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Engaging Families With The Community
Each September, the week before School formally starts, CHP begins hosts the Annual Welcome Picnic for all families. This is followed by “Back to School Night” when parents are ushered into the classrooms to get an outline of the curriculum and school events for the year. Several times throughout the year, Family Fun Nights are held in the evenings to foster interaction among families. CHP also hosts parent seminars, High School counseling sessions, and uniform swaps to facilitate the short and long term needs of parents. The PTO organizes yearly events on and off campus which include food drives, fundraising events, golf and baseball outings, the Winter Ball, and book fairs.
CHP realizes that parents are inundated with information and, therefore, has developed a comprehensive communication system that is easy to access. The monthly newsletter, weekly blogs, website, and social media pages share classroom activities, field trips, projects, and accomplishments. The School employs a full time media team to ensure that families are engaged throughout the year.
CHP believes that involvement in the greater community is a vital component of education. This includes participating in the annual Tour De Franklin to support the local Food Bank. Middle School students are committed to 5 hours of community service each year. Throughout the school year, students are always fundraising to help combat cancer, Huntington’s disease, and many other worthy causes.
Grade 4 Student Pranavi at the United Nations! Peace Day celebrations took place at the United Nations Headquarters on Friday, September 20th. CHP 4th grader, Pranavi Sivakumar, had an opportunity to participate in this International Day of Peace Student Observance. This memorable experience for Pranavi is best described in her own words: “We waited in line for almost three hours. When we finally were able to sit down inside the U.N., we listened to many speeches about climate change. I also met my dance teacher there. She performed very nicely. I was paying close attention. I was the most excited person in my life!”
The Multiple Advantages of a Multilingual CurriculumThere have been a number of studies in recent years that suggest people who speak more than one language are in fact more intelligent. An article written by the New York Times highlights that learning multiple languages could improve cognitive skills beyond those related to language, which is a considerably different viewpoint than previously thought.