Notes from the Principal:
It is hard to believe that this school year is so quickly coming to an end! We have made new friends, learned from each other, and boy, have we grown!
This month is certainly a time of transitions! Some of our friends will leave us for the summer, we will miss you! Some of our friends are moving to new rooms and new teachers, we are excited! Some of us are staying right where we are and we are ready for summer fun and activities! No matter what the transition, the teachers and staff here at Chesterbrook Academy will help make these transitions smooth as we roll out our Summer Camp Program! We will continue to learn and grow and we’ll have plenty of summertime fun while we’re at it!
Summer camp begins the week of June 15th for both our School Age and Preschool Programs. We have so many of fun activities planned – be sure to check your camp calendar for highlighted special activities and events! Remember, campers are expected to wear their Camp T-shirts for all field trips and in-house events on Wednesdays!
Here are some simple things parents and children can do to stay on track, while taking a break to enjoy summer family time. The following activities will keep you motivated and educated:
- Read and discuss literature and poetry
- Retell and reflect on events after a fun family activity
- Ask open ended questions such as why? What if?
- Older children can help create a budget for a family outing or vacation
- Younger children can categorize, count, or describe objects while playing in the park or on an outing, even in your own backyard
The opportunities for learning are endless, just take a closer look at summer fun and you will find them!
As the seasons change it is a great time to update and check your child’s extra clothes and supplies! Please be sure to apply sunscreen before drop off each day – the teachers will continue to apply in the afternoon.
As always, it is an honor to work with and watch your children grow. Thank you for choosing our school for your children.
Teacher Changes for Summer Camp
Toddler Program: Miss Janet has joined Miss Lauren, Miss Abbey, and Miss Carly in our Toddler Rooms 2A and 2B .
Beginner Program: Miss Stacey, Miss Jessica, and Miss Ashley B. will be leading the Beginner group in Room 3.
Intermediates Program: Mrs. Schroeder will join Miss Kelly and Miss Kelly Sue in Intermediates Room 5.
We are excited to welcome back our Camp Counselors and Lifeguards: Miss Nicole will join Miss Sarah in Room 6. Miss Maureen will join Miss Catie in Room 7. Miss Bernadine and Miss Dawn will work with our oldest school-age campers in Room 10. Miss Meghan, Miss Kierstyn, Miss Julianne, and Miss Jackie will out at the pool!
From the Education Department
25 Books to Enjoy with Your Child
– Recommended Reading Adventures for Summer –
Whatever your child’s age, it is important to continue shared reading experiences even during summer. Reading together frequently has been shown to have a profound positive influence on vocabulary acquisition, speech development and listening skills.
Below are some age-appropriate books to read with your child this summer.
- Welcome Summer by Jill Ackerman & Nancy Davis
- Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Rod Campbell
- Splish, Splash, Baby! by Karen Katz
- Llama Llama Sand and Sun by Anna Dewdney
- Baby Loves Summer! By Karen Katz
TODDLERS (ages 1-2)
- Maisy Grows a Garden by Lucy Cousins
- Monkey Ono by J. C. Phillips
- 1, 2 at the Zoo by Sue DiCicco
- Get Happy by Malachy Doyle & Caroline Uff
- The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen & Dan Hanna
BEGINNERS (ages 2-3)
- Flashlight by Lizi Boyd
- I’m a Shark by Bob Shea
- Little Owl’s Day by Divya Srinivasan
- Biscuit Visits the Big City by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
- Island Counting 1, 2, 3 by Frane Lessac
INTERMEDIATES (ages 3-4)
- Mouses’s First Summer by Lauren Thompson
- Curious George Goes to the Beach by H.A. Rey
- Over in the Ocean by Marianne Berkes
- Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae
- The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood
PRE-K/PRE-K 2 (ages 4-5)
- Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
- How to Hide an Octopus by Ruth Heller
- Berenstain Bears and Too Much Vacation by Stan and Jan Berenstain
- Froggy Goes to Hawaii by Jonathan London
- P.J. Funnybunny Camps Out by Marilyn Sadler
By experiencing a literacy-rich environment, both at school and at home, our students are prepared to become successful, confident readers in elementary school and beyond.
– Lauren Starnes, PhD- Director of Early Childhood Education