Dolphin Alert

May 20, 2016

Jump Rope for Heart

The students had a wonderful time at our Jump Rope For Heart Event today! Thank you so much for supporting our school and the American Heart Association. You will be making a lifesaving difference in so many lives and teaching your children the importance of giving back!

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Screen Free Day - May 23rd

Dear Chesterbrook Families,

In light of the quarterly theme, Environmental Awareness, students have been discussing technology's impact on the planet and within our own lives. Students in Kindergarten and First Grade have created books about ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle technology. Third Grade created an interactive bulletin board on a tool called Padlet to sort images of Technology that help and hurt the environment. And finally, our 4th and 5th graders conducted research to support the positive and negative effects Technology has on the planet.

As the weather becomes nicer, I am encouraging students to think about their Technology usage, especially with the amount of screen time they have each day.

This weekend, I encourage your whole family to participate in our Screen Swap Challenge. This challenge encourages children to swap the time they usually watch television, play on the computer, tablet or smartphone for more physical or family activities.

How Does it Work? Students need to choose one screen that they will swap out for a different activity this weekend. For example, instead of watching TV at night maybe you and the family play a board game. Or instead of using the tablet at night, maybe you read a story. Try to swap out the screen of your choice for the entire weekend and then talk about how easy or challenging it was!

Students have been provided a place to record their Screen Swap Challenge and the results. If students bring it back on Monday May 23 with a parents signature they will receive a certificate of completion.

I have provided research and support to guide you through this challenge in the links below. The goal of this challenge is to spread awareness about the effects of screens in our lives and to open the discussion about creating a balance of technology. This challenge will also lead up to a school-wide Screen- Free Day on Monday May 23, 2016. Students and staff will be challenged to use ABSOLUTELY NO SCREENS for an entire school day!

Have a fabulous weekend and good luck!

-Miss Ziebart

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2nd Grade Field Trip to the Shedd Aquarium

Friday, May 13th, second grade adventured down to Chicago to the Shedd Aquarium! From petting starfish and eels to spotting whales and sharks and even seeing a scuba diver feeding animals inside the tank, the day was amazing! The best part was making a classroom connection to our coral reef investigation! The Shedd actually grows baby coral and then transfers them back to the ocean! We especially loved seeing the ocean animals that we created our class reports about!

Field Day 2016

Field Day is approaching fast! It is about time to get ready for some fitness, health and extra fun activities! Field Day will launch on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 beginning after morning meeting at 9am. Field Day will be a full school day event. Students should wear their field day shirts (sent home on 5/16). If your student did not purchase a field day shirt this year, please have them wear a shirt in their class color.

Nelson - Green

Plass - Blue

Lescher - Yellow

McCutcheon - Pink

Snyder - Orange

Maharaj - Purple

Specialty Shoutout - Perseverance

The specialty shoutout for art goes to Sauda in Ms. Snyder's class! Sauda is filled with so many creative ideas and sometimes it is difficult to decide which ones to use on a project. Sauda has shown perseverance in Art class by getting her ideas on paper and working to complete many wonderful projects this year. I am proud of her determination and love her positive attitude! Your smile makes me smile.

The shoutout for P.E. is for Sauda as well! She pushed herself in fitness testing and did a great job. When she wasn't happy with one of her scores, she decided to make it up to see if she can get a better score--which she did! Way to go Sauda for persevering through fitness testing this past week! :)

The specialty shout for technology goes to Angelina in Ms Maharaj's class! Angelina showed perseverance in our last Technology class by completing her Keynote presentation on time even when she did not think she could. By staying focused, asking for help, and solving her own problems, Angelina completed her project on time and created quality work! Way to persevere Angelina! You proved that even what seems to be impossible can be possible.

A big Spanish shoutout to Muzain from Mrs. Plass' class. I want to dedicate to her this quote by Samuel Johnson that says: "Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance". Muzain has shown perseverance while learning new vocabulary and conversations in Spanish class. Way to go Muzain.

The specialty shoutout in music goes to Emma B in Ms. Maharaj's class. Emma played piano in the recital this week and really buckled down and practiced to ensure that she would be ready for her performance on Tuesday. Sometime's in life we get really busy and it is hard to manage everything going on. In addition to school work, having played a big role in the musical, and other extra curricular activities that Emma is involved in, she pushed herself so that she could perform and did a great job!

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CAPA Corner

CAPA is looking for:

- A Landscape Architect willing to donate their time to help construct a drawing plan for the playground

- Donated dirt (or a place that they can purchase it at a reduced rate)

As of June 1st, 2016, the one year CAPA officer terms will expire. CAPA will be conducting an election meeting for new officers in May. The following officer positions are up for election: President, Treasurer and Secretary. We will also have one Board of Director position to fill for the remaining 1 year, of the 2 year term. If you are interested in running for one of the open positions, please contact Kathy Kokkinos at 630-975-7334 or On May 31st, please stop by the election meeting at 4pm to place your vote for next year's board members.

CAPA is selling Chesterbrook Academy baseball caps for $15 each! Please stop by the foyer to pick up a Spirit Wear Order Form if you are interested!!

TCBY CAPA Fundraiser

Stop by TCBY in Naperville (off of rt 59) on Tuesday, May 31st to participate in CAPA's final fundraiser of the year. 30% of sales come back to our school.

Uniform Exchange

CAPA will be conducting the end of the year uniform exchange. The sale will be running Friday, May 20th thru Wednesday, June 1st. CAPA will be accepting items this week. Please place each gently used item you wish to sell in a Ziploc bag with the seller's form sent home this past week. Items may be dropped off at the front desk.

New again for this year......CAPA will be collecting a one time $5 fee for families that wish to sell their items at the uniform exchange. This fee will be waived if you have less then $10 in sales. We are also in need of volunteers to help out with the sale. Contact Kathy Kokkinos at with any questions or to volunteer.

The sale will run:

Friday, May 20th 1PM-6:00PM

Monday, May 23rd 8AM-9AM and 3:45PM-6:00PM

Tuesday, May 24th 8AM-9AM and 3:45PM-6:00PM

Wednesday, May 25th 8AM-9AM and 3:45PM-6:00PM

Thursday, May 26th 8AM-9AM and 3:45PM-6:00PM

Friday, May 27th 8AM-9AM and 3:45PM-6:00PM

Tuesday, May 31st 8AM-9AM and 3:45PM-6:00PM

Wednesday, June 1st 8AM-9AM and 1PM-4PM

School Support Team

Dear Chesterbrook Elementary Families,

As I transition out on maternity leave our priority remains the children who attend Chesterbrook Elementary. During my leave we have established many layers of support for the school.

Mrs. Hasson will continue her work as the Assistant to the Principal, overseeing the daily operations of the school. She will be assisted by Mrs. Navarro, who will become a familiar face at the front desk. Our Executive Director, Mrs. Tina Hubbard, will be supporting the school both on and off-site. Mrs. Hubbard has established a schedule of two on-site visits each month to be available to staff, students and families.

The teachers in grades K-5 formed Leadership Teams this year and will continue to work together with additional support from the NLCI Education Department. Rosemary Cataldi is one of our Education Managers who will visit the school once in April and once in May making herself available to meet with teachers, students and parents ensuring education quality and consistency.

In addition to on-site Administrative, Operations and Education support we are adding two more layers to include enrollment and financial assistance. Mr. Mike Williams, Principal at Chesterbrook Academy Elementary School in Raleigh, NC, will be on site every Wednesday and Thursday beginning April 20th to support the school’s enrollment needs, including but not limited to giving tours, scheduling discovery days and following up with families who have not yet registered. Mr. Jon Bechtel will visit the school on the fourth week of each month to answer any billing or financial questions.

Contact information for each of the support team members is provided below. Please see the Support Schedule on the reverse side for more detailed information regarding school visits. Of course, Mrs. Hasson and Mrs. Navarro will be at the school each day to answer questions as needed.

We are all committed to working together to make this transition as smooth as possible for you and your children. We value your presence and partnership in our school community, and I look forward to seeing you all in the fall!

Mrs. Kleifges

Clubs May 23-27

Monday 5/23 - None

Tuesday 5/24 - None

Wednesday 5/25 - None

Thursday 5/26 - Coding (last session)

Friday 5/27 - Cooking (last session)

Upcoming Dates


M 23 - Screen Free Day

Tu 24 - 1st Grade FT to Willowbrook Wildlife

W 25 - Field Day & Family Feud (wear Field Day shirt!)

Th 26 - STEM Event (wear Jump Rope for Heart shirt!)

F 27 - Out of Uniform Spirit Wear

M 30 - Memorial Day - No School

T 31 - Awards Ceremony 2pm

T 31 - TCBY CAPA Fundraiser 2940 Showplace Dr (Naperville)


W 1 - Last Day of School (noon dismissal)

M 6 - First Day of Summer Camp

Monthly School Calendar

For the most up-to-date school information (including club dates), please check out our online calendar.

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