Chester Elementary School

March 1, 2019

Greetings Parents!

We appreciate your understanding this week when we had to cancel school for three days. We we will be making up two of our lost days to snow on Friday, April 12 (before our April break) and Friday, May 24 (before Memorial Day weekend). (I'm unsure if we will have to make up the additional four days at this time. As I learn more I will share the information.) Please note, if we are operating school on normal start times. I will not send out a message so if you don't get a phone call, text or email, assume it's a normal school day at CES. I will also post a message on our CES Facebook page.

We are fortunate to be welcoming a presentation on the harmful effects of vaping for our 5th & 6th graders on March 5. We will be presenting to the 5th graders at 1:00, 6th graders at 1:45, and will even host a session for parents at 3:00 (Rm 13 - you can bring your child with you). We hope to encourage our students to avoid this increasingly popular habit among teenagers, and welcome our parents on March 5 at 3:00 pm in room 13.

Starting this coming week, we will have a homework club for 2nd-6th graders on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:45-3:45. A teacher will be present and will be able to support students with their homework. Teachers will make recommendations to parents if they believe one of their students could benefit from this opportunity and parents will need to complete the required form. Parents will also need to make arrangements for their child to be picked up or walk home since no bus service will be available at 3:45 pm. Please note - students must be motivated to work and not be a distraction to others. If they are unmotivated or create a distraction, they will be excused, and will need to be picked up by their parent at that time. We appreciate your understanding..

Parent request for assistance forms are available and attached to this newsletter (CES RFA Parent Form). If you have concerns about your child's progress, please notify your child's teacher, or complete the attached form and return to the office. We will also reach out to parents when we are concerned about students' progress.

Our 2019-2020 calendar is attached for your perusal. Please use this calendar to plan your upcoming family events and try not to miss school. Like this year, we have several breaks throughout the 2019-2020 school year. Although we provide work when students go out of town, the experience in the classroom working with a certificated teacher and classmates cannot be duplicated with a work packet. We would love to see all of our students at school at least 98% of the time (176/180 days). We appreciate your cooperation.

We have also added some dates below regarding upcoming events. Please review these dates so you don't miss out on any of the exciting events going on at CES.

It appears some wet weather will continue, and our playground will have snow and puddles for some time (through April? May? June?). Please continue to make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the wet weather and playground. They may want to bring an extra pair of dry socks in their backpacks, and if they don't have snow pants, then maybe even an extra pair of semi-water-resistant sweats.

In closing, it's great to be back in school for the next straight 6 weeks without a break. Our teachers will be pushing students a little harder this stretch in order to prepare them for their next grade level. Spring break is just around the corner (April 15-19), and our school year is going by too fast! We appreciate partnering with all of our families to better serve our students.

Kindness Ninja Now Coming to CES April 5, 9:30 am.

We are EXCITED to announce that CES is going to be taking on a massive kindness challenge and its launching with an assembly on April 5 (assuming no more big snowstorms)!


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 family 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

March 4 - Last day for Talent Show Sign Ups

March 5 - Vaping Presentation for 5th (1:00), 6th (1:45) & Parents (3:00) - Rm 13

March 8 - end of 2nd trimester (report cards will be ready by March 15)

March 13-14 - Talent Show Practice (sign ups Jan 29-Feb 25 in CES office)

March 15 - Talent show at CES (sponsored by 3rd Grade & Drama club)

March 16 - Parent Conference, Quincy

March 19-22 - PTA Book Fair (Rm 18)

March 22 - 2nd trimester awards assembly

March 27 - My Body Belongs to Me K-3rd presentation (Michelle Ridley) - more info below

April 5 - Kindness Assembly 9:15-10:00 am - parents welcome

April 15-19 - Spring Break (Easter April 21)

April 25 - Kindergarten Roundup Health & Registration Fair - more info to follow

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. (Don't you love the summer picture of CES? Who's tired of all this snow?)