October 13, 2017
Your Dollar Did This!
Learning firsthand about ecosystems and interdependencies is so much more fun when you can get your fingers in it! Better yet--your toes! An outdoor classroom overhanging Carter's creek offers an observation deck, flexible learning space, and all the equipment to discover the miracles that abound in a tidal wetland. 

The enthusiasm of the Chesapeake Academy community is a compelling factor in the grant applications that funded this integral Chesapeake Academy learning space. One hundred percent participation in the Bell Tower Fund sings out the confidence the CA community has in our small school with a huge classroom!  You rock!

Class Acts ....What's Happening on the Halls?
Hip, Hip, Hooray!  It's Grandparents' and Grandfriends' Day!  
This Chesapeake Academy tradition brought together the people we love with the things we love to do! Grandparents or grandfriends gathered for registration and refreshments and to hear a thing or two about the school from Head of School Julie Keesee before they headed out for classroom visits. Grandparents visited learning centers, played partner games, wondered if they were smarter than a fifth grader, enjoyed a Magellan Kahoot, and got a taste of learning at Chesapeake Academy!  And then, like icing on a cake, the whole school assembly brought a smile to every face! Everyone wins when grandparents and grandfriends take the time to appreciate and enjoy childrens lives!  Goodness!
Editor Anne Mattheisen is learning things she never knew about dinosaurs!  Colten is an expert sharing his passion!
Once Upon a Time,  
Pre-Kindergarten 3&4 authors are learning all sorts of things about the code of written language as they begin their own books!  Thanks to a stable of fun-loving editors who capture these capricious tales, each child is crafting a one-of-a-kind treasure that is all about their interests and passions--sometimes several at once! The text is tailored to highlight what each author is learning--but the content is 100 percent theirs!  A steady and lengthy process, these tomes will eventually be presented to families and friends in a recorded reader's theatre followed by lunch on the town! This gift of time and talent pays steep dividends in the joy of books and reading!  Old Grey Mare editors are the coolest folks we know!

Bookfair organizer, Rosetta Struse
This is the Bookfair, Partner! Come On In and Check it Out!
The fall Book Fair is set up in the James Library from October 10 until October 19. You can come in and shop  8:15 til 9:00 a.m. in the mornings and between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. You can also come in and just look around when school is open.  Kids love sharing books with their friends and family!   Please come by and take a look around! If you have any questions, you can email Rosetta Struse,   Email Rosetta Struse.   

Annabel, Lucas, and Henry Clair join Emory Simmons with the sky blue Little Free Library they decorated in Extended Day.
St. Andrew's Presbyterian's Little Free Library Gets a Nod of Approval from Extended Day!
The St. Andrews Presbyterian Church Community Literacy Project has a freshly painted Little Free Library thanks to CA! Mrs.  Sonja Smith and CA art students painted this beautiful Little Free Library which will soon be installed in the community. This library is one of 15 sponsored by St. Andrews Presbyterian in its effort to make books available across our community. Little Free Libraries in Northumberland and Lancaster can be located on the Little Free Library World Map, Little Free Library Map . This is the second library CA has painted for the community.

Susan May, Extended Day Program Leader, chairs the St. Andrews literacy project. Gently used books for adults and children are always needed. You can drop them off in the Wiley Building for Mrs. May to donate to this program. Share the love of reading!

Alex Higgins seems intent on capturing every detail!
Is it Alive? Or Is it Non-living?
The best place to find out is outdoors! By  observing, drawing, and writing about the living/non-living things around them, first graders are learning to distinguish, classify, and describe living and non living things. They are also practicing their phonics skills to label the details of their illustrations as they polish their powers of observation. 

Halleluia, It's a Harpist!
Sponsored by the Rappahannock Concert Association, Chesapeake Academy's Lower School students and faculty enjoyed a rare performance of harp music by celebrated artist Colleen Potter Thorburn.  Thorburn's playing has been acclaimed as engrossing, full of spirit, and sensitivity.  She earned her national recognition as a winner of the American Harp Society's Anne Adams competition. Currently performing as Principal Harp with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra in New London, Connecticut, Thorburn is also a dedicated chamber musician who is devoted to new music involving the harp. Her horn and harp duo,  Apple Orange Pair, focuses on reviving, transcribing, performing, and commissioning new repertoire for French horn and harp.  This duo's first album " Seeds" was released in 2013. Thorburn is on the music faculties of Virginia Commonwealth University and Liberty University; and in the summer, she teaches as founding harp faculty at Coda Mountain Academy in Fayetteville, West Virginia.


Wondering how the Apple Pies Turned Out?
Lower School's weekly Math is All Around Us period featured a  Project Based Learning (PBL) project that was collaborative in nature and focused on applying math skills in practical and engaging ways for students in grades one through four!  Multi-grade and single gender groups attacked the mathematics and teamwork involved in baking an apple pie.  Not all the pies achieved State Fair status, but all of the bakers practiced mathematics, teamwork, and evaluating their process and product. 


Fourth graders have begun to explore the Chesapeake Bay and its waters. Special guest, Mrs. Robin Blake, Middle School Science, joined us on the nature trail to test the water for salinity, PH, nitrates, and other things that affect our waters.  



Analytical Thinking....We Got This!
Growing more resourceful and independent as they learn, sixth graders are reviewing metric measurement and scientific method as they explore mass.  Designing their own experiment, using observations, and following the six steps of the scientific method gave these thinkers plenty of practice! 

Olympus Revisited!
Sixth grade literature is tackling various mythologies to see how our stories both form and showcase worldview. Through a combination of storytelling, acting, and reading, students are exploring a variety of myths, beginning with the Greco-Roman tradition. As part of their study, each student chose a god or goddess, researched him/her, developed a monologue, and then delivered it for their peers on Mt. Olympus (Room 102). Next up is chilly Norse mythology! Check out these pretty awesome dieties!

If your student has a sibling you wish to have considered for the 2018-19 school year, please be mindful of these application deadlines.

What in the World is Inward Bound?
Designed for students to get to know themselves better and to bond as advisory groups,  grade levels, and a larger Middle School group,  Inward Bound is an overnight experience for Middle School students and faculty members. Students participate fully in group problem solving activities, games, contests, and reflections. The character theme this year is EMPATHY, and many of our activities focused on developing this theme.  Check out the Vimeo below to see middle schoolers building school culture through  teamwork challenges, cooperative projects, leadership opportunities, and loads of creativity.  This is how its done.

Inward Bound Awesomeness!


Did you know...The culture of independent schools is unique. Bound by one mission and philosophy, the parents, community, students, Board, and faculty recognize that we depend on one another to maintain this educational experience and consistently make choices to support Chesapeake Academy. We are all in this together!
 
Why Chesapeake? Because learning comes Alive!
Middle School students reflected on moments when their learning seemed to take flight!
  • "I learned to use fraction bars:  Accomplishment! Awesome! Smart! Good at Math!"
  • "I felt like I was just learning and learning!  My brain was just sucking up information. I was studying DNA and RNA."
  • "I was in science working on the metric system on the triple beam balance scale:  I was frustrated at first...then, tingling...happy!"
  • "I was successful and it felt good!  I was in Literature and we were learning the Greek Gods!"
  • "Felt like I could do anything!  Exhilerated, happy, relieved!  Like a boss!"
  • "When we were first learning integers, I did not understand.  Finally I got it!  And it was easy!  A light bulb went off in my head!"
  • "Reading the Lord of the Flies, Mrs. Smith constantly blew our minds by going back a few pages and pointing out the foreshadowing!  As a result, Lit class has been an emotional roller coaster!"
  • "So relieved! I realized a method for figuring elapsed time:  Excited, proud, glad!"
  • "Foreign languages!  Joyful! Excited! I know it all!"
  • "At VCU's Mini-Economies Fair, I found companionship and teamwork made me feel so successful!"



Student Council Sets the Bar High!
Student Council wants to thank everyone who participated in the first Middle School event of the year, the M idnight  Masquerade dance at inward Bound. The costumes were great! Congratulations to Mrs. Parker's advisory for winning the costume contest.

Student Council is sponsoring a Walk for Water to support Water Missions International between noon and 1:00 p.m. on October 18. You can help by donating to support water purifiers in communities with little access to clean water.  Video conferencing with Egette Indele, a young Tanzanian, brought the complications of life without ready access to clean water to vivid life.  Chesapeake Academy Middle Schoolers are hoping to make a difference. 
What is Discovery Day at Chesapeake Academy?
Discovery Day is a fun and creative hands-on experience for community children on Saturday mornings. These events are offered as a means to bring together early childhood and elementary school families in our community with enriching, age-appropriate art, science, math, movement, and music activities centered on popular children's literature. Chesapeake's first Discovery Day, on Saturday, November 11, will feature teacher-guided activities centered around the book, If I Build a House, by Chris Van Dusen

Discovery Days are sponsored by the Early Childhood and Lower School teachers at Chesapeake Academy and the Wiley Foundation and are open and free to all children ages three through six in our community. While these events are not for current Chesapeake Academy students, we encourage our families to share this opportunity with families with young children. 

If you know of a family that may have interest in attending our first Discovery Day (HINT: you could submit a referral form to earn a $1000 tuition credit!), please have them contact Hilary Scott at 804.438.5575 or hscott@chesapeakeacademy.org to reserve a spot!  

We hold these truths to be self-evident....
In their study of the ideas that shaped the Founders' thinking about government, the eighth graders completed a comparative study of Thomas Jefferson's original draft and the final version of the Declaration of Independence. Analyzing the changes helps students better understand the compromises and wordsmithing needed for such a foundational document. 
Fruit Fly Follow-up
As a real-world Spanish lesson, fifth grade Spanish tackled a September/October problem: fruit flies. Each student  made a trampa de moscas de fruta (fruit fly trap) with un vaso de plástico (plastic glass), una bandita elastica (rubber band), una bolsa de plåstico (plastic bag), y un trozo de fruit (a piece of fruit).  We labeled all the parts of the trampa in Spanish, poked holes in the trampa, and each student chose a classroom into which they put their trampa.

After six days we collected the trampas, and the students counted the flies they had caught in Spanish. The students then wrote reports in Spanish in their composition diarios telling where their trampa had been placed, how many flies had been caught after 6 days, how many flies were alive and how many were dead. A record of 46 flies were caught in Mrs. Blake's classroom; zero flies were captured in Ms. Benson's classroom. Most of the students caught between 16 and 26 flies.

This cross-curricular activity gave students a real-world lesson in Spanish and better yet, succeeded in ridding the school of fruit flies! Well, until one student accidentally enlarged one of the holes in his trap and released his flies into the Spanish classroom. Oh well.

An interesting note about student responsiveness to the lessons in empathy: Virtually all of the students requested permission to step outside and release their fruit flies unharmed!

Thinking about Secondary Schools Already?
Many independent secondary schools require the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) as part of their admission package. Chesapeake Academy is offering this test on campus on November 11. The registration deadline for the regular fee for the SSAT is  October 21. Late registration and rush registration (significant additional fees) end on  November 8.  

Chesapeake Academy is only offering the test on November 11.  However, students may register to take the test at other sites on other dates.  Receiving high schools are usually amenable to scheduling a flex day if the student is an applicant to the school (application completed). Receiving high schools may have fee waivers that they are able to use for promising applicants with demonstrated financial need.  We do not have access to fee waivers.
 
If your child has current (last 3 years) academic testing indicating that he or she needs extended time, the use of a calculator, or other accommodations which we are authorized to provide through SSAT, please mark that on the test registration.  SSAT will ask Chesapeake Academy to confirm the need for accommodations.


The Head's Heads Up
By choosing CA, parents share these common beliefs
  1. You believe school should be a place with enriching, dynamic, engaging experiences in and out of the classroom.
  2. You believe school should be a place where creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking are a part of every day, whether in Pre-K 3&4 or eigh th  grade.
  3. You want your child to grow in a safe environment where each child feels a sense of belonging because he or she is known by every other student and adult in school.
  4. You believe that your child should have the freedom to pursue his or her own passions, build independence, and develop ownership over his or her learning. 
  5. You know learning and personal growth are not smooth processes and you want your child to have compassionate and effective coaching, mentoring, and teaching when he or she hits rough patches along the way.
  6. You believe that character values such as kindness, respect, responsibility, and integrity are critical to your child's growth.
  7. You want your child to have opportunities in world languages, art, music, drama, athletics, and technology because you know student strengths and interests are integrated and reinforced across disciplines. 
  8. You prioritize your child's education because you know it is the cornerstone of both their current wellbeing and the foundation of future opportunities. 
  9. You trust that our dynamic, flexible faculty will know your child well and meet the individual academic, social, and personal growth needs of your child.
  10. You want to be part of a strong, connected community where you and your child are important, known, needed, and valued.
"In a world of change, the learners shall inherit the earth, while the learned shall find themselves perfectly suited for a world that no longer exists." 
Eric Hoffer

Athletic Director, Ian H. York
Coach's Corner
The Fall athletics season is coming to a close over the next couple of weeks. It has been a growing season for all of the Osprey teams.  

The Osprey Golf Team will be busy with final matches October 16 at  the Piankatank course; a match October 18 at Hobbs Hole; and a match on October 26 at the Piankatank course. 

The Varsity Soccer Team will compete in the Independent School Athletics Conference (ISAC) soccer tournament on October 17 at Aylett Country Day School and on October 19 at Christchurch School.  Times to be announced. 

The championship game of the Volleyball ISAC tournament will be held October 26 at Christchurch School. 


"Do not judge me by my successess, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again."  Nelson Mandela

Hilary Scott Hosts New Parents
The admissions process is designed to assist students and their families as they find their place in the Chesapeake Academy community.  Each step should support, inform, and connect families to the school in meaningful ways.  On Tuesday, October 2, several new parents joined Julie Keesee, Jamie Hall, and Hilary Scott for a roundtable discussion of the admission process and transition into the CA community. This gathering allows for Chesapeake Academy to collect feedback so that we may continually improve the fit and feel of the transition into Chesapeake Academy. This year's roundtable bustled with stories of happy students and connected parents.  

"I don't divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures. . .I divide the world into the learners and the non-learners." Benjamin Barber


CAPPA Countdown!
The first Final  Friday  for Box Tops is  Friday, October 27 . Please send in collected Box Tops for a chance to win a class treat! Remember, each box top is worth $.10 back to Chesapeake Academy.

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than by the ones you did. So... sail away from the safe harbor. Explore. Dream. Discover."
Mark Twain

Indele Explains the Importance of Clean Water in Tanzania
With the convenience of video conferencing, Chesapeake Academy students got a personal view of the issues involved in living in a community with little access to clean water.  Egette Indele, a very impressive Tanzanian woman, currently attending college in the United States, described how her family's time was used transporting this vital resource.  Students asked great questions and came to a deeper understanding of this world problem.
THE Attitude is Gratitude
  • Old Grey Mare Publishing editors give the gift of authorship to wee people.  Thanks to Wendy Charlton and Anne Mattheisen...so far!
  • A big thank you to Jay and Diana Wolfson and Northern Neck Burger for helping with the birthday gift cards for the faculty.  These are a very popular gift!
  • Thanks to all the good folks who prepared tasty treats for Grandparents' and Grandfriends' Day!
  • Thanks to Rosetta Struse for bringing us the Fall Book Fair.
  • Thanks to the steady stream of generous souls who have been helping out with the Oyster Roast.  Catherine Emry isn't the only one who sends out the gratitude for these selfless folks!
  • Alice Bryant would like to extend her thanks to all the folks who have supported her family while she was recovering.  The kindness makes all the difference!

If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning. That way, their children don't have to be slaves of praise. They will have a lifelong way to build and repair their own confidence. 
Carol Dweck

Don't Miss the Dates!
10/14 Community Oyster Roast
10/16 Chesapeake Bay Foundation Field Trip for eighth grade
10/17 Chesapeake Bay Foundation Field Trip for fourth grade
10/17 ISAC Soccer Tournament, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, fourth grade
10/18 PALS Virginia Opera, "Trish and the Fish," Golf at Hobbs Hole 3:30 p.m.
10/18 CA Walk for Water 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
10/19 ISAC Soccer Tournament, times TBA, Bookfair Ends
10/22 VAIS Visiting Team Arrives
10/24 VAIS Visiting Team Departs, Half day
10/26 Volleyball ISAC Tournament, Golf at Piankatank Golf Course
10/27 Human Settlement Patterns Field Study in Blue Ridge, sixth grade 
10/31 Halloween (kindergarten through fourth grade parties at 2:15 p.m.)
11/1 Picture Retakes, Fall Athletics Awards, 10:05 a.m.
11/2 Oyster Festival Education Day (third, fourth, and fifth grades)
11/3 First Marking Period Ends, Student Council Event TBD

"Advice to my younger self:
1 Start where you are with what you have
2 Try not to hurt other people
3 Take more chances
4 If you fail, keep trying" 


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