Chichester Central School News

April 16, 2021

Dates to Remember

Wed, 4/21 - Chichester SB Meeting, 6pm @ CCS

4/26-4/30 - Spring Recess

Sat, 5/8/21- Chichester School District Annual Meeting, 9am @ CCS

Mon, 5/10/21 - 7th/8th Grade Field Trip to the Wright Museum

Tues, 5/11/21 - Chichester Town Meeting Ballot Voting, @ CCS. Students and staff remote

Sat, 5/15/21 - Chichester Town Meeting Warrant Article Voting 10am @ CCS

Thur, 5/27/21 - 7th/8th Grade Field Trip to the Veterans Cemetery

Mon, 5/31/21 - No School, Memorial Day

6/1-6/3 - Nature on Wheels Program for Grade 8 (in lieu of Ecology School)

Tues, 6/15/21 - DARE Graduation Ceremony, Virtual (time/link will be announced)

Fri, 6/11/21 - Grad "Dance" @ CCS

Thur, 6/17/21 - Last Day of School for Students, dismissal begins at 12:35pm

Thur, 6/17/21 - 8th Grade Graduation @ CCS

Fri, 6/18/21 - Last Day for Staff, full day

**Further Grade Level Field Trips will be added to this calendar as they are confirmed**

Principal's Message

Monday, April 19th will be an exciting day here at CCS, as it is the day that we welcome all students back to 5 days of in-person learning! Our staff, our community, our school board, our students, and our SAU have worked incredibly hard to reach this day. Our full-return subcommittees have finished the final touches and tweaks to our schedule, made room for all students and staff to be seated 3-6' apart (or more in some instances), reworked recess and lunch protocols, rolled with the flow of technology changes, and supported our staff through many updates to procedures in order to keep all students and staff safe throughout the day.

We are ready for our kiddos, and chances are, we're even more excited than them (and their parents!) for Monday!



The sounds of school have returned to the classrooms, halls, fields, and playground here at CCS, and it is nothing short of magical. We have missed the sounds of all of our students being here, and this past week with everyone returning has been wonderful! I've gotten to know so many of our students really well during their lunch time in the cafeteria over the last several weeks, and it has been a pleasure having the time to connect with all students at CCS every day. Some changes due to covid restrictions and changes in protocols haven't been so bad; getting extra time in my day to be with student, uninterrupted, has been priceless.


Take a moment at your lunch break, in the car rider pick up line, while you're waiting to pick up your student from Track and Field practice, at the bus stop, with your morning coffee, or as you settle into your evening at home, to read through the wonderful happenings of CCS in this newsletter. We look forward to continuing to enrich the lives of the children of Chichester, and hope this return to five days of in-person learning is the first of many big steps back to "normal".


As always, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have. Take care, and have a wonderful weekend!


Ms. Jessica Snider, Principal

jsnider@sau53.org

603-798-5651

CCS Health Office Update, 4/16/21

HEALTH OFFICE UPDATE:


Recess:

Students will be allowed to bring in one item/toy to be used at recess. These items are not to be shared with other students. Hand hygiene and Social distancing guidelines will still be followed.


Reminder of School Travel Guidance:

  • Domestic travel for staff and students within the U.S. no longer requires quarantine upon return to N.H. regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.

  • People who travel internationally or on cruise ships are still required to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival to N.H. unless fully vaccinated or diagnosed in the prior 90 days.

  • It is recommended that you self-monitor for symptoms upon return from ANY travel and to notify the school nurse and alert your medical provider if you feel ill.


Please remember to call the health office or email the school nurse if your child plans to travel outside of the U.S.


Thank You,


Julie Strazzeri, RN

School Nurse

Chichester Central School

jstrazzeri@sau53.org

798-5651, ext 12

CCS Library Happenings, Mrs. Benevides

Thanks to Caroline Pynes, the Chichester Town Library Director, the 2019/2020 our town was awarded the Rural Libraries Grant from CLiF (the Children’s Literacy Foundation)! All the way back in Fall of 2019, CLiF Executive Director, Duncan McDougall, and Ms. Pynes hosted a kickoff storytelling event in the CCS gym where students in grades K-6 enjoyed some dynamic storytelling and book previewing by both Mr. McDougall and Ms. Pynes. In Spring 2020, the Wrap Up Party was in the works, and we all know what happened then...At the party, all students were going to select a free book to take home and keep. It wasn’t until just recently that this happened, and we were all VERY excited about it! Thank you Ms. Caroline for the work you did setting this up and to CLiF for putting great stories and books into our children's hands!

And since pictures speak louder than words...


DARE Program Returns to CCS!

We are excited to welcome Officer Webber, Pembroke Academy Resource Officer, back

to CCS to teach DARE to our 6th grade students. Officer Webber is a veteran DARE

instructor who brings a lot of experience and energy to the classroom. On Tuesday,

June 15, 2021, at the conclusion of the 10 week program, a DARE graduation

ceremony will be held during the day for students in the building. Parents will be able to

watch the graduation remotely. The remote link will be shared out in June. Please click

on the following link to learn more about DARE https://dare.org/ .

CCS Student Tessa Love Wins Capital Area Public Health Network Art Contest!

Recently, CCS 7th Grader Tessa Love, self-submitted artwork to the Capital Area Prescription Drug Misuse Prevention Art Competition. According to the organizations website, the description of the contest was:


"RALI NH and the Capital Area Public Health Network are seeking local artists to express the importance of safely using, storing, and disposing prescription medications and the healthy habits that help you take care of your brain and body. By focusing on what healthy habits you engage in to take care of your brain and body, this can encourage your peers to do the same.

Finalists in each age group and category will receive cash prizes and winning entries will have their work publicly promoted in April to encourage participation in the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

For this art PSA it is vital that peer messaging and safe language are used. This means targeting people your age, so something that feels powerful and impactful for you and your viewers."


Tessa was one of four winners selected in her age category, and her artwork will be promoted throughout the Capital Area as part of this campaign. Congratulations, Tessa!

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Bus Transportation Information

As we transition all students back to school, our bus routes may be running between 5 and 10 minutes early, or behind, for some stops. Thank you for your patience as we accommodate the return of all students, K-8.


As a reminder, we have begun to seat students two to a seat. We will continue to have students in assigned seating on each bus, but this is a change from the one student per seat protocol that we had previously followed this year.

CCS Cafeteria News!

Be sure to check out our breakfast and lunch menus attached below. Our food service kitchen is serving up some yummy offerings! As a reminder, breakfast and lunches are free for all students until the end of June. Your child can sign up for lunch each day with their teacher. Please contact Ravonne Eccleston, our Food Service Director, with any questions that you may have.


reccleston@sau53.org

603-798-5651, extension 50

Chichester School Board Agenda, 4/21/2021

Chichester Central School 21-22 Registration

All new CCS families: click this link to begin registration for the 21-22 school year!

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.