Mustang Messages Hybrid Newsletter

Chehalem Elementary Newsletter- April 2, 2021

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Principal's Message

Dear Chehalem Families,

Teachers are ready and excited for the return of students next week. K/1/2 hybrid start on Monday, April 5th and 3/4/5 start on Thursday, April 8th . If you are receiving this message you have chosen for your child to return in hybrid.

Hybrid classes begin at 9:00 and end at 11:15. It is very important that STUDENTS NOT BE DROPPED OFF BEFORE 8:45 a.m. or picked up after 11:30. We do not have staff available to supervise students and maintain social distancing until the doors open at 8:45 and teachers have a tight turn around to have lunch and get ready to meet with their afternoon students via Zoom.

Because of the high number of parents transporting students by car we would like to ask that students who have classes in the B wing or modular building be dropped off on Village Lane. It is the street North of the school (on the side without the median).

). Students can be dropped off on either side since there is a crossing guard there. If you have children in different buildings you can decide if you want to drop off in the usual bus lane or Village Lane.

We will have students enter external classroom doors if teachers have them. Below is a map of where students will enter for their different classrooms. There will be plenty of staff on duty each morning to assist with finding classes. Look for the staff wearing yellow vests if you have any questions.

Teachers will be relaying specifics about what items (if any) they want students to bring to school. Please watch for direct messages from them for more information.

If you haven't filled out the survey to tell us your transportation plans for your children please call the office. It is important that we have this information to make sure students go home safely. If you plan to do parent pick-up we will be sending you number sheets to put in your car (or you can say your number if you walk up). Our staff will use an app to let teachers know you are there and in which location. Your child's name will pop up on the screen in the teacher's room and they will be dismissed to the correct location

Free meals will be available for all students who want them, but will not be consumed on campus and will be cold and need to be heated at home. For those students who want it, a bag containing breakfast, lunch and supper will be given to students as they leave school. Nutrition Services will prepare special meals for those with allergies.

It is very important that STUDENTS NOT BE DROPPED OFF BEFORE 8:45 a.m. Classrooms are open at that time, but not before and we do not have a way to safely supervise students on campus prior to that time. It is also important for a prompt pick up at the end of the day so teachers can prepare for their afternoon virtual classes and have lunch. As a reminder, morning classes are for hybrid students and run 9:00 am to 11:15 am. Afternoon classes are in CDL and run with live (synchronous) lessons between 12:15 and 2:30.

Students arriving after 9:00 am will need to go to the front of the building to be checked in. All exterior doors will be closed and locked at that time. Also, there are no visitors allowed in the building, but office staff can help you by phone or in person if you ring the doorbell by the front doors.

Our isolation room is all set up and ready to receive any students who might have primary COVID symptoms (fever, chills, cough, loss of taste or smell). Our health assistant, Tina Peterson, will call parents and walk them through next steps. We will be offering free COVID tests for any students who have symptoms. We would need your written permission and the test is self-administered (the health assistant does not swab the child). Washington County will assist us with contact tracing and protocols for quarantine if we should have any positive cases.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact your child's teacher or the front office.

It's going to be so great to have our students back, even in a modified fashion!


Angee Silliman


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Book Bus New Times Start Next Week

Good news! We will be continuing our book bus every Wednesday once Hybrid starts next week, but we had to adjust the times. The new times are listed below on the map with the stops. Remember to watch on Seesaw for any announcements about special events and giveaways! As always, please e-mail Ms. Blanchard at if you have any questions!

Here is the link to the map if you want to look at it more closely and zoom in, etc.
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PTO Corner

Info for newsletter:

Super Awesome Chehalem Mustang Raffle

When: April 5-19

Where: Online! Square store link coming soon.

What: Buy $1 raffle tickets to be entered to win 20 amazing prize baskets valued from $50-$440.

Students can also earn "Mighty Mustangs" from their teachers to be entered into a special student basket raffle.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday, April 21 from 6-7 PM.

Chehalem Challenges!

The PTO is sponsoring three optional, fun challenges for students. There's a different challenge each month and winners will be sent a gift card. BONUS: The teacher who has the most students participate in the challenge will also receive a gift card. Help your teacher win! Submissions will be done through a Google Form. See the flier for more details.

Challenge #1: Spring Challenge: Go for a walk and notice the many signs of spring in your neighborhood or a park. Use all of your senses to observe. Write a poem or short song, paint or draw a picture, or create a nature collage to share your perspective of Spring. DEADLINE 4/7

BONUS ENTRY: plant some new seeds and tell us what you planted!

Google Form: Chehalem Challenge 3/31 - Google Forms

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Sincerely, Angee Silliman

Principal at Chehalem Elementary