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Crescent Harbor Elementary | March 2021

A Message from the Principal

Dear Crescent Harbor Families,

We are coming up on one year since school stopped looking "normal" and started looking different. From distance learning last spring to a hybrid/distance schedule that started this past fall, to whatever this coming spring looks like, we know it's been hard on everyone and we appreciate your partnership in providing for our kids and working to keep everyone safe.

We're not sure what the fall will look like, but we expect that schooling will be changed in some format because of what we've learned from this closure. The use of technology will likely continue and we know that some families will continue to be interested in a Distance Plus-type learning platform. And many families will want to come back to full-time schooling in the building.

We haven't received information on what to expect for the fall, but one thing that will help our planning for the future will be input from families about their preferences for in-person or distance learning in future years. Please watch for a survey from our district sometime in the near future asking for your preference.

For now, we are hoping to find a way to safely increase the number of days our students are in school. We are doing our best to support our children until then. Many of you have already reached out to Mr. Riffel or me to let us know whether your family is facing challenges, but please don't hesitate to do so if there's something we can do to help.

In this virtual world, one thing we figured is that the last thing you might want is a Virtual Family Night, so please watch for a treat coming home with one of your children for your family (Distance Plus families, we'll send a message when we're ready for pickup) that's intended to add nothing but FUN to your time together.

Wishing you well,

Kate Valenzuela

Important Dates and Reminders

March 2 | PTA Meeting has been cancelled.

March 3 | Parent-Teacher Virtual Conferences | 8:30-12:00 | No School*

March 10 | Parent-Teacher Virtual Conferences | 12:00-3:30 | No School*

March 17 | St. Patrick's Day

March 22 | End of 2nd Trimester K-4 and 9-12

*Grab and Go Meals will be available only at CHE, OVE, and OHHS on these days. Pick-up will be 10:30-12:30.

Please remember to...
  • Schedule your Parent-Teacher Virtual Conference by logging into Skyward.
  • Change your student's masks daily and wash them regularly.
  • Dress for the weather, as we continue to have outdoor recess - rain or shine!
  • Return any clothes that have been loaned from our office, or donate gently used pants and sweatshirts in sizes 6-10. We can always use them!
  • Let us know if you will be moving before the end of the school year, at least 2 weeks before your student's last day of school. We would love to help you with a smooth transition to your next school!
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Character Trait for March: Courage

This month we’re talking about the virtue of Courage – to help our children be courageous and learn to conquer things that frighten or scare them. Children need reassurance that fear is one of our feelings and to help them understand that it’s okay to feel afraid. Courage isn’t fearlessness, but instead our ability to choose the right thing even when we are scared! The definition we will be talking about is:

Courage: to choose what is good, right, and kind even when it is hard or scary.

Counselor Connection

Greetings Crescent Harbor Elementary Families,

I will be including a Social Emotional Lesson (SEL) each month for you to do with your children at home. This month's lesson is called "What Makes Me Happy".

When we think about emotional awareness, we typically focus on situations that trigger negative emotions. But it’s also important that we identify and focus on the things that make us happy. By understanding both the positive and the negative, we become much more emotionally resilient.

In the lesson below, you will help your students improve their emotional awareness by thinking about what makes them happy or gives them a “happy heart.”

Younger students will identify 4 things that make them happy and write them onto puzzle pieces that can be cut out and assembled into a heart. Older students will write down things that make them happy using words that start with each letter of the alphabet.

Please click on the link What Makes Me Happy and it will take you to the website where the activities home is called Centervention. This is a great website where you can find other "Free Resources", located at the top of the page, to do with your children to support them with their social emotional needs.

Enjoy - Jeff Riffel, CHE School Counselor

Nurse Notes

Reducing Sugar in Your Child's Diet

Most kids consume too much sugar, and it’s putting their health at risk. A diet that’s too high in sugar can lead to serious problems including obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. The American Heart Association says children should have no more than 3 to 4 teaspoons (12 to 16 grams) of sugar per day. But limiting sugar can be tricky.

Many foods and drinks contain extra sugar that goes in during processing, known as ‘added sugar.’ While most food labels now list added sugar separately, it’s still important to check labels for the many different names used for sugar, including corn sweetener, high-fructose corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, and glucose. And keep in mind that ‘healthy’ foods like yogurt, bread, cereal, tomato sauce, and soup can contain a surprising amount of added sugar.

It’s best to eat mostly whole, unprocessed food — including lots of fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables. When it comes to beverages, make water your go-to drink. Milk is also a good option; while it does contain natural sugar (lactose) it provides calcium, protein, vitamin D, and other nutrients.

Fresh fruit is a better option than fruit juice. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than 4 ounces of 100% fruit juice per day for children ages 1 to 3. For kids ages 4 to 6, no more than 4 to 6 ounces, and for ages 7 to 14 no more than 8 ounces. Infants under 1 year-old should never have fruit juice. And say no to soda: a 12-ounce can have a whopping 10 teaspoons (40 grams) of added sugar — that’s roughly triple the daily maximum recommended amount!

Visit the website for more information. (From Good Growing - A Seattle Children's Publication)

From the Garden

Planting Seeds

Students have been busy planting seed starters for the garden! We are excited for sprouts to emerge for spinach, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and lettuce.

Harvest of the Month: Radishes!

Read our Garden Blog for more information about radishes, as well as find a tasty recipe!

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