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CHS Newsletter ~ Issue 4

CHS Newsletter ~ Issue 4

Monday, April 3, 2017

March Highlights

Spring Concert


Family SEED - April 3rd

Date: Monday, April 3rd
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Chestnut Hill School Library

Childcare will be provided.


Dinner is provided to all participants!

1860 Donor Day

We are happy to announce that we have reached more than 60% of our CHS Annual Fund goal. 

Thank you to those who have already given. 

1860 Donor Day marks the completion of 70% of the school year and is when tuition “runs out.” The Annual Fund bridges the gap between tuition and the cost to educate your child. CHS turns to the Annual Fund to cover general operating expenses to complete the fiscal year ending on June 30th. The CHS Annual Fund ensures the best education possible beyond what tuition provides.  

Annual giving affects every aspect of daily life at CHS. It strengthens our academic program; it ensures that deserving students who would otherwise not be able to afford a CHS education can attend school here; and it supports our faculty and staff.


We still have a ways to go in order to reach $715,000. Join us on Wednesday, April 5th at 8:20 a.m. to support the Annual Fund and show our school spirit for 1860 Donor Day! Don't forget to wear your CHSmiles t-shirt!

All parents, faculty/staff, and CHS students will assemble on the soccer field and take a school-wide photo in our CHSmiles t-shirts. Families will receive t-shirts in their child’s backpacks on April 3rd. 

We would love to see you there! If you are unavailable for the photo op, please show your CHS pride by taking a selfie in your t-shirt and sending it to

CHSM - Benefit Concert - April 9th

Benefit Concert - Save the date!

This school year we are pleased to have three new pianos that help enhance the quality of lessons and our recitals. To honor our commitment to providing music to our community, The Chestnut Hill School will host a faculty benefit concert on Sunday, April 9th at 3:00pm. CHS and CHSM faculty will perform in a special concert to support maintenance of our musical instruments, making lessons accessible to all students, and retaining the best and brightest faculty at CHSM. This will be a ticketed event with a special raffle drawing at the end of the concert.  We hope that you and your family can join us.

For more information about the concert contact Chris Lucey at 617.264.1335 or email at

Raffle Prizes are:
~ $500 Johnson Strings/Carriage House Violins gift certificate
~ One month of complimentary CHSM lessons
~ Tickets for a family of 5 to a Boston Symphony Family Concert Series event

New Head of School Transition Visit

Tamara Schurdak will return to campus on April 20 and 21 for a variety of meetings and activities to continue getting connected in the CHS community. Please note the following opportunities for current families to see Ms. Schurdak, one specifically for rising Upper School families (currently Grade 3-5) and one for families in all grades.

Thursday, April 20
Secondary School Counseling Night for Rising Upper School Families (current Grades 3-5)
Hosted by Dr. Tobolsky, with special guest Ms. Schurdak

~ 6:00-7:30pm in CMR
(light fare provided; RSVP to Angie Zomer,, for pizza and childcare)

Friday, April 21
Meet & Greet with Ms. Schurdak in Library (for all grades) 

~ 7:45-8:30am and 9:00-9:45am 

CHS going Green

CHS is going Green.  We are proud to announce that the LED lighting replacement project is almost complete!  LED lighting uses 60-90% less energy than traditional light sources, resulting in significant cost and energy savings for the school.



Here are a few facts about LED light.

Top 8 Things You Might Not Know About LEDs

8) A light-emitting diode, or LED, is a type of solid-state lighting that uses a semiconductor to convert electricity into light. Today’s LED bulbs can be six-seven times more energy efficient than conventional incandescent lights and cut energy use by more than 80 percent.

7) Good-quality LED bulbs can have a useful life of 25,000 hours or more -- meaning they can last more than 25 times longer than traditional light bulbs. That is a life of more than three years if run 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

6) Unlike incandescent bulbs -- which release 90 percent of their energy as heat -- LEDs use energy far more efficiently with little wasted heat.

5) From traffic lights and vehicle brake lights to TVs and display cases, LEDs are used in a wide range of applications because of their unique characteristics, which include compact size, ease of maintenance, resistance to breakage, and the ability to focus the light in a single direction instead of having it go every which way.

4) LEDs contain no mercury, and a recent Energy Department study determined that LEDs have a much smaller environmental impact than incandescent bulbs. They also have an edge over compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) that’s expected to grow over the next few years as LED technology continues its steady improvement.

3) Since the Energy Department started funding solid-state lighting R&D in 2000, these projects have received 58 patents. Some of the most successful projects include developing new ways to use materials, extract more light, and solve the underlying technical challenges. Most recently, the Energy Department announced five new projects that will focus on cutting costs by improving manufacturing equipment and processes.

2) The first visible-spectrum LED was invented by Nick Holonyak, Jr., while working for GE in 1962. Since then, the technology has rapidly advanced and costs have dropped tremendously, making LEDs a viable lighting solution. Between 2011 and 2012, global sales of LED replacement bulbs increased by 22 percent while the cost of a 60-watt equivalent LED bulb fell by nearly 40 percent. By 2030, it's estimated that LEDs will account for 75 percent of all lighting sales.

1) In 2012, about 49 million LEDs were installed in the U.S. -- saving about $675 million in annual energy costs. Switching entirely to LED lights over the next two decades could save the U.S. $250 billion in energy costs, reduce electricity consumption for lighting by nearly 50 percent and avoid 1,800 million metric tons of carbon emissions.

CHS Summer Camp

Registration is still open for The Chestnut Hill School Summer Camp.  To find out more about the programs offered visit  Families may register camper(s) for one or more sessions of the eight-week Creative Arts and Sports Camp and/or one or more of the following specialty camps: Micro-STEAM, STEAM, Math, Robotics.  After May 1st, if space allows, half-sessions (one week) are made available in the Creative Arts and Sports Camp to families meeting the one-session minimum requirement.

Click Here to view camp session calendar and for more camp details contact us at 617-264-1335 or at



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