From the Office of the Principal
Now that the holiday season has arrived, many of us will take the time to visit with family and friends or reconnect with important people in our lives. This type of personal connection is an important part of our school’s philosophy and continues to flourish through our many school events. Meaningful connections between teachers and parents guarantee academic, social, and emotional growth of each of our students. Your participation in our school activities has been amazing! Thank you for your support and ongoing commitment to our Chesterbrook Academy community.
It’s hard to believe that it is already December and the holiday season is here! November went by way too quickly, especially with all the events and activities! On Monday, November 11, Chesterbrook Academy was closed so that we could hold our bi-annual Professional Development Day. On this day our teachers participated in a series of trainings on curriculum implementation, outdoor learning, lesson planning, and they had a chance to partner with Chesterbrook teachers from around the Charlotte area. On Saturday, November 16, we held an Open House for our prospective families from 10 am to 1 pm. We held our Parent Thanksgiving Luncheon on Thursday, November 21, and we had a great turnout. Thank you to all the parents who brought desserts for the event, everything was wonderful, and we hope you had a great time eating a Thanksgiving feast with your child. Finally, we were closed on Thanksgiving day and the following Friday, and we hope everyone had a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.
December is always such a fun month here at Chesterbrook Academy! The children are always so happy and full of life around the holidays. During the holiday season we choose an organization to give back to those families in the area who are not as fortunate. We are excited to be partnering with the Make-A-Wish foundation again this year to help raise enough funds to grant the wish of a child during the holidays. The other Chesterbrook Academy locations in the Charlotte area are banding together to work with the Make-A-Wish foundation in order to help as many children as possible. Our Make-A-Wish fundraiser is still going on and will continue through the holiday season. We sincerely appreciate your donations! No amount is too small! Our online donation page is https://secure2.wish.org/site/TR?fr_id=3406&pg=team&team_id=25210#.XefsL-hKjIU
Please join us as we work towards this exciting goal! We will hold our Wish Week during the week of December 16-20 to coincide with our Make-A-Wish fundraising event. We will have special events each day that will make it fun for the children!
Towards the end of the month, Chesterbrook Academy will enjoy our Holiday Break on Wednesday, December 25, and we plan to close early on Christmas Eve at noon. Finally, Links to Learning folders will be going out on Tuesday, December 31.
As always, we will always be here to help you in any way possible if you have any questions or concerns.
William Gordon, Principal
Lynnel Hogencamp, Assistant Principal
Latia Dobbs, Administrative Assistant
Upcoming Events and Special Days
Monday, December 2: Make-A-Wish Foundation Fundraiser starts and goes all December long!
Tuesday, December 3: Shining Stars Play @ 5:30 pm
Saturday, December 7: Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
Thursday, December 12: Poinsettia Day
Monday, December 16-Friday, December 20: Make-A-Wish Week! (more details to be emailed soon!)
Wednesday, December 18: Last Day of Soccer Shots Fall/Winter Season
Sunday, December 22: Hanukkah Begins
Monday, December 23-Friday, January 3: Winter Break Camp for School-Agers
Tuesday, December 24: Chesterbrook Academy Closing at Noon
Wednesday, December 25: Holiday Break: Chesterbrook Academy Closed
Thursday, December 26: Boxing Day
Tuesday, December 31: Links to Learning Folders Go Home
Wednesday, January 1: New Year’s Day: Chesterbrook Academy Closed
Every Monday afternoon: Music for Little Ones @ 3:30p
Every Tuesday morning: Shining Stars @ 10a
Every Wednesday morning: Soccer Shots @ 9:30a
Every Thursday morning: Fit Kids @ 9:30a
Winter Clothing Reminder
If you’ve not already done so, please check your child’s cubby to ensure they have an extra set of weather appropriate clothes. Students also need to come to school each day with a jacket and dressed warm enough to play outside for part of the day. If the weather is brisk we still go outside and want everyone to be able to participate!
Winter Break Camp
We will be holding Winter Break Camp for our School-Age students from December 23 – January 3. We hope to have some field trips as well as some holiday themed projects planned! Students may attend all or part of Winter Break Camp, please let us know by Wednesday, December 18 if your child will be attending.
We wanted to remind everyone that the Chesterbrook Academy group of schools is 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 and encourage you to continue to check our school website for more local updates specific to our own school.
We look forward to having you as part of our Facebook community!
Automatic Draft Program and Alma Parent Portal
“CHECK” IT OUT… No checks necessary! Enroll in our Automatic Payment Program and never write another check for your monthly tuition or pay another late payment. Tuition can be automatically deducted from your checking account. You can find more information about the ACH program here in the office. Also, let us know if you would like more info on Alma, our online parent portal. You can pay online, generate financial statements, and change your authorized pick-up list. Let us sign you up today!
Chesterbrook Academy Parent Referral Program
If there’s one thing parents love to do, it’s talk about their children’s successes. When friends ask you about your child’s experiences at Chesterbrook Academy, what type of success stories do you share? Do you mention the personal and educational discoveries your child is making thanks to our advanced curriculum? Do you talk about the new levels of self and social confidence your child has gained thanks to our encouraging atmosphere? 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 three months, you’ll receive one 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. If you have any questions about how you can become a Chesterbrook Academy Ambassador, please contact an administrator.