Chichester Central School News

November 19, 2021

Dates to Remember

Tues 11/23/21 - Coffee with the Principal, 7:30-8am

Weds - Fri 11/24-11/26 - No School, Thanksgiving Break

Weds 12/1/21 - Trimester 1 Ends

Thurs 12/2/21 - Trimester 2 Begins

Fri 12/10/21 - Report Cards Emailed to Parents

Sat 12/11/21 - PTO Santa Breakfast @ CCS

Weds 12/15/21 - Chichester School Board Meeting, 6pm

Thurs 12/23/21 - Early Release (dismissal begins at 12:42pm)

12/24/21-1/3/22 - Holiday Break

Tues 1/4/22 - First Day back from Holiday Break

Weds 2/9/22 - 22-23 Kindergarten Information Night (snow date 2/23/22)

Fri 3/25/22 - Report Cards Emailed to Parents

A Note from Mrs. Wilson

Happy Friday!

This newsletter is filled with just a handful of the wonderful things that we have going on here at CCS as we begin to wrap up our first Trimester! Our Communications Committee meets monthly to discuss what we can highlight, items we can add, and how we can link the greater Chichester community to our school community. Please join me in thanking this committee:

Corinne Rowe, Cammy Guest, Carrie White, Carolyn Hughes, Laurie Jaquith, Heather Chivaras, and Jessica Wilson.

As we wrap up the week, we remain thankful for our school community and families. We have lots of fun things in the works for our students as we move from fall into winter, and we're excited to continue to watch everyone grow.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Mrs. Jessica (Snider) Wilson, Principal

Coffee with Mrs. Wilson!

Mark your calendars!

Please join us here at CCS Tuesday, November 23rd from 7:30-8:00am for our third Coffee with the Principal! We'll be brainstorming ideas for upgrading the CCS playground design process. I'll see you in the gym that morning!

**kids are welcome!**

Band and Chorus Sign Ups!

Band and Chorus will be starting soon! Any student grades 5 through 8 can participate. In order to get an approximate count, there is an interest sheet outside the music room door for students to write their name on. These will be up until the end of the day on Tuesday 11/23. More details will come after Thanksgiving break. Contact Ms. Sherburne with any questions!

3rd Graders Receive Annual Dictionary Gift Through The NH Dictionary Project

The Chichester Grange came to CCS in early November with a very special gift. They presented dictionaries to each of the 3rd graders as part of The NH Dictionary Project. The goal of this project is to help all students become good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners. Thank you to the Chichester Grange for making this possible!

Veterans Day at CCS

Although this year looked a little bit different for honoring our Veterans here at CCS, we still took the time to honor our veterans. Below, you will find a link to a Scholastic video that many classes watched, as well as a slideshow put together by Mrs. Bidwell. Many students and classes made cards to send to the Veterans Cemetary or several Veteran hospitals. We hope that next year, we can continue our past traditions for this special day.
Veterans Day: Thank You!

Family Engagement Ideas

Family activities can help children do well in school. Spending just a few minutes a week can make a big impact. Pick 2-3 from this list each week and have fun!

We'd love to see your photos of you and your families putting some of these ideas into practice! Share photos of your participation for upcoming newsletters to Laurie Jaquith Thank you!

  • Talk about your day. Who learned something new today? Students and adults are always learning.
  • Pick a word of the day and challenge family members to use it in a sentence.
  • Use drive time in the car to review spelling words and math facts.
  • Have your student write the grocery list for the week.
  • Use the grocery receipt to calculate the cost of different food categories: fruits, meats, dairy, etc.
  • Alternate movie night with a family reading night. Take turns reading out loud to each other.
  • Work on a puzzle together.
  • Talk about careers with your child. What are they interested in doing?
  • Exercise, getting enough sleep and talking about problems - all help when feeling stress.
  • Build vocabulary - work on a crossword puzzle together.
  • Spelling patterns - work though some word searches together.
  • How many ways can you write a number, 1+3, 2+2, 6-2 (all make 4)
  • Turn chores into a game. Number the chores, then roll a dice to see which one you have to do.
  • Share a fun memory with your child. Look through photos that may have captured that moment.
  • Positivity is powerful. Compliment your child on good behavior and attitude.
  • Have your child plan a meal and help prepare it.
  • Write notes to each other, especially during very busy times. Leave in a place your child can find it - lunch box, coat pocket, under their pillow.

PTO News- Santa Breakfast, 12/11/21

Santa Breakfast will be Saturday December 11th from 8 to 10 am at CCS. Come have a pancake breakfast with your friends and neighbors, do some crafts, and take a picture with the big guy himself!

We are in need of volunteers to help set up Friday evening and Saturday early morning, as well as take down Saturday late morning. We could also use additional hands for helping with arts and crafts. Please let us know if you're interested in helping out at all! Please reach out to Alissa Mullen at if you are interested in volunteering for this event.

**Per the school's current mask policy, masks will be required for this event**

Basketball at CCS

Chichester Central School will once again be offering instructional basketball for its younger students. We will be offering this program for grades K – 4. This is a great opportunity to learn the game and have a lot of fun. If your daughter is currently playing on the 3/4 Girls team you can still sign her up for this as well.

Elementary Basketball will be held on Saturdays 1/8 through 2/19. Time may vary as there are games for the 3/4 Girls team and 5/6 Boys Team that have yet to be scheduled.

I am looking for parents that are interested in helping out. You will need to have fingerprints on file at the school. If you are interested please email me at

Players will practice, perform drills, and have controlled scrimmages to give them a real focus on the basics of basketball and help them develop their skills. Most of all they’ll have FUN!

There will be a $15.00 cost to cover the expense of the shirts the player will get to keep.

Lastly, all those participating must have updated physicals on record with the school’s nurse. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call me at 798-5651 or email me at

Can’t wait to see the kids out there having a great time.

Tony Cipriano

Athletic Director

2021 Chichester Police Association Secret Santa Program

Do you or someone you know (a needy family or elderly neighbor) need a little assistance this holiday Season?

The Chichester Police Association will begin taking applications starting November 29th for their annual Secret Santa program. Please reach out to Donna Stockman or Chief Clarke at

798-4911 for information on how to apply. Applications are due back by December 17th, but the

elves ask applications be returned ASAP.

If you would like to volunteer to help shop, wrap or make a donation please contact Donna at

the above number.

Epsom-Chichester Operation Kid Sight

Since 2016 Chichester Central School has participated in Operation Kid Sight sponsored by the

Epsom-Chichester Lions Club. Trained volunteers from the Lions Club screen students for

possible vision problems. All students must have written permission from a parent or guardian.

The process is quick and non-invasive. The Spot screening device (camera) is held about 3

feet from the child's face and the test consists of an instant scan (like a photograph) of the

child's eyes to determine the possible presence of any eye disorders. Results are available

immediately and are sent home with each student. After the screening, students leave with a

lion coloring sheet.

First Grade Bird Feeders

Mrs. White's class has been researching, designing, and creating their own feeders with recycled items. Stay tuned for how they use these later this fall and winter!

Bird House and Bird Feeder Installation

Thank you to The CCS Environmental Club, run by Mr. Gagnon, for installing a birdhouse at the front of the building for us. We also thank Mr. and Mrs. Taluba for letting us borrow one of their bird feeders so that the first graders can observe birds outside their classroom windows.

SAU 53- Stakeholder Consultation, ESSER III

Dear Valued Stakeholder,

In accordance with Federal regulation, every district receiving funds through the American Rescue Plan Act: Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARPA ESSER III) grant must conduct meaningful consultation with a variety of stakeholder groups. The purpose of this consultation is to ensure that the community can provide feedback on what they believe is necessary to support student growth and learning as schools continue to navigate the challenges associated with the pandemic. Districts must gather feedback throughout the term of this grant, and take this feedback into account as they develop plans to use the funds.

We kindly ask that you, as a valued stakeholder, take the time to complete this survey and provide us with feedback that will help us support our students.

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.


SAU 53 Leadership Team



  • Please see the link below to find pharmacies that are offering this vaccine

  • PHARMACY SITES or contact your child’s Primary Care Doctor to see if it is available through them or if you have any questions.

Chichester Town Ski Program

Open to students through grade 12

access code: Chichester2022

For more information, contact:

Ruth Bidwell at

Chris Gagnon at

*This is a town sponsored event, and is not organized through CCS*

Parent Volunteers

For anyone looking to volunteer here at school, or attend a field trip this year, please be sure that your fingerprints are current. Please do be aware that a volunteer must participate in one activity in a 12 month period. We have a lot of parents that were on the volunteer list that are no longer active. Please be sure to check with Vicki here in the main office if you have questions about your status. She will help you to complete the next steps if necessary.

Thank you!

Have you ever thought about working here at CCS?

Paraprofessional Positions: Chichester Central School is seeking a full time paraprofessional to provide in-class academic support to eligible students. Applicants must be para II certified or willing to obtain para II certification. Please send SAU 53 application, cover letter and resume to: Jessica Wilson, Principal, Chichester Central School, 219 Main St. Chichester, NH 03258 or email to

2nd Shift Full-time Custodian at Chichester Central School: Monday through Friday, 2pm - 10pm. (Temporary position with anticipation of becoming full time).

Job Summary: Custodial duties include, but are not limited to: nightly cleaning, sweeping, and mopping of classrooms, emptying trash, snow removal, setting up for events and other tasks assigned by the Facilities Manager.

Experience as a school custodian is preferred, but not necessary. Ability to work independently is a must, but also able to respectfully interact with students, teachers, and members of the public when they are present in the building. Attention to cleanliness and detail is a must.

To apply, please contact Rob Hearne, Facilities Manager.

Chichester Central School

219 Main Street

Chichester, NH

(603) 798-5651


We're always looking for more people to come join our sub list! If you're interested in being a part of our team, please reach out to Vicki Burke at or 798-5651.

CCS Cafeteria and Food Service


This is a friendly reminder that breakfast and lunch are free for all students through this school year. Unfortunately, this does not include any snacks, slushies, waters, or extra milks. These items can be paid for through your child's Myschoolbucks account or you are welcome to send funds to school with your child.

We do ask that you do continue to complete a free and reduced meal application, even though meals continue to be free for all students. Ravonne Eccleston, our Food Service Director, can answer specific questions that you may have. She can also help to get a hard copy of any forms to your child here at school.

Chichester Central School Lunch Menu

Click here to access our most up-to-date breakfast and lunch menus.

Chichester School Board Information

This link will bring you to the Chichester School Board webpage where you can find agendas, meeting dates, links, and policies.

Pembroke Academy Connections

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Chichester Central School

The mission of Chichester Central School is to educate our students to become independent thinkers, problem-solvers and self-directed learners. We are committed to fostering the social, emotional, developmental, intellectual, and physical needs of every child. We strive to work with the broader community to ensure that students develop lifelong skills enabling them to be contributing and productive members of society.