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April News

A Message From the Principal:

Spring has sprung and we are looking forward to flowers and sunshine! The children are very excited to get outside and explore! April is going to be a month full of appreciation for you, your child, our staff and the environment!

During the week of April 13th, we will be celebrating The Week of the Young Child. As a special treat for the whole school, we will be entertained with a magic show from our friend Judy Tudy the Mommy Clown on April 16th. The teachers will be planning many special activities and theme days, so be on the lookout for any information on your child’s classroom clipboard!!!

On the week of April 20th, we will be appreciating, YOU, our supportive parents! Please make sure to grab some breakfast for yourself on April 20th and 21st!  Each class will be working on some surprise gifts for you, too!!

On the week of April 27th, we will be appreciating our dedicated staff! Be sure to keep an eye out for sign-up sheets for treats for the teachers (you know we all appreciate some food 🙂 ) !

On Earth Day, April 22, we will be releasing hundreds of ladybugs! The children will be encouraged to wear red and black that day. They will also be participating in many ladybug and Earth Day themed activities as well as making ladybug hats! You are welcome to come join us at 10am!!!

Picture Day will be held on April 7th and 8th. On Tuesday, April 7th pictures will be taken for our Toddler A, Toddler B, Beginners and Pre-K classes. On Wednesday, April 8th pictures will be taken of our Infant A, Infant B, Intermediates, Pre-K2 and Kindergarten classrooms. For sibling pictures, please let us know which day you prefer to have them taken.

We hope you all have enjoyed photos of your children with their mustaches. Thank you for the excellent response to the Early Bird Registration! Please be aware that if your child will still be enrolled next school year and you missed out on the Early Bird Registration, you will still have to register in order to have a spot.

Some General Reminders:

1.  Please do not let your child bring toys from home.
2.  Make sure your child’s cubbie has weather appropriate clothing.
3.  If your child is ill, please make sure he/she is symptom-free for 24 hours before returning to school.

Schedule of “extra” activities at school:

Monday: Soccer Shots

Wednesday: Dance

Thursday: Mr. Dave

3:15 – 3:45:  Intermediates,   Pre-K and PreK-2

3:45 – 4:15: Tods & Beginners


  • April 3 – Passover begins at sundown
  • April 5 – Happy Easter!
  • April 7 – Picture Day
  • April 8 – Picture Day
  • April 13 – 17 : Child Appreciation Week
  • April 16 – Judy Tudy the Mommy Clown
  • April 20 – 24 : Parent Appreciation Week
  • April 22 – Earth Day / Ladybug Release
  • April 24 – National Arbor Day
  • April 27 – May 1 : Staff Appreciation Week

For Parents:

Winter Weather Advisory: At this time we would like to remind our families and staff of how to find out about our school delays and closing information. We do our best to maintain our regular operations, but occasionally there are times when we need to open late, close early, or possibly close the school due to extreme weather and/or school conditions.

Please tune to ABC 6 for our school delays and closings. You may also find this information on the ABC 6 website at: www.6abc.com and on any wireless device with internet access. In addition, you have the option to sign-up on the 6 ABC website for email alerts, dismissals and delays that are posted. We will be listed as Chesterbrook Academy – Newtown Square. Also, a message will be left on the school’s voice mail and website whenever possible.

If school is delayed one hour, CBA will open at 7:30 a.m. If school is delayed two hours, CBA will open at 8:30 a.m.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation. Your safety and that of your children and our staff is important to us. For school closings or late openings, please remember to check 6 ABC.  We are listed by school name, NOT a number.

From the Education Department:

Appreciating the Wonders of Mother Nature

Spring is here and Earth Day is right around the corner, providing a wonderful opportunity to connect children with nature and reinforce the importance of preserving and protecting the world around us.

Our Links to Learning curriculum uses hands-on activities to cultivate a deeper connection to the earth and foster academic, physical and social skill development.

Below are activities we implement in our classrooms to get children excited about nature, as well as activities and books to read with your child at home.


  • In the classroom:Our teachers provide natural objects, such as leaves, pinecones and flowers for the children to see and touch. We help children associate words with the concrete objects they represent.
  • At-home activity: Allow your child to experience different textured fruits, such as an orange, watermelon and cantaloupe. Talk about what he sees, smells, tastes and feels.
  • Recommended reading: Colors from Nature from PlayBac Publishing and The Earth Book by Todd Parr

BEGINNERS (Ages 2-3):

  • In the classroom: Around age two, children begin to understand interdependencies in nature. For instance, they learn that ladybugs feed on insects that are harmful to gardens, trees and shrubs. On Earth Day, many of our students have the opportunity to release ladybugs to help local gardens.
  • At-home activity: Take a walk outdoors with your child and play a game of “I Spy.” Ask him point out objects found in the springtime, for example a red flower, a blue bird or a colorful butterfly.
  • Recommended reading: Biscuit’s Earth Day Celebration by Alyssa Satin Capucilli & David T. Wenzel and The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle


  • In the classroom: As our Intermediates gain a greater understanding and appreciation for how living things grow, the class may adopt a pet such as a fish or bunny. Students develop math, science and language skills by measuring the pet’s food, observing the pet’s behavior and habitat, and learning new vocabulary. Research shows that when children have the opportunity to care for animals, they practice nurturing behaviors that help them interact in gentle ways with people also.
  • At-home activity: Create a small garden and allow your child to help you plant and water seeds, either outdoors or indoors. Ask him to predict what the plant will look like by drawing pictures in his journal. Check the plant regularly so he can observe and measure changes in growth. Discuss the importance of watering and caring for the plant.
  • Recommended reading: Our Earth by Anne Rockwell and the poem “Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out!” by Shel Silverstein

PRE-K/PRE-K 2 (Ages 4-5):

  • In the classroom: Teachers encourage our older preschoolers to reuse recyclable materials in fun and unconventional ways. For instance, our students use cardboard boxes to create a castle, milk jug lids to sort and match, and plastic bottles to create beautiful, unique artwork.
  • At-home activity: Set up a recycling station using cardboard boxes, and label each box with the words “metal”, “plastic” and “paper”. Throughout the month, ask your child to help sort your family’s recyclables by placing the items into the correct box. Explain that recycling is just one way that we can be kind to the earth. Ask him to name a few other ways, such as conserving electricity, picking up litter and planting a garden.
  • Recommended reading: A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry and The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

We create a path for lifelong learning by providing numerous opportunities for children to study and explore nature. These hands-on experiences lead to growth in all areas of development as students transition into elementary school and beyond.

– Lauren Starnes, PhD- Director of Early Childhood Education

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