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June News


JUNEFrom the Principal’s Office

Dear Parents:

The 2014-2015 school year is officially over and Summer is here. To all the families who are moving on to public school, thank you for the support that you have given us during your time at Chesterbrook. It is a mixed emotion when we see our children moving on to Kindergarten. We are so proud of how they have grown and matured and are ready for the next step, but we certainly will miss seeing them and you every day. Please know our door is always open for you to come back and visit and we love to be updated on how school is going.

To the families who are taking the summer off and returning in the Fall, have a wonderful, safe and fun summer. We can’t wait to see you back when school starts on August 17th.

To our families who are staying for camp or coming in new for camp, welcome to a fun filled summer. We are looking forward to days filled with swimming, crafts, learning, laughter and cold treats. Please help us out by making sure that all of your summer camp essentials (bathing suit, towel, clothes, sunscreen etc…) are clearly labeled and here in school when needed. If you have any questions about what you need, please make sure to check with your child’s teacher during the first week of camp.

On behalf of all of the staff here at Chesterbrook, I would like to extend a warm thank you to everyone who donated treats during teacher appreciation week. Our staff felt very loved and appreciated by your generosity. We have awesome staff here and we have awesome children and families.

As always, please reach out if you have questions or concerns. Our goal is for us all to work together to make your experience here at Chesterbrook the best that it can be.

Thank you for all that you do to support our school.


Helen Parks, Principal.

June Dates


  • 1 – First Day of Summer Camp 2015
  • 18 – Doughnuts for Dad – Rooms 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10 @9am
  • 19 – Doughnuts for Dad – Rooms 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12 @9am
  • 21 – Happy Father’s Day!!!
  • 21 – First Day of Summer



Riverbanks Zoo

  • Tuesday, June 9th…Room 12
  • Wednesday, June 10th…Room 6
  • Thursday, June 11th…Room 11

Classy Canvas

  • Tuesday, June 16th…Room 12
  • Wednesday, June 17th…Room 6
  • Thursday, June 18th…Room 11

SC State Museum

  • Tuesday, June 23rd…Room 12
  • Wednesday, June 24th…Room 6
  • Thursday, June 25th…Room 11


Tuition Increase Effective June 29, 2015

Earlier this year, we sent out new Fee Schedules/Tuition Agreements for the 2015-2016  School year and asked you to pay registration fees.  The majority of you paid Early Bird registration in March and for that, we thank you very much.  For those of you who haven’t yet paid this 2015-2016  registration,  it is due and payable immediately.  Late payment  fees will apply after 12:00 noon June 29, 2015.  New tuition rates take effect that day as well.

The new rates will be as follows:


Full Days

Full Days Full Days Half Days Half Days

Half Days



3 2 5 3



$218 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A






















Summer Camp Extracurricular Classes

There are still spaces available for the classes listed below for your child during Summer Camp.  If you decide to register your child for any of these classes, paperwork and fees must be turned in by Friday, June 5th (no exceptions)!

  • Dance Camp
  • Karate Camp
  • Gymnastics Camp
  • Unlimited Hands on Science
  • Tennis Camp
  • Sing & Play Music
  • Children’s Choir
  • Piano Lessons
  • Soccer Camp
  • Basketball Camp
  • Swimming Lessons

SLOW-DOWNPlease drive slowly on school property!
Be courteous and patient with other
drivers and watch out for our children!!!





LIKE US ON FACEBOOK!! We invite you to “like” our page at www.facebook.com/ChesterbrookAcademy where we’ll be providing our fans with regular educational tips for children from preschool to 8th grade and the opportunity to network with fellow parents. We would love to have your participation in this forum and encourage you to continue to check our school website for local updates specific to our own school. We look forward to having you as part of our Facebook community!

Entry & Exit Doors: ** DO NOT USE THE BACK DOOR FOR ENTRY TO THE SCHOOL!!!** As you all know there is a code required for entry to the school. Please be sure to limit the code to family members and/or friends that are picking up your child(ren) on a regular basis. Do not give the code to your child(ren). In addition, everyone should use the front entrance for drop off and pick up. We advise strongly not to let individuals in the side entry door, as this person may or may not be a Chesterbrook parent or other family member. The side door is to only be used as an exit. This guarantees the safety of Chesterbrook Academy students and staff. Thanks in advance for your cooperation in this matter.

Chesterbrook Academy & Queensboro Apparel Company: If you are interested in ordering Chesterbrook Logo apparel for your child(ren), please view our online store. You may notice all the wonderful colors available, but please keep in mind that Chesterbrook Academy uniform colors are Navy, White and Forest/Dark Green.

Chesterbrook Academy & Mabel’s Labels: As a way to target the problem of lost belongings and a large lost and found closet, Chesterbrook Academy is fundraising with Mabel’s Labels, a company with all types of labels that are colorful, indestructible, easy-to-use and fun! Iron-Ons, Stickies, Bag Tags, Allergy Alert labels & more! Personalize your labels with names, nicknames, initials – whatever you choose. Cool icons help even little ones identify their own belongings. Dishwasher, microwave, laundry & kid tested! Dispatched within 24 hours!

Visit www.chesterbrookacademy.mabelslabels.com to place your order.

Summer Camp Information

Summer Camp 2015 Field Trips: Please be reminded that students must wear the Chesterbrook logo Summer Camp t-shirts on all field trips.  The t-shirts will be handed out during the first week of Summer Camp.  If you do not receive a t-shirt for your child or need to exchange a size, please see Helen, Lisa, or Andrea.

Summer Camp 2015 Supply List:

  • Antibacterial Soap
  • Box of Tissues
  • Box of Wipes
  • Bathing Suit or Swim Trunks
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Repellent
  • Water Bottle
  • Swim Shoes
  • Naptime Blanket/Crib Sheet (for Preschoolers)
  • Change of seasonally appropriate clothing

** Please label all supplies with your child’s name**

For Parents

Tuition: Parents, please understand the importance of paying your tuition & paying it on time! Payments are due every Friday for the coming week. Late fees will be applied at 12 noon on Monday following the due date. Unpaid tuition, more than a week past due, will result in immediate dis-enrollment. If you have any questions, please see Helen, Lisa or Andrea in the front office. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Automatic Payment Program: Parents this is a very easy way for you to not worry about writing those checks every week and avoiding late fees. APP can be used to pay tuition only invoices or all invoices (tuition, registration & activity fees). Please see Helen, Lisa or Andrea in the front office for details and information on getting signed up or you can print the form from the link on the school website. In addition, you can also set up online bill-pay through your bank.

Contact Information: Please be sure that all home, work, cell and pager numbers and any other contact information is up to date in your child’s file. This helps the staff at Chesterbrook have every available option to contact the parent(s) in the event of an emergency.

E-Mail Addresses: Please update your email addresses with the front office in order to receive important information about upcoming and/or emergency events from the school. We can send email notifications to more than one email address.

School Operating Hours: This is a friendly reminder that Chesterbrook’s hours of operation are 7:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday thru Friday. Half day hours of operation are 8:30 am – 11:30 am. The late pick up fee is $15 per child for the first 15 minutes and an additional $15 per child for each quarter hour after the regularly scheduled pick up time. Also parents, if you are running late and its close to closing time, please be sure to give the school a courtesy call.

Parent Ambassador Program: Spread the word about our school and save on your child’s tuition! Refer a new family to our school and you could earn a free week of tuition. For more information on our Ambassador Program, see your school’s principal. The current referring Chesterbrook family will receive a discount after the referred child has attended full time for 3 months. Discount applies to the tuition of the oldest child in the referring family.

For Parents & Teachers

NUT FREE SCHOOL: We have several children enrolled at Chesterbrook Academy with severe nut allergies. Please do not send your child to school with food containing any type of nut products.

Prescription Policy for Chronic or Allergic Conditions:
Medication may be brought in for chronic or life threatening medical conditions. All medications must be in their original container with the prescription label attached to include the proper administering time(s) and dosage to be given. For the use of a nebulizer, a letter or note will be required from your child’s doctor’s office stating time(s) to be administered and the tubule dosage to be given. In addition, an “Authorization to Administer Medication Form” must be completed and turned in by the parent. Please see Susan, Lisa or Andrea in the front office if you have any questions or concerns.

Weather Policy: In the event of severe weather, we will make every effort to open on schedule and to remain open during the course of our regular hours of operation. In the event that severe weather requires us to close our school, delay our school or close early, parents will be notified initially by e-notify. Please make sure we have your most current email address and that you have added us to your address book so our message does not go to spam. In the event that your employer will not allow you to receive email at work, please provide us with an alternate email address for you. Parents may also call the school’s voicemail at 803-699-9988 and listen to the prerecorded message by 5:30 a.m. for information regarding the operating hours. Information will also be posted to the school’s website which is http://Wildewood.ChesterbrookAcademy.com. You can also tune into WIS channel 10 and/or WLTX channel 19 for closing and/or delay information.
**Chesterbrook Academy DOES NOT follow the schedule of Richland School District 2 during weather delays or closings**

Sign In & Out Books: We wanted to take this time to remind you all about an important security here at Chesterbrook. Please remember to sign your child in and out every day on the class Sign In/Out sheets located outside or inside of your child’s classroom everyday. If someone on your child’s authorized pick-up list is picking up, please remind him or her to do so as well. Although we have never had any problem nor do we expect to in the future, this is an important security measure that keeps all of the children safe. Thank you for your continued compliance with our security policies.

Parking Policy

  • Traffic should enter the school parking lot at the first driveway and exit through the carport out the last driveway.
  • Cars should be parked in designated parking spaces or on the road above the school.
  • Please do not park under the carport, behind the bus, or in front of the dumpster.
  • Please do not block the mailbox.
  • All preschoolers must be escorted into the school by an adult.
  • Elementary students may be dropped off at the front door. Cars should stop in the right lane only and students should exit their cars through the passenger side door.
  • Please do not allow your child to run through the parking lot unattended or play on the hill.
  • Please drive slowly on school property. Be courteous and patient with other drivers and watch out for our children.

Illness Policy
A parent of a child that is determined to be ill shall be notified immediately. The child must be picked up within an hour of notification. No child shall be allowed to remain at school with the following conditions:

  • Elevated Temperature (100 degrees or higher)
  • Vomiting and/or Diarrhea
  • Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
  • Head Lice
  • Other Communicable Diseases (ie. chicken pox, strep throat, etc.)
  • Student Pick-Up

Student Pick-Up: Parents, please be sure to inform the teachers and/or front office if another family member or friend will pick up your child. This applies to names that are on your list as well as names that are not. If it will be the first time the family member or friend picks up your child, please remind them to bring in their drivers license when they come in. This is very important to insure the safety of your child(ren).

School Spotlight

Kindergarten Class of 2015

You have brains in your head
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself any
direction you choose.
~Dr. Seuss


Front Row: Jayda Mays, Ja’Niya Solomons, Amaar Tisdale, Myles Kelly
Back Row: Matthew Bailey, Mrs. Mosley

June Birthdays


2 – Parker Harris
3 – Peyton Kirk
5 – Nathanael Greene
6 – Aiden Heilman
8 – Bryson Speronis
9 – Liam Binns
9 – Lauren Rivers
11 – Abigail McIntosh
22 – Kaelyn Williams
24 – Michael Widlak
27 – Carsyn Moorer
28 – John “JT” Gardner
29 – Abigail Fuchs
30 – Emily McFarland


10 – Hayley Elliott
23 – Vielka Taylor
27 – Vonda Davis

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


  • 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


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