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July News

Dear Chesterbrook Academy Families,

We are beginning our fourth week of summer and the excitement continues to build through out the school!  We have many activities yet to come.  Check out the school calendar on the website to see what is happening every day this month.

Summer Camp shirts have been ordered.  We have had a delay due to the supplier providing the shirts.  We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused your family.

During high UV / heat index days we reduce our outside time or keep the children inside.  We will only administer sunscreen on the days the children go outside in the afternoon.  Sunscreen will be applied though August.  We use NOAA Weather and WSOC weather to determine the factors required to make this decision.

Beginning July 6th we will have an in house Parent Promotion.  Every family that refers a new family to our school from July 6th – August 31st will receive $500 off tuition when the new family completes their 3rd full month of attendance!  If a new family begins in September you could have extra money just in time for the HOLIDAY season!!!!  We have free brochures, flyers, and will do special activities to help you earn your $500!  See the flyer for full details related to the promotion.

Ms. Sheila will be on vacation the week of July 6th.  During this time please speak with Gloria McCoy regarding school matters.

Thank you for being an important part of our school

Sheila Wright – Principal


bag_of_moneyTuition and fee payments are due are due no later than Monday at Noon.  A $25.00 late fee will be automatically applied for any payment not received by the deadline.  To avoid the additional fees sign up for the Automatic Draft Program available to all families.  Forms are available in the office.



We close at 6 p.m. beginning July 6th we will charge the late pick up fee for any child remaining after 6 p.m. If there is a major issue in the University area preventing more than 10% of the children to be picked up late we will determine whether a late pick up fee will be applied.  Keep your travel time in mind on days leading to a holiday, major events in the Charlotte area, or bad weather situations.  Our staff appreciates your attention to this matter.


Education News for July   apple

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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