Chester Elementary School

December 3, 2021. Connect. Thrive

A Busy December

We had a great week Chester Elementary Families! It is great to have everyone back in our hallways, on our playground, and in our classrooms after a restful week off.

It is also exciting to be at the start of December and the start of the second trimester! Students are back to business, well into their routines with their teachers. Across our school, students are engaged in reading wonderful books, writing for a variety of purposes, and solving math problems that really challenge their minds! Our students are also enjoying the beautiful weather so they can get outside and play flag football, elbow tag, tetherball, or chase each other around!

This month, we have another Thriving Thursday planned for students with many exciting new activities planned! Students can look forward to building with legoes, creating with straws, playing Capture the Flag, karaoke, Dodgeball, watercolor painting, board games, and more!

Also, this month our character trait focuses on Patience. Patience with ourselves, with what is happening in the world around, and with each other is especially important this time of year. Without patience, we can feel overwhelmed, over run, and stressed. As we work with our students here at CES to learn about patience, we are encouraging them to take learn why patience is important and what to do when they run out of it. We encourage you to talk with your child about this more as it helps to build their understanding.

Have a great week!

With Flexibility and Grace,

Colly Fischer and Nicholle Crowther


CES Read All Day 2021


Please remind your child that personal items such as toys, footballs, basketballs, and Pokemon cards are to be kept at home. It is difficult to track which items belong to who and we cannot be responsible for lost or misplaced items.

Upcoming Dates

12/3-Community Tree Lighting

12/9- Healthy Smiles Dental Clinic at CES

12/10- Elks Hoop Shoot, 1:30 CES Gym (Masks are required)

12/11-Report Cards available on Parent Portal

12/14- 5th and 6th Music Concert, CES, 6 :30PM

12/20-12/31-Winter Break

1/3-Students Return to School

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Dental Clinic at CES on December 9th: Read More Here!

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Help CES earn money with Box Tops!

box tops for CES

December Book Give Away!!

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Dawn Bereznak, originally from San Jose, earned her Bachelor’s Degree from San Jose State University and then her Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology from Chico State. Mrs. Bereznak has worked both privately as a Speech Pathologist for children, aged zero to three, providing early intervention services. Since moving to the Lake Almanor area, she has worked in both Lassen and Plumas counties.

Mrs. Bereznak enjoys working with students of all ages. She loves the uniqueness of each child and how she is able to embrace those differences to help each child reach their fullest potential. Mrs. Bereznak also loves that her children and now grandchildren are part of the CES community. She believes that Chester is more than a place, “it is a caring community of wonderful families”.

In her free time, Mrs. Bereznak loves being at home with her family and enjoying the beautiful surroundings in Lake Almanor. Her favorite children’s book is I’ll Love You Forever. She also loves the color blue, pizza, and peanut M &M’s.


We have Spirit Wear!

You can customize the color and design of items!

Our CES VOLCANOES STORE can be found by clicking here!

PUSD Dashboard

PUSD now has a Dashboard on the website with updated Covid positive test results in each school. These results come out each Friday, so the numbers here are from last week. Please see below for the updates to this week’s Dashboard which can be found here.

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Independent Study Explained

There are two types of independent study, long and short term. Long Term Independent Study is an option for your student if in-person instruction presents a health risk to your child. You will follow the instructions found here. Notification of Independent Study

Short Term Independent Study is provided in case a student is excluded from school due to Covid-19, exposure or symptoms and can do work from home. The school will communicate with you and explain the process. Then, we will send a short term independent study agreement to you on Parent Square. The teacher will provide work and for the work that your student completes, he/she will have those days credited and not marked as absent.

If you are planning for a child to be away from school for a family trip or the like, please notify the office. You may request a Short Term Independent study agreement in this case. This request should be 5 days in advance of your departure and will need to be approved by the principal. If approved, your child will be provided work which should be returned the day your child is back in school.

Volunteers on Campus

Volunteers on campus

CES values our volunteers who help us so much. This year, in addition to the paperwork that volunteers complete we will be requiring

  • proof of vaccination

  • Or a weekly Covid test

  • and be fingerprinted (this can be done at the District Office in Quincy)

You are considered a volunteer if you come in consistently to assist at school in your child’s class. Field Trip drivers or parents that help for one event are not considered volunteers in this circumstance.

Testing will occur on campus once a week starting in early October but one can get a test result from anywhere convenient. The “quick test” AKA antigen will be the test provided at the school. At this time, over the counter tests will not be accepted.

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Covid Protocols- new changes

Hello Chester families!

We’d like to remind all of our families that the same COVID protocols remain in place from last school year. If your child is ill, you will need to keep them home and follow the return to school criteria (see below). The complete PUSD Covid Protocols are found

here in Appendix B

Please use the At-home Staff and Student Screening to screen your children at home prior to sending them to school. The schools will contact any guardian for pick-up if your student develops symptoms during the school day. After experiencing any of the symptoms on this list, the student must meet the return to school criteria before they will be permitted back on campus. If you have any further questions, please contact your school office.

This week brings a change to Appendix B. See below for the details.

Here is to a great year!

Your PUSD nurses,

Emilee Pruitt, BSN, RN, Lead School Nurse

Jessica Logan, BSBA, RN, School Nurse

Lauren Tasaki, BSB, RN, School Nurse

Christina Tate, LVN

Emilee Schramel LVN

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Free Crisis Counseling

It’s been a tough last year and half for many in our county. The Covid 19 pandemic has brought hardship and uncertainty to our community, and the added stress of several catastrophic wildfires in the past two summers has added another layer of difficulty.

This double crisis has put tremendous burdens on all of us, and many people have no choice but to struggle alone. This is why California State has started a productive new partnership with BeWellLine, a partnership that will bring care to the people who need it most.

The BeWellLine mission is to provide evidence-based, free-of-charge care to people who might not have access to it otherwise. This is a free service, available to anyone, without regard to existing insurance coverage or qualification. Everyone in the state of California is entitled to reach out and get the help they need, receive advice and counseling, and share their story.

If you’ve been struggling through the pandemic alone or feel like you need greater guidance and support, get in touch with the BeWellLine by calling (855) 838-6910 or visiting or today to arrange a counseling session or learn more about how they can help you.The counseling services are available by phone, online chat, and video conferencing, and are free.

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