A Message From the Principal:
What a great start to Spring! The sun is shining, the weather is warmer and the children are finally able to get outside and enjoy it all! We are loving all of the changes the season brings – and the children are so excited to be using the outside classroom once again.
Coming up in April, we have our yearly event of Week of the Young Child: Celebrating our Youngest Learners from April 20-24. We will be celebrating through music, dancing, food, Earth Day celebrations and art. Keep your eyes and ears alert for that week as we will have it packed full of fun for the children.
We are also excited for our journey to Mexico at the end of April that the school age students will be researching the culture to teach to our younger classrooms.
Early Bird registration was a big success! We are so excited to welcome back our children for the following school year. Classroom transitions will begin in the Fall – so feel free to stop in and meet your child’s new teacher and see their new classroom.
Read our important reminders for April so you don’t miss out on any of the fun:
- Monday, April 20 – Music Monday
- Tuesday, April 21 – Tasty Tuesday
- Wednesday, April 22 – Earth Day Celebration
- Thursday, April 23 – Artsy Thursday
- Friday, April 24 – Family Event Afternoon Snack
- April 27-May 1 – Traveling to Mexico
In our continued effort to keep the lines of communication open, we would like to invite you all to sign up for our text messaging system. It is simple and super quick. Go to this link to sign up: https://www.remind.com/join/ashbur. Or simply text @ashbur to (540) 427-7202.
Please see our school calendar. It includes all important dates for fun events at our school. You may download it here:
Uniform Policy: Reminder: Fridays are casual day.
- Boys: Khaki pants/ shorts; Solid Navy blue or Hunter green Polo shirt; Closed Toe shoes
- Girls: Khaki Pants/ shirt/ shorts/skort; Solid Navy blue or Hunter Green Polo shirt or white shirt with a Peter Pan collar; Tunic dress in Kahki, Navy Blue, or Chesterbrook Tartan; Closed Toe shoes
Students may have a non uniform change of clothes for their cubbies. You may order Chesterbrook uniforms from our school store.
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
INTERMEDIATES (Ages 3-4):
- 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