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  • Issue 39 (Friday, June 8, 2018)

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    ANNOUNCEMENTS

     

    From All of Us at CHS: Congratulations to all 6th graders! Congratulations to all of our students. Please stay tuned for a broadcast email in the coming weeks that will have more information about the 2018-2019 school year.  We wish you a wonderful, safe summer.


    From the Academic Office: June reports will be sent during the week of June 18th. Please stay tuned for a broadcast email that will be sent during that week.  The broadcast email will include directions to access your child's report. 

    We've completed the administration of the CTP standardized tests for students in Grades 3, 4, and 5 and results have been sent to families. If you have questions or need clarification about a child’s performance in a specific content area, please contact your child's teacher.  Students also completed the WrAP (Writing Assessment Program). However, because the WrAP assessments need to be hand-scored they will be sent out in the August.  If you have more general questions about the CTP or WrAP, please contact Carrie Danforth at cdanforth@tchs.org or Michael Coppola at mcoppola@tchs.org.
     

    From the Admission Office:  A heartfelt thank you for tremendous community outreach and efforts on behalf of CHS.  One of the biggest ways new families hear about CHS is through word of mouth; your belief in the school makes others consider it. Thank you for sharing and thank you for volunteering at all of our events throughout the year. From January play dates to Open House to everything in between, many of you worked on behalf of our Admission Office.  We wish you a wonderful summer!
     

    The Boston Pride Parade: Saturday, June 9th is the Boston Pride Parade in downtown Boston. Come march with Team CHS in the Boston Pride Parade!  This is a family event that brings together everyone to celebrate and foster diversity, equity, and inclusion. 35,000 marchers are expected to participate and over 700,000 spectators will watch the parade.  We will be meeting at 11:15 a.m. across from Clarendon Wine on the Trinity Church side of Copley Square.  Our parade start time is at 12:00 p.m. we will be behind the Elliott Pearson Children's Center.  There is still plenty of time to sign up click here to RSVP.    ​​If you have questions please contact CHS parade marshals Erin Daniels at edaniels@tchs.org or Virginia Siu at vsiu@tchs.org.  To learn more about the Boston Pride click here.​
     

    Math Olympiads (Grades 4-6): Please click here for a final message about the 2017-2018 CHS Math Olympiads team.
     

    ​Lost and Found: The Lost and Found Bin is full.  All items will be displayed in the Lost and Found area located outside the CMR.  Any items not claimed by Monday, June 11th at 6:00 p.m. will be donated to Cradles to Crayons.
     

    2018-2019 School Year Major Dates: CHS is already in the midst of planning for the next school year.  Click here to view and/or print the 2018-2019 School Year Major Dates list.  Thank You!
     

      Summer Camp: Summer Fun! CHS transforms into an entirely new 'scene' in the summer with a wide variety of quality activities taught by experienced staff.  We invite you to consider joining any of our specialty camps and/or The Creative Arts and Sports Camp.  Specialty Camps include STEAM, MicroSTEAM, Robotics and Math Camp. The Creative Arts and Sports Camp offers a wide variety of arts, sports, swim, tennis, drama, improv, set design, archery and more. NEW this year is Rock Wall Climbing and Rowing for upper and senior campers (grades 4-8).  We also offer bus transportation from Boston and Newton Center.  Please contact mnickerson@tchs.org or clucey@tchs.org to learn more!  


    **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 38 (Friday, June 1, 2018)

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    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    From the Nurse's Office: Dear CHS Families - With the warmer weather here, there is more time spent outside, so please check your children and pets daily for ticks. I have recently seen a few on the CHS grounds. Long pants and sleeves are recommended when hiking through woods or high grasses. Ticks can carry a variety of diseases, only the tiny deer tick carries Lyme Disease. Please click here for additional information and please reach out to me (Deb Bloomberg) with any questions at dbloomberg@tchs.org.  Thank You!
     

    ROAR Book Drive: This year the Beginners Class and the Fourth Grade Class will be running its annual Book Drive for the ROAR (Reach Out and Read) program.  The ROAR program is a national program designed to promote school readiness and early literacy skills among children who are at increased risk for reading failure. From Tuesday, May 29th - Wednesday, June 6th the Beginners Class and the Fourth Grade Class will be collecting new or gently used children’s books. There will be baskets in the CHS entrance lobby where you can drop off your books. To learn more click here.


    Lost and Found: As we approach the end of the school year, the Lost and Found Bin is full.  All items will be displayed in the Lost and Found area located outside the CMR starting Monday, June 4th through Friday, June 8th.  Any items not claimed by Friday, June 8th will be donated to Cradles to Crayons.

     

    The Boston Pride Parade: Saturday, June 9th is the Boston Pride Parade in downtown Boston. Come march with Team CHS in the Boston Pride Parade!  This is a family event that brings together everyone to celebrate and foster diversity, equity, and inclusion. 35,000 marchers are expected to participate and over 700,000 spectators will watch the parade.  ​​Specific details with regard to time and place will be shared as we get closer to June 9th. To RSVP please click here and complete the Google Form. If you have questions please contact CHS parade marshals Erin Daniels at edaniels@tchs.org or Virginia Siu at vsiu@tchs.org.  To learn more about the Boston Pride click here.​

    2018-2019 School Year Major Dates: CHS is already in the midst of planning for the next school year.  Click here to view and/or print the 2018-2019 School Year Major Dates list.  Thank You!

     

      Summer Camp: Summer Fun! CHS transforms into an entirely new 'scene' in the summer with a wide variety of quality activities taught by experienced staff.  We invite you to consider joining any of our specialty camps and/or The Creative Arts and Sports Camp.  Specialty Camps include STEAM, MicroSTEAM, Robotics and Math Camp. The Creative Arts and Sports Camp offers a wide variety of arts, sports, swim, tennis, drama, improv, set design, archery and more. NEW this year is Rock Wall Climbing and Rowing for upper and senior campers (grades 4-8).  We also offer bus transportation from Boston and Newton Center.  Please contact mnickerson@tchs.org or clucey@tchs.org to learn more!  


    **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 37 (Friday, May 25, 2018)

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    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    ROAR Book Drive: This year the Beginners Class and the Fourth Grade Class will be running its annual Book Drive for the ROAR (Reach Out and Read) program.  The ROAR program is a national program designed to promote school readiness and early literacy skills among children who are at increased risk for reading failure. From Tuesday, May 29th - Wednesday, June 6th the Beginners Class and the Fourth Grade Class will be collecting new or gently used children’s books. There will be baskets in the CHS entrance lobby where you can drop off your books. To learn more click here.
     

    The Boston Pride Parade: Saturday, June 9th is the Boston Pride Parade in downtown Boston. Come march with Team CHS in the Boston Pride Parade!  This is a family event that brings together everyone to celebrate and foster diversity, equity, and inclusion. 35,000 marchers are expected to participate and over 700,000 spectators will watch the parade!  ​​Specific details with regard to time and place will be shared as we get closer to June 9th. To RSVP please click here to complete this Google Form. If you have questions please contact CHS parade marshals Erin Daniels at edaniels@tchs.org or Virginia Siu at vsiu@tchs.org .  To learn more about the Boston Pride click here.​

    2018-2019 School Year Major Dates: CHS is already in the midst of planning for the next school year.  Click here to view and/or print the 2018-2019 School Year Major Dates.  Thank You!
     

      Summer Camp: Summer Fun! CHS transforms into an entirely new 'scene' in the summer with a wide variety of quality activities taught by experienced staff.  We invite you to consider joining any of our specialty camps and/or The Creative Arts and Sports Camp.  Specialty Camps include STEAM, MicroSTEAM, Robotics and Math Camp. The Creative Arts and Sports Camp offers a wide variety of arts, sports, swim, tennis, drama, improv, set design, archery and more. NEW this year is Rock Wall Climbing and Rowing for upper and senior campers (grades 4-8).  We also offer bus transportation from Boston and Newton Center.  Please contact mnickerson@tchs.org or clucey@tchs.org to learn more!  


    **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 36 (Friday, May 18, 2018)

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    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    From the Academic Office: We will begin the administration of the Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP) from the Educational Records Bureau (ERB).  The WrAP Schedule for Grades 3-5 will be the Week of May 21st.  Please note that only​ students in Grades 3-5 take the CTP and  WrAP.  This test is typically administered over 5 days with one or two sections scheduled per day. In the event of an unexpected absence there will be an opportunity to make up missed sections the following week.

    It’s helpful to remember that children take their cues from the adults around them. While we want our students to take these assessments seriously, we do not want to place undue stress on them. The purpose of these assessments is to gain information on individual student's progress as well as to identify school trends which might inform our curricular practices. These are NOT placements tests. We hope that this information will give you a helpful perspective as we begin the testing season. If you have any questions please contact the classroom teachers or the ERB Coordinator, Carrie Danforth (617.264.1366).
     

    Boston College Commencement: Dear CHS Families - On Monday, May 21st is Boston College's Commencement and move-out day for the seniors. From 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. we expect there will be heavy traffic in our area which could impact drop-off/pick-up and CHSM recital.  We advise families to allow for extra time getting to the school.  Thank you!
     

    Asian Heritage Assembly: Dear CHS Family - We’re pleased to let you know that our Asian Heritage assembly scheduled for Wednesday, May 23rd will feature violinist, composer, and teaching artist​ Shaw Pong Liu.  A description of Shaw Pong’s presentation follows.

    Exploring China: The “Middle Kingdom” Through Music & Story. From the grasslands of Mongolia to the high mountain of Yunnan, master musician Shaw Pong Liu takes audiences on a musical journey through historical and contemporary China. Her suitcase packed with languages and musical instruments, Shaw Pong weaves history, geography, the Mandarin language and Chinese folk music in a dynamic exploration of China.

    Background on Shaw Pong can be accessed by clicking on her name above.  Please remember to ask your child about this special program on Wednesday afternoon!


    Distinguished Alumni Award: For the past seven years, CHS selects an alum who has distinguished themselves in their personal or professional life. The Award illustrates the great value of the academic rigor and extracurricular enrichment at CHS and increases the pride all our alumni, students and faculty have for the School.  On Thursday, May 24th we will be honoring Kirsten Scott '01 as this year's Distinguished Alumni recipient.  We are excited to have Kirsten back on campus and visiting with the 6th grade class. To learn more about Kirsten Scott click here


    2018-2019 School Year Major Dates: CHS is already in the midst of planning for the next school year.  Click here to view and/or print the 2018-2019 School Year Major Dates.  Thank You!
     

    Vacation Camp: It is time to register for June Vacation Camp (June 11th - 15th).  Please click here for more details!

     

      Summer Camp: Summer Fun! CHS transforms into an entirely new 'scene' in the summer with a wide variety of quality activities taught by experienced staff.  We invite you to consider joining any of our specialty camps and/or The Creative Arts and Sports Camp.  Specialty Camps include STEAM, MicroSTEAM, Robotics and Math Camp. The Creative Arts and Sports Camp offers a wide variety of arts, sports, swim, tennis, drama, improv, set design, archery and more. NEW this year is Rock Wall Climbing and Rowing for upper and senior campers (grades 4-8).  We also offer bus transportation from Boston and Newton Center.  Please contact mnickerson@tchs.org or clucey@tchs.org to learn more!  


    **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 35 (Friday, May 11, 2018)

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    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    From the Academic Office: We will begin the administration of the Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP) from the Educational Records Bureau (ERB).  The WrAP Schedule for Grades 3-5 will be the Week of May 21st.  Please note that only​ students in Grades 3-5 take the CTP and  WrAP.  This test is typically administered over 5 days with one or two sections scheduled per day. In the event of an unexpected absence there will be an opportunity to make up missed sections the following week.

    It’s helpful to remember that children take their cues from the adults around them. While we want our students to take these assessments seriously, we do not want to place undue stress on them. The purpose of these assessments is to gain information on individual student's progress as well as to identify school trends which might inform our curricular practices. These are NOT placements tests. We hope that this information will give you a helpful perspective as we begin the testing season. If you have any questions please contact the classroom teachers or the ERB Coordinator, Carrie Danforth (617.264.1366).

    Our Grade-Level Coffees will continue to take place throughout the month of May. Grade-Level Coffees are an opportunity for families to meet the teachers from next year's grade, gain a broader understanding of the upcoming year, ask questions, and be updated on what families (and students) will need from now until next fall.  We look forward to seeing you at the Coffees!  Below is the schedule of our Grade-Level Coffees. All Coffees begin at 8:15 a.m. in the CMR.

    Grade Level: Date:
    Pre-K Tuesday, May 15th
    Beginners Thursday, May 17th

     

    CHS Corporation Meeting: The Annual CHS Corporation Meeting will be held on May 16, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. in the CMR, followed by the CHS Family/Alumni Picnic at 5:30 p.m.  The Annual CHS Corporation Meeting provides an opportunity to hear about initiatives undertaken in the current year and priorities for the year ahead. Also at this meeting, we will be conducting a vote on the election of a slate of five (5) new Trustees, to view bios click here, each will serve a three (3) year term, and a vote on the election of Jill Kravetz as Secretary and Mark Russell as Treasurer. Click here to view JIll Kravetz and Mark Russell's bios.  We will also present the Board of Trustees’ recommendation of Melanie Hoffmeister and Cath Cappelli as Vice Presidents of the School’s Board of Trustees.  Please join us for the Meeting, followed by the Picnic on the lawn.  If you cannot make the meeting, we encourage you to send in or drop off a signed and dated Proxy form to the front desk. Click here to print and complete the Proxy form. Thank You!
     

    : Bike-to-School Day is Friday, May 18th, and we invite families to commute to school on two wheels! This tradition was started by a Steve Tobolsky our previous Head of School, who himself was a biker. Whether you are a biker or not, it can be a wonderful family opportunity, should you choose to participate. If this interests you, please make your plans to bike to school. You can coordinate biking groups, meeting places and times as you wish. In the past the school has made some suggestions which are listed below.

     Suggested Bike Group Meeting Places
    Times: Locations:
    7:00 a.m. JP Licks, Centre Street, Jamaica Plain
    7:15 a.m. Larz Anderson Park, Brookline
    7:30 a.m. Bill’s Pizzeria, Newton Centre
    7:45 a.m. Houghton Garden, Suffolk Road, Chestnut Hill

    This event is open both to children and to families. Please feel free to join! Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult, as CHS staff will be at school greeting children and will not be supervising children who are biking to school. We strongly recommend that all riders wear helmets-- and be sure to check your tire pressure! Please contact Michael Coppola with any questions.


    2018-2019 School Year Major Dates: CHS is already in the midst of planning for the next school year.  Click here to view and/or print the 2018-2019 School Year Major Dates.  Thank You!
     

    Vacation Camp: It is time to register for June Vacation Camp (June 11th - 15th).  Please click here for more details!
     

      Summer Camp: Summer Fun! CHS transforms into an entirely new 'scene' in the summer with a wide variety of quality activities taught by experienced staff.  We invite you to consider joining any of our specialty camps and/or The Creative Arts and Sports Camp.  Specialty Camps include STEAM, MicroSTEAM, Robotics and Math Camp. The Creative Arts and Sports Camp offers a wide variety of arts, sports, swim, tennis, drama, improv, set design, archery and more. NEW this year is Rock Wall Climbing and Rowing for upper and senior campers (grades 4-8).  We also offer bus transportation from Boston and Newton Center.  Please contact mnickerson@tchs.org or clucey@tchs.org to learn more!  


    From the Family Association: Family/Alumni Picnic - On Wednesday,May 16th at 5:30 p.m.  Please join us for pizza, ice cream, and a celebration of spring!  FA Volunteer awards will also be presented.  Please note that the rain date is May 17th.

    The Spring Book Fair will be held in the Gym on Wednesday, May 16th and Thursday, May 17th.  Listed below is the Class Visit Schedule.  Authorization forms are being sent home in backpack mail, but click here if you need an additional copy.  We also need volunteers for the Book Fair! Click here to volunteer during set up, class visits and clean up. If you have any questions, contact Carey Bertrand, bertrandc@verizon.net

    Spring Book Fair Class Visit Schedule

    Wednesday, May 16th
    8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Grade 4 (half groups)
    9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Grade 4 (half groups)
    10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Beginners
     
    10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Pre-K (Kuklewicz)
    11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Pre-K (Donovan)
     
    11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Grade 5
     
    1:20 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. Grade 6
     
    1:55 p.m. - 2:25 p.m. Grade 3 (Siu)
    2:25 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. Grade 3 (Daniels)
     
    Thursday, May 17th
    8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Grade 1 (Garvey)
    9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Grade 1 (Boylan)
     
    10:40 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.  Kindergarten (Calabrese)
    11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Kindergarten (Staley)
     
    1:05 p.m. - 1:35 p.m. Grade 2 (Augustyn)
    1:50 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. Grade 2 (Zuckerman)

    Message from The Spring Fling Committee - 

    Dear CHS Families and Faculty,

    Thank you all for helping to make our CHS Night of Blue and White a spectacular evening!

    To the many volunteers, including of course the Spring Fling Committee, but also everyone who showed up early and stayed late to help our event run smoothly, we couldn’t have done it without you.

    To Mercè Garcia and Carrie Danforth, who somehow in their fictional spare time produced two extraordinary, heartwarming videos that perfectly captured the moments, the people and the sense of community that distinguish our school, we are deeply grateful for your partnership.

    To the faculty, who supported us along the way, gave input on the event theme, helped define the needs of the Teacher Wish List and Impact Fund, and came out to celebrate with us after a long work week, your participation in this event is so greatly appreciated. It wouldn’t be the same without you!

    To Hadley and TJ Douglas who donated all the wine for Spring Fling from their Boston-based store, The Urban Grape, and helped us to implement the highly successful “wine pull”, thank you. These features were a highlight of the evening!

    To the facilities staff, business office, advancement team and technology office, we very much appreciate all your collaboration behind the scenes.

    We are still tallying the final numbers as donations continue to come in, but can say that we are overwhelmed by the extraordinary generosity of time and resources from the school community.

    Thank you so much for your support!

    The Spring Fling Committee


    **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 34 (Friday, May 4, 2018)

    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 Academic Office: Next week, we will begin the administration of the Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP) from the Educational Records Bureau (ERB).  Here is the schedule:

    Grade 3 Week of May 7th
    WrAP Schedule: Grades 3-5 - Week of May 21st
    (Only students in Grades 3-5 take the CTP and  WrAP.)

    This test is typically administered over 5 days with one or two sections scheduled per day. In the event of an unexpected absence there will be an opportunity to make up missed sections the following week.

    It’s helpful to remember that children take their cues from the adults around them. While we want our students to take these assessments seriously, we do not want to place undue stress on them. The purpose of these assessments is to gain information on individual student's progress as well as to identify school trends which might inform our curricular practices. These are NOT placements tests. We hope that this information will give you a helpful perspective as we begin the testing season. If you have any questions please contact the classroom teachers or the ERB Coordinator, Carrie Danforth (617.264.1366).

    Our Grade-Level Coffees will continue to take place throughout the month of May. Grade-Level Coffees are an opportunity for families to meet the teachers from next year's grade, gain a broader understanding of the upcoming year, ask questions, and be updated on what families (and students) will need from now until next fall.  We look forward to seeing you at the Coffees!  Below is the schedule of our Grade-Level Coffees. All Coffees begin at 8:15 a.m. in the CMR.

    Grade Level: Date:
    Kindergarten Tuesday, May 8th
    Pre-K Tuesday, May 15th
    Beginners Thursday, May 17th


    2018-2019 School Year Major Dates: CHS is already in the midst of planning for the next school year.  Click here to view and/or print the 2018-2019 School Year Major Dates.  Thank You!
     

    Extended Day:  Save the Date!  Please join us for the annual Extended Day Dance Recital on Tuesday, May 8th at 5:30 p.m. 
     

    Vacation Camp: It is time to register for June Vacation Camp (June 11th - 15th).  Please click here for more details!


    From the Admission Office: Help spread the word! Thursday, May 10th at 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. is CHS Spring Open House.  Prospective families will have an opportunity to learn about our educational program, hear from our Head of School, Tamara Schurdak, tour the school, and see classes in action.

    Spring Open House Schedule
    8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Registration & Information Tables
    8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Formal Welcome
    9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Campus Tours & Information Tables

     

      Summer Camp: Summer Fun! CHS transforms into an entirely new 'scene' in the summer with a wide variety of quality activities taught by experienced staff.  We invite you to consider joining any of our specialty camps and/or The Creative Arts and Sports Camp.  Specialty Camps include STEAM, MicroSTEAM, Robotics and Math Camp. The Creative Arts and Sports Camp offers a wide variety of arts, sports, swim, tennis, drama, improv, set design, archery and more. NEW this year is Rock Wall Climbing and Rowing for upper and senior campers (grades 4-8).  We also offer bus transportation from Boston and Newton Center.  Please contact mnickerson@tchs.org or clucey@tchs.org to learn more!  

     

    FIOC Spring Baskets: Toiletry Collection - For over 25 years, The Chestnut Hill School community has gathered donations and assembled spring gift baskets to honor the mothers residing in a women’s shelter in East Boston. This shelter serves an incredibly diverse population and supports families as they move from homelessness to independent living and self sufficiency.  This tradition began in 1995, when a member of our community lived at the shelter with her young children and was gifted a rose on Mother's Day. This thoughtful gesture was greatly appreciated, and when this experience was shared with the CHS community, the spring gift basket project began.  Each year, CHS students assemble 30 spring gift baskets filled with toiletries. The baskets are then distributed to the mothers currently residing in the East Boston shelter. We also send a basket to our former trustee, parent, and vibrant member of our community who was the former shelter resident and founding member of this community project. We cannot continue this tradition without your help!  We are collecting toiletries for the spring baskets beginning Monday, April 30th until Monday, May 7th.

    Possible Donations Include
    Vaseline Soap Face wipes
    Toothpaste Toothbrushes Hair care products
    Nail polish/remover Moisturizer Perfume
    Powder Cotton balls Make-up bags

    If you have any questions, please reach out to Jackie Barnhart (jbarnhart@tchs.org) or Mercè Garcia (mgarcia@tchs.org), FIOC advisors.


    From the Family Association: Spring Fling - The Spring Fling 2018 catalog is ready for you to view! Because we're doing online/mobile bidding this year, you can bid on most items even if you can't attend the event! (The exceptions are the live auction items.)  Some auction items will close at the end of the Spring Fling event, but many stay open even after the event if not sold.  All CHS families should have received an individualized url for the bidding which allows you to participate in the bidding remotely.  If you have any questions contact Neely Dodge (nadodge@me.com) or Inger Karlsson (inger@swedishkiwi.com). 

    Spring Book Fair - The Spring Book Fair will be held in the Gym on Wednesday, May 16th and Thursday, May 17th.  Listed below is the Class Visit Schedule.  Be on the look out in backpack mail for authorization forms, which will be sent home soon.  The Book Fair needs volunteers! Click here to volunteer during set up, class visits and clean up. If you have any questions, contact Carey Bertrand, bertrandc@verizon.net

    Spring Book Fair Class Visit Schedule
    Wednesday, May 16th
    8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Grade 4 (half groups)
    9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Grade 4 (half groups)
    10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Beginners
       
    10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Pre-K Kuklewicz
    11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Pre-K Donovan
       
    11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Grade 5
       
    1:20 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. Grade 6
       
    1:55 p.m. - 2:25 p.m. Grade 3 Siu
    2:25 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. Grade 3 Daniels
     
    Thursday, May 17th
    8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.  Grade 1 Garvey
    9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Grade 1 Boylan
       
    10:40 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.  Kindergarten Calabrese
    11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Kindergarten Staley
       
    1:05 p.m. - 1:35 p.m. Grade 2 Augustyn
    1:50 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. Grade 2 Zuckerman

    **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 33 (Friday, April 27, 2018)

    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 Academic Office: Next week, we will begin the administration of the Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP) from the Educational Records Bureau (ERB).  Here is the schedule:

    Grade 4 Week of April 30th
    Grade 3 Week of May 7th
    WrAP Schedule: Grades 3-5 - Week of May 21st
    (Only students in Grades 3-5 take the CTP and  WrAP.)

    This test is typically administered over 5 days with one or two sections scheduled per day. In the event of an unexpected absence there will be an opportunity to make up missed sections the following week.

    It’s helpful to remember that children take their cues from the adults around them. While we want our students to take these assessments seriously, we do not want to place undue stress on them. The purpose of these assessments is to gain information on individual student's progress as well as to identify school trends which might inform our curricular practices. These are NOT placements tests. We hope that this information will give you a helpful perspective as we begin the testing season. If you have any questions please contact the classroom teachers or the ERB Coordinator, Carrie Danforth (617.264.1366).

    Our Grade-Level Coffees will continue to take place throughout the month of May. Grade-Level Coffees are an opportunity for families to meet the teachers from next year's grade, gain a broader understanding of the upcoming year, ask questions, and be updated on what families (and students) will need from now until next fall.  We look forward to seeing you at the Coffees!  Below is the schedule of our Grade-Level Coffees. All Coffees begin at 8:15 a.m. in the CMR.

    Grade Level: Date:
    Grade 1 Tuesday May 1st
    Kindergarten Tuesday, May 8th
    Pre-K Tuesday, May 15th
    Beginners Thursday, May 17th


    2018-2019 School Year Major Dates: CHS is already in the midst of planning for the next school year.  Click here to view and/or print the 2018-2019 School Year Major Dates.  Thank You!
     

    Lost and Found: The Lost and Found Bin is full.  All items will be displayed in the Lost and Found area located outside the CMR starting Monday, April 30th through Friday, May 4th.  Any items not claimed by Friday, May 4th will be donated to Cradles to Crayons.
     

    Extended Day:  Save the Date!  Please join us for the annual Extended Day Dance Recital on Tuesday, May 8th at 5:30 p.m. 
     

    Vacation Camp: It is time to register for June Vacation Camp (June 11th - 15th).  Please click here for more details!


    From the Admission Office: Help spread the word! Thursday, May 10th at 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. is CHS Spring Open House.  Prospective families will have an opportunity to learn about our educational program, hear from our Head of School, Tamara Schurdak, tour the school, and see classes in action.

    Spring Open House Schedule
    8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Registration & Information Tables
    8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Formal Welcome
    9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Campus Tours & Information Tables

     

      Summer Camp: Summer Fun! CHS transforms into an entirely new 'scene' in the summer with a wide variety of quality activities taught by experienced staff.  We invite you to consider joining any of our specialty camps and/or The Creative Arts and Sports Camp.  Specialty Camps include STEAM/MicroSTEAM (currently full), Robotics and Math Camp.  The Creative Arts and Sports Camp offers a wide variety of art, sports, swim, tennis, drama, improv, set design, archery and more. NEW this year is Rock Wall Climbing and Rowing for upper and senior campers (grades 4-8).  We also offer bus transportation from Boston and Newton Center.  Please contact mnickerson@tchs.org or clucey@tchs.org to learn more!  


    From the Family Association: Spring Fling Reminder - Please RSVP (before it’s too late)!  Our Night of Blue & White is just 7 DAYS from today! If you plan to attend, you MUST register using the personalized link that you received by email from the Spring Fling Committee. The deadline to register for the event is NOON on Monday, April 30th.  We hope you will join us for a fun, adults-only evening, an awesome array of auction items, and to help us celebrate all the ways that CHS provides an unparalleled elementary school experience for our children. Proceeds from this event are the primary support for ALL of the Family Association events that we enjoy throughout the year.  Volunteers Needed - As with raising children, it takes a village to make this night happen and we are looking for many volunteers to help out before and during the event. Please click here to visit the Spring Fling Volunteer Sign-up to view available shifts and sign up to help. A huge THANK YOU to those of you who have already signed up.

    This week’s featured auction item:
    Progressive Wine Tasting - CHS parents, Hadley and TJ Douglas, owners of The Urban Grape and authors of Drink Progressively, will host a Progressive wine tasting at their home in Jamaica Plain for up to 30 guests. Taste six wines in progressive order, from lightest- to heaviest- bodied, and learn more about their groundbreaking way of thinking about and selling wine. Special private shopping discounts will be available the night of, allowing you to buy what you know you like, and save money while you’re doing it. Stick around for a fun and festive dinner, and you know TJ will break open the whiskey cabinet by the end of the night. Date to be mutually agreed upon. Value: $2,500

    Spring Fling will take place on Friday, May 4th at the Boston-Newton Marriott starting at 6:30 pm. The evening begins with a silent auction, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. There will also be a seated dinner and not-to-be missed live auction. Dress can be casual or formal, anything you like that is blue and white!  Please contact Neely Dodge (nadodge@me.com) or Inger Karlsson (inger@swedishkiwi.com) with any questions. 


    **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 32 (Friday, April 20, 2018)

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    From the Head of School

    Dear CHS Families,

    We are already planning for next year. To that end, please find the major dates for 2018-2019 below. Happy planning!

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Best,
    Tamara

     

    Major Dates for the 2018-19 School Year
    Tuesday, September 4     Orientation Day
    Wednesday, September 5   First Day of School
    Monday, September 10   School Closed: Rosh Hashanah
    Wednesday, September 19  School Closed: Yom Kippur
    Monday, October 8 School Closed: Fall Break
    Friday, October 26   School Closed: Parent-Teacher Conferences
    Monday, November 12  School Closed: Veterans Day
    Wednesday- Friday, November 21- 23 School Closed: Thanksgiving Break
    Monday, November 26   School Closed: Professional Development Day
    December 22 - January 4  School Closed: Winter Break (School resumes Jan. 7)
    Monday, January 21    School Closed: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
    Monday- Tuesday, February 18-19  School Closed: February Break
    Friday, March 1     School Closed: Parent-Teacher Conferences
    March 11- 22     School Closed: Spring Break (School resumes March 25)
    Monday, April 15     School Closed: Patriots Day
    Monday, May 13    School Closed: Professional Development Day
    Monday, May 27   School Closed: Memorial Day
    Thursday, June 6  Last Day of School
    Friday, June 7   Graduation

     ANNOUNCEMENTS

    From the Academic Office: Next week, we will begin the administration of the Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP) from the Educational Records Bureau (ERB).  Here is the schedule:

    Grade 5 Week of of April 23rd
    Grade 4 Week of April 30th
    Grade 3 Week of May 7th
    WrAP Schedule: Grades 3-5 - Week of May 21st
    (Only students in Grades 3-5 take the CTP and  WrAP.)

    This test is typically administered over 5 days with one or two sections scheduled per day. In the event of an unexpected absence there will be an opportunity to make up missed sections the following week.

    It’s helpful to remember that children take their cues from the adults around them. While we want our students to take these assessments seriously, we do not want to place undue stress on them. The purpose of these assessments is to gain information on individual students’ progress as well as to identify school trends which might inform our curricular practices. These are NOT placements tests. We hope that this information will give you a helpful perspective as we begin the testing season. If you have any questions please contact the classroom teachers or the ERB Coordinator, Carrie Danforth (617.264.1366).

    Our Grade-Level Coffees will take place throughout the months of April and May. Grade-Level Coffees are an opportunity for families to meet the teachers from next year's grade, gain a broader understanding of the upcoming year, ask questions, and be updated on what families (and students) will need from now until next fall.  We look forward to seeing you at the Coffees!  Below is the schedule of our Grade-Level Coffees. All Coffees begin at 8:15 a.m. in the CMR.

    Grade Level: Date:
    Grade 3 Tuesday, April 24th
    Grade 2 Thursday, April 26th
    Grade 1 Tuesday May 1st
    Kindergarten Tuesday, May 8th
    Pre-K Tuesday, May 15th
    Beginners Thursday, May 17th


    STEAM Fest 2018: The STEAM Team would like to thank everyone for their engagement and enthusiasm for STEAM Fest 2018. A special thank you to our Wednesday morning speakers who spoke to our students about using STEAM disciplines in their food industry professions. Be sure to ask your student about their favorite part of STEAM week!

    Beginners - Grade 1 Grade 2 and Grade 3 Grade 4 - Grade 6

    Bill Perkins - Beekeeper

    Emily Stavis - Stavis Seafood, CHS alumni parent

    Kai Kloepfer - The MIT Laboratory for Chocolate Science

    Richard Fletcher - MIT D-Lab, current CHS parent

    Dora Tavel-Sanchez Luz -Restaurant Owner, Buttercup and Farmhouse

    Kam Bumpus - UNREAL Food

    Lauren Stein - Author, Fresh Made Simple & current CHS parent

     

    Extended Day:  Save the Date!  Please join us for the annual Extended Day Dance Recital on Tuesday, May 8th at 5:30 p.m. 

     

    From the Admission Office: Help Spread the word!  On Thursday, May 10th at 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. is CHS Spring Open House.  Prospective families will have an opportunity to learn about our educational program, hear from our Head of School, Tamara Schurdak, tour the school and see classes in action.

     

    Spring Open House Schedule
    8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Registration & Information Tables
    8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Formal Welcome
    9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Campus Tours & Information Tables

     

      Summer Camp: Summer Fun! CHS transforms into an entirely new 'scene' in the summer with a wide variety of quality activities taught by seasoned staff.  We invite you to consider joining any of our specialty camps and/or The Creative Arts and Sports Camp.  Specialty Camps include STEAM/MicroSTEAM (currently full), Robotics and Math Camp.  The Creative Arts and Sports Camp offers a wide variety of art, sports, swim, tennis, drama, improv, set design, archery and more. NEW this year is Rock wall climbing and Rowing for upper and senior campers (grades 4-8).  We also offer bus transportation from Boston and Newton Center.  Please contact mnickerson@tchs.org or clucey@tchs.org to learn more!  


    From the Family Association: We hope you can join us for this festive, adults-only evening. This is a ticketed event, and all proceeds benefit the School and the CHS Family Association, providing resources for the many wonderful FA events that we all enjoy throughout the year (Carnival, Festival of Lights, Heart of the Hill, Family Picnic, Guest Speakers, FOCUS, etc.). Please RSVP and select your meal choice. Check your inbox for a communication from the Spring Fling Committee that contains a personalized link to register for the event and select your meal option.  Support the Auction: There is still time to donate an item, service or experience to be auctioned at the event. In past years, families have donated play dates, lessons, educational toys, meals/nights out, vacation homes, hotel stays, gift certificates, tickets to sporting events, plays and/or concerts, handmades, etc. 

    This week's featured auction item:
    Enjoy a Summer Week Away in Stowe, VT*  Spend some time in the great outdoors with a week in a 3-bedroom, 3.5 bath house on 5 acres in Stowe, VT.  There’s something here for everyone! The house includes a 2-car garage, hot tub and outdoor fire pit.  Swimming pond, tennis court and hiking trail network are just a walk away. Stowe offers year round activities with plenty of hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, and tennis during the summer, as well as, great restaurants and shops.  Pets welcome.  *Date to be mutually agreed upon, excludes week of July 2nd, 2018.  Fair Market Value: $2500

    Our theme this year is Celebrating CHS: A Night of Blue and White. The event will take place on Friday, May 4th at the Boston-Newton Marriott starting at 6:30 pm. The evening begins with a silent auction, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. There will also be a seated dinner and not-to-be missed live auction. Dress can be casual or formal, anything you like that is blue and white!  Please contact Neely Dodge (nadodge@me.com) or Inger Karlsson (inger@swedishkiwi.com) with any questions. 


    **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 31 (Friday, April 13, 2018)

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    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    From the Academic Office: Our Grade-Level Coffees will take place throughout the months of April and May. Grade-Level Coffees are an opportunity for families to meet the teachers from next year's grade, gain a broader understanding of the upcoming year, ask questions, and be updated on what families (and students) will need from now until next fall.  We look forward to seeing you at the Coffees!  Below is the schedule of our Grade-Level Coffees. All Coffees begin at 8:15 a.m. in the CMR.

    Grade Level: Date:
    Grade 5 Tuesday, April 17th
    Grade 4 Thursday, April 19th
    Grade 3 Tuesday, April 24th
    Grade 2 Thursday, April 26th
    Grade 1 Tuesday May 1st
    Kindergarten Tuesday, May 8th
    Pre-K Tuesday, May 15th
    Beginners Thursday, May 17th


    Upcoming Town Hall Meeting: The next Town Hall meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 18th at 6:30 p.m. Head of School Tamara Schurdak, Academic Dean/Dean of Faculty Michael Coppola and Diversity Equity and Inclusion Advocate Carlos Hoyt will share out some information of the work CHS is engaged in and will also welcome the opportunity to hear from families about what is most on their minds.
     

    From the Admission Office: Help Spread the word!  On Thursday, May 10th at 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. is CHS Spring Open House.  Prospective families will have an opportunity to learn about our educational program, hear from our Head of School, Tamara Schurdak, tour the school and see classes in action.

    Spring Open House Schedule
    8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Registration & Information Tables
    8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Formal Welcome
    9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  Campus Tours & Information Tables


    From the Family Association: It's finally spring and Spring Fling 2018 is just a few weeks away! Our theme this year is Celebrating CHS: A Night of Blue and White. The event will take place on Friday, May 4th at the Boston-Newton Marriott starting at 6:30 p.m. The evening begins with a silent auction, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. There will also be a seated dinner and not-to-be missed live auction. Dress can be casual or formal, anything you like that is blue and white! 

    We hope you can join us for this festive, adults-only evening. This is a ticketed event, and all proceeds benefit the School and the CHS Family Association. You will soon receive an email from the CHS Spring Fling team that contains a personalized link to register for the event and select your meal option. 

    It's never too early to start getting your bidding groups together! Each week going forward we will be highlighting one of the featured live auction items. To start us off, we have the ever-popular Curling Party 2019

    Back by popular demand, the Pyles will host a curling party for 22 at The Country Club. For the first hour, an instructor will be on hand to teach players how to shoot their stone to the button center of the house and then the curling competition can begin! Garish attire and trash talking encouraged; prizes to be awarded. Afterwards, warm up by the blazing fire with drinks, casual dinner, and camaraderie. To take place on January 12, 2019, pending final scheduling with the club. Fair Market Value: $3,000

    Finally, there is still time to donate an item, service or experience to be auctioned at the event. In past years, families have donated play dates, lessons, meals/nights out, vacation homes, hotel stays, gift certificates, handmades, etc.  Please contact Neely Dodge (nadodge@me.com) or Inger Karlsson (inger@swedishkiwi.com) with any questions 


    **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 30 (Friday, April 6, 2018)

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    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    From the Academic Office: Our Grade-Level Coffees will take place throughout the months of April and May. Grade-Level Coffees are an opportunity for families to meet the teachers from next year's grade, gain a broader understanding of the upcoming year, ask questions, and be updated on what families (and students) will need from now until next fall.  We look forward to seeing you at the Coffees!  Below is the schedule of our Grade-Level Coffees. All Coffees begin at 8:15 a.m. in the CMR.

    Grade Level: Date:
    Grade 6 Thursday, April 12th
    Grade 5 Tuesday, April 17th
    Grade 4 Thursday, April 19th
    Grade 3 Tuesday, April 24th
    Grade 2 Thursday, April 26th
    Grade 1 Tuesday May 1st
    Kindergarten Tuesday, May 8th
    Pre-K Tuesday, May 15th
    Beginners Thursday, May 17th

     

    STEAM Fest: The CHS STEAM Team (science, technology, engineering, art, math, and music) is excited to share the final details for STEAM Fest 2018, beginning Monday, April 9th and ending on Friday, April 13th. This year, our focus will be on Food! Throughout the week, all students will participate in special food-based STEAM projects in their regularly scheduled STEAM classes. We are looking forward to hosting guest speakers during Wednesday’s community gathering time, as well as some class specific speakers. Be on the lookout for media updates throughout the week!
     

    From the Advancement Office: Share Your CHS Story notecards have gone out via student backpacks.  We would love for you to share your favorite CHS story (if you like!) After you’ve written your favorite CHS Story, you can either drop the completed notecard in the box at the front desk. Or, feel free to submit your story electronically by clicking here.  Once we collected the stories we will post them on the Share Your Story Wall in the school lobby.  Our wonderful CHS stories are possible because of what all you do in support of the School and the Annual Fund.  Help us reach the goal of 100% participation by giving to the Annual Fund.  Our community is stronger when everyone comes together to support our students and teachers.

    Make your gift today!  Click here.  Did you know appreciated stock is one of the most tax-efficient ways to make a charitable gift? A donation of stock yields benefits for you—and for CHS. To learn more click here.  Thank you again to our CHS community members who have already given.
     

    Upcoming Town Hall Meeting: The next Town Hall meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 18th at 6:30 p.m. Head of School Tamara Schurdak, Academic Dean/Dean of Faculty Michael Coppola and Diversity Equity and Inclusion Advocate Carlos Hoyt will share out some information of the work CHS is engaged in and will also welcome the opportunity to hear from families about what is most on their minds.
     

    From the School of Music:  The second annual CHS Benefit Concert will be held on Sunday, April 8th at 3:00 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room (CMR). Performances will feature a number of our CHS School of Music faculty as well as the CHSM String Ensemble.  We invite you and your family to come out and enjoy the musical gifts of our talented music faculty. Ticket Price: Adults - $10, Seniors - $8, Students (13+) - $5 and Children under 12 are Free. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.  For more information about the concert contact Christine Lucey at clucey@tchs.org.  Don't miss the chance to be entered into one of our many exciting raffle prizes.

    Prize One: Stars on Ice
    America's Recent Olympic Figure Skating Team Performs
    Saturday, April 14th @ 7:30 p.m.
    Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI
    2 adult tickets + 2 children tickets
    $132 value                                                                                                                                                                   
    Prize Two: Boston Chamber Music Society 
    Mozart, Fauré, Schubert
    Sunday, May 13th @ 7:30 p.m.
    Sanders Theater
    Harvard University in Cambridge, MA
    2 pairs of tickets ($124 value each)                                                                                                                                  

    Prize Three: Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO)
    “Step in Time”
    BSO Family Concert Series
    Saturday, April 14th @ 12:00 p.m.
    $80 value                                                                                                                                                                                            

    Prize Four: CHSM Lesson Credit
    A complimentary credit of $200 for CHSM lessons for the fall of 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

     

     

    From the Family Association: 
    Call for volunteers! - As we welcome the spring, the Family Association (FA) is already busy making plans for the next school year.  We are seeking members of the Family Association who are interested in becoming more involved and possibly taking on leadership positions.  We welcome all members of the community, mothers, fathers, even grandparents, to get more involved in Family Association.  Below is a sample of positions that are likely to be open next year and a sampling of areas that will need additional help.  However, if you have interest that are not represented on this list please still reach out as we would love to include you.  Also, many if not all of these positions involve partnering with others to get the job done… Saying you want to volunteer and take on more of a leadership role next year does not mean you plan to take over the entire event on your own!  Please email faiza7@yahoo.com to volunteer or ask questions. 

    FA Executive Committee positions:  Event Leadership positions:
     - Class Rep Coordinator  - Carnival
     - Secretary  - Spring Fling
     - Community Outreach and Inclusion  - Festival of Lights
       - Book Fair
    And many more!!


    PIN meeting! (Parents' Independent School Network)  - The third lower/middle school PIN meeting of the year will be Monday, April 9th, at Inly School, 46 Watch Hill Drive, Scituate, MA. Coffee begins at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. The topic of discussion will be "Children and Technology,” and will feature a presentation by Katie Greer, KL Greer Consulting, who has provided nearly a decade of internet/technology safety education to schools, law enforcement agencies, corporations, and community organizations throughout the United States and Canada. Her unique professional, educational, and personal background has resulted in dynamic programs that appeal to all age groups. Katie is a wonderful speaker and very knowledgeable on the many internet/technology issues we as parents face with our kids of all ages.  Parents of PIN member schools are warmly invited to attend the meeting! Click here for more information. 

    FA Guest Speaker Series presents Vicki Hoefle - Vicki is an author and parenting educator who will be sharing her work on Growing a Grownup. On  Monday April, 9th, Come and join the FA for a presentation from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the CMR. Light refreshments and childcare for CHS students provided. Email Angie at azomer@tchs.org for childcare. Looking forward to seeing you for a dynamic discussion!

    Spring Fling - Join us for an evening Celebrating CHS: A Night of Blue & White. This year’s spring fling will be held Friday, May 4th at the Newton-Boston Marriott beginning at 6:30 p.m.  This festive, adults-only, ticketed event will feature cocktails and hors d’ouvres, dinner, silent & live auctions, dancing and more!  Attire can be dress up or casual — whatever you like that is blue and/or white!  The Spring Fling is hosted by the Family Association (FA) and all proceeds support FA programming (faculty appreciation, hospitality, book fair, guest speakers, carnival, ice cream social, school picnic and more) and graduation while supporting school projects and initiatives.  Stay tuned for additional information about volunteer opportunities and event registration after spring break.  If you’d like more information about the event and how you can be a part of it, contact Neely Dodge, nadodge@me.com or Inger Karlsson, inger@swedishkiwi.com.


    **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 29 (Friday, March 30, 2018)

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    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    From the Academic Office: Our Grade-Level Coffees will take place throughout the months of April and May. Grade-Level Coffees are an opportunity for families to meet the teachers from next year's grade, gain a broader understanding of the upcoming year, ask questions, and be updated on what families (and students) will need from now until next fall.  We look forward to seeing you at the Coffees!  Below is the schedule of our Grade-Level Coffees. All Coffees begin at 8:15 a.m. in the CMR.

    Grade Level Date
    Grade 6 Thursday, April 12th
    Grade 5 Tuesday, April 17th
    Grade 4 Thursday, April 19th
    Grade 3 Tuesday, April 24th
    Grade 2 Thursday, April 26th
    Grade 1 Tuesday May 1st
    Kindergarten Tuesday, May 8th
    Pre-K Tuesday, May 15th
    Beginners Thursday, May 17th


    From the Advancement Office: This year's 1860 Donor Day is April 4th!  Why "1860"?  Because it's the year The Chestnut Hill School was founded. Why “Donor Day”?  In many independent schools, “Donor Day” marks the completion of 70% of the school year when tuition funds officially “run out” for this fiscal year. At CHS we have a different spin on "Donor Day"CHS' Donor Day is an opportunity for us to celebrate our community where everyone belongs and everyone makes an impact. Our donors volunteer at Carnival, act as class representatives, open their homes to newly admitted families, and give to the Annual Fund. It is because of the Annual Fund that CHS is able to remain the leader in early childhood education and provide the foundation for student success.  From April 4th until June 30th we're asking you to help us reach the goal of 100% participation by giving to the Annual Fund.  Our community is stronger when everyone comes together to support our students and teachers.

    Show your support for CHS, make your gift today click here.  Did you know appreciated stock is one of the most tax-efficient ways to make a charitable gift? A donation of stock yields benefits for you—and for CHS. To learn more click here.
     

    Red Sox Opening Game Day (Spirit Day): Thursday April 4th is the Red Sox opening game of the season.  To celebrate, students are welcome to come to school dressed in Red Sox gear or red and blue colors to support the home team!! Go Sox!!!
     

    Upcoming Town Hall Meeting: The next Town Hall meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 18th at 6:30 p.m. More details to come. 
     

    From the School of Music:  Save the date!  The second annual CHS Benefit Concert will be held on Sunday, April 8th at 3:00 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room (CMR). Performances will feature a number of our CHS School of Music faculty as well as the CHSM String Ensemble.  We invite you and your family to come out and enjoy the musical gifts of our talented music faculty. Ticket Price: Adults - $10, Seniors - $8, Students (13+) - $5 and Children under 12 are Free. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.  For more information about the concert contact Christine Lucey at clucey@tchs.org.  Don't miss the chance to be entered into one of our many exciting raffle prizes.

    Prize One: Stars on Ice
    America's Recent Olympic Figure Skating Team Performs
    Saturday, April 14th @ 7:30 p.m.
    Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI
    2 adult tickets + 2 children tickets
    $132 value 

    Prize Two: Boston Chamber Music Society 
    Mozart, Fauré, Schubert
    Sunday, May 13th @ 7:30 p.m.
    Sanders Theater
    Harvard University in Cambridge, MA
    2 pairs of tickets ($124 value each)             

    Prize Three: Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO)
    “Step in Time”
    BSO Family Concert Series
    Saturday, April 14th @ 12:00 p.m.
    $80 value                                                                                                            
    Prize Four: CHSM Lesson Credit
    A complimentary credit of $200 for CHSM lessons for the fall of 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

     

    From the Family Association: 
    FA Guest Speaker Series presents Vicki Hoefle. Vicki is an author and parenting educator who will be sharing her work on Growing a Grownup. On  Monday April, 9th, Come and join the FA for a presentation from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the CMR. Light refreshments and childcare for CHS students provided. Email Angie at azomer@tchs.org for childcare. Looking forward to seeing you for a dynamic discussion!

    Spring Fling - Join us for an evening Celebrating CHS: A Night of Blue & White. This year’s spring fling will be held Friday, May 4th at the Newton-Boston Marriott beginning at 6:30 p.m.  This festive, adults-only, ticketed event will feature cocktails and hors d’ouvres, dinner, silent & live auctions, dancing and more!  Attire can be dress up or casual — whatever you like that is blue and/or white!  The Spring Fling is hosted by the Family Association (FA) and all proceeds support FA programming (faculty appreciation, hospitality, book fair, guest speakers, carnival, ice cream social, school picnic and more) and graduation while supporting school projects and initiatives.  Stay tuned for additional information about volunteer opportunities and event registration after spring break.  If you’d like more information about the event and how you can be a part of it, contact Neely Dodge, nadodge@me.com or Inger Karlsson, inger@swedishkiwi.com.


    **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 28 (Friday, March 23, 2018)

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    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    From the School of Music:  Save the date!  The second annual CHS Benefit Concert will be held on Sunday, April 8th at 3:00 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room. Performances will feature a number of our CHS School of Music faculty as well as the CHSM String Ensemble.  We invite you and your family to come out and enjoy the musical gifts of our talented music faculty.  Don't miss the chance to be entered into one of our many exciting raffle prizes (Tickets to the Boston Symphony, Boston Ballet, or a CHSM music lesson gift certificate)!  Stay tuned for more details about the concert. 
     

    Family Association: Spring Fling - Join us for an evening Celebrating CHS: A Night of Blue & White. This year’s spring fling will be held Friday, May 4th at the Newton-Boston Marriott beginning at 6:30 p.m.  This festive, adults-only, ticketed event will feature cocktails and hors d’ouvres, dinner, silent & live auctions, dancing and more!  Attire can be dress up or casual — whatever you like that is blue and/or white!  The Spring Fling is hosted by the Family Association (FA) and all proceeds support FA programming (faculty appreciation, hospitality, book fair, guest speakers, carnival, ice cream social, school picnic and more) and graduation while supporting school projects and initiatives.  Stay tuned for additional information about volunteer opportunities and event registration after spring break.  If you’d like more information about the event and how you can be a part of it, contact Neely Dodge, nadodge@me.com or Inger Karlsson, inger@swedishkiwi.com.


    **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 27 (Friday, March 9, 2018)

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    From the Head of School

    Dear CHS Families,

    Welcome Spring! I hope that everyone takes this opportunity to rest, relax and recharge. Next Week at CHS will be on break until Friday, March 23rd. Enjoy the time!

    Best,
    Tamara


    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Today's Spring Concert: For your enjoyment, here is the Happy Holi video that was shown at today's Spring 2018 concert. This project was created by the Fifth Grade Artists in Ms. Marten's class. The music is Ravi Shankar and sound effects by the 2nd grade musicians!

    From the School of Music:  Save the date!  The second annual CHS Benefit Concert will be held on Sunday, April 8th at 3:00 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room. Performances will feature a number of our CHS School of Music faculty as well as the CHSM String Ensemble.  We invite you and your family to come out and enjoy the musical gifts of our talented music faculty.  Don't miss the chance to be entered into one of our many exciting raffle prizes (Tickets to the Boston Symphony, Boston Ballet, or a CHSM music lesson gift certificate)!  Stay tuned for more details about the concert. 
     

    Family Association: Spring Fling - Join us for an evening Celebrating CHS: A Night of Blue & White. This year’s spring fling will be held Friday, May 4th at the Newton-Boston Marriott beginning at 6:30 p.m.  This festive, adults-only, ticketed event will feature cocktails and hors d’ouvres, dinner, silent & live auctions, dancing and more!  Attire can be dress up or casual — whatever you like that is blue and/or white!  The Spring Fling is hosted by the Family Association (FA) and all proceeds support FA programming (faculty appreciation, hospitality, book fair, guest speakers, carnival, ice cream social, school picnic and more) and graduation while supporting school projects and initiatives.  Stay tuned for additional information about volunteer opportunities and event registration after spring break.  If you’d like more information about the event and how you can be a part of it, contact Neely Dodge, nadodge@me.com or Inger Karlsson, inger@swedishkiwi.com.


    **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 26 (Friday, March 2, 2018)

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    From the Head of School

    Dear Families,

    Thank you for making the changes that allowed for March 1st to be a conference day focused on parent/family conversation, sharing and partnership. We are already planning for next year. To that end, if you have a moment, will you complete this survey about conferences and communication? 

    Wishing you all the best,

    Tamara 


    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    From the Academic Office: 

    Spring Concert - Our Spring Concert is coming up on Friday, March 9th  at 10:45 a.m. Dismissal will be at 12:15 p.m. and we will not have Extended Day or CHSM lessons. This is a Dress-Up Day for students.

    Conferences for Grade 6 families - The conferences for Grade 6 families will take place during the week of April 9th. If you are a Grade 6 family and have not signed up for your conference, please click here to sign up by Tuesday of next week. The password is: hawks.
     

    Spirit Week at CHS: Grade 6 is happy to announce Spirit Week! Beginning on Monday, March 5th each day there will be a dress up theme. Please encourage your children to participate as they feel comfortable.
    The themes for the week are:

    • Monday: 80's Day
    • Tuesday: Summer Fun Day
    • Wednesday: Pajama Day
    • Thursday: Crazy Outfit Day
    • Friday: Dress up Day


    March Vacation Camp: These are the final few days to register for vacation camp.  Registration will close on Monday, March 5th at 10:00 a.m.   This year's camp runs from Monday, March 12th through Friday, March 16th. We will be doing some incredibly fun field trips and events during the week. Please click here to get more information and register for vacation camp.   Please remember that the deadline for registration is 10:00 a.m. this Monday, March 5th.   Though we wish could accommodate last minute registrations, late registrations will not be accepted, as we have to schedule our transportation and field trips in advance.  Thank You!
      

    From the School of Music:  Save the date!  The second annual CHS Benefit Concert will be held on Sunday, April 8th at 3:00 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room. Performances will feature a number of our CHS School of Music faculty as well as the CHSM String Ensemble.  We invite you and your family to come out and enjoy the musical gifts of our talented music faculty.  Don't miss the chance to be entered into one of our many exciting raffle prizes (Tickets to the Boston Symphony, Boston Ballet, or a CHSM music lesson gift certificate)!  Stay tuned for more details about the concert. 
     

    Family Association: Spring Fling - Join us for an evening Celebrating CHS: A Night of Blue & White. This year’s spring fling will be held Friday, May 4th at the Newton-Boston Marriott beginning at 6:30 p.m.  This festive, adults-only, ticketed event will feature cocktails and hors d’ouvres, dinner, silent & live auctions, dancing and more!  Attire can be dress up or casual — whatever you like that is blue and/or white!  The Spring Fling is hosted by the Family Association (FA) and all proceeds support FA programming (faculty appreciation, hospitality, book fair, guest speakers, carnival, ice cream social, school picnic and more) and graduation while supporting school projects and initiatives.  Stay tuned for additional information about volunteer opportunities and event registration after spring break.  If you’d like more information about the event and how you can be a part of it, contact Neely Dodge, nadodge@me.com or Inger Karlsson, inger@swedishkiwi.com.
     

    Lost and Found: The Lost and Found Bin is full.  All items will be displayed in the Lost and Found area located outside the CMR starting Monday, March 5th through Friday, March 9th.  Any items not claim by Friday, March 9th will be donated to Cradles to Crayons.


     Upcoming CHS Basketball Games:

    • Tuesday, March 6th, 4th grade boys at The Rashi School (3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
    • Tuesday, March 6th, 4th grade girls at CHS with The Rashi School (3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

    **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 25 (Friday, February 23, 2018)

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    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    From the Academic Office: A reminder that we will not have school on Thursday, March 1st. We know that our change has required families to plan. If you need child care for the day, please contact Tamara Schurdak directly. (We will have child care during regular hours.) For families who have requested childcare, Tamara will email you about details for that day. Thank you for helping as we prioritize student safety.

    The Hiring Season - The hiring season for faculty for the next academic year is upon us. This year, a faculty committee has worked on creating a hiring protocol, examining topics about posting the position, attracting strong candidates, and drafting thorough interview processes. As a community, we are dedicated to building a diverse teaching team focused on early childhood and elementary education who have the drive to teach at a school that values academic excellence, diversity, and community. If there is a homeroom teacher opening, we will notify the families in that grade level (and in the previous grade level) at the time we post for the position on our website and in various other locations. For special subject teacher postings, we will also notify families in the grade levels relevant to the position and families in the previous grade level (where applicable). Please let us know also if you have any recommendations for teacher candidates. We will announce new hires to the entire school community in May/June. 
     

    Upcoming Town Hall Meeting: In order to connect with families, our next Town Hall meeting is Wednesday, April 18th at 6:30pm. Head of School Tamara Schurdak, Academic Dean/Dean of Faculty Michael Coppola, and Diversity Equity and Inclusion Advocate Carlos Hoyt will share some of the work we have been doing this year. We also hope to engage in conversation about CHS and the CHS experience.  If you want child care during the time of the town hall meeting please email Angie Zomer at azomer@tchs.org.
     

    From the Advancement Office:  

    We need your support…Give to the CHS Annual Fund. 

    • What is the Annual Fund? The Annual Fund helps provide the vital funding that is not covered by tuition alone.
    • Why Give? This funding allows us to continue to grow and build programs and to support teachers. It allows us to be a lead learning institution, one truly committed to excellence, diversity and community.
    • Importance of Participation – Your gift matters – at all levels – and every gift makes a difference to our students and to the teachers who support them.

    Help us reach our goal of 100% participation! Only together can we make an impact.

    Show your support for CHS, make your gift today click here.  Did you know appreciated stock is one of the most tax-efficient ways to make a charitable gift? A donation of stock yields benefits for you—and for CHS. To learn more click here.
     

    March Vacation Camp: It is time to Register for March Vacation Camp!!!  This year's camp runs from Monday, March 12th through Friday, March 16th. We will be doing some incredibly fun field trips and events during the week. Please click here to get more information and register for vacation camp. The deadline to register is Monday, March 5th. Though I wish we were able to accommodate last minute registrations, late registrations will not be accepted, as we have to schedule our transportation and field trips in advance.  
     

    Family Association: Spring Fling - Join us for an evening Celebrating CHS: A Night of Blue & White. This year’s spring fling will be held Friday, May 4th at the Newton-Boston Marriott beginning at 6:30pm.  This festive, adults-only, ticketed event will feature cocktails and hors d’ouvres, dinner, silent & live auctions, dancing and more!  Attire can be dress up or casual — whatever you like that is blue and/or white!  The Spring Fling is hosted by the Family Association (FA) and all proceeds support FA programming (faculty appreciation, hospitality, book fair, guest speakers, carnival, ice cream social, school picnic and more) and graduation while supporting school projects and initiatives.  Stay tuned for additional information about volunteer opportunities and event registration after spring break.  If you’d like more information about the event and how you can be a part of it, contact Neely Dodge, nadodge@me.com or Inger Karlsson, inger@swedishkiwi.com.
     

    Upcoming CHS Basketball Games:

    • Saturday, February 24th, 6th grade basketball tournament at The Meadowbrook School (9:00am - 12:00pm)
    • Tuesday, February 27th, 5th grade girls at Rashi (3:30pm - 4:30pm)

    **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 24 (Friday, February 16, 2018)

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    From the Head of School

    Dear Community,

    I am saddened once again that the news has been filled with tragedy regarding another school shooting. The news affects all of us, the loss of life of children while they're in a space we believe should be safe. We cannot explain it and so when our children ask we can be left unsure how to respond and whether to promise safety. At the same time, as a school community, we are deeply committed to the safety-- both physical and emotional-- of the children in our care, and we want to be clear about all we do to maximize safety.

    CHS has and continues to work carefully on safety plans and procedures. We have had planned and unplanned drills, all conducted in a way that is developmentally appropriate. In fact, a shelter in place drill is planned for the near future. In addition to training and practicing, instructions are posted in rooms throughout the building. These instructions provide reminders and guidance about school evacuations and shelter in place procedures for people inside the building. We have had announced and unannounced drills. The School has “gathering locations” outside of the building and we are in the process of adding off-site gathering locations as well in case we need to move students and cannot return to the building for some reason. In addition, you may have noticed that our front door has been closed more often, and that we have established a visitor sign-in protocol.

    This fall, the School also contracted with a company to do a thorough safety evaluation of the building and our policies and procedures. That review will be ready this spring, and we will share relevant outcomes, though we are already making changes now (we are improving our video cameras today). We will continually update our policies and procedures as best practices evolve. We are in contact with the Newton police, and they are a good source of the most up-to-date information related to studies of safety and school safety.

    Our Support Team continues to support our students and teachers. If you have any thoughts or questions please do not hesitate to reach out to teachers, the support team, or me. We recognize the crucial challenge for schools to maintain a community that is both welcoming and safe, and we will always do our best to maximize the safety and security of the CHS community.

    All the best,

    Tamara


    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    From the Academic Office: We are looking forward to seeing you for conferences on Thursday, March 1st and Friday, March 2nd. 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.  If you have not scheduled your conference, please use the links below to access the system to sign up.  The password is: hawks

    Beginners Pre-K (Donovan) Pre-K (Kish) Kindergarten (Calabrese) Kindergarten (Staley)
    Grade 1 (Boylan) Grade 1 (Garvey) Grade 2 (Augustyn) Grade 2 (Zuckerman) Grade 3 (Daniels)
    Grade 3 (Siu) Grade 4 (Danforth) Grade 4 (McPhail) Grade 5 (Acosta, Collito)  

    Keep in mind that once you enter a conference time, you will not be able to change it online. If you make a mistake or need to reschedule, please call me at 617-264-1338 or email me at mcoppola@tchs.org. For those of you trying to coordinate multiple conferences, it may be helpful to check the availability of all relevant grade levels before committing to a specific time in one of those grades. Please let me know if we can support you with the logistics of sign up in any way. (As we have done in the past, if none of the available times work for you in a given classroom, please contact your teacher directly to arrange an alternative time.)  Information about Grade 6 conferences will be sent out to Grade 6 families the week of February 21st. Grade 6 students will not be in school on March 1st.

    In addition, we want to share some important logistical information for your planning purposes. If you plan to bring your child to CHS during the conference, you can check in at the front desk. We can let your child know some options (i.e. art, gym, tech) and they will go to that activity while you are meeting with teachers.

    If you plan to drop off your child for the day, please contact Tamara Schurdak at tschurdak@tchs.org. We realize that everyone is shifting schedules, and Tamara will work with every family so that everyone has a workable option. Childcare will be available during all of the regular hours. Please contact Tamara with any comments, questions, or concerns. In addition, she can talk with you about the concerns, research and process that led to our calendar change. For families who have requested childcare, Tamara will email you about details for that day. Thank you and feel free to reach out with any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Michael Coppola
    Academic Dean/Dean of Faculty

     

    Upcoming Town Hall Meetings: In order to connect with families, we would like to have two Town Hall meetings. Head of School Tamara Schurdak, Academic Dean/Dean of Faculty Michael Coppola, and Diversity Equity and Inclusion Advocate Carlos Hoyt will share some of the work we have been doing this year. We also hope to engage in conversation about CHS and the CHS experience.  The dates for the two Town Hall meetings are: Thursday, February 22nd at 6:30pm and Wednesday April 18th TBD.
     

    From the Advancement Office:  

    We need your support…Give to the CHS Annual Fund. 

    • What is the Annual Fund? The Annual Fund helps provide the vital funding that is not covered by tuition alone.  
    • Why Give? This funding allows us to continue to grow and build programs and to support teachers. It allows us to be a lead learning institution, one truly committed to excellence, diversity and community.
    • Importance of Participation – Your gift matters – at all levels – and every gift makes a difference to our students and to the teachers who support them.

    Help us reach our goal of 100% participation! Only together can we make an impact.

    Show your support for CHS, make your gift today click here.  Did you know appreciated stock is one of the most tax-efficient ways to make a charitable gift? A donation of stock yields benefits for you—and for CHS. To learn more click here.
     

    Black History Month: In the United States, the month of February is observed as Black History Month or National African American History Month, and we use the month to remember the important contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout our nation's history.  There are many Black History month events throughout the Boston area. On February 26th Dr. Cornel West will be a panelist on a talk entitled "50 Years Since MLK" at the Cambridge Public Library. To find out more information about this event click here.  ​Also, enjoy free admission during the month of February at the Davis Museum in Wellesley.​ Tours focus on artworks in the museum's permanent collection from Africa and the African Diaspora.
     

    March Vacation Camp: It is time to Register for March Vacation Camp!!!  This year's camp runs from Monday, March 12th through Friday, March 16th. We will be doing some incredibly fun field trips and events during the week. Please click here to get more information and register for vacation camp. The deadline to register is Monday, March 5th. Though I wish we were able to accommodate last minute registrations, late registrations will not be accepted, as we have to schedule our transportation and field trips in advance.  
     

    Family Association: For anyone who missed the open Family Association meeting this week, we wanted to send along a few reminders.  Much of the discussion at the meeting centered on opportunities to volunteer, both large and small, for the CHS community.  There are an array of leadership positions that are open to CHS parents.  Please click here to learn more about how to increase your involvement in the Family Association.

    • Spring Fling - Join us for an evening Celebrating CHS: A Night of Blue & White. This year’s spring fling will be held Friday, May 4th at the Newton-Boston Marriott beginning at 6:30pm.  This festive, adults-only, ticketed event will feature cocktails and hors d’ouvres, dinner, silent & live auctions, dancing and more!  Attire can be dress up or casual — whatever you like that is blue and/or white!  The Spring Fling is hosted by the Family Association (FA) and all proceeds support FA programming (faculty appreciation, hospitality, book fair, guest speakers, carnival, ice cream social, school picnic and more) and graduation while supporting school projects and initiatives.  Stay tuned for additional information about volunteer opportunities and event registration after spring break.  If you’d like more information about the event and how you can be a part of it, contact Neely Dodge, nadodge@me.com or Inger Karlsson, inger@swedishkiwi.com.
       

    Upcoming CHS Basketball Games:

    • Wednesday, February 21st, 6th boys at Dedham Country Day (3:30pm - 4:30pm)
    • Wednesday, February 21st, 6th girls at Meadowbrook (3:30pm - 4:30pm)
    • Thursday, February 22nd, 5th boys at Tenacre (3:30pm - 4:30pm)
    • Saturday, February 28th, 6th grade basketball tournament at Meadowbrook (9:00am - 12:00pm)

    **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 23 (Friday, February 9, 2018)

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    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    From the Academic Office: March Conferences for Beginners through Grade 5 will take place on March 1st and 2nd. (Grade 6 Conferences will take place during the week of April  9th). Conference sign ups will take place on the morning of Wednesday, February 14th at 10:00am. A Broadcast message will be sent on Tuesday with links and sign-in information for each grade level.
     

    From the Academic Office and Nurse's Office: We are looking forward to the children enjoying Valentine's Day on Wednesday, February 14th. The school will provide a healthy snack, Clementines for Valentines, and ask that you do not send any food or candy attached to or with your valentine cards. If you choose to send cards in with your child, please be sure there is a card for everyone in your child's homeroom. All valentines will be distributed in the morning, and packaged to be opened at home by your child. Thank you for your participation in making this Valentine's Day at CHS food/candy free.  
     

    Upcoming Town Hall Meetings: In order to connect with families, we would like to have two Town Hall meetings. Head of School Tamara Schurdak, Academic Dean/Dean of Faculty Michael Coppola and Diversity Equity and Inclusion Advocate Carlos Hoyt will share out some of the work we have been doing this year. We also hope to engage in conversation about CHS and the CHS experience.  The dates for the two Town Hall meetings are: Thursday, February 22nd at 6:30pm and Wednesday April 18th.
     

    March Vacation Camp: It is time to Register for March Vacation Camp!!!!  This year's camp runs from Monday, March 12th through Friday, March 16th. We will be doing some incredibly fun field trips and events during the week. Please click here to get more information and to register for our vacation camp. The deadline to register is Monday, March 5th. Though I wish we were able to accommodate last minute registrations, late registrations will not be accepted, as we have to schedule our transportation and field trips in advance.  
     

    Lost and Found: The Lost and Found Bin is full.  All items will be displayed in the Lost and Found area located outside the CMR starting Monday, February 12th through Friday, February 16th.  Any items not claim by Friday will be donated to Cradles to Crayons.
     

    Family Association: Please save the date, on Tuesday, February 13th at 5:30pm the Family Association will host an Open Meeting.   We hope everyone can join in a conversation about how to volunteer and get more involved in the CHS community in roles big or small. Please e-mail Angie Zomer at azomer@tchs.org to register for childcare.  Pizza will be available for children.
     

    Upcoming CHS Basketball Games:

    • Monday, February 12th, 6th girls at CHS with Rashi (3:30pm - 4:30pm)
    • Wednesday, February 14th, 6th boys at Tenacre (3:30pm - 4:30pm)
    • Thursday, February 15th, 5th boys at Rashi (3:30pm - 4:30pm)

    **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 22 (Friday, February 2, 2018)

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    ANNOUNCEMENTS


    From the Nurse's Office:  Dear Families, Many children have been out with a variety of sicknesses this past couple of weeks.  There have been confirmed flu cases in the school, as well as some other families reporting Strep, colds and mild stomach bugs.  Many children who have had the rapid throat culture done that have come back negative, were later positive on the 48 hour test.  If your child tests negative on the rapid Strep, it does not necessarily mean they do not have Strep.  Please let me know if your child has a confirmed case of Strep or flu, as I am keeping a record.  Continue to monitor your children for signs of illness, and keep them home if they are sick!  If in doubt, keep them out.  They need rest, and we need to try to reduce germs here at school.  Thanks and Happy Weekend, Deb


    From the Admission Office: Just a reminder that our re-enrollment deadline is Monday, February 5th. Please return the forms to Lisa Halm in our Business Office. We are busy tracking our enrollment for 2018 - 2019. Thank You!
     

    From the Academic Office: Dear Families, We are looking forward to the children enjoying Valentine's Day on Wednesday, February 14th.  The school will provide a healthy snack, Clementines for Valentines, and ask that you do not send any food or candy attached to or with your valentine cards. If you choose to send cards in with your child, please be sure there is a card for everyone in your child's homeroom.  All valentines will be distributed in the morning, and packaged to be opened at home by your child.  Thank you for your participation in making this Valentine's Day at CHS food/candy free.  Best, Michael and Deb
     

    March Vacation Camp: It is time to Register for March Vacation Camp!!!!  This year's camp runs from Monday, March 12th through Friday, March 16th. We will be doing some incredibly fun field trips and events during the week. Please click here to get more information and to register for our vacation camp. The deadline to register is Monday, March 5th. Though I wish we were able to accommodate last minute registrations, late registrations will not be accepted, as we have to schedule our transportation and field trips in advance.  
     

    Family Association: Please save the date, on Tuesday, February 13th at 5:30pm the Family Association will host an Open Meeting.   We hope everyone can join in a conversation about how to volunteer and get more involved in the CHS community in roles big or small. Please e-mail Angie Zomer at azomer@tchs.org to register for childcare.  Pizza will be available for children.
     

    Upcoming CHS Basketball Games:

    • Monday, February 5th, 6th girls at Tenacre (3:30pm - 4:30pm)
    • Tuesday, February 6th, 5th girls at Tenacre (3:30pm - 4:30pm)
    • Wednesday, February 7th, 6th boys at Dedham Country Day (3:30pm - 4:30pm)
    • Thursday, February 8th, 4th grade (all) at Meadowbrook (2:30pm - 3:30pm)

    **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 21 (Friday, January 26, 2018)

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    ANNOUNCEMENTS


    From the Nurse's Office:  Dear Families, Many children have been out with a variety of sickness this past week.  There have been confirmed flu cases in upper school, as well as some other families reporting Strep, colds and mild stomach bugs.  Many children who have had the rapid throat culture done that have come back negative, were later positive on the 48 hour test.  If your child tests negative on the rapid Strep, it does not necessarily mean they do not have Strep.  Please let me know if your child has a confirmed case of Strep or flu, as I am keeping a record.  Continue to monitor your children for signs of illness, and keep them home if they are sick!  If in doubt, keep them out.  They need rest, and we need to try to reduce germs here at school.  Thanks and Happy Weekend, Deb


    CHS Summer Camp:  We welcome the entire CHS community to see what Summer at Chestnut Hill is all about. Join us for the next Open House on Sunday, January 28th from 10:00am to 12:00pm. To review summer offerings, please click here, or to register, click here.
     

    March Vacation Camp: It is time to Register for March Vacation Camp!!!!   This year's camp runs from Monday, March 12th through Friday, March 16th.  We will be doing some incredibly fun field trips and events during the week.   Please click here to get more information and to register for our vacation camp.  The deadline to register is Monday, March 5th.  Though I wish we were able to accommodate last minute registrations, late registrations will not be accepted, as we have to schedule our transportation and field trips in advance.  
     

    Upcoming CHS Basketball Games:

    • Monday, January 29th, 6th girls at Park (3:30pm - 4:30pm/ CHS dismissal at 5:00pm)
    • Tuesday, January 30th, 5th girls at CHS vs. Tenacre (3:30pm - 4:30pm)
    • Wednesday, January 31st, 6th boys at CHS vs. Meadowbrook (3:30pm - 4:30pm)
    • Thursday, February 1st, 6th boys at CHS vs. Park (3:30pm - 4:30pm)

    **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 20 (Friday, January 19, 2018)

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    ANNOUNCEMENTS


    From the Librarian:  The Birthday/Gift Book program represents a long-standing CHS tradition.  Families can choose to celebrate a birthday, commemorate a special occasion such as a new grade, or honor a family member, friend, or teacher by giving a new book to our library.  Click here to find out more about the program.  If you have any questions please contact our librarian, Erin Piper epiper@tchs.org.


    CHS Summer Camp:  We welcome the entire CHS community to see what Summer at Chestnut Hill is all about. Join us for the next Open House on Sunday, January 28th from 10:00am to 12:00pm. To review summer offerings, please click here, or to register, click here.
     

    Auxiliary Program Reminder: Please be reminded that if you would like to make a change for auxiliary program enrollment, you may do so by sending an email to auxiliary@tchs.org. If you are not signed up but would like to enroll, please click here. If you have questions, please contact the Auxiliary Program Office at 617-264-1335 or auxiliary@tchs.org.
     

    CHS Family Association (FA): 

    Heart of the Hill - Please join the CHS community at 2:00pm - 4:00pm on Sunday, January 21st for the Family Association’s annual community service day, Heart of the Hill! The event will be held in the CMR at CHS.  Students will have the opportunity to learn about a broad range of nonprofits serving the Greater Boston Area, participate in a range of hands-on, service-oriented activities, and then “play their hearts out” in the gym. This award-winning event is designed to provide yet another opportunity for CHSers to help develop kids’ hearts as well as their heads – and have fun doing it!  For more information about the event click here and for more details on the supply drive click here. If you are able to sign up for a volunteer shift at the event, please 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 19 (Friday, January 12, 2018)

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    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    From the Academic Dean's Office: Outdoor Recess -  It so important for students to be outside and to move! Like the public schools, we will have recess every day when it feels like the temperature is above 20 degrees. To that end, please be sure your child has the necessary layers of clothes for the New England elements and don't forget to include gloves as well!
     

    From the Admission Office: Application Deadline for Admission for 2018 - 2019 school year is Tuesday, January 16th.  We will be hosting Admission Playgroups for applicants applying to Beginners through Grade One on Saturday, January 20th and Saturday, January 27th, from 9:00 am - 9:45 am and 10:15 am - 11:00 am. To volunteer contact the 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 Librarian:  The Birthday/Gift Book program represents a long-standing CHS tradition.  Families can choose to celebrate a birthday, commemorate a special occasion such as a new grade, or honor a family member, friend, or teacher by giving a new book to our library.  Click here to find out more about the program.  If you have any questions please contact our librarian, Erin Piper epiper@tchs.org.


    CHS Summer Camp:  We welcome the entire CHS community to see what Summer at Chestnut Hill is all about. Join us for the next Open House on Sunday, January 28th from 10:00am to 12:00pm. To review summer offerings, please click here, or to register, click here.
     

    Auxiliary Program Reminder: Please be reminded that if you would like to make a change for auxiliary program enrollment, you may do so by sending an email to auxiliary@tchs.org. If you are not signed up but would like to enroll, please click here. If you have questions, please contact the Auxiliary Program Office at 617-264-1335 or auxiliary@tchs.org.
     

    CHS Family Association (FA): 

    Heart of the Hill - Please join the CHS community at 2:00pm - 4:00pm on Sunday, January 21st for the Family Association’s annual community service day, Heart of the Hill! Please note that the event time has moved back one hour to begin at 2:00pm and will be held in the CMR at CHS.  Students will have the opportunity to learn about a broad range of nonprofits serving the Greater Boston Area, participate in a range of hands-on, service-oriented activities, and then “play their hearts out” in the gym. This award-winning event is designed to provide yet another opportunity for CHSers to help develop kids’ hearts as well as their heads – and have fun doing it!  For more information about the event click here and for more details on the supply drive click here. If you are able to sign up for a volunteer shift at the event, please click here.
     

    Ways to celebrate MLK Day - A Day of Celebration in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr on Monday, January 15th at 10:30am featuring Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras.  This event is free and open to the public.  The event will take place at Metcalf Hall on Boston University's Campus.  For more information 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 18 (Friday, January 5, 2018)

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    From the Head of School

    Dear CHS Community,

    Happy 2018! The first days back from break have been eventful for sure. The facilities team has been hard at work; the pathways are clear and the building is warm. 

    I hope you have been lucky enough to find some time in these days together with one another. I have a personal snow day memory; my mother and I would bake cookies on the days she didn't have to work. As I got older, I would bake them regardless, and I would try to save a few for when she arrived home! My older siblings tell stories of playing board games together. We each had our own traditions built over time. These can be wonderful memories your children will carry for years.

    May your time be full of your own traditions, some time to read, and some time for activity. I hope you have found ways to stay active, too, something that can be hard given the bitter cold. (I had shovel duties, which I think were assigned in part as a necessity for snow removal and in part to be sure that I expended some good energy outside.) We will be excited to welcome everyone back on Monday!

    Warmly,

    Tamara


    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    From the Academic Dean's Office: ISEE testing - ISEE testing will take place as scheduled on Saturday, January 6th. Anyone taking the test should arrive by 8:30 am. The test itself will begin at 9:00 am. If anyone has questions please contact Michael Coppola.

    Outdoor Recess - When school resumes we plan to have outdoor recess; it so important for students to be outside and to move! Like the public schools, we will have recess every day when it feels like the temperature is above 20 degrees. To that end, please be sure your child has the necessary layers of clothes for the New England elements.
     

    From the Admission Office: Application Deadline for Admission for 2018 - 2019 school year is Tuesday, January 16th.  We will be hosting Admission Playgroups for applicants applying to Beginners through Grade One on Saturday, January 20th and Saturday, January 27th, from 9:00 am - 9:45 am and 10:15 am - 11:00 am. To volunteer contact the 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.
     

    CHS Bus Spring Registration: Registration for the CHS school bus for the spring semester is now open.   All families who currently use the bus do not need to complete the registration form.  Please Click Here to complete the form if you are new to the bus service, or if you are a current family interested in changing your bus schedule for the spring semester.  CHS offers two bus routes - the Boston-Brookline Bus, and the West Bus (serving Needham, Wellesley, and West Newton). Please note the routes might vary slightly from the fall semester based on registrations.  For any questions regarding the bus service, please contact Tara Hathaway (617) 264-1349, thathaway@tchs.org
     

    Auxiliary Program Reminder: Please be reminded that once you sign up for an Auxiliary Program (Before School, Afternoon Program, Extended Day, School for Music), your registration is for the entire academic year and you are billed in October and February. If you would like to make a change for next semester (January - June), you may do so by sending an email to auxiliary@tchs.org. If you are not signed up but would like to enroll, your bill will be pro-rated based on when you register. For more information about these programs, please Click Here. If you have questions, please contact the Auxiliary Program Office at (617) 264-1335 or auxiliary@tchs.org.
     

    CHS Family Association (FA):  Save the Date for Our Annual Community Service Day for Families "Heart of the Hill" - the afternoon of Sunday, January 21st (snow date is January 28th) in the CHS CMR. The afternoon includes a variety of kid-friendly, hands-on activities to benefit non-profit organizations serving the Greater Boston area.  More information to follow!  


    **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 17 (Monday, January 1, 2018)

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    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    From the Admission Office: Application Deadline for Admission for 2018 - 2019 school year is Tuesday, January 16th.  We will be hosting Admission Playgroups for applicants applying to Beginners through Grade One on Saturday, January 20th and Saturday, January 27th, from 9:00am - 9:45am and 10:15am - 11:00am. To volunteer contact the 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.
     

    CHS Bus Spring Registration: Registration for the CHS school bus for the spring semester is now open.   All families who currently use the bus do not need to complete the registration form.  Please Click Here to complete the form if you are new to the bus service, or if you are a current family interested in changing your bus schedule for the spring semester.  CHS offers two bus routes - the Boston-Brookline Bus, and the West Bus (serving Needham, Wellesley, and West Newton). Please note the routes might vary slightly from the fall semester based on registrations.  For any questions regarding the bus service, please contact Tara Hathaway (617) 264-1349, thathaway@tchs.org
     

    Auxiliary Program Reminder: Please be reminded that once you sign up for an Auxiliary Program (Before School, Afternoon Program, Extended Day, School for Music), your registration is for the entire academic year and you are billed in October and February. If you would like to make a change for next semester (January - June), you may do so by sending an email to auxiliary@tchs.org. If you are not signed up but would like to enroll, your bill will be pro-rated based on when you register. For more information about these programs, please Click Here. If you have questions, please contact the Auxiliary Program Office at (617) 264-1335 or auxiliary@tchs.org.
     


    CHS Family Association (FA):

    • Save the Date for Our Annual Community Service Day for Families "Heart of the Hill" - the afternoon of Sunday, January 21st (snow date is January 28th) in the CHS CMR. The afternoon includes a variety of kid-friendly, hands-on activities to benefit non-profit organizations serving the Greater Boston area.  More information to follow!  

    **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 16 (Friday, December 15, 2017)

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    From the Head of School

    Dear CHS Community,

    I want to wish you all the best during this winter break. Far too often, and especially at this time of year, our lives can be filled with to-do lists. I hope you all have the luxury of being able to slow down and put those lists to the side. 

    As some of you know my parents are older, and so I have devoted a lot of time more recently to hearing them tell me stories of their lives and of when I was young. As we have gone down this path, I am struck so often about what we remember and what fades over time. My family has always celebrated Christmas, and we have many traditions associated with that celebration. One such tradition was on Christmas Eve, when we would cook a meal of German wurst and potato salad and light candles on our tree (with a fire extinguisher nearby). All my siblings and I would exchange gifts. One year, the plan changed, completely by chance. We had been in New York City, and we misread the departing train schedule. We were stranded in the city for several hours and, in our hours to spare, we made our way toward Central Park. We stumbled on a church soup kitchen and, very long story short, ended up helping to organize and serve for several hours, in the process missing many more trains home. We missed our meal. We missed our presents. And we started a new family tradition.

    In recent months, as my parents reminisce about those holidays, I realized that I couldn't remember most of the gifts I had received (other than perhaps my first bicycle). However, I remember the feeling of sharing and the feeling of family. That stood the test of time. 

    I hope you find time to be with loved ones and share those special moments. In that spirit, I want to thank you personally for an incredible first sixth months at Chestnut Hill. More broadly, thank you for trusting us with your children. 

    We look forward to seeing you at Winter Sharing and in the new year.

    Warmly,

    Tamara


    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    From the Academic Office: Our annual Winter Sharing Assembly will take place on Tuesday, December 19th at 10:45am and families are welcome to attend this assembly. At Winter Sharing, students sing songs representing various cultural traditions. Dismissal will take place at 12:15pm and there is no Extended Day. Winter Sharing is a very fun and festive event, but it is not a formal occasion. If students so choose, they are more than welcome to wear holiday garb or any kind of dress which expresses their cultural tradition. We hope to see you there!

    The Chestnut Hill School Summer Camp Open House: Saturday, December 16th from 12:00pm - 2:00pm.  Please Click Here to learn about our division highlights.  


    Annual Toy Drive: Hello CHS Community, We are collecting new, unwrapped toys to donate to a women's shelter in Boston, that we have enjoyed a long standing relationship with.  The wonderful part about this particular agency, is they distribute toys year round as children come to stay at the shelter.  If you would like to participate, please bring a new, unwrapped toy to the table in the lobby beginning this Monday, December 11th.  We will donate the items after school on Tuesday, December 19th.  Please keep in mind that a variety of ages are served, and gifts for adolescents are much appreciated. Please see Deb Bloomberg or Carlisa Haith-Holliday with any questions. Thank you.
     

    From the Advancement Office: As we approach the end of the year, your gift is extremely important because it offers immediate resources that are directed to the current needs and opportunities at CHS.  From music to art programs, Spanish to robotics - all are made possible by your generous contribution to the CHS Annual Fund.   To make your gift today Click Here.  Did you know appreciated stock is one of the most tax-efficient ways to make a charitable gift? A donation of stock yields benefits for you—and for CHS. To learn more Click Here.
     

    CHS Bus Spring Registration: Registration for the CHS school bus for the spring semester is now open.   All families who currently use the bus do not need to complete the registration form.  Please Click Here to complete the form if you are new to the bus service, or if you are a current family interested in changing your bus schedule for the spring semester.  CHS offers two bus routes - the Boston-Brookline Bus, and the West Bus (serving Needham, Wellesley, and West Newton). Please note the routes might vary slightly from the fall semester based on registrations.  For any questions regarding the bus service, please contact Tara Hathaway (617) 264-1349, thathaway@tchs.org
     

    From the Admission Office: Application Deadline for Admission for 2018 - 2019 school year is Tuesday, January 16th.  We will be hosting Admission Playgroups for applicants applying to Beginners through Grade One on Saturday, January 20th and Saturday, January 27th, from 9:00am - 9:45am and 10:15am - 11:00am. To volunteer contact the 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.


    Lost and Found: Any items in the Lost and Found bin not claimed by Tuesday, December 19th will be donated to Cradles to Crayons on Wednesday, December 20th.


    Winter Vacation Camp 2017: Thank you to those of you who registered for vacation camp!  Vacation Camp registration is full and now closed.  Please make sure that your registered children in Beginners - Kindergarten turn in their Waivers for Jump on In no later than Wednesday, December 20th.  For students in grades 1-6, please submit the online waiver for Central Rock Gym by Wednesday, December 20th.  Can't wait to see you there!
     

    Auxiliary Program Reminder: Please be reminded that once you sign up for an Auxiliary Program (Before School, Afternoon Program, Extended Day, School for Music), your registration is for the entire academic year and you are billed in October and February. If you would like to make a change for next semester (January - June), you may do so by sending an email to auxiliary@tchs.org. If you are not signed up but would like to enroll, your bill will be pro-rated based on when you register. For more information about these programs, please Click Here. If you have questions, please contact the Auxiliary Program Office at (617) 264-1335 or auxiliary@tchs.org.
     

    CHS Family Association (FA):

    • Save the Date for Heart of the Hill which will take place on the afternoon of January 21st (snow date is January 28th).  More information to follow!
    • 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 15 (Friday, December 8, 2017)

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    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    From the Advancement Office: As we approach the end of the year, your gift is extremely important because it offers immediate resources that are directed to the current needs and opportunities at CHS.  From music to art programs, Spanish to robotics - all are made possible by your generous contribution to the CHS Annual Fund.   To make your gift today Click Here.  Did you know appreciated stock is one of the most tax-efficient ways to make a charitable gift? A donation of stock yields benefits for you—and for CHS. To learn more Click Here.
     

    Annual Toy Drive: Hello CHS Community, We are collecting new, unwrapped toys to donate to a women's shelter in Boston, that we have enjoyed a long standing relationship with.  The wonderful part about this particular agency, is they distribute toys year round as children come to stay at the shelter.  If you would like to participate, please bring a new, unwrapped toy to the table in the lobby beginning this Monday, December 11th.  We will donate the items after school on Tuesday, December 19th.  Please keep in mind that a variety of ages are served, and gifts for adolescents are much appreciated. Please see Deb Bloomberg or Carlisa Haith-Holliday with any questions. Thank you.

     

    The Chestnut Hill School Summer Camp Open House: Saturday, December 16th from 12:00pm - 2:00pm.  Please Click Here to learn about our division highlights.  


    Winter Vacation Camp 2017: It is time to Register for Winter Vacation Camp!!!!   This year's camp runs from Wednesday, December 20th through Friday, December 22nd.  We will be doing some incredibly fun field trips on Wednesday & Thursday, followed by a Flannels and Flapjacks Friday on the 22nd.  On that day, students will wear their favorite pjs, do some winter crafts, make pancakes for special snack and watch a movie.  Please follow the link to get more information and to register for our vacation camp.  The deadline to register is Wednesday, December 13th.  Though I wish we were able to accommodate last minute registrations, late registrations will not be accepted, as we have to schedule our transportation and field trips in advance.   Click Here for more information and to register.

     

    CHS Family Association (FA):

    • Save the Date for Heart of the Hill which will take place on the afternoon of January 21st (snow date is January 28th).  Mark your calendars!
    • 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 14 (Friday, December 1, 2017)

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    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    The Chestnut Hill School Summer Camp Registration is open!: Art, drama, music, science, swimming, sports, trips and so much more. Please Click Here to learn about our division highlights and to view our upcoming Open House dates.


    Winter Vacation Camp 2017: It is time to Register for Winter Vacation Camp!!!!   This year's camp runs from Wednesday, December 20th through Friday, December 22nd.  We will be doing some incredibly fun field trips on Wednesday & Thursday, followed by a Flannels and Flapjacks Friday on the 22nd.  On that day, students will wear their favorite pjs, do some winter crafts, make pancakes for special snack and watch a movie.  Please follow the link to get more information and to register for our vacation camp.  The deadline to register is Wednesday, December 13th.  Though I wish we were able to accommodate last minute registrations, late registrations will not be accepted, as we have to schedule our transportation and field trips in advance.   Click Here for more information and to register.
     

    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, December 4th through Thursday, December 7th.  Any items not claim by Thursday will be donated to Cradles to Crayons.
     

    CHS Family Association (FA):

    • Festival of Lights - Thursday, December 7th - 5:30pm -7:00pm.  All families are welcome to share their holiday traditions!
      • To sign up Click Here to share your holiday tradition with a 2-3 minute presentation or an interactive display (see online sign up for guidelines).  Friday, December 1st by midnight is the deadline to sign up to do a presentation or an interactive display of your family's holiday tradition. 
      • Click Here to bring an appetizer or dessert (see online signup for allergen guidelines) - 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. 
      • Please Note: For students attending Extended Day prior to Festival of Lights, those students must be dismissed by the extended day staff to a guardian before going to the event.  Please communicate with Angie Zomer (azomer@tchs.org) in advance of the event, if your child will be attending the event with another family.
         
    • 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 13 (Friday, November 24, 2017)

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    From the Head of School

    Thank you for all the work you did to share Grandparents and Special Friends Day with us on Tuesday, November 21st.
    All of our guests made for a wonderful community day at School.
    Thank you to all of our parent volunteers. We could not do it without you!


    ANNOUNCEMENTS
     

    CHS Family Association (FA):
    Festival of Lights - Thursday, December 7th - 5:30pm -7:00pm.  All families are welcome to share their holiday traditions! How can you participate? 

    • To sign up Click Here (by this Friday, December 1st) to share your holiday tradition with a 2-3 minute presentation or an interactive display (see online sign up for guidelines).
    • Click Here to bring an appetizer or dessert (see online signup for allergen guidelines) - 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 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