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February News

A Message From the Principal:

Dear Parents,

Our Valentine’s Sweetheart Performance for Intermediate-Pre-K 2 will held on Friday, February 13th at 3:30. We hope you are able to attend!

Thank you to everyone who participated in The Parent Assurance Review survey last month. I value you input! I will share the results when they come out, which will be later in the Spring.

Also, I wanted to give a reminder that we are closed on President’s Day, Monday, February 16th for a teacher’s training day.  Please make sure you have alternate arrangements for child care.

Lastly, please remember to check your child’s Parent Board for information about each day’s activities, schedule, and any important information. Please make an effort to check your child’s cubby every day.  Important papers are sent home throughout the year, as well as your child’s impressive school work!  At the end of every month you will receive a folder with all the curricular goals for that month, as well as examples of your child’s work.  Please empty the folder and return it for the next month.

It’s not too late for your friends to join us at Chesterbrook!  Don’t forget about our great Referral Bonus Program . . . now is a great time to encourage your friends, neighbors and co-workers to enroll at a Chesterbrook Academy.  It means a free week of tuition for the referring family.  Don’t miss out– be an ambassador for our preschool or school-age program and spread the word!

Amy Dietel, Principal

 Full Day Kindergarten

Chesterbrook Shorewood Has Full Day Kindergarten! Our full day kindergarten program prepares children for the future.

Kindergarten is an exciting and important time for children, when we nurture their innate love of learning and curiosity about the world, in order to set the tone for the rest of their formal education.

We give children the strong foundation they need for future success.
Our proven, well-rounded curriculum builds sound reading, writing, math and problem-solving skills.  During kindergarten, the children also become comfortable in a more structured classroom setting.

The right kindergarten experience can do wonders in helping children discover their best selves. Our schools provide the ideal combination of innovative curriculum, a dedicated teaching staff and a nurturing environment.


Learning About the Uses and Benefits of Technology

Children today have many opportunities to interact with technology for entertainment value and learning. Most often we think of children using computer technology, including handheld devices loaded with games, books, music and movies. In moderation, these devices can aid in children’s learning and development.

Within our academic curriculum, we involve children in activities and reflection on ways that technology can improve our understanding of the world around us, help us do our jobs, and make the world a better place. We help children see how the understanding of science and math moves technology forward, and that someday they too might create new and improved ways to do things.

Below are a few ways that we integrate technology in our classrooms and some ideas to try at home.


  • In the classroom: Beginning in our Intermediate program, students learn common technology vocabulary, such as mouse, keyboard and email. Students also explore the double meaning of verbs that describe online and offline activities, such as “tapping” and “surfing”.
  • At home: Dot. by Randi Zuckerberg is a great book to read with your child to continue the learning at home. Dot, the main character, is a tech savvy little girl who leaves her electronic devices at home while she taps, swipes and shares in the real world.


  • In the classroom: Teachers encourage our older preschoolers to use technology as a tool to express themselves. For example, students use a camera to take photos of seasonal changes outdoors and write what they observed in their journal. This activity promotes creativity and provides a fun opportunity to practice writing skills.
  • At home: Allow your child to explore his world using digital photography tools. Ask him to describe his photos and explain why he chose those objects or locations to photograph. Encourage him to use descriptive language and emotion vocabulary.

In summary, we provide numerous opportunities for children to explore technology in our classrooms. Through these activities, children become excited to use technology educationally, and are better prepared to use technology in elementary school and beyond.

– Lauren Starnes, PhD- Director of Early Childhood Education

 For Parents & Teachers

  • Cold weather is here!  Each child should also have an extra pair of clothes in their cubby at all times.  Please make sure all personal items are labeled with your child’s name.
  • Your child does fun and exciting projects every day, so please don’t forget to check your child’s cubby on a daily basis to pick up these projects and also other important information.
  • Due to various food allergies, Chesterbrook is a peanut-free zone.  In order to make sure that all of the children’s needs are being met, we ask that you do not bring any outside food or drinks from home.
  • Please remember that we need a doctor’s note to administer over-the-counter medicine to your child and you will also need to complete the school’s medication form that is located in the front lobby above the water fountain.

For Parents

Please remember that tuition is due every Friday for the following week’s care.  We have seen an increase in families missing payments, and really need to collect all tuition in a timely manner.  Late charges will be assessed on Tuesdays for those families who have not paid for the current week, and notices are posted on cubbies as well.  If you’d like to sign up for our ACH program, which automatically pulls your weekly tuition from the account of your choice every Monday night (giving you an extra couple of days before payment) just let me know. We are also now accepting credit cards. Please see Stacy or myself for more information.

Become a Chesterbrook Ambassador!
Please keep in mind that for every new child you refer who enrolls at our school for three months, you’ll receive an Ambassador Certificate for one FREE week of tuition for your child.

It’s our way of saying thanks for doing what comes naturally – singing the praises of your child and sharing your experiences about the ChesterbrookAcademy difference.

If you refer a family to any Chesterbrook Academy school, you will receive a free week of tuition for your family. There is no limit to the number of families you refer.  NOTE – The referred family must be enrolled for 90 days before the free week of tuition can be applied.


  • Remember to check your child’s cubby or classroom folder every day for important information from the school or to receive any projects that were completed in your child’s classroom.
  • Please remember that tuition is due no later than Monday at noon for the upcoming week.  There will be a $25 late fee charge to anyone that turns in their payment after this time!
  • Please sign your child in and out at the front desk EVERY DAY and also in your child’s classroom.  This is mandated by the state.
  • Please make sure you notify the school if your child will be absent and also please let us know if anyone else is picking up your child and make sure they have a photo ID.  They should also be listed on your child’s authorized pick up list.  Pick up forms, forms for vacation credits, and also medication forms are all located in the folders above the water fountain in the front lobby.
  • Please do not park in the handicap parking spaces if you do not have a handicap sticker.  These spaces are designated for vehicles with handicap stickers ONLY.

Extracurricular Activities:

  • Monday-Happy Feet Soccer Program
  • Tuesday-Pre-Fit
  • Thursday-Tumblebear Gymnastics and Dance

Please see Ms. Amy if you are interested in these activities.

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