Mustang Messages Newsletter

Chehalem Elementary Newsletter- April 16, 2021

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Principal's Message

Dear Chehalem Families,

Things continue to go smoothly as we have about half of our students participating in Hybrid model and half continuing in CDL. Thank you for all you have done to make is such a successful transition.

Middle School and High School students begin classes next week on Thursday in Hybrid. Be aware that our bus timing for hybrid students in the morning and afternoon might be slightly affected because of this. They run high school routes before ours and middle school after ours. Therefore if they are late on their high school route for one reason or another it can transfer to making our buses late too. We do our best to send a school messenger if a bus will be more than 15 minutes late so you don't worry about your children. It would be sent by text. Buses have been on schedule so far so hopefully that will continue.

Tomorrow is a grading day. That means no school for students.

Looking forward to full school days next year. There is no plan to offer a CDL option next year other than the Flex Online program. It is a program offered through the district and is a completely online school.

Yellow forms were sent home last week for dental sealants. Today was the first day of sealants being applied and April 30th will be the second. You may continue to return your forms if you are interested. It is FREE and very helpful in the prevention of cavities. If you are a CDL family and want the sealants please complete the form and return it to the office. The office will call you to schedule a time after 11:30 on April 30th.

Our hybrid students, will bring home forms that offer the opportunity for COVID testing to be performed at school This would only be for hybrid students who might be showing symptoms of COVID. The test kits should be arriving next week. With the rising number of cases lately it might be good to have the permission slip on file. Students perform the swab themselves with instruction from the health assistant.

Let's all enjoy our last few weeks of school. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your child's teacher or the front office.


Angee Silliman


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Book Bus New Times and Curbside Check-out

Good news! We will be continuing our book bus every Wednesday once Hybrid starts next week, but we had to adjust the times. The new times are listed below on the map with the stops. Remember to watch on Seesaw for any announcements about special events and giveaways! As always, please e-mail Ms. Blanchard at if you have any questions!

Here is the link to the map if you want to look at it more closely and zoom in, etc.

Attention: New Curbside Checkout day and time! I will now be holding my Curbside Checkout on Wednesdays from 4:00pm-6:00pm. If this day/time does not work for you, you can also e-mail me ( or message me on Seesaw with your book requests and the day/time you'd like me to leave it in the office for you to pick-up (office pick-up is available M-F from 8am-4pm on school days). This is available for students who remained in CDL (Hybrid students will be checking out during the school day once a week).

Atención: ¡Nuevo día y hora de libros en la acera! Ahora realizaré mis libros en la acera los miércoles de 4:00 pm a 6:00 pm. Si este día/hora no funciona para usted, también puede enviarme un correo electrónico (nicole_blanchard @ o envíeme un mensaje en Seesaw con sus solicitudes de libros y el día/hora en que desea que lo deje en la oficina para que lo recoja (el servicio para recoger en la oficina está disponible de lunes a viernes de 8 am a 4:00 pm los días escolares). Esto está disponible para los estudiantes que permanecieron en CDL (los estudiantes híbridos retirarán durante el día escolar una vez a la semana)

Thank you!


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PTO Corner

Super Awesome Chehalem Mustang Raffle

When: April 5-19

Where: Online! Go to the PTO website to get the square store link.

What: Buy $1 raffle tickets to be entered to win 20 amazing prize baskets valued from $50-$440.

Students can also earn "Mighty Mustangs" from their teachers to be entered into a special student basket raffle.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday, April 21 from 6-7 PM.

Chehalem Challenges!

The PTO is sponsoring three optional, fun challenges for students. There's a different challenge each month and winners will be sent a gift card. BONUS: The teacher who has the most students participate in the challenge will also receive a gift card. Help your teacher win! Submissions will be done through a Google Form. See the flier for more details.

Challenge #1: Spring Challenge: Go for a walk and notice the many signs of spring in your neighborhood or a park. Use all of your senses to observe. Write a poem or short song, paint or draw a picture, or create a nature collage to share your perspective of Spring. DEADLINE 4/7

BONUS ENTRY: plant some new seeds and tell us what you planted!

Google Form: Chehalem Challenge 3/31 - Google Forms

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Use Your Blue Bags to Drop Off Your Bottles Next Week

The PTO gets an extra 20% next week in celebration of Earth Day! If you need a blue bag you may call the office and we can send it with your child or can bring it out if you are driving up.
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Volunteer Opportunity

Need Volunteers to Help with Meal Prep at Elementary Schools

There is a need for parent/community volunteers to help with meal prep at all elementary schools. The volunteer shifts would be 1 – 2 hours in the morning to help with bagging up fruit, vegetables, or frozen entrees. Proposed hours are 8 – 10 am for early start schools or 9 – 11 am for regular start schools. Volunteers can be used every day of the week including Wednesdays. Elementary schools will coordinate for volunteers and front office staff can access a list of cleared volunteers through the district's volunteer management software Better Impact.

Please call the office if you are interested in volunteering for this.

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Spring Food Resources

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Sincerely, Angee Silliman

Principal at Chehalem Elementary