Coyote Tracks October 2018

Kesterson Elementary School

Kesterson's Nevada School Performance Rating (Star Rating)

As you may have read in the paper, we have received our new star rating and Kesterson is a 4-star school. While we are disappointed that we did not maintain our 5-star rating, we will continue to work hard to provide a 5-star education to all of our students. However, we cannot do this without the support of you! Please check your child's backpack, read with him/her, and make every effort to get him/her to school on time every day.

The Importance of Attendance

Did you know?

  • Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
  • Missing 10 percent of the school year (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read.
  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.
  • Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.

What you can do:

  • Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Don't let your child stay home unless he/she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, the counselor, or other parents for advice on how to make him/her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

Please Update Contact Information

It is really important that we be able to contact you at all times. This is a matter of student safety. Too often, we call parents and get the message, "This phone is not taking calls at this time," or, "This subscriber's mailbox is full." Imagine if there were an emergency and we could not get through to a parent or guardian. If you get a new address, phone number, or email address, please stop in to the office so we can change the information in our computer system.

Rules of the Road

Did you know that it is illegal to do a U-turn in a school zone? It is. Please do not make U-turns during drop off or pick up, even if you don't see a sign.

Also, please remember that it is illegal to pass a school bus while the stop signs are out, even in our bus lane.

Remember that, as adults, we should always be modeling proper behavior for our children. Please be courteous and respectful. Also, please make sure that you are using crosswalks to cross streets and in our parking lot. Do not let your children walk between parked busses - this is very dangerous since bus drivers can't always see small children.

Popsicle Sales

Our fifth graders will be selling popsicles and ice cream sandwiches every Friday during lunch recess in order to help pay for the Pali Institute trip. Popsicles will cost $1.00 and will be available for students in grades 1-5 outside of the snack shack.

Volunteer Policy

We welcome volunteers at Kesterson! However, CCSD policy mandates that anyone who is going to volunteer more than three times a month, or who is ever alone with students, must have a background check and fingerprints done through the district. If you are interested in volunteering, please look at the letter that was sent home with instructions on how to complete the background check, or contact Ms. Vicky in the office.

Please remember, dogs are not allowed on campus.

Kesterson Elementary School WEBSITE

TONS of great information for Kesterson Families.

Student and Family HANDBOOK

Policies and procedures for Kesterson Families

Infinite Campus access

Infinite Campus is a website parents can use to see student information, including grades and attendance. For password assistance, contact the front office.

Pay for Meals Online

Click here to add money to your child's meal account online.

PTA Website

Click here to find out more about our PTA. Please join the PTA!

Follow Kesterson on Facebook!

We post updates about school events, activities and much more!

Upcoming Events/Dates to Remember

10/04/18 Picture Day

10/24/18 9:30 am - Run for the Money

10/26/18 No School - Nevada Day

11/01/18 8:00-8:45 am - Muffins with Mom

11/02/18 8:00-8:45 am - Donuts with Dad

11/04/18 Daylight Savings Time Ends (Fall back)

11/06/18 No School (Election Day)

11/07/18 No School (Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences)

11/12/18 No School (Veterans Day)

11/15/18 Make Up Picture Day

11/19/18 - 11/23/18 No School (Thanksgiving Week)

11/25/18 9:15 am - PTA General Meeting

11/30/18 5:30 pm - PTA Ornament Night

12/22/18-1/6/19 - No School (Winter Break)