Canterbury Elementary School

October Newsletter

A Busy First Month!

Building Classroom Communities

CES staff members discussed our Hopes and Dreams for our students this year, and classroom teachers have led their learners through discussions and activities in order to allow each student to name a Hope and Dream that they have for themselves. Classes also developed Classroom Rules and Procedures so that everyone can learn in a safe, kind environment where we help one another to do our best!

Initial Assessments

All learners have participated in beginning-of-the-year assessments, such as STAR Reading and STAR Math. These assessments help teachers to determine student needs and to plan instruction accordingly.

Playground Party

Thank you to the PTO for hosting the Playground Party on September 13. It was wonderful to see such a great turn out of families in attendance!

Sign Design Workshops

CES student artists did a wonderful job learning about the sign design process as they contributed ideas through their artwork. Local artist Jayne Hastings will take the student ideas and create a final design for our new playground sign.

Open House, Hot Dog Supper & Book Fair

We had a fantastic turnout at our Open House last week! It was wonderful to see students excitedly sharing their learning with their families.

The CES PTO would like to thank everyone that participated in the hot dog supper. Thank you to Bronson Glines and Anna McDonald for volunteering and serving the food, Hackleboro Orchards for donating delicious apples, and Canterbury Woods Country Club for donating the water. Finally, our fourth graders did a wonderful job making the cole slaw for the meal!

Important Dates

October 3: Last day to order school apparel

October 4: CES Picture Day

October 7: The NH Great Apple Crunch (lunchtime event)

October 7: PTO meeting at 6 PM (CES library or view from home via Google Meet)

October 11: Columbus Day - No School

October 26: Lions Club Vision Screenings at CES

October 29: CES Celebrates Halloween (more information to come)

CES Apparel - PTO

The CES online store will be open until SUNDAY OCTOBER 3rd. This will be the only time that the store is opened prior to the holidays.

Here is the link to the online store:

Thanks for your support,


Healthy Celebrations at CES

We are pleased to announce that students can once again bring items into their classroom for celebrations. Because healthy foods help keep students’ minds and bodies ready for learning, we ask that you please ensure that all food sent to school for birthdays and other celebrations is consistent with the intent of the district’s Wellness Policy, which promotes healthy eating among our students. Treats that do not promote healthy choices will be returned home with your child. A letter outlining options for healthy treats was recently sent home. Please reach out to the nurse at or the school counselor at if you would like another copy of the guidelines.


If a student has a transportation change on a particular day (such as being picked up by a different adult), you must call the main office at 783-9944 or email Mrs. Blanchette at to notify us of the change. Teachers will not necessarily receive an email with a change in a timely manner due to their teaching schedule. Remember, students may not ride a different bus than their regularly scheduled bus. This is to allow the proper numbers of students on buses for physical distancing and safety measures. Thank you for your understanding.

Cougars ROAR!!

We are the Canterbury Elementary School Cougars! In order to positively acknowledge our learners for their efforts, Cougars ROAR awards were developed last year. Students are acknowledged with a shout out in the afternoon announcements on the day they earn an award. Award certificates are presented and a photo is taken for all to enjoy!

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The NH Great Apple Crunch

On October 7, we will celebrate the NH Great Apple Crunch. Hackleboro Orchard is generously donating enough apples for every student to enjoy one at lunch! Check out the flyer included in this newsletter for details!