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Summer News

Summer is in full swing! Don’t forget about splash days!!  Look at the calendar for your child’s splash days!! Please, remember to bring towels, water shoes, and a dry change of clothing (including shoes) for your child each splash day.  Don’t forget to apply  sunscreen on your child before they come to school.

Kona Ice will be coming every Tuesday this summer to provide the children with an icy treat for $3 per week.  If you would like your child to participate please bring the money to the office CASH ONLY.  You can pre-pay as many weeks as you like.

We will be closed on Friday, July 3rd in honor of The Fourth of July.  Our next closure will be on Friday, August 21st for Teacher Planning.  Please, plan to make arrangements for this day!

VPK Spaces are filling up for the fall.  Children who will be 4 years old before September 1st are eligible to participate in the VPK program for the 2015-2016 school year.  If you have not yet gotten your VPK certificate please do so immediately as space is limited.  We will be having a VPK meeting on Saturday, August 1st.  We will go over VPK rules, attendance policies, etc.

Our next Wacky Wednesday will be on July 2nd. The theme this month is we love America.  Wear your red, white, and blue.  Sport your flags, crowns, stars and stripes. Wacky hair, wacky clothing, socks, etc.  The wackier the better!!!

Important Dates

June 19th- Donuts with Dad

June 26th- “Fire & Ice” Mad Science Program

July 2nd- Wacky Wednesday (Celebrate America)

July 3rd- Closed

July 6th- Fantastic Fire Department

August 1st- VPK orientation 10:00am-1:00pm

August 1st- Open House 10:00am-1:00pm

August 12th- Wacky Wednesday

August 18th- Mobile Astronomy Program

August 20th- End of Summer Celebration

August 21st- Closed for Teacher Planning

August 24th- Start of the 2015-2016 School Year

Summer Enrichments

The enrichments that we have available for the summer are Dance, Karate, and Amazing Athletes.  If you are interested in any of the summer enrichments, please, see the office for more details.

Parent Communication
We want to keep our parents involved and one way to do that is making sure to read the information posted on your child’s classroom’s parent board as well as checking their folder for papers to go home each day. The “ What We Learned Today” paper located on the classroom doors will also share a special activity from the class’s day. I encourage you to ask your child questions about that activity. This is a great way to get them to share their day with you. Also, always feel free to talk to the teachers at drop off/pick up or call and check in throughout the day.

Menus are located in the front office. Please feel free to see us up front with any questions that you have about the menu or ordering. All menus are due by the due date. If you do not turn your menu in on time, you will need to pack lunch for your child.

As a reminder: All students in our intermediate and Pre-k programs are required to wear uniforms. The uniform consists of a Black Polo with the Chesterbrook Logo and Khaki bottoms. If you have already purchased the navy blue CBA polos for the fall we will allow the children to continue to wear navy blue for the school year, but as you buy new uniforms, please purchase the black ones. Please see the front desk to order uniforms.

Our school VPK hours are 9AM-12 Noon. As a part of the VPK program, the state requires that all VPK students are at school during VPK hours. For more information, please see the front desk.


Here are a few reminders and updates to keep us on track for the rest of the school year:

  • Contact and Emergency Information: Please remember to update your information at the front desk if there are any changes.
  • Lunch Menus: are due on the due date, so that we can order from the catering company. If we don’t have your child’s lunch menu, we can’t order a lunch. Please pack a lunch for your child if you haven’t filled out a lunch menu.
  • Tuition: payments are due the 1st of each week. A $25 late fee will be applied to all tuition payments turned in after Monday of each week.
  • Late pick-up: fees apply to children picked up after 6:15 pm. There is a fee of $1 per minute after 6:15 pm as stated on your tuition fee schedule agreement.
  • Sick Policy: Children may be sent home if they have any concerning symptoms. In addition, a child must be free of all of these symptoms for at least 24 hours before he/she can return to school. These symptoms include:
    • A Fever of 100 degrees or more
    • Vomiting within the previous 24-hour period
    • Diarrhea within the previous 24-hour period
    • Symptoms of a communicable disease
    • Fussy, cranky behavior and generally not himself/ herself
      Following an illness, a child may return to school once he/she has either been seen by a doctor or it has been determined that illness is not contagious. ( A doctor’s clearance may be requested.) Please help us keep all of our children healthy by following these rules.
      If you have any questions or concerns please let us know. You can talk with your child’s teacher or any one of us in the front office. Also, you can email me at melody.mcdonald@nlcinc.com or call (954) 749-1333. As always my door is always open, please feel free to stop by, email me or call with any questions, concerns or comments. Our goal is to provide each family with a fulfilling educational experience.
  • Parent Ambassador Referral Program: Spread the word about Chesterbrook Academy and save on your child’s tuition. Stop by the front Office for more details. Chesterbrook Academy has six locations in South Florida: Coconut Creek, Cooper City, Sunrise, Pembroke Pines, Port St. Lucie and Palm Beach Gardens.
  • Our Mission: Chesterbrook Academy- Sunrise provides a safe and warm family environment in a rich academic setting that focuses on fun and creative hands-on learning for each individual student.  Our school promotes self-expression, yet maintains a structured program for a great head start in “life”.

To ensure that each child receives the best care possible, it is critical that parents and teachers maintain frequent and accurate communication.  Please feel free to call or stop by at any time to see how your child is doing.  We always have an open door policy.

A Message 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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