A Note from Our Principal
The summer is not over yet, and we have lots of fun events still planned. Our school age camp is having fun on field trips and our preschoolers are enjoying on campus field trips and water play days.
Check out our camp calendars here:
We wanted to thank you all for your participation in our Kids Helping Communities initiative this summer! We raised just over $400 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand to help fight childhood cancer. We are grateful for the opportunity to watch our students serve others these past few weeks. Thank you for your generous donations!
The first day of school is Monday August 21st. We are holding a VPK Meet & Greet on Monday August 14th from 10-11am. We schedule this Meet & Greet event, so parents and children have an opportunity to visit the school, meet their new teacher, learn more about our curriculum/daily schedules, and receive a classroom parent handbook & supply list. Together, we embark on yet another year of learning fun! Thank you for choosing Chesterbrook Academy for your child’s early education.
We are having an amazing summer here at Chesterbrook Coconut Creek, and we are looking forward to a terrific school year!
Online Family Communication
As we get ready to kick off a new school year, we want to make sure you’re kept in the know. In addition to this newsletter, the “For Parents” section of our website also includes links to our menu, monthly calendar, and school year calendar. 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. After downloading, you can register with the same email address that you used to enroll your child in our school.
Family Referral Bonus & Open House
Do you know a colleague who has recently had a baby, a friend in need of care who just relocated to the area, or a family member who is seeking a new preschool for their child? Invite them to our Open House on August 5. When you refer a friend and they enroll, you’re eligible for a free week of tuition. Ask us for details!
Did You Know?
Learning to follow directions is important for success at school. With guidance and support from teachers, our students participate in clean-up routines, accept redirection, and interact through play with peers.
August 14 – VPK Meet and Greet
August 21 – First day of the new school year
August 31 – End-of-month folders go home
New On Our Preschool Blog
The World is Evolving, and So Has Our Curriculum
Our goal has always been to provide a learning environment that fosters curiosity and creativity and prepares children for kindergarten and beyond. We evaluate our proprietary curriculum, Links to Learning, regularly to ensure that we continue delivering the program students need.
We know that the world is constantly evolving, and the skills children need today are different from what they were even a few years ago. Because of this, we’ve made the following important enhancements to our curriculum.
- Children have more opportunities to practice social-emotional skills.
Social-emotional learning has always been a hallmark of our curriculum, as these skills are just as important as foundational academic skills. We want our students to be happy, thriving, and making friends. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve added even more hands-on activities for children to practice setting goals, problem-solving, developing self-confidence and sharing. As always, our teachers help children by modeling appropriate behaviors, giving effective praise, and providing verbal and visual cues.
- Children participate in more hands-on activities to provoke questions and attitudes about themselves and others.
When children feel emotionally and physically safe, they are more likely to take on challenges and be more comfortable in their learning. We’ve always been steadfast in our commitment to designing classrooms and teaching strategies that support diversity, inclusion, and belonging. We’ve added more items to help facilitate that learning, such as dolls with various skin tones, puzzles and games depicting various cultures, musical instruments from other countries, and culturally diverse dramatic play props.
- We’ve enhanced skills throughout all subject areas to further prepare children for elementary school and beyond.
We’ve integrated more opportunities during the day for your child to strengthen the muscles needed for writing across various subject areas. This includes activities to exercise fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination using safety scissors, tweezers, tongs, and paintbrushes. We’ve also adapted a spiralized approach to our Spanish curriculum, meaning that teachers will introduce new vocabulary while reviewing the vocabulary learned in younger classrooms. Children have opportunities to practice Spanish during transitions, centers, and even in outdoor learning experiences.
- We’ve updated our family communication pieces.
We place a premium on making sure our families know what skills their child is working on, how they’re progressing, and what they’re loving most. We’ve included a QR code in our End of the Month folders so families can digitally see all the skills and goals their child achieved that month. Continuing the learning at home is now even easier with our refreshed Baby Sign Language poster, Spanish posters, and activity letters. Our Links 2 Home app and Family Reports have also been updated to give teachers space to showcase how each child is practicing social-emotional skills and the progress they are making.
Our sick policy aims to reduce the spread of illness among our students and encourage full recovery of sick children before they return to school. We depend on parents to assist us in maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all our children.
Children may be sent home if they have any concerning symptoms. Also, a child must be free of these symptoms for at least 24 hours before returning to school. These symptoms include:
- A Fever of 100 degrees or more
- Vomiting within the previous 24-hour period
- Diarrhea within the last 24-hour period
- Symptoms of an infectious disease
- Fussy, cranky behavior and not themself
- Green runny nose
Following an illness, a child may return to school once seen by a doctor or determined that the disease 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 being so supportive!
TUITION: Tuition is due the 1st business day of every month. Accounts not paid in full by noon on the second business day of every month will automatically receive a late fee of $30. If tuition is not paid in full by the 5th business day of each month, your child may not attend until the balance is paid in its entirety. 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 monthly tuition from the account of your choice on the 1st business day of every month, just let us know, and we will help enroll you.