Dear CBA Parents, November 1, 2015
November is going to be a very busy and fun month for all of the children!
We will need lots of parent volunteers this month!
It is my commitment to support the needs of your children, your families, and the school. As well as, 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 at email@example.com.
**November 1th: Daylight Savings (fall back)
** November 11h: veteran’s day—-We are closed
**November 6& 20-Parent’s shopping night -sign up is at the front desk.
** November 26th: CBA CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING (Happy Thanksgiving)
** November 27th: Limited hours of Operation 8am-3pm( It may change if we do not have enough kids attending) (Sign-up sheets will be coming out soon)
Date night/ shopping night- Nov. 6 & 20-6:30pm-10:00pm
- We will have pizza, cookies and a movie(G rated)
- $40.00 for the first child, and $70.00 for two kids
- Kids can wear PJ’s all day
- Enrolled children only
All ancillary fees will be billed the first week of Nov., please make sure your account is accurate and that you have paid for all of November’s ancillary activities.
It’s that time of year to be joyful, thankful and to count all the blessing that we have in our lives. Thinking of these things, it is hard to turn away from those less fortunate. We here at Chesterbrook Academy think that taking care of others is very important and therefore, we have made arrangements again this year to help several families through the gift of giving.
With a joyful heart, we will be putting up our “Giving Tree” in the lobby with gift tags on it and with the requested item from these families. If you have the ability to take a gift tag or two and fulfill the need of a special person, we would truly appreciate your support.
This is how it works:
1) Look at the gift tags on the giving tree. (The tree will be up by Nov. 30th)
2) Select a gift tag. Feel free to take more than one.
3) Purchase the item(s) noted on the tag.
4) Return your item UNWRAPPED with the gift tag tapped to the item.
5) All items are due -TBA
6)Pk=2 will be delivering the gifts on TBA
We truly hope to fulfill all the needs noted on the gift tags on our Giving Tree. And remember, “Tis The Season” to reach out and bring joy to families in need! Will you help?
**The weather is getting chilly fast, please make sure you have spare clothes that are weather appropriate
**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!
**A gentle reminder that payment is due the Friday before the following week! If payment is received after noon Monday, a late payment fee of $25 will be assessed. Thank you!
Mrs. Adrienne Nwude, Principal; Ms. Lauren Glaser, Assistant Principal
A Note from our Education Department:
4 Ways to Instill Thankfulness in Young Children
It’s never too early to teach your child about thankfulness. By learning concepts of generosity and compassion, children strengthen their connection to their community and become sensitive to the feelings of others.
The holiday season is quickly approaching, so now is a great time to reinforce the importance of thankfulness and giving back to those in need.
Below are age appropriate activities that we implement in the classroom, as well as activities for you and your child to do at home.
TODDLERS: Be a good role model
In the classroom: Our teachers introduce “please” and “thank you” to our toddlers by using sign language and verbal communication. Students practice good manners with their dolls, stuffed animals and each other.
At home: Modeling positive behaviors is a great way to teach your child good manners. Say “please” before asking him to do something, and always follow with “thank you.”
Recommended reading: Little Critter® I Am Helping by Mercer Mayer
BEGINNERS: Share your gratitude out loud
In the classroom: Our teachers encourage our Beginner students to name a few of their favorite toys and games, and bring one in from home to share with friends. By sharing their belongings, children nurture connections with their classmates, and build necessary problem-solving skills.
At home: Talk with your child about the things in your life for which you are thankful, and ask him to name a few as well. Extend the discussion beyond physical possessions. For instance, if he is thankful for a favorite toy, say “Grandma bought you that toy, and we are thankful for her.”
Recommended reading: Spot Helps Out by Eric Hill
INTERMEDIATES: Show appreciation through actions
In the classroom: By age three, children begin to understand the concept of appreciation. They create birthday cards for their teachers, make art projects for friends, and write thank you cards for classroom visitors.
At home: Go shopping with your child, and buy a small token of appreciation for a friend or family member. Ask your child to draw a picture or write a thank you note to accompany the gift.
Recommended reading: Clifford’s Good Deeds by Norman Bridwell
PRE-K/PRE-K2: Give back to those in need
In the classroom: During the holidays, many of our schools host donation drives for organizations in need. Our older preschoolers discuss why they are participating, count the items donated, and sometimes have the opportunity to deliver the donations.
At home: Donate canned goods to a local food pantry, and allow your child to choose the food that he would like to donate. Explain to him that you are thankful to have good food to eat, and that you want to make sure that others have the same.
Recommended reading: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
We provide many opportunities for our preschoolers to develop thankfulness and show gratitude towards others. By setting this positive foundation, your child will be more appreciative and generous as he enters elementary school and beyond.
– Lauren Starnes, PhD – Director of Early Childhood Education