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  • Issue 12 (Friday, November 17, 2017)

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    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    From the Advancement Office: Grandparents and Special Friends Day on Tuesday, November 21st - Want to get involved?  Come help on this special day for the school.  Please Click Here to sign up to volunteer for Grandparents and Special Friends Day. Please note, you may sign up for multiple shifts if you would like!

     

    CHS Family Association (FA):
    Festival of Lights on Thursday, December 7th (5:30pm - 7:00pm) - All families are welcome to share their holiday traditions! How can you participate? Share your holiday tradition with a 2-3 minute presentation; this year we are considering display opportunities as well - stay tuned for more information! Bring an appetizer or dessert - an entree will be served with pizza for kids.  Attend the event. Enjoy the evening.
    If you would like to participate, please contact Oneeka Williams at oneeka2006@gmail.com. For any questions, contact the Festival of Lights Co-Chairs, Oneeka Williams, Charles Anderson, Eron Hackshaw, and Janine Hackshaw. 

    Holiday Shopping - Mini Ruby Contemporary Childrenswear gives back to CHS! From December 1st - 22nd, Mini Ruby Contemporary Childrenswear will offer CHS Families 15% off their purchases and donate 15% of the proceeds back to CHS.  Mini Ruby Contemporary Childrenswear offers a range of childrenswear, activewear, shoes and accessories.  Jump start your holiday shopping and visit www.miniruby.com to shop their children's collection and use the code CHSFAMILY to activate the promotion that will run from December 1st - 22nd.
     


    **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 11 (Friday, November 10, 2017)

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    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    From the Advancement Office: Grandparents and Special Friends Day will take place on Tuesday, November 21st. Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 15th to Maureen LaCerda at mlacerda@tchs.org, if you want to add a grandparent or special friend.  Thank you.
     

    Math Olympiad Team (Gr 4-6): Our first contest is on Tuesday, November 14th. Go Team! Please Click Here for some reminders about practice/contest attendance.


    From the Admission Office: Thank you for spreading the word about our Open House. We had a very successful event!
     

    CHS Family Association (FA):
    Grandparents and Special Friends Day on Tuesday, November 21st - Want to get involved?  Come help on this special day for the school.  Please Click Here to sign up to volunteer for Grandparents and Special Friends Day. Please note, you may sign up for multiple shifts if you would like!

    Festival of Lights on Thursday, December 7th (5:30pm - 7:00pm) - Save the date - all families are invited for Festival of Lights.  To learn more Click Here

    Upcoming Speaker Events:

    • Tuesday, November 14th at 8:15 a.m. at CHS (in the CMR) CHS is proud to be hosting Dr. Chris Willard (PsyD) on "Mindfulness." Dr. Willard's books include Child's Mind, Growing Up Mindful and Raising Resilience. He is a psychologist and educational consultant based in Boston specializing in mindfulness with young people. He has been practicing mediation for nearly 20 years, and leading international workshops on the topic of mindfulness with young people. He serves on the Board of Directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and is the president of the Mindfulness in Education Network. In addition to his speaking engagements, consulting work, and private practice, he also teaches at Harvard Medical School. We are excited to bring his knowledge and work on mindfulness to CHS!  To learn more about this upcoming speaker event Click Here.

    **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 Ten (Friday, November 3, 2017)

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    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Open House, Sunday, November 5th 1:00pm - 3:00pm: Spread the word.  Thank you for using our Open House Bumper Magnets. Next week we will be collecting them to recycle. 
     

    From the Academic Office: The Book Fair will take place on Tuesday, November 7th and Wednesday, November 8th in the CMR. Please be sure to return your Book Fair form to your child's teacher. The schedule is below and families are welcome to come to the Book Fair.

    Book Fair Schedule
    Tuesday, November 7th Wednesday, November 8th
    8:10am - Grade 4 - Danforth 8:10am -  Grade 4 - McPhail
    9:00am -  Kindergarten - Calabrese 8:40am -  Grade 3 -  Lapham
    9:30am -  Kindergarten - Staley 9:10am -  Grade 3 - Siu
    10:00am -  Beginners 10:00am -  Pre-K - Donovan
    12:35pm -  Grade 1 - Garvey 10:30am -  Pre-K - Kish
    1:15pm -  Grade 1 - Boylan 12:35pm - Grade 2 - Augustyn
    2:05pm -  Grade 5  1:20pm -  Grade 2 - Zuckerman
      2:05pm - Grade 6

    Traffic Circle Protocols: Thank you to families for helping move vehicles safely through the traffic circle during the morning drop off and afternoon pick up times. We wanted to share a few of our protocols from the Family Handbook in order to help keep students and faculty safe and to reduce traffic congestion:

    1. We rely on carefully staggered dismissal times in order to reduce congestion in the parking area and avoid backups on Hammond Street. Vehicles may only enter the driveway at times specifically designated. 
    2. It is important for drivers to stay in their cars at all times and to allow school personnel to manage the movement of the children.
    3. We ask for all drivers to move promptly forward in the line according to the instruction of the traffic monitors. 

    Friendly Parking Reminder: Families should always plan to park on Suffolk Road unless instructed otherwise.  There is no parking available at The Church of the Redeemer, and there is also no parking in the CHS lot during the school day.  If there seem to be empty spaces in the lot, it is often that a faculty or staff member has left and will be returning, or has not yet arrived at school.  Parking is an ongoing challenge, and we appreciate your help and understanding.  Thank you for your cooperation.
     

    From the Advancement Office: #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving to organizations you care about fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. In concert with that theme, November 7th is CHS Giving Day. By contributing to the Annual Fund you help sustain our mission, grow our community, and maintain our steadfast commitment to racial, cultural, and economic diversity.  Help make a difference by making a gift to the CHS Annual Fund. #CHSGivingDay  Click Here to make a gift today!  
     

    Lost and Found: Currently, the Lost and Found Bin is full and so we will display the items on the right-hand bench in the gym starting Monday, November 6th through Thursday, November 9th.  Any items not claim by Thursday will be donated to Cradles to Crayons.


    CHS Family Association (FA):
    Fall Back into Book Fair - Wondering what to do with that extra hour? Come volunteer at the Book Fair! Click Here to sign up. The Book Fair starts on Tuesday, November 7th and continues on Wednesday, November 8th. Thank you!

    Updates on Spring Fling -  Thanks again to everyone in the CHS community who contributed theme ideas.  The theme that has emerged as the front-runner was inspired by all of the great feedback and suggestions we received, and ties in the best elements of our community in a way that we hope will be inclusive, festive, inspiring and relevant/relatable for everyone involved. Stay tuned for an announcement before Winter Break…

    Grandparents and Special Friends Day is fast approaching on Tuesday, November 21st!!  Please save the date and stay tuned for opportunities to get involved with the festivities.  Please contact Maureen LaCerda at mlacerda@tchs.org with any questions.

    Upcoming Speaker Events:

    • Thursday, November 9th at 8:15am Brimmer and May has extended an invitation for CHS families to come and hear their next speaker, Victoria A. Budson, on “Preparing our Children to be Happy and Successful in our Diverse World."  The speaker event will be held at Brimmer and May in their Ruth Corkin Theater.  Victoria A. Budson is the founder and executive director of the Women in Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Budson has focused her work on evidenced based methods to increase equity and diversity in the workplace. 
    • Tuesday, November 14th at 8:15 a.m. at CHS (in the CMR) CHS is proud to be hosting Dr. Chris Willard (PsyD) on "Mindfulness." Dr. Willard's books include Child's Mind, Growing Up Mindful and Raising Resilience. He is a psychologist and educational consultant based in Boston specializing in mindfulness with young people. He has been practicing mediation for nearly 20 years, and leading international workshops on the topic of mindfulness with young people. He serves on the Board of Directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and is the president of the Mindfulness in Education Network. In addition to his speaking engagements, consulting work, and private practice, he also teaches at Harvard Medical School. We are excited to bring his knowledge and work on mindfulness to CHS!

    **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 Nine (Friday, October 27, 2017)

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    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Open House, Sunday, November 5th 1:00pm - 3:00pm: Dear families, We are busy preparing for the CHS Open House. Please join us in promoting our big day, on Sunday, November 5 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. 

    How can you help?

    1. Promote the Open House by placing a bumper magnet on your vehicle.
    2. Talk to your friends, colleagues and neighbors about the Open House and Share our Open House Card.
    3. Volunteer to lead families with a Grade 5 or Grade 6 student on tours the day of the Open House by contacting one of the Admissions Volunteer Program Co-chairs.  
      Admissions Volunteer Program Co-chairs: Fawn Balliro Andersen - fawndb@aol.com, Samantha Connelly -  connellydow@gmail.com, Nickki Dawes - npdawes@gmail.com, Erik Dykema - erik@lineagecap.com


    From the Advancement Office: When you contribute to the CHS Annual Fund you make it possible for our teachers to do great work that benefits our students.  Click Here to make a gift today!  


    Information about ordering your Child's School Retake Portraits: Coffee Pond Photography recently sent information for ordering your child’s school Retake portraits on 10/26/17. If you do not receive this information by either email or mail please contact their Customer Care Department directly for assistance at 1-800-632-2323 ext "0" or email at lifeguards@coffeepond.com.
    (NOTE: Please be sure to have your spam blocker set to accept emails from lifeguards@coffeepond.com.)


    CHS Family Association (FA):
    The Book Fair (November 7th & 8th) is a great way to help your kids get excited about reading. Click Here to volunteer to make the class visits to the Book Fair productive and fun.  To view Class Visit Schedules Click Here. Also, a reminder that payment authorization forms were sent home with children.  If you need a payment authorization form please Click Here to print, complete and send to your child's homeroom teacher.

    Spring Fling: Thank you to everyone who submitted theme suggestions for Spring Fling. The committee of parent and faculty volunteers have been hard at work narrowing down the list of themes. The top theme finalist options are listed below in no particular order.  The decision for the theme will be based on discussions within the community, as compared to a vote, and the final selection will be announced by Winter Break. 

    Top Theme Finalist

    • Superheroes
    • Masquerade
    • Art/ Artist Studio
    • Jazz, Jeans, and Jewels
    • Around the World 

    Upcoming Speaker Events:

    • Thursday, November 9th at 8:15am Brimmer and May has extended an invitation for CHS families to come and hear their next speaker, Victoria A. Budson, on “Preparing our Children to be Happy and Successful in our Diverse World."  The speaker event will be held at Brimmer and May in their Ruth Corkin Theater.  Victoria A. Budson is the founder and executive director of the Women in Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Budson has focused her work on evidenced based methods to increase equity and diversity in the workplace. 
    • Tuesday, November 14th at 8:15 a.m. at CHS (in the CMR) CHS is proud to be hosting Dr. Chris Willard (PsyD) on "Mindfulness." Dr. Willard's books include Child's Mind, Growing Up Mindful and Raising Resilience. He is a psychologist and educational consultant based in Boston specializing in mindfulness with young people. He has been practicing mediation for nearly 20 years, and leading international workshops on the topic of mindfulness with young people. He serves on the Board of Directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and is the president of the Mindfulness in Education Network. In addition to his speaking engagements, consulting work, and private practice, he also teaches at Harvard Medical School. We are excited to bring his knowledge and work on mindfulness to CHS!
       

    **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 Eight (Friday, October 20, 2017)

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    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Parent Teacher Conference Sign-up: We are looking forward to seeing you for conferences on Thursday, October 26th and Friday, October 27th. Conferences are an important component of the home/school partnership, as they provide a welcome opportunity to share our experiences with your children and hear from you as well.  For more information and sign-up Click Here. Online sign-ups will close on Monday, October 23rd. At that time, you will have to email your child's teacher to schedule a conference.
     

    Pick-up and Dismissal for Parent Teacher Conference: On Thursday, October 26th, you will have three options for when to pick-up your child/ren:

    1. Pick-up at 12:00pm dismissal;
    2. Pick-up after your conference with your child's teacher;
    3. Pick-up at 3:00pm dismissal.

    (Please note that Thursday afternoon (from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.) will consist of lunch, recess, and activities that will differ from our typical schedule and may include outside presenters, group read-alouds, or a movie.)

    If you have not emailed us already, then please email Jody Nelson at jnelson@tchs.org with your dismissal plans for October 26th no later than noon on Monday, October 23rd.

    On Friday, October 27th, we will have a regular Friday dismissal beginning at 12:00pm.  As always, Extended Day programming will also be available until 6:00pm for those families who need it on both Thursday and Friday.
     

    Parking Update: Please note that due to construction, Suffolk Road will be closed next week during the hours 8:00am - 4:30pm. Please plan accordingly.
     

    Harvest/Halloween Celebration: Our Harvest/Halloween Celebration at CHS will take place this year on Friday, October 27th.  For more information on costumes, the Beginners through Kindergarten parade, or the Harvest celebration, please Click Here.
     

    From the Advancement Office: When you contribute to the CHS Annual Fund you make it possible for our teachers to do great work that benefits our students.  Click Here to make a gift today!  
     

    Reminder Picture Retake Day: Picture retakes are on Monday, October 23rd from 9:00am - 11:00am.
     

    Mexican Mask Making Demonstration:  In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, CHS is excited to have award-winning mask makers Manuel and Modesto Horta from Michoacan, Mexico at our school on Monday, October 23rd. They have been featured at the international Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, NM and at the gallery at the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History in conjunction with the Grandes Maestros Exhibit.  CHS is very excited to have Manuel and Modesto Horta demonstrate to the students how to carve a wooden masks.  The artists will be available at dismissal time If you are interested in purchasing some of their artwork. 
     

    Math Olympiads (Grades 4-6) Reminder: Math Olympiads is a before-school club which will start next Tuesday, October 24th. All meetings will take place in the CMR from 7:25am - 8:00am. Please see the CHS Community Calendar for future practice and contest dates.
     

    CHS Family Association (FA):
    The 2017 Carnival is on Saturday, October 21, 2017:  Get ready!! The CHS community event of the season is upon us and we need your help! Interested in volunteering, please Click Here to sign up.  This is a fun, great, and easy commitment way to get involved. To learn more about being a volunteer Click Here.

    The BOOK FAIR begins Tuesday, November 7th and Wednesday, November 8th: Be on the look out in backpack mail for authorization forms, which will be sent home soon.  If you would like to visit the Book Fair with your child's class, Click Here for the class visit schedule. If you have any questions, reach out to Carey Bertrand, bertrandc@verizon.net

    Upcoming Speaker Events:

    • Thursday, November 9th at 8:15am Brimmer and May has extended an invitation for CHS families to come and hear their next speaker, Victoria A. Budson, on “Preparing our Children to be Happy and Successful in our Diverse World."  The speaker event will be held at Brimmer and May in their Ruth Corkin Theater.  Victoria A. Budson is the founder and executive director of the Women in Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Budson has focused her work on evidenced based methods to increase equity and diversity in the workplace. 
    • Tuesday, November 14th at 8:15 a.m. at CHS (in the CMR) CHS is proud to be hosting Dr. Chris Willard (PsyD) on "Mindfulness." Dr. Willard's books include Child's Mind, Growing Up Mindful and Raising Resilience. He is a psychologist and educational consultant based in Boston specializing in mindfulness with young people. He has been practicing mediation for nearly 20 years, and leading international workshops on the topic of mindfulness with young people. He serves on the Board of Directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and is the president of the Mindfulness in Education Network. In addition to his speaking engagements, consulting work, and private practice, he also teaches at Harvard Medical School. We are excited to bring his knowledge and work on mindfulness to CHS!

    **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 Seven (Friday, October 13, 2017)

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    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Parent Teacher Conference Sign-up: We are looking forward to seeing you for conferences on Thursday, October 26th and Friday, October 27th. Conferences are an important component of the home/school partnership, as they provide a welcome opportunity to share our experiences with your children and hear from you as well.  For more information and sign-up Click Here.

    Pick-up and Dismissal for Parent Teacher Conference: On Thursday, October 26th, you will have three options for when to pick-up your child/ren:

    1. Pick-up at 12:00pm dismissal;
    2. Pick-up after your conference with your child's teacher;
    3. Pick-up at 3:00pm dismissal.

    (Please note that Thursday afternoon (from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.) will consist of lunch, recess, and activities that will differ from our
    typical schedule and may include outside presenters, group read-alouds, or a movie.)

    Please email Michael Coppola at mcoppola@tchs.org with your dismissal plans for October 26th no later than noon on Wednesday, October 25th.

    On Friday, October 27th, we will have a regular Friday dismissal beginning at 12:00pm.  As always, Extended Day programming will also be available until 6:00pm for those families who need it on both Thursday and Friday.

    Beginner Sibling Application Deadline: The deadline for applying siblings into next year's Beginners program is Friday, October 20th. Sibling applications for other grades are due January 17th. If you are interested in applying for the 2018-2019 academic year, please reach out to Kelly Conn at 617-264-1342 or kconn@tchs.org.

    From the Advancement Office: When you contribute to the CHS Annual Fund you make it possible for our teachers to do great work that benefits our students.  Click Here to make a gift today!  

    Lost and Found: Currently, the Lost and Found Bin is full and so we will display the items on the right-hand bench in the gym starting Monday, October 16th through Friday, October 20th.  Any items not claim by Friday will be donated to Cradles to Crayons.

    Family SEED Event: All adult CHS family members are invited to attend A Taste of SEED, scheduled for Monday, October 16th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm at CHS in the Library.

    This program will introduce SEED and provide an opportunity for CHS families to meet each other and learn about the program.  The SEED program focuses on listening, sharing, experiencing, and learning through readings, videos, thought-provoking exercises, reflective writing, and candid conversations about race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and other defining aspects of identity in school and societal systems.  SEED will provide participants with opportunities to grow as individuals, caregivers, advocates, and allies, and to get to know other families of the Chestnut Hill School community better in the process.  For more information about the SEED program Click Here.


    CHS Family Association (FA): 

    The 2017 Carnival is on Saturday, October 21, 2017:  Get ready!! The CHS community event of the season is upon us and we need your help! Interested in volunteering, please Click Here to sign up.  This is a fun, great, and easy commitment way to get involved. Want to skip the line at the entrance just Click Here to order your admission tickets, raffle and food tickets in advance.  Paper forms to buy admission tickets, raffle tickets, and food tickets and to sign-up to volunteer are going home in your child's backpack today. Please be on the lookout so you can get involved in the carnival fun.  To learn more Click Here.  

    Upcoming Speaker Events:

    • Thursday, November 9th at 8:15am Brimmer and May has extended an invitation for CHS families to come and hear their next speaker, Victoria A. Budson, on “Preparing our Children to be Happy and Successful in our Diverse World."  The speaker event will be held at Brimmer and May in their Ruth Corkin Theater.  Victoria A. Budson is the founder and executive director of the Women in Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Budson has focused her work on evidenced based methods to increase equity and diversity in the workplace. 
    • Tuesday, November 14th at 8:15 a.m. at CHS (in the CMR) CHS is proud to be hosting Dr. Chris Willard (PsyD) on "Mindfulness." Dr. Willard's books include Child's Mind, Growing Up Mindful and Raising Resilience. He is a psychologist and educational consultant based in Boston specializing in mindfulness with young people. He has been practicing mediation for nearly 20 years, and leading international workshops on the topic of mindfulness with young people. He serves on the Board of Directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and is the president of the Mindfulness in Education Network. In addition to his speaking engagements, consulting work, and private practice, he also teaches at Harvard Medical School. We are excited to bring his knowledge and work on mindfulness to CHS!

    **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 Six (Friday, October 6, 2017)

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    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Beginner Sibling Application Deadline: The deadline for applying siblings into next year's Beginners program is Friday, October 20th. Sibling applications for other grades are due January 17th. If you are interested in applying for the 2018-2019 academic year, please reach out to Kelly Conn at 617-264-1342 or kconn@tchs.org.

    From the Academic Office: Conference sign ups will take place toward the end of next week. A Broadcast message will be sent midweek with links and sign-in information for each grade level.

    Field Day, Tuesday, October 10th: Weather permitting, our all school photo and annual field day will be held this Tuesday, October 10th. This years' field day theme is Superheroes.  Students are welcome to wear any superhero attire to compliment the theme; no masks please. For more information Click Here.

    From the Advancement Office: When you contribute to the CHS Annual Fund you make it possible for our teachers to do great work that benefits our students.  Click Here to make a gift today!  

    Family SEED Event: All adult CHS family members are invited to attend A Taste of SEED, scheduled for Monday, October 16th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm at CHS in the Library.

    • This program will introduce SEED and provide an opportunity for CHS families to meet each other and learn about the program.  The SEED program focuses on listening, sharing, experiencing, and learning through readings, videos, thought-provoking exercises, reflective writing, and candid conversations about race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and other defining aspects of identity in school and societal systems.  SEED will provide participants with opportunities to grow as individuals, caregivers, advocates, and allies, and to get to know other families of the Chestnut Hill School community better in the process.  For more information about the SEED program Click Here.


    CHS Family Association (FA): 

    • The 2017 Carnival is on Saturday, October 21, 2017:  Get ready!! The CHS community event of the season is upon us and we need your help! Interested in volunteering, please Click Here to sign up.  This is a fun, great, and easy commitment way to get involved. Want to skip the line at the entrance just Click Here to order your admission tickets, raffle and food tickets in advance.  Read more Click Here.
    • Get Ready for School Days with Tea Collection:  CHS is participating in Tea Collection's School Days program on 10/9 - 10/16. What does this mean? You shop globally inspired children’s clothing on TeaSchoolDays.com, use code  for 15% off your order + free shipping and 15% of your order gets donated back to school! PROMO CODE: SDF17CHESTNUT (NOTE: Promo code will only work on TeaSchoolDays.com so it’s important that you use this link. Don’t worry… everything is there and the experience is just as if you’re shopping the store's official website.) Please feel free to share this sale with friends and family! 

    **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 Five (Friday, September 29, 2017)

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    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Early Arrival Program (7:00am - 7:30am): Beginning October 1st, parents now have the option to register for 7:00am - 7:30am on a regular schedule at a discounted annual rate. Early morning drop-in is still available on an as needed basis without registering for a $5 daily rate.  Financial aid is available for registered families who have two or more children enrolled.  Financial aid is not available for occasional drop-ins. Please Click Here to go to the Auxiliary Program Early Arrival Page to register.

    Hispanic Heritage Month: In the United States we observe National Hispanic Heritage month from September 15th to October 15th.  We celebrate and honor the history, culture and contributions made by American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. At CHS, students kicked-off the celebration of National Hispanic Heritage month during Friday's assembly with an amazing performance by the group Sol y Canto. To learn more about this, please check out the Classroom Updates in MyCHS.

    2017-2018 CHS Math Olympiads: We have the largest CHS Math Olympiad Team ever!  To view this years roster Click Here.

    Lost and Found: Currently, the Lost and Found Bin is full and so we will display the items on the right-hand bench in the gym starting Monday, October 2nd through Thursday, October 5th.  Any items not claim by Thursday will be donated to Cradles to Crayons.

    Extended Day has a great new addition:  Chess Wizards is coming to CHS, beginning October 6th!  Please Click Here for more information about Chess Wizards at CHS Extended Day.

    School Picture Update: Coffee Pond Photography recently sent information for ordering your child’s school portraits on September 28th. If you have not received this information by either email or mail please contact Coffee Pond's Customer Care Department directly for assistance at 1-800-632-2323 ext "0" or email lifeguards@coffeepond.com.  Please be sure to have your spam blocker set to accept emails from lifeguards@coffeepond.com. 

    CHS Family Association (FA): 

    • Family Association Meeting on October 5th at 8:00am in the Community Meeting Room (CMR).  This meeting is open to all CHS families to attend. Please join us!
    • Spring Fling: It's never to early to start thinking spring, Spring Fling that is! It's the Family Association's biggest fundraising effort of the year, and we'd love to hear from you! Please share with us your ideas for this year's theme. The best themes are ones where all families understand the theme and feel they are included. We look forward to reading your suggestions. The deadline for submissions is October 5th. For additional information and to submit ideas Click Here.
    • Project Giving Kids: Project Giving Kids is a nonprofit that connects youth to causes and community service opportunities, has announced their second annual Create the Change Day in Boston on October 8th. This event will provide numerous hands-on opportunities for kids, teens and families to volunteer and will feature the growing PGK network of nonprofit partners in and around Boston. Click Here to learn more about the Create the Change Day event in Boston.  Learn more about downloading the YouthGive app Click Here.
    • The 2017 Carnival is on Saturday, October 21, 2017:  Get ready!! The CHS community event of the season is upon us and we need your help! Interested in volunteering, please Click Here to sign up.  This is a fun, great, and easy commitment way to get involved. Want to skip the line at the entrance just Click Here to order your admission tickets, raffle and food tickets in advance.  Read more Click Here.
    • Mark Your Calendars:Tea Collection gives back to CHS!  CHS families are invited to participate in the Tea Collection's School Days fundraiser during the week of 10/9 - 10/16. You will receive 15% off your purchase as well as free shipping and Tea Collection will donate 15% of sales back to CHS. The promo code to activate this special offer will be announced in upcoming communications as the date approaches. Visit www.teacollection.com to preview their school-friendly children's apparel. 
    • Amazon Smile: Don't forget that on Amazon Smile you can designate CHS as your chosen organization that will receive a donation every time you buy from Amazon.  Check it out....it's a great way to support the school while you are doing other shopping online!

    **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 Four (Friday, September 22, 2017)

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    From the Head of School

    Dear CHS Community,

    We are again watching news ​about ​the devastation of ​recent ​earthquakes and hurricanes. Many of you have inquired about those in the CHS community who are affected by these natural disasters. There are some of you who have shared that you are worried about family members without services; you are worried about family members with whom you have not had contact; and you are worried about the years it may take to rebuild. 

    One of the things that binds our Chestnut Hill community together is our care for one another. Please let us know if there is something we can do to assist you and your family. Deb Bloomberg, our Director of Nursing and Wellness is one great resource, as are all members of our Support Team, our Administrative Team, and our entire Faculty and Staff. 

    As is often the case in these situations, know that your children are watching, taking cues from you, and catching glimpses of what is on TV or social media. As a result, they may ask questions about what has happened; they may ask if they are safe. Our team can be helpful here, too. 

    Our children can see kindness and empathy on full display.  And because of this, I am honored to be part of a community that has such care for one another ​and demonstrates that care each and every day.​


    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Curriculum Nights: 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

    Grandparents and Special Friends Day (GPSFD) 2017: GPSFD guest forms are due as soon as possible. Please Click Here to fill out the Google Form with the names and contact information of the grandparents/special friends whom you would like us to invite

    CHS Family Association (FA): 

    • Family Association Meeting on October 5th at 8:00am in the Community Meeting Room (CMR).  This meeting is open to all CHS families to attend. Please join us!
    • The 2017 Carnival is on Saturday, October 21, 2017.  Get ready!! The CHS community event of the season is upon us and we need your help! Interested in volunteering, please Click Here to sign up.  This is a fun, great, and easy commitment way to get involved. Want to skip the line at the entrance just Click Here to order your admission tickets, raffle and food tickets in advance.  


    On Tuesday, September 19th, CHS hosted the
    AISNE (Association of Independent Schools of New England)
    School Admissions Professional Group.
     This group is made up of over 60 Independent/Private School Admission Directors from the Greater Boston area. The co-chairs for the group are Wendy Borosavage and Adrien Khelemsky. Attending on the behalf of the AISNE organization was Carol-Ann McIntosh who is the Director of Events and Programs. 


    **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)

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    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)

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    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