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Crescent Harbor Elementary | November 2020

A Message from the Principal

Parent-teacher conferences are upon us this year, and in a year where it feels like we're doing everything differently, they of course look a little different, too. This is not only because of safety concerns but also because we have had only 12 in-person learning days since school started. Isn't that amazing???

It feels like just yesterday that we were starting our year with conferences and getting to know each other. We are so thankful to have started the year off with those soft-start conferences and plan to make this October/November conference more of a check-in. We want to hear from you how things are going at home, to share our screens in Google Classroom if needed to help you guide your child, and to reconnect since our soft start.

One thing teachers may review with you is the importance of doing work on the distance learning days. We know this may be tough for some families to do depending on work schedules, child care, etc., so please reach out to your child's teacher about any challenges you're having and we will do our best to accommodate you. What we want most is to see your child make progress during the school year, both in-person and on their distance days. And unfortunately, we can't count only what they do when they're here in front of us as enough to make the gains our students must accomplish this year.

We are thankful for the opportunity we have to serve our community in our schools, and we are thankful for the partnership we have with YOU!

We look forward to seeing you!

Kate Valenzuela

Important Dates and Reminders

November 3 | PTA Meeting, 3:45 PM

November 4 | Parent-Teacher Conferences, No School

November 11 | Veterans Day, No School

November 16-29 | Fall Virtual Book Fair

November 25-27 | Thanksgiving Break, No School

As we get further into fall and winter weather, please remember to dress your student warmly and to have them bring a jacket to school each day.

New Curriculum

We are excited to share that your child will participate in a new literacy curriculum pilot during the 2020-2021 school year. All elementary sites are piloting the Amplify Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) curriculum in kindergarten through fourth grade. Amplify CKLA is a robust, rigorous, and engaging resource. Read more about it on our website!


Every year, the Oak Harbor Youth Coalition conducts the Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative Community Survey in Oak Harbor. Please take this brief survey to help improve prevention programs for the youth in Oak Harbor.

Who should participate?

Adults who interact with youth on a regular basis – parents, school staff, family, youth-serving organizations, etc. The survey is completely anonymous.

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Counselor Connection

Deployment Support Group for Students

Crescent Harbor Elementary School is trying to determine if there is enough interest in offering a Fall Deployment Support Group for students and would love your feedback.

Students will meet virtually with Mr. Riffel, CHE School Counselor, on Google Meets once each week over the course of eight weeks. They will have an opportunity to discuss their feelings about deployment, as well as share ideas about how to cope and learn new strategies to deal with this very stressful event in their lives.

The Fleet and Family Support Center and FOCUS program may also join as special guests during the groups. Each group will last approximately 30 minutes.

Students must have a signed Deployment Support Group Permission Slip using the Google Form posted below. You will also be able to request more information on the Google Form.

We hope to start the groups during the week of November 9th. Mr. Riffel will be sending out meeting time options for families to allow for as much flexibility as possible.

If you would like more information or to give your student permission to participate, please fill out the Deployment Support Group Permission Slip online.

Whidbey Help House Thanksgiving Meals Application

Each year, the North Whidbey Help House provides special food baskets for Thanksgiving and Christmas. These baskets contain a turkey with all the trimmings, and are designed for those who may not be able to afford a holiday meal.

If you are interested, please fill out the Holiday House Food Basket Request form and submit it no later than November 10th. Please check which holiday, or both, you are requesting.

Families can pick-up their Thanksgiving basket on Friday, November 20th after 1:00pm and the Christmas basket on Friday, December 18th after 1:00pm.

Nurse Notes

Vision and Hearing Screenings

Our annual vision and hearing screenings through the Lions Club have been postponed. If you have immediate concerns and would like Nurse White to screen your child, please contact her at

Medical Attestations

We are asking parents to continue to check their child each day for COVID-19 symptoms before sending them to school. We are checking student temperatures as they arrive, but please review this Daily Screening list from the CDC and make sure your child stays home if they are sick. It takes all of us to keep our district moving forward in our reopening plan.

PTA Corner

PTA Meeting

The PTA meeting will be on Tuesday, November 3rd. This is election day, so after casting your ballot join us in the gym at 3:45 pm. We will be voting in PTA officers for this year, and approving our annual budget.

Fall Book Fair

The book fair is a device near you! Visit the online book fair November 16-29 at . Check out the vast selection of books, gifts, and supplies. Shop with your family or share the fair with your friends and relatives.

Papa Murphy's Fundraiser

Our annual Papa Murphy's discount card sale is coming up in December. Keep your eye out for more information to be released later this month. Volunteers will be needed to staff sales tables at neighborhood stores.

Please follow us on Facebook for the latest updates.

From the Garden

November's Harvest of the Month is pumpkin!

Did you know that pumpkins will store up to three months as long as they are whole?

Read more facts, storage and cooking tips, and try new pumpkin recipes in this month's School Garden Blog.