Campus Updates

February 26, 2021

n this update:  

  • Important Upcoming Dates 
  • CHAPTER Month of Giving 
  • CHAPTER Social on Sunday
  • Read Across America Week 
  • Spring Break Plans
  • Spring Break Childcare
  • Summer Camp
  • Yearbook Love Notes
  • Key Dates Calendar Correction
  • Specialists’ Newsletter 
  • Weekly Snack List 
  • Reminders 

Important upcoming dates:   

  • March 1 - Month of Giving starts and the online auction opens at Noon  
  • March 1-5 – Read Across America Spirit Week (See below for daily details) 
  • March 3 – 4th and 5th Grade – Teacher Prep Day. No School or Childcare for 4th and 5th Grade students. 
  • March 3 – Deadline to sign up for childcare for March parent-teacher conferences 
  • March 5 – Courageous Conversations meeting at 11 AM  
  • March 5 - Online auction closes at 8 pm   
  • March 8 – 4th and 5th Grade – No REACH  
  • March 8 – Report cards sent home 
  • March 9 – 4th and 5th Grade – All students resume class 
  • March 10-12 – Online Parent/Teacher Conferences 
  • March 10-12 – No School, Childcare Available 
  • March 1 – 31 Month of Giving; Concludes at noon on March 31 
  • March 26 – Deadline to sign up for Spring Break childcare 
  • March 29-April 1 – Drama Residency  
  • April 2 – Courageous Conversation 
  • April 5-9 – Spring Break – No School, Childcare provided 
  • April 16 – Science Day 

Dear Parents,    

This week students celebrated their individual genius on Leadership Day through a series of activities including the Genius Spotlight. The Genius Spotlight is an instructional methodology that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. The essential element is student choice and voice. Teachers invite students to dive into the process so they can learn the requisite skillsets they need for their future. The celebration continued with virtual lunch medleys which found our students connecting with students in other grades. Sandeep Singhal, our guest speaker, shared his genius and how he invites others to share theirs through a series of questions and to listen for understanding. His process has served him well through his leadership journey with his work in creating his own company, ReefEdge, and at NASA, Microsoft, Google, and Facebook. Vanessa Suarez along with the Leadership Environment Team designed a great day for students to explore their greatness. Dr. Covey shares that, “Leadership is communicating to people their worth and potential so clearly that they come to see it in themselves.”  We’re excited for our young leaders to continue to grow in their understanding of their own leadership while positively influencing others in theirs. 

CHAPTER Month of Giving


The 2021 Chestnut Hill Academy/CHAPTER Month of Giving starts Monday at noon! We are looking forward to raising our virtual paddles with you at the online auction from March 1st - March 5th.  The online auction will highlight the beloved classroom art projects that our students have been working on with Mrs. Choi during art classes.  As you can see from the preview above, she has done an amazing job again this year! You can find the link to the Online Auction and the Donation Drive on our Auction page here. Questions?  Please contact Alissa Tsang and Lisa LaBranche at: [email protected] 
Important dates throughout the Month of Giving are: 

  • March 1-5th Online Auction; Online Auction opens at noon on Monday, March 1st and closes at 8 pm on Friday, March 5th 
  • March 1-31st Donation Drive; Donation Drive opens at noon on Monday, March 1st, and closes at noon on Wednesday, March 31st 

CHAPTER Social on Sunday - If you are a paid-up member of CHAPTER you should have received an invite to Sunday’s Happy Hour Teams meeting; please accept. If you did not, please email [email protected]. The goodie bag will be coming home today, and CHAPTER board members will be handing them out at the garage from 8 am to 4 pm and at the carline from 3 to 3:45 pm. For parents with children in extended day, your goodie bag will be ready for you at the lobby/front desk. If you haven’t joined CHAPTER yet, it is not too late! You can join here, or by talking to the CHAPTER reps at Friday Folder pick up! 

Read Across America Week - The Student Lighthouse Team is hosting a Read Across America Spirit Week next week. Here is the information you need: 

Monday, 3/1 – Oh the Places You’ll Go! 

  • Wear a shirt or clothing from someplace you’ve traveled or would like to visit 
  • Share a book with your class about a character who travels 

Tuesday, 3/2 – Dr. Seuss’s Birthday 

  • Take inspiration from Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat and wear your favorite hat to school 
  • Make a birthday card for Dr. Seuss. What would you write or draw to wish him a happy birthday? 

Wednesday, 3/3 – Heroes & Villains Day 

  • Dress as a hero/heroine, or villain from a favorite story or draw a picture of yourself as a hero/heroine or villain 
  •  Tell your class about your costume or picture 

Thursday, 3/4 Non-fiction Day 

  • Wear something that represents your favorite non-fiction topic 
  • Tell your class about your favorite non-fiction book 

Friday, 3/5 Dress Like a Book Character Day 

  • Dress up as any book character 
  • DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) Spend some time enjoying a good book or two 

Parent-Teacher Conferences - Please make sure that you have signed up for an online conference on March 10th, 11th, or 12th. You will find all the links you need here. There will be no school on these days, but childcare will be available for kindergarten- 5th grade from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. You can submit your reservation directly through the Back-Up Care Advantage System if you are using your benefits.  If not you must sign up here.  All sign-ups must be submitted by Wednesday, March 3rd, at 3:30 PM. Questions? Email Kaylee Strachan.

Spring Break Plans – In accordance with the Governor’s recommendations and Bright Horizons’ requirement, please let us know if you are planning on traveling out of state for Spring Break so that we know how many students will be switching to online classes for the necessary 14 days afterward. An email to [email protected] with your plans will be much appreciated. 

Spring Break Childcare - There will be no school on April 5th through 9th On these days we do have childcare (spring break camp) available. Sign-ups will be on a “weekly” basis, as a daily option is not available at this time. This year’s camp theme is Animal Kingdom. Operational hours for camp are from 8:00 am-5:00 pm, with snack and activities beginning around 9:00am. Extended day packages (monthly and annual) do not include camp dates. If your employer has the back-up care benefit, we do accept BUCA and Microsoft SchoolsOut reservations. If you utilize either of these back-up care options, you do not need to sign-up here (only through the back-up care portal which you will receive an email confirmation for). Lunch is available for purchase like a normal school day on the April lunch order form. If you pack a lunch or snack from home, please remember we are a nut-free facility. This sign-up site closes Friday, March 26th 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 Kaylee Strachan at [email protected]

Summer Camp – Camp Explorations information is available, and it is time to register!  We look forward to welcoming campers on-site for another great summer of fun and exploration, with themes like “Imaginarium”, “Enchanted Forest”, “Robots and Rockets”, and “Delving into Dinosaurs”.  Our camp program will be facilitated by our fantastic Instructional Assistant team, will feature a balance of outdoor activity and theme-based fun, and will continue to implement all of our enhanced health and safety protocols.  Everything else you need to know about summer camp can be found here, and don’t forget to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount by registering prior to May 14, 2021!   

Yearbook Love Notes - Once again, CHA Yearbooks will include a Love Note from families to each student. This is a note that you write to your child. You can include things like how proud you are, how much they’ve grown, how much you love them, or anything else that is meaningful. Submit your Love Note by filling out the “survey” below. This will send all the important information, including your message, a piece of clip art (optional), and who the note is for, to Ms. Gorski and Ms. Whalen. Then we will add it to the Yearbook. Your child will delight in a personal message written just for them by the people who love them most. Even better, they can look back on this note in the future whenever they look back on old yearbooks. Submit your notes by Friday, February 26th! Click here to submit your love note. 

Key Dates Calendar Correction - We have corrected President’s Day/Mid-Winter Break Dates. You can view the Key Dates Calendar for 2021-22 on the Parent Portal 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

Weekly Snack List - You can view the snacks Chef Liam will be offering to in-person students next week here at the bottom of the page. If your child is not eating the school snack, you are welcome to send a nut-free alternative to school in their backpack.    


  • Yearbook Photo Submissions - Please submit the photos with a brief description here
  • Previous issues of Campus Updates can be viewed here

Thank you, 

Holly Senaga, Head of School 

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