Hello CBA Parents! August 31, 2015
Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year!
Our first week of school is going to be great! The children will be transitioning into their new classrooms, making new friends, and adjusting to their teachers and environment slowly but surely. Thank you to all of our parents for working so hard with their children to make sure their children started off the school year so well!
This year Chesterbrook is saying goodbye to themes and hello to literacy. Instead of basing our lessons on the current theme this year our teachers will be using literature (fiction and non-fiction) to plan their weekly lessons. Please let us know if you have any questions on this!
This week we have a couple of important things:
***AUGUST 31, 2015 –A NEW DOOR CODE WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU!***
Thursday September 3- Back to School Night: 6:30-7:30pm (Adults only please)
- We will have extra information packets out to everyone at Back to School Night.
- School starts at 9:00am every day. Please be on time for school.
- Please read the school calendar monthly so you know what is happening in the school.
Tuesday September 8- First day of school
SPIRIT WEEK September 14-18 Show your spirit!
Monday- Wear a tie-dye shirt
Wednesday-Wacky Hair day
Thursday-Wear Camo day
Friday- Wear Green & Yellow Chesterbrook Day
Thursday, September 17- PreK2 Parents Only Meeting
I will be here during the day and if you need to contact me with any questions, and concerns. It is my commitment to support the needs of your children, your families, and the school. It is my passion to see your children succeed and thrive in their educational environment. If you have any questions or concerns, my door is always open and you can email me an email@example.com. Again, thank you for the continued support.
Adrienne Nwude Principal
Lauren Glaser Asst. Principal
- **We do have a late pick up policy that is stated on your fee schedule. Our hours of operation are 630am-630pm, if your child is picked up after that time, you must pay the late pickup fee.
- Make sure you are signing your child (ren) in and out every day at the front desk..
- If something comes home that is not your child’s please return it the next day.
- Please drive slowly in the parking lot at all times.
- School is closed Wednesday,November 11, 2015 Veteran’s Day & Teacher training day
- **If you are planning to take a vacation this holiday season and would like to use your one week vacation credit, please make sure to fill out a form in the front lobby. Just a reminder, we ask for a two week notice if you are planning to use your vacation credit!
- **Sick Policy: To ensure the health and safety of all of our children and staff, please remember to adhere to our sick policy which states: “a child must be free of all symptoms without medication for at least 24 hours before he/she can be returned to school. Following an illness, a child may return to school once he/she has either been seen by a doctor or it has been determined that the illness is not contagious. (A doctor’s clearance may be requested).” All of us truly appreciate your support with this matter!
- **Writing checks a drag? Sign-up for our Automatic Payment today! Forms are available at the front desk!
- **A gentle reminder that payment is due the Friday before the following week! If payment is received after Monday 6:30pm, a late payment fee of $25 will be assessed. Thank you!
- **Parent Referral Program: Refer a family and after 90 days of enrollment, receive a free week of tuition just for spreading the word! Thank you to all the families who have already referred families to us! Thank you
- NO open toe shoes in CBA for the children’s protection and No Outside food please.
- A lot of school information can be found at the front desk, by the front door on the parent board, newsletters given out in the classroom, newsletter by the email’s that I send you( if you do not get them please stop by the front desk to let me know), and on our school web site. We always want you to be fully informed.
At CBA we have year around ancillary programs that are great outside programs that come into our school to get your children even more engaged. Some of the programs are Dance, Hip Hop, Stretch & Grow, and Soccer. More information and enrollment forms will be posted in September and all programs will kick-off either the last week in September or the First week in October.
A Note From Our Education Department:
Developing Balance Skills in Young Children
From Tummy Time to Bike Riding
Balance is a fundamental skill necessary for maintaining controlled positions, such as sitting in a chair, or engaging in physical activities like running or riding a bike. Having balance makes motor skill development easier, reduces the risk of injury, and helps children focus on academic tasks.
Our Nobel Learning Education team stays up to date with the latest research to ensure that our Links to Learning curriculum exceeds childhood learning standards. The Links to Learning curriculum was enhanced last fall to include a greater focus on balance, a building block for skills such as hand-eye coordination, muscular strength and body awareness.
Here are some ways we help improve balance in the classroom, as well as ideas for you and your child to do at home.
In the classroom: Tummy time promotes neck, back and abdominal strength needed for infants to eventually push up, roll over, sit up and crawl. Teachers keep infants engaged by using activity mats or plush blocks.
At home: Place your baby on his stomach and shine a flashlight near him. Once you have captured his attention, shine the light in a rhythmic pattern. For older infants, encourage your baby to move or crawl toward the light.
TODDLERS (ages 1-2):
In the classroom: During the toddler years, children make major strides in balance and coordination. Teachers play music and encourage students to move their bodies in different ways while maintaining their balance.
At home: Push and pull toys require children to use core balance and arm strength, which can be difficult for new walkers. Place a small wagon or toy shopping cart and a pile of blocks on the floor. Show your child how to fill the cart with blocks. He will enjoy pulling or pushing the blocks around the room.
BEGINNERS (ages 2-3):
In the classroom: Sitting cross-legged, or as we say with the children “criss-cross applesauce,” is an important developmental skill for two year olds. Teachers encourage children to sit criss-crossed anytime they are playing on the floor. Sitting in this position strengthens a child’s core muscles and helps improve body control. We discourage “W-sitting,” with knees together and feet on either side of the hips, because it puts strain on knees and hips and fails to engage core abdominal muscles.
At home: Provide your child with a sit-and-spin toy. Ask him to sit on the toy with his legs crisscrossed. As he turns the wheel to spin, he will gain a better understanding of cause and effect.
INTERMEDIATES (ages 3-4):
In the classroom: Around age three, children learn to maintain control of their upper body while moving their lower body. Our Intermediate students practice pedaling a tricycle, bouncing on hopper balls, and walking on a balance beam.
At home: Have your child practice running and stopping with control by playing the traffic light game. Shout out the color green, yellow or red. Have him move quickly when hearing “green,” move slowly when hearing “yellow,” and completely stop when hearing “red.”
PRE-K/PRE-K 2 (ages 4-5):
In the classroom: Teachers encourage children to practice balance and coordination by jumping on their non-dominant foot, walking on a line or beam, or jumping rope. Children also practice balance by crouching down to tie their shoes.
At home: Ask your child to tell you about the games and activities played at school. Include these activities at home and during family events such as birthday parties and vacations. Scooters and pogo jumpers are great toys for children at this age.
Good balance helps children maintain appropriate and controlled body movement during important tasks. By building balance skills 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