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November News

We are so thankful to have you a part of our Chesterbrook Academy family. We are excited to share each and every day with you and your children. Thank you to all of you who were able to participate in our Truck or Treat event!  We were so excited to be able to share this experience with you! Also, Thank you for those of you who were able to contribute to this event!  Right now we are hosting a food drive for Kids in Distress.  We will be collecting canned foods and staples up until November 13th, when the VPK children will deliver the food to The Sagemont School.


Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten

 We will be taking a field trip on Friday, November 13th. We will be going to The Sagemont School to participate in their annual Turkey Trot event.  Please, make sure that you have turned your field trip permission form in to the front office.  If we do not have signed permission your child will have to stay at the school on this day.

There is NO-VPK on Wednesday, November 25th, and Chesterbrook Academy will be closed Thursday, November 26th and Friday November 27th in observance of Thanksgiving day.


Thanksgiving Luncheon

We will be hosting our annual Thanksgiving Luncheon on Tuesday, November 24th.  It is $7 per person.  The menu will be turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed sweet potato, green beans, and chocolate chip cookies.  All parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles are all invited to join us for our luncheon.  Please, put in your order for the luncheon by Friday, November 6th, in order to make sure that we get a proper count to our caterer.


Wacky Wednesday

This month our Wacky Wednesday theme is Pajama Day!!!  Wacky Wednesday will be on Wednesday November 18th.  We would love to have ALL children participate in our Wacky Wednesday!


School Closures

Chesterbrook Academy will be closed on Wednesday, November 11th in observance of Veteran’s Day.  We will also be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th in observance of Thanksgiving Day.


Parent Communication

We want to keep our parents involved and one way to do that is making sure to read the information posted on your child’s classroom’s parent board as well as checking their folder for papers to go home each day. The “ What We Learned Today” paper located on the classroom doors will also share a special activity from the class’s day. I encourage you to ask your child questions about that activity. This is a great way to get them to share their day with you. Also, always feel free to talk to the teachers at drop off/pick up or call and check in throughout the day.


Kindergarten Kickoff

What to do after VPK has ended and Kindergarten has not started yet???  Here at Chesterbrook Academy we have our Kindergarten Kickoff Program.  There are two options for this program.  We have our full time option for $175 per week or our 9:00am-1:00pm option for $145 per week.  This program continues on the learning throughout the summer in order to help give them that extra advantage when they start kindergarten.  You can sign up for one week or 11 weeks.  Please see the front office to sign up!


Summer Camp

Elementary Summer Camp spaces are very limited!!! Sign-up now for our fun-filled summer camp.  There are only a few spaces left! We have our summer filled with great field trips, swimming, and fun in house activities.  Only $175 per week and you can choose the weeks you wish to attend. See the front office to sign up!



Menus are located in the front office. Please feel free to see us up front with any questions that you have about the menu or ordering. All menus are due by the due date. If you do not turn your menu in on time, you will need to pack lunch for your child.



As a reminder: All students in our intermediate and Pre-k programs are required to wear uniforms. The uniform consists of a Black Polo with the Chesterbrook Logo and Khaki bottoms.   If you have already purchased the navy blue CBA polos for the fall we will allow the children to continue to wear navy blue for the school year, but as you buy new uniforms, please purchase the black ones. Please see the front desk to order uniforms.

Our school VPK hours are 9AM-12 Noon. As a part of the VPK program, the state requires that all VPK students are at school during VPK hours. For more information, please see the front desk.



Here are a few reminders and updates to keep us on track for the rest of the school year:

  • Contact and Emergency Information: Please remember to update your information at the front desk if there are any changes.
  • Lunch Menus: are due on the due date, so that we can order from the catering company. If we don’t have your child’s lunch menu, we can’t order a lunch. Please pack a lunch for your child if you haven’t filled out a lunch menu.
  • Tuition: payments are due the 1st of each week. A $25 late fee will be applied to all tuition payments turned in after Monday of each week.
  • Late pick-up: fees apply to children picked up after 6:15 pm. There is a fee of $1 per minute after 6:15 pm as stated on your tuition fee schedule agreement.
  • Sick Policy: Children may be sent home if they have any concerning symptoms. In addition, a child must be free of all of these symptoms for at least 24 hours before he/she can return to school. These symptoms include:
    • A Fever of 100 degrees or more
    • Vomiting within the previous 24-hour period
    • Diarrhea within the previous 24-hour period
    • Symptoms of a communicable disease
    • Fussy, cranky behavior and generally not himself/ herself
      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 illness is not contagious. ( A doctor’s clearance may be requested.) Please help us keep all of our children healthy by following these rules.
      If you have any questions or concerns please let us know. You can talk with your child’s teacher or any one of us in the front office. Also, you can email me at melody.mcdonald@nlcinc.com or call (954) 749-1333. As always my door is always open, please feel free to stop by, email me or call with any questions, concerns or comments. Our goal is to provide each family with a fulfilling educational experience.
  • Parent Ambassador Referral Program: Spread the word about Chesterbrook Academy and save on your child’s tuition. Stop by the front Office for more details. Chesterbrook Academy has six locations in South Florida: Coconut Creek, Cooper City, Sunrise, Pembroke Pines, Port St. Lucie and Palm Beach Gardens.
  • Our Mission: Chesterbrook Academy- Sunrise provides a safe and warm family environment in a rich academic setting that focuses on fun and creative hands-on learning for each individual student.  Our school promotes self-expression, yet maintains a structured program for a great head start in “life”.

To ensure that each child receives the best care possible, it is critical that parents and teachers maintain frequent and accurate communication.  Please feel free to call or stop by at any time to see how your child is doing.  We always have an open door policy!

A Message 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

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