Dolphin Alert

May 13, 2016

Lion King Kids Performance

All of our students did such a wonderful job at their performance of Lion King KIDS on Thursday, May 12th. We couldn't be more proud of all of their hard work and dedication to making the show so great. Congrats on a job well done!

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. Mrs. Rodgers is looking for parental volunteers to assist with and help orchestrate the wide array of activities transpiring in and round the school that day. If you are interested in volunteering on Field Day, please contact Mrs. Rodgers at

Jump Rope for Heart

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! Our fundraiser was a success and we are looking forward to our Jump Rope Event next Friday (5/20). Make sure to wear your special Jump Rope for Heart T-Shirt on the day of the event!

Specialty Shoutout - Perseverance

The P.E. shoutout this week for Perseverance goes to Dylan K in 3rd grade. This week we had our PACER testing and Dylan pushed herself further and exceeded her anticipated lap goal.. Way to go Dylan on going the extra mile to 'see it through' in achieving your PACER goal!

The specialty shoutout for perseverance in the art room goes to Siena H in Mrs. McCutcheion's class. Even when things don't go exactly as planned, Siena persists in creating some fine artwork. I have seen Siena display perseverance in her relationships with classmates as well. I am proud of Siena for being herself and standing up for her own ideas. Congratulations Siena on setting a wonderful example of perseverance for others.

The specialty shout out for perseverance in music goes to Ahad K in Ms. Lescher's class. Ahad showed perseverance in rehearsals earlier this week by refusing to give it less than his best even when he wasn't feeling well. He also showed perserverance at last night's show when he had technical difficulties with his microphone. Ahad didn't let it shake him and continued to perform his very best. Congratulations on a wonderful performance Ahad!

"Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did."- Newt Gingrich once said. Today the Spanish shoutout for perseverance goes to Dylan S from Mrs. Plass' class. Spanish class is not an easy subject for many and Dylan works hard and doesn't give up. I also have him in Green Bell choir and he has made great progress reading the notes and playing the bells because he keeps on keeping on! Way to go Dylan!

The specialty shoutout this week for technology goes to Emma R from Mrs. Plass' class. This week in Technology class Emma discovered that her work did not save from a previous class. Without hesitation or complaints Emma retyped her entire paragraph, inserted a picture and completed her work on time. Although this can be very frustrating when technology does not the work they way we plan, it is very important to persevere any obstacle technology presents! Emma is a role model to the entire school for perseverance and consistently keeping a positive attitude. Way to go Emma! You rock!

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We have had a wonderful year strengthening our reading skills by reading to Dani Girl!
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Farewell Mrs. Glavas

Dear Chesterbrook Families,

It is with mixed emotions that I announce that I am leaving Chesterbrook Academy at the end of this school year. While I am excited to start on a new adventure, I know I will be thinking of all of you. My husband and I are moving just outside of Nashville to a wonderful town called Pleasant View. I will be pursuing continued work in the education field and spending more time on my two favorite hobbies, painting and yoga.

I want to thank all of you for your support and for the many relationships I have developed with you over the years. Chesterbrook is truly a caring community. As much knowledge as I hope I have imparted, I have gained in equal measure and more, from our students and families. So many moments flash through my mind that I know I will never forget.

We do have family in the area, so I am looking forward to stopping by in the future to see how everyone is doing.

Wishing you all the best,

Arlene Glavas

“Childhood means simplicity. Look at the world with the child's eye - it is very beautiful. “

- Kailash Satyarthi

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Teacher of the Year Finalist

We are happy to announce that Ms. Snyder is a finalist for "Teacher of the Year" for the 2015/16 school year! Ms. Snyder was nominated by Mrs. Kleifges and then chosen by our executive director to represent our district. In April she was chosen as a semifinalist as the teacher of the year was narrowed down to the top eight teachers. She then submitted a video that featured one of her lessons and a tour of her classroom to the education team at our corporate office. Ms. Snyder has now been chosen as a finalist for "Teacher of the Year" and is competing against two other teachers for the K-12 Teacher of the Year title. She will be visited by two members of our education team next week where they will observe her classroom instruction and be interviewed.

We are very excited for Ms. Snyder and wish her nothing but the best as she moves one step closer to the Teacher of the Year title. Please help us congratulate her for representing our school and district in this competition!

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4th Quarter Sharing Conferences

Please click the links below to sign up for 4th Quarter Sharing Conferences.

CAPA Corner

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

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!!

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 16-20

Monday 5/16 - Kickball (last session)

Tuesday 5/17 - Chess (last session), Cartooning (last session), Girls Soccer (last session)

Wednesday 5/18 - Choir (last session), Tutoring (last session), Karate (last session)

Thursday 5/19 - Bell Choir (last session), Boys Soccer (last session), Coding

Friday 5/20 - Guitar(last session), Cooking

Upcoming Dates


Tu 17 - Music Concert (Choir, Bell Choirs, Guitar Ensemble, Lessons) 6pm

Th 19 - 1st Grade FT to Kline Creek Farm

F 20 - Out of Uniform Student Choice

F 20 - Noon Dismissal, Sharing Conferences

F 20 - Jump Rope for Heart

Tu 24 - 1st Grade FT to Willowbrook Wildlife

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

Th 26 - STEM Event

F 27 - Field Day Rain Date

F 27 - Out of Uniform Spirit Wear

M 30 - Memorial Day - No School

T 31 - Awards Ceremony


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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