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April News

For Parents:

Important Reminders!

  • Inform the front office if your emergency contact information changes.
  • Sign your child in/ out on a daily basis at the front desk and in the classroom as well.
  • Make sure your child has weather appropriate clothing in his/her cubby.
  • Please label all your child’s belongings.
  • Tuition is due the Friday prior to the upcoming week.
  • Please do not leave children in your vehicles when dropping off or picking up other children.
  • No outside food may be brought into the school.  This is a DCFS health regulation.  Birthday treats are ok if store-bought and in the original packaging. Please make sure that any treats brought into the school are nut free.
  • Please save the handicapped spaces for those who truly need them!
  • Remember our Referral Bonus! Refer a family who enrolls at any Chesterbrook Academy school and you receive a free week of tuition for your family*! There is no limit to how many families you refer, and each one is worth a free week of tuition.  Also, families may be referred to any Chesterbrook Academy to qualify for the bonus.

Remember, we have 12 other preschools in the western suburbs and one private elementary school in Naperville.  Our preschools are in Naperville, Lisle, Wheaton, Westmont, St. Charles, Bartlett, Plainfield, Shorewood, Sugar Grove, Lakewood, and Oswego.  So, tell your friends and family members today!

* Referred family must attend for ninety days before free week of tuition can be applied.

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 the Principal, at 630-527-0833 .  You can also visit their website at http://Naperville.ChesterbrookAcademy.com

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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