March 6, 2020
Chesapeake Academy's mission: to inspire each student to approach learning with 
curiosity and creativity, 
pursue excellence in all endeavors, 
and act with integrity--
so each can make our community and world a better place. 
The Head's Heads Up!

The Osprey Nation is strong–we are all together in this, even though we are apart!

As a community, we want to stay connected without inundating you with directions as you're navigating your jobs, your children, and trying to keep some semblance of normal in a topsy turvy time.  The third marking period has just ended, so report cards will go out next Friday, March 27, as scheduled.

CA teachers are sending ideas of how to engage your children in active learning, solidify skills, and extend exploration. Teachers are emailing middle school students to just check in, as well as give a sense of routine and accountability so that upon return, students are ready to keep moving. I can't sing their praises enough -- in a time of uncertainty, fast moving news, and quick decisions, they have maintained their humor, commitment to our students, and flexibility. We have a rock star staff! I know they miss our CA students as much as I do. CA is pretty quiet without the joy, energy, and spirit of our wonderful kids.

I sent guidelines for planning “school time” in my last email so that you could have an idea of structure if that works for your family. The materials and resources are suggestions and not intended to be a curricular replacement. Please take advantage of these opportunities  as they suit your needs . The CA Facebook page is a great place to find fun and interesting links to activities for kids. We will start sharing our own videos from school on occasion, too! 

We understand that each family's circumstances are different and this is unchartered territory for all of us. I'd rather over-communicate than leave you guessing, but rest assured that a  pause in regular life, a chance to be outside in spring time weather, to find peace and comfort, are absolutely necessary as well

We are getting to be expert at hosting video conferences and will have a faculty meeting (remotely) on Monday to coordinate and discuss what might be next. As I mentioned previously, it is our goal to try and replace some lost instructional time by adding hours to days or days to the school if that makes sense for our community, but it is too early to make that call.

For now, we have rescheduled the Sequins and Spurs auction for June 26 and cancelled all school events in April. Activities further out are still under consideration as we work with public health officials and local public schools and as a timeline for a return to normal operations becomes clearer.

In the meantime, please stay connected, let us know how we can support you, and be safe until we're together again.
Class Acts...
What WAS Happening on the Halls?

The Sequins and Spurs Auction has been postponed until June 26! Stay tuned for more information!

A 100 X 100 Raffle is a new addition this year, and the winner gets to choose any of the live auction items, including any of the vacation packages and amazing experiences up for bid. Only 100 raffle tickets will be sold at $100 each, and the winner need not be present to win. Want to travel to Cancun, Iceland, Costa Rica or maybe you want to see Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden or attend the CMA Awards? The final list of LIVE items will be posted soon so stay tuned--and remember, only 100 tickets will be sold!!!
Hot Off the Presses!

Chesapeake Academy was featured in the Virginia Living  State of Education , a special section in  Virginia Living ’s April 2020 issue that celebrates excellence and innovation in Virginia’s schools. Featuring in-depth and positive coverage of news and trends in education,  Virginia Living  State of Education includes Top Schools & Colleges 2020, a list of more than 160 programs in schools across the state leading the way in innovation.

Virginia Living ’s Top Schools & Colleges 2020 recognizes four-year colleges, private high schools, private K-12 schools, private K-8 schools, public high schools, and special needs schools.

The magazine’s editors carefully and thoroughly reviewed each school’s programs and accomplishments, selecting schools that have instituted programs or recently begun capital improvements aimed at strengthening students’ experience in the classroom, in the field, and in their communities. 

Virginia Living ’s Top Schools & Colleges 2020 is  the  resource for anyone interested in knowing why Virginia’s schools are consistently ranked among the country’s best. Chesapeake Academy is honored to be chosen among the best of the best!

Virginia Living ’s April 2020 issue hit newsstands March 13.
Old Grey Mare Publishing Company
The Old Grey Mare Publishing Company celebrates young authors in Pre-K 3&4 by capturing stories from young authors and using their words and passions to teach language concepts that build literacy. Staffed by volunteers and faculty, editors work with authors to add to their reading toolboxes while building an exciting story for them to share with classmates and families in a readers' theatre performance. Stories range from adventure stories featuring dangerous snakes to gentle tales about the merits of the triangle.
Spread the Word...Application Fees Waived in April!

"While spaces are limited, and some classes are full, it is not too late to submit an application," advises Chesapeake Academy Admission Director Hilary Scott. Chesapeake Academy accepts rolling admissions which are applications submitted after March 1, 2020, considering those applications as space permits. "Careful planning is given to creating effective learning communities, and we focus on keeping the teacher to student ratio optimal," Scott continues. "And we are happy to announce that application fees are waived for the month of April!"

"Chesapeake Academy seeks to enroll students who are committed to learning, who demonstrate strong character and are well-rounded with varied interests and talents, and who are excited about becoming part of a close-knit community. We look for students who are interested in developing themselves to the fullest through academic challenge, athletic competition, and artistic exploration," explains Scott. 

Families wishing to seek financial assistance consideration are encouraged to apply as early as possible to access a greater availability of funds. Need-based financial assistance is offered as a grant by Chesapeake Academy used to offset tuition that doesn't have to be paid back. Financial assistance is given to families who demonstrate financial need, which is defined by the difference between a family's resources and a child's educational expenses. A standardized and very confidential approach is used to determine this need and grants are awarded on an annual basis. Thanks to generous donations from community supporters, the school's annual budget accommodates a designated amount of financial assistance. 
PALS Presents Sheila Arnold

On Wednesday, March 11, Chesapeake Academy's Performing Arts and Lecture Series (PALS) presented Sheila Arnold's "Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?" Master Storyteller Sheila Arnold joined PALS with a focus on sharing stories, books, songs and rhymes. Sheila Arnold has performed in a myriad of ways since she was eight years old! A member of the Virginia Storytelling Alliance, Arnold has been a featured storyteller at several Storytelling Festivals, including the National Storytelling Festival (Jonesborough, TN); Hearts Afire Storytelling Weekend (Richmond, VA); Stories: From Sea to Shore Storytelling Weekend (Norfolk, VA); twice at Culpeper Tells (Culpeper, VA); and twice at Colonial Williamsburg Storytelling Festival (Williamsburg, VA); and more! 

PALS programming is funded by the Wiley Foundation with support from the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Card Sharks Grow Math Skills!

Chesapeake Academy second and third graders have gone to war! Fraction war and multiplication war card games hone skills and develop automaticity in math skills! Games make fun practice!
Second Grade Brain Buckets

In the second grade, students participate in an activity called Brain Buckets. Students spend their time developing research skills while they seach for answers to questions on a topic of their choice. Then they get to choose how to best present on their topic. These girls have chosen to create stuffed animals. Sophia is researching giraffes. Veronica is researching buffalo. They made their sketches, created a stencil, practiced using propper hand sewing techniques, and even tried their hand at doing invisible stitching. They have completed the basic shapes of their creations; the next step will be to add the details!
Timely Economic Lessons

Chesapeake Academy parent and Financial Advisor Brian Manetz visited Chesapeake Academy's fifth grade class recently to share his knowledge of investing, the stock market, and personal finance with fifth grade. Having an expert in the classroom helped students deepen their understanding of why the market fluctuates, how global economic systems are connected, what investors look for in companies, and how individuals can build wealth.
Run NNK Earth Day 5K and School Challenge

It’s time to lace up those running shoes and begin preparing for the Annual Run NNK Earth Day 5K & School Challenge on April 18!

The Challenge encourages local schools to compete for cash prizes by fielding the largest numbers of registrations (students, teachers, parents, and friends) in the Earth Day 5K Race. 

The race starts at 8:00 a.m. in front of the Northumberland Historical Society. Prizes will be awarded to the local high school/middle school/elementary (combined) with the most registrations. Public and Private schools in Northumberland, Lancaster, Westmoreland, Richmond, and Essex Counties are eligible for the prizes.

The 2019 winners were Chesapeake Academy and Northumberland public schools.

The first 100 registered runners/walkers will be guaranteed a specially designed T shirt. Post race refreshments will be provided. All Kids Run participants will receive a prize! Race entry is $25.00. An entry form is attached for your convenience.
Visit  Run NNK  and 
CA Helps to Save the Bay!

Chesapeake Academy seventh graders checked to see how their oysters spats fared over the winter months. They were pleasantly surprised to see how much growth had occurred. “Most of our oysters have tripled!” exclaimed Mason Walker. “They really aren’t even that muddy, so they don’t need to be rubbed,” adds Robert Cunningham. After testing the water quality, the students put their oyster cages back in the water to check on them again later. Chesapeake Academy students are growing oysters for a new oyster reef in Carter’s Creek so that the oysters can continue to filter and clean the water!

Plan Ahead for A Wonderful Summer Camp Experience!

CAMP IRVINGTON Ages 4-rising 1st grade, June 22 -- August 14
Who doesn't love a game of I Spy? Campers will explore weekly themes through field trips around the Northern Neck and beyond, books, snacks, crafts, and games. Learning through play and discovery makes for a fun and enriching summer! Camps begin at 8:15 a.m. and run through 5:30 p.m, Monday through Friday for a cost of $275 per week. There is a one-time registration fee of $30 per camper, which is waived if campers are registered by April 30.  In the case of a cancellation of a camp session, full refunds are provided for campers registered for that session.   Download the registration packet at or call 804.438.5575.

I Spy…Treasure, June 22-26
Ahoy! Treasure hunts, pirate stories, and outdoor play are on the horizon this week. Campers should be ready for adventure!

I Spy…Red, White, and Blue, June 29-July 3
Our youngest patriots will enjoy picnicking and play with splashes of red, white and blue. Expect plenty of crafts and books that foster patriotic spirit!

I Spy…Gardens, July 6-10
Calling all green thumbs! Campers will discover how things grow through trips to local farms and gardens, tasting yummy foods that come from the earth along the way. 

I Spy...Animals, July 13-17
Is it furry? Scaly? Fast? Slow? Campers will explore animals and their habitats near and far. We will discover local and exotic animals up close while reading some favorite animal adventure stories along the way.

I Spy…Trains, July 20-24
All aboard! Come learn about locomotives through songs, stories, and crafts. A real train ride is even in store...budding conductors are sure to love this week. 

I Spy...Wetlands, July 27-31
Our environment is the best playground! Come see local wetlands in action through observation, experiments, and plenty of exploration. 

I Spy…Fossils, August 3-7
What did dinosaurs look like? What did they eat? Where did they get their crazy names? Campers will learn about fossils and the fascinating creatures that left them behind.  

I Spy...Community Helpers, August 10-14
Firemen, police officers, doctors, oh, my! These community members help keep us safe and healthy. Our youngest community members will learn about these jobs through local field trips where plenty of questions and play are on the agenda!

CAMP CHESAPEAKE Ages 7-13 (rising second -- eighth grade) 
These exciting camps are for adventure lovers! Download the registration packet at or call 804.438.5575. Camp begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. (Challenger Soccer Camp is 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a full day and there are half day options.) There is a one-time registration fee of $30 which is waived for campers who register by April 30. In the case of a cancellation of a camp session, full refunds are provided for campers registered for that session.  

Northern Neck Explorers--Make a Splash! June 22-26, $275
Find adventure in and around the water! This favorite camp is back with new activities and destinations. Campers will swim, paddleboard, and explore parks. A perfect way to see the beautiful waterways the Northern Neck has to offer!

Fun Day Sundae, June 29-July 3, $275
Nothing is more patriotic than a cool ice cream after a hot summer day of adventure! Campers will participate in daily activities such as bowling and beach time. Each day will include a cool treat at new, local ice cream destinations. Of course, expect splashes of red, white, and blue celebrations all week long!

Farm to Table, July 6-10, $275
This exciting and delicious week is back! Campers will travel around the Northern Neck learning about local foods and harvesting and growing techniques. We will also seek the expertise of local chefs to learn more about how our food is prepared and try our own hands in the kitchen. New cooking experiences combine with old favorites to make this a can’t miss week of delicious meals!

Animal Adventures, July 13-17, $300
Calling all animal lovers! Campers will travel to local zoos and farms to see regional and exotic animals. Each day is sure to be a unique adventure as we see awesome animals up close. Don’t miss this new offering-it is sure to be an exciting week! 

Mystery Tour, July 20-24, $350
Camp Chesapeake’s famous mystery tour is back! New destinations and surprises make for a thrilling week where no two days will be the same. There is something for everyone at this camp. Mystery Tour will keep campers guessing what fun is to come each day!

Mad Science, July 27-31, $275
Come experience the fascinating world of science at this brand new Camp Chesapeake offering. We will explore meteorology, astrology, and more through experiments on and off campus. Completely new destinations and activities make this camp unlike anything offered before. Embrace your inner scientist and join the fun!

Challenger Soccer, August 3-7 
Half Day: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. $165
Full Day: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. $225
Chesapeake Academy is excited to host the Challenger Soccer Camp for an exciting week of world class soccer coaching. Challenger Soccer offers an innovative and fully integrated program that accelerates the learning process of the players. The camp features a groundbreaking technology partner that provides players with an app-based platform to help them learn skills quickly and efficiently. The combination of on and off-field development engages and entertains players so that they push the boundaries of their talents. Registration forms are separate from CA camp forms and can also be accessed at .

Applications are available on the Chesapeake Academy website and by calling the school at 804.438.5575.
Girls, Gizmos and Gadgets

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration, "Our science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce is crucial to America’s innovative capacity and global competitiveness. Yet women are vastly underrepresented in STEM jobs and among STEM degree holders despite making up nearly half of the U.S. workforce and half of the college-educated workforce. That leaves an untapped opportunity to expand STEM employment in the United States, even as there is wide agreement that the nation must do more to improve its competitiveness."

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that by 2020 there will be more than 1.4 million computing-related job openings. At current rates, only about 30% of those jobs can be filled with bachelor's degree grads in computer science. Chesapeake Academy Head of School Julianne T. Duvall comments, "Girls represent a valuable, mostly untapped opportunity to meet these workforce needs, and they are likely to bring the innovations, solutions, and creations that best represent their demographic of the population. This is a solution waiting to happen, but getting girls into STEM careers requires some significant adjustment of what has been traditional thinking about education."

"The question of how to close this gap is on great minds across the nation," continues Duvall. "Engaging, authentic early STEM experiences for young girls, targeted development of persistence in problem solving and critical thinking, good mentoring from great role models, and ample opportunities for practice and exploration form the core of Chesapeake Academy's response to this worldwide issue. We actively encourage our girls to recognize the strengths they bring to problem solving in the sciences and we coach consistently toward a growth mindset. This approach is effective with our students, and we want to share what is working for us with the broader community."

Chesapeake Academy was excited to host Girls, Gizmos, and Gadgets, a STEM competition for girls in fourth and fifth grades in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula region. Held on the Chesapeake Academy campus in Irvington, VA on March 7, 2020, the event featured teams of girls competing in five 30-minute challenge tasks. Each challenge, created by science teacher Robin Blake, dealt with a problem concerning the Arctic Region. Two divisions of competition segregated the fourth grade competitors from the fifth and sixth grade competitors. Chemistry, building and design, math, and physics challenges required girls to question, collaborate, collect and analyze data, create and evaluate conclusions, redirect, reboot, and regroup to refine solutions.

Each of the four challenges was scored by three independent judges using a rubric designed specifically for each task. There was a scavenger hunt dealing with Global Warming with five stations after the girls completed their four challenges. Female judges drawn from the local community, including high school science programs, governors' schools, and colleges awarded points for each task. A winner for each challenge and an overall winner for the event was named. 

In both the fourth grade division and the fifth and sixth grade division, Westmoreland County Schools won the overall event. Head of School Julie Duvall thanks event sponsors, the Virginia Biotech Association, Bay Internists/Bay Select Health, and the Mason and Lula Cole Charitable Trust, for their foresight in contributing to this event focused on encouraging girls to embrace science, technology, engineering and mathematics. "Encouraging girls to recognize their gifts in these traditionally male careers will not only help to erase the impending deficit in these industries, it will also enrich each of these disciplines with their copious talents."

An Attitude of Gratitude
  • Thanks to the talented judges who shared their gifts with CA's Girls, Gizmos, and Gadgets event. If you see Britany Kanard, Sheila Chewning, Jean Light, Julie Alderson, Marshal Novak, Claire Luxton, Carolyn Luxton, Barbara Hays, Emma Smith, Kaitlin Benson, Alicia Young, Brittany Clayborne, Alice Reviere, Wanda Wallin, Anita Mergener, Kate Carey, Mari Bonomi, Jackie Allen, Sheila Brown, Delora Rowell, Darcy Cullen, Arriana Taylor-Roy, Claire Keesee, Kyran Belfield, Amber Wood, Rita Grinbergs, Donna McGrath, Ame Roberts, Jessica Cutler, Charlene Trand, Ella Posey, Alexis Franklin, Chrissy Bowers, DeRonye Suttojn, Mar’Lecia Williams, Ellie Bavuso, Emma Bavuso, Emily Gill, Katie Bavuso, or Marge Armen, tell them they rock!

  • Thanks to the Chesapeake Academy community for their flexibility and support in the recent Covid 19 challenges.

The Gift of Time and Talent is a Treasure!

Dates to Remember

Stay tuned!