Monday Morning Message
I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and had some time to relax! Winter Camp ran very well and smoothly thanks to Alex, Justin, Sophia, and Susan!
This month our focus is on re-enrollment. Just as last year, the month will be filled with events and tasks related to having your families re-enroll for the 2016-2017 school year.
The last week of the month will be spent having fun during Spirit Week. Each day we have a different theme dress day which will lead to the winner of the Cheetah Pride trophy. Of course on the 29th we will have our Cheer/Song/Dance off to determine the winner of the Spirit Stick. On this day, each class will get up and perform a cheer or song or....to impress the judges with their: spirit, creativity.....
I will be attending a NLCI K-12 meeting in Seattle on the 12th-14th. I will be at work for part of the 11th and then fly off. I plan on returning to school on the 15th by 10 am.
We will have company on January 26th! Principal Joe Rodia from our Westchester, PA CBA will be touring our school along with two of his teachers. Joe is a veteran principal and has close ties with our Home Office. He will be in your classrooms, looking and speaking to you and your students so please be prepared.
2016-2017 Re-Enrollment Care Calls and Coding Sheets
During your Care Calls you need to focus on all the reasons why their child will benefit from staying with us another year. You know your students and your parents-sell what is most important to them.
Specials Teachers-this is an important time for you as well. While you won't be making phone calls, it is important that when you see a parent that you take an opportunity to ask them about re-enrollment.
Anna and I will meet with each classroom teacher at the end of the week-8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th to review your coding sheets and coming up with strategies to have your families re-enroll.
I have to complete a weekly master coding sheet for Tina, which will be shared with Wendy and of course our CAO-Linda Grobman. I will have calls each week with them, going over re-enrollment class by class so that we and they have a very good idea what our re-enrollment will look like and to determine any problem grade levels.
Moving Up Day
You will need to prepare a fun hands-on lesson for the grade level below as they will be visiting with you. You will need to create a smore of the Moving Up Day experience in your classroom which will be sent to the families of the grade you are hosting. the smore should have pictures and the lesson as rigorous as possible considering the age.
I still have to work out how this will work for 5th grade moving to 6th and K to 1st. I will speak with these teachers on the 4th
Our second open House will be Saturday, the 23rd. This will run from 10-1 with a formal Kindergarten and First Grade presentation at 10 am. The staff will be divided into groups to cover the many different responsibilities we will have this day. The focus of this Open House is to register our internal families and feeder families.
Please plan ahead for this week. Whatever cheer/song/dance routine you select should be well rehearsed/practiced prior to your students competing on the 29th.
Your classroom door has to be decorated by 2:00 pm on the 25th.
The themed dress days include the staff! It does not make a pretty picture to our families if they see the staff not participating in the dress days as it looks apathetic, and takes away from our feeling of community. In addition, staff count towards the class's participation in the themed days with the ultimate goal being winning the Cheetah Pride Award.
Updates and Reminders
1. Kindergarten Homework Night on the 6th at 5:30 pm.
2. Care Calls-Focus on Re-enrollment-6th, 7th, and 8th
3. Parent Breakfasts-12th, 13th, 14th
4. Moving Up Day-19th
5. Open House-21st and 23rd
6. PLPs DUE ON 22nd
7. Formal Kindergarten Preview on the 23rd at 10 am
8. Spirit Week-Jan25-29
9. Reading Under the Stars-28th at 6:30 pm
10. 2nd Quarter Report Cards due 29th
Chesterbrook Elementary and Middle School
At Chesterbrook Academy Elementary school, we provide OPPORTUNITY…
- To go as inquisitiveness and creativity are fostered
- To grow as knowledge and skills are applied to real life experiences.
- To glow with pride about individual and community success
We ARE learning today; We WILL be leading tomorrow.