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January 2020 News

A Note From Our Principal:

Happy New Year! We can’t wait to spend 2020 with you and your children. Thank you to all who participated in our holiday giving initiative last month. We collected 48 boxes for the Good Samaritan Christmas initiative.  This gives children around the world an opportunity to receive gifts when they normally would not. Your generosity is truly appreciated! Thank you to all who were able to participate!

Please take a moment to read through the news and reminders below and let me or anyone else on our administrative team know if you have questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Melody McDonald, Principal


Reserve your child’s space for the upcoming 2020/2021 School Year.
Please do not delay! Space is limited and will be offered to the public during our Saturday, January 25th Open House.

Click on the link below to find out how to secure your child’s space at Chesterbrook Academy!

VPK REGISTRATION PARENT INFORMATION

For all intermediate parents with children eligible to go to vpk, information about the upcoming VPK school year and registration information will be going out this month.  The Early Learning Coalition has started accepting applications for VPK certificates  for the 2020-2021 school year.



Links 2 Home

If you’re not currently receiving photos and daily reports for your child you can easily change this by downloading the Links 2 Home app on your phone. Just type ‘Links 2 Home’ in the search bar for the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. After downloading Links 2 Home you can register with the same email address that you used to enroll your child in our school.

 Online Parent Communication 

In addition to our newsletter, the ‘For Parents’ section of our website also includes links to our menu, monthly calendar and school year calendar. We update these items frequently to ensure you’re always in the know. Though we send information through Links 2 Home, our calendar can be printed or even downloaded directly to your device. Our menu and school year calendar can be printed or saved for easy reference as well.

Updating your information in Alma

Do you have a different email address or phone number? Need to add or remove an emergency contact? You can do this at any time in Alma. If you need help logging in or accessing the system please let us know.

Martin Luther King Jr. School Holiday

Public schools are closed on 1/20 but we are open and have a full day of fun and learning.

 Important Dates  

January 1st—CLOSED for NEW YEAR’S DAY

January 6th – Public school Teacher Planning- No VPK

January 7th—Public school is back in session

January 15th- Wacky Wednesday Hat Day

January 20th—Public schools closed for MLK Day- NO VPK

January 20th – Little Caesar’s Fundraiser starts

January 25th- Open House 10am-1pm

January 31st—Parent folders go home

January 31st – Little Caesar’s last day

February 17th- Closed President’s Day- Professional Development Day for teachers


Happy New Year, prospective families. We would love for you to visit!


From Our Education Department  

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day With Your Preschooler

This month, our schools are celebrating the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and discussing the importance of acceptance, love and kindness for all people. Many of our students will participate in a hands-on experiment using brown and white eggs. They will investigate the color of the shells and describe[.....]
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We will continue to offer ice cream on Fridays.  You can pay the office in advance for $2 per week.  You can prepay for several weeks or pay weekly.

There will be no VPK classes on Monday, January 6th or Monday, January 20th.  Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 7th.

This month’s Wacky Wednesday will be on Wednesday, January 15th.  We will have Hat Day. Everyone can wear their hats to school on the 15th!!

We will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, January 25th.  This is for new families to look into the school and get information.  If you know anyone interested, you can let them know about this date.  Remember that any family that you refer who registers and stays enrolled for 90 days will earn you a free week tuition for full time enrollments or $100 off a week for part time enrollments.  Get those referrals out!  Make sure that the family states your name during the tour.

We close at 6:15pm.  If you are not here by 6:15pm you will incur a late pick up charge as defined in your contract.  Please, make every effort to pick up on time.  Chronic late pick ups are not permitted.

Tuition is due on the Friday before the week of attendance.  If tuition is behind your child will not be permitted to attend.  Remember we accept cash, money order, check, auto-deduction at no extra cost to you and we do accept debit/credit cards with the VISA, MasterCard and Discover logos but there is an additional 3% fee for using a card.  WE DO NOT ACCEPT AMERICAN EXPRESS!!!!

 

Check out our Ancillary Programs:

We are offering Amazing Athletes on Mondays.  Amazing Athletes is a sports program that encompasses 9 different sports and character development.  They also teach good nutrition choices. Amazing Athletes is $50 per month.  To sign up see the front office.

On Wednesdays & Tuesdays, we will continue our dance program.  They are exposed to jazz, hip-hop and ballet style of dance.  At the end of the school year there is an optional recital at additional cost that your child can choose to be a part of.  Dance is offered through Dance Through The Ages. Dance is $55 per month.  You can sign up for dance through the front office.

We also have yoga on Thursday afternoons. With My Little Yogi.

Please let us know if there are any programs that you would like to see and we will do our best to get them set up!!!


Wacky Wednesday

Hat Day

Wednesday, January 15th


Uniform Shirts

All children in the Beginner classes and above are required to wear school uniforms.  Chesterbrook Academy Logo shirts are available for sale in the front office in sizes extra small, small and medium.  Please, see the front office for details.


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SICK POLICY REMINDER:

The purpose of our sick policy is to reduce the spread of illness among our students and to encourage full recuperation of sick children before they return to school.  We depend on parents to assist us in maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all of our children.

Sick Policy:
Children may be sent home if they have any concerning symptoms. In addition, a child must be free of all of these symptoms for at least 24 hours before he/she can return to school. These symptoms include:
  •  A Fever of 100 degrees or more
  • Vomiting within the previous 24-hour period
  • Diarrhea within the previous 24-hour period
  • Symptoms of a communicable disease
  • Fussy, cranky behavior and generally not himself/ herself

Following an illness, a child may return to school once he/she has either been seen by a doctor or it has been determined that illness is not contagious. (A doctor’s clearance may be requested.) Please help us keep all of our children healthy by following these rules. If you have any questions or concerns please let us know. Thank you for your support!


 

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2019/2020 School Year

Now that VPK is going to be back in session,  it is imperative that we review VPK policies.
  • Per State requirements, VPK student attendance is mandatory.  Absences will require a doctor’s note. Children who are not attending on a regular basis may be subject to dis-enrollment.  Our program is in demand. We currently have a waiting list for students wanting to attend VPK at Chesterbrook Academy.
  • VPK classes are required to begin at 9:30 am SHARP! VPK instruction is only 3 hours a day and teachers need to start their daily routines on time. Please be sure to have your child ready to join the class a few minutes before the day begins.
  • Drop-off is not the time to chat with your child’s teacher. Please schedule a specific time to meet if you would like to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns you may have.
  • VPK dismissal is at 12:30 pm SHARP! Please be sure to pick up your child within 5 minutes of dismissal time. Instruction must resume for full-time students and teachers need to follow their daily schedule directly following VPK. Chronic late pick-ups are subject to late fees and or dis-enrollment.
  • At the end of each month you are required to sign the monthly attendance form and daily mark off the days that your child is here.

Thank you for your support!

VPK SCHEDULES:

VPK ONLY (AM) – 9:30 am – 12:30 pm – Classroom doors open at 9:20 am

ALL VPK ONLY STUDENTS MUST BE PICKED UP IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING DISMISSAL TIME.

FULL-TIME VPK students are permitted to attend between the hours of 6:45 am & 6:15 pm


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SIGN-IN & SIGN OUT LOGS:

Signing your child in and out daily is not only a licensing and company policy but, an added security measure, which ensures all children are accounted for while in our care. PLEASE, BE DILIGENT ABOUT RECORDING YOUR CHILD’S ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIMES IN THE TADPOLES SYSTEM using the Ipad by the front door. Thank you!


Post-It-Note---Reminders
TUITION:

We have seen a recent increase in families missing tuition payment deadlines. We really must collect tuition in a timely manner to meet our financial obligations. Please remember that tuition is due the 1st business day of every week. Accounts not paid in full by 12:00pm the second business day of every week are subject to late fees. If tuition is not paid in full your child may not attend until the balance is paid in full. Failure to comply with tuition policies will result in a notice of dis-enrollment. If you’d like to sign up for our ACH program, which automatically pulls your weekly tuition from the account of your choice the 1st business day of every week, just let us know and we will get you signed up.

ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS FEES:

If your child is signed up to attend a specific enrichment program, the monthly fee must be paid in full the first week of every month or your child may not attend the second week. Please understand, we are obligated to pay our physical fitness vendors in a timely manner for their services. Credits will not be issued for missed classes due to absence or non-payment.

CATERED LUNCH PROGRAM

ADVANCE ORDERING REQUIRED

Monthly lunch order forms are available two weeks prior to each new month.  Please be sure to turn your lunch order in with payment no later than the posted deadline. Late orders may not be honored. Pizza Friday orders for the entire month must also be turned in by the deadline. Reminder the fee is $4.50 per lunch.

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