May News

Chesterbrook Academy

Note from the Principal

Dear Parents,

The end of the year is fast approaching. As we are making our class lists for summer and beyond to next year, I stop and look at each individual child and it is amazing how much each one of them has grown. It is at this time of year when I like to make a point to thank both the teachers and the parents for a job well done. It is by working together that we all achieve more. I want to let everyone know how much they are appreciated and as a result of all of our efforts the children have made great strides over the past year. We will continue to look forward to even more fun and learning ahead this summer. Be sure to get those camp forms and vacation requests in before it is too late. If there are any questions in regards to your child's class placement please contact me directly.

My door is always open!


Parent Appreciation Breakfast

Thursday, May 5th

7:00 to 9:00

This year we will be trying something new. Instead of our Muffins with Mom and Donuts with Dad we will be having a combined event. This will be our Parent Appreciation Breakfast. We will hold this event on Thursday, May 5th from 7:00 to 9:00. The children will have gifts for their parents and breakfast will be served in the B&A room.

We encourage to come and have breakfast with your child. The food will be in the B&A room, but you can eat in your child's classroom or in the B&A room. Whichever works best for you. We will be serving waffle sticks, pancakes and turkey sausage, yogurt, fruit and granola bars. In addition we will provide milk and juice. Sorry no coffee, we do not allow hot beverages in the classrooms near the kids.

We hope that one or both parents can make it! We look forward to seeing you there.


4th - DaVinci Science Center Field Trip - Kindergarten and PK2

5th - Parent Appreciation Breakfast

8th - Happy Mother's Day

16th - Tadpoles goes live!

24th - Bookmobile


The camp calendars are complete. If you would like a copy please see Miss Meagan.

All camp forms are due. Changes can be made to your camp selections until June 1st.

Remember, If you are planning on attending school beyond June 10th we will need a camp form.


Save the Date

Kindergarten Graduation

Friday, June 10th


Chesterbrook Academy Elementary School in Oaks


Apply sunscreen at home in the morning. We will reapply after nap or lunch. Be sure to fill out sunscreen permission form.

Water Bottles MUST go home every day to be washed.

Be sure to check your spare clothes, to ensure weather appropriateness and proper fit.

Children MUST wear properly fitted, closed toed shoes on the playground. Party shoes, sandals, crocs and rain boots are dangerous on the climber. Please wear sneakers or similar.

Links 2 Home

May 2, 2016

Dear Families,

I am pleased to announce that our school will soon be offering an exciting electronic communications program for parents, called Links 2 Home. We know how much you have enjoyed the photo emails of your children that our teachers have been sending, and now we will be able to share so much more with you.

Starting on May 9th each of our classrooms will be equipped with an iPad Mini which will enable teachers to send a photo for each child each day. Parents of younger children who currently receive printed daily reports will begin receiving them via email instead. Parents of older children will start receiving a daily learning update by email. You will begin receiving these additional e-communications on May 16th.

As a safety measure, the iPads are locked down, so the teachers do not have access to the Internet or any other apps. As previously, you will not be able to reply to the teachers through email so that they can remain focused on the children at all times.

If you have not already done so, please fill out and return the attached Applicant Information Form for each of your children. It is critical that we have accurate contact information to ensure that you receive all electronic communications.

Links 2 Home is powered by Tadpoles, the leader in preschool communications, but is tailored specifically to tie with our Links to Learning curriculum. Links 2 Home has a mobile app that you can download to get started. The app gives you the ability to easily view photos, notes and daily reports from teachers, as well as the ability to easily notify us of special drop-off information or absences.

Download Links 2 Home at the App Store or Google Play Store and create an account using the email address that is on file with our school. Both parents are able to create accounts.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or feedback as we strive to continuously improve our communications with you, our valued families.


Karen Stewart, Principal


Building Your Child’s Sense of Family Belonging

Relationships with family members play an important role as children begin to develop a sense of self. When they feel a sense of identity and belonging within their own families, children are better able to grow emotionally, make friends, and appreciate and accept the diversity of others.

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, it’s a great time to share activities that celebrate the importance of family.

Below are age appropriate activities that we implement in the classroom, as well as activities you can do with your child at home.


In the classroom: Teachers use baby sign language to help children identify and eventually verbalize names for their family members. When parents enter the classroom, teachers say, “Look! Here’s Sophia’s mommy,” while also signing “mommy.” They work with parents to learn specific names used at home, and then use those names in the classroom.

At home: Use baby sign language as you come across names of family members in books and songs. To sign “mommy,” tap your thumb on your chin repeatedly. To sign “daddy,” tap your thumb on your forehead repeatedly. Remember to say the word aloud as you sign.

Recommended reading: Spot Loves His Mommy by Eric Hill, Are You my Mother? by PD Eastman

BEGINNERS (ages 2-3):

In the classroom: By age two, children begin to learn the names of extended family members, such as grandmother, uncle and cousin. They practice using these words as they talk about their families. After sorting stuffed animals by type, teachers might say, “This is the horse’s family. He has a big family. Who’s in your family?”

At home: Give your child play dough and encourage him to create the members of his family. Afterward, ask him to count and name them. This activity helps him conceptualize that multiple people make up his entire family and gives you insight into what family means to your child at his particular point in development.

Recommended reading: On Mother’s Lap by Ann Herbert Scott, Oonga Boonga by Frieda Wishinsky


In the classroom: As children read stories about diverse families, teachers encourage them to share unique details about their own families. For example, teachers might ask, “Who has a sister?” or “Who has a pet?” Afterward, students create charts with the information.

At home: Have each member of your family make a thumbprint using finger paint on a piece of paper side by side. Then, ask your child to compare the various sizes, and guess which thumbprint belongs to each person. As they talk about their family members, they begin to appreciate what makes their family unique.

Recommended reading: Clifford’s Family by Norman Bridwell, What Mommies Do Best and What Daddies Do Best by Laura Numeroff

PRE-K/PRE-K 2 (ages 4-5):

In the classroom: Our older preschoolers begin to understand that their parents have more than one role. Family members are invited to visit and talk to the class about their roles inside and outside of the home. Students are encouraged to write and draw their family members in the different roles they serve. For example, “Mommy is a doctor.”

At home: Go on an uninterrupted family outing with your child. Try to avoid checking work emails or answering unimportant phone calls. Afterward, ask your child to write about his favorite parts of the day in his journal.

Recommended reading: Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too? by Eric Carle, The Napping House by Audrey Wood

All of our schools will be celebrating families in really fun ways this Mother’s Day season, and we hope that you do too!

- Lauren Starnes, PhD – Director of Early Childhood Education