Campus Updates

April 02, 2021

In this update:  

  • Important Upcoming Dates 
  • Spring Break Travel
  • New Hires
  • Earth Month
  • Spring Flower Basket Pick Up
  • Friday Faculty Feature
  • Middle School Admissions Updates
  • CHAPTER Month of Giving
  • Drama Residency
  • Specialists’ Newsletter 
  • Weekly Snack List 
  • Reminders 

Important upcoming dates:   

  • April 5 - 9 – Spring Break – No School, Childcare provided 
  • April 16 – STEM Day 
  • April 16 – Material Pickup for REACH Students 
  • April 22 – Dress Like a Gardener Day 
  • April 23 – CHAPTER Spring Flower Basket Pick Up 
  • April 23 – Material Pickup for REACH Students 
  • April 30 – Material Pickup for REACH Students 
  • May 7 – Courageous Conversations 
  • May 7 – Material Pickup for REACH Students 
  • May 11-12 – Virtual Spring Recital 
  • May 14 – Material Pickup for REACH Students 
  • May 21 – Material Pickup for REACH Students 
  • May 28 – Material Pickup for REACH Students 
  • May 31 – Memorial Day – No School, No Childcare 

Dear Parents,    

I thank you for believing in CHA to mentor, guide, and lead your child and extend my appreciation for your belief and partnership. I appreciate the trust you have in us and that you have selected our school for enrolling your child. I extend our thankful wishes to you and will continue to work hard to provide an exceptional experience. It is my hope that we have stood by your expectations and continue to exceed them.  On behalf of the CHA Team, thank you for your continued support.  While the pandemic may have briefly changed how we do school, we can’t discount the many ways we’ve worked together to achieve success. I am proud to be a part of this extraordinary school and what we have accomplished. Through many trials and tribulations, we’ve come together as a community to demonstrate our commitment to children first. 

As we transition into spring break, please be reminded that the CDC says that travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. 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.  As you may know, the CDC recommends that all travelers take these actions to protect themselves and others from getting sick: 

  • Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when in public settings, including on public transportation and in transportation hubs such as airports and stations. 
  • Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet apart (about 2 arm’s length) from anyone who is not from your immediate household. 
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol). 
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
  • For those that are traveling, we wish you a safe journey and request you review our Return to School Policy which requires either a 7-day quarantine with negative test result within 48 hours of returning to school, a 10-day quarantine with monitoring of symptoms through the 14 days or a 14-day quarantine.

New Hires - Please join us in welcoming two new Instructional Assistants to our school. Shyamala Mathan, who grew up in India, moved to Seattle in 2010 and has most recently been teaching at a private gifted preschool program in Bellevue. She will be assisting Ms. Huss and Ms. Roberts in the concurrent in-person/online kindergarten class. Ai Ogawa was born and raised in Japan. She has been teaching preschoolers through 5th Grade Japanese before joining us. Ai will be assisting Mrs. Roseland with her kindergarten class.

Earth Month - In our April 16th Campus Updates after Spring Break, CHA’s Green Team will be sharing more ways to honor Earth Day 2021: Restore Our Earth during the week of April 19-23. In the meantime, start working on your outfit for Dress Like a Gardner on April 22, Earth Day! In addition, King County Green Schools is running a scavenger hunt and trivia challenge using the mobile app GooseChase from Monday, March 29-Friday, April 30. Every day, at least two sustainability “missions” will be released. They will consist of trivia, photo challenges or action steps. The good news is that all missions stay active and available for the entire length of the challenge, meaning it is easy to “catch up.” Players can work solo, with family members, or school teams to learn about sustainability and take action. To participate:   

  1. Download the free GooseChase app- GooglePlay or the App Store.   
  2. Create an account or log in as a guest.   
  3. Enter the game code M4711X or search for “King County Green Schools Earth Month Challenge”   
  4. Select or create your team. Teams can have a single member.   
  5. Best of luck to all the teams and players! 

Spring Flower Basket Pick up - Friday, April 23 rd 9-4:30 pm in the CHA garage for both online and in-person families. The optimal pickup time would be 9 - 2:30 pm to avoid car line. 

Friday Faculty Feature - Please allow us the great pleasure of introducing you to Lindsey Roseland, who joined our kindergarten teaching team at CHA at the start of this year!  Lindsey has her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Iowa and has put it to good use teaching kindergarten.  Her very happy, kind, and positive student community reflects the vibe that she brings into the classroom each day, and we’re so grateful to have her!  

Q: What accomplishments fill you with pride so far this year? A: Seeing a lightbulb moment with my students fills me with pride. When my students feel successful and proud of themselves, it brings me so much joy! 

Q: What is one of your hidden talents? A: Making elaborate and delectable plates of nachos! 

Q: Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by? A: You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you know.    

Middle School Admissions Updates – As we’ve had some students happily pulled from waitlists in relation to their middle school applications, we’re excited to share some updated middle school admissions stats, as well as a chart indicating where they plan to attend.  Congratulations to all of our 4th and 5th grade students, and best wishes to each of them on the next steps of their educational journey!   

CHAPTER Month of Giving - On behalf of CHAPTER, we would like to send a big thank you to our CHA community for participating in and supporting the Month of Giving campaign. The month started off with our first-ever online auction. It was fun to watch the bidding, especially as the auction close time drew near! Our CHA community rallied throughout the month and thanks to you, it was a huge success! Because of your generosity, we were able to exceed our goal. These funds will help make an immense impact to fund important initiatives in the upcoming school year. If your company offers a matching program, please do not forget to turn in the paperwork to request the matching funds. We are optimistic and look forward to being able to celebrate with our Chestnut Hill Academy community at an in-person auction next year. Please save the date for March 5, 2022. We have so much to celebrate, and we hope you will join us! Warmly, Alissa Tsang and Lisa LaBranche Auction Co-Chairs [email protected] 

Drama Residency - Thanks to a generous CHAPTER grant, we were able to host arts educator Julia Gorordo during our Music classes this week. Julia works for Studio East, Training for the Performing Arts, in Kirkland. The students had an absolute blast exploring improvisation and other aspects of acting and the theater. Many students were genuinely interested in pursuing more theater activities so I promised them I would pass on the information to you. Studio East hosts drama camps and classes for kids of all ages year-round. I hope you find this information helpful. Have a great Spring break! 

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.    


  • Parentwiser Event - Julie Lythcott-Haims is returning for a second webinar to share her new book, Your Turn: How to Be an Adult. April 21st, 7 pm Register at,  or directly on Eventbrite   

  • Lost and Found - Mabels Labels sells lovely iron-on labels that also benefit the PTA. You can find ordering information here

  • 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

  • TADS –  All returning families need to have the enrollment completed by June 1st, even if you did it last year. Q’s: Kaylee Strachan.   

  • Return to In-Person - You will find the information you need here Q’s: Email [email protected] Summer Camp – Camp Explorations information is available, and it is time to register!   Everything 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!  Q’s: Email [email protected]  

Thank you, 

Holly Senaga, Head of School 

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