A Message from the Principal:
By Dr. Seuss
“I sat there with Sally,
We sat there, we two.
And I said, ‘How I wish
We had something to do!’ “
MARCH is literacy month at Chesterbrook Academy. We will be learning about all kinds of nursery rhymes and fables in our classrooms. We would like to share with you a couple of tips from the Young Children NAEYC’s magazine article “Reading Aloud” written by Derry Koralek.
“It’s important to read aloud to children of all ages
- Reading aloud presents books as sources of pleasant, valuable, and exciting experiences.
- Reading aloud gives children background knowledge, which helps them make sense of what they see, hear, and read.
- Reading aloud lets parents and teachers be role models for reading.
- Reading aloud can introduce books and types of literature – poetry, short stories, biographies – children might not discover on their own.
- Reading aloud introduces the language of books, which differs from language heard in daily conversations, on television, and in movies.
- Reading aloud lets children use their imaginations to explore people, places, times, and events beyond their own experiences.
- Reading aloud gives children and adults something to talk about.
- Reading aloud supports the development of thinking skills as children and adults discuss books, articles, and other texts they read together.
- Reading aloud is fun.”
To celebrate Literacy Month we are going to have our Biannual Scholastic Book Fair the week of March 25th. This is a GREAT opportunity to obtain current children books and help your children’s classrooms. Teachers obtain a percentage from our book fair to get new books for their library corners.
Dr. Seuss’ birthday is March 2nd and we are celebrating it on Friday, March 1st, we invite you to wear your best Seussistic outfit! Did you know? This is one bit of trivia you may already know, but Seuss was not a doctor of anything and in fact did not have a doctorate until an honorary one was granted to him by his alma mater, Dartmouth, in 1956. He added the “Dr.” to his penname because his father had always wanted him to practice medicine.
Our March Open House will take place on Saturday, March 23rd. Refer a friend, a family member, your neighbors and you can get FREE TUITION! Ask us about it.
Luck of the Irish! St. Patrick’s Day is Sunday, March 17th. To celebrate, we are asking that everyone wear as much green as they can on Monday, March 18th! We will be doing fun activities and there might even be a leprechaun in the building… watch out!!!
Last but not least, a friendly reminder that the weather is always changing. Please make sure your child has appropriate outside wear along with a seasonal change of clothing (please check the size as they might have grow a few inches within the last six months). We want each student to enjoy the cooler weather this fall/winter and the fresh air. We are going to remain inside if the temperature is lower than 32 degrees.
CBA will be OPEN for Spring Break! Please see our camp programs.
As always, thank you for partnering with us for the academic growth and overall success of your child. It is our goal that they do their very best each and every day.
Milagros Morales, Principal
Shelly Poe, Administrative Assistant
From our Education Department
Extra Curriculum Enrichment Programs:
Open Enrollments for Ongoing Enrichment Programs:
- Zany Brainy Science – Winter – MONDAYS ! Children will explore the physical world in which they live and make their own scientific discoveries.
- Music and Movement– TUESDAYS ! The children joyfully will share songs, rhymes, play instruments and more! M&M October Newsletter
- Kyles Karate – WEDNESDAYS ! Karate Program. Kyle’s Karate offers classes where children are going to get engaged in a safe, and fun way. Teaching basic skills with absolutely no student-on-student contact, Kyle’s Karate will develop your child’s confidence, hand-eye coordination, and concentration. Your child will gain improved motor skills, balance and focus through physical activity in the form of exciting martial arts. Respect and listening skills round our the comprehensive program. Includes uniform and Belt Promotion Ceremony. Sessions 1-2 – Class Schedule and Session 3 – Class Schedule
- Little Dancers – 2018-19 – Registration – THURSDAYS ! Ballet Lessons. Engage in the art of dance that tells a story. Children learn to express themselves with music, and other benefits such as improved posture, flexibility, coordination, strength and grace. 2018-19 – Fall Schedule
- Excite Soccer– FRIDAYS ! Soccer lessons. Students will be encouraged to develop their mental, physical, and social abilities through creative soccer games and other activities taught by highly experienced staff for over thirteen years.
Communication – We invite you to please check your child’s folder or cubby daily for any updates or important information.
EOM – End Of Month Folders go home the last week of every month to share all the fun activities your child did for the month and to share information regarding the upcoming month. Please do not forget to bring the folder back to be refilled for the upcoming month (please return folder empty to the teacher). Thank you!
Cubby Items – Please keep an appropriate extra change of clothes in your child’s cubby at all times including socks. Please, NO toys! (Nap time loves OK!)
Sign in/out – Please sign in/out your children when dropping them off and picking them up.
Hours/Days of Operation: Regular hours of operation are 6:30 am – 6:30 pm weekdays. There is a late pick-up fee of $1 per minute after the regularly scheduled pick-up time. We are closed on the following legal holidays: Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, limited service the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Years Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, and Independence Day. If the holiday falls on a weekend, we will be closed the Friday before or the Monday after the holiday. Please refer to the school calendar for additional school closings and early dismissals.
Tax Statements: If you need a tax statement, you can download it from our parent portal ALMA. If you have any difficulties, please email Ms. Mila at Mila.Morales@nlcinc.com, and Ms. Shelly at Shelly.Poe@nlcinc.com. This statement will include the total year expenses paid and tax identification number.
Parent Referral: All parents want the very best education possible for their child. If you think your family has that, spread the word and become a Chesterbrook Academy Ambassador!
If there’s one thing parents love to do, it’s talk about their children’s successes. Whatever glowing reports you deliver about how your child is growing with his or her education, we couldn’t be more appreciative. In fact we’d like to show you just how thankful we are for your endorsements. Now when you tell other parents about our school, you can become a Chesterbrook Academy Ambassador.
For every new child you refer who enrolls at our school for six months, you’ll receive an Ambassador Certificate for a FREE week of tuition for your child. It’s our way of saying thanks for doing what comes naturally – singing the praises of your child and sharing your experiences with the Chesterbrook Academy difference. Parent Referral Certificates
Weather Alerts: Please read our inclement weather policy Inclement Weather Policy. For weather related closures you can:
- Visit our website at olney.chesterbrookacademy.com
- Call the school and listen to the voicemail – 301-924-5919
- Check your email for direct updates
- We do NOT follow the MCPS nor the federal government, a busy tone does not mean we are in the building. Please make sure make sure there is a staff present in the building before entering.
Drop-In Care for School-Age and Full Day students:
If your child is enrolled in our AM/PM Care programs and you need a drop-in day, the fee is $45.00 per child, per day.
If your child is enrolled in our Full Day Preschool Program – Part Time – and you need a drop-in day, the fee is $60.00 per child, per day.
Any family that is not currently enrolled but registered for the school year and need a drop-in care, the fee is $60.00 per child, per day.
For more information please download FAQ School Age Families
Illness Policy – Please review the following symptoms when debating if you should keep your child at home. The following symptoms will prevent your child from attending CBA until 24 hours symptom free:
- 100 degree fever
- Heavy Nasal Discharge
- Constant Cough or Sore Throat
- Unidentifiable Skin Rash
- Head Lice
- Communicable Disease (i.e. strep throat, bronchitis, influenza)
- Pink Eye/Conjunctivitis
If your child displays any of these symptoms while at school we will call you in order to pick them up. If your child displays these symptoms at home please contact us to let us know that your child will not be attending for the day so we can notify their teacher.
Forms if needed
- Emergency Form
- Health Inventory Part I and Part II and Lead Test
- Immunization Certificate
- Medication Authorization Form CBA
Parking Lot Requests
Drive safely in the parking lot PLEASE! And please be sure NOT to park in the fire lane or in front of the building. This is a fire violation and also an obstruction to others and can be very dangerous! The same applies to our handicapped spaces.
Please enter by the front of the building and exit by the pool side, this will create a nice flow of traffic. If there are parking spaces available, please use them! Thank you! We are also asking that all parents please enter and exit the building through the front door. Please do not use the playground gates. It is important that we are able to monitor parents and children leaving the building as well as remembering to sign your child in and out. We would also like to ask that all parents please drive slowly into the lot to avoid hitting other cars, children or parents during drop off and pick up. Lastly, we do ask that you please turn your car off when coming into the building. Thank you!
We would like to remind our families that we are a PEANUT AND NUT FREE SCHOOL. We have many children with severe nut allergies. Please make sure to talk to your child’s teachers before bringing any special treats including field trips.
Toys from home are NOT permitted at school. Please refrain from allowing your child to bring in toys from home, unless it is their scheduled show and share day. CBA is NOT responsible for toys that are brought from home that can get lost, broken, stolen, etc… and can cause fighting among the children.
SPIRIT OUTWEAR – We offer school apparel, if you are interested in getting some School spirit Gear… log in to our school store at http://olneycb825.qbstores.com
Please remember that the tuition is due the Friday prior to the week of service. Tuition which is not received by Tuesday at noon will automatically have a $25 late charge applied.
ALMA: The Alma portal will allow you to manage your account quickly and easily online. Functions include the ability to:
- Pay tuition and other school-related expenses
- Manage payment methods
- Set up automatic payments
- Update your contact information
- Manage your child’s authorized pick-up individuals
- View/print account statements
Vacation and Schedule Requests: Two Weeks Written Notice is required to request your free week vacation after six (6) full months of enrollment (1 vacation week per School Year), and Four Weeks Notice for any schedule changes. Vacation Request Form
Referral Program: How easy is it to receive a free week’s tuition? Just refer a family and after 90 days of enrollment you earn a FREE week! Parent Referral Certificates
Change of Schedules: Per our policy we require four week’s notice to any changes in your child’s schedule, please refer to our Tuition Agreement Policy signed upon enrollment.