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Crescent Harbor Elementary | February 2021

A Letter from the Principal

Crescent Harbor,

We have made it halfway through this school year and I would like to take a moment to tell you how proud I am of our staff and community for being the largest school district in western Washington to not only open but to stay open in service to our students, families, and the Oak Harbor community. I am not only proud of our teachers and staff for doing such a great job, but I am also proud of the partnership we have had with YOU, our school community, in keeping our students and staff safe throughout the fall and winter.

Not only have we been able to stay open, but we have also continued with many of the supports we had in place before COVID was a word we even knew: we do not ask families to provide supplies for their children's learning, we are able to offer enrichment activities (although they look much different without being able to host family nights, I know), and we continue to provide as much reading and math support as we possibly can for our most in-need students.

We know the pandemic is taking a toll on our community and the light at the end of the tunnel feels like it's pretty far off. But...we are so thankful to be together and serving our students. We would not be able to do it without YOU and the support of our community through the levy. Our levy has funded staff time, supplies, protective equipment, and enrichment items to help our students feel supported and loved.

THANK YOU once again for the opportunity you give us to serve our students and community!

Kate Valenzuela

Important Dates and Reminders

Feb 2 | PTA Meeting 3:45

Feb 3 | ChildFind Screening for Children Ages 3-5

Feb 9 | Educational and Operations Levy Vote | See below for more information

Feb 14 | Valentine's Day | See below for more information

Feb 15 | President's Day | No School

Please remember:

  • To dress your Cubs for the cold weather. We continue to have outdoor recess and mask breaks, rain or shine!
  • To bring refillable water bottles to class on Hybrid days. The kitchen will no longer be able to provide bottled water at lunch, except for those that have a milk allergy. Using refillable water bottles helps keep waste at a minimum!
  • We are accepting donations of gently used clothing in sizes in 6-10; long sleeve shirts, sweatshirts, and pants only, please.
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Our levy has made a profound difference for students by providing what the state doesn’t consider “basic education” like athletics, arts, after school clubs, and other national award-winning programs.

This is just a replacement of our existing levy and there is no increase to the estimated tax rate. Please visit our website for more information and remember to vote on Feb. 9!

Levy Video | OHPS

Register to Vote!

Who can register to vote?

Residents of Island County, click here to register to vote.

To register, you must be:

  • A citizen of the United States
  • A legal resident of Washington state
  • At least 18 years old by election day

Valentines and Classroom Treats

Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, we are not able to allow valentines (cards, candy, gifts) to be exchanged between students. The possibility of cross-contamination during this type of activity is too high.

In lieu of any classroom celebrations, we are providing teachers with other optional activities. Please do not bring treats of any kind to the office or send them with your child for the classroom - we will not be able to accept them.

This policy also applies to classroom treats any other time of year for any other occasion. The health and safety of all students continue to drive this policy.

OHPS Daily Attestation Requirement

In an effort to keep our Cubs healthy, every family needs to complete a state-mandated health attestation at home each day with your child before sending them to school or onto the bus.

On January 7, we mailed a family letter, flow chart, and attestation form to sign and return. If you have not done so already, please sign and return the yellow attestation agreement form. If you did not receive a letter in the mail, please contact us to request a new one.

Click on the picture below for more information.

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February's Character Trait: Respect

This month we’re talking about the character trait of Respect. The dictionary defines it as the value of admiring another person for who they are and what they do. The definition we are using in class is:

Respect: seeing good in people and things (and treating them with care).

We are also talking about Respect in the context of using good manners, not using inappropriate or offensive language, being courteous to one another, resolving conflicts peacefully, and treating one another as we would want to be treated (and how they want to be treated!).

Please review the family letter below for your student's grade level to learn more:

Respect Family Letter K-2 English | Spanish

Respect Family Letter 3-4 English | Spanish

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Nurse Notes: February is Dental Health Month!

The world’s favorite essential worker has been hard at work creating a free virtual education program for families called The Tooth Fairy Experience.

As many parents are experiencing the challenges of “distance learning” and teaching their children at home, they’re looking for resources that make home education a little easier for them and a lot more fun for their kids. Delta Dental of Washington recently repurposed their Tooth Fairy Experience school education program – a program where the Tooth Fairy visits classrooms to teach kids all about the importance of a healthy smile – so that it is easy for parents to use at home. What could be more fun than hanging out and learning alongside the Tooth Fairy?

The Tooth Fairy Experience has made virtual oral health education entertaining for children ages 10 and under by offering a series of free downloadable video lessons, worksheets, and storybook readings all conducted by the Tooth Fairy. Lessons focus on the importance of brushing and flossing regularly along with kid-friendly techniques to make sure children are keeping their smiles sparkling clean. The Tooth Fairy also reviews the importance of making healthy choices – like choosing fruit and vegetables over junk food – with a few fun facts that might surprise kids and parents.

If a child needs a little brushing encouragement or just lost a tooth, parents can also request a personalized letter in the mail from Tooth Fairy Headquarters through a form on the website.

When asked about her at-home program, the Tooth Fairy weighed in on the importance of dental education:

“A smile is a very valuable thing, especially right now,” said the Tooth Fairy. “While I’m sad that I can’t fly around to visit schools across the state, I’m eager to continue teaching children how to best take care of their smiles. Nothing makes me happier than a healthy smile!”

The educational materials were developed by Delta Dental of Washington in partnership with the School Nurse Organization of Washington to help empower kids to take care of their smiles. Parents can access additional resources, activity ideas, and storybook readings by visiting the Tooth Fairy’s blog at

PTA Corner

Our next meeting will be held Tuesday, February 2, at 3:45 in the gym where we can provide ample space for social distancing. Masks are required.

Love Bugs are coming! Please watch for purchase information to be released soon. Love Bugs will be delivered to your student's classroom for Valentine's Day.

From the Garden: Harvest of the Month is Leeks!

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