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July News

From the Principal’s Office:

We will be celebrating summer with our Family Movie Night on Friday, July 24th and our Family Picnic on Friday, August 7th. We will be celebrating our new school year on Tuesday, August 11th with our Annual Ice Cream Social.

This month our students will again get to enjoy fun trips, water play, and in-house events while practicing skills with our Links to Learning Curriculum. We are excited for some new trips and in-house events this summer, please see our summer camp calendar for more details or check out our website.

My Favorite Books About the Ocean and the Beach
1. Over in the Ocean by Marianne Berkes and Jeanette Canyon
2. Beach Day by Karen Roosa and Maggie Smith
3. Hello Ocean by Pam Munoz Ryan and Mark Astrella
4.  A Chance for Esperanza by Pam Schiller and Alma Flor Ada
5. Wave by Suzy Lee

Nicole Gleason
Our calendar for the 2015-2016 school years is viewable online at: http://centralnaperville.chesterbrookacademy.com.

Upcoming Events


  • Color Me Mine on Wednesday, July 1st
  • Chesterbrook Academy is Closed on Friday, July 3rd for July 4th Holiday
  • Double Slip and Slide on Thursday, July 9th
  • Animal Show on Thursday, July 16th
  • Family Movie Night on Friday, July 24th  at dusk, Movie “How to Train Your Dragon 2”


  • Slip and Slide on Thursday, August 6th
  • Family Picnic on Friday, August 7th from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
  • Transition Week Begins on Monday August 10th
  • Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, August 11th from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
  • Transition Week Ends on Friday August 14th
  • New School Year Begins on Monday, August 17th

School Spotlight

Family Movie Night
Please join us for a night under the stars, as we watch “How to Train Your Dragon 2” on our preschool playground. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks for a fun night! This event was rescheduled from June due to rainy weather. Please join us on Friday, July 24th at dusk for a night under the stars.

Family Picnic
for past, present, and future families and staff
Please join us in downtown Naperville at the Grand Pavilion (500 W. Jackson Ave.) from 4:30pm to 7:30pm for live entertainment, food, and much more as we celebrate our time together!

Ice Cream Social
Please join us on Tuesday, August 11th from 4:30pm to 5:30pm for some ice cream and an opportunity to visit your child’s new classroom.

Fun in the Sun
“Oh Mr. Sun, Sun Mr. Golden Sun….” The sun is shining bright (or will be soon) and our preschoolers are spending more time outside. Please help us protect our students by filling out our sunscreen form and returning it with a new bottle of sunscreen. A hat is also suggested; please make sure to label it with your child’s name. Sunscreen is applied fifteen minutes before going outside both in the AM and PM. Please make sure your child has appropriate footwear for summer. Sandals with backs and clasps and sneakers/gym shoes are great. Please no flip flops.

Safety Concerns and Traffic Flow in Parking Lot

This is a reminder to parents regarding our policy on entering and exiting the building. I know that it is in our nature to be polite and open doors for others, but when this occurs it negates the safety features of our door code. Please refrain from holding open the door for other adults in order to ensure that only enrolled families gain access to our building. Ms. Jen and I are available from 7:00am to 6:30pm to monitor the comings and goings of parents and students; but occasionally we need to assist in a classroom or in the kitchen. We will be posting a sign at the front desk notifying parents where we are, should we need to leave the front desk area for an extended period of time. We also have an extra staff member monitoring the front entrance from 6:30am to 7:00am, until Ms. Jen or I arrive for the day. Please make sure to sign your child in and out at the front desk every day that they attend also.

Please take a moment to review how traffic should flow in our parking lot: Traffic is to enter the parking lot on the Chesterbrook Academy Elementary School side and then follow all the way around the lot and park on the preschool side. Traffic should exit the parking lot on our preschool side. Please make sure to slow down near the cross walk so that you are able to watch for pedestrians crossing from one building to the next and to avoid any accidents or injuries. Heavy traffic times are from 8:30am to 8:45am and 3:35pm to 3:55pm; to avoid these heavy traffic times please arrive to the campus either before or after these arrival and dismissal times.

Become a Chesterbrook Ambassador!
If you refer a family to any Chesterbrook Academy school, you will receive a free week of tuition off of your oldest child’s tuition.  There is no limit to the number of families you refer. Note: The referred family must be full-time student and enrolled for 90 days before the free week of tuition can be applied. If the referral is for a part time student you will receive one hundred dollars off your child’s tuition.

Chesterbrook Academy Elementary School
Please take a moment each month to view what is new and exciting at our Chesterbrook Academy Elementary School website at: http://naperville.chesterbrookacademy.com. You can learn more about all the specialty teachers under the Parent tab or enjoy reading the elementary newsletter.

From the Education Department

Fun Ways to Keep Your Child
Engaged in Learning this Summer

Summer offers unique opportunities for children to learn through fun, multi-sensory experiences. Our teachers continue to use our Links to Learning curriculum to help children develop new skills throughout the summer.

Here are some examples of types of activities we will be doing this summer, as well as ideas for you and your child to do at home.

In the classroom: Our teachers provide numerous opportunities for multi-sensory exploration. Infants spend tummy time in the grass, splash their hands at the water table and feel and taste summer fruits.
At home: Fill a small bowl with water and place it in front of your child. Allow him to splash his hands in the water. Practice hand-eye coordination and fine motor skill development by adding toys and encouraging your child to retrieve them.

TODDLERS (ages 1-2):
In the classroom: In the toddler years, children begin to play together with their peers. They practice sharing toys and cooperating in learning centers. Research shows that by nurturing connections with others, toddlers learn how to form friendships, communicate their emotions and deal with challenges.
At home: Encourage sharing skills by taking turns blowing bubbles with your child, doing the Hokey Pokey, or drawing pictures using sidewalk chalk.

BEGINNERS (ages 2-3):
In the classroom: Our Beginner students use math and science while participating in fun outdoor activities. For instance, they predict and test the buoyancy of toys at the water table, and count how many will float and how many will sink.
At home: During bath time or in a baby pool, continue the exploration of what sinks and what floats. Bring a small assortment of toys and ask your child to guess which items will sink or float.

In the classroom: Intermediates take advantage of the warm summer weather by strengthening their gross motor skills. They practice pedaling on a tricycle, throwing and catching balls, playing hopscotch and walking on balance boards.
At home: Play follow the leader around your neighborhood or at a nearby park. Have your child try skipping, galloping, hopping, marching and jogging.

PRE-K/PRE-K 2 (ages 4-5):
In the classroom: Teachers make reading and writing more engaging and fun by moving learning outdoors. For example, our older preschoolers go on a nature walk, write about their experience in their journals, and share their journal entries with the class.
At home: Increase your child’s interest in writing by bringing various writing materials outside, such as crayons and paper or colored sidewalk chalk. Ask your child to draw and label what he sees.

During the summer months, we provide many opportunities for students to explore their interests, learn to their full potential, and express themselves creatively. These hands-on experiences lead to growth in all areas of development as children transition into elementary school and beyond.
– Lauren Starnes, PhD – Director of Early Childhood Education

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