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November News

Hello Chesterbrook Families,

In an effort to make sure our families are informed about all of the happenings in and around our school, I wanted to send out this mid-month communication. There are several announcements and updates regarding upcoming events that we want to make sure you are aware of so that you can be better informed and plan accordingly.

First, our first marking period Parent Reports and Report Cards are being distributed for all students enrolled in our programs later this month. Please spend a few minutes to review your child’s report. This initial report will serve as a baseline from which your child will continue to develop their skills and progression. If you should have any questions regarding the information, please do not hesitate to speak with your child’s teacher, or myself. You are also welcome to schedule a conference with your child’s teacher(s).

The next marking period will be coming up in January for Kindergarten, and then in February/March for all students, before the final report in May/June. I am excited to share that we will be providing Kindergarten Readiness Personal Learning Goals for our PreK and PreK 2 students who will be entering Kindergarten in the upcoming year. This will provide families with additional areas for growth and development to better prepare your child for Kindergarten. More details will follow in the upcoming months!

And, for families of children entering Kindergarten for the 2016-2017 school year, it’s not too early to mark your calendars for our next Open House and Kindergarten Workshop & Registration on Saturday, November 7th and Saturday, January 23rd, and March 12th. This is an opportunity for families to learn more about what to expect in Kindergarten and what sets our program above the rest! We will be sending out letters to families of students that will be Kindergarten age eligible in the beginning of January.

Also, coming home this month is a flyer for families to post at home regarding School Closing & Delay Information. In the event of inclement weather (or other factors) that may impact our ability to open or remain open, you may refer to the flyer with where to tune in, and details about opening delays. For your reference, we broadcast this information on ABC 6. If time and services allow, we will also send out an e-notification via email, and our website will be updated with a note about our operations at the top of the school news, and on the home page left banner. We will then try to update our voicemail message, however, this is the last resource line of communication. You can also find our school closing and delay information on our school website under News. Be sure to check out ABC 6 online for additional ways to set-up text and emails from ABC 6 when we post a school closing or delay.


It’s hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is just several weeks away! In celebration, our students will be having their very own feast on Friday, November 20th – turkey and all! The children throughout the school “dress-up” and get into character as Pilgrims and Native Americans. The children enjoy the festivities, and we look forward to this celebration each year.

During the week of Thanksgiving, we are planning for our PreK, PreK 2 and Kindergarten students to visit New Seasons to give thanks to our Grandfriends, and share a few songs with them. We appreciate the opportunity to provide this enriching experience with our students throughout the school year. Thank you for your support of our efforts to continue our connection with the elder generations within our community.

As a reminder, our school will be closed on Thursday, November 26th in observance of Thanksgiving, and will re-open on Friday, November 27th. However, we often have reduced attendance and may close a little earlier if attendance allows. This is a non-academic day and some of our classrooms will be combined to accommodate the attendance shift. We kindly request that you take a moment to complete the Holiday Attendance Form that will be posted on your child’s classroom door so that we may plan our staffing needs accordingly.

Please note, our Annual Snowflake Festival will take place on Friday, December 18th. Mark your calendars now for our holiday concert and family dinner. More details will be sent out soon! We look forward to celebrating the holiday season with all of our families, and hope you can attend!

Lastly, I would like to thank you for being a part of our Chesterbrook Family!



Jenell Hilton, Principal

Chesterbrook Academy

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