Chestnutwold Elementary School eMailer February 22, 2019

Chestnutwold Elementary School eMailer

February 22, 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

  • 14th Annual Chestnutwold Bingo Night
    • The teachers and staff at Chestnutwold invite you and 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.  
      • See attachment here: BingoNightForm2019.doc 


  • Literacy Alive Event at Chestnutwold
    • Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, in our LGI
    • Saint Joseph’s University’s International Education Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi, is hosting a Literacy Alive Event at Chestnutwold Elementary School. This is an award winning event. The evening will include various interactive activities focused on literacy for elementary students. This is one-time after school event hosted by our friends from “Hawk-Hill.”
    • This year’s theme is “Oh the Places You’ll Go.” Students will be given a “passport.” They will travel to each station, each representing a different country, escorted by a SJU honor society member. Students will learn about different countries using different literacy techniques.


  • Family Celebration Night – Save the date!
    • All families have something to share! Create a display that tells your story and/or educates us about the food, hobbies, culture, rituals, celebrations, and/or activities your family enjoys.
    • 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.
    • See attachment here: Family Celebration Letter and RSVP .doc 
      • You can complete the attached RSVP and return it to my attention via email, or complete the hard copy form sent home this week and return it to our school office.  


  • Volunteers – One hour beyond the school day
    • Chestnutwold relies on our parent and community volunteers to provide additional programming to our students. Thanks to support like this, our school community is able to bring additional learning and social opportunities 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. Just one hour beyond the school day can add value to our students’ 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 foster children in the Salvation Army foster family program. 
    • Donations are being collected in the office area.
    • The “Drive” ends Friday, March 8, 2019.


  • More Chestnutwold Writing Honors… 
    • Two Chestnutwold student poems were selected as winners in this year’s Ardmore Library Poetry contest. Congratulations!
    • 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…

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