Summer is here!!! Congratulations to all of the VPK graduates!!! We are so proud of how much you’ve grown and we know you are going on to accomplish great things!!!! Summer transitions will begin on Monday, June 13th. You will be individually notified if your child will be changing classrooms for the summer.
Water Play days will start Monday, June 20th. We will post a list of water play days for each classroom. For water play your child will need, sunscreen to be applied before they arrive to school, their bathing attire (bathing suit, swim shirt, hat, etc.), they will need closed-toe water shoes, and a towel and a dry change of clothing including shoes. Please, make sure to label everything so that your child’s property does not get mixed up with another child’s.
I hope that everyone is enjoying the Links 2 Home application on their phones. Please, let the office know if you are having any issues getting on to the application or receiving any of the information through the application.
We will be hosting Donuts for Dads on Friday, June 17th. Dads will be able to stop in and enjoy a special snack with their child during morning drop off.
Starting on Tuesday, June 13th Zombie Ice will be coming every Tuesday. The children will be allowed to go out to the truck and pick out their icee flavor and enjoy a special treat. Zombie Ice cost $3 per child. CASH ONLY. You can choose to bring in the cash on a weekly basis and turn it in to the front office or you can pay for the whole summer up front. All ages are permitted to participate in Zombie Ice!
For the summer, Amazing Athletes will be moving to Mondays. Please, make note of this in your schedules. We will continue to offer Amazing Athletes and Dance during the summer class. Soccer will resume in the fall. If you are interested in seeing any other programs offered at Chesterbrook Academy for your child, please, let us know so we can see what we can arrange.
Getty the Gecko will be making a visit to Chesterbrook Academy on June 24th. This will be a program for the whole school to enjoy!
Summer t-shirts are now available for sale for $15 in the front office. We have sizes extra small, small, medium. The students are permitted to wear the summer shirt instead of their uniform shirt for the summer.
Donuts for Dad
Join us on Friday, June 17th, during morning drop off. Dad’s can enjoy a special treat during morning drop off with their child!
Tuesdays throughout the summer we will be offering the children Zombie Ice. It will be $3 per child per day. You can pay in the office ahead of time for the entire summer or you can pay per week that you choose to allow your child to participate. No child will be permitted to participate without payment ahead of time. CASH ONLY!
VPK enrollment is ongoing now for the fall. Please, make sure to get your VPK certificates in as spaces are limited and filling up fast!
VPK will be hosting the annual Chesterbrook Academy Prom on Friday, June 4th from 1-3pm.
The last day of VPK will be Thursday, June 9th.
Graduation will be on Thursday, June 9th at 4pm. All children need to be at the Sagemont School Lower Campus by 3:30pm dressed in their cap and gown.
Building Your Child’s Sense of Family Belonging
Relationships with family members play an important role as children begin to develop a sense of self. When they feel a sense of identity and belonging within their own families, children are better able to grow emotionally, make friends, and appreciate and accept the diversity of others.
With Mother’s Day right around the corner, it’s a great time to share activities that celebrate the importance of family.
Below are age appropriate activities that we implement in the classroom, as well as activities you can do with your child at home.
In the classroom: Teachers use baby sign language to help children identify and eventually verbalize names for their family members. When parents enter the classroom, teachers say, “Look! Here’s Sophia’s mommy,” while also signing “mommy.” They work with parents to learn specific names used at home, and then use those names in the classroom.
At home: Use baby sign language as you come across names of family members in books and songs. To sign “mommy,” tap your thumb on your chin repeatedly. To sign “daddy,” tap your thumb on your forehead repeatedly. Remember to say the word aloud as you sign.
Recommended reading: Spot Loves His Mommy by Eric Hill, Are You my Mother? by PD Eastman
BEGINNERS (ages 2-3):
In the classroom: By age two, children begin to learn the names of extended family members, such as grandmother, uncle and cousin. They practice using these words as they talk about their families. After sorting stuffed animals by type, teachers might say, “This is the horse’s family. He has a big family. Who’s in your family?”
At home: Give your child play dough and encourage him to create the members of his family. Afterward, ask him to count and name them. This activity helps him conceptualize that multiple people make up his entire family and gives you insight into what family means to your child at his particular point in development.
Recommended reading: On Mother’s Lap by Ann Herbert Scott, Oonga Boonga by Frieda Wishinsky
INTERMEDIATES (ages 3-4):
In the classroom: As children read stories about diverse families, teachers encourage them to share unique details about their own families. For example, teachers might ask, “Who has a sister?” or “Who has a pet?” Afterward, students create charts with the information.
At home: Have each member of your family make a thumbprint using finger paint on a piece of paper side by side. Then, ask your child to compare the various sizes, and guess which thumbprint belongs to each person. As they talk about their family members, they begin to appreciate what makes their family unique.
Recommended reading: Clifford’s Family by Norman Bridwell, What Mommies Do Best and What Daddies Do Best by Laura Numeroff
PRE-K/PRE-K 2 (ages 4-5):
In the classroom: Our older preschoolers begin to understand that their parents have more than one role. Family members are invited to visit and talk to the class about their roles inside and outside of the home. Students are encouraged to write and draw their family members in the different roles they serve. For example, “Mommy is a doctor.”
At home: Go on an uninterrupted family outing with your child. Try to avoid checking work emails or answering unimportant phone calls. Afterward, ask your child to write about his favorite parts of the day in his journal.
Recommended reading: Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too? by Eric Carle, The Napping House by Audrey Wood
All of our schools will be celebrating families in really fun ways this Mother’s Day season, and we hope that you do too!
– Lauren Starnes, PhD – Director of Early Childhood Education
SICK POLICY REMINDER:
- A Fever of 101 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. Thank you for your support!
We have seen a recent increase in families missing tuition payment deadlines. We really must collect tuition in a timely manner to meet our financial obligations. Please remember that tuition is due the 1st business day of every week. Accounts not paid in full by 12:00pm the second business day of every week are subject to late fees. If tuition is not paid in full your child may not attend until the balance is paid in full. Failure to comply with tuition policies will result in a notice of dis-enrollment. If you’d like to sign up for our ACH program, which automatically pulls your weekly tuition from the account of your choice the 1st business day of every week, just let us know and we will get you signed up.
ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS FEES:
If your child is signed up to attend a specific enrichment program, the monthly fee must be paid in full the first week of every month or your child may not attend the second week. Please understand, we are obligated to pay our physical fitness vendors in a timely manner for their services. Credits will not be issued for missed classes due to absence or non-payment.
Summer is here!!!!
Check out what we have planned for summer 2016 under programs tab/camp.
Reserve your child’s space NOW!
Camp Calendars are now available!!