From the Principal’s Office:
In April we welcome “spring like” weather which means our students will begin to spend more time outside. This allows our teachers to create exciting hands on activities while learning about nature. All of this nature learning also means that our students might be getting a little messy outside. Please make sure that you check your child’s spare clothes to ensure that the items we have are weather appropriate and still fit your child. We love nature in early childhood as our students have an opportunity to observe the life cycle of animals and plants while getting their hands messy in planting and watering our classroom plants and garden.
My favorite books about Spring
1. Planting a rainbow by Lois Ehlert
2. The boy who didn’t believe in spring by Lucille Clifton
3. Hopper Hunts for Spring by Marcus Pfister
4. Brianna, Jamaica, and the Dance of Spring by Juanita Havill
5. From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons
My skin is kind of sort of brownish
Pinkish yellowish white.
My eyes are greyish blueish green,
But I’m told they look orange in the night.
My hair is reddish blondish brown,
But it’s silver when it’s wet. And all the colors I am inside
Have not been invented yet!
Wishing you and your family a month filled with the warmth of spring!
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- Sign up Sheet for Baking for a Cause on Monday, April 4th
- Vision & Hearing Screening on Wednesday, April 20th
- Spring Portraits on Thursday, April 21st and Friday, April 22nd
- Earth Day on Friday, April 22nd
- Bake Sale on Thursday, April 28th and Friday, April 29th
- Teacher Appreciation Week begins on Monday, May 2nd
- Mother’s Day Breakfast on Friday, May 6th
- Chesterbrook Academy is closed on Monday, May 30th for Memorial Day
- Preschool Graduation on Tuesday, May 31st at 6:00pm in CAES gym
- Portfolio Night on Wednesday,June 1st from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Baking for a Cause
It is time that time of year for our annual “Baking For A Cause” project. The money that the children raise during the bake sale will be used to support the Well Wishes Project. You can visit the Well Wishes Project at http://wellwishesproject.wix.com/kindness-project. This organization makes birthday bags and seasonal treats for children visiting the St. John Food Pantry in Joliet, IL. Well Wishes Project also supports local senior facilities and residences with supplies & good cheer!
On April 26th and 27th, the Pre-K, Pre-K2B, and Pre-K2A students will be busy baking various treats for the bake sale. The students will be making the treats and operating the bake sale with the support of their teachers on Thursday, April 28th & Friday, April 29th.
The bake sale will be open from 3:00pm until 6:00pm on Thursday, April 28th & Friday, April 29th.
We will be purchasing supplies to create bags with the Well Wishes Project at the St. John Food Pantry in May. During the field trip our Prek, Prek2B, and Prek2A students will get to tour the food pantry and lean about how the food pantry helps the local community and students will get the opportunity to create bags with the Well Wishes Project. This is a great opportunity for our students to learn about making a difference and giving back to the community they live in.
We are very excited for this project and we look forward to seeing each of you at the bake sale. We will have a sign-up sheet located at the front desk for anyone who would like to donate items for the bake sale. Please bring in donations by Thursday, April 21st, 2016. Thank you in advance for your help and support!
Please take a moment to review how traffic should flow in our parking lot: Traffic is to enter the parking lot on the Chesterbrook Academy Elementary School side and then follow all the way around the lot and park on the preschool side. Traffic should exit the parking lot on our preschool side. Please make sure to slow down near the cross walk so that you are able to watch for pedestrians crossing from one building to the next and to avoid any accidents or injuries. Heavy traffic times are from 8:30am to 8:45am and 3:35pm to 3:55pm; to avoid these heavy traffic times please arrive to the campus either before or after these arrival and dismissal times.
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Chesterbrook Academy Elementary School
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From the Education Department
Linking Learning with Nature
Spring is here! Flowers are blooming, days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer. Now is a great time for children to explore these environmental changes happening in the world around them.
Not only are children curious about nature, but research shows that it has a profound influence on their problem solving skills, creativity, imagination and cognitive ability. Because of this, our teachers incorporate nature in all aspects of our Links to Learning curriculum.
Below are ways we connect learning with nature, as well as activities you can do with your child at home.
In the classroom: After reading a book about springtime, teachers bring children outdoors to explore and investigate objects in nature. The children have fun crumbling leaves, smelling flowers and looking at clouds.
At home: Take tummy time outdoors and allow your infant to explore different sights, sounds and textures. Encourage him to move and grab things by placing objects just beyond his reach. For toddlers, ask questions like, “Who made that chirping sound” or “Can you point to the flowers?”
Recommended reading: Wake Up! Wake Up! A Springtime Lift-the-Flap Book by Kathryn Davis, Welcome Spring by Little Scholastic
BEGINNERS (ages 2-3):
In the classroom: Our Beginners read books about seasonal changes, then bring the story to life by going outdoors to find real-world examples.
At home: Help make your child aware of the seasonal changes going on around him. Talk a walk with him and ask questions such as “Why do we see flowers growing now?” or “What do flowers need in order to grow?” Encourage him to use his creativity when answering.
Recommended reading: Over in the Meadow by Olive Wadsworth, Mouse’s First Spring by Lauren Thompson
INTERMEDIATES (ages 3-4):
In the classroom: Students plant seeds in their school garden and learn about the importance of caring for them. Through this activity, they practice math skills such as measuring, sorting, counting and making predictions.
At home: Set up a bird feeder outside a window that your child can easily see. Let him help you fill it with birdfeed. As the birds come to eat, ask your child to talk about them. “What color are they?” “Are they big or small?” “What are they doing?”
Recommended reading: Little Seed by Eric Carle, Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
PRE-K/PRE-K 2 (ages 4-5):
In the classroom: Pre-K and Pre-K 2 students explore the sounds they hear in nature while playing outdoors. They then use recycled and natural materials, such as string and pine cones, to make their own wind chime.
At home: Reuse junk mail for a fun arts and crafts activity with your child. Encourage him to look through flyers and magazines to find words and pictures that he recognizes. Then, ask him to create a collage by cutting and gluing them to a piece of paper or poster board.
Recommended reading: And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano, About Springtime, Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
We provide many opportunities for our preschoolers to think creatively and imaginatively about the world around them. By setting this foundation, children build confidence in their own unique thoughts and maintain a thirst for learning as they enter elementary school and beyond.
– Lauren Starnes, PhD – Director of Early Childhood Education