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July News

A Message from the Principal:

Hello CBA Families!

We have so many activities planned for July! Please keep track of all important dates below.

We have so many fun and exciting themes this month of summer camp including Dino Discovery, Road Trip USA, Super Heros, and the Rainforest.  Please remember there are a few spots left in some of our Specialty Camps including Cooking, Karate, Science and Art Explosion!

As always, it is our commitment to support the needs of each child and family in our school community. It is important to us that you feel we have open lines of communication for any of your needs.  It is our passion to see each child succeed and thrive in their environment and have a fun, safe summer!  If you ever have any questions or concerns, our doors are always open and you can email us at



Again, thank you for all of your continued support.

Important Dates:

July 1 – Group 4 Playseum
July 2- Tim’s Gem Mine (all classes)
July 6- Bring your Tricycle Rodeo Day!
July 7- Group 4 to Cabin John Park! (Bring lunch)
July 8- Group 5 to Old Town Train Museum
July 9- Group 6 Amazing Art Studio Tile Painting
July 10- Group 6 to Germantown Splash Park
July 13- Group 1 Dress Like a Superhero Day!
July 14- Group 4 College Park Aviation Museum (Bring lunch)
July 15- Group 6 Rockville Sportsplex
July 16- Group 5 Butler’s Orchard Flowers (bring lunch)
July 17- Group 6 to Germantown Splash Park
July 21- Group 4 Butler’s Orchard Blueberries (bring lunch)
July 22- Group 6 Butler’s Orchard Flowers (bring lunch)
July 23- Group 5 Cabin John Park (bring lunch)
July 23- Group 2 Splash Day!
July 27- Group 2 Picnic Day!
July 27- Group 4 Brookside Butterfly Garden
July 28- Group 3 Pond Trip
July 28- Group 5 Brookside Butterfly Garden
July 29- Group 2 Pond Trip
July 29- Group 6 Brookside Butterfly Garden


Parent Reminders:

Summer time shoes – Please make sure your child has closed toe shoes for school.  Please feel free to leave an extra pair at school as needed!  Also, bring your child’s sunscreen lotion, and hats for outside.

Water bottles – It is our commitment to promoting independence and learning with our children.  Please do not bring in sippy cups from home (excluding group 1). We use small Dixie cups at school for meal times and we recommend water bottles with straws during outside play.

PLEASE remember that we are a Nut Free Zone!  We cannot have any products that have nuts in them, made from nut oil, or may contain nuts, or packaged in a plant that processes nuts.  This is for any outside snack, birthday surprise or other items brought in.  Please read carefully all ingredients on products before bringing them in.  We thank you for your understanding.

*Chesterbrook Academy, per tuition agreement, requires a two week notice on vacation requests and a four week notice for withdrawals. If your child is NOT staying with us after the summer and into our fall school year (beginning August 31st) remember you must turn in a withdrawal notice!

**Remember that payment is due the Friday BEFORE the week of tuition arrives, NOT the week of or the Friday after the week has passed! It is important to stay ahead of your tuition as we do have late fees. If payment is received after Monday, a late payment fee of $25 will be assessed. Thank you!


A Message from our Education Department:

Fun Ways to Keep Your Child  Engaged in Learning this SummerJuly newsletter

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.

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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