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Chesterbrook Academy News – April 2016

Dear Chesterbrook Families:

We welcome Spring and April with showers, and I gather that all of us are looking forward to those May flowers and warm, sunny days ahead! We have a busy month ahead of us so be sure to refer to the Calendar and Upcoming Events (listed below).

Outdoor Soccer Shots is back! Back by popular demand, Soccer Shots is gearing up for the Spring Season. To enroll go to

SoccerShots.org/lehigh. The Spring Session will begin on the afternoon of Thursday, April 14th and run through Thursday, June 2nd.

Our bi-annual Scholastic Book Fair will arrive later this month and we are pleased to be able to offer our families the opportunity to pick-up a few new books for your children with the BOGO (Buy one, get one Free) offer. The book fair will run Friday, April 15th-Friday, April 22nd. If you find a book that is sold out, please let us know and we will be happy to place an order for more! Scholastic usually has a quick turn-around for fulfilling these requests.

April is also when we celebrate our students, during the Week of the Young Child. This year our celebration will take place during the week of Monday, April 11th through Friday, April 15th. We have many fun and exciting events planned for our families including the St. Jude’s Trike-a-Thon, Spring Hat Parade to New Seasons, and possibly a Family Fun Night. We will be sending out a Week of the Young Child flyer for a listing of daily festivities.

We will then celebrate Earth Day with our Annual Ladybug Release and School Spirit Day on Friday, April 22nd. Our students will be learning about life cycles and the important role that ladybugs play in helping our gardens grow. We will commence our celebration with a picnic (al fresco – weather permitting).

Our Early Bird Registration has wrapped-up and we are looking forward to continuing your child’s early childhood journey with you! Thank you to all of our families for your continued commitment to our school. We are also making preparations now for Summer Camp and would like to remind you to return your summer camp forms to the front office. If you need another brochure, just let us know. (Applies to Beginners and above.)

Later this month, during the week of April 25th, we will conduct our Middle States Re-accreditation visit. 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 support us with Key Stakeholder Interviews as part of this process. (Wednesday, April 27th) Stay tuned for further details to be shared in the upcoming weeks and months ahead. We appreciate and value your input and involvement so that we may continue to serve our students, families, and staff better. Your support plays a vital role in helping us to assess and evaluate our progress and future improvement goals, as well as commend us for why you chose Chesterbrook Academy for your family. We are looking forward to sharing this next step of our re-accreditation journey with all of our families and key stakeholders.


Happy Spring!

Jenell Hilton



Upcoming Events:

Monday, April 11th – Friday, April 15th: Week of the Young Child Celebration

  • Monday, April 11th: Morning Breakfast Treat/Music, Sing & Dance Bubble Celebration
  • Tuesday, April 12th: Tell Me A Story Tuesday! Join us for storytime. (more details to follow)
  • Wednesday, April 13th: Work Together Wednesday! Garden Box Prep/Playground Clean-up/Plant A Seed with your Child
  • Thursday, April 14th: Thankful Thursday! St. Jude’s Trike-a-Thon (Bring your trike/bike/scooter & a helmet)
  • Friday, April 15th: Spring Hat Parade (4pm) and Tentative Family Event to follow (5-6pm)

Friday, April 15th – Friday, April 22nd: Scholastic Book Fair (BOGO)

Friday, April 22nd: Earth Day/Ladybug Release & School Spirit Day! Wear your Red & Black! Ladybug Picnic Lunch

Tuesday, April 26-Friday, April 29th: MSA Team Visit for School Re-accreditation

From the Education Team


Appreciating the Wonders of Mother Nature

Spring is here and Earth Day is right around the corner, providing a wonderful opportunity to connect children with nature and reinforce the importance of preserving and protecting the world around us.

Our Links to Learning curriculum uses hands-on activities to cultivate a deeper connection to the earth and foster academic, physical and social skill development.

Below are activities we implement in our classrooms to get children excited about nature, as well as activities and books to read with your child at home.


In the classroom: Our teachers provide natural objects, such as leaves, pinecones and flowers for the children to see and touch. We help children associate words with the concrete objects they represent.

At-home activity: Allow your child to experience different textured fruits, such as an orange, watermelon and cantaloupe. Talk about what he sees, smells, tastes and feels.

Recommended reading: Colors from Nature from PlayBac Publishing and The Earth Book by Todd Parr

BEGINNERS (Ages 2-3):

In the classroom: Around age two, children begin to understand interdependencies in nature. For instance, they learn that ladybugs feed on insects that are harmful to gardens, trees and shrubs. On Earth Day, many of our students have the opportunity to release ladybugs to help local gardens.

At-home activity: Take a walk outdoors with your child and play a game of “I Spy.” Ask him point out objects found in the springtime, for example a red flower, a blue bird or a colorful butterfly.

Recommended reading: Biscuit’s Earth Day Celebration by Alyssa Satin Capucilli & David T. Wenzel and The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle


In the classroom: As our Intermediates gain a greater understanding and appreciation for how living things grow, the class may adopt a pet such as a fish or bunny. Students develop math, science and language skills by measuring the pet’s food, observing the pet’s behavior and habitat, and learning new vocabulary. Research shows that when children have the opportunity to care for animals, they practice nurturing behaviors that help them interact in gentle ways with people also.

At-home activity: Create a small garden and allow your child to help you plant and water seeds, either outdoors or indoors. Ask him to predict what the plant will look like by drawing pictures in his journal. Check the plant regularly so he can observe and measure changes in growth. Discuss the importance of watering and caring for the plant.

Recommended reading: Our Earth by Anne Rockwell and the poem “Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out!” by Shel Silverstein

PRE-K/PRE-K 2 (Ages 4-5):

In the classroom: Teachers encourage our older preschoolers to reuse recyclable materials in fun and unconventional ways. For instance, our students use cardboard boxes to create a castle, milk jug lids to sort and match, and plastic bottles to create beautiful, unique artwork.

At-home activity: Set up a recycling station using cardboard boxes, and label each box with the words “metal”, “plastic” and “paper”. Throughout the month, ask your child to help sort your family’s recyclables by placing the items into the correct box. Explain that recycling is just one way that we can be kind to the earth. Ask him to name a few other ways, such as conserving electricity, picking up litter and planting a garden.

Recommended reading: A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry and The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

We create a path for lifelong learning by providing numerous opportunities for children to study and explore nature. These hands-on experiences lead to growth in all areas of development as students transition into elementary school and beyond.

Lauren Starnes, PhD- Manager of Curriculum and Instruction

For Parents and Teachers



With the start of a new school year, it can be challenging to remember all of the things, we as parents need to do. Here are a few important reminders to be aware of:

  • Tuition is due on Friday for the upcoming week. Let us help make life a little easier, and save yourself from writing checks by signing up for the Automatic Payment program. We have forms available at the front desk for those interested.
  • Please sign your child in and out each day at the front desk. If you are not sure what to do or where to look, please do not hesitate to ask.
  • Please do not hold the door open for individuals you do not know or recognize. Anyone who is supposed to be here will understand and thank you for it!
  • Check your child’s mailbox/folder at the end of each day for imporant notes and information coming home.
  • Our two inservice days of the year are on Election Day and President’s Day. Our school will be closed on these dates for our staff to attend required training.
  • Tune into 6ABC.com or Channel 6 News for information on school closings and delays. Please refer to the For Parent and Teachers below as well for further details.
  • All children are required to have an updated and current physical on file. Children up to the age of 2 years are required to have an updated Health Assessment Form completed at each well visit. Children 2 years of age and older are required annually.
  • Enrollment paperwork will be required to be updated periodically to remain in compliance with our state regulations and licensing. Be aware of information coming home of forms that need to be updated. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation to make sure that we meet and exceed the requirements.

In addition to all the efforts we are making to ensure a year of tremendous growth for the children, we are striving to make life easier for parents! We encourage you to check out our school website for updates. On this site you will find our school calendar, menus, newsletter and more. Please bookmark the address at www.newbritain.chesterbrookacademy.com .

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