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July 2015 News

July 2015
From The Principal’s Desk:

Summer is in full swing and the children transitioned into their new classrooms with ease. Be sure to be looking out for all the Parent Shares showcasing all the full your children are having at school! If you are not receiving the Parent Shares, please stop by the front desk so that we can make sure that we have the correct e-mail address for you. You may also want to add the donotreply@nlcinc.com to your address book to make sure that the Parent Shares are not going to your junk mail or getting returned.
Passport Adventures cooking class with Ms. Jasmin has been a hit! As a reminder, each classroom enjoys a themed story time and cooking activity each week as a fun summer activity. They also have water play activities once a week. To see your child’s scheduled days stop by the front desk.

July marks the beginning of our new fiscal year, which means there is a small percentage increase in tuition effective July 1st. A 2015/2016 tuition rate sheet will be posted at the front desk. If you have any questions, please let us know. Tuition is due the 1st business day of every month. Please make sure to pay your tuition in a timely matter to avoid a late tuition fee of $25. With the new fiscal year, there has also been an increase in late pick up fees and drop in days. Late pick up fees are now $2 per minute. If you have any questions regarding the new tuition fees, late pick up fees, or drop in days , please visit us at the front desk.

As a reminder, Chesterbrook Academy will be CLOSED Friday, July 3rd in observation of Independence Day.

The new school year is quickly approaching! To stay current with the latest research and remain ahead of early education standards, our teachers will be attending summer trainings to sharpen their teaching skills. We want to continue to be the best school around for your children.
VPK officially starts for this year on Monday, August 24th 2015. We will be hosting a VPK Meet and Greet Wednesday, August 19th from 5:30pm-6:30pm.

It’s also that time of year to order uniform shirts. Uniform is required Aug-June for our Intermediate and Pre-K students. Our uniform consists of a black Chesterbrook Academy polo and Khaki bottoms. Make sure to turn in your order forms today.

A message from our 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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