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April News

From the Principal’s Office:

April showers bring May flowers, right? Our theme this month is “The Earth and Outer Space!” We will be springing into action by learning about: Seasons Change, Weather Watchers, The Solar System, and Going Green/Recycling and Earth, Week of the Young Child: Celebration of Early Learning & Earth Day!

April is a very special month at Chesterbrook.  We will be celebrating The Week of the Young Child.  This week highlights the importance of early childhood education and shows our appreciation for our amazing students.  The Week of the Young Child will take place from April 20th-24th.  Each day will have a special activity for the children.

We will have an Earth Day Celebration on Wednesday, April 22nd. Please have your child wear old clothing and bring child appropriate gardening tools (if you have them) and be sure to label them accordingly. We will be planting, beautifying our school, and releasing Ladybugs on this day.

On Friday, April 24th we encourage all families to bring family photos and family stories to be displayed and shared in our school lobby.

SUMMER CAMP: School-Age and Preschool summer information is available at the front desk.

RESERVING YOUR CHILD’S PLACEMENT for Summer 2015: Complete the enrollment forms, attach the Summer Activity Fee, and return it to the front desk.

  • Preschool Activity Fee = $120 – Beginners, Intermediates, Pre-K & Pre-K 2
  • School Age Activity Fee = $235 – Rising Kindergarten-Sixth Grade

April Events:

  • 1st – April Fool’s Day
  • 5th – Easter
  • 6th – PWC Schools Closed/CBA Camp Day/No K Curriculum
  • 7th – Pre-K 2 and Kindergarten Butterfly Conservation Begins; Octaves Music Demo 3:30pm
  • 13th – Private Kindergarten Report Cards Distributed/Field Trip to Leesburg Animal Park
  • 14th – Octaves Music Program Begins
  • 20th-24th – Week of the Young Child; SAT 10 Testing for Private K
  • 22nd – Earth Day Celebration
  • 23rd – Original Artwork Distributed
  • 24th – Bring Family Photos and Stories
  • 30th – Original Artwork Orders Due
  • April-Pre-K 2 Duck Eggs Arrive!

Chesterbrook Academy 2015 Week of the Young Child:

Celebrating our Youngest Learners

Monday, April 20th: Music Monday
Sing, dance, celebrate, and learn
Through music, children develop math, language, and literacy skills – and of course, have fun while being active! In their popular song, Thingamajig,Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band use some very unusual words!  For Music Monday we will invite the children to sing and dance along to this hit. We will have fun making up our own verses and dance moves.

Tuesday, April 21st: Tasty Tuesday 
Healthy eating and fitness at home and school
This fun, food-themed day is more than just cheese and salsa. With the rise in childhood obesity, teachers and families can encourage healthy nutrition and fitness habits at home and in the classroom. Cooking together connects math with literacy skills, science, and more. On Taco Tuesday, the children will create their own healthy tacos!

Wednesday, April 22nd: Work Together Wednesday – Our Earth Day Celebration
Work together, build together, learn together
When children build together they explore math and science concepts and develop their social and early literacy skills. This Week of the Young Child, work together and build something today! Since today is our Earth Day Celebration, we will build outdoor gardens and release lady bugs to celebrate our Earth!

Thursday, April 23th: Artsy Thursday
Think, problem solve, create
Children develop creativity, social skills and fine muscles with open-ended art projects where they can make choices, use their imaginations and create with their hands. On Artsy Thursday celebrate the joy and learning that children will experience when engaged in creative art making. The children will use any materials – from crayons to paint, clay to crafts!

Friday, April 24: Family Friday
Sharing family stories – Creating Vision Board
Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners! Chesterbrook Academy applauds you as your child’s’ first and most important teachers.  Share pictures and stories about your family on a board in our school lobby as we celebrate the unique role families play in their children’s learning and development.



Food Allergies
Please remember we have children in our school community that have severe food allergies. If your child has a special diet under the care of a physician, please partner directly with Ms. Nadine, our Kitchen Manager.

School Contact Information
If you are unable to reach the school office using the main number (703) 753-8832, please feel free to contact us at: 703-753-8632 or 703-753-3926

Monthly or weekly payment receipts can be distributed via email. If you prefer this method please request via email to safra.ahamad@nlcinc.com.

Auto Payment
Save yourself time, checks, and late fees by enrolling in our Automatic Payment system. Tuition fees can be deducted directly from your checking or savings account. Information is available at the front desk.

Shoes & Clothing
Please note the importance of sending your child to school with closed toed shoes. We are very active during the day. Toe injuries are a top injury which can be prevented with proper foot wear. Check your child’s cubby to ensure they have weather appropriate clothing.

Please remember you are required to supply CBA with a copy of your child’s immunizations each time they receive a vaccination. Thank you

Illness Policy Review
We ask parents to keep children home if they or their children have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit /37.8 degrees Celsius or more), diarrhea and/or vomiting. All children will be required to stay at home until they are symptom free for at least 24 hours. This should be determined without the use of fever- or pain-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen).

Also, children must be seen by a doctor if they have any eye discharge or unknown rash and will only be allowed to return with a doctor’s note.

The best prevention that we have to keep our children healthy begins at home. If your child is not well, or you feel something may be wrong always call your doctor right away. And remember, when you do visit the doctors, please bring us a signed note with the date to return and the diagnosis. In addition, please call in to the school when your child is going to absent, we really appreciate the call so that we are able to inform other families of any exposure to illnesses.

Tuition Payments
Please remember tuition payments are due on Fridays for the upcoming week and are considered late on Mondays at noon. To avoid having to remember the check and/or late fees, join our Automatic Payment Program! Forms are available at the front desk!

From the Education Department

eduarticleAppreciating 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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