Cheetah Wrap Up

Week of April 4

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The Week That Was

Another quick week with the focus being on our annual Science Fair Expo. I am so proud of all of our students and in particular the students in 3rd-7th grade who submitted their individual projects to a panel of judges. Many thanks to everyone who attended the Science Fair Expo which is always an event from which we all leave having learned something new.

Standardized Testing This Month

As mentioned in my April Newsletter, this month our students in Kindergarten through Seventh grade will sit for standardized testing. For the past several years our students have sat for the Stanford 10 Achievement test; however, the SAT 10 is now being phased out by the publisher, so we will begin using standardized tests published by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB).

The ERB is a well-established and highly reputable test commonly used in college preparatory private schools and highly regarded public school districts throughout the U.S. This sample will give us a better basis of comparison for our scores going forward. Another advantage of the ERB is that it is an adaptive test taken on an iPad or computer. The test questions adapt to students’ responses. If a student answers a question correctly, he or she is given more difficult questions. This type of assessment will provide us with significantly more data on student’s strengths and potential areas for further growth and challenge.

Kindergarten Admission Assessment for Beginning Learners (AABL). This test consists of two main sections: reasoning (verbal and quantitative) and achievement (early literacy and mathematics). Our Kindergarten students will take this assessment the week of April 25th.

Grades 1 and up Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP) assessments will be administered. The test sections are verbal reasoning, reading comprehension, quantitative reasoning and mathematics. These students will take this assessment the week of April 18th.

We pride ourselves on approaching each child as an individual, and we do not teach to a test. Standardized tests are only one tool that we use in conjunction with projects, participation, quizzes and classroom tests to assess your child’s progress and particular learning needs. Standardized tests help our school make informed, data driven decisions about our effectiveness in implementing our curriculum so that it is relevant for each child. These tests also help our national education department to continuously improve our curriculum, support materials and professional development programs.

You do not have to do anything to "prep" your child for these assessments. All we ask is that your child come to school well rested and having eaten a healthy breakfast. It will be imperative that all students are in school at 9:00 am.

Parent Appreciation Week at CBA!

This coming week we would like to let all of our students' parents, grandparents, and extended family members know how appreciative we are of their support of our school. Please join us:

Muffins with Mom: Tuesday, April 12th 7:45-8:30 am

Donuts with Dad: Thursday, April 14th 7:45-8:30 am

On these two days we invite you for some coffee, juice, muffins/donuts, and a bright start to your morning. Children are invited to attend these events with their parent(s).


We will be hosting our next Parents Night Out on Friday, April 15th from 6:30-9:30 pm. This is a great time for our parents to have a "date night" or just get some things done knowing that their children are having fun. The children who participate will do some arts n crafts, outdoor/indoor play, and have pizza for dinner.

Please turn in your PNO form on Monday, April 11th.

Mother's Day Flowers

Mother's Day is around the corner and due to the suggestion by some of our older students, we are offering our students the opportunity to purchase their mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and any other important woman in their life a small bouquet of flowers for Mother's Day.

Please turn in your Mother's Day Flowers form by Friday, April 15th as we must place the order with the florist in advance.

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We will begin booking summer camp field trips this week! If you have not already registered your child for our summer camp program and turned in the weeks they will be attending you must do so this week or we can not guarantee that your child will be able to attend some field trips if they are registered late.

Our summer camp brochures are located in our lobby. if you have any questions, please speak with Justin or Lydia.

Coming Up

Tuesday, April 12th: Muffins with Mom and Kindergarten Graduation Pictures

Thursday, April 14th: Donuts with Dad

Friday, April 15th: Spirit T Shirt Day and Parents Night Out

Week of April 18th: Spring Scholastic Book Fair and CTP Testing

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