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April News

A Note from the Principal:

Happy Spring! It seems like the warmer weather is finally settling in, as well as the rain.  The students have really been enjoying going outside again now that all of the snow has finally melted!

I would like to say a BIG “Thank You” to everyone who purchased books at our book fair! We sold over $1500 in books this year! Also, we raised almost $400 in All for Books. That means the classrooms were able to spend $400 in new books for their classroom libraries, as well as Scholastic Book Fairs then matches those monetary donations with a donation of up to a million books from The Scholastic Possible Fund, which distributes books to children in need through organizations such as Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc., and the Kids In Need Foundation. Way to go everyone!

Spring Pictures are Tuesday, April 14th. LifeTouch will be here in the morning to take everyone’s pictures. If you do not normally attend on Tuesday, then please let me know and we can arrange a time for you to stop by on Tuesday and have your picture taken.

Summer Camp information has also been sent home. There are two separate calendars this year. School Age has their own blue calendar, and then the rest of the school is together on one pink calendar. All summer camp forms, the purple top sheet and two yellow sheets, are due by April 17th. All summer camp fees are due on April 17th. If you have a change in schedule for the summer or the upcoming school year, it must be noted on the yellow sheet in the summer camp packet.

Sincerely,

Michelle Flynn

Principal


Important Dates

April

  • Summer Camp Registration due on Friday, April 17th
  • Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22nd
  • Spring Portraits (class pictures taken) on Tuesday, April 14th
  • End of Month Folders sent home on Wednesday, April 29th

May

  • Teacher Appreciation Week begins on Monday, May 4th
  • Mother’s Day Breakfast on Friday, May 8th
  • Chesterbrook Academy is closed for Memorial Day Holiday on Monday, May 25th
  • Spring Parent Reports sent home on Wednesday, May 27th
  • Curriculum Night on Wednesday, May 27th from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Graduation on Thursday, May 28th at 6:00pm

June

  • Summer Camp Begins Monday, June 1st
  • Water Play & Sprinkler Fun Begins on Monday, June 1st (see camp calendar for individual class days)
  • Father’s Day Breakfast on Friday, June 19th

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.

INFANTS/TODDLERS:

  • 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


For Our Parents

Chesterbrook Academy Elementary School News
Did you know that we had an elementary school in Naperville?  The elementary school services Kindergarten-8th Grade.  If you are in need of more information or enrolling your child in our elementary school please contact them at 630-527-0833.  You can also visit their website at http://Naperville.ChesterbrookAcademy.com.

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