From the Principal’s Office
Dear Chesterbrook Friends and Families!
Welcome to the new school year!! 2018-2019 is sure to be an amazing year! We are excited that you have chosen to share your child’s early childhood experience with us! We hope that everyone is enjoying the Links 2 Home application and receiving the pictures of your child’s day. If you have not already done so, please, download the app on your smart phone. This is a great way to keep in touch with everything that is going on throughout your child’s day.
We had a fun filled summer and even though we hate to see summer go we are excited about what fall brings. I hope some cooler weather comes soon! We are excited for you to see the learning taking place in the classrooms. We anticipate this school year to be busy and full of learning experiences and teachable moments. Please try to have your children at school as early as possible so that they are not missing out on any of those experiences. I certainly encourage everyone to be at school by 8:30 so your child will be able to eat breakfast and fill their tummies up! If you are going to be late for any reason, a quick phone call is always useful so that we know to expect you and we are not worried about your child. If your child ends up having an illness, please let us know that as well so that we can let the classroom know to look out for the symptoms.
Please remember a few things:
*NO food can be brought into the school for your child, as we provide all the necessary food components based on the USDA guidelines, and regulated by DSS. We have many children that have allergies- some allergies that you would never even imagine, so it is in everyone’s best interest if you have your child finish food items in the car or before entering the building.
*Tuition payments are DUE on Monday by close of business each week. Please make sure we have your payment, otherwise expect a $25.00 late fee to be added.
*Please remember to label your child’s clothing. I know the mornings are going to start getting chilly and we will begin to have sweaters, jackets etc. Also, please make sure your child has an extra change of clothing here. It saves us from having to call you at work to provide a set, in case of accidents.
*If you need to speak to the classroom teachers in length- please schedule a conference with them. We cannot have a parent tying up the teacher’s time to where the teacher cannot supervise the children in the classroom. It is our duty to give the children the attention they need, if the teacher is in a conversation for more than a couple minutes something could happen that could have been prevented if the teacher was engaged with the children. Please jot a note to the teacher, and they can call you during naptime.
As we all know, communication is the key to every successful relationship and partnership and we strive to have great communication with you. Remember, if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to stop by the front office. Our door is always open to communication from our parents. We want your experience here at Chesterbrook Academy to be a memorable one!
Best Wishes for a magnificent school year!
Melissa Loper, Acting Principal
- 3 – School Closed in observance of Labor Day.
- 6 – Open House for current families @ 7pm-8pm.
- 7 – Grandparent’s Day Celebration @ 9:30am.
- 7 – Food Share order due.
- 10 – Scholastic Book orders due.
- 11 – Charleston Wrap Catalog Fundraiser Ends! All forms and payments due.
- 12 – Food Share pick-up.
- 18 – Lifetouch Portraits – Rooms 1, 2 and 3.
- 19 – Lifetouch Portraits – Rooms 4, 5 and 12.
- 20 – Lifetouch Portraits – Rooms 9, 10 and 11.
- 21 – Lifetouch Portraits – Rooms 6, 7, 8 and make-up.
- 21 – Food Share orders due.
- 22 – First Day of Fall.
- 24 – Welcome Fall Celebration! Breakfast for parents in the lobby!
- 26 – Food Share pick-up.
- 28 – N.U.T. Day (No Uniform Today – with a donation which will go towards the Ronald McDonald House).
- 28 – Links to Learning Folders Go Home.
All children from 3 year old Preschool and up are required to wear uniforms daily at Chesterbrook Academy. The official uniform is navy blue (NOT denim) or khaki bottoms and white, navy blue or hunter green solid tops. Girls may also wear navy blue or khaki jumpers, skirts, skorts, or the plaid jumper offered by the uniform company, Flynn & O’Hara. Uniforms can be purchased at Children’s Place, Walmart, Target and Old Navy. Shoes should be preferably athletic type.
What is a Fresh Food Box?
A REAL box of food filled with top-quality fruits and vegetables.
12 to 15 varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables in each box.
Cost: Each Fresh Food Box costs $21.00
Next delivery dates are September 12th & 26th.
Please drive slowly on school property!
Be courteous and patient with other
drivers and watch out for our children!!!
If you or your passengers are NOT disabled, please do not park in the handicap space provided in the front of the school. This space is reserved for persons that have been issued placards or special license plates. Thank you.
LIKE US ON FACEBOOK!! We invite you to “like” our page at www.facebook.com/ChesterbrookAcademy where we’ll be providing our fans with regular educational tips for children from preschool to 8th grade and the opportunity to network with fellow parents. We would love to have your participation in this forum and encourage you to continue to check our school website for local updates specific to our own school. We look forward to having you as part of our Facebook community!
Open House: Invite a family member or friend to come to our Open House on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 between the hours of 10am-1pm. This is a great opportunity to meet the staff, tour the facility and see first hand how Chesterbrook Academy makes a difference in the lives of children!!
Chesterbrook Academy & Queensboro Apparel Company: If you are interested in ordering Chesterbrook Logo apparel for your child(ren), please view our online store. You may notice all the wonderful colors available, but please keep in mind that Chesterbrook Academy uniform colors are Navy, White and Forest/Dark Green.
Reminders For Parents
Tuition: Parents, please understand the importance of paying your tuition & paying it on time! Payments are due every Friday for the coming week. Late fees will be automatically applied at 6pm on Monday following the due date. Unpaid tuition, more than a week past due, will result in immediate dis-enrollment. If you have any questions, please see Melissa or Andrea in the front office. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.
Automatic Payment Program: Parents this is a very easy way for you to not worry about writing those checks every week and avoiding late fees. APP can be used to pay tuition only invoices or all invoices (tuition, registration & activity fees). Please see Melissa, or Andrea in the front office for details and information on getting signed up or you can print the form from the link on the school website. In addition, you can also set up online bill-pay through your bank.
Contact Information: Please be sure that all home, work, cell and pager numbers and any other contact information is up to date in your child’s file. This helps the staff at Chesterbrook have every available option to contact the parent(s) in the event of an emergency.
E-Mail Addresses: Please update your email addresses with the front office in order to receive important information about upcoming and/or emergency events from the school. We can send email notifications to more than one email address.
School Operating Hours: This is a friendly reminder that Chesterbrook’s hours of operation are 7:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday thru Friday. Half day hours of operation are 8:30 am – 11:30 am. The late pick up fee is $15 per child for the first 15 minutes and an additional $15 per child for each quarter hour after the regularly scheduled pick up time. Also parents, if you are running late and its close to closing time, please be sure to give the school a courtesy call.
Entry & Exit Doors: ** DO NOT USE THE BACK DOOR FOR ENTRY TO THE SCHOOL!!!** As you all know there is a code required for entry to the school. Please be sure to limit the code to family members and/or friends that are picking up your child(ren) on a regular basis. Do not give the code to your child(ren). In addition, everyone should use the front entrance for drop off and pick up. We advise strongly not to let individuals in the side entry door, as this person may or may not be a Chesterbrook parent or other family member. The side door is to only be used as an exit. This guarantees the safety of Chesterbrook Academy students and staff. Thanks in advance for your cooperation in this matter.
Parent Ambassador Program: Spread the word about our school and save on your child’s tuition! Refer a new family to our school and you could earn a free week of tuition. For more information on our Ambassador Program, see your school’s principal. The current referring Chesterbrook family will receive a discount after the referred child has attended full time for 3 months. Discount applies to the tuition of the oldest child in the referring family.
For Parents & Teachers
NUT FREE SCHOOL: We have several children enrolled at Chesterbrook Academy with severe nut allergies. Please do not send your child to school with food containing any type of nut products.
Prescription Policy for Chronic or Allergic Conditions:
** WE CANNOT ADMINISTER OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATIONS TO YOUR CHILD**
Medication may be brought in for chronic or life threatening medical conditions. All medications must be in their original container with the prescription label attached to include the proper administering time(s) and dosage to be given. For the use of a nebulizer, a letter or note will be required from your child’s doctor’s office stating time(s) to be administered and the tubule dosage to be given. In addition, an “Authorization to Administer Medication Form” must be completed and turned in by the parent. Please see Helen, Melissa, or Andrea in the front office if you have any questions or concerns.
Weather Policy: In the event of severe weather, we will make every effort to open on schedule and to remain open during the course of our regular hours of operation. In the event that severe weather requires us to close our school, delay our school or close early, parents will be notified initially by e-notify. Please make sure we have your most current email address and that you have added us to your address book so our message does not go to spam. In the event that your employer will not allow you to receive email at work, please provide us with an alternate email address for you. Parents may also call the school’s voicemail at 803-699-9988 and listen to the prerecorded message by 5:30 a.m. for information regarding the operating hours. Information will also be posted to the school’s website which is http://Wildewood.ChesterbrookAcademy.com. You can also tune into WIS channel 10 and/or WLTX channel 19 for closing and/or delay information.
**Chesterbrook Academy DOES NOT follow the schedule of Richland School District 2 during weather delays or closings**
Sign In & Out Books: We wanted to take this time to remind you all about an important security here at Chesterbrook. Please remember to sign your child in and out every day on the class Sign In/Out sheets located outside or inside of your child’s classroom everyday. If someone on your child’s authorized pick-up list is picking up, please remind him or her to do so as well. Although we have never had any problem nor do we expect to in the future, this is an important security measure that keeps all of the children safe. Thank you for your continued compliance with our security policies.
- Traffic should enter the school parking lot at the first driveway and exit through the carport out the last driveway.
- Cars should be parked in designated parking spaces or on the road above the school.
- Please do not park under the carport, behind the bus, or in front of the dumpster.
- Please do not block the mailbox.
- All preschoolers must be escorted into the school by an adult.
- Elementary students may be dropped off at the front door. Cars should stop in the right lane only and students should exit their cars through the passenger side door.
- Please do not allow your child to run through the parking lot unattended or play on the hill.
- Please drive slowly on school property. Be courteous and patient with other drivers and watch out for our children.
A parent of a child that is determined to be ill shall be notified immediately. The child must be picked up within an hour of notification. No child shall be allowed to remain at school with the following conditions:
- Elevated Temperature (100 degrees or higher)
- Vomiting and/or Diarrhea
- Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
- Head Lice
- Other Communicable Diseases (ie. chicken pox, strep throat, etc.)
- Student Pick-Up
Student Pick-Up: Parents, please be sure to inform the teachers and/or front office if another family member or friend will pick up your child. This applies to names that are on your list as well as names that are not. If it will be the first time the family member or friend picks up your child, please remind them to bring in their drivers license when they come in. This is very important to insure the safety of your child(ren).
- 3 – Anya Ghani
- 3 – Kendall Turner
- 4 – Owen Lever
- 7 – Olivia Mackey
- 11 – Zion Macklin
- 12 – Ty Brunecz
- 15 – Sofie Wright
- 25 – Jaxen Bradley
- 26 – Kamryn Waligura
- 27 – Joshua Greene
- 28 – MiKayla Williams
- 29 – Brayden Hunter
- 11 – Olivia Spires
- 15 – Connie Ridges
- 29 – Cathy Franklin
From the Education Department
– Lauren Starnes, PhD – Director of Early Childhood Education