Coyote Tracks August 13, 2021

Kesterson Elementary School

Welcome to a New School Year!

Have you wondered why you are seeing so much tie dye around Kesterson this week? Every year we choose a new theme for our school, and this year we chose Peace, Love and Learning. After the past year and a half, we thought that we could all use a little more of these things!

We chose this theme as a reminder that, even with all of the things going on in our country and the world right now, school should be a happy place where students and adults all respect each other and practice kindness. We are lucky to have such a diverse community, and we appreciate all of our families more than you know.

I personally would like to thank our families for not pushing back about our COVID requirements. While I know that some people are not happy with masks and distancing, I have said from the start that we will do anything we have to do in order to make sure that our students can remain in school in person this year. That is our first priority, and I'm very grateful to our community for understanding that. I feel so lucky to be at Kesterson, with the most amazing families in Clark County.

Ms. Wright

COVID Information

As we communicated last week, the current CCSD guidance is that if there is one positive case in a classroom, then the entire class must go on quarantine. For this reason, it is extremely important that you monitor your children for symptoms each morning, and please do not send your child to school if he or she has symptoms.

We will do our best to avoid quarantining classes, but this depends on you! We need everyone's help to make sure that we can stay in school. Please see the graphics below for more detailed information.

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Arrival and Dismissal

We understand that there have been some hiccups with dismissal time in the afternoons, especially around first and second grades. We are working on adjusting lineup spots, so starting on Monday we will have students line up according to the map below.

Parents, please stand back a bit and give the teachers some space while they are dismissing students. We know it can get a bit hectic, and it's important that our teachers know where every student is going at the end of the day, and who is picking them up.

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School Meals

This is just a reminder that every student in CCSD can get school breakfast, lunch, or supper free of charge. Breakfast is served from 8:45-9:00 and supper can be picked up from 3:45-4:10 in the MP room. You can check the menus at

Contact Information

Parents, please take a moment to check that your contact information is correct in Infinite Campus. If something were to happen to your child, we must be able to contact you quickly.

Please double check your email address as well. We try not to send out ParentLink messages often, so when we do it is important information. After the last message we sent out, we got return messages from about 50 parents with invalid email accounts.

Also, please make sure that you connect with your child's teacher on Class Dojo. This is the quickest and easiest way to contact teachers and to get important information.

Quiet Hours

During the past year and a half, many of our teachers made themselves available at all hours. However, I have seen the strain that this has put on many of them.

This year, I have asked teachers to set "quiet hours" and to communicate those hours to parents. While I want teachers to respond to parent questions and concerns, I also want parents to unplug and spend times with their families.

Please respect any quiet hours that are set by your child's teachers, and understand that you may not get an immediate response. In order for our teachers to be able to give their best to your children, they need time to rest and recharge.

In general, the CCSD expectation is that phone calls, emails and messages should receive a response within 24 hours.

Enrollment Numbers

As of today, our enrollment is still over 100 students short of our projections. CCSD's official count day is September 10. If our enrollment stays this low, we will lose several teachers.

We tell you this so that you will understand that it is possible that your child will have to move to a different classroom after count day. While we hope that this doesn't happen, at this time we are not optomistic.

Open House - Save the Date

We will be holding our Open House on the evening of Wednesday, September 1. At this time we are planning to hold Open House virtually. While we know this is not ideal, please remember that every decision we make this year is being made through the lens of keeping our kids in school.

The time and schedule will be sent out at a later date.

Upcoming Dates to Remember

September 1 - Open House (virtual)

September 6 - Labor Day, No School

September 13 - Staff Development Day, No School

September 29 - Picture Day

October 4 - Staff Development Day, No School

October 13 - Parent/Teacher Conferences, No School

October 25 - Unassigned Day, No School

October 29 - Nevada Day, No School

Kesterson Elementary School WEBSITE

TONS of great information for Kesterson Families.

Infinite Campus access

Infinite Campus is a website parents can use to see student information, including grades and attendance. For password assistance, contact the front office.

PTA Website

Click here to find out more about our PTA. Please join the PTA!

Follow Kesterson on Facebook!

We post updates about school events, activities and much more!