February 28, 2015 
The Head's Heads Up

Chesapeake Academy was finally open last Friday, and welcoming the faculty and students back to school brought me great joy. It was one of the coldest carpool mornings I can remember, but the simple pleasure of sharing a "hello" and a smile with the kids as they arrived warmed my heart and reminded me of how much there is to treasure about this wonderful school. The seventh and eighth graders returned from Seacamp on Sunday, tired and ready for long afternoon naps. But as students and parents reunited after this transformational adventure, I was once again reminded of the joy that surrounds the students at CA in their learning, their relationships, and in our community.

 

"Joy," is defined by Merriam Webster as the emotion or feeling of well-being, good fortune and delight. It is a word that is not often used in school missions or statements of philosophy. However, the singular thing that sets children apart from adults is their enormous capacity for joy. Think of a 3-year-old lost in the pleasures of finding out what can and cannot sink in the bathtub, a 5-year-old exuberant with the thrill of putting together letters and sounds to read a first word, or a 10-year-old completely immersed in catching and cataloguing insects. A child's ability to become deeply absorbed in something, and derive intense pleasure from that absorption, is something many adults spend their lives trying to regain.  Joy should be an intrinsic part of education!

 

Joy can be seen at work in our school community daily.  I find joy every day at Chesapeake Academy, wandering the school's halls and admiring the displayed assignments, seeing "light bulb" moments in students' faces, hearing students' delighted laughter as they successfully solve difficult problems, watching younger students reading with older students, and witnessing the interactions of students and faculty as they discover and learn together.

 

Chesapeake Academy is a place of joy. And I am deeply grateful to be part of this wonderful school.

 

Sincerely,


Nautical Night!

Calling all volunteers!  Time is of the essence in procurement for the auction, and there is fun to be had! Drop in to see Catherine Emry (or email cemry@chesapeakeacademy.org) and find out what you can do to bring in the donations for this year's auction! Thanks to those who have already begun collecting, describing, and delivering donations!  


Snapshots from the school day...
Seacampers Return Full of Stories and New Understandings...

Dissecting squid gives students an opportunity to carefully find and identify internal organs and structures. Using the ink pouch to draw squid ink tattoos on each other was just a bonus. Walker Antonio comments, "As I cut into the squid and poked around its fluids and organs, I discovered that I was definitely not going to become a surgeon."  These ladies, however, may just have drawn a different conclusion!
At the Key West Aquarium, students were able to feed sharks and touch a wide variety of animals like conch, sea cucumbers, and horseshoe crabs.  "We were touching sting rays!  They had their barbs removed, so they were totally safe to touch," remarked Lily Reihs.
After finishing the swim and snorkel test, students dove in to swim with sharks.  They observed bonnet head sharks and nurse sharks.  Shark Week experts, here we come!
Russell Parker engages in a stare-down with a native species.  "I got in a staring contest with a fish and did not blink for like eight minutes!"  The Key West Aquarium only houses aquatic creatures that can be found in the Keys.
Fish dissection labs offer hands-on opportunities to consider the purposes for body structures in the environment. Joseph Gardner, Chas Faulkner, and Boyd Bragg look like they know what they are doing.
Sophie Scott is bringing the Casseopeia in for a lab on the effect of environmental stressors on marine animals. Note Mears' expression:  Looks like the Casseopeia may be a stressor on some human organisms!
Art Abounds!
Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade art students are engaged in exploring line and pattern in a collaboration mural project combining oil pastels and paints. Love 
the focus, cooperation, and attention in this process!
The finished product is wonderful!
Davis applies pastels in geometric shapes to coordinate with his classmates' contributions.
Valerie, Quentin, Jimmy, and Brooks work on the Kindergarten collaboration mural layering lines and  patterns in sections with careful focus.
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Kindergarteners Learn to Love Writing!
The writing process begins as soon as a child can hold a crayon and develops as they begin to use drawings to convey meaning.  Adding labels to explain their work marks the onset of what most people think of as written language although it may not look like words for some time.  In Kindergarten, students begin by labeling their drawings and move on to recording short sentences using sight words and invented spellings.  Discovering the power of writing helps to fuel enthusiasm for reading! Kindergarten student, Sadey Mazza, is pictured here hard at work writing a fictitious story about her creatively designed character, Kenzie, (possibly named after a favorite teacher). In this writing center prompt,  each kindergartener was tasked with designing a character and creating an interesting story about their character.  
Literature Circles put Students In Charge of their Own Inquiry....
Sixth grade literature circles are exploring Natalie Babbitt's children's fantasy novel, Tuck Everlasting, published in 1975. Students explain how the roles they play in literature circles enhance their experience with the novel.  Assigned roles such as Discussion Director, Word Wizard, Figurative Language Finder, Character Sketcher, and Passage Picker rotate weekly and help deepen comprehension.  The Discussion Director (Elizabeth Stanley and Elizabeth Gardner) serves as group leader and creates questions to promote discussion among group members. The Word Wizard (Ben Smith and Larkin Denton) teaches group members words that are unfamiliar.  The Character Sketcher (Mani Webster and Adair Stanley) sketches and analyzes the characters. A Passage Picker (Rebecca Meberg and Jack Porter) picks two passages that are particularly important for the group to share and discuss. The Figurative Language Finder finds a variety of examples of figurative language. All class members cooperate in filling this role. 

Bookmark your child's class blog to stay in the know....

In the ongoing quest to keep parents well-connected to the school program, the latest tool in use in grades Kindergarten through fourth is the Class Blog! Look for weekly photos and short descriptions of class activities, announcements, and reminders in this interactive platform!  While you are at it, make sure you and your family members "Like" CA on CA Facebook and visit the school's alumni page to see how far our Osprey's fly! CA Alumni Facebook Page


Video Self-Editing Creates Self-Awareness! 
Joshua Abbot is pictured here using an iPad to record himself reading something he had written.  After listening to what he had written (and read in the video) he went back to his written piece and made some edits.  Using technology to help younger students "hear" what their writing sounds like and help them clarify their ideas is another great way to use technology! 

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Third Graders Research Individual Topics for History Projects for the Historic Christ Church HIstory Fair
Past is prologue!  The fun has begun in third grade!  Students began researching topics of interest to them that are related to Virginia history in the time period 1607-1789 using a wide variety of source materials.  Research for the project is being done at school, but once research is complete, students will build their exhibits at home and turn in finished projects before Spring Break.  It is fun to see such enthusiasm!
No Winter doldrums in Early Childhood!  Miss Olivia Jackson, Extended Day Program Leader, treated the extended day crew to some sledding, hot chocolate, and cookies before naps!

Brand New Activity Periods Begin
New Activity Periods for this marking period have begun!  Activity Periods are designed to help students explore interests and make connections with a broad range of age groups and activities, and they allow teachers a chance to share their own hobbies and passions. Offerings for this term include knot tying, tiny teachers, zentangle (drawing process that includes incorporating mistakes into the overall product), gym games, reading, yearbook, photography, and robotics (this group will continue until the end of the year building submersibles). Ryleigh Hornsmith and Andrew Horton are participating in knot tying.

Sam Antonio and Brennan Williams investigate seeds in different plants and consider the purpose of seeds in growing new plants.
"Hey, there aren't seeds in this cutie!"  exclaims Timothy Kirby. First graders looked for seeds in various fruits and vegetables.  They identified the origins of many seed types and then planted them in special planters they created from recyclable materials.
Financial Assistance Forms Due
This is a reminder to financial assistance applicants that required paperwork must be submitted by Monday, March 2, 2015.  You may find all financial assistance information under the admission tab on the CA website. 


An Attitude of Gratitude!
  • Thanks to Debbie Cook, that intrepid soul who gets up at o'dark early in iffy weather to cruise the streets to decide if school should open! While we all have an opinion, few of us would want the responsibility!   Thanks also to Mike Antonio for posting our delays and closing so quickly on the website! And thanks to Richard Abbott, Grover Branson, Ted Cook and Esther Glover for shoveling the walks so they would be clear when we returned!
  • Comfort food warms the heart on a cold day!  Many thanks to Ms. Mary Lloyd Lay for sharing her cake this month (She bought  the Cake of the Month donated by Martha Rogers at the auction last year).  Ms. Rogers is a wonderful baker! Many thanks.
  • Looks like Ted Cook has been at it again creeping into the belfry to keep the Osprey shining bright in the chilly nights.  We love hearing from Irvington neighbors how much they love our bird.
  • He is everywhere....filling a wide variety of needs!  Many thanks again to Grover Branson who cleaned the campus before the snowfall and drove the bus to take the first grade to Wakefield.
  • Hat's off to Kim Dynia and Paul McAllister for sheparding the seventh and eighth graders on their field study in the Florida Keys.
  • Good luck to the Chesapeake Academy team of faculty spellers who will bring camaraderie and a sense of humor to the Lancaster Community Library Spelling Bee Fundraiser!  Come on out and support your team with mulligans (ten dollar bills) to raise money for the new community library on Sunday, March 2 at 2:00 in the new library building! A strong community needs a great library! 
  • Kindergarten has been experiencing some difficulties in containing their class pet.  Many thanks go out to Mr. Bromley for finding Fuzzball AGAIN and gently returning him to his cage.  Accommodation upgrades are underway, so when the little Houdini is rescued again, we hope he will stay a while. 
  • General acclaim and enthusiastic gratitude goes out to the staff of Wakefield for the outstanding educational experience they crafted for Ms. Vanderpool's first grade class.  History truly came alive!   
  • Ms. Jane Unangst has started as a new volunteer in first grade. Working with the ever creative Ms. Vanderpool, Ms. Unangst will be very much appreciated!
  • Lewis Tompkins and Ryleigh Hornsmith were fabulous helpers in LS lunch. These two fourth graders volunteered to get lunches warm and ready to serve for little people while the adults were sorting and serving the pre-ordered lunches.
  • Some secret soul believes in Random Acts of Kindness and left cinnamon rolls in the faculty lounge!  Passing it on!

 

CAPPA Update
Are you looking to be involved with Chesapeake Academy and your children? CAPPA is a perfect place to become involved throughout the year with small to large ways to make a difference. There really is something for everyone from finite volunteer roles to leadership positions in CAPPA. Executive positions will be opening soon.  If you are interested in being more involved, please contact Katie Dew horsleyre@yahoo.com or 804.436.6256 anytime.  

Due to some inclement weather, the beginning of CAPPA's indoor soccer offering was delayed until February 25.  The missed date (February 18) will be made up.

Would your child enjoy Line Dancing? CAPPA is gauging interest for a four-week line dancing offering after school on Friday afternoons from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m for first through sixth grades. The cost would be $25.  Please email Katie Dew at horsleyre@yahoo.com if you are interested.  

The next CAPPA Meeting will be held on March 11 at CA.

Middle School may need some parental encouragement to raise their level of participation in collecting Box Tops to a competitive range.  Box Tops are an easy way to contribute to your school, and winning a class pizza or donut treat is fun.  So everyone can pitch in.  

Your Amazon purchases make CA SMILE!  Visit smile.amazon.com and sign-up for Chesapeake Academy Irvington, VA--and 0.05% of qualified purchases will go back to CAPPA to support your school!
Don't forget to Smile!

Full STEAM Ahead! CA Faculty Rocks at VA Children's Engineering Conference!

Kindergarten teacher Kenzie Manetz and third grade teacher Kelly Antonio presented on CA's signature Lower School STEAM project, "Structures in September" at the Virginia Children's Engineering Conference! 

 

In this year's design challenge, multi-age groups of students in first through fourth grades created scale models of an ergonomically correct chair out of recycled materials. Based on A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams, the integrated unit required students to explore measurement, proportion, geometry, and engineering. For more information on the conference and STEAM projects, visit the link. 

Virginia Children's Engineering Journal
 


Exciting Summer Camp Offerings
The Chesapeake Academy Summer Camp line-up has something for everyone. Coach Griffin, Director of Summer Programs, comments, "From arts to sciences, to drama and sports with plenty of vigorous outdoor adventure thrown in....the only thing missing from this summer's camps is offerings for adults! And we will be offering extended care for families who need care until 5:30!"  Slots fill quickly!  


Dates to Remember
3/2 Financial Assistance Forms Deadline
3/4 Winter Athletics Award Assembly, 10:00 a.m.
3/7 Seventh Grade History Fair Regional Competition
3/11 CAPPA meeting, sixth grade presentations to LCL Board, 5 p.m. 
3/18 PALS, "Tortoise and the Hare," Seacamp Presentations, 5:30 p.m.
3/24 Mini-economies Field Trip for third and fourth grades


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