Chestnutwold Elementary School eMailer May 15, 2019

Chestnutwold Elementary School eMailer

May 15, 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

  • Artist in Residence at Chestnutwold
    • Friday, May 17th
    • Local award winning artist, Mr. Matt Phelan, will be our Artist in Residence this year. We are privileged to have Mr. Phelan as a Chestnutwold community member, and excited that we have the opportunity to host his visit to our school.
    • “Matt Phelan is the award-winning creator of the middle-grade graphic novels Snow White, The Storm in the Barn, Bluffton, and Around the World and the picture book Druthers. He has also illustrated numerous books for children, including The Higher Power of Lucky, Flora’s Very Windy Day, Xander’s Panda Party, and Very Hairy Bear” ~ Harper Collins. 
    • Mr. Phelan will present small writer’s workshops to our students and share stories that have inspired his playfulwriting style. 
    • You can learn more about  Mr. Phelan here (enjoy the reading):


  • Earth Day Celebrations as part of our STEAM project
    • Delegates visited Haverford’s CREC on May 1st to work on the grounds and learn about the local ecosystem. 
    • Third grade visited the CREC on May 3rd to learn how they can support the local animals and their habitat. 
    • Fourth grade visited Riverbend on May 10th to learn about the natural habitat and what we can do to support it.
    • Kindergarten field trip to theCREC is 5/23. 


  • Field Day - Friday May 24th
    • All Chestnutwold Kindergarten students report to school in the AM (8:35 AM) on Friday, 5/24 to participate in Chestnutwold’s Field Day. 
      • Dismissal is 11:25 AM for all Kindergarten students on Friday, 5/24. 
    • Team Yellow or Blue? Students are assigned to a team. They will compete in unique games that will require flexible problem solving. Teams will be shared with our students on Friday, May 17th.
    • Chestnutwold high school students return to help us facilitate each activity. 
    • G5 students take a leadership role in helping their younger peers participate in Mr. K’s wonderful world of Field Day. 
    • All students have fun learning about team work and how to compete in constructive ways.


  • Elementary Track Meet
    • Monday, May 20th
    • Start time - 3:50’ish, at HHS
    • Fourth and fifth grade students from across Haverford School District participate in one of our District’s most prized events
    • We look forward to seeing you there!


  • Election Day – No school for students
    • Tuesday, May 21st
    • In-service for teachers and District faculty
    • Do not miss your chance to vote!


  • Memorial Day – No School on Monday, May 27th
    • District schools and offices will be closed.


  • Early dismissal, Friday May 31st
    • In-service for teachers and faculty
    • PM Kindergarten reports; No AM Kindergarten
    • Students in grade 1 – 5 dismiss at 11:50 AM
    • PM Kindergarten dismisses at 11:50 AM


  • Music Assembly – City Love
    • Local musicians, City Love, visit Chestnutwold on Friday, May 31st.
    • City Love is a music and education group from West Philly. They create, “music for the world...” They are “educators and musicians who write songs to spread love and hope, and bring people together…”
    • City Love:




  • Chestnutwold School Community – A National School of Character! 
    • This honor is indicative of our values. Moreover, it is evidence for what is possible when diverse groups of people come together in the interest of a common goal. 
    • Celebrate this accomplishment at home as well. Be proud of the contributions you and our whole school community have made to lift our school to such prominence.
      • Chestnutwold is one of only 88 schools named to this distinction. 


  • “Evening of the Arts” 
    • Thank you for taking the time to attend our Evening of the Arts. Your support is overwhelming.
    • In front of a packed audience, our students sang, played music, and even did a little dancing. 
    • None of this is possible without the support of our parent volunteers. Many parents committed numerous hours making this event possible for the entire school community. You went well beyond the one-hour-a-year challenge put forward each year.  Thanks to your energy and efforts, our school community is stronger today – and the school looks amazing! This is another example of what is possible here at Chestnutwold. Thank you.


  • Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
    • Chestnutwold is hosting an Appreciation Breakfast for our parent volunteers on Tuesday, June 11th, from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM. 
    • Invitations will be sent home by your child’s homeroom teacher. 
    • We are excited to give back. This is a celebration of you. 
    • Thank you for all you do to support our school. Chestnutwold is the great school community it is thanks to our collective volunteering and consideration. This is a great place to be each day.
    • Parents should RSVP to Miss Christine LaBrasca, at: by 5/31.


  • 2018-19 WordMasters © Challenge – Final results
    • Chestnutwold's 5th grade was in the top 10! Congratulations!


  • Poetry Writing Contestant Winners
    • Chestnutwold poets have done it again!  
    • Nearly 100 Chestnutwold students were selected for publication in the Spring 2019 anthology, “A Celebration of Poets.” It is the most writers Chestnutwold has had selected for publication in one of Creative Communication's twice-yearly competitions. 
    • This fall, Chestnutwold received a Writing Achievement Award - an honor given to the top 10% of schools - for our outstanding work over the last few years.
    • Will we have a sixth poet win a $25 cash prize for having their poem selected in the Top 10? Stay tuned... Winners have not yet been announced.
    • You can learn more about Creative Communication at


  • Library books
    • Last day to borrow books from the Chestnutwold library is Friday, May 31st.
    • All books are to be returned the week of June 3rd.


  • Dogs are not permitted on school grounds during arrival or dismissal.
    • Pets are not permitted in the building. 
    • Service animals are permitted, with proper identification.


  • Safe use of Technology
    • Detective Flynn from the Haverford Township Police Department presented “safe use of technology” to our fourth grade students on Friday, May 3rd
    • This activity supplements our guidance program’s initiative.


  • Transportation
    • Spring is here. Children are playing in the streets.
    • Please drive carefully around our school. 
    • Do not block our neighbor’s driveways.
    • Do not park in the car line – please park in the basketball court if needed at arrival and/or dismissal.



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…

Nationally recognized School of Character


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