February 11, 2016

The Head's Heads Up. . . .

Chesapeake Academy is made up of individuals with special gifts and talents. CA faculty and students work together to build a strong community whose members have a true sense of belonging, of being part of an important team, and of being someone who is valued. 

Every child and teacher has something amazing to offer that makes a difference in our school. We respect and support their individual gifts. But we are also genuinely connected to one another. We are motivated to be kind and helpful, to appreciate our delightful differences. Trust is at the very core of our community. 

Creating a community does not happen with one lesson. Building a sense of caring about one another does not happen by reading one book or playing one game. It's a way of life and a commitment by everyone--a commitment we renew together every day.  Happy Valentine's Day!

"Out of many hearts...one community"


"Our children approach every day with an excitement that we don't remember having when we were in school.They are excited to learn something new; then in the evening, they are eager to share it with us.There's an energy at Chesapeake Academy that motivates and engages them."
Craig and Janet Smith, parents of Emma '17 and Martin '20

Got the winter doldrums and want to shake it up some? Catherine and Catherine & Co. have the cure: get ACTIVE! Make a  difference!   Hop into auction mode! Make your mark in procurement for the auction, and cement some wonderful friendships along the way. Let it rain and snow! You can help to build something fabulous while working with some fun people!  We promise!  Contact either of the Catherine Emry/Emerys. You will not regret stretching in this direction! There is fun to be had along the way!  Contact cemry@chesapeakeacademy.org to volunteer!

Catherine Emery, parent of Tayloe, '21 and Thomas, '22

Class Acts ....What's Happening on the Halls?
Brooke Angstrom digs to the bottom of her purse to give her coins to, "my school!" What a sweet and generous gift!
Koinobori by Kindergarten, First Grade and Second Grade: Carp Art Beats back Winter Greys!
Art students learned about the Japanese art of  Koinobori  which involves creating a carp windsock used to celebrate Children's Day in Japan (which by the way is in May, but that's okay with us!). Japanese families make a windsock for each family member. These are made with watercolor and marker on rice paper by (left to right): Logan Brent '24, Harper Stanley '23, and Jimmy Hodsden '23.

Braxton Galleher, Lily Reihs, and Charlie Li research the cost of appliances for their projects at Home Depot.
Design-o-Rama: Housebuilding Edition
In the cross curricular Algebra/Economics house building project, eighth grade students apply proportions, geometry, interest rates, and budgeting as they work for fourth grade clients to design a layout and build both a computer assisted design (CAD) model and a 3D model of a house that meets the client's specific needs.

Each fourth grade client plays the role of a person who lives in a different geographic location, with a job, a family, and a down payment amount. Eighth graders determine what the average salary in the client's geographic location would be; and, working with mortgage calculators and formulas, determine an amount the client can borrow based on current interest rates. Students calculate mortgage insurance if their clients don't have enough down payment, or reduce the loan amount to make the loan manageable.

Then, the students discover the average price per square foot of construction in the client's location to settle on an approximate size of a house for the budget.

In the next phase of the project, students examine and compare flooring options and appliances for the house at Home Depot and meet with Irvington architects Randall Kipp and Keith Meberg to learn more about design--as well as how to work effectively with clients. Eighth grade architects receive bonuses for thinking about sustainable design elements. This multi-stage process incorporates understanding of wants vs. needs, design principles, collaboration, and lots and lots of math!  

"All for one and one for all! Get that rebound!"
Athletic Director, Ian York
Coach's Corner
It seems like just yesterday the basketball season was getting started for our teams at Chesapeake Academy. Now with over thirty practices done and a week of open gym during exams, the boys and girls basketball teams will be competing in the second round of the ISAC tournament on Thursday, February 11 . Both of the teams really hit their stride and played their best basketball of the season heading into the tournament. The teams have been working hard, and everyone has seen their skill and confidence grow. I am really excited by how the teams have been competing--even when going up against taller athletes on opposing teams.

Come support us at Christchurch School in the ISAC tournament.  Times for games are listed below:

3:00 girls consolation, Ware vs. St. Claire Walker
4:15 boys consolation, Ware vs. Chesapeake Academy
5:30 girls championship, Chesapeake Academy vs.  Ablett
6:45 boys championship,  Aylett vs. St. Claire Walker

Looking ahead to the Spring season, we will be offering Tennis and Track and Field as after-school sports. We will also be setting up some time for our golfers to work on their game this spring at one of the local clubs. 
As the Varsity Boys' skills grow, they are finding more serendipitous moments!

Oliver and Jordan, '17 take some measurements to get a sense of the scope of the project.
Design-o-Rama: Playground Edition!
Seventh graders are meeting the challenge of designing a 20,000 square foot playground in the Irvington Commons.  With a virtual budget of $75,000, students are working with proportions, area, perimeter, square roots, and budgeting as they come up with a theme and layout for a playground that will capture the imagination of eight through fifteen year olds.  Last week, the class measured various shapes on the soccer field that would give a total of 20,000 feet so that they could visualize the space.  Students will create CAD models of their playground before designing a 3D model and presenting to a larger audience.

Seventh graders designed and presented their ideal first house or apartment, labeling rooms, furniture, and fixtures with their new Spanish vocabulary. 

Chesapeake Bank Supports Junior Achievement at CA
Junior Achievement's (JA) volunteer-delivered, eighth grade  programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy skills while using experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential. With the help of more than 218,000 volunteers such as Jeff Szyperski, John O'Shaughnessy, and Kathy Snowden from Chesapeake Bank, JA students develop the skills they need to experience the realities and opportunities of work and entrepreneurship in the 21 st  century global marketplace. 
Our Extended Day Rocks!
Mrs. Susan May and her talented team (Catherine Emery and Emilee Whay) are keeping the EC Extended Day Program fresh and fun!  Last week students had a taste of the Renaissance in Extended Day. After learning that Michelangelo had to spend hours on his back in order to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, students discovered that they had canvases on the bottoms of their chairs to try it themselves. They had such fun creating like famous artists! 

After school options for older students include homework clubs in the lower school and for grades three through eight, teachers (K-8) proctor an afternoon study hall which is available from 3:10 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  This offers students a quiet opportunity to get their homework done as well as access to the extra help which is offered by all teachers until 3:45 p.m.

International Studies Feature India with Aaron Alter from CCS
Aaron Alter from CCS and Mrs. Katie Parker collaborated to compare and contrast Indian culture past and present with fourth grade students.  Mr. Alter shared an eye-opening CCS video from Christchurch School's most recent global immersion trip to India.  From this video (that features several CA alums), Chesapeake Academy students learned about India's culture, geography, religion, and caste system. 

Activity Periods Accelerate Enthusiasm and Tickle Imaginations!
Stretching horizons and sparking interests, activity period options this marking period are bringing smiles all around!

Strength and Conditioning
Agility and conditioning work is just the ticket for winter work!  Coach York is introducing good conditioning and agility techniques to an enthusiastic band of active athletes.
Animation club has had its first meeting of the quarter, and can't wait to get started on a major project. Students were introduced to stop animation and the many forms it can take. They created simple two-frame animations, using a pencil to make their action "go" and simple flip books to explore frame-by-frame movement. Most recently, students chose their medium for their animated features, including Legos, clay, paper, and photography, and began to storyboard their project. By the end of the marking period, each student will have completed his own stop animation film!
Up-cycled Art
What to do with all of our recyclables?  Turn them into art, of course!  During activity period third through eighth graders are using art supplies and recyclable materials, such as egg cartons, plastic bottles, tissue boxes, and shoe boxes to create upcycled art.  Students are creating exciting and beautiful items to wear or hang in their bedroom. Jules LaSalle-Bryant was very proud of the dream catcher he created using straws and string. Mrs. Rogers and Mrs. Parker can't wait to see what the students create next! 

Stone Cold Cream+Thermal Energy= Fun Learning!
The Eighth Grade Science class has been learning about thermal energy and how heat is transferred.  For their culminating activity, the students had to make ice cream and determine how the ice cream was created using thermal energy vocabulary.
Vampire Diaries...or....Blood Typing in Science?
The Seventh Grade Science class  has been studying advanced genetics.  For their culminating activity, they had to discover the blood type of their "patient" in order to give them a blood transfusion.  Using Punnett Squares, the students determined which blood types their patient could receive.  
"Mockingbird, Have you Heard?"
Eighth grade students worked in teams to create identity webs for main characters Scout and Jem Finch in Harper Lee's classic,  To Kill a Mockingbird,  after reading the first eight chapters. Students included both facts (stated plainly in the text) and interpretations (reasonable statements based on textual evidence) in their web. After creating their own webs on the board, the teams switched and added to one another's creation. The process confirmed their understanding of the characters at this crucial moment before beginning Chapter 9 where Scout will ask Atticus about the upcoming trial!
Ms. Manetz's class loved the trip to the Post Office!
We want the world to know....that Chesapeake Academy is accepting applications!  Tell a friend....refer a student! Earn a $500 tuition discount--Contact Hilary Scott at 804.438.5575  hscott@chesapeakeacademy.org

"Ciao Amici!"  
The Chesapeake Academy Seacamp Spaghetti Dinner will be held in Academy Hall on  Friday, March 18  from  5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m . TAKE OUT will be available from  2:45 p.m. to 7 p.m .  Tickets will be available at CA and from our sixth and seventh grade Seacampers! 

The Magic World is all Abuzz!!
Chesapeake Academy will host world famous magician, Arthur Trace, on   Saturday, February 20 at 2:00 p.m.   This event is  FREE and open to the community for ages three and older!  

Magicians from around the region are interested in seeing this notable talent! So you never know who might be in the audience!

Highly acclaimed by his peers as "one of the most unique acts in the world of magic today," Arthur Trace is the eighth magician in the history of magic to be awarded The International Brotherhood of Magicians Gold Medal. His list of accomplishments is long. 

CAPPA will be selling popcorn and water for $2.00.

Adult chaperones are required, and pre-registration is a must, as seating is limited!
Call 804.438.5575 to reserve your space!

Student Council Squawk!
Colette Haynie, Chas Faulkner, Ben Antonio, and Lily Reihs:  The Student Council!

Student Council treated the school to a Valentine's surprise today: candy and home made cards! We hope everyone enjoyed them, and we wish you a good long weekend! 

Student Council will be hosting a Dodge Ball Night on  February 26 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for all middle school students. There will be pizza and lots of games! The cost of admission is $7 (taken at the door). 

Student Council will be taking a head count at school on  February 22 so we know how much pizza to order!
Jordan Abbott '17, Class Rep for Seventh Grade pitches in to help make Valentine's cards.
Contributing through Leadership!

CAPPA Countdown

Thank you to everyone who cut out and turned in Boxtops, together we collected over 2,000 Boxtops for the month of January! Congratulations to Kaitlin Benson's fourth grade class for winning January's contest and to Mrs.Parker's fifth grade class for winning December's! Please continue to collect and turn in the Boxtops: each little Boxtop is worth .10 for our school! And they add up quickly to a really helpful donation!

CAPPA is pleased to announce  some exciting after school offerings!  After school soccer is o pen to girls and boys in grades one through four. Soccer sessions will run February 24 through March 23 and will meet Wednesday afternoons 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $30.00 per student. Coach Mike Antonio and Coach Tripp Bugg will be leading the skills & drills.

Next, we are partnering with Romona Roznowski of Bodyfit to offer a  Healthy Girls Power Hour  on Mondays. Romona will show girls the way to better self esteem and confidence through yoga, cardio exercise, mindfulness, and good nutrition. Cost is $60.00 for the six week program starting February 22. Each girl will receive a personal "Healthy Girls" kit, including a jump rope, exercise ball, and more.

As always, if you have any questions or suggestions for CAPPA, please shoot an email to  emichelleritter@gmail.com

Important Message from the Admission Office!
2016-17 reenrollment packets are in your hands.   Enrollment contracts are due by  February 29, 2016 .  Please contact Hilary Scott with any questions at  hscott@chesapeakeacademy.org .

An Attitude of Gratitude! 
  • Admission sends a heap of gratitude to those wonderful souls who post the promotional flyers for our Discovery Days!
  • Thanks to Aline Gawlik, grandmother of Alex '24 and Andrew '19, for her delightful story times with several CA classrooms!  The children (and their teachers) love her! And they loved the treat of books and cookies!
  • Thanks to CAPPA's Rosetta Struse and Michelle Ritter for the wonderful lunch for faculty! Gourmet Love! The perfect treat for after conferences on a cold day!
  • Thanks to Extended Day teachers for their flexibility and generosity as parents and teachers conferenced
  • Thanks to Coach York for fixing the playground swings so the shortest folk can climb aboard!
  • Thanks to Mr. Abbott for keeping our walkways clear on snowy mornings.
  • Thanks to Trinity '19 and Zyaera '21 Smith for being wonderful helpers on the snow delay morning.
  • Our teachers just keep on bringing dynamic, engaging learning...weather, conferences, nothing stops them!
  • Thank you to Grover Branson comes in to help shelve books in the library. 
  • Thanks to Ted Cook for filling any need...subbing, supporting, and pitching in.
  • Thanks to Mike Antonio for the best photographs of our athletes!
  • Thanks to Ted Cook, Kelly Antonio, Julie Keesee, Beth Somers, and Chas Faulkner for doing the basketball statistics and clock throughout the season.
Dates to Remember

2/11 ISAC Basketball Tournament @ Christchurch School
2/12-2/15 President's Weekend--School Closed
2/17 Faculty Professional Development, 3:30 p.m.
2/19 Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Dahlgren, 4:00 p.m.  Boys at 5:15 p.m.
2/20 MS Girls STEM Competition, Foxcroft School
2/20 PALS, Arthur Trace, Magician, 2:00 p.m. Registration required.
2/24 Grades Five and Six to LMS to see " A Wrinkle in Time"  @ 9:00 a.m.
2/24 Tag Day
2/24 Grades Seven and Eight to LMS to see  "Antigone"  @ 1:00 p.m.
2/26 Interims go home, Seacamp Chick-Fil-A Lunch
2/26 Dodgeball Tournament  6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
2/29 Enrollment contracts due
3/2 Dress Uniform
3/5 National History Fair Competition
3/9 CAPPA Meeting, 8:30 a.m. 3/18 Seacamp Spaghetti Supper 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., takeout available at  2:30
3/16 Middle School Richmond Symphony
3/18 Lower School Richmond Symphony

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