Chestnutwold Elementary School eMailer February 13, 2019

Chestnutwold Elementary School eMailer

February 13, 2019


Please visit Chestnutwold’s website for more exciting news and information about events both past and present.

Our website has been updated to show the great activities and work being done at Chestnutwold. Take a look using the link below:

Upcoming Events

  • Kindness Challengeat Chestnutwold this week
  • At the heart of The Great Kindness Challenge is the simple belief that kindness is strength. As an action is repeated, it forms into habit. With the Great Kindness Challenge checklist in hand, students have the opportunity to repeat kind act after kind act. As kindness becomes a habit, belonging becomes possible, and with a flourishing sense of belonging across our school community our students are better positioned to learn and develop into positive contributors to our society.


  • University of Pennsylvania Neuroscience department visits grades kindergarten and five on February, 19, 2019.
    • Kindergarten: UPENN and staff will teach our Kindergarteners about the different parts of the brain and a little about the purpose of each.
    • Fifth Grade will build on previous lessons in science. Their lessons will focus on how the brain uses electricity to communicate with the body.


  • 14th Annual Chestnutwold Bingo Night
    • The teachers and staff at Chestnutwold invite your family to join us for Bingo Night. 
    • All proceeds are donated to worthy causes. 
      • $500 of the proceeds will go to the education endeavors of the two fifth grade students who win the Mary Borman Award.  We will support the following charities with the remaining proceeds: CHOP Oncology Research in honor of a student in Haverford School District, and HTSD Education Foundation.
    • March 8, 2019 from 6pm-8:30pm
      • (Snow Date – March 22, 2019 from 6:00 PM-8:30 PM)
      • Dinner will be served from 6:00 PM-7:00 PM
      • Bingo will start at 7:00 PM
    • Admission and Pizza
      • $10.00 per family for admission and $2.00 per bingo card (for example, a family of 4 with three people playing bingo will cost $10.00 + ($2x3) =$16.00).
      • Pizza will be sold by the pie or by the slice.  You can order a pie in advance for $11.00 or buy the pizza by the slice for $2.00 each slice.  
    • More information in our flyer - hereBingoNightForm2019.doc 


  • Family Celebration Night – Save the date!
    • March 28th, 2019, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
    • Invitations will be sent February on 2/15/19.
    • Chestnutwold families are invited to showcase something special about their life to the Chestnutwold community on Thursday, March 28, 2019Doors will open at 5:30 for set-up, and our gallery walk and sharing expo will begin at 6:00 PM and end at 7:00 PM.


  • Chestnutwold is an accredited 

School of Character

  • Chestnutwold was recognized by the national organization, Character.Org, as a School of Character.
  • Thank you families and school community for your support and efforts that make our school an incredible place for our students and all who are here. This honor is a testament to the collaboration and trust we share across all settings and with each member. 
  • We strive to be a community school were each of us feels we belong, and I believe this honor validates our collaborative efforts. 
  • I am grateful to have the privilege of being the principal of this incredible school. Thank you.


  • Volunteerism – One hour beyond the school day
    • Chestnutwold relies on our parent and community volunteers to provide ancillary programming to our students. We want to include activities that bring additional opportunity to each child in our school. Let’s nurture their curiosities! 
    • The value one hour of your time brings to our students cannot be overstated. One hour beyond the school day provides our students with access to learning and adds to the joyful elementary school experience. 
    • Contact our PTO to confirm when you might be able to volunteer for one hour outside the school day. 


Art and Music classes collaborate to make artistic genius

  • Students are exploring connections between the elements of art and music. Our Art and Music teachers have created and are delivering a series of lessons to all students in grades 1-5. The lessons incorporate various STEAM elements, accentuating our 21stCentury programming.
  • One sample lesson is based on Handel's "Water Music." Students are exploring the use of line as an element in music and art. Students learned the story of how Handel created the musical composition. Our students then designed their own art piece in the methods and ideas used to develop the movement of water. 


  • Delegate “Gently Used Coat Drive”
    • You are invited to join the Chestnutwold school community in our next philanthropy for the year.
    • We are collecting gently used coats for children in the Salvation Army. 
    • We will have a collection bin in our front vestibule area for all donations. 
    • Begins Friday, February 22ndand ends Friday, March 1, 2019.


  • Chestnutwold Writing Honors… 

For the last three years, students from Chestnutwold have entered twice-yearly poetry contests sponsored by the organization, Creative Communication.  Many of our writers have become published poets. Four Chestnutwold writers have earned the distinction of writing one of the Top 10 poems in the nation!

From Creative Communication:

"The fact that you have numerous students accepted makes a strong statement about your school.  Less than 50% of the poems submitted are published.  The list of your students that have been accepted to be published represents a lot of talent, hard work, and dedication from your teachers and students.  In judging thousands of poems, our judges have found that the single most important factor in creating a quality poem is the quality of the instruction.  We have found that schools with excellent Language Arts programs have a much higher percentage of their students' writing being accepted.  With excellent teachers come excellent writers, and sometimes over 50% of a class is accepted. Chestnutwold Elementary School stands out and will be recognized as receiving a Writing Achievement Award.  This honor is given to the top 10% of schools."


  • Recycle your dried markers and crayon “stubs.” 
    • The Chestnutwold Delegation, in conjunction with Roots and Shoots, have placed marker/crayon collection boxes in each classroom. Send us your dried markers and crayon “stubs” for recycling.
    • Our recycling collection started in January and will end in May.
    •  All collected markers will be sent to be recycled and used to make plastic goods and new crayons for children’s hospitals.


  • Recess
    • Our students will go outside most days for recess, conditions permitting.
    • Please sure students have appropriate attire.


  • Lost and Found items on display until March 1st.
    • Three large lost and found bins are filled with coats, sweatshirts, and other items. 
    • Students are welcome to visit the lost and found at recess or lunch. Please ask your child to check these collections for their lost items. 
    • Starting February 4, 2019 and ending Friday, March 1, 2019: Please visit our school to claim lost items. We are placing lost and found items on tables in the lower lever. 
    • All unclaimed items will be donated on March 1st, 2019.



February’s School Program in the Highlight


            Boy oh boy do we love to write! Just look at our past awards and you see that our efforts are working. Each year our students and teachers enter various regional, state, and national writing competitions, and each year we receive recognition for the quality work we submit. Chestnutwold is committed to teaching our students how to write well and write in each class each day. Writing and reading are appreciated as much for their craftsmanship as they are for communicating and learning. 

            Ralph Fletcher, Lucy Calkins, Writer’s Notebook, Writing Workshop, and related works have influenced our instructional practices. These influences have helped us develop a writing program that is evident in all content areas across the school, in addition to the numerous awards our school community has earned over the years since adoption. 



ChCK Traits

Aligned to the 11 Principles of Effective Character Education issued by the Character Education Partnership ®, the Character Counts ® program, and findings from multiple sources, our six Chestnutwold Character Kid Traits (ChCK Traits)are: Responsibility, Respect, Empathy, Trustworthiness, Positive attitude, and Integrity.


Best regards,

Joel DiBartolomeo

Chestnutwold, where excellence thrives…

  • Certified School of Kindness
  • Certified School of Character
  • 21stCentury Programming and Leader

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