Chester Elementary School

October 22, 2021. Connect. Thrive

Another Great Week!

It was a great week here at CES!

Students showed their school sprit by participating in PJ, Multiples, Neon, Crazy Sock, and Green and White Day. It was fun to see students using their creativity and imagination to be part of these days.

Our sixth graders also used the creativity and imagination this week to participate in Inktober. Inktober an art challenge that happens in October. Artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month. Check out what Ms. Whalen's class art below.

All of CES had their first Thriving Thursday this week! Students in all grades took Thursday afternoon to visit classes all over the school that offered different activities. Students created a mural, built cup towers, rode scooters, played with legos, and more!

This is a wonderful student event for CES because it builds students connections with students across grade levels. It also builds connections with other teachers and staff members as students engage in Purposeful Play. Our hallways were filled with smiles, laughter, and joy! We cannot wait until the next one!

With Flexibility and Grace,

Colly Fischer and Nicholle Crowther

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We have Spirit Wear!

You can customize the color and design of items!

Our CES VOLCANOES STORE can be found by clicking here!

Notable Stuff and Upcoming Dates

10/28 Halloween Parade at 2:10; CES Playground

10/29- Professional Development Day/ No Students

Superintendent Search

Our Governing Board Trustees have selected Leadership & Associates, an executive search firm, to conduct the search for our next Plumas Unified School District Superintendent.

As promised, they have provided us with an online survey which is posted on our PCOE/PUSD website. The link for the online survey can be found here. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. This is your opportunity to share your thoughts and input regarding the qualities, characteristics and experience that you desire in your next superintendent.

The online survey will be open from October 20th through November 1st - 4pm.

Please check this webpage for ongoing updates linked here and important announcements regarding this process.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to contribute to this process.

Help CES earn money with Box Tops!

How to Scan with the Box Tops Mobile App

Treats for Troops!

Bring in your Halloween candy from November 1st to November 5th!

The candy will be mailed in care packages to Chester High School graduates that now serve in the Military. Show your support!
The box is located outside the CES office.

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Get your Plumas Strong Sticker!


Sold in the CES Office

All proceeds benefit CES Outdoor Core Programs

Thank you to Antonia Marro for her artwork and sticker design!


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Independent Study Explained

There are two types of independent study, long and short term. Long Term Independent Study is an option for your student if in-person instruction presents a health risk to your child. You will follow the instructions found here. Notification of Independent Study

Short Term Independent Study is provided in case a student is excluded from school due to Covid-19, exposure or symptoms and can do work from home. The school will communicate with you and explain the process. Then, we will send a short term independent study agreement to you on Parent Square. The teacher will provide work and for the work that your student completes, he/she will have those days credited and not marked as absent.

If you are planning for a child to be away from school for a family trip or the like, please notify the office. You may request a Short Term Independent study agreement in this case. This request should be 5 days in advance of your departure and will need to be approved by the principal. If approved, your child will be provided work which should be returned the day your child is back in school.

Volunteers on Campus

Volunteers on campus

CES values our volunteers who help us so much. This year, in addition to the paperwork that volunteers complete we will be requiring

  • proof of vaccination

  • Or a weekly Covid test

  • and be fingerprinted (this can be done at the District Office in Quincy)

You are considered a volunteer if you come in consistently to assist at school in your child’s class. Field Trip drivers or parents that help for one event are not considered volunteers in this circumstance.

Testing will occur on campus once a week starting in early October but one can get a test result from anywhere convenient. The “quick test” AKA antigen will be the test provided at the school. At this time, over the counter tests will not be accepted.


Russ Myhre, originally from Livermore, joined the Chester Elementary School team in 2020. A graduate of Humboldt State, Mr. Myhre holds is a credential in Physical Education and an Education Specialist Credential. Mr. Myhre was drawn into the teaching field by his deep commitment to have a positive impact in the lives of young people.

Mr. Myhre, a teacher for fifteen years, has experience teaching all grade levels from elementary to high school. As part of CES, works with grades kindergarten through sixth and thinks that our Mountain Kids are awesome! They have a great spirit and love to be active outdoors.

In his free time, Mr. Myhre loves to fish, golf, camp, and explore new places. He loves the Giants, 49ers, and Warriors. Mr. Myhre dreams of visiting Alaska to go fishing and explore its wild and beautiful landscape.

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Covid Protocols

Hello Chester families!

We’d like to remind all of our families that the same COVID protocols remain in place from last school year. If your child is ill, you will need to keep them home and follow the return to school criteria (see below). The complete PUSD Covid Protocols are found

here in Appendix B

Please use the At-home Staff and Student Screening to screen your children at home prior to sending them to school. The schools will contact any guardian for pick-up if your student develops symptoms during the school day. After experiencing any of the symptoms on this list, the student must meet the return to school criteria before they will be permitted back on campus. If you have any further questions, please contact your school office.

Here is to a great year!

Your PUSD nurses,

Emilee Pruitt, BSN, RN, Lead School Nurse

Jessica Logan, BSBA, RN, School Nurse

Lauren Tasaki, BSB, RN, School Nurse

Christina Tate, LVN

Emilee Schramel LVN

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Free Crisis Counseling

It’s been a tough last year and half for many in our county. The Covid 19 pandemic has brought hardship and uncertainty to our community, and the added stress of several catastrophic wildfires in the past two summers has added another layer of difficulty.

This double crisis has put tremendous burdens on all of us, and many people have no choice but to struggle alone. This is why California State has started a productive new partnership with BeWellLine, a partnership that will bring care to the people who need it most.

The BeWellLine mission is to provide evidence-based, free-of-charge care to people who might not have access to it otherwise. This is a free service, available to anyone, without regard to existing insurance coverage or qualification. Everyone in the state of California is entitled to reach out and get the help they need, receive advice and counseling, and share their story.

If you’ve been struggling through the pandemic alone or feel like you need greater guidance and support, get in touch with the BeWellLine by calling (855) 838-6910 or visiting or today to arrange a counseling session or learn more about how they can help you.The counseling services are available by phone, online chat, and video conferencing, and are free.

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