Chester Elementary School

September 17, 2021. Connect. Thrive

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What's Happening at CES?

This week our students have learned the routines of their classes, the expectations for all areas of the school (be safe, be respectful and be responsible), played a lot, and shined! They should be pretty tired so give them some TLC and send them back well rested on Monday.

In the Chester community, we are experiencing a big increase in Covid positive tests. Thank you for keeping your students home if they are sick, following all protocols and timelines for quaratine from Plumas Public Health and the district, and masking when on campus. Call if you have questions. We do want to stay open and in order to do this, we need everyone to do their part. (Appendix B)

Picture Day is being postponed. Lifetouch will be rescheduling with us soon.

Need to call the school? Dial 258-3194 and key in extension 1201. If it goes to voicemail, please leave a message and someone will get back to you shortly.

We look forward to introducing staff members each week in the newsletter. Hopefully, you enjoy meeting the All Star CES staff through out the year.

With Flexibility and Grace,

Colly Fischer

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Volunteers on Campus

Following our guidance from Plumas Public Health, California Public Health and California Department of Education, all staff working with your students will be tested weekly or show proof of vaccination.

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. Testing will occur on campus but one can get a test result from anywhere convenient. At this time, over the counter tests will not be accepted. More information will be coming from the District soon.

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Covid Protocols

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.

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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Notable Stuff and Upcoming Dates

9/22/21- First Day of Fall

9/24/21- Friday Early Dismissal

10/11-15- Scholastic Book Fair

10/18-22- Parent Conferences- Minimum Days all week.

School Menu

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STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Mrs. Bainbridge

Kellie Bainbridge, a native of Clear Creek, has been a teacher for fifteen years and taught in grades kindergarten through twelfth grade. A graduate of Humboldt State University, Mrs. Bainbridge became a teacher because she wanted to make the world a better place.

Mrs. Bainbridge loves teaching kindergarten because the students are excited about everything! She enjoys singing and reading to her class. Mrs. Bainbridge’s favorites include Just Right and Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. Mrs. Bainbridge also loves that CES students are humble, caring, and sincere.

In her free time, Mrs. Bainbridge loves hiking, biking, running and gardening. In 2010, Mrs. Bainbridge founded the school garden at CES for the students and community.

Mrs. Bainbridge has also had many unique travel experiences in her life including skiing with piranhas in Brazil; living in a cave in Spain; and riding a camel in the Gobi desert of Mongolia.


Jill Spooner, a thirty year veteran to the education field, became a teacher after working in a preschool and becoming hooked on the kids. Mrs. Spooner was also inspired by a number of influential teachers in her own life and says, “there is no greater reward than teaching”.

A graduate of UC Santa Barbara and CSU Monterey, Mrs. Spooner has spent the majority of her career teaching kindergarten. She loves the tremendous amount of growth that her students make in the first few months of school and the look on their face when they learn something new. Her favorite book to read to her students is The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Mrs. Spooner loves the CES community and on the weekends spends time with her family--hiking, playing pickle ball, or enjoying the lake. She also enjoys spicy food and would love to visit Croatia some day. Mrs. Spooner loves the color green (Chester Green!) and lovable, cuddly, cute dogs.

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