Chester Elementary Newsletter

April 26-30, 2021: Explore. Learn. Thrive.

Hello Chester Families,


Things to Remember:

  • Student Chromebooks should be returned to school, if you have not done this yet, please send the Chromebook and Charger back as soon as possible.
  • The Bell Schedule for the return to 100% in person learning is below. The schedule for grades 1-6 will be M-Th 8:10-2:30 and Friday 8:10-11:50. Kindergarten will continue with two sessions M-Th- AM is 8:10-11:00 and PM is 11:40-2:30. Friday in kinder will be all students from 8:10-11:30.
  • Wear your Chester gear or Green and White every Friday. Volcano Spirit!
  • Calling all TK/K siblings! Enrollment is now open for the fall. See the information that follows below.
  • New menus are available below.

Upon our return to school, your student will need more sleep. Don't be surprised about this! Sleep is one of the most important things to address for learning, no one learns when they are too tired. Adjust wake up times so they will be used to am 8:10 school start.

Here are some tips:

1. Create a calm environment to sleep, keep devices and TVs out of the bedroom.

2. Create consistent patterns of going to bed and waking up.

3. Create wind down time before bed, read and relax.


Colly Fischer

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Return to 100% FAQ

Return to School 100% on April 26, 2021

What are the hours? Grades 1-6: 8:10-2:30 Monday-Thursday and 8:10-11:50 on Fridays. TK/K AM Monday-Thursday 8:10-11:00 and PM 11:40-2:30. All TK/K students on Fridays from 8:10-11:30.

Will I need to sign anything? No

Can a parent volunteer on campus? Not at this time. The doors will be open for student arrival but we request that parents wait in front and ring the doorbell for assistance in order to follow our safety protocols. Students and staff are allowed on campus only. If parents need to talk to the office staff, we are happy to set that up.

Will my student need to wear a mask and social distance? Yes indoors and outdoors. Teachers will provide mask breaks for students throughout the day. These will be conducted outdoors with more than 6 foot distancing.

Will all students be screened at school? No, parents and guardians will be responsible for screening prior to arrival.

What happens if my student is ill? We will be following the same protocols that have been implemented this year.

Will my child eat on campus? Yes, students will be eating lunch at school. Breakfast will be provided from 7:45-8:05. While eating, there will be fewer students per lunch period, with students spaced out for distancing. Handwashing and/or sanitizing, masking and social distancing will continue as we follow all Health and Safety Protocols.

Will there be Meal Delivery? No, meals are available at school.

How will pick up and drop off work? If you are dropping off or picking up your child by car please be respectful of others, and avoid parking in the yellow loading zone in front of the school. Always pull forward and watch carefully! BE SAFE and RESPECTFUL of all our families and staff members. It may be quicker to park in the nearby neighborhood and walk to pick up your child.

What happens if my child's teacher is sick? We will try to place a substitute teacher with the class. If we are unable to do that, the school will contact you by 6 AM that day and your child will learn remotely until the teacher returns.

Where do my children enter and exit? Grades 1-6 enter through the front door. Grades 1-5 exit through the front door and grade 6 exits through the side parking lot. Kindergarten enters and exits at the kindergarten playground gate.

Kindergarten: Mrs. Bainbridge

First: Mrs. Cardona

Second: Mrs. O’Kelley

Third: Mrs. Geer and Mrs. Twitchell

Fourth: Mrs. Crowther

Fifth: Mrs. Tantardino

Sixth: Ms. Whalen and Mrs. White

Independent Study Teacher: Mrs. Bauer

Dental Screening- May 6 at CES

Hello CES parents! PUSD has teamed up with Healthy Smiles to offer free dental screenings and fluoride varnishes to our students. The Healthy Smiles team will be at CES on Thursday May 6.

This is a voluntary service. The form is available in Parent Square or you can print the PDF below.

If you have any questions please contact Dana Krinsky at Plumas County Public Health: 283-6358

OR your school nurses:

Lauren Tasaki:

Emilee Pruitt:

Meal Information

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Dates:

4/26- Return to 100%

5/6- Health Smiles Team will provide Dental Screening at CES

Happy Earth Day

Wishing you all a very Happy Earth Day on April 22nd, 2021! Did you know that Earth Day was founded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues? Earth Day is now a global celebration that is sometimes extended into Earth Week, a full 7 days focused on green living! There are lots of ways to celebrate Earth Day from picking up trash to planting a tree. Going out and enjoying nature in this beautiful weather is also a wonderful way to celebrate. You can also learn something new about the environment around you, like what kind of trees and plants we have growing locally. It is always fun to learn something new. I hope you all have a fun celebration and you get a chance to go out and enjoy the sunshine!

Check out more ideas and activities

For grades K-2, click on this link: Earth Day activities for Grades K-2 | Wide Open School

For grades 3-6, click on this link: Earth Day activities for Grades 3-5 | Wide Open School

Screening Procedures

Parents will be asked to screen students prior to arrival at school. In summary, parents will check to see how their child is feeling prior to sending them to school. If there are any symptoms, you will not send them. If students display any symptoms while at school or at home, the same procedure of staying home 10 days, or getting a medical clearance or a Covid test still remain in place. It is important to call the school when your child is absent!

See the following image or read here for more information.

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Parent and Community Resources

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