September 23,  2016
The Head's Heads Up! 
The extraordinary truth that inspires me every day is that
kindness multiplies.... I strongly recommend to you the children's book,  Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed,  written by Emily Pearson. This charming book with beautiful illustrations expresses perfectly the way one person can make others' lives better--even when she doesn't know them or know that she is doing it. 

For those of you old enough to remember, it is similar to the old Breck Shampoo commercial which said, "She loves Breck Shampoo and...told two people and they told two people, and they told two people...." and so on until the entire television screen is filled with faces of young girls with beautiful hair spreading the news about the latest shampoo. 

In a similar way, Mary's ordinary day becomes extraordinary because of one very special deed that inspires others to follow her example. It is a feel-good story to share and discuss with your children--even the older ones. 
Class Acts ....What's Happening on the Halls?
Great minds collaborate to master the challenge of building a landmark from newsprint to commemorate our hometown newspaper, The Rappahannock Record's,100th Anniversary! Each group has chosen three landmarks to research and choose from, and the groups have mapped out and sketched their ideas. Actual building with newsprint begins soon.  Something fabulous is bound to come of this collaboration.
Becca and Elise Sterrett '26 enjoy CAPPA's Back to School Picnic!
The Community Gathers at CAPPA's Back to School Picnic
Perfect weather, great old tunes, fabulous food, wonderful friends--old and new--and that phenomenal new GaGa Pit added up to a recipe for fun at the Chesapeake Academy Parents and Patron's annual Back to School Picnic.Thanks to all the people who pitched in to make our time together delightful!   Back to School Picnic Photos!
Chesapeake Academy is a wonderful place to grow!
Tell a friend....refer a student! 
Earn a $500 tuition discount! 
Contact Hilary Scott at 804.438.5575 or

You are invited to a 
Campus Beautification Day
 in preparation for CA's Annual Community Oyster Roast!

Saturday, October 8  from  9 a.m. to 12 p.m

Volunteers will meet in front of the Wiley building. 

The well-appointed volunteer will bring: rakes, gardening gloves, shovels, pruning sheers, and large black heavy duty trash bags. Electric or gas hedge trimmers and weedeaters are extremely useful--and much appreciated! 
Pick-up trucks are a bonus!

Light breakfast will be provided.

RSVP to Alison Weddle at  or text  540-960-0454

We look forward to seeing you there!
This just in from cub reporter, Jordan Abbott '17, who is reporting on her Algebra class. "Eighth grade Algebra is off with a bang! Students have been reviewing material from seventh grade Pre-Algebra and getting a preview of what the rest of the year is going to hold. Eighth graders have also been analyzing and testing patterns in consecutive and non-consecutive groups of numbers as well as working on explaining their answers to a "skeptic."  Pictured here are Faith Hattersley '17 and Orie Bullard '17 explaining to the class a pattern they analyzed and tested.

 Thank you to Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts for bringing such an entertaining show to our area students.  We had front row seats and a couple of student participants during the show.  When the show was over, Mr. Peers and his "Muttville Comix" took a few minutes to have their pictures taken with our students.

What has no fat, zero cholesterol, tastes yummy in a pie, and is really, really
good for your health??


Help Chesapeake Academy's Parents and Patrons Association support our
school by purchasing apples from
Dickie Brothers Orchard!

Apple varieties available include:
Fuji, Granny Smith, and Winesap.

Order by the bushel, half bushel, or peck.

Order dates: September 14-October  14

Delivery Date: week of October 31 (more details to come)
$35/bushel; $20/half bushel; $12/peck

Fuji--Sweet, crisp eating apple

Granny Smith--Tart, crisp cooking apple

Winesap--Firm, mildly tart eating apple


To place an order or for more information, contact Chris at or call 804.761.3206.

To secure your order,  payment must be received by October 14, 2016

"Eek! I Forgot my Lunch!"
It happens...young people occasionally drop the ball and forget their lunches. When a lunch is misplaced or forgotten, we do not call parents to retrieve the missing lunch because our goal is to help students become independent and organized.  Instead we provide a lunch from a cache of foods collected for the purpose and use the occasion to coach good organizational planning. Should your child have need to dip into these reserves, it is important to replenish the stores!

Please replace the lunch for the next student who forgets to pack their lunch. Microwavable soups (chicken noodle is a favorite), a jar of peanut butter, jelly, peanut butter crackers, granola bars, etc....anything you think a child would like to eat will be appreciated.

Lyla Porter '24 shares her favorite iPad application with her new friend Kaileigh Moore '25.
Working Together...Is a Powerful Way to Learn!
Kindergarteners and first graders get together once a week for "Working Together" time. This collaborative period allows for a variety of benefits, including broader collegiality and varied learning groups. This past week, first grade students were given the job of teaching kindergarteners about the various applications on the iPads.  This week the group became junior scientists and explored living and non-living things while dodging rain showers.
Annual Community Oyster Roast Calling for Volunteers!
Volunteers are needed the day before the Oyster Roast (after Grandparent's Day concludes), during the event, and  Sunday morning for cleanup.  

Parent Chair, Chris Cammarata, asks that you contact Catherine Emry, Development Associate, and let her know if you you can help on  Friday, October 14th, beginning at  noon to set up. Also, during the event, from  5-9 pm on  Saturday, October 15th, ticket holders are asked to volunteer for one hour only cooking hamburgers, roasting and serving the oysters at the oyster pit, serving the fried oysters, serving chowder or sweet potatoes.  These are just a few of the many tasks that need to be done to make this event the best Oyster Roast ever!  Help is needed beginning at  9 a.m.  on Sunday morning,  October 16th, to clean up and break down.   Catherine's email is or call her at  804.438.5575!

Many hands make light work so let's all get together and make this an awesome event!

Coach Ian York is in his second year as Athletic Director at Chesapeake Academy. He comes to CA with a background teaching and coaching in independent schools as well as coaching college lacrosse.
Why Chesapeake?
"Chesapeake Academy is the place for me to teach because I believe in the values that are important to this school. I can have an impact on individual students as well as the school community and Northern Neck community. I am encouraged to find new styles/ways of teaching that I can bring into my classes. I find it fulfilling when students are eager and excited about the activities that we prepare as teachers. 

Students are excited about what we do here. I find a great sense of community here, and the students have ownership of their education. The entire CA community does a great job of leading by example when it comes to life-long learning, character, and trust. The kids and my colleagues are great! There is no sense of complacency on the part of the faculty. We are always pushing ourselves to do better. "

Tone Chimes Make a Joyful Noise!
The introductory class of tone chimes excites enthusiasm in fifth grade musicians.  Music Teacher, Beth Somers, explains, "Working as a team, learning to read and follow music, and creating something powerful:  What is not to love!" 
Fourth grade scientists are focusing on learning about the scientific method. In this picture, Grace is using her skills of observation to hypothesize, predict, and record her findings about a pack of Skittles. 

Secondary School Aptitude Tests
SSATs will be given on November 12 at Chesapeake Academy.  Eighth graders applying to independent high schools will need to take the SSAT.  Registration for the test is at eighth graders will have a standardized test preparation series during activity period in October to prepare.  We will not offer a separate SSAT prep class.  Mrs. Keesee sent information out to eighth grade parents and is available to answer questions.

The Fifth Grade Leads Chesapeake Academy Toward Ecological Sustainability!
As Kermit the Frog reminds us, "It ain't easy being green!"  But it is important in an ever-shrinking world.  Always mindful of our carbon footprint, Chesapeake Academy continues the quest to be a  "Green School!"  We compost scraps from school lunches, and we  recycle paper, plastic, aluminum, and cardboard every Friday.  We reduce trash and waste by reusing what we can in school projects and art instead of throwing everything away when the project is completed.  We encourage the school community to be thoughtful when packing lunches and snacks and to package lunches in reusable materials.  We learned about energy conservation from Get In The Scrap last year, and we turn off lights and all other appliances using electricity that are not currently being used to conserve.   We are researching the most energy efficient methods of lighting, and we are constantly checking ourselves to ensure we are as careful as possible.  Champions of sustainability, the fifth grade class collects recycling each week and sorts and packages it so that it can be taken to the recycling center by faculty and administrators.


What can you do to support this quest?  Think carefully about using reusable packaging materials as you pack lunches and snacks!  Check out to see what is available! This company returns 15 percent of each CA sale to the school!  You cannot beat sustainability and philanthropy in the same website!

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Baby Bivalves Benefit from Bouyant Bipeds
Teams of students tested water quality, cleaned cages, monitored bivalve health and size, and removed any wee crabs that sought to interfere with their oyster crop! Seventh graders are shepharding 400 oysters, with potentially more to come,  as part of their study of the Chesapeake Bay's various ecosystems.

In February, Chesapeake Academy seventh and eighth graders head to Seacamp in Big Pine Key, Florida for their week-long field study and comparison of the ecosystems of the Chesapeake Bay to the Florida Estuary. CA's science sequence in marine science prepares students to examine indicators of ecosystem health and propose solutions to real world problems.
Second Grade Bloggers Tackle Summarizing Text
Second graders are happy to be back in the classroom.  Each day enriching, hands-on learning opportunities coax them through the door and welcome them into a new world of knowledge.  Most recently second graders have started blogging about favorite books. Each student is tasked with summarizing a recently read text and then typing it onto the class blog spot. As they build their ability to summarize information, students are refining their understanding of typed communication while posting casual comments.  As the year progresses and our skills develop, we will welcome other members of the CA community to our blog. Stay tuned!  Learning is certainly alive in the second grade!

Awesome Algebraic Antics Create Positive Mathematical Mindset!
To kick off  Algebra  I with a positive mathematical mindset, students have been working on critical thinking tasks, playing with multiple visual representations of numbers and expressions, exploring patterns, and practicing defending their mathematical reasoning.  To finish off the week of "growth mindset" in math, students played a lateral thinking race outside.  Teams, represented by animal mascots, moved along the course each time they answered a puzzler correctly.  Lateral thinking tasks are built into activities in math classes routinely to help students stretch their mathematical reasoning.  Plus, they're fun and rely on thinking outside the box!

Eighth graders begin an eye study in art class. Students are preparing for an acrylic painting of their eyes. So this "rough draft" of their painting--focusing on shape, shading and coloring--will work it out on paper before students start on the real thing.

Larkin Denton '18 is our technology guru and sound system expert for this school year. He
is ably assisted by Jarrett Platsis '19 and Ap Pollard '20.

Coach's Corner

The Fall athletic season got underway  on Monday, September 12 with our golf team hosting a match at King Carter Golf Club. The match went well with many of our golfers setting personal bests. The golf team has had a good turnout with a combination of veteran as well as first-time players.

The soccer season kicked off  on Wednesday, September 14 with home games for JV and Varsity against Ware Academy. The JV team represented Chesapeake Academy well. They played as a team, shared the ball well, scored a couple goals, and had fun! The varsity team defeated Ware Academy 6-3! The match was highlighted by several outstanding performances including a hat trick by Ben Antonio and goals by Stewart and Ashton Hollingsworth and Faith Hattersley. Rock Wolfson and Jack Porter were key on the defensive side of the ball to secure the victory.

Congratulations to the JV  and Varsity V olleyball  Teams who won all of their games against Ware Academy on Wednesday of this week. They really brought their enthusiasm and energy to the contest!

"Win without boasting, lose without excuses."


RENweb School Admistrative Management Software, Streamlines School Management and Parent Communications! 
We are excited to introduce you to ParentsWeb, Chesapeake Academy's online school management software.  ParentsWeb is a site that connects parents to the school calendar, directory, and family guide, as well as to your child's homework and course calendars.  Interim reports and report cards will also be available through ParentsWeb.  
The faculty and staff has been working hard this summer on configuration of the RenWeb system (of which ParentsWeb is the portal for you).  While we believe we have it all ready for prime time, inevitably, there will be questions or perhaps even a glitch.  We will work hard to solve any problems that we can and ask that we all be patient as we are learning new things about the system every day, too!
In order to access ParentsWeb, go to and follow the instructions to create an account.  You can also find the attached information and the links to the system at the bottom of  Chesapeake Academy's Website.  Once you find the log in page and follow the instructions, the system will generate an email link for you to set up your account.  More detailed steps are attached to this email, along with instructions for having mobile access to ParentsWeb if you wish to access it through your internet browser on your phone (free) or through a mobile app ($4.99 charge).  

The new Renweb system is all set up and working for the library. Parents and students may log in to their accounts to see what books have been checked out and when they are due. We have added a link to the school's website that you can use to search our library catalog. If you save it as a bookmark, you will have quick access to the school library from home! 

CAPPA Countdown
A huge thank you to the 3rd and 4th grade parents for hosting a lovely Annual Back to School Picnic. What a wonderful way to start the school year!
Please support the CAPPA Apple Sale. This is our largest fund raiser and the apples are some of the most delicious around! If you have any questions, please contact Chris Cammarata.
The first Campus Clean-Up Day will be held  Saturday, October 8 at 9 a.m. Please contact Alison Weddle if you are able to help get our campus in tip top shape for Grandparents Day and for the Annual Oyster Roast.
As the days start to get chilly, please visit the Osprey Nest for CA sweatshirts, fleeces, hoodies and more. 

Thank you,
Michelle Ritter
CAPPA President

Mrs. Susan May, Extended Day, is in search of water bottle caps or soda bottle caps for an activity! We need lots of them! You can drop them off in the Wiley Building if you are willing to collect and donate!
Student Council Squawk 

Faculty Advisor to Student Council, Kimberly Dynia, announces the results of elections for class representatives.  Congratulations to Leyton Dew '20, Fifth Grade Representative; Calista Nelson '19, Sixth Grade Representative; Elizabeth Stanley '18, Seventh Grade Representative; and to Faith Hattersley '17 and Sadie Hassman '17 who will share the role of Eighth Grade Representative due to a tie.

"You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late."
This dodecahedron created by middle schoolers for their music classroom expresses their sentiments on Chesapeake Academy's annual theme of kindness.

An Attitude of Gratitude!  
  • Malcolm Sanders '26 spontaneously gifted a classmate with a kind surprise to lift her spirits!  His gift lifted us all...kindness spreads.
  • Parents are spreading the word about CA, and it shows in the steady flow of applications in the Admissions Office!  Keep spreading the good word!
  • Here is a thank you for the parents who come in to help serve hot lunches and seacamp meals!  Your gift of time is so appreciated!
  • The athletics boosters create a wonderful concessions and a supportive athletic atmosphere.
  • Thanks to our volunteer Board of Trustees and committee members.  Behind the scenes, these folks spend uncounted hours ensuring that Chesapeake Academy's sustainability!
  • Thanks to Alison Marsh (parent of Ethan '25), for teaching Daily Health Observations of Children course to Extended Day Staff.  
  •  Thanks to Robin and Robert Cunningham '72  for providing wonderful music for the CAPPA picnic from their radio station, WWND, 103.9. The Cunninghams are parents of Robert '21.
  • Many thanks to Grace Jett '21 and Tayloe Emery '21 for stepping up and volunteering to be lunch helpers on hot lunch day.
"But remember, boy, that a kind act can sometimes be as powerful as a sword."
Dates to Remember
9/23 Soccer vs. ACDS, 4:00; Volleyball @ LMS 4:30 p.m.
9/26 JV Soccer vs. Ware, 3:30 p.m.; Golf @ Hobbs Hole, 4:00 p.m.; Volleyball @ ACDS, 4:00 p.m.
9/27 MS Back to School Night, 6:15 p.m. meet with advisors; class schedule begins at 6:30 p.m.; MS Water Filtration Demonstration, 10:30 a.m.
9/28 Tag Day; Soccer @ LMS, 4:30 p.m.; PALS presents Cathy Bollinger,
(age 3 through grade 2)  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
9/29 Charles Belfield Historical Presentation, grades 3-8, 1:00 p.m.
9/30 Godspeed, grades 3-5, 1:00 p.m.; Soccer vs SCW, 4:00 p.m.; Volleyball vs. LMS, 4:30 p.m.; Chick Fil A Lunch
10/3 Golf @ King Carter, 4:00 p.m.; Woodberry Forest admissions visit, 12:00 p.m.
10/4 New Parent Roundtable, 8:30 a.m.
10/5 Dress Uniform, JV Soccer vs. Ware, 3:30 p.m.; Varsity Soccer vs. Ware, 5:00 p.m.; Picture Day
10/6 through 10/7 Inward Bound, grades 5 -8
10/7 Interims Home
10/8 Walk for Water; Campus Clean-up, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
10/10 Columbus Day/No School
10/11 Soccer @ ASCD, 4:00 p.m.
10/12  PALS VA Opera, "Tales From the Brothers Grimm," age 3 - grade 2, 9:30 a.m.; Golf @ Piankatank, 4:00 p.m.; JV Volleyball vs. Ware, 4:00 p.m.; Varsity Volleyball vs. Ware, 5:00 p.m.
10/13 JV Soccer @ Ware, 4:00 p.m.
10/14 Grandparents' and Grandfriends' Day, 9:30 a.m.; noon dismissal
10/15 Oyster Roast, 5:00 p.m.
10/17 PEAC Experience @ CCS, grade 7
10/18 Soccer ISAC; Volleyball vs. ASCD, 4:00 p.m.
10/20 Soccer ISAC; CCS admission visit, 12:00 p.m.
10/24 Golf @ Hobbs Hole, 4:00 p.m.
10/25 Volleyball ISAC
10/26 Tag Day; Foxcroft Admissions Team Visits 12:00 p.m.
10/27 Belle Isle History Fair, grades 3-4; Volleyball ISAC
11/4 First Marking Period Ends

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