Volume IV, Number VII

October 12, 2012
Emphasizing character development and critical thinking,Chatsworth Hills Academy’s mission is to provide opportunities for ourstudents to fulfill their individual potential in a supportive, natural environment.

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Message from the Head of School:

Our iPads Have Ears!

CHA was selected as a 2012 grant recipient from the Disney VoluntEARS Community Fund in the amount of $5,000.00 to enhance our iPad program.

Disney Cast member, Susan Fillipp, grandmother of Jordan M.’13, Andrew M.’16, and Sofia M. ’20, visited CHA on Thursday to present the check. Mrs. Fillipp nominated CHA, Ann Gillinger then wrote the grant application, and ultimately the Disney VoluntEARS chose CHA as one of the nonprofits being awarded a grant in recognition of “unique and innovative nonprofit efforts that address critical challenges in our local communities.”

Many thanks to Mrs. Fillipp for nominating us - Disney certainly made magic in our community with this timely award. Students are currently using the iPads, complete with cases and apps, in classrooms throughout the School in this pilot year’s initiative. Be sure to ask your child how s/he is using the iPad as part of their learning day at CHA.

Skateland & Eighth Grade Treat Sale at Skateland

We had a wonderful turnout for our school-wide skate night at Skateland! Thanks to our eighth grade parents for organizing the yummy treat sale. Congratulations to all our "first time" skaters - you were awesome. You "Never gave up" and it paid off. It was terrific to see all the grown ups on the rink with their children - lots of energy in this School!

2nd Grade Visits the Autry National Center
Students enjoyed their adventuresome day from the morning bus trip to the docent led experiences and the exploration room, everyone had a wonderful time and learned about the many cultures and peoples who came "out west."

Mix and Match Fun Day
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Everyone enjoyed Student Government's Crazy Combo Day, aka, Mix and Match Fun Day.umbrella1.jpg From stripes and poke dots, to mismatched socks and shoes, students and faculty alike enjoyed making goofy pairings that keep everyone smiling and shooed away dark skies. Thank you, Student Government officers, for planning such a spirit-filled day.

CHA did have one half day of rain this week - bringing a fresh smell and smiles to all of those under umbrellas and splashing in their new boots.

Fifth Grade Activity Night

Friday night, the 5th grade gathered back at school to have a night of fun, food, and frivolity as they played games led by M10-12-125th grade1.jpgr. Gerrity and Ms. Green. The parents provided pizza, subway sandwiches, snacks, drinks, and of course...Root Beer Floats. Thank you to Jill Kramer, Angie Roman, Renee Durlester, and everyone for their help in making this event a fun time.

Last Saturday, the Rouche family hosted a lively Kindergarten Parent Social in their lovely home. Tonight, the EC Parent Social at the Wilson home was another delightful CHA gathering. Thank you to all of our families for participating in these most enjoyable, informal gatherings as we all get better acquainted. Watch for notification for your grade level parent social - a not-to-be-missed event!

This will be the final wiki format CHA-T. Our beautiful new website will now be home to Teacher Pages filled with photos, stories, assignments, downloads, and everything you need to know to be successful, informed, and communicative with your child's teacher and program. What a wonderful source of information the new CHA homepage is proving to be! Look for an e-mail next week delivering the new and improved CHA-T.


Tuesday, October 16th, Mock Election Speeches; 3rd & 4th grade Trip Meeting in R at 3:20
Wednesday, October 17th PTO Meeting in R at 8:30; 9:30- 10:30 Group Admissions Tour; CTY Night in Room R - 7:00p.m.;
"12 Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind" a seminar with Dr. Dan Siegel, the author of "The Whole Brain Child," seminar at 7 p.m. at the Landmark at Westside Pavilion.
Thursday, October 18th, First Grade Farm Breakfast 8:30-10:00; "Shake Out" Earthquake Drill including Enactment 10:18, prepare your home by using this handy reference: and learn more about the California Shake Out at:
Friday, October 19th, Buddy Day Meeting #1: Where in the USA is our Region? HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHA! - Lunchtime celebration.

Monday, October 22nd, Author Day @ CHA Library: Derek Kent visits 1- 1:45
Tuesday, October 23rd, Lyric W. Head of Lower School for the Day won for her by her parents Heather and Fred at last year's Gala! 4th Grade Assembly and 3rd Grade Treat Sale; 5th Grade Trip Meeting in V 3:30
Wednesday, October 24th, Board of Trustees 7pm
Thursday, October 25th, First Grade to Underwood Family Farms; Native Plants visitors - 5th grade; Final Electives for this session
Friday, October 26th: MS Assembly 8:15; Middle School Dance Rooms RST
Bryce J. - Head of Middle School for the Day won for him by his parents Nicole and Brian at last year's Gala!

Monday, October 29, 30, 31st CHA BOOK FAIR
Tuesday, October 30th: Free Dress Day
Wednesday, October 31st: Halloween Carnival

Did you know...
On this date in US History, the cornerstone is laid for a presidential residence in the newly designated capital city of Washington. In 1800, President John Adams became the first president to reside in the executive mansion, which soon became known as the "White House" because its white-gray Virginia freestone contrasted strikingly with the red brick of nearby buildings.
1792, work began on the neoclassical White House building at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue under the guidance of Irish American architect James Hoban. President George Washington chose the site.
President John Adams’ wife, Abigail, wrote about their new home: "I pray heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this house, and on all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but wise men ever rule under this roof!"
In 1814, during the War of 1812, the White House was set on fire along with the U.S. Capitol by British soldiers in retaliation for the burning of government buildings in Canada by U.S. troops. The burned-out building was subsequently rebuilt and enlarged under the direction of James Hoban, who added east and west terraces to the main building, along with a semicircular south portico and a colonnaded north portico. The smoke-stained stone walls were painted white. Work was completed on the White House in the 1820s.
Major restoration occurred during the administration of President Harry Truman, and Truman lived across the street for several years in Blair House. Since 1995, Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and Lafayette Square has been closed to vehicular traffic for security reasons. Today, more than a million tourists visit the White House annually. It is the oldest federal building in the nation's capital.