Chimacum Elementary Newsletter

November 6, 2020

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Holiday gathering plans: Keep it small and keep it local!

Dear Families,

Please continue to practice mask-wearing, social distancing, and frequent hand-washing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If our community infection rate climbs into the high category (above 75 infections per 100,000) we’ll be forced into some difficult decision-making. I’d hate to see our current good work get shut down because of avoidable personal behaviors. You have an important communication role to play in this community. Let’s use our voices to encourage responsible personal behaviors as we head into the winter holidays.

Thank you,

Dr. Engle

Acting Superintendent

3rd Grade Configuration Change

We are pleased to announce that Chimacum Elementary is going to be bringing our 3rd-grade students back to 4 days of in-person learning starting November 9. This move is only possible because of the low numbers in each grade 3 cohort. Bringing these cohorts back together will result in class sizes around 15 students, which will still allow us to follow our safety protocols that involve 6 feet of social distancing, mask-wearing, and handwashing.

Chimacum School District is proud to be one of the 5% of districts in the state offering in-person learning since September and we are excited that we have the ability to bring our 3rd graders back for more in-person learning. At this time, we are not able to do this in the rest of our grade levels due to physical distancing measures and the sizes of the individual classrooms.

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Attendance Reminder

Please don't forget that your child needs to complete their daily attendance task for each day that they are learning remotely from home. The school is required by law to track attendance to ensure that students attend school regularly. For each absence the following steps will be followed by the school:

  • An auto call informs parents that their child was absent at 5:00 PM each day
  • Students learning remotely at home have until the next morning at 8:00 AM to complete their attendance task as directed by their classroom teacher.
  • Remote attendances can be corrected by students for up to 5 days after their absence by completing their attendance task and contacting their teacher.
  • If your child is ill please keep your child home, follow the health department’s COVID return to school guidelines, and email the office at This will be an excused absence.

  • If your student has 3 unexcused absences or more than 5 excused absences in one month, state law (RCW 28A.225.020) requires we schedule a conference with you and your student to identify the barriers and supports available to ensure regular attendance.

  • Meetings with the Community Truancy Board (CTB) and/or filing a truancy petition with the juvenile court will be done for students that continue to have absences and reach 10 absences in a year. CTBs are designed to address the underlying reasons for the unexcused absences and refer youth and families to interventions and/or other prevention efforts to substantially reduce the child's unexcused absences.

Counselor's Corner

This month I will be increasing my discussion with students around Empathy and understanding other people’s perspectives. I start these lessons by first discussing how to identify certain feelings for themselves ie: how it feels in your body when you are sad, mad, excited, the basics. I then branch out the discussion on how to read others' feelings. This is typically taught by going through scenarios and discussing how other people might be feeling and what action students might take. In some classrooms, there may be an additional writing assignment to have students do more personal reflection.

Sometimes students don’t know what to say when they have a friend who is sad or angry. Students will have the opportunity to practice these skills by participating in role plays and sharing when they have helped others. Providing students an opportunity to practice helps them gain the confidence to use these skills in everyday life. These lessons build the foundation to continue onto other important social-emotional lessons around recognizing, refusing, and reporting bullying.

Empathy is

Seeing with the Eyes of another

Listening with the Ears of another and

Feeling with the Heart of another.

Please see link below for other ways to foster empathy in your child.

Michele Kaster

K-6 School Counselor

Mon/Thurs CCP


Tues/Friday CES


From Your Librarian

It has been wonderful to have students in the CES library in person and remotely over the last 2 months. With more time at home, it feels especially important for students to have as many great books on hand as possible. We are following clear guidelines to keep everything clean and everyone safe. When books are returned, we set them aside for a full 48 hours before reshelving them.

Put a book on hold!

If you haven’t already heard, we have a great way for students to select books and put them on hold from the comfort of home or on their personal computers in class. Follow this link and sign in to your school Google account and get started now!

Or use this QR code linked below with your phone or tablet!

When your books are ready I will send an email letting you know they are on the cart outside the elementary school office or ready for on-site pickup. Many students are taking advantage of this new service! If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call me.

Reading Contest- Win a new bike!

We started a contest this week to inspire kids to be reading as much as they can! For every book read, students get to fill out a raffle ticket. They are bright green and available from teachers or in the library. For our remote students, they can simply email me the title of the book and I will fill out the slip for them and add it to the jar. For every award book nominee students read they get to fill out THREE slips!!! Follow this link to view all the books and some book trailers. Ms. Moriarty's Virtual Classroom Link We will draw a name right before winter break!

Happy reading!!!

Ms. Moriarty

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Veteran's Day

In honor of Veteran's Day school will be closed this Wednesday, November 11 and remote schoolwork will not be required. Due to social distancing, we were not able to host our annual Veteran's Day assembly in our auditorium with our students, families, and veterans. In lieu of an assembly, our own Navy veteran Mr. Betteley created a Veteran's Day video that is linked below. Please take a moment on Wednesday to thank a veteran for their service!
Chimacum School District No. 49 Celebrates Veterans Day 2020

Tech Department Update

We’ve set up a tech support for students, parents and guardians to call when experiencing connectivity or laptop problems with a Chimacum school-issued computer. In order for us to be able to help you:

  • Have your school-issued laptop up and running, and in front of you when you call.
  • Be at the location where you are experiencing the problem.
  • Be within range of a WiFi network.
  • Have your password ready.
  • When you are ready, call (360) 302-5850.

Chimacum School District Tech Support is available Monday thru Friday between 7 AM and 4:00 PM PST.

If you reach our voicemail, please leave a detailed message with your name, the student's name, phone number, and the best time to reach you.

Note: Please work with your teacher if your problem is with your account password, you need a new account, or you need to request a laptop. Your teacher will work with tech support to help with these needs


All year the Community Wellness Project has been looking forward to gathering in the community with you for their fourth-annual Harvest Dinner. Given the reality of COVID and the fact that their mission is WELLNESS, sadly this fall we will all have to dine in (and stay well!) In lieu of the Harvest Dinner, they have created an online fundraiser: Feeding Kids; Sustaining Schools. If you had planned to purchase an event ticket, bid on a delicious dessert, or make an in-person gift, please consider making a donation today. As with every Harvest Dinner, all donations are investments in supporting student well-being through healthy school meals, local ingredient sourcing, and school garden programs.

CWP celebrates any level of support! All gifts make a difference, and all are tax-deductible. Students and staff from local schools have designed some very fun thank you gifts—à la “public radio pledge drive”—for every donation level.

Thanks for working together with us to cultivate the health, resiliency, and well-being of students and families in Jefferson County!

Feeding Students, Sustaining Schools: Fall Fundraiser 2020

Important Links

Breakfast & Lunch Menus

We're pleased to announced that our food service department is now offing more scratch-cooked lunches and breakfasts! Please see our new food offerings below:

Upcoming Dates:

  • Nov. 11 - Veteran's Day- No School
  • Nov. 23 & 24 - Twin Day (dress alike with a friend)
  • Nov. 26 & 27 - Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec. 1 & 3 Picture Retakes
  • Dec. 15 & 18 - Crazy Hair Day
  • Dec. 21 - 31 - Winter Break
  • Jan. 1 - New Year's Day
  • Jan. 4 - School Resumes
  • Jan. 18 - MLK Day
  • Jan. 26 & 29 - Pajama Day
  • Jan. 29 - End of Semester
  • Feb. 1 - Semester Break Day
  • Feb, 12 - Snow Make-up Day
  • Feb. 15 - Presidents' Day
  • Feb. 23 & 26 - Mis-Match Day
  • Mar. 24 - Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Mar. 30 & April 2 - Occupation Dress Up Day
  • April 5-9 - Spring Break
  • April 27 & 30 - Favorite Sport Day
  • May 28 - Snow Make-up Day
  • May 31 - Memorial Day
  • June 8 & 11 - Beach Day
  • June 18 - Last Day of School


About Chimacum Elementary

Chimacum Elementary serves students in grades 3-6 and is located in Chimacum, Washington. Our school serves the communities of Port Hadlock, Chimacum, Port Ludlow, Irondale, Marrowstone Island, Oak Bay, Paradise Bay, Shine and unincorporated east Jefferson County.

Our MISSION is to use S.T.E.A.M. as a foundation for unique and powerful learning experiences rooted in our community.

Our VISION is to grow students who, through powerful community-connected learning experiences, are prepared for life's requirements, challenges, and adventures and empowered to be engaged citizens and creative problem solvers.

Our Motto: "We grow kids!"

School Disclaimer

Chimacum School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

Civil Rights, Title IX, and Section 504 Coordinator

Melinda Miller

PO Box 278, Chimacum, WA 98325


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