A Message from the Principal:
Fall is in full swing and our students are enjoying the extra outdoor time, nature walks and seasonal curriculum activities. Last month our School-Age program kicked off another great year, and we are thrilled to have our older students with us at the beginning and end of each day. Our soccer, dance, science and music & movement ancillary programs are also back up and running, and we are enjoying watching our students learn and grow in their extracurricular activities. We will begin planning for our annual holiday giving community support initiative soon, so stay tuned for more information! As always, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
A few friendly reminders…
Please DO NOT place any sunscreen, lotion, chap-stick, or other sunblock/medication in your child’s cubby. Licensing requires us to keep medications locked at all times. Please complete an authorization form if medicine needs to be provided to your child (including over the counter medicine). Medication needs to be clearly labeled with the child’s full name, and instructions, if over-the-counter, we will need your physician to acknowledge the medication authorization form. We will not give medicine to your child if we do not have the doctors approval.
Now for a few reminders and updates:
- October 1st —Manna Food Drive Starts
- October 4th—MCPS Early Release Day
- October 7th – Zany Brainy Starts
- October 7th – Lifetouch Pictures – Rooms 1,2,3 & MWF Families
- October 8th – Lifetouch Pictures – Room 4,5,6, & TR Families
- October 9th – Fire Department Visit at 10:30 am
- October 9th – No MCPS- Drop In Available
- October 16th – Fire Drill
- October 25th – Fall festival 11:00am
- October 28th – Family Pumpkin Carving Night at 6:30pm
- October 30th – Manna Food Drive Ends
- October 31st – Costume Parade at 4:30
- October 31st – Room 4&5 Field Trip to Brooke Grove Retirement Village
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.
Shelly Poe, Vice Principal
Fall Cubby Refresh
Our teachers have many fun outdoor activities planned for our students this month. Please check your child’s cubby and ensure that their extra set of clothes is weather appropriate so that your child can participate in everything planned for their class.
Your Opinion Matters!
Our parent survey is launching soon and we’d appreciate you spending a few minutes to take the survey. You will receive an invitation by email on 10/2. Please let us know if you do not receive it!
School-Age Fall Fun Day
Our local elementary schools are closed on October 9th, but we have a full day of fun and learning planned for our School-Agers! Students will make fall decorations for the school, go on a nature walk and, play games. Please let us know no later than October 7th if your student would like to attend.
On Thursday October 31st we will have our annual costume parade at 4:30pm. Please send your child’s costume in a bag labeled with their name, NO toy weapons please. Teachers will help the children put their costumes on.
Parents are invited to wait for the children outside along the sidewalk. The parade will follow the sidewalk around by the pool and back to the front door.
After the parade, please join your child in their classroom for some yummy snacks. Sign-up sheets are in the classroom if you would like to bring something to share. Please consider carpooling as our parking lot gets very crowded. If the parking lot is full, Parking Spaces will be available along Brimstone Academy or Buehler rd.
From Our Education Department
Extra Curriculum Enrichment Programs:
Open Enrollments for ongoing Enrichment Programs
Chesterbrook Academy at Olney offers a variety of optional extra curriculum enrichment programs that your child can participate in throughout the school year and summer camp. These programs are taught by outside instructors who specialize in the activity at hand, and are a great opportunity to allow your child to explore his/her interests without the hassle of having to drive to other locations after a long day of work; you can join in at any time.
- Mondays- Zany Brainy Science
- Tuesday- FuNation Music and Movement
- Thursday – Little Dancers
- Friday- Excite Soccer
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 on the iPad tablet up front when dropping them off and picking them up.
To get Chesterbrook Academy attire, please visit us at http://olneycb825.qbstores.com
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, please email Ms. Shelly at Shelly.Poe@nlcinc.com and Ms. Jackie at Tsz.Chiu-Kenes@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.
Weather Alerts: Please read our inclement weather policy. For weather related closures you can:
- Visit our website at 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 Fees for School-Age and Full Day students:
- Currently Enrolled Students
- Preschool Program
- $56.00 – per child/per day
- Before/After Care Programs
- $56.00 – MCPS closed – per child/per day
- $20.00 – MCPS delayed opening/early dismissal not scheduled on that day
- Drop-in – NOT-Enrolled Students
- Preschool Program
- $75.00 – per child/per day
- Before/After Care Programs
- $75.00 – per child/per day
- $30.00 – MCPS delayed opening/early dismissal
- Preschool Program
- Preschool Program
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. We would also like to ask that all parents please drive slowly when entering and leaving the lot to avoid hitting other cars, children or parents during drop off and pick up times.
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. On the same note, if you have an infant or a younger child in your care, please Do Not leave them in the car, call us and we will help you. Lastly, we do ask that you please turn off your car 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 Monday at noon will automatically have a $25 late charge applied. Check out our Alma Parent Portal to set up payments.
Auto Payment: Save yourself time, checks, and late fees by enrolling in our Automatic Payment system (ACH). Tuition fees can be deducted directly from your checking or savings account. Information is available at the front desk.
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.