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New Family Info

We’re enrolled! Now what?

We know how newly enrolled families like to get connected early, so we created this page to help you do just that. Read, click and feel free to ask us questions.

Where do I start?

Glad you asked! A great place to begin when searching for any kind of school- or building-specific information year-round is myCHCA. There you’ll find everything from summer information to handbooks, Scrip Shop info, lunch menus and sign-up links. Don't miss the webpages in the drop down menus.

When do I need to be where?

The calendar (look in the "News & Calendar flyout" on right) is the best way to get up-to-date event information. It is generally updated for the next school year by 07/15. New families should note the orientation events which typically occur the two weeks before school begins.

How do I get a Family Directory?

A secure Parent Portal on the CHCA website will house an online Family Directory starting 2018-2019! This will replace the printed version, and will be more cost-effective, more secure, and current with real-time information. Details will come in August concerning access to the portal and directory. Many thanks to the PTF for their time and thought in the design of this new secure resource. For questions or ideas, contact webmaster@chca-oh.org.

Find out about PTF

You keep mentioning the Scrip Shop. What’s that all about?

Do you buy groceries, gas or clothing? Ever eat at a restaurant? Of course you do. The Scrip Shop is a School Store that lets you do all of those things and lower your tuition at the same time. How it works: CHCA buys gift cards from over 400 major retailers (think Wal-Mart, Kroger, Shell, Starbucks, Panera, etc.) at a discount. You buy the gift cards from us at face value, then we split the savings with you.

Find out about Scrip

What should my child wear to school?

Lands' End is CHCA's uniform vendor for students in Grades PK-6. (Students in our 2-year old program do not wear a uniform.) Details about the uniforms are on the Uniforms webpage, a dropdown in myCHCA.

Students in grades 7-12 do not wear a uniform but must maintain CHCA standards regarding modesty and appropriateness. See the related handbook in myCHCA for details.

What about school supplies?

This depends on which grade your child will attend:

Preschool - Gr 8: Check out School Supply lists and options for ordering online from the Back to School tab on their myCHCA webpage.

Grades 9-12: Students organize their class work however best for them. A typical system is a binder per class, along with notebook paper and pens/pencils. Teachers usually identify any other supplies on the first day of school.

When do I find out what classroom my child is in or what their schedule looks like?

Like school supply lists, this differs depending on which building your child attends:

North Campus
Preschool: This will come directly from your teacher when school starts.

Grades K-4: Class lists are linked on a secured page from myCHCA the end of June. If you don't have your log-on ID and password, contact Mrs. Williams in the Lower Elementary front office.

Grades 5-6: Student schedules are mailed at the end of June. Students will receive locker assignments and can visit the school to walk through their schedule on Gr 5-6 Launching Day in August. The school office will email you details.

Grades 7-12: Confirmation of your student's courses will be mailed home in mid-June. Students can pick-up copies of their final schedule along with locker and homeroom assignments, parking information, and other back-to-school details at Kick-Off in August. The school office will email you details.

Armleder: You will receive a welcome letter from your student's teacher prior to the first day of class with these details.

How do I find summer assignments?

Visit the webpage for your school in myCHCA. Note there are often writing, vocabulary and service requirements in addition to reading. Summer assignments will be posted by mid-June.

We know our child needs to get involved early. What’s the best way to get plugged in?

There are dozens of ways to get to know fellow students, whether your child wants to start in an area they’re familiar with or explore something new.

  • Find an extracurricular activity (including fine arts, athletic options and more) that interests your child. See "Extracurriculars and After Care" in the drop down menu for your child's school in myCHCA for a wealth of information.
  • www.chca-oh.org/myArts has a great summary for Fine Arts opportunities.
  • Join an SOS Team (Grades 9-12)
  • Summer Programs are another great way to get connected through SpringHill with CHCA, Specialty Camps and Summer High School Courses for Credit.

I suppose my child will want to eat at some point during the school day…

Brown-bagging it is always welcome, but Grate Thymes (our school lunch provider) provides great meals for your child as well.

  • North Campus families can purchase a virtual cafeteria card and load the card in any amount, receive email alerts when your account falls below a predetermined amount, set your account to be automatically replenished, and review your child’s purchases all online.
  • Armleder families can purchase a lunch card to pre-pay for meals.

Grate Thymes also accepts cash payments at the register. Menus, link to the virtual system, and order forms on the Lunch Info webpage, a dropdown in myCHCA.

Does CHCA have after-school care?

You bet. Grade K-8 students can be enrolled in extended day programs at each of their buildings. See "Extracurriculars and After Care" in the drop down menu for your child's school in myCHCA for a wealth of information. Registration opens on the first Monday of August and Early Bird discounts are available.

What kind of medical information does CHCA need?

All students need an Authorization for Emergency Response form on file in the nurse’s office before the first day of school to help our school nurses learn about any medical needs for your child. This form is automatically submitted when you complete your online Information Update. Links to your secure, personalized form will be delivered via email in late June. If you enroll after late June, you'll receive the link within two weeks of submitting your enrollment contract.

All preschoolers, all 7th graders, all new 8th-12th graders, and any students who need to take over-the-counter or prescription drugs at school have other required paper forms all available on the Medical and Other Forms webpage, a dropdown in the myCHCA section.

Take me to Medical and Other Forms

Oh, BTW (by the way)!

Campuses/Buildings (a.k.a. Physical Spaces)
AS

Armleder School downtown campus
140 West 9th Street Cincinnati, OH 45202

Armleder School students PK-Gr 6

BLT (ECLC)

Blake Lindner Thompson Early Childhood Learning Center
11312 Snider Road Cincinnati, OH 45249
Early Learning students PK2-PK4

EBL

Edyth B. Lindner School
11312 Snider Road Cincinnati, OH 45249

Lower School students Gr KPrep-3
FC Founders Campus
11300 Snider Road Cincinnati, OH 45249
Lower School students Gr 4-6
Upper School students Gr 7-8
MSL Martha S. Lindner School
11525 Snider Rd Cincinnati, OH 45249
Upper School students Gr 9-12
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Events
ArtBeat Annual campus-wide celebration event of the visual and performing arts, typically held in April.
Campus Connection eNewsletter emaileddistributed one per building every Thursday, beginning Sept. 1, and through the school year.
Celebration Annual auction/dinner fundraising event, typically held in February.
FAD Faculty Appreciation Day, Luncheon for Faculty is provided by PTF & Parents.
Homecoming Festival Community-wide annual fall weekend event including football, food and fun for the whole family.
Kickoff Day Gr 4-12 students come to school on this day to pick up schedules, drop off supplies, get locker assignments, decorate lockers, and turn in paperwork.
Intersession or JTerm or MayTerm

For two weeks each year, Gr 9-12 students explore the world outside the classroom, choosing from travel or serving others abroad, learning about different cultures, lending a hand to neighbors in Cincinnati, or learning new skills in the arts, sciences, and technology.

Operation Impact A spring week long program where Upper Elementary 4-6 students get space, time, mentors, and a framework with which to develop their own God-given passions, using those gifts to impact their world.
Service Intersession A fall week long immersion where Gr 7-8 students engage with communities and service organizations from a place of mutual respect and admiration for the people they serve.
S.L.E.W. Spiritual Life Emphasis Week. Every spring, each campus holds special chapels and events for all students and faculty featuring a wide variety of speakers from both within and outside of the CHCA community.
Spirit Day Students in PK-Gr 6 may wear CHCA spirit shirts with uniform bottoms on select dates as determined & communicated by their principals.
SYATP See You at the Pole. Students gather together at each campus to meet and pray along with the rest of the nation.
Groups
FOFA Friend of Fine Arts, CHCA parents and supporters who desire to enhance, promote and encourage fine arts opportunities for every member of the CHCA community.
PTF Parent Teacher Fellowship.  They support, serve, and enhance the Christian educational needs of students, and promote communication and fellowship between members of our school community.  PTF members include parents and guardians of students at CHCA, our faculty, and our administrators. 
SOS (Upper School) Student Organized Service. Exists to build up student leaders who provide service opportunities for all upper school students, so that they may learn about the world through the eyes of Christ, develop relationships with people, and further the Kingdom of God.
LS Lower School (Gr K-6)
LE or Lower E Lower Elementary (Gr K-3) housed in the EBL Building
UE or Upper E Upper Elementary (Gr 4-6) housed in the Founders Campus building
US Upper School (Gr 7-12) housed in the Founders Campus (Gr 7-8) and MS (Gr 9-12) buildings
Other
Leaning Eagle / Blend Student-Run Coffee Bar and Smoothie Bar at the Upper School.  Students learn business and entrepreneurial skills while running a coffee/smoothie shop in the MSL Upper School. The Leaning Eagle is open during school hours to students and the public.
pickAtime Sign up system for Parent Teacher Conferences and volunteer for large school events
School Messenger Messaging system that sends both text and emails; you can personalize notification preferences
UltraCamp Registration system to make and schedule payments, eSign forms for many CHCA activities  (Link on all mySchool webpages)

 

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