiality. I thought this would be a terrific opportunity to review our Lice Policy as we have a responsibility to one another to keep each other informed. When we receive a call from parents sharing that their child has lice or we find a case of lice at school, we will complete lice checks on the grade level that the student is in as well as any sibling grade level. We will contact parents to pick up only if nits are found or your child has lice. We ask that they are treated and nit free prior to returning. We will continue to do daily checks until we are sure the school is lice free. With the distance students are currently maintaining, the lack of contact, lockers spacing, and individual materials, we hope that these instances will be few or far between. If you are interested in prevention, here are a few things you can do:   

  • Avoid physical contact with a person who has lice.   
  • Do not share combs, brushes, hats, scarves, ribbons, or other personal items.   
  • Examine and treat members of your household who have had close contact with a person infected with lice.   
  • Keep your child home from school or daycare until the morning after treatment for lice.  

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, www.parentwiser.org/events  or directly on Eventbrite 

Book Fair Team Message - The Book Fair Team is extremely grateful for your support during the book fair. Because of your Scholastic orders and generous donations to the Book Fair Fund, we were able to purchase more than 850 books for CHA classroom libraries. We are also able to provide funds to Ms. Whalen to purchase additional books for the CHA library. The classroom teachers received their books on Monday. Next week we will add the book lists to the Files section of the Book Fair Information channel, so that you can see some of the exciting titles we were able to purchase. Happy Reading from the Book Fair Team - Tami Cheung, Shirley Du, Masae Hung, Sandy Rossetti, Masako Tamura Yap.
 
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

Courageous Conversations – Today in our monthly virtual parent/faculty discussion, we tackled the topic of gauging what is age-appropriate information for more sensitive topics, discussing what types of topics give us pause in conversation with children and students, how we balance wanting to protect innocence while disrupting privilege, and how to empower students and navigate some of those more challenging conversations. Below are a few more of the topics that we’ll be tackling together over the remainder of this school year, and we hope that you’ll make time to join us for some thoughtful conversation! Register here to join us.       

  • March 5th, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM - History: how do we teach it and talk about it in a way that also teaches children to question what has been revised, misunderstood, overlooked, whitewashed, or left out?  Register here to join us.   
  • April 2nd, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM – Gender identity: expression, development, diversity, and inclusivity.  Register here to join us.   
  • May 7th, 12:00-1:00 PM – Money, class, and privilege: expanding social awareness around socioeconomic status.

Reminders: 

  • 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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