Campus Updates

March 05, 2021

In this update:  

  • Important Upcoming Dates 
  • CHAPTER Month of Giving
  • Spring Flower Baskets
  • Summer Camp
  • Specialists’ Newsletter 
  • Standards-Based Grading Update
  • Weekly Snack List 
  • Spring Break Plans 
  • Reminders 

Important upcoming dates:   

  • 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, Schools OUT! and Camp Available 
  • March 5 – 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,    

We celebrate today as we move towards welcoming our fourth and fifth graders who’ve opted to join in-person on Monday, joining second, third, and our virtual K class in concurrent learning. It has not been an easy feat and one that could not be accomplished without our teacher’s willingness to pivot from REACH to in-person and concurrent learning and our parents’ partnership. Let’s be honest, it’s been a lot for everyone, and we are more fortunate than most. This is why today and every day I’m grateful to be a part of this community, a community that puts students first. Thank you for your sustained support as we continue to grow in our navigation of providing various platforms to meet the needs of our students and families.   

CHAPTER Month of Giving - A big thank you to all of you who have placed early bids in the auction and for participating in the donation drive!  We cannot wait for the Friday night bidding frenzy!  We have already heard some stories of people who are determined to win their coveted items.  Please remember the auction closes this Friday, March 5th at 8 pm.  The Month of Giving donation drive will continue through noon on March 31st.  Please note that you should register ahead of the 8 pm close time. The auction will automatically close at 8 pm, so don’t get left behind registering at the last minute or you might miss out!  You can find the link to the Online Auction and the Donation Drive at http://www.chestnuthillacademy.com/auction. Questions?  Please contact Alissa Tsang and Lisa LaBranche at [email protected] The Donation Drive opens at noon on Monday, March 1st, and closes at noon on Wednesday, March 31st. 

Spring Flower Baskets back by popular demand!  - CHAPTER is pleased to sponsor our Annual Spring Basket Sale.  These beautiful flowers are perfect as an early Mother’s Day gift! The Baskets produce beautiful blooms throughout the summer if kept in a partly sunny location and watered regularly. These are not your run-of-the-mill plants; they are greenhouse-grown locally and are absolutely beautiful.  They make great gifts for family, co-workers, neighbors, service providers, and of course, yourself! Order online:  https://cha-chapter.org/. The Sales Period is March 5-31.  Plants Pick Up: Friday 12-5 pm, April 23rd in the CHA garage.  Questions? Grace Guan (gr[email protected]) or Zhiyan Cao ([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!   

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

Standards-Based Grading Update - As a result of an ongoing analysis of our report card and the transition to schoolwide standards-based grading, we have made a  change in our approach to reporting trimester grades. In the first trimester, we provided a score based upon where students stacked up relative to each of the identified categories or standards. We did not provide a score at or above a 3 unless or until a student was able to demonstrate proficiency or beyond for the whole standard. The result was that even students who were performing at a very high level and consistently earning 3 and 4 on rubrics and other grading metrics earned a 2 at most on the trimester report card if the standard had not yet been taught or assessed in its entirety. What has become clear is that there are several standards that will not be completed in the second trimester either. In these cases, students will typically receive a 2 again since teachers should not assume proficiency or beyond when the standard has not been taught in its entirety.  

We have made the decision to make a small-but-important shift in our scoring. Going forward, a 3 on a report card in any of the three trimesters will mean (based solely on what the teacher has taught and assessed to that point) the student has demonstrated a strong likelihood that he or she will reach or exceed standard assuming the same trajectory until all assessment is complete. A 4 would indicate that the student is achieving at a level beyond grade-level and likely to finish above standard. Classroom teachers will address any questions at conferences. 

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.

Spring Break Plans – If you are planning on traveling out of state for Spring Break, an email to [email protected]  will be much appreciated so that we can switch your child to REACH. Hopefully, you saw our communication earlier this week that explained the new quarantine options, but we will repeat it here just in case. Effectively, WA is now accepting the recent CDC guidance on return following exposure. We will continue to follow the WA guidance but are happy to say we have confirmed that the guidance has been changed to permit the 3 quarantine options noted here. For out-of-state travel:

  • 14 day full quarantine
  • 10 day quarantine- Monitor for symptoms. If no symptoms develop in that 10 day period, can leave quarantine while continuing to monitor for the full 14 days.
  •  7 day quarantine -  Monitor for symptoms. If no symptoms develop in that 7 day period AND receive a negative test (taken no earlier than 48 hours prior to ending quarantine), can leave quarantine while continuing to monitor for the full 14 days

Reminders: 

  • 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].  
  • 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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