Chester Elementary School

January 22, 2022. Connect. Thrive

CES Happenings This Week

Greetings CES Families!

Just a reminder that parent conferences are coming up!

Please make sure that you return the form to your child's teacher that confirms the date and time of your conference. Conferences are a great opportunity to celebrate your child's progress and growth so far this year as well as discuss how to further your child's learning. We look forward to this time with each of you!

Also, please remember that our Winter Concert has been cancelled for January 27th and will be rescheduled.

This week, we had our second and third graders get out on Snow Walk/Snow Shoe Field Trips in partnership with the US Forest Service! Our students had a great time enjoying the outdoors, discussing how winter impacts nature, and integrating their learning with classroom projects. Way to go second and third graders!

With appreciation and excitement,

Colly Fischer and Nicholle Crowther

Appendix B Changes-January 2022

Based on the latest guidance documents from the CDPH, and in consultation with Plumas County Public Health, we have updated Appendix B in regards to our COVID protocols. We have followed the convention of strikethrough for deleted content, and Red lettering to denote newly added content.

The most significant changes involve quarantine and isolation periods under various conditions, and can be found in Sections 7.2, 7.7a, 7.7b, and 7.9. These sections can be used when determining isolation (positive test) and quarantine (close contact) periods.

Antigen testing plays a large role in shortening both isolation and quarantine under this new guidance.

The source documents include the updated 1-12-22 CDPH Guidance for K-12 schools, the CDPH Guidance on Isolation and Quarantine for the general public, which is adopted by reference under some circumstances in the K-12 guidance document, and the Group Tracing Approach to Students Exposed to COVID-19 in a K-12 Setting document, which describes in-school quarantine under certain conditions.

It is the hope that the implementation of these new strategies will reduce the number of students excluded.

Upcoming Dates

1/31-2/4-Parent Conference Week, Minimum Day Schedule

(TK/K Dismissed at 12:45, 1-6th Dismissed at 1:00)

2/18-No School, Lincoln's Birthday Observed

2/21-No School, President's Day

3/18-School in Session (since we used a Snow Day on 12/14/21)

5/27-School in Session (since we used a Snow Day on 12/15/21)

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CES Site Council is looking for members

Are you interested in getting involved at CES? Well, we have an opportunity for you! Our School Site Council has openings and we would love to have you join. The School Site Council is a stakeholder group for determining the focus of the school's academic instructional program and all related categorical resources. We meet every 6-8 weeks to review the happenings at CES, review reports, and discuss ways to improve our school. If you are interested, please contact Colly Fischer at or at (530) 258-3194 ext. 1200.

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Staff Spotlight: Kristin King

Kristin King, originally from Vacaville, joined the Chester Elementary School team in 2022. Kristin, a graduate of San Diego State University, Ms. King was inspired to be a teacher because of the huge difference she can make in shaping children's lives.

Ms. King, a teacher for the last year and a half, loves showing students that they matter. She loves the spirit, playfulness, and energy of the CES Mountain Kids. Ms. King believes that the CES kids great relationships with each other and that they truly care about one another.

In her free time, Ms. King loves fishing, hiking, swimming, playing with her dogs, reading, and eating. One of her favorite children's books is Goodnight Moon and she loves reading it while eating fettuccine alfredo and chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. Ms. King dreams of traveling to Greece one day to explore its unique culture and history.

January Book of the Month

Did you know that Chester Elementary has a Book of the Month?

Each month, we have carefully selected one children's book that showcases the character trait that we are focusing on at CES.

Students in grades kindergarten through sixth each hear these beautiful, inspiring, and thought provoking stories in class with their teachers.

We will also vote on our favorite Book of the Month!

Check out our January book focused on Curiosity.

💪Rosie Revere, Engineer (Read Aloud books for kids) Andrea Beaty | Storytime Science Tech Miss Jill
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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.

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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.

This week brings a change to Appendix B. See below for the details.

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