Chestnutwold Elementary School eMailer January 30, 2019

Chestnutwold Elementary School eMailer

January 30, 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 Challenge, Week of February 11th:
    • Chestnutwold will participate again in this year’s “Challenge”
    • We look forward to sharing the experience with our whole school community.
    • At the heart of “The Great Kindness Challenge” is the simple belief that one person's act of kindness influences positive outcomes for each person in our school community. During the "Challenge,” students are presented with opportunities to focus on acts of kindness, and as it is nurtured in our school, so will the collective sense of belonging we want for each person in our school community. 


  • Family Celebration Night – Save the date!
    • March 28th, 2019, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
    • Invitations will be sent home in February.
    • 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.
    • More details to follow.



  • 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.


  • 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.
    • Please be sure students are dressed in appropriate attire.


  • Lost and Found items on display for your perusal 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 7, 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 7th, 2019.



January’s School Program in the Highlight

Conflict Mediatorsare present during each recess to help students settle common less tense conflicts that arise between peers. Ms. Jen Munch, our school counselor, trains our students in the principles, practices, and expectations for what it means to be a Conflict Mediator. This leadership opportunity benefits our entire student body. These minor conflicts are resolved immediately and safely using restorative means. These matters are recorded and reported to Ms. Munch for further investigation, if needed. 

Indoor recess: A small group of students from a grade may remain inside during recess, depending on available resources, to complete schoolwork, study or do homework. We understand not all students enjoy playing outside at this time and may prefer enjoying a quieter environment.

In the event of rain, excessive heat or cold, our students remain inside. We do our best to provide opportunity for our students to move around in these instances by making the gym or LGI room available for play. When these locations are not available, students will remain in their classrooms. 



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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