February 10, 2022

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Report Card Info

Chimacum Elementary is committed to partnering with you to increase academic achievement, attendance, and to promote a safe and effective learning environment for all our students.

First-semester report cards are being mailed home on Friday, February 11th. On the report card, teachers report to you using a number system to provide you with information about the specific skill areas your child is progressing towards mastering. The performance levels we use to report student progress are:

  • 4: Student is performing above grade level
  • 3: Student is performing at grade level
  • 2: Student is performing below grade level standard
  • 1: Student is performing well-below grade-level standard

How is the performance level determined?

Performance levels represent how much a student has learned in relation to an end-of-year standard and achieving year-end content standards. Teachers use multiple assessment measures including the Measurement of Student Progress (MAP), Fountas & Pinnell reading, State assessments, and classroom-based assessments from grade-level curriculum to determine performance levels. Performance levels help teachers find gaps in learning and focus their instruction to meet individual students' needs and learning styles.

We report the academic achievement and progress with you over the course of the year by communicating with you as follows:

  • October 28 & 29 - Parent/Teacher Conferences & progress reports for all students
  • February 11 - First Semester Report Cards mailed home
  • March 18 - Parent/Teacher Conferences for targeted students
  • March 18 - Progress Reports (sent home with student)
  • June 17 - Second Semester Report Cards mailed home

Next month, we will be using March 18th to host conferences for targeted students and this day will be a "no school day" for all students. Classroom teachers will be arranging conferences for targeted students only in a format that works for families---either by Zoom, socially distanced in-person, or by phone. If you do not receive communication from your classroom teacher by Friday, March 4 on Bloomz, an email, or a phone call, then there will not be a formal parent/teacher conference for your child on the 24th. If you would like to conference with your child's teacher, you can at anytime contact the teacher directly to arrange a conference.

Please feel free to let your child's teacher know if you have any questions regarding the report card.

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Third Grade Salmon Project

One of our wonderful third-grade teachers, Michelle Moseley, recently received a grant from the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) for a refrigerated fish tank to raise Coho salmon for a place-based learning project (PBL). The grant funding was provided by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), State of Washington, which fitted us with aquarium equipment to raise Coho Salmon at our school.

The North Olympic Salmon Coalition (NOSC) is helping us with this place-based learning project by setting up our refrigerated aquarium with 250 eyed eggs from Hurd Creek Hatchery in Sequim and coordinating the eventual release of the salmon into a local waterway.

Students in third-grade classes have voiced their interest in learning:

  • "How many pounds of food do Salmon eat?" ~ Annabelle
  • "How many will survive?" ~ Hank
  • "Where do salmon mostly live?" ~ Karla Mia

We're very excited to receive this grant funding source so our students can learn all about the lifecycle of Coho Salmon which are native to our Chimacum Creek!

Attendance Reminder

We know that there are a wide variety of reasons that students are absent from school, from health concerns, COVID exposures, to transportation challenges. Our goal is that students miss no more than 10 days per year. We encourage families to take that special trip or family experience, but be sure to stay under 10 total school days missed in a year. It is a good idea to leave room for sick days and medical appointments within the 10 absences per year goal.

For each absence the following steps will be followed by the school:

  • An auto call informs parents that their child was absent each morning.
  • If your child is ill, email the office at cesattendance@csd49.org. 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.

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National School Counselor's Week

Please join us in celebrating our wonderful school counselor! We are so lucky to have Michele here to support our students, their families, and our staff. Thank you so much Michele for all you do to support our students--- we couldn't do it without you!

Meet Mr. Sirceley

We've been very fortunate to have Matt Sirceley, a local musician and songwriter, teach our music and band classes until Mr. Gourley returns from leave. Matt is having a great time and the students along with him, learning about music, playing the ukelele, and band for our 6th-grade students. Here's a little bio about Matt:

Matt played saxophone in his junior high school band before becoming a songwriter in his high school years and a performer during college. Moving from his home state of Pennsylvania to Jefferson County in 1999, he has worked across North America ever since as a performer and music educator. With a focus on mandolin and roots music and regional styles, Matt has regularly worked at music camps in Idaho, Oregon, California, Louisiana, Missouri, and Canada. Here in Washington, Sircely has instructed mandolin for the Washington State Old Time Fiddlers Association, the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, and most recently the 2021 Subdued Stringband Jamboree in Bellingham. He has also been an adjunct instructor at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. In the early 2000s, Matt was offered an opportunity to teach weekly in Brinnon and Quilcene on behalf of the Andy Mackie Music Foundation, and he was the guitar instructor during some of the first Pi Program sessions a few years later. Matt shares Andy Mackie's vision of 'awakening the music within everyone', the notion that everyone is capable of playing and enjoying music. He looks forward to joining the team as music teacher/band director substitute this winter.

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Coffee and Conversations Resume for Parents & Community Members With Principal Lynch

On Wednesday, March 9, our Coffee & Conversations with Principal Lynch will resume. This is a monthly opportunity for parents, volunteers, and community members to meet with the Principal in a casual setting to ask questions, discuss concerns, let us know what they are excited about in our schools, and suggest improvements or changes they would like to see. Please join Jason for coffee and donuts on the second Wednesday of each month at the entrance to the CES office (outside) from 8:45-9:15. We look forward to seeing you there!!!

We are Updating Our Health Records for Each Student--Please Return your Medical Alert Form!

If you've not yet returned your student's 2021-22 medical alert form, please fill it out and drop it off at our school's office, or with your classroom teacher. If you would like another copy of the medical alert form, one is linked here, and a paper copy can be obtained from our school office.

Even if your student does not have any concerns, please write none across the form, sign, & date it, and then return it to our office.

Helpful Links:

CES Lunch Menus

Chimacum Elementary Lunch Menu



February 11 - Report Cards Mailed Home

Feb. 21 - Presidents' Day - No School

Feb. 25 - Third Grade Field Trip to Port Townsend Marine Science Center

March 9 - Coffee & Conversation with Principal Lynch for Parents & Community Members - 8:45 at CES

Mar. 9 & 10 - Early Release - 12:15

Mar. 18 - Parent Conferences (target students)

April 4 - 8 - Spring Break - No School

April 13 - Coffee & Conversation - 8:45-9:15 @ CES

May 11 - Coffee & Conversation - 8:45-9:15 @ CES

May 20 - Early Release - 12:15

May 27 - Snow Make-Up Day - No School (providing we haven't used it for snow!)

May 30 - Memorial Day - No School

June 8 - Coffee & Conversation - 8:45-9:45 @ CES

June 11 - HS Graduation

June 17 - Last Day of School - 12:15 Dismissal

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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