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July News

Wow! We are having a fantastic time this summer!  We hope that you are enjoying all the fun as much as us.  The weather hasn’t been the most favorable but we have made it work.

Congratulations to Ms. Jacquie on her promotion to Assistant Principal.  Ms. Jacquie has worked hard and we are proud of her accomplishments.

We are continuing to make improvements to our school. The parking lot looks fantastic.  Watch for more changes throughout the upcoming months.

Thank you for being part of the Chesterbrook Family!

Warm Regards,

Jen Elliott, Principal




July 1st – Senior Camp (Chicago Children’s Museum)

July 2nd – Senior Camp (Centennial Beach); Preschool Camp (Water Play)

July 7th – Senior Camp (Park)

July 8th – Senior Camp (Volo Auto Museum)

July 9th – Senior Camp (Centennial Beach); Preschool Camp (Water Play)

July 10th – Themed Photobooth

July 13th – Senior Camp (Rainforest Cafe); Preschool Camp (Flower Pot Painting)

July 14th – Senior Camp (Park)

July 15th – Senior Camp (Brookfield Zoo); Intermediates (Splash Pad)

July 16th – Senior Camp (Centennial Beach); Preschool Camp (Water Play)

July 17th – Slip ‘n Slide

July 20th – Senior Camp (Park)

July 21st – Senior Camp (Field Museum)

July 22nd – Petting Zoo

July 23rd – Senior Camp (Centennial Beach); Preschool Camp (Water Play)

July 24th – Family Camp Out 6:30-8:30pm

July 28th – Senior Camp (Garden Patch Farm)

July 29th – Pottery Bayou

July 30th – Senior Camp (Centennial Beach); Preschool Camp (Water Play)

July 31st – Senior Camp (Park)


Education Article

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


For Parents
Chesterbrook Academy Elementary School News
Did you know that we had an elementary school in Naperville? The elementary school services Kindergarten-8th Grade. If you are in need of more information or enrolling your child in our elementary school please contact the school at 630-527-0833. You can also visit their website at http://Naperville.ChesterbrookAcademy.com.


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