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DeKalb County Schools – Early Dismissal 1/22/2016

weatherIn response to the state of emergency declaration by Governor Deal due to inclement weather conditions (…), Superintendent Dr. R. Stephen Green announced the DeKalb County School District will have an early release of students on Friday, January 22, 2016. Student dismissal schedule will be as follows:

• Elementary Schools – 11:00 a.m.
• Middle Schools – 1:15 p.m.
• High Schools – 12:15 p.m.

All after school activities for Friday and Saturday, January 22 and 23, are cancelled.

Prospective Parents Night

On Thursday, January 21st at 7PM, Chesnut will be hosting a Prospective Parents Night.

parent nightThis information night is a great chance to hear about Chesnut, meet our principal, and to ask questions. Families with rising pre-k, kindergarten, first grade and upper-grade transfer students, are welcome to attend.

No reservation required.  Please contact Tamika Pichardo at with any questions. Please note this is intended as an adults-only event.

Interested parents can also schedule a tour of Chesnut. Click here to find out how!

Schoolwide 4th Annual Farm to School Nutrition Lesson A Tasty Success!

Earlier this month during P.E. classes, Coach Dykema welcomed Wellness Team parents Jo Chin and Angela Renals to co-teach Chesnut’s fourth annual Farm to School nutrition lesson: “Tasting a Rainbow of Plants.”

All Chesnut classes participated in the lesson, which included a review of how whole foods help our bodies, a mock trip to the market, plant part identification challenge and food to schoola “mini rainbow cup” tasting. The health lesson was designed to incorporate national K-5 health standards with Chesnut’s focus on knowing where our food comes from, while reinforcing science standards such as plant life cycles.

Wellness Team health hero “Super Kid,” who is often spotted in Chesnut’s cafeteria, reappeared in the presentation to remind the children that a regular diet of many-colored whole (unchanged) foods gives our bodies the most super powers that include brain function, immunity, lasting energy and a strong body. To practice this, all the children had a turn grocery shopping, tasked with creating their own rainbow of plants in their shopping baskets. After choosing from popular and less familiar fruits and vegetables arranged in a rainbow on our market table, each group of shoppers then had to match their produce to their plant part poster.

Several students were surprised to find that all the market produce was real, and that such a variety exists, while many of the classes exploded into encouragements for their fellow shoppers, “Get something green!” “Grab the mango!” “We already have something yellow!”

Once the excitement of the market game had died down, each child received his or her own mini rainbow in a cup:  garbanzo bean, pummelo, purple cabbage, lime and pomegranate. During the tasting adventure, the class again identified each item as a plant part, and the children correctly answered questions such as whether purple and green cabbage have the same nutrients (not exactly), and how one knows that (because they are different colors); and why one would choose to eat the skin of a fruit or vegetable when possible (because the color is where the most nutrition is).

By a show of hands at the lesson’s close, roughly 60 to 75 percent of the students had tried a new food during the lesson, and almost all students had tried something they enjoyed. Favorites varied by class, but didn’t always fall to a fruit, some classes preferring the garbanzo bean or purple cabbage.

Coach Dykema supports this creative approach to the health curriculum. He remarked, “This is our fourth year presenting the Farm to School lesson. Introducing students to healthy foods that may be unfamiliar to them and allowing them to interact with whole foods by holding, smelling, tasting and asking questions never gets old.”

Chesnut’s Fourth Graders Meet STEM Hero and World Record Holder!

captain barringtonToday, Chesnut’s fourth graders were among a select group of students from eight DeKalb county schools (and the only elementary students in the Dunwoody cluster) to meet the inspirational pilot and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) educator, Barrington Irving, as he landed his helicopter on the Dunwoody High School football field and disembarked with Superintendent Stephen Green.

At Chesnut, each of our grade levels has a STEM capstone – or area of concentration. For the 2015-16 school year, our fourth grade capstone will be The Flying Classroom, an interactive STEM learning adventure curriculum that is aligned to the National Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. In 2007, at the age of 23, Barrington Irving became the youngest person and the first black pilot to fly solo around the globe. On his 97-day journey, he flew 30,000 miles in a single-engine plane. He subsequently launched the Flying Classroom, and is traveling the continents and bringing his adventures to students via videos and blogs.

stem expoSince launching the Flying Classroom last year, his expeditions have ranged from learning how to build sustainable cities in Shanghai to diving expeditions to see the condition of coral reefs in Bali. There are no limits to the exciing adventures and challenges our fourth graders will experience in the Flying Classroom! How exciting for them to be able to meet  Barrington Irving in person to hear about his expeditions and what inspired him to be involved in STEM!

Also in conjunction with today’s adventure, the students attended a STEM Expo, where they worked on mini-STEM activities ranging from 3-D holograms to robotics and storyboarding, and, during a “lunch and learn” they used the engineering design process to create straw rockets.

Group of Chesnut First Graders Kick Off New School Year With Hands-On Science Lesson on Composting, Planting and Harvesting


Led by parent volunteer Carissa Malone, with first grade teachers Ms. Radford and Ms. Skoog (a School Master Gardener), Chesnut students recently spent time in Chesnut Garden experiencing a hands-on science lesson on composting, planting and harvesting.

radford pumpkinThe students learned it’s never too early to get excited for the fall, as they harvested pumpkins, which they discovered had grown out of the compost into which somebody had thrown a rotten pumpkin last year. They also observed the sweet potato beds that many of them planted their last week of kindergarten. The sweet potatoes will be ready to harvest at the end of October, at which time they will return to Chesnut Garden to do the harvest. Finally, the students also were taught – through example – how lettuce goes to seed when it’s dying. The classes were given the flowering stock of the lettuce plant so that they could pick the seeds out of it and bring them back to Chesnut Garden to plant! More standards-based gardening lessons are in Chesnut students’ future, as Chesnut teachers will soon attend the Project Learning Garden workshop to kick off the school’s three-year collaboration with Captain Planet Foundation

As Featured in the AJC and The Dunwoody Crier – August 2015

2015-16 School Supply Lists

2015-16 Classroom Supply Lists are now available! 

The K-5 lists are identical to those that were available for pre-order through Staples’ SchoolKidz program.

If your child is in the Discovery program, please also bring:

  • Discovery (The Discovery list was not available for pre-order through SchoolKidz. If you pre-ordered your supplies, and your child is in the Discovery program, you will need to purchase from this list. We apologize for any inconvenience.)


Please remember… the school Agenda can only be purchased from the Chesnut school store – it is available on Open House day.