Dolphin Alert

January 29, 2016


Our 100th day of school is Monday, February 1st. We will celebrate the 100th day by dressing like your 100 years old. Be creative and enjoy the dress down reward day!

Keeping Your Family Connected

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1. Eat together & listen to each other. Most children today don't know the meaning of a family dinnertime, yet the communication and unity built during this setting is integral to a healthy family life. Sharing a meal together allows the opportunity to talk about each other's lives. This is a time for parents to listen, as well as to give advice and encouragement. Attentive listening conveys a message that a person is really interested in another. It also imparts a sense of worth and helps develop trust. Therefore, listening is a critical link in successful parenting.

2. Read often. It's important for parents to read to their children. Research indicates that reading to children cultivates an interest for knowledge and stimulates language development. It also increases their attention spans and helps them become more curious. Look for books that your child would enjoy reading. After reading, ask questions about the content.

3. Do chores together. Part of what goes on in the home is the development of teamwork. Functional family life depends on the contribution of everyone. Assigning chores is the most productive way of teaching responsibility and accountability to your children. Doing chores with your child will help foster good communication skills.

4. Help with schoolwork. A great way to spend quality time with children and light a fire of learning is to help children with their schoolwork. A parent's eagerness to help will cause a child to become more interested in school thus improving his or her grades. Regular trips to the library for school projects are an inexpensive and enjoyable way to spend time with children. Helping should begin with an understanding that children are responsible for homework. Parents are there to help their child get organized and to encourage them when they get stuck.

5. Start a hobby or project. Choose a fun activity that your child is interested in. Activities like cooking, crafts, fishing or biking will make great hobbies that can open the door to exciting family time. Once a child learns a new recipe or is able to cast a lure accurately, let him or her take the lead with your supervision.

6. Play games. New technology has made video games more prevalent. As a result, many children are spending long hours in front of the TV playing computer programs. Parents should find creative ways to spark an interest in family-oriented contests such as board games or card games. This will give parents additional time to talk and nurture their relationship

7. Plan a family outing. Sometimes getting out of the house is important. Hop in the family car and go for a drive. Prepare a picnic lunch and visit a local park. Take time to play catch or ride a bike. A stroll in the woods will help parents interact with their children. Also, a visit to the zoo or museum will spark a child's enthusiasm and lead to lengthy discussions.

8. Encourage athletic activities. It is vital for children to exercise. Sports not only strengthen the body, but also build character and determination. Whether it's a father pitching a baseball to a son or a mother and daughter nature walking, finding time for athletic events is important for a child's emotional and physical development. This is a great opportunity for a family to interact.

9. Create a Family Time calendar. Since many parents have hectic schedules, time with children often becomes a low priority whether intended or not. Post a calendar on the refrigerator and have parents and children pencil in special events. Commit to keeping this schedule free from interruptions.

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We will again sell carnations for Valentines week starting Monday, February 8th. All week students and parents will be able to purchase carnations for friends, family and staff. This is a heart felt week full of fun and sweetness! How many flowers can we sell this year? We will send home information in red folders as we get closer to the event. The money made from this PTO fundraiser will go towards purchasing more Ipads and technology for our school.
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What Does Mr. Burns Do All Day?

The Perks to Mr. Burns' Job

Everyone always looks for perks in a job, whether it be a personalized parking space, a company car, or maybe a Christmas bonus. For me, it’s all about the relationships with fellow teachers and students. Having been here for almost 2 years, I have watched students grow, both developmentally and emotionally, and become amazing classroom leaders. Their never ending imagination and curiosity for learning makes every day unique.

Part of my role at Chesterbrook Academy is keeping our social media accounts very active, which requires me to be all around the school all day, walking from one classroom to the next, and observing the different lessons and activities the students take part in. Doing this daily has also given me an even greater level of respect for our teachers. They are able to keep the students so excited and immersed in the curriculum. It takes excellent creativity to design specific lesson plans that are both educational and interesting, and since I started here, each classroom has done nothing but impress me! I feel truly blessed to be a part of this grand adventure and look forward to seeing what the future has in store.

Health and Fitness

Don't let the cold weather keep you from enjoying fresh vegetables. These winter vegetables are delicious roasted with some olive oil, kosher salt, and fresh rosemary: brussel sprouts, butternut squash, parsnips, and carrots. Give them a try!
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Special Project in 3rd Grade

Third grade is currently working on a special project for our technology class. We are in the process of creating a video about the spelling bee. The students created a list of questions to ask fellow elementary students before the spelling bee. Some of these questions included, "What was the hardest or easiest word to learn?" and "What strategies did you use to help you study?" Then, the class took turns interviewing students from each grade. We were very impressed with the amount of hospitality shown from many of the students interviewed. Friends wished all the best to their fellow schoolmates and showed their faith in each other. One student is quoted as saying, "I think that all the students will win the spelling bee." How truly humble! Another student claimed that the "person that will win is someone that doesn't give up and thinks they can do it. The spelling words don't matter. How you participate and act is what matters." This student exemplified the true meaning of the spelling bee: working hard and learning great sportsmanship.

Intermediates: Lions, Tigers and Bears OH MY!

It’s animal month in Intermediates! Last week we talked about farm animals and we learned fun facts about pigs, sheep, cows and chickens. The students really enjoyed making sheep using cotton balls and paper plate cows. We also introduced the Spanish words for pig, cow, sheep and horse. Finally, It wouldn’t be farm week without singing Old Mac Donald and Down On Grandpa’s Farm. It was a fantastic week.

The children are learning about zoo animals this week. During circle time we are sharing fun simple facts about Lions, giraffes and gorillas. We are also singing a funny song about the sounds zoo animals make called “Roar Hiss and Growl”. To practice our math skills, the children are sorting the animals in block center according to if they live on a farm or in the zoo. We will be ending our week by playing animal charades. Stop by and learn a few animal facts and have a little fun with room 1 Intermediates. It will be a ROARING GOOD TIME!

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Hot Lunch Menu for Next Week

Monday, February 1: Jersey Mike's--Chicken Parm Mini, Meatball Mini, Cheasteak Mini, Chicken and Cheese Mini with veggies and White Rice

Tuesday, February 2: Salsa Fresh--Chicken Quesadilla, Burrito, Chicken Tacos, Salad, Chips and Salsa

Wednesday, February 3: Sardi's Den--Pulled Pork Sliders, Hamburger Sliders, Macaroni and Cheese with Applesauce

Thursday, February 4: Chick-fil-A--Chicken Sandwich, Yogort and Fruit Parfait, 6 or 8 pack Chicken Nuggets with Banana

Friday, February 5: Hungry Howies Pizza--2 Pepperoni Pizza Slices, 2 Cheese Pizza Slices with Dole Fruit Cup

Unlimited Milk and/or Water


We are collecting Boxtops for Education this year. Each BOXTOP is worth 10 cents and you can find them on hundreds of items.

Link your Harris Teeter Card: #5982 And help us earn more FREE money!

Link your Kroger Plus Card by letting the cashier know you are with CBA North Raleigh

Coke Rewards: Turn in your bottle tops and 12-24 pack of coke product tear off.


Each year our first grade students collects pop tops from cans as a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House. Ronald McDonald House is able to turn these tabs in for money. Please start saving these and we will let you know when the room competition will begin. Forward this to your friends, family and neighbors and lets help the Ronald McDonald House!
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This year we have made a concerted effort to increase the number of after school specials as well as provide students with a number of different experiences than in the past. Our goal is to bring specialty clubs to our school so that our students begin to make new friends, enjoy a variety of clubs, and learn new things while at school. Right now we have the following clubs offered:

Elementary Cuisine: 1st-4th Graders learn skills that will be used for a lifetime while creating and tasting fun foods! Students use recipes, measure and handle ingredients, prepare snacks and treats, and explore tastes and textures.

Little Medical School: 1st-4th Graders wil have interactive demonstrations, crafts and games to teach how the body and organs work, how to use instruments that real doctors use, administer first aid, and even tie knots like a real surgeon. This club is led by a certified Medical School Teacher and is endorsed by hospitals and schools.

Drawing Classes for Kids: For ages 3-5. Relieve winter boredom with Young Rembrandt's drawing class. Students will learn shape recognition as they create colorful masterpieces using circles, triangles, and squares. Penguins, an alien, a fire truck and more fun artistic exploration awaits your promising young artist.

Learn Chinese: Elementary students will once again learn Chinese after school this semester. Students really enjoyed learning about the Chinese culture, traditions, and learning to speak the language. We were amazed at the students love for another language.

Dates To Remember

February 1: New Student Enrollment Begins

February 1: 100th Day of School--Dress Like your 100

February 4: 3rd and 4th Grade to Art Museum

February 5: Room 4 (Transitional Kindergarten) to the Post Office and Library

February 5: Elementary School Wide Spelling Bee

February 8-12: Flower Sale

February 9: 3rd Grade to Carolina Theater "I Have A Dream"

February 10: Room 3 (Preschool) to the Post Office and Library

February 11: Dental Health Day for Intermediates, Preschool and Kindergarten Students

February 12: Early Release Day--12:00 PM--NO AFTER SCHOOL


February 19: Dress Down Reward Day

February 24: Kindergarten Musical 7:00 PM

February 25: 1st Grade to Sonoco Recycling

February 26: Regional Spelling Bee