From the Principal’s Office
243 years ago…on July 4th, 1776 this great nation, the United States of America,
in a struggle for what was right and free, was proudly born…
May we celebrate that precious freedom for which our forebears fought so bravely…
the freedom that is inherent in the Stars and Stripes, our revered flag…
Celebrate Freedom this Fourth of July!
Lynette Stoker, Principal
Shari Hale, Asst. Principal
Nikki Crowell, 2nd Asst. Principal
Calendar of Events
July 1, 2019, Special Guest: Science Made Fun
July 4, 2019, Independence Day Chesterbrook Academy CLOSED
July 9, 2019, Special Guest: Yello Dyno Safety PARTY!
July 16, 2019, Special Guests: Fire Truck and Fire Fighters
July 29, 2019, Special Guests: Storyteller Sharon Clarke
Tuition Increase Effective July 1, 2019
Earlier this year, we sent out new Fee Schedules/Tuition Agreements for the 2019-2020 School year and asked you to pay registration fees.
New tuition rates take effect on July 1st. The new rates will be as follows:
We all need some sun exposure; it’s our primary source of vitamin D, which helps us absorb calcium for stronger, healthier bones. But it doesn’t take much time in the sun for most people to get the vitamin D they need, and unprotected exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause skin damage, eye damage, immune system suppression, and even cancer. Most kids rack up between 50% and 80% of their lifetime sun exposure before age 18, so it’s important that parents teach their children how to enjoy fun in the sun safely. Using sunscreen consistently is key. For kids age 6 months and older, select an SPF of 15 or higher to prevent both sunburn and tanning. Choose a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Be sure to apply sunscreen whenever your child will be in the sun. Apply sunscreen about 30 minutes before kids go outside. Don’t forget about lips, hands, ears, feet, shoulders and behind the neck. Apply generously and reapply often approximately every 2-3 hours. Use a waterproof sunscreen which lasts up to 80 minutes in the water and may be sweat and rub proof, but be sure to reapply after kids come out of the water.
Summer Safety Reminders
Never leave a child alone in a car. On a hot day temperature inside the car can rise to 120° F In less than 10 minutes! Children can suffer heat exhaustion, dehydration, heat stroke, and even death from the rising temperatures
Reduce exposure to the sun. Go outside before 10 am and after 4 pm. Play in the shade. Wear lightweight, long-sleeved shirts, pants, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses with 100% UV protection.
Be aware of air quality. At times the air quality is poor and poses a health risk. The safest time to take the children outside is in the morning when the ozone level is the lowest. Air Quality forecasts can be heard on the news, read in the newspaper, or found online at www.ncair.org. For children with asthma, follow their Health Care Plan and limit their time outdoors when the air quality is poor.
Prevent dehydration. Young children may not recognize thirst and may not want to stop playing to get a drink. Have water available indoors and outdoors and encourage children to drink water frequently throughout the day.
Be on the lookout for fire ants. Ouch! Having problems with fire ants? Contact the local county extension program for help. The following web site provides links to county extension services in NC:
Article is taken from North Carolina Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center, June/July 2008, Volume 10, Issue 3
We at Chesterbrook Academy believe that children have the right to safe and hazard-free gross motor play whether indoors or outdoors. We also believe that childcare centers have the responsibility to be aware of the daily ozone forecast and make provisions for children’s gross motor play based on this forecast. Each Ozone Action Day, we receive an e-mail from the North Carolina Division of Air Quality making us aware of the forecast for the day. In the event of a code Orange or above forecast, the children must return indoors before 12 noon. No children (including school-age children) should be outdoors after 12 noon. Each classroom shall have a pre-planned indoor gross motor play activity to be used in the event of a code orange or above forecast.
All payments are due on Friday preceding each week. A $25.00 late payment fee is assessed after 12 noon Monday, no exceptions!
To avoid a late fee, make your payment online through the Parent Portal, pay over the phone with credit/debit card, or consider signing up for Electronic Funds Transfer as a back-up. With EFT, if for some reason you forget to make a payment before 12 noon Monday (i.e. your child was out sick, you went out-of-town, etc..) your payment would be made electronically late Monday evening and you would not be charged a late fee.
From the Education Department
The Marshmallow Test
Today, we’re talking about what has become known as the marshmallow test. Devised by Walter Mischel, a psychologist, in the 60’s, the simple experiment was meant to study delayed gratification—the ability to wait before having wishes granted.
Kids were left alone with a treat of their choosing, such as a marshmallow or cookie. They were told that they could help themselves at once, or receive a larger reward (two marshmallow or cookies) if they managed to wait for about twenty minutes.
The original purpose of the study was to examine the methods children used to delay gratification. But in a recently published book—The Marshmallow Test-Mastering Self-Control (Little-Brown, 2014)—the researcher discusses some other surprising results.
As he went back to survey many of the 550 children who were tested at the Stanford Nursery School between 1968 and 1974, he discovered that the longer the five-year-olds had waited for their marshmallows, the better the individuals did socially and academically in the following decades.
Those who could wait scored higher on standardized tests for college admission, had great psychological well-being, were less likely to misuse drugs and had a lower body-mass index. The children who had quickly gobbled up the treats showed evidence that their self-control had not improved as time went on.
The author is careful to point out that he doesn’t believe in the myth that willpower is an innate trait that children either have or don’t have. Rather, he indicates that the key is children who are able to think about the future, rather than the “now”. And partly this is a function of trust.
When children trust in their parents, when parents are present in their lives behaving in trustworthy ways, kids are less likely to choose the immediate reward. In other words, the ability to postpone rewards is closely related to holding positive expectations.
These traits are connected to the explanation for why waiting for a marshmallow at the age of five has such a strong correlation to outcomes in later life.
So, back to the “no’s “ again. Parents who believe in the rightness of their authority convey a sense of confidence to their youngsters. Though they may not agree with your decisions, they will absorb your sense of sureness.
This then leads them to their feelings of predictable trust in you.
If children are going to lean the important lesson that they can’t have every heart’s desire immediately, they are going to develop the kind of self-control that permits them not to be tempted by instantaneous marshmallows.
Marshmallows then are really a symbol of all the other temptations that they will encounter in the days ahead.
Parents who say no without fear of loss of children’s love are arming their children with the vital self-control they will need to succeed in life.
Okay, I promise–no more about “no’s”, until I hear another inane statement like the one that triggered all this.
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