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Chesterbrook Academy News – March 2016

A new month has arrived and the meteorologists are predicting yet another possible winter storm just in time for March to live up to its reputation….”in like a lion, and out like a lamb!” Let’s hope that the latter is also true! Although, most of our families are now well aware, but as a reminder, we broadcast our school delay and closing information on channel 6 ABC. We are “LEAPING” into March this year! First, we will be celebrating the wonderful works of Dr. Seuss during the first week of March. We will then turn our focus to Signs of Spring, and more school spirit on St. Patrick’s Day with some Leprechaun Fun! March is a busy month, so please be sure to read on for details of all school happenings and information that will be coming home.

We are now in our 30-day window for our annual state licensing. We will continue to circle around with families for any outstanding paperwork that may need to be updated. Please check your child’s mailbox daily for communications and paperwork being sent home. It is imperative that we maintain our records to ensure we not only meet but exceed the state requirements. Thank you to all of our families for their cooperation!

Our next Open House and Kindergarten Parent Workshop, for parents of children who will become Kindergarten-age eligible for the upcoming school years,will take place on Saturday, March 12tht from 10:00am-1:00pm . The Parent Workshop will run10:30am-12:00pm. Please RSVP to Jenell or Heather, and feel free to share with interested families who may be looking for Full-Day Kindergarten or Preschool Program.

Priority Registration is now underway for all families through March 18th. (Your letter may indicate March 11th.) Be sure to take advantage of this discount for the upcoming school year just around the corner. You will pay the full registration fee, and will receive your Early Bird Discount in September! Feel free to inquire with Pam or I should you have any questions. Please complete the Priority Registration form (blue), 2016-2017 Tuition Fee Schedule (Gold), and Applicant Information (white). These forms should be returned with the Registration Fees. If you would like us to process your fees via auto-pay, please indicate on the Priority Registration Form. (Current ACH families only.) Included you will also find information about a new payment option. We will now be accepting Credit Cards for tuition payments. Please refer to the information enclosed in your family registration packet for further details.

We are also making preparations now for Summer Camp and will be sending home the summer camp forms along with the Priority Registration. Please review and complete the forms located at the back of the packet. The form(s) may be returned with Priority Registration. Note: Rising Beginners-PreK Activity Fee is $45.00, and PreK2 -Grade 3 is $75.00. We will once again offer Summer Instructional Swim Lessons through PSC@Highpoint for campers ages 4 years and above. Information and forms are also included in your packet.

We will be sending home your child’s progress report along with the state Child Service Report. I am also excited to share that we will be distributing a parent communication tool for our PreK and PreK 2 families in preparation for their child’s progression into Kindergarten. In February/March and May/June, parents receive a detailed progress report of their child’s skill development in the form of our Links to Learning Parent Report. Accompanying the May/June Parent Report will also be the student’s PLG document. (Personal Learning Goals). The PLG will provide you with what we see as the next steps in your child’s academic journey and can act as a guide to help you select the most appropriate kindergarten program for your child. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me or your child’s teacher. We are excited to continue to work closely with you as we customize and enhance your child’s Pre-K experience at our school.

Over the next month, we will be focusing our efforts on our Middle States Re-accreditation visit scheduled for the week of April 25th-29th. This is school-wide community effort and we will be asking our families to help support us as direct stakeholders in our school community to gather data as part of our self-study and improvement process. Stay tuned for further details to be shared in the upcoming week. We appreciate and value your input and involvement so that we may continue to serve our students, families, and staff better. Please note that we will need parent volunteers to help support our re-accreditation. Details will be sent out in a separate communication.

Last, but certainly not least, I am excited and pleased to announce that our school’s Teacher of the Year award has been selected for this district-wide honor, and this year’s winner is Ms. Gina! Ms. Gina received our Teacher of the Year honors and was recognized during our bi-annual inservice day on February 15th, along with fellow nominees from nine of our sister schools. Please join us in congratulating Gina on this wonderful honor and achievement!

Please be sure to register now for the 2016-2017 School Year! Priority Registration ends Friday, March 18th. We are looking forward to continuing your child’s early childhood journey at Chesterbrook Academy!

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