Chester Elementary School

January 25, 2019

Greetings Parents!

We are enjoying some sunshine, kickball and tetherball games have resumed, and our our teachers are pushing our students to work hard, problem solve, build their endurance and of course, be safe, responsible and respectful. Now may be a great opportunity to visit with your child about setting goals for 2019, working hard and building good study habits. I've attached a link to assist with goal setting for children and families that also introduces growth mindset (great stuff to share on another newsletter!).

A big thanks to all of you who were able to join us for Taco Night on Tuesday, January 22. Our PTA did a great job providing this enjoyable event, and made a little money to support our students. They always welcome additional help and support many activities for our students.

Kindness Ninja Coming to CES Tuesday, February 5, 9:15 am!

We are SUPER EXCITED to announce that our school is going to be taking on a massive kindness challenge and its launching with an assembly on February 5 at 9:15 am in the CES gym . We’d love to invite our parents to join us!

Chester Elementary School will be inviting one of the nations Top Youth Speakers, Brian Williams, to challenge our kids to a massive February Kindness challenge. Brian speaks to over 100,000 students each year, he has documented over 1.5 million acts of kindness, traveled to Africa 14 times and collected over 500,000 pairs of shoes for needy children and families. Brian is the founder of Think Kindness, a non-profit that inspires measurable acts of kindness in schools across the country.

Our school challenge will launch with a fun and exciting motivational assembly (you're welcome to come!). During the assembly Brian be telling his story of traveling around the globe to carry-out seemingly simple acts of Kindness and what he discovered while living at an orphanage in rural Kenya.

But rather than just talk . . . we are going to call them to action!


The entire student body will be challenged to carry-out acts of kindness in the halls, classrooms, at home and throughout the community. Each student will receive a kindness challenge so don’t be shocked if you see a little more Kindness around the house .

Challenge #2 – Global Impact

During the assembly, students will hear stories, see pictures and watch videos of kids their own age in Kenya. But one big difference, is that these children have never worn a pair of shoes in their life! We are going to challenge the entire school to collect gently used sneakers that will be sent to needy children and families around the globe. So go throughout your closet to see if you have any sneakers you don’t wear anymore. (also ask your friends, family and neighbors!) Important – we are only collecting sneakers. Please don’t bring boots, flip-flops, slippers, etc.

To help us make an even bigger impact, we want to ask you to engage in conversation with your students about the subject of Kindness. Ask them about what they’ve done, acknowledge what they do, and encourage the simple life skill of Kindness.

Upcoming Dates

Feb 5 - Kindness Ninja Assembly 9:15 (guest speaker encouraging kind acts) - parents welcome

Feb 18-22 - Winter break - no school

March 8 - end of 2nd trimester

March 16 - Parent Conference, Quincy

Thanks for your support!

We enjoy partnering with our parents to provide an exceptional elementary education for all of our students. We appreciate your ongoing support to benefit our students. Please let us know if you have any questions.