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November Newsletter

From the Desk of the Principal

 We have had many exciting changes this month at Chesterbrook. We have increased the size of our Toddler room allowing for many exploration opportunities and increased gross motor learning. We have added an Infant B room to give our older infants room to try out their new walking skills and time to develop the milestones for the Toddler room at their own pace. We have received many positive comments from parents and are seeing a great response from our children in  these rooms.  With the addition of the Infant B room, Jamere Harris has been promoted to lead teacher. She has really made a connection with the families in our Infant room and shows a special nurturing bond with all the infants. Please join me in congratulating Jamere.

Beginners finished the month of October with a week of science experiments, making observations and predictions like real scientists.

Intermediates have been enjoying being all together as one class with Miss Nina as Lead teacher and Mr. Jordon as assistant. They have done so many exciting new imaginative play activities that help them build on their verbal communication skills.

Pre-K 1 has been continuing the study of my body. Making skeletons and x-rays and exploring self awareness. They were working on writing their own names and as of November they will be signing themselves in when they enter the class.

 Pre-K 2 has added a science lab  with microscopes, bugs, shells, and dinosaurs. They are using non-fiction science books to differentiate between real and pretend.

We had a great fall parade, many fun parties,  Yankee Candle fundraiser and the return of some wonderful class pictures. We truly appreciate all the help and support from our families here at Chesterbrook.

Mary Kay Stern

 Important Dates

Saturday, November 7th – Open house

Wednesday, November 11th – School Closed: Veteran’s Day, Teacher In-Service Day

Thursday, November 26th – School Closed: Thanksgiving Day

Friday, November 27th – We are open. Please see sign-up sheet in your child’s classroom.


From the 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



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