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  • Issue Three (Friday, September 15, 2017)

    Next Week at CHS can be viewed on multiple devices.

    The optimal way to view this issue is on your personal computer.


    From the Head of School

    Dear CHS Community:

    Although the new year is a great source of optimism, and the weather here in Massachusetts this week drew me outside, I was saddened by weather news around our country and the world. Whether it is the fires out west that destroyed parkland and homes, or the carnage of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and now Hurricane Irma in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and the Carolinas, we are seeing a display of the force and power of nature. Of course, all of this says nothing of the damage done by Hurricane Irma before it made landfall on the US, the damage done by Hurricane Julio or the devastation of the earthquake this past week in Mexico.

    As I watch the news reports chronicling the devastation, I have been moved by the acts of first responders and ordinary citizens like the small boat owners rescuing families and their pets without regard to race, creed or sexual orientation, or the stories of kindness my sister (who was in a shelter in Naples Florida) has shared of people in Florida rescuing the elderly to bring them to shelters. This is the compassion we teach our children; it is the empathy and kindness toward others we seek to develop at CHS. As Nelson Mandela said, "A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of."

    I write to all of you to let you know that we are thinking of those of you who have family and loved ones in any affected areas. In the coming days, weeks, months as we begin the clean up that we know will take years, I hope we can all do what we can to help those in need.

    I wish you and your families all the best,


    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Updates to the Calendar: There have been some updates to the printed calendar and also incorporated into the TCHS Community Calendar.  See updates below:

    • No School for Rosh Hashanah, was inaccurately advertised in the "Spring 2017 Major Date Email Communication" as 9/20. It is correctly listed on the printed calendar as 9/21
    • The 8:30am K-1 Strings Presentation listing on May 30th of the June calendar is incorrect. It is correctly listed on May 25th of the May Calendar.
    • Earth Day is incorrectly listed as April 28. It should be April 22

    Curriculum Nights: The Grades 4-6 Curriculum Night will take place on Tuesday, September 19th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. The Grades 1-3 Curriculum Night will be on Tuesday, September 26th at 6:00pm and the Beginners-Kindergarten Curriculum Night will be on Thursday, September 28th at 6:00pm. We look forward to seeing you!

    Childcare for Curriculum Nights: Childcare and pizza for each of our Curriculum Nights are provided during the event.  We ask that families RSVP no later than 48 hours prior to the event.  For more details, or to RSVP, please Click Here for Childcare Information and RSVP Form for Curriculum Nights

    CHSM Open House: On Sunday, September 17th be sure to stop by the Community Meeting Room to meet your School of Music instructors and enjoy our musical petting zoo! We will be open from 2:00pm - 3:00pm. Click Here for more information.

    School Picture Day: Reminder School Picture Day 2017 will take place at CHS on Tuesday, September 19th.

    Grandparents and Special Friends Day (GPSFD) 2017: GPSFD forms are due as soon as possible. Please Click Here to print, fill-out, and return to the Advancement mail slot located at the front desk.

    CHS Family Association (FA): CHS Families are automatically part of the Family Association and are invited to participate in all volunteer activities.  Below are upcoming FA events.  Also, the Family Association is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 Class Representatives.  Click Here to view the list.

    • Sunday, September 17th at 2:00pm: CHS Family Association will be sponsoring an Ice Cream Social.  Come by to connect with friends and cool off with a sweet treat!  

     


    **Please note that "Next Week at CHS" aims to remind you of upcoming all-school events and other announcements applicable to our community at large.  Classroom Updates (located for each grade level on MyCHS) provides an overview of general classroom highlights and summarizes the week's content and activities in each homeroom subject. 


    Classroom Updates

  • Issue Three (Friday, September 15, 2017)

    Next Week at CHS can be viewed on multiple devices.

    The optimal way to view this issue is on your personal computer.


    From the Head of School

    Dear CHS Community:

    Although the new year is a great source of optimism, and the weather here in Massachusetts this week drew me outside, I was saddened by weather news around our country and the world. Whether it is the fires out west that destroyed parkland and homes, or the carnage of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and now Hurricane Irma in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and the Carolinas, we are seeing a display of the force and power of nature. Of course, all of this says nothing of the damage done by Hurricane Irma before it made landfall on the US, the damage done by Hurricane Julio or the devastation of the earthquake this past week in Mexico.

    As I watch the news reports chronicling the devastation, I have been moved by the acts of first responders and ordinary citizens like the small boat owners rescuing families and their pets without regard to race, creed or sexual orientation, or the stories of kindness my sister (who was in a shelter in Naples Florida) has shared of people in Florida rescuing the elderly to bring them to shelters. This is the compassion we teach our children; it is the empathy and kindness toward others we seek to develop at CHS. As Nelson Mandela said, "A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of."

    I write to all of you to let you know that we are thinking of those of you who have family and loved ones in any affected areas. In the coming days, weeks, months as we begin the clean up that we know will take years, I hope we can all do what we can to help those in need.

    I wish you and your families all the best,


    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Updates to the Calendar: There have been some updates to the printed calendar and also incorporated into the TCHS Community Calendar.  See updates below:

    • No School for Rosh Hashanah, was inaccurately advertised in the "Spring 2017 Major Date Email Communication" as 9/20. It is correctly listed on the printed calendar as 9/21
    • The 8:30am K-1 Strings Presentation listing on May 30th of the June calendar is incorrect. It is correctly listed on May 25th of the May Calendar.
    • Earth Day is incorrectly listed as April 28. It should be April 22

    Curriculum Nights: The Grades 4-6 Curriculum Night will take place on Tuesday, September 19th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. The Grades 1-3 Curriculum Night will be on Tuesday, September 26th at 6:00pm and the Beginners-Kindergarten Curriculum Night will be on Thursday, September 28th at 6:00pm. We look forward to seeing you!

    Childcare for Curriculum Nights: Childcare and pizza for each of our Curriculum Nights are provided during the event.  We ask that families RSVP no later than 48 hours prior to the event.  For more details, or to RSVP, please Click Here for Childcare Information and RSVP Form for Curriculum Nights

    CHSM Open House: On Sunday, September 17th be sure to stop by the Community Meeting Room to meet your School of Music instructors and enjoy our musical petting zoo! We will be open from 2:00pm - 3:00pm. Click Here for more information.

    School Picture Day: Reminder School Picture Day 2017 will take place at CHS on Tuesday, September 19th.

    Grandparents and Special Friends Day (GPSFD) 2017: GPSFD forms are due as soon as possible. Please Click Here to print, fill-out, and return to the Advancement mail slot located at the front desk.

    CHS Family Association (FA): CHS Families are automatically part of the Family Association and are invited to participate in all volunteer activities.  Below are upcoming FA events.  Also, the Family Association is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 Class Representatives.  Click Here to view the list.

    • Sunday, September 17th at 2:00pm: CHS Family Association will be sponsoring an Ice Cream Social.  Come by to connect with friends and cool off with a sweet treat!  

     


    **Please note that "Next Week at CHS" aims to remind you of upcoming all-school events and other announcements applicable to our community at large.  Classroom Updates (located for each grade level on MyCHS) provides an overview of general classroom highlights and summarizes the week's content and activities in each homeroom subject. 


    Classroom Updates

  • Issue Two (Friday, September 8, 2017)

    Next Week at CHS can be viewed on multiple devices.

    The optimal way to view this issue is on your personal computer.


    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    From the Nurse's Office: Birthday Forms - In our effort to maintain a safe and inclusive environment, birthday treats will be provided by the School in all instances.  No food may be brought onto the campus for children other than student lunches. All birthday treat options will be nut-free and may include items such as popsicles, nut-free cookies, or non-food alternatives.    For the purpose of birthday celebrations, we have created a birthday form for families to complete. Please Click Here to print, fill-out, and return the Birthday form to your child’s classroom teacher no later than September 15th.  If you have any questions please contact Deb Bloomberg, RN at (617) 264-1336 or email dbloomberg@tchs.org.

    Pick-up Circle: Please remember to place your student's name placard on the dashboard as you pull into the circle.  This is important for student safety, and also helps to keep the traffic flowing in the circle.

    CHS School Bus Service: The CHS buses are running! If you are interested in registering for the bus, please contact Tara Hathaway at (617) 264-1349 or email at thathaway@tchs.org.  Please Click Here for more details.

    Math Olympiads: It's time for students in Grades 4-6 to sign-up for the CHS Math Olympiads 2017-18 Team! Please Click Here for more information..

    School Picture Day: Reminder School Picture Day 2017 will take place at CHS on Tuesday, September 19th.

    Advancement Office: CHS now has Digital Ads and Posters displayed in Copley Place and The Chestnut Hill Mall promoting our Open House on Sunday, November 5th from 1:00pm - 3:00pm.  Help spread the word!! 

    CHS Family Association (FA): CHS Families are automatically part of the Family Association and are invited to participate in all volunteer activities.  Below are upcoming FA events.  Also, the Family Association is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 Class Representatives.  Click Here to view the list.

    • Sunday, September 10th from 3:00pm -5:00pm: Families of Color United for Success (FOCUS)* Back to School Party at CHS. 
    • Sunday, September 17th at 2:00pm: CHS Family Association will be sponsoring an Ice cream social.  Come by to connect with friends and cool off with a sweet treat!  

    *FOCUS is a parent-run affinity group for families raising children primarily of African and Latino descent. All families are welcome. FOCUS hosts family events throughout the school year to build community, to share resources, and to hold discussion groups. All are welcome!!


    **Please note that "Next Week at CHS" aims to remind you of upcoming all-school events and other announcements applicable to our community at large.  Classroom Updates (located for each grade level on MyCHS) provides an overview of general classroom highlights and summarizes the week's content and activities in each homeroom subject. 


    Classroom Updates

  • Issue One (Friday, September 1, 2017)

    Welcome! In the past few weeks, I have already learned how vital clear and consistent communication is to CHS. This summer, a committee met to work on and refine our communication. Here is our plan:

    Every CHS community member will receive a Next Week at CHS email newsletter every Friday night at 8:00pm. The email newsletter will include: announcements from the school and Family Association, classroom updates with links to more detailed information in MyCHS, and a schedule of events for the upcoming week. Families will no longer receive instant notification when someone has posted an extra announcement to the site.  

    As many of you know, teachers post reviews each week about classroom curriculum.  These updates will be ready to view on Fridays by 8:00pm. (Parents of Beginners students you will learn that the Beginners Teachers communicate more frequently.)  Throughout the year, we will continue to evaluate and update our processes so that useful information reaches families in a timely way.

    Thank you and let's have a great school year!

    Warmly,


    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Orientation Day: Orientation Day for all students in Beginners - Grade 1 and all new students in Grades 2 - 6 will take place on Tuesday, September 5th. For students in Beginners - Grade 1, please click on your child's grade level link below to view the Orientation schedule. (Please note that new students in Grades 2-6 will attend the 10:00am-10:45am session.)

    CHS School Bus Service: New this year, CHS will be offering two round trip school bus routes, servicing Boston/Brookline and Needham/Wellesley/West Newton.  If you have already registered for the bus, but have not received confirmation, please contact Tara Hathaway (617) 264-1349 or thathaway@tchs.org.  See MyCHS for more details.

    MyCHS: We have updated the MyCHS portal so that information is user-friendly. If you are interested in setting up an automatic log in to MyCHS, you can do so. This access is something every person has to set-up in their web browser preferences. Click here for instructions on how to create this option in Internet Explorer. Or to create this option in Google Chrome click here

    From the Math Specialist: CHS is moving from using IXL to using Matholia. IXL accounts will no longer be active as of September 6th. For more information, please click here.

    Grade 2 and 3 Before School Typing Change: Students in Grade 2 and 3 will not have typing before school. Typing will be incorporated into school programming. 

    Advancement Office: CHS now has Digital Ads and Posters displayed in Copley Place and The Chestnut Hill Mall promoting our Open House on Sunday, November 5th from 1:00pm - 3:00pm.  Help spread the word!! 

    CHS Auxiliary Program Information: The following Auxiliary Programs begin on September 6th (first day of school):

    • Early Arrival (7:00-8:00am)
    • Afternoon Program (Beginners and Pre-Kindergarten)
    • Extended Day (All grades)

    The Early Bird Program (Fibertastics with Rosie Sweeney) begins on September 13th and CHSM music lessons starts on September 18th.  For more information please contact Christine Lucey, Auxiliary Program Coordinator at 617-264-1335 or clucey@tchs.org.

    CHS Family Association: CHS Families are automatically part of the Family Association and are invited to participate in all volunteer activities.  Below are upcoming events for next week.

    • Wednesday and Thursday, September 6th - 7th after Drop-Off: Welcome Coffees Hosted by Ms. Schurdak and the Family Association in the CHS Community Meeting Room (CMR) - Younger siblings welcome.
    • Friday, September 8th at 8:15am:  Class Rep Training in the Library. Please RSVP to Susan Florence-Smith susanflorencesmith@icloud.com.
    • Sunday, September 10th from 3:00pm -5:00pm: Families of Color United for Success (FOCUS)* Back to School Party at CHS. 

    *FOCUS is a parent-run affinity group for families raising children primarily of African and Latino descent. All families are welcome. FOCUS hosts family events throughout the school year to build community, to share resources, and to hold discussion groups. 


    Help Hurricane Harvey Families

    Dear CHS Families,

    As we look forward to welcoming students and families back to CHS, we are thinking of the devastation in Texas, and the families and children who have been displaced by Hurricane Harvey.  There are currently 33,800 people staying in shelters, many with no home to return to.

    Our Head of School, Tamara Schurdak, has been in touch with the National Association of Independent Schools to inquire about partnering with a school in Texas, and maintaining a long-term relationship between our schools.  As a faculty, we have been discussing meaningful, age appropriate ways that teachers can involve their students in being kind and helpful. 

    We are currently accepting new or gently used:

    • Clothing for babies and children
    • Baby bottles/ formula
    • Stuffed animals, comfort toys
    • Coloring books
    • Markers
    • Puzzles
    • Small toys for the shelters
    • Back packs
    • Adult Socks
    • Paper towels
    • Non-perishable, nutritious food items: Peanut butter, granola bars,tuna,etc...
    • Toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo,Vaseline, Bandaids,etc...)

    There is a table set-up in the lobby, we will be collecting items through September 15th.  Please contact me with any questions.

    Thank you.  I look forward to seeing you all and having a wonderful school year!

    Warmly,

    Deb Bloomberg


    **Please note that "Next Week at CHS" aims to remind you of upcoming all-school events and other announcements applicable to our community at large.  Classroom Updates (located for each grade level on MyCHS) provides an overview of general classroom highlights and summarizes the week's content and activities in each homeroom subject. 


    Classroom Updates

    Classroom Updates will begin next week. Our teachers look forward to sharing highlights from the first week of school.

  • CHS Newsletter ~ Issue 5 (Wednesday, May 3, 2017)

    April Highlights


    1860 Donor Day                                                                                                      CHSM Faculty Benefit Concert


     

  • CHS Newsletter ~ Issue 4 (Monday, April 3, 2017)

    March Highlights

    Spring Concert


     

  • CHS Newsletter ~ Issue 3 (Wednesday, March 1, 2017)

    February Highlights

    Grade 1 Play - A Sendak Quadrille                                                       Grade 2 Play - The Trouble with Dragons


     

  • CHS Newsletter ~ Issue 2 (Wednesday, February 1, 2017)

    January Highlights

    MLK Day

     


     

  • CHS Newsletter ~ Issue 1 (Tuesday, January 10, 2017)

    December Highlights



    Festival of Lights



    Winter Sharing