Campus Updates

April 16, 2021

In this update:

  • Important Upcoming Dates
  • Specialists’ Newsletter
  • Weekly Snack List
  • Reminders

Important upcoming dates:

  • 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 3 – Family Satisfaction Survey Closes
  • 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 24-28 – Spirit Week
  • May 28 – Material Pickup for REACH Students
  • May 31 – Memorial Day – No School, No Childcare
  • June 1 – TADS Enrollment Due

Dear Parents,

We want to hear from you! The CHA Family Satisfaction Survey will open on Wednesday, April 21 and your thoughts and comments will help us understand how to better meet your family’s educational needs. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey, which will remain open until 5/03/2021. Your answers are confidential, and we appreciate your honest feedback. We take our commitment to your child’s care and education very seriously, and we want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to give your family the highest quality education in a healthy and safe environment. Thank you in advance for your participation. We look forward to hearing from you!

Hours of Operation – Next fall, CHA will return to regular operating hours of 7:00 am to 6:00 pm with morning Extended Day offered from 7:00-8:30 for K-5 and afternoon Extended Day offered 3:00-6:00 for kindergarten and 3:30-6:00 for 1-5.

Shuttle Decision – CHA will no longer offer AM or PM shuttle service. Bussing for field trips will now be outsourced with First Student which we’ve utilized in the past for large events.

ITBS Testing – To allow educators to focus on engaging their students and families over the last two months of school and support their academic and social-emotional needs as we prepare for a comprehensive opening of our public schools this fall, OPSI has waived State testing for this spring. Testing for 1st through 5th grade has therefore been postponed until fall 2021.

Morning Drop Off Reminder – K-4 students may not be dropped off prior to 8:00. Staffing for each classroom does not begin until 8:00 AM as our IA’s work until 5:00 PM, and our lobby cannot accommodate a large group of students properly spaced. Families who have a grade 5 student who is dropped off between 7:45-8:00 AM and have a sibling are an exception to this guideline.

Earth Month - CHA’s Green Team would like to share more ways to honor ‘Earth Day 2021: Restore Our Earth’ during the week of April 19-23, and they invite you all to join with the following efforts:

  • Monday, 4/19: Only use two paper towels each time you dry your hands.
  • Tuesday, 4/20: Try to only use reusable containers today!
  • Wednesday, 4/21: Eat green veggies for at least one meal or snack!
  • Thursday (Earth Day!): Dress like a gardener. Visit the habitat garden on your way to or from recess. What do you notice? REACH students, go out in your yard and look for pollinators! Plant a sunflower seed (packets go home with students)
  • Friday 4/23: Turn out lights for one hour. Look for our new battery recycling bins!

International Children’s Friendship Festival (ICFF) - Governor Inslee has declared April 23rd, International Children’s Day, and April 17th through 23rd International Children’s Friendship Festival Week. You can see his proclamation here. Many international communities, including Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Korea, Mexico, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, and Vietnam will join the festivities with special dances, songs, cooking shows, etc. In Turkey, April 23rd has been celebrated as the “Children’s Day” since 1920. Organized by the Turkish American Cultural Association of Washington, this year, the festival will take place virtually on Saturday, April 17 and on Sunday, April 18 between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. You can join the fun here or view here YouTube

Lands’ End Uniform Sale - There is a 40% off sale from 4.15 - 18. You can view the details here.

May Lunch Order Form - The May lunch order form is now open here.

CHA Spring Recital - Calling All CHA Musicians! Please join us for a virtual recital on Tuesday, May 11th and Wednesday, May 12th. The recital will be held virtually on Microsoft Teams at 6pm. If you’re interested in participating, please submit a video of your child’s performance to Bob Rees by Saturday, May 1st. You can send him a link via Teams or email ([email protected]). You can also upload the video yourself on Teams to Parents General / Files / Spring Recital. Video requirements: please have your child announce their name and the title of their piece. The piece needs to be under 2 minutes if possible. Very short is fine. Also, let him know what night you would like to attend. (Tues or Wed). Mr. Rees will compile the videos and organize a live viewing party that Scott Adams and he will moderate. The only thing we will miss is the refreshments! Hope you can participate. Please reach out to Bob Rees if you have any questions.

Travel Policy – Washington state is no longer requiring testing or quarantine for individuals who travel. This means that staff and families who travel domestically can return to school and work immediately. This change takes effect today for anybody who travels in the future. Those already in quarantine after traveling need to complete your quarantine accordingly. We will continue to follow Bright Horizons policy of 10 days for all International Travel.

Additional Option for Early Return from Exclusion for Symptoms: We continue to regularly review our policies and protocols to safely evolve them based on current learning. We are pleased to share a new, additional pathway to return to school for those excluded for COVID symptoms. With molecular (PCR) testing being both accurate and widely available, we can now offer a streamlined pathway to get back into the school. After being excluded for Bright Horizons’ exclusionary symptoms, you will be able to return earlier than 10 days if you can confirm that each symptomatic member of your household has:

  • Stayed out two full days after onset of symptoms
  • Been fever-free for 24 hours (without reducers)
  • Tested negative using a molecular (PCR) test

For this return option, you will not require a medical evaluation or clearance form from a medical provider but will need to submit the Early Return Confirmation form, which can be provided by Kaylee Strachan or Jaynie Woodard when you notify CHA of any symptoms or exclusion. This new return option is in addition to our existing option for early return with a medical evaluation and clearance. We hope that with these two return pathways you have greater flexibility for a safer and possibly faster return. 

While we are still in the midst of this pandemic, and cases continue to increase, we would like to take this opportunity to ask for your renewed commitment and partnership in working with us to keep COVID out of our school. We are all in this together, and we truly appreciate your commitment and partnership in this effort. What happens outside the school has the potential to impact what occurs within our school and every member of our community. Please do your part to keep COVID out of our school by:

  • Staying home if anyone in your household has been exposed, has exclusionary symptoms, or is awaiting a test due to a suspected case of COVID-19.
  • Responding completely and accurately (for your entire household) to the daily health screening.

Spring Basket Pickup - This is happening next Friday, April 23rd from 9-4:30 pm, in the CHA garage for both online and in-person students. The optimal pickup time would be 9 - 2:30 pm to avoid car lines. Q’s: Email Grace Guan ([email protected]) or Zhiyan Cao ([email protected]).

Field Day – Coach Sturgess has prepared this information about the upcoming Field Day which will be separated into a virtual Field Day for our online learners and an in-person Field Day which will take place on campus. Every student will be receiving a CHA ball cap, snack pack, and some other prizes which will be handed out the day of. If you have any questions about the 2021 CHA Field Day, please contact Coach Sturgess at [email protected] Below is what you can expect: -

  • Virtual Field Day - The CHA 5th graders will be working closely with Coach Sturgess to design some exciting, fun at-home Field Day events and challenges for all online learners to try. These challenges will be recorded and explained by the 5th graders and shared with their peers through Teams! Every student will be receiving a CHA ball cap, snack pack, and some other prizes. These will be sent home in the Friday folders on June 11th so students will have them ready for the virtual Field Day on June 17th. Online students are encouraged to record themselves completing the different events and challenges and upload them to the Teams channel to share with their peers and the CHA community.
  • In-Person Field Day - The 2021 in-person Field Day will be held on the CHA field on campus and split across 2 days to ensure we comply with State regulations for outside gatherings and keep all students safe. Wednesday, June 16th K-2 students and Thursday, June 17th 3-5 students. Each grade level will get an hour to explore the CHA field and all the fun activities planned. 5th grade will get an extra 15mins as this is their last year with us here at CHA. Outside vendors will be bringing a variety of different items for the students to enjoy. There will be hand sanitizer stations dotted around the field and equipment will be wiped down after use to ensure that both students and staff are kept safe.

CHA Specialists’ Newsletter – You will be able to 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
  • 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 - We have 212 of our students back as of Monday, April 19th. Thank you for the trust you place in us to keep your children safe. 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]
  • 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.

Thank you,

Holly Senaga, Head of School

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