Chester Elementary Newsletter
Week of January 18, 2021
Returning to In Person AM/PM model on Jan. 25, 2021
We are so happy to be returning to our in person schedule of AM/PM cohorts. Can't wait to see the kids back on campus. Your students will stay in the same session as our first round of in person learning.
Keep up the great work this week in Distance Learning this week. To help with the transition back, we are have minimum days for students on Thursday and Friday.
Monday- No school
Tuesday- Regular Distance Learning Day
Wednesday-Regular Distance Learning Day
Thursday- (Min. Day) Zoom only- 8:30-11:30
Friday- (Min. Day) Zoom only
Push through to the end!
In returning to campus, we are following the Governor's California's Safe School Plan for All. The website can be found here- Safe Schools For All. Staff at all sites are being offered regular on site Covid Tests and vaccinations. Much research is now coming out, this one article is a quick and easy read. Here are some helpful points:
- What is the schedule? AM Session is 8:10-11:00 and PM Session is 12:10-3:00.
- Teachers will be sending Monday folders home each week when in person rather than packets. Independent study students will still pick up work in front of school.
- Students arrive between 8:05-8:10 for the AM Session and 12:05-12:10 for the PM Session. All students enter through the front door except for Kindergarten.
- Send your student with a face covering everyday.
- Meals will be grab and go at the end of the AM session.
- Meal delivery or pick up is available for PM students allowing them to eat prior to arriving. (See schedule below)
- Water bottles are encouraged, our shared drinking fountains will not be in use.
- Be sure students are dressed appropriately for school.
- Is it all day? No, there are two sessions each day.
- Will children in the same family be on the same schedule? YES!
- Will my children have work to do at home? Yes, the model is a half day in person with asynchronous learning when they are not on campus. The combined times will equal the instructional minutes required by the state.
- Will there be transportation? Yes, there will be transportation provided for the PM session on a limited basis.
- Will my student need to wear a mask and social distance? Yes.
- Will all students be screened? Yes, students will stay in their cars and staff members will screen them prior to entering. Students that walk will be screened at the door and those on the bus will be screened prior to riding the bus.
- What happens if my child is sick? Watch the video below for explanation.
- What happens if my child's teacher is sick? The school will contact you by 6 AM that day and your child will learn remotely until the teacher returns.
What to Expect if My Child is Ill
Free Parent Resource for Chester Families
Inviting all Chester Parents!
The Chester Schools are excited to be hosting free Parenting Support Presentations via Zoom to assist our families. The pandemic has stretched your resources as a family and parents have been asked to be superheroes during this time. To help support parents with ideas and resources, Ronni J. Okraski, PHD BCBA LBA, who is Director and Owner of Positive Behavior Changes http://www.positivebehaviorchanges.com/ will be sharing a three part learning experience. We are inviting all Chester parents to attend. These presentations will be recorded and posted if you are not able to participate in the live sessions.
All sessions are from 2:00-2:45 PM
January 22, 2021- Changing your child’s behavior- the basics.
January 29, 2021- Increasing preferred behaviors in your child
February 5, 2021- Decreasing problem behaviors in your child
- No School- Dr. Martin Luther King's Birthday
- Minimum Day
- Minimum Day
- All School Assembly with the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, 8:45
- Parent Support Zoom Session: "Changing Student Behavior, the Basics" with Ronni Okarski, 2:00
Happy Birthday Dr. King
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a remarkable historical figure in American history. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day is to celebrate the change he made through peaceful marches and nonviolent protests. He made it his life's mission to bring compassion, fairness and racial equality to all throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s.
He was known as a leader for Civil Rights, which means that no matter the color of their hair, color of their skin, religion, age, disability, or nationality that all people are equal. He practiced empathy and tolerance to help bring people together. Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another person. Having tolerance means that even if you don’t fully understand or agree with the opinions or behaviors of another person, you are willing to accept and respect them. As Mrs. Fischer reminded us in the Chester Elementary Newsletter, acceptance is a fundamental character trait to show respect.
Everyone can help make a difference in the world through kindness, acceptance and respect, like Dr. King did. Think about what you can do to help others, like volunteering in your community for something that is important to you. Be brave, be kind and respect others.
By: Angie Moreau, Student Services Coordinator