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Newsletter, Letter from Principal Jan. 2016

Dear Chesterbrook Academy,

Happy New Year CBA!

The holidays were a wonderful time here at school and we all certainly enjoyed ourselves with the many festivities that took place! Now that the hustle and bustle of the season is over, we are ready to settle back in to our school routines and set about making the Spring 2016 semester one of our best yet!

Although it feels as though we will slow down a bit, January is still full steam ahead with a full slate of events and activities for us all. Our teachers are busy prepping lesson plans and projects for their students, and our students are ready to soak up more knowledge as the school year continues.

Here in the front office, we are gearing up for our First Annual Book Drive! With the holidays behind us, perhaps you have found yourselves “de-cluttering” after Santa’s visit? If you have items that you would like to donate – please do! Although we are specifically interested in book donations to build our school’s central library – other items are of great value to us. Puzzles, games, art supplies, infant/toddler items – pretty much anything your children used that is no longer in rotation is of value for us!

To thank our generous families for their contributions – and, just to say thank you for sharing your children with us daily – we would love to invite you to our Winter Open House and Festival on January 23rd. From 10 am to 1 pm, we’ll have games, activities and a light lunch as the culmination of our Book & Materials Drive. We hope you can join us!

As always, we hope this monthly greeting finds you and your families happy, healthy and ready for the New Year!

Thank you for being part of our school!

Kind Regards,

Ms. Rebecca


Ancillary Programs- Open Enrollment
Jr Fit: Monday Mornings (open enrollment)
Jr. Fit teaches skill development in a new and exciting light while promoting fitness, strength, coordination, balance, and confidence for both active play and sports. Activities have age-appropriate expectations to ensure continued growth at each level. Our exciting and interactive fitness games, adventures, obstacle courses, and relay races help children enjoy fitness and give a head start to a healthy and active lifestyle.
Ages 2 and older

January Payments are due on January 4th
Jr Fit : $55 & Dance: $78



Let’s take a minute to welcome all the students who started with our school in December:  Jackson H. Donovan B. Uxue B. John C . Tommy B.


Welcome New & Returning Teachers:

A great big, Welcome Aboard for both Ms. Nina and Ms. Mary!

Ms. Nina has recently moved back to VA from Georgia and joined CBA in November. She brings with her over 6 years of classroom experience, and is currently in the role of multi-classroom assistant teacher, where she assists across the age groups. We are loving her energy and passion for Early Childhood Education!

Ms. Mary Granger is also a recent transplant to VA – having relocated from Louisiana. Her educational background and classroom experience in Early Childhood Education goes back 12 years, bringing a depth of knowledge to her new position that is wonderful! Although Ms. Mary has worked across all age groups, she has a special affinity for children under 2, which makes her a great addition to our Infant and Toddler lineup, where she is scheduled to begin her training with CBA!

Welcome back to Ms. Younikka (“Nana”)!

Ms. Younikka was our Intermediates teacher last year, and departed over the summer
for family commitments with her grandchildren. She has returned to assist all classrooms
in meeting the high standards of academia at CBA. Ms. Younikka has over ten years of
elementary education experience in Fairfax County public schools, as well as multiple years of experience as a Lead Preschool Teacher in several different countries as her military travels allowed.


Staff Corner

CBA Anniversarys:
Ms. Tiffany is celebrating her fourth year, while Ms. Linda is celebrating SEVEN years and Ms. Ruth is celebrating TEN YEARS this month!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Ms. Blanca & Ms. Linda who are celebrating birthdays this month.
Weather Alerts

For weather related closures:

  • Check our telephone message
  • Check our website
  • Watch your email for E-notify:  Not signed up for e-notify stop by the front desk to give us your email address

Monthly School Policy Reminder:
Pg. 8 CBA Handbook

The purpose of our sick policy is to reduce the spread of illness among children and to encourage full recuperation of sick children before they return to school. We depend on parents to assist us in maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all of our children.

We reserve the right to send home any student who shows signs of illness at school. Any student who becomes ill at school will be made comfortable until his/her parent can be notified and the student is picked up from school. A parent must pick up the ill child within one hour of notification. A sick child must stay home where he/she is most relaxed and comfortable.

Children may be sent home if they have any specific symptoms as listed below. In addition, a child must be free of all of these specified symptoms for at least 24 hours before he/she can be returned to school.

These symptoms are as follows:
A fever of 100 degrees or more
Vomiting within the previous 24-hour period
Diarrhea within the previous 24-hour period (including recurring episodes of diarrhea at school)
A heavy nasal discharge indicative of infection
A constant cough or sore throat
Fussy, cranky behavior and generally not himself/herself
A skin rash, excluding diaper rash
Head lice
Symptoms of a communicable disease

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.)


Classroom in the Spotlight: Infant Program
In addition to holding and cuddling the infants, our teachers are always interacting with them to encourage their mental and physical development. They will also introduce your child to our infant sign language program. Your child will learn to grasp toys, vocalize sounds, recognize pictures of familiar objects and acquire a variety of other skills.

Teachers work with each child in a series of stimulating activities that incorporate the natural routines of feeding and play. The teacher reinforces the babies’ development without disrupting their daily schedule.

Our Infant program staff include Maria Arce, Maria Rodriquez, Marie Charlton, and Ruth Grogan.

Ms. Maria A. began working with children when she taught third grade in Peru. When
she moved to Virginia, she ran her
own childcare at home for five years.
She has been working for CBA
since 1995. She enjoys her
opportunities every day, working with the infants and making them smile.

Ms. Maria R. has worked for CBA since 1993 and is our most tenured faculty member. She is a loving mother, who has always enjoyed working in education. Maria likes working with the children and helping them through life’s many different stages. She still remembers the very first baby under her care – and we bet they remember her!

Ms. Marie Charlton has been with CBA since early 2015 and has worked in childcare
for over thirty years. She has four
adult children and two grand-
children. She enjoys working with
infants the most, out of all the age

Ms. Ruth started with CBA in 2005. Originally hired to help as a receptionist, Ms. Ruth has helped in every classroom, but has spent most of her ten years at CBA in our infant classroom. She enjoys watching the infants grow into little people and remembers every infant she has had at CBA.

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