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April News

From the Principal’s Office:

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Spring!  Our Pre-K class was very excited about planting their own seeds this week as they learned all about seeds and plants! We have (hopefully) said good-bye to snow and ice, and can plant beautiful flowers in our tire flower beds at the front of the school. What else can we do this year?  If any of you have ideas, please share!  We love trying new things.

Early Bird Registration has ended, and had great participation! The children have enjoyed looking at their picture and the pictures of all their friends! Every year we have to say a fond farewell to friends who have out-grown us and will be going to public school in the fall. If any of you have not registered yet for next year, please make sure you communicate with me about your child’s last day.  Don’t forget to give a four week notice, in writing!

Just a reminder that our Summer Camp Calendars went home last week. We are very excited about all the exciting things planned for this summer. While we continue our Links to Learning curriculum for our preschoolers, we will also keep busy with fun in-house events and shows, plus great field trips and water parks for our school age children. Please make sure to turn in your camp registration to reserve your spot!

Week of the Young Child is April 13th-April 17th. We have many activities planned for this week to help us celebrate all our children!  Please be on the look out for more information in your child’s cubby next week for the list of events.

Lastly, please remember to check your child’s Parent Board for information about each day’s activities, schedule, and any important information. Please make an effort to check your child’s cubby every day.  Important papers are sent home throughout the year, as well as your child’s impressive school work!  At the end of every month you will receive a folder with all the curricular goals for that month, as well as examples of your child’s work.  Please empty the folder and return it for the next month.

It’s not too late for your friends to join us at Chesterbrook!  Don’t forget about our great Referral Bonus Program . . . now is a great time to encourage your friends, neighbors and co-workers to enroll at a Chesterbrook Academy.  It means a free week of tuition for the referring family.  Don’t miss out– be an ambassador for our preschool or school-age program and spread the word!

Amy Dietel, Principal


Chesterbrook Shorewood Has Full Day Kindergarten! 
Our full day kindergarten program prepares children for the future. Kindergarten is an exciting and important time for children, when we nurture their innate love of learning and curiosity about the world, in order to set the tone for the rest of their formal education.

We give children the strong foundation they need for future success.
Our proven, well-rounded curriculum builds sound reading, writing, math and problem-solving skills.  During kindergarten, the children also become comfortable in a more structured classroom setting. The right kindergarten experience can do wonders in helping children discover their best selves. Our schools provide the ideal combination of innovative curriculum, a dedicated teaching staff and a nurturing environment.

For Parents & Teachers

Warmer weather is coming!  Each child should also have an extra pair of clothes in their cubby at all times.  Please make sure all personal items are labeled with your child’s name.

Your child does fun and exciting projects every day, so please don’t forget to check your child’s cubby on a daily basis to pick up these projects and also other important information.

Due to various food allergies, Chesterbrook is a peanut-free zone.  In order to make sure that all of the children’s needs are being met, we ask that you do not bring any outside food or drinks from home.

Please remember that we need a doctor’s note to administer over-the-counter medicine to your child and you will also need to complete the school’s medication form that is located in the front lobby above the water fountain.

For Parents
Please remember that tuition is due every Friday for the following week’s care.  We have seen an increase in families missing payments, and really need to collect all tuition in a timely manner.  Late charges will be assessed on Tuesdays for those families who have not paid for the current week, and notices are posted on cubbies as well.  If you’d like to sign up for our ACH program, which automatically pulls your weekly tuition from the account of your choice every Monday night (giving you an extra couple of days before payment) just let me know. We are also now accepting credit cards. Please see Stacy or myself for more information.

Become a Chesterbrook Ambassador!
Please keep in mind that for every new child you refer who enrolls at our school for three months, you’ll receive an Ambassador Certificate for one FREE week of tuition for your child.

It’s our way of saying thanks for doing what comes naturally – singing the praises of your child and sharing your experiences about the ChesterbrookAcademy difference.

If you refer a family to any Chesterbrook Academy school, you will receive a free week of tuition for your family. There is no limit to the number of families you refer.  NOTE – The referred family must be enrolled for 90 days before the free week of tuition can be applied.


  • Remember to check your child’s cubby or classroom folder every day for important information from the school or to receive any projects that were completed in your child’s classroom.
  • Please remember that tuition is due no later than Monday at noon for the upcoming week.  There will be a $25 late fee charge to anyone that turns in their payment after this time!
  • Please sign your child in and out at the front desk EVERY DAY and also in your child’s classroom.  This is mandated by the state.
  • Please make sure you notify the school if your child will be absent and also please let us know if anyone else is picking up your child and make sure they have a photo ID.  They should also be listed on your child’s authorized pick up list.  Pick up forms, forms for vacation credits, and also medication forms are all located in the folders above the water fountain in the front lobby.
  • Please do not park in the handicap parking spaces if you do not have a handicap sticker.  These spaces are designated forvehicles with handicap stickers ONLY.

Extracurricular Activities:

  • Monday-Happy Feet Soccer Program
  • Tuesday-Pre-Fit
  • Thursday-Tumblebear Gymnastics and Dance

Please see Ms. Amy if you are interested in these activities.

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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