Chestnutwold Elementary School eMailer March 4, 2019

Chestnutwold Elementary School eMailer

March 4, 2019


We are sending this week's eMailer today rather than Wednesday to promote upcoming activity.


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

  • Literacy Alive Event at Chestnutwold
    • Tuesday, March 5th, 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. This is an award winning event. The evening will include various interactive educational stations 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, or country, escorted by an honor society member. Students will learn about different countries using different literacy techniques.
    • Please confirm your attendance by email or written note:


  • 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.  


  • Technology talk with Detective M. Flynn of the HTPD
    • Fifth grade students will meet with Detective Flynn on Monday, March 18thto discuss appropriate use of technology; its attraction; and its pitfalls. 
    • He will meet with G4 students in early May.
    • This activity supplements the content delivered in our guidance program by our guidance counselor, Ms. Munch. 


  • Family Celebration Night
    • 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: 2019 Family Celebration Night Feb 19 2019.docx 
      • You can complete the attached RSVP and return it to my attention via email, or complete the hard copy form sent home and return it to our school office.  


Reading Olympics

  • Event date for 4th and 5th grade students in Reading Olympics
  • Date: Monday, April 1st, 2019. 
  • Location: Northley Middle School (Penn Delco School District)
  • Time: We will all meet there at 5:30 pm. Doors open at 5:00 pm.
  • Arriving early and carpooling is recommended. Parking can be challenging.
  • Chestnutwold Reading Olympics Website



Report Cards

  • Report cards will be sent home via emailon Monday, March 11thafter 4:00 PM.


Parent/Teacher conferences’ schedule - Trimester II

  • Wednesday, March 13th 
  • Thursday, March 14th
  • Friday, March 15th
  • Please contact your child’s teacher with questions. 
  • Conferences are just one scheduled event for parent/teacher meetings. Should you want to meet with one of your child’s teachers during the year, please contact that teacher. We are available to discuss our students’ progress.


Dismissal during conferences

  • Students in grades 1 – 5 dismiss at 11:50 AM each day
  • Kindergarten schedule during conferences
    • Wednesday, 3/13, AM in session, PM does not report.
      • AM dismisses at 11:30 AM
    • Thursday, 3/14, PM in session, AM does not report.
      • PM dismisses at 11:50 AM
    • Friday, 3/15, AM in session, PM does not report.
      • AM dismisses at 11:30 AM


  • 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 be sure students have appropriate attire.


  • Lost and Found items on display until March 8th(Changed from 3/1).
    • 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 8, 2019: Please visit our school to claim lost items. We are placing lost and found items on tables in the lower level. 
    • All unclaimed items will be donated on March 8th, 2019.



March’s School Program in the Highlight


Chestnutwold Behavior Plan

School community

  1. Respect yourself
  2. Respect others
  3. Respect the things around you
  4. Treat others the way you want to be treated
  5. Have fun and smile more (Rule #6)


School Compact

The goal is to turn unsafe, unexpected, and/or deconstructive behaviors into learning opportunities as to educate our students in Social Emotional Development so future interactions promote academic and affective growth. Our faculty facilitates a process where our students confront their choices and their emotions to develop a plan for restoring the environment. Students, under the guidance our school/district faculty, work collaboratively to identify actions they can take for the “next time” and/or identify resources that will help resolve the problem and restore the environment. 


Students and adults will: 

(1) Engage in safe interactions 

(2) Act with self-regulation and equanimity

(3) Behave with empathy for others

(4) Act to restore the environment that was disrupted

 Students, teachers, and faculty will work in collaboration to learn and become life-long productive members of a community.


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Our school community is a safe learning environment for each student.  The school community environment is built on trusting relationships, high and consistent expectations, persistence and accountability. We devote large amounts of time developing our environment through community practices, interactions, curricula, celebrations, expectations and meaningful classroom tasks. Each school community member is expected to reinforce or model these practices and principles in their daily activities at school.  


The Chestnutwold Behavior Plan (CBP) is about restoring the environment and learning how to maintain a dignified environment. This multilayered approach borrows its fundamental practices from several proven ideas:  Choice Theory, 2) Collaborative Problem Solving, 3) Responsive Classroom and 4) 1-2-3 Magic. 


A point system is used to track student performance. A student who earns 15 points in one trimester jeopardizes his or her participation in extra-curricular activity(examples not limited to: grade level celebrations, school assemblies and/or classroom activity). The student, family and school communicate about a student’s behavior and points. 


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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