Chester Elementary Newsletter

Week of February 1, 2021

February is Here!

Students were so excited to be on campus again and the hum of learning filled the CES halls. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate but the silver lining is that we are set up for Distance Learning and can pivot when needed. Next week our teachers are excited to see everyone on campus.

In February, we will show our love for reading with a Read-A-Thon. We are excited to try a new online format while reading, reading and reading. More information will be coming out soon for our Feb. 22- Mar. 5 Read-A-Thon. Research shows that the time children spend reading pays off exponentially over time. Our goal is to get books in student's hands and create a love of reading.

In returning to campus, we are following the Governor's California's Safe School Plan for All. The website can be found here- Safe Schools For All. So much research is now coming out, this one article is a quick and easy read. Some important pieces here at CES are that staff at all sites are being offered regular on site Covid Tests and our District Safety team came out to watch our Health and Safety procedures in action and gave us a big thumbs up! We appreciate families keeping their students home when showing any symptoms and calling to let us know if they are absent.

Stay Well,

Colly Fischer

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the schedule? AM Session is 8:10-11:00 and PM Session is 12:10-3:00. Zoom check in on Fridays at 8:30.
  • Teachers will be sending Monday folders home each week when in person rather than packets. Independent study students will still pick up work in front of school.
  • Students arrive between 8:05-8:10 for the AM Session and 12:05-12:10 for the PM Session. All students enter through the front door except for Kindergarten.
  • Send your student with a face covering everyday.
  • Meals will be grab and go at the end of the AM session.
  • Meal delivery or pick up is available for PM students allowing them to eat prior to arriving. (See schedule below)
  • Water bottles are encouraged, our shared drinking fountains will not be in use.
  • Be sure students are dressed appropriately for school.


  • Is it all day? No, there are two sessions each day.
  • Will children in the same family be on the same schedule? YES!
  • Will my children have work to do at home? Yes, the model is a half day in person with asynchronous learning when they are not on campus. The combined times will equal the instructional minutes required by the state.
  • Will there be transportation? Yes, there will be transportation provided for the PM session on a limited basis.
  • Will my student need to wear a mask and social distance? Yes.
  • Will all students be screened? Yes, students will stay in their cars and staff members will screen them prior to entering. Students that walk will be screened at the door and those on the bus will be screened prior to riding the bus.
  • What happens if my child is sick? Watch the video below for explanation.
  • What happens if my child's teacher is sick? The school will contact you by 6 AM that day and your child will learn remotely until the teacher returns.
  • Where do my children enter and exit? Grades 1-6 enter and exit through the front door and Kindergarten enters and exits at the kindergarten playground gate.
Tech Survey- Please Fill Out

PUSD is collecting input from families to guide our Technology Plan.

Upcoming Events

Monday, 2/1

  • Monday Morning Meeting- Character Focus is Courage

Tuesday, 2/2

  • Groundhog Day

Wednesday, 2/3

Thursday, 2/4

Friday, 2/5

  • Parent Support Zoom Session: "Decreasing Problem Behaviors in your Child" with Ronni Okarski, 2:00

Meal Information

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Parent and Community Resources

Clothing Ladder

What is the Clothing Ladder?

It is an organization that facilitates the process to give and receive gently-used clothing.

Why be a part of the clothing ladder?

It is good for the environment, helps kids, builds community connections, saves money, time, and resources, and best of all, it makes you and others feel good.

What do I have to do?

Go through your clothing at least twice a year; we suggest once during fall vacation and once during spring vacation. Deliver your bags of clean, gently-used clothing to your receiving partner.

How do I sign up?

Go directly to the signup link and fill out the clothing ladder form online:

or for more information email

After I fill out the sign-up form, what do I do?

Wait for us to find your receive-from and give-to partners. We will contact you. Next, via email, determine the time and place to exchange clothing with partners.

What do I do when I no longer want to participate?

Email us and let us know.

Sign Up Link

What is the Clothing Ladder?

Skate Park in the Almanor Basin!

Almanor Recreation and Park District is in the process of planning for a Skate Park on property owned by the district, adjacent to the ARPD office and the ARC center.

We need community feedback especially from our youth.

The information gathered will help us to evaluate community support for this project.

Thank you,

The Almanor Recreation and Park District

Greater Good Science Center

The Greater Good Science Center is a wonderful resource for all things good, check it out! Here is a quick video with tips to help persevere when you want to quit.
What to Do When You Want to Quit
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Free Parent Resource for Chester Families

Inviting all Chester Parents!

The Chester Schools are excited to be hosting free Parenting Support Presentations via Zoom to assist our families. The pandemic has stretched your resources as a family and parents have been asked to be superheroes during this time. To help support parents with ideas and resources, Ronni J. Okraski, PHD BCBA LBA, who is Director and Owner of Positive Behavior Changes will be sharing a three part learning experience. We are inviting all Chester parents to attend. These presentations will be recorded and posted if you are not able to participate in the live sessions.

All sessions are from 2:00-2:45 PM

January 22, 2021- Changing your child’s behavior- the basics.

January 29, 2021- Increasing preferred behaviors in your child

February 5, 2021- Decreasing problem behaviors in your child

Zoom Link

Homework Hotline for grades 4-12 Science and Math

Harvey Mudd College offers a free Homework Hotline for students in grades 4-12 in the subjects of science and math. Read more here.