A message from the Principal:
Spring is in the air!!! April is an exciting month for Chesterbrook Academy. We have lots of exciting events and activities.
This month our children will be learning how to make a difference and how they can help recycle and reuse items to help protect our planet. We will be hosting an Earth Day Celebration on April 22nd. We will also be celebrating the week of the Young child April 12- 18th, Monday, Musical Parade, Taco Tuesday, Work together Wednesday, Artsy Thursday, and Hop a thon Friday for MDA.
Please check our calendar of events for other exciting events happening this month.
Hope you all have a wonderful month!
- 4/2- Light it up Blue
- 4/22- Earth Day Celebration
- 4/12-4/18- Week of the Young Child
- 4/30- Parent Appreciation Day
The purpose of our sick policy is to reduce the spread of illness among children and to encourage full recuperation of sick children before they return to school. We depend on parents to assist us in maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all of our children. We reserve the right to send home any student who shows signs of illness at school. Any student who becomes ill at school will be made comfortable until his/her parent can be notified and the student is picked up from school. A parent must pick up the ill child within one hour of notification. A sick child must stay home where he/she is most relaxed and comfortable. Children may be sent home if they have any specific symptoms as listed below.
In addition, a child must be free of all of these specified symptoms for at least 24 hours before he/she can be returned to school. These symptoms are as follows:
- A fever of 100 degrees or more
- Vomiting within the previous 24-hour period
- Diarrhea within the previous 24-hour period (including recurring episodes of diarrhea at school)
- A heavy nasal discharge indicative of infection
- A constant cough or sore throat
- Fussy, cranky behavior and generally not himself/herself
- A skin rash, excluding diaper rash
- Head lice
- Symptoms of a communicable disease
A child may return once he/she has either been seen by a doctor or that the illness is not contagious. (A doctor’s clearance may be requested).
Want your child to try something new? Sign-up today for one of these fun activities!
- Little Diva Dance – a fun and active program that introduces children to dance. Children learn basic positions and moves in ballet and tap. Dancers show off their skills to parents and guests at the end of the session with a recital. Spaces are still available so sign up today!
- TumbleBus – The “TumbleBus” is a gym on wheels that drives to Chesterbrook every Thursday morning. This fun-filled activity allows children to board a “mobile mini-gym” to learn basic gymnastic skills. Participants will jump, roll, swing and flip to promote a healthy and active lifestyle. A few spaces remain; sign up at the front desk today!
- Jump Bunch – Jump Bunch introduces sports and fitness to your child in a hands-on setting. Builds coordination and interest in sports, teaches through constant praise and encouragement, offers a safe, non-competitive environment and promotes healthy fitness and nutrition.
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
That’s right…Chesterbrook Academy in Denver is 5 Stars!!! The NC Rating Scales assessors visited and the results came in. Our school is 5 stars!!! What does this mean? It means that after hours of evaluations we have proven that we offer the BEST level of quality care and education to your children.Thank you to all of our teachers, staff and families…we couldn’t make it happen without all of your support!
Want your child to have Chesterbrook Academy attire? What a better way for your child to show their school spirit! You can now order online and have your items shipped to the school. Check out the link below for items that sport our Chesterbrook logo. There are so many items to choose from!! Visit this link to see what is available.
All parents want the very best education possible for their child. If you think your family has that, spread the word and become a Chesterbrook Academy Ambassador!
If there’s one thing parents love to do, it’s talk about their children’s successes. When friends ask you about your child’s experiences at Chesterbrook Academy, what type of success stories do you share? Do you mention the personal and educational discoveries your child is making thanks to our advanced curriculum? Do you talk about the new levels of self and social confidence your child has gained thanks to our encouraging atmosphere?
Whatever glowing reports you deliver about how your child is growing with his or her education, we couldn’t be more appreciative. In fact, we’d like to show you just how thankful we are for your endorsements. Now when you tell other parents about our school, you can become a Chesterbrook Academy Ambassador.
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 with the Chesterbrook Academy difference.
At the front desk are referral certificates you can give to friends and colleagues who ask about our school. If you have any questions about how you can become a Chesterbrook Academy Ambassador please contact an administrator.
We are proud to be the home of the Nobel Learning Communities, Inc “2010 Preschool Teacher of the Year” – Mrs. Candi Staines.