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August News

A Message from the Principal:

Hello CBA Families!

Wow did we have some fun during July! Fun was had by all during the Art Exploration and Science camps! Our campers had a great time at their Butler’s Orchard and Brookside Butterfly Garden trips! August is going to be just as much fun! Check out the monthly calendar to see!

We have so many fun and exciting themes this month of summer camp including the Olympics, Paying it Forward and Wrapping up Summer.  Please remember there are a few spots left in some of our Specialty Camps including Cooking, Karate, and Soccer!

As summer comes to an end, please remember to let us know when last days will be if you are not continuing with us in the fall!

Tuesday, August 4th from 5:00-6:30 families are invited to come and meet our new principal Kristin Reel.

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.

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.

**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:

Reestablishing Routines for Your Preschooler

Maintaining Order & Staying on Track

As we reach the end of summer, now is a great time to reestablish comforting routines for your preschooler. Routines help children build self-confidence and independence, cope with transitions, and gain a better understanding of the world around them.

Our Links to Learning curriculum promotes students’ social and emotional development, which is necessary for following directions and demonstrating self-control. Our teachers focus on the importance of healthy living and safety routines in the Wellness component of our curriculum.

Here are some examples of ways we establish routines in the classroom, as well as ideas for you and your child to do at home.

TODDLERS (ages 1-2):

In the classroom: Naptime gives children an opportunity to recharge and reboot. Our toddlers transition from napping in cribs to napping in cots. Teachers schedule naps at the same time and in the same area of the classroom every day. Soothing music is played to help toddlers wind down.

At home: Talk with your child’s teacher about the naptime routine at school. Minimize naptime battles by attempting to maintain the same routine at home.

Recommended reading: Naptime by Elizabeth Verdick

BEGINNERS (ages 2-3):

In the classroom: Around age two, children begin to learn basic self-help skills such as dressing themselves. Our Beginner students practice snaps and zippers, and are encouraged to complete basic sequences like putting on socks before shoes.

At home: Offer your child a choice during routines in order to increase his interest in the activity. For example, lay out two outfit options for him to wear. Allow him to choose the outfit he prefers. Give him ample time to dress himself before offering assistance.  Praise every attempt.

Recommended reading: Let’s Get Dressed by Caroline Church


In the classroom: Teachers focus on the importance of sleep in the Wellness component of our curriculum. Students read and act out We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury and Michael Rosen. They discuss why the bear was sleeping, and why sleep is important.

At home: Create a bedtime routine for your child. For example, bathe, brush teeth, read a story, go to sleep. Follow the same sequence of events at the same time and in the same order every night.

Recommended reading:  The Going-to-Bed Book by Sandra Boynton

PRE-K/PRE-K 2 (ages 4-5):

In the classroom: Our older students follow an arrival routine at the start of every school day. They sign themselves in, say goodbye to their parents, and put away their belongings. Students learn rhymes and songs to help remind themselves what to do when they enter the classroom.

At home: Mornings are critical for setting the tone for a successful and positive day. Establish a morning routine for your child with a maximum of four steps. For example, get dressed, brush hair, brush teeth, eat breakfast.

Recommended reading: Waking Up is Hard to Do by Neil Sedaka & Howard Greenfield

Following routines helps children develop the habits of responsibility that will be crucial for their future success and well-being. Kindergarten students are expected to follow instructions, listen to their teacher and complete specific tasks. By setting routines in the preschool years, your child will be better prepared as he enters elementary school and beyond.

– Lauren Starnes, PhD – Director of Early Childhood Education


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