Chestnutwold Elementary School eMailer January 9, 2019

Chestnutwold Elementary School eMailer

January 9, 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

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


  • Early dismissal, Teacher in-service, Friday, January 18th
    • AM Kindergarten reports, no PM Kindergarten.
      • AM Kindergarten students will dismiss at 11:30AM
    • Grade 1 – 5 will dismiss at 11:50AM.


  • Unexpected author’s visit to Chestnutwold
    • I hope you recall…
  • Each year our school adopts a theme and connects much of our programming to it. This year’s theme is taken from Kobi Yamada’s books: “What Do You Do With A Problem?”, “What Do You Do With An Idea?” and, “What Do You Do With A Chance?” The most obvious connection is to Chestnutwold’s Character and 21stCentury programming, but there are others too. Yamada’s books will be used to guide classroom discussion and activities related to promoting kindness and community, and valuing yourself no matter what comes your way – topics that are tailor matched to our ChCK Traits and Character Education programming.

The Children’s Book Review, on June 29, 2014 wrote:

“The message is clear [Yamada’s books] - welcome and nurture ideas with patience and persistence, no matter how big or small, no matter how unique or popular, and they may grow to change the world. The books contain creativity, mindfulness, complexity, and inspiration.”

  • Kobi Yamada is coming to Chestnutwold on Friday, January 18th. He will visit our lower grades' classrooms and hold a Q&A with students in grades three, four, and five. 
    • Mr. Yamada will be in town visiting the pucciManulitoy store in Ardmore, PA on Saturday, 1/19, from 10:00 to 11:00 AM for those who wish to meet him outside school. 
    • This is an exciting opportunity for all involved. This is possible thanks to the word of mouth sharing you do with the community at large. We appreciate that you are telling our story and the good things we do. Thank you.


  • School and District offices are closed January 21st 
    • Dr. Martin Luther King day



  • Chestnutwold students delivered their handmade crafts and helped pack meals for local residents at the Ardmore Pantry this past Monday. We are grateful to have the opportunity to engage in these types of learning opportunities for our students. 


  • The 2019-20 school year calendar has been approved and is posted to the district and school websites. It can be found in the “News” section.


  • Our lost and Found continues to grow
    • 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. 



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 or 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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