April 28, 2022

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Letter from the Principal

Our return from spring break has left our school refreshed and reinvigorated to finish our school year stronger than ever! Signs of spring are everywhere: students are eating again outdoors while listening to music and surrounded by blooming dandelions, spring sports like baseball and soccer have students excited for their afterschool activities, and our school garden is starting to show off the hard work of our garden teachers, students, and staff!

Another sign of spring is the culmination of our Place-Based Learning (PBL) projects that are happening at every grade level. I've tried to give you a flavor of the wonderful learning experiences in the photos below and stay tuned for more PBL outdoor learning! Here's a big shout out to the North Olympic Salmon Coalition, Community Wellness Project, Chimacum School District, and the American Association of University Women that have been helping us support these high-quality learning experiences!

I hope you'll consider volunteering in your child's classroom and in our school so you can see the wonderful spring energy for yourself. It's been way too long since we've had the daily volunteers we hosted pre-pandemic, and my goal is to get as many of you as possible back into our amazing classrooms. To volunteer, all you need to do is to fill out the free background & volunteer form found on our district's website and bring in your driver's license and vaccination card for verification. These forms are good for two years, so luckily it's not something that needs to be done that often.

Next week we will be starting the “Smarter Balanced Assessment” with students in 3rd through 6th grade. This is a statewide test for all 3rd through 9th graders and the results are used to ensure that students across the state are receiving appropriate instruction according to the state standards. Classroom teachers are preparing their students for the test by reminding them about key components of the work they will be asked to do. You can best support your student’s success by ensuring they are getting a good night’s sleep and having a balanced breakfast.



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Teacher Appreciation Week - May 2nd-May 6th!

Please join us in celebrating our teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week from May 2-6! You can see some ideas below of how you can show your support and appreciation for our fabulous teachers. Thank you teachers for making a positive difference in the lives of our children!

Place Based Learning Projects Take Full Stage

3rd Graders Release Salmon That Grew From Eggs in the Classroom!

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Grade 6 Macroinvertebrate study of Chimacum Creek

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State Testing Calendar (Smarter Balanced Assessment)

Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) will be starting the week of May 2nd where students in grades 3 through 6 will take two assessments each in English Language Arts (ELA), and mathematics. 5th graders are the only grade level to participate in the Washington Comprehensive Science Assessment (WCAS), which is a single assessment.

Please help your student to give their best effort on the SBA by making sure that they:

  • Are well-rested
  • Eat healthy meals
  • Show up at school on the testing days
  • Show up at school on time
  • Have a positive attitude

We start our SBA testing next week. Here is our testing schedule:

  • Tuesday, May 3rd ELA grades 3-6
  • Wednesday, May 4th ELA grades 4-6
  • Thursday, May 5th science grade 5 only
  • Tuesday, May 10th math grades 3-6
  • Wednesday, May 11th math grades 3-6
  • Thursday, May 12 ELA grade 3 only

For students that are absent on testing days, we will be holding make-ups on Fridays and during the week of May 16-19.

We try to offer healthy snacks to students to keep them nourished and give them a little extra "something" during testing. If you would like to donate snacks for testing, please contact your child's teacher via email or through our Bloomz communication platform.

Thank you for continuing to work with us to make sure your student is successful. We want your student to leave this school year with a solid foundation of skills and a future full of opportunities.

How to Help Your Child For Test Preparation

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Kindergarten Registration at Chimacum Creek Now Open!

Calling all kindergarteners and families: Please join the CCP "Kindergarten Roundup" on May 4th from 4:30-6:00 PM. You will meet the kindergarten teachers, learn about the kindergarten experience, hear about routines, see classrooms, and ask the principal and teachers questions. We hope you can make it!
Kindergarten Registration Packet

Click here to open the kindergarten registration packet!

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Please join our PTA

Our K-12 Parent Teacher Organization supports students and teachers in many ways including funding classroom experiences & helping with field trips, the Fall carnival, field day, yearbook, picture day, and book fairs. The PTA provides an important connection between families and teachers.

Here's a big shout out to our two fabulous PTA leaders: Pam Garlock our new PTA president and our PTA Treasurer Aneta Rasmussen. Thank you so much Pam and Aneta for stepping up to lead our PTA to support our students, families, and schools!

Please consider becoming a PTA member. Using this link is easy and you can use your credit card!

From the nurse

I know we've all heard these tips before, but as our cold/flu/covid season seems to be in full swing, I thought I'd remind us all of a few tips to help stay healthy:

  • Good sleep is crucial. Try not to use any screens for 30-60 minutes before bedtime. The light suppresses melatonin, which can make it harder to fall asleep, and harder to get good sleep. Active screen time, such as video games, can affect sleep even more.
  • According to the CDC, kids 6-12 years old need 9-12 hours of sleep a night!
  • Eat vegetables and fresh fruits at every meal, and try them for snacks- the more colors, the better!
  • Try to limit your refined sugar intake to less than 10% of your calories and reduce your intake of processed foods (watch for that hidden sugar!).
  • Stay well-hydrated, skip the sugary drinks, and try to drink some plain water during the day.
  • Doing something active during the day can help decrease stress and help you get a better night's sleep.
  • Try to decrease stress and/or do a stress-relieving activity each day, such as coloring, yoga, meditation, a hot bath, or fun book.
  • You can talk to your medical provider about what vitamins may be helpful for you. If you feel you are constantly sick or getting sick more often than others around you, it may be worth talking to your provider about possible medical reasons, such as iron deficiency, vitamin D or other deficiencies, and other possible underlying causes.
  • Wash your hands throughout the day, especially after activities that included touching things that others might have touched- stair railings, grocery items, door handles, gym equipment, etc... Try to remember to wash your hands before touching your face.
  • Getting outdoors can help decrease stress and boost your immune system! Try an after-school walk, play at the beach, or play in a yard. As the weather warms, we can cook and eat outside, too!

May you stay well!

Nurse Reina

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May 3-19 Smarter Balanced Assessments

May 20 - Early Release - 12:15

May 27 - Snow Make-Up Day (No School)

May 30 - Memorial Day

June 9 - Berg/Gonzalez Field Trip

June 11 - HS Graduation

June 15 - CES Field Day

June 17 - Last Day of School - 12:15 Dismissal

About Chimacum Elementary

Chimacum Elementary serves students in grades 3-6 and is located in Chimacum, Washington. Our school serves the communities of Port Hadlock, Chimacum, Port Ludlow, Irondale, Marrowstone Island, Oak Bay, Paradise Bay, Shine and unincorporated east Jefferson County.

Our MISSION is to use S.T.E.A.M. as a foundation for unique and powerful learning experiences rooted in our community.

Our VISION is to grow students who, through powerful community-connected learning experiences, are prepared for life's requirements, challenges, and adventures and empowered to be engaged citizens and creative problem solvers.

Our Motto: "We grow kids!"

School Disclaimer

Chimacum School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

Civil Rights, Title IX, and Section 504 Coordinator

Melinda Miller

PO Box 278, Chimacum, WA 98325



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