FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Chesterbrook Parents,
Fall is finally here! The leaves are going to be changing colors, the cool weather is rolling in and it is going to be full of fun and learning! The fall is my favorite time of year. It is full of holidays and celebrations. We are so looking forward to a fun fall experience. We have our annual Fall Festival coming up on October 30th. It is a fun day where we get to dress in our costumes, go trunk or treating, and have different crafts and games to play! It is sure to be a fun time!
It is not too late to sign up for Soccer Shots, Music for Little Ones, or JumpBunch. They have some great things going on this fall and we would love for your child to join us! Please see Melissa or myself to get your child signed up.
We had a wonderful time at our back to school night! Thank you to everyone who came out and made it all happen! The children and teachers had so much fun! We also have our PJ Day coming up on October 16th. More information will come home, however we will be asking for a $5 minimum donation in order to wear your pajamas to school that day. All money will go straight to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We thought this was a great way to help support this wonderful foundation as we have our own little fighter, Levi fighting this disease. Please check your child’s folder over the next few weeks for this!
Please make sure you are checking your child’s folder/cubby each day for important letters, fundraiser information and other things. Let us know if you have questions!
As always, thank you for your support for Chesterbrook Academy! Here’s to another wonderful month!
Lindsey Soban, principal
Spooky Eyeball Tacos
What you’ll need:
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 (1 1/4 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
- 12 taco shells
- 3⁄4 cup salsa
- 3⁄4 cup sour cream
- 1 tomatoes, small cubes
- 1 small head lettuce, sliced into small confetti squares
- 1 (2 1/4 ounce) can large black olives, sliced
- 1 cup cheese, Shredded & Long (cheddar is good, but a Mexican blend would be good too)
How to make it:
- MIX meat and seasoning mix. Shape half of the mixture into 24 (1-inch) balls; place in 15x10x1-inch baking pan and bake at 350 F for 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked through.
- Brown the remaining seasoned ground beef and add salsa.
- Fill each taco shell with a thin layer of ground beef, sour cream, lettuce, and tomatoes.
- Position 2 meatballs inside the taco shell and add a dollop of sour cream to each. Garnish with olives to make “eyeballs.” Spread the cheese out along to the top for stringy hair.
DATES TO REMEMBER
October 16th- School Wide PAJAMA DAY!!
Why spend your evenings and weekends driving to and from practices and programs when your child can participate in there right here at school? Please see the front desk for more information on any of these wonderful programs!
MONDAYS: MUSIC FOR LITTLE ONES @ 10am
Weekly music classes with Music For Little Ones will be lots of fun!! Each week the children will participate in different songs, and activities with music. They will even get to try different musical instruments. They will receive a CD of all songs learned that session. It is a wonderful, musical experience!
TUESDAYS: Soccer Shots @ 10am
Soccer Shots has three rules: Score a goal, be a team player, and HAVE FUN! This is a great way to get some extra physical fitness in and have a blast doing it! Spaces are still available so sign up today!!
THURSDAYS: JUMP BUNCH @ 10am
Jump Bunch introduces sports and fitness to your child in a hands-on setting. It builds coordination and interest in sports, teaches through constant praise and encouragement, offers a safe, non-competitive environment, and promotes healthy fitness and nutrition!
THURSDAYS: MusIQ @ 10am Is a piano based music program for children ages 3 and up. Classical music and keyboard skills are taught. Please see us for more details.
FROM THE EDUCATIONAL DEPARTMENT
Exploring Community Helpers & the Roles They Play
This month, our students are gaining a greater understanding of community helper occupations, such as police officers, mail carriers, medical professionals and firefighters. The children have a lot of fun imagining themselves in these important roles, and incorporating toy versions of the uniforms, equipment and vehicles that go with them.
In addition, October is National Fire Prevention Month, so we place a special emphasis on the importance of fire safety and the role of firefighters. Our classroom activities help the children become more comfortable around emergency responders in uniform, and teach them basics about what to do in case of an emergency.
Here are some ways children learn about community helpers in the classroom, as well as activities for you and your child to do at home.
TODDLERS (ages 1-2):
In the classroom: Toddlers are fascinated with dressing up as doctors, police officers and firefighters, because they have distinct uniforms and roles that children can easily understand. During dramatic play, our teachers provide students with costumes and props, and encourage them to choose the role they want to play.
At home: Continue dress-up play by providing your child with various props and costumes. Ask him, “Who do you want to dress-up as?” and “What does that person wear?”
Recommended reading: Whose Hat is This by Sharon Katz Cooper
BEGINNERS (ages 2-3):
In the classroom: Our Beginner students learn about the special vehicles that community helpers use, by playing matching games, reading books, and building vehicles using cardboard boxes.
At home: Go for a drive with your child. Point out vehicles that belong to community helpers, such as a fire truck and a police car. Ask, “Who drives that vehicle?” and “Where might it be going?”
Recommended reading: The Little Fire Engine by Lois Lenski
INTERMEDIATES (ages 3-4):
In the classroom: During fire safety lessons, many of our schools invite local firefighters to visit. Students explore the tools firefighters use, learn “Stop, Drop and Roll,” and may have the opportunity to tour a fire truck.
At home: Continue exploring fire safety by practicing “Stop, Drop and Roll” with your child. Ask him, “Who puts out fires?” and discuss what he should do if he hears a fire alarm at home.
Recommended reading: The Fire Engine Book by Tibor Gergely
PRE-K/PRE-K 2 (ages 4-5):
In the classroom: Teachers introduce situations when it might be necessary to dial 9-1-1. Students practice finding 9-1-1 on different keypads, such as cell phones and landlines.
At home: Show your child photos of various community helpers and the buildings where they work. Ask him to identify the helpers and their workplaces, and describe the roles the helpers play in our community.
Recommended reading: The Berenstain Bears: Jobs around Town by Jan Berenstain
We provide many opportunities for students to learn about community helpers. By setting this foundation, they become more familiar and comfortable around the people that make their neighborhoods a better place.
– Lauren Starnes, PhD – Director of Early Childhood Education