A Message from the Principal:
March has arrived and it’s so wonderful to know that Spring is right around the corner! Soon signs of Spring will be all around us at Chesterbrook as the trees begin to blossom and the warmer weather approaches. The children will begin to notice the signs of Spring as they search the skies for rainbows and use their imaginations to find pictures in puffy clouds.
“What’s that you say? We are reading Dr. Suess books, and we are starting today!” Throughout the month of March the children will rediscover the many books of Dr. Suess and celebrate the joy of reading by honoring Dr. Suess’s birthday!
Early Bird Registration ends on March 21st during our Open House. Be sure to register early to reserve your child’s spot for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year. Space is limited so reserve your spot now!
Take time to check out our new improved March menu.! We have added fresh fruit and healthier meal choices.
Don’t forget to “Spring Forward”, as we once again change our clocks on Sunday, March 8th. It is so nice to have those longer days again!
Have a wonderful Spring!
Debra Meglio & Lindsey Delair
- 3/6- Soccer Shots Demo day
- 3/8- Daylight savings time begins
- 3/13- Soccer Shots Begins
- 3/17- Parent Appreciation day
- 3/17- St. Patricks Day
- 3/20- Scholastic Book Orders Due
- 3/16-3/21- Early Bird Registration
- 3/30- Book Fair
- 3/27- LTL Folders go home
The purpose of our sick policy is to reduce the spread of illness among children and to encourage full recuperation of sick children before they return to school. We depend on parents to assist us in maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all of our children. We reserve the right to send home any student who shows signs of illness at school. Any student who becomes ill at school will be made comfortable until his/her parent can be notified and the student is picked up from school. A parent must pick up the ill child within one hour of notification. A sick child must stay home where he/she is most relaxed and comfortable. Children may be sent home if they have any specific symptoms as listed below.
In addition, a child must be free of all of these specified symptoms for at least 24 hours before he/she can be returned to school. These symptoms are as follows:
- A fever of 100 degrees or more
- Vomiting within the previous 24-hour period
- Diarrhea within the previous 24-hour period (including recurring episodes of diarrhea at school)
- A heavy nasal discharge indicative of infection
- A constant cough or sore throat
- Fussy, cranky behavior and generally not himself/herself
- A skin rash, excluding diaper rash
- Head lice
- Symptoms of a communicable disease
A child may return once he/she has either been seen by a doctor or that the illness is not contagious. (A doctor’s clearance may be requested).
Want your child to try something new? Sign-up today for one of these fun activities!
- Little Diva Dance – a fun and active program that introduces children to dance. Children learn basic positions and moves in ballet and tap. Dancers show off their skills to parents and guests at the end of the session with a recital. Spaces are still available so sign up today!
- TumbleBus – The “TumbleBus” is a gym on wheels that drives to Chesterbrook every Thursday morning. This fun-filled activity allows children to board a “mobile mini-gym” to learn basic gymnastic skills. Participants will jump, roll, swing and flip to promote a healthy and active lifestyle. A few spaces remain; sign up at the front desk today!
- Jump Bunch – Jump Bunch introduces sports and fitness to your child in a hands-on setting. Builds coordination and interest in sports, teaches through constant praise and encouragement, offers a safe, non-competitive environment and promotes healthy fitness and nutrition.
From the Education Department
Developing Confident Future Readers
March is National Reading Month, so it is a great time to reinforce how important it is to expose children to books from an early age. We engage all of our students in language and literacy activities every day throughout the school year.
Research has shown that reading aloud to children has a profound influence on their speech development and listening skills. Reading allows children to experience the wondrous world depicted in books, and thrive on the interaction with adults.
Below are age appropriate activities that we implement in our classrooms to get children excited about reading, as well as recommended books to read with your child at home.
INFANTS – Linking sensory and reading experiences
- In the classroom: We introduce language and literacy beginning with our infants, by consistently speaking, reading and singing to them. Teachers choose interactive books with bright colors, different textures and pop-up designs to help stimulate infants’ growing sensory awareness.
- Books to read at home: Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt, Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings by Matthew Van Fleet and Baby Danced the Polka by Karen Beaumont
TODDLERS – Rhyme and repetition
- In the classroom: Toddlers enjoy hearing the same books read over and over again, because they are able join in as the stories become more familiar. Teachers read books with rhyme and repetition, such as Goodnight Moon, and vary their voice each time they tell the story. The change in tone gives children a chance to hear different sounds, and encourages them to practice making the sounds themselves.
- Books to read at home: All Fall Down by Helen Oxenbury, Where is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox and Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
BEGINNERS – Engaging the imagination
- In the classroom: Around age two, children begin to develop a love for the world of imagination. It’s important to engage children’s imaginations and encourage them to participate in shared reading experiences. A picture walk motivates children to rely on pictorial clues to decipher the story’s plot and make predictions. Before reading the story, the teacher and student flip through the book, and the child is encouraged to make predictions about the characters and plot. The teacher then reads the book aloud with the student. When finished, the child is asked to relate his predictions to the actual outcome of the story. For example, “Now that you know what happened, why was the elephant wearing a tutu?” or “What would you have done if you were the elephant?”
- Books to read at home: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff, Corduroy by Don Freeman or Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
INTERMEDIATES – Exploring the wider world
- In the classroom: As our Intermediates are introduced to the Citizens of the World component of our curriculum, they read about different places, cultures and traditions in books. Books help children understand and enjoy learning about the diversity of human experience. During circle time for example, we may read a story about children living in another country, in a different type of house and wearing different types of clothes. Afterward, the teacher connects the story back to what the children know by asking, “What does your house look like?” and “Who lives in your house with you?”
- Books to read at home: Abuela by Arthur Dorros, So Much by Trish Cooke and On Mother’s Lap by Ann Scott
PRE-K/PRE-K 2 – Nonfiction Adventures
- In the classroom: Children are naturally fascinated by the lives of real people and the world around them. Our teachers cultivate this fascination by exposing students to nonfiction books. For example, the class may read both a fiction and nonfiction book about animals. Afterward, they are encouraged to compare and contrast the two books and discuss what was accurate in the fiction book.
- Books to read at home: Stellaluna by Janell Cannon (fiction) and Bat Loves the Night by Nicola Davies (non-fiction)
By experiencing a literacy-rich environment, both at school and at home, we instill a love of reading and provide the foundation for our students to become successful, confident readers in elementary school and beyond.
– Lauren Starnes, PhD- Director of Early Childhood Education
That’s right…Chesterbrook Academy in Denver is 5 Stars!!! The NC Rating Scales assessors visited and the results came in. Our school is 5 stars!!! What does this mean? It means that after hours of evaluations we have proven that we offer the BEST level of quality care and education to your children.Thank you to all of our teachers, staff and families…we couldn’t make it happen without all of your support!
Want your child to have Chesterbrook Academy attire? What a better way for your child to show their school spirit! You can now order online and have your items shipped to the school. Check out the link below for items that sport our Chesterbrook logo. There are so many items to choose from!! Visit this link to see what is available.
All parents want the very best education possible for their child. If you think your family has that, spread the word and become a Chesterbrook Academy Ambassador!
If there’s one thing parents love to do, it’s talk about their children’s successes. When friends ask you about your child’s experiences at Chesterbrook Academy, what type of success stories do you share? Do you mention the personal and educational discoveries your child is making thanks to our advanced curriculum? Do you talk about the new levels of self and social confidence your child has gained thanks to our encouraging atmosphere?
Whatever glowing reports you deliver about how your child is growing with his or her education, we couldn’t be more appreciative. In fact, we’d like to show you just how thankful we are for your endorsements. Now when you tell other parents about our school, you can become a Chesterbrook Academy Ambassador.
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 with the Chesterbrook Academy difference.
At the front desk are referral certificates you can give to friends and colleagues who ask about our school. If you have any questions about how you can become a Chesterbrook Academy Ambassador please contact an administrator.
We are proud to be the home of the Nobel Learning Communities, Inc “2010 Preschool Teacher of the Year” – Mrs. Candi Staines.