Cub Courier

Crescent Harbor Elementary | April 2022

A Message from the Principal

Dear Crescent Harbor Families,

We are pleased to enter the third trimester of school united in our mission to provide support and quality educational experiences to our students. We have worked hard this year to help bring our students back to the "routine" of full-time school. Our intervention programs are robust and we keep working on finding new ways of helping our students make gains in their reading and math skills. We have been pleased to welcome back volunteers, some of whom are helping with this work by reading with students or helping to quiz them on math facts. And we are proud to be part of a district that values each and every student for what they bring to our classrooms.

United in our mission, it is important that we also find time to value what is unique and special about each of our students and each other. To that effect, we continue our work on Equity. What does this mean? It means that as a staff we have not stopped in our effort to understand ourselves, understand each other, and understand our students and families. This work is important to us as we increase our awareness and ability to connect with others, no matter what background, race, disability, or profession someone has. As we work together as a staff to ensure equity and inclusion in our school, our hope is that you and your children feel welcome as our partners in education.

April is Autism Awareness Month. Although many of us interact with individuals with Autism on a regular basis, marking a month to increase our awareness provides that opportunity to lean in and work on understanding others from their perspectives. With Autism, this could mean understanding how loud noises affect someone or what it feels like to disrupt a routine. And it can mean the joy of accomplishment or connection when we feel like someone understands our point of view.

No matter how you slice it, equity is a critical part of our work here at Crescent Harbor. It's not something that's specifically taught but more a way of interaction and of being. We are proud of the work we're doing to better understand each other and our students and we look forward to continuing this work.

In partnership,

Kate Valenzuela

Principal, Crescent Harbor Elementary


Important Dates and Reminders

April 4 - 8 | Spring Break | NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

April 4 | School Librarian Appreciation Day

April 13 | Kindergarten Parent Orientation | 6:30 p.m. | OHHS SUB

April 12 | PTA Meeting | 3:30 p.m.

April 15 | Purple Up for Military Kids Day!

April 15 | Science Fair

April 20 | National Administrative Professionals Day

April 22 | Purple Up for Military Kids Day!

April 25 - 29 | Month of the Military Child Spirit Week
April 30 | Fourth Grade Garden Day | 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Please remember ...

  • April is the Month of the Military Child! Wear purple on April 15 and April 22 to honor the sacrifices made and the unique experiences of dependent children of military members serving at home or overseas.
  • Students should drop their Science Fair Projects off at the library by 9 a.m. on Friday, April 15 and should take them home at the end of the day after 3:30 p.m.
  • We have an overflow of outerwear in our Lost & Found. Check in at the office before visiting to collect your student's belongings.
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Dean's Corner

Hello Cub Families,

March has come and gone and we have made tremendous efforts in bettering ourselves. I am truly proud of our students who have learned many lessons and have made many mistakes, and also proud of our staff, who have supported students through that learning.

Going forward, we need to be honest with ourselves to recognize when mistakes are made and to analyze why the mistakes happened. That allows us to learn from them so we don’t make the same mistake again. Our students are learning, be it academics or social-emotional behaviors, what is acceptable and what is not acceptable. Using our critical-thinking skills and our problem-solving skills we can better prepare for what lies ahead. The more knowledge that students have about a specific problem, the easier it will be for them to recognize the important aspects of that problem and how to solve it.

WRONG is WRONG, even if everyone is doing it.

RIGHT is RIGHT, even if no one is doing it.

Jose Garcia

Dean of Students

April is the Month of the Military Child

Spring is in the air and with it, I am super excited to announce our plans for the Month of the Military Child! Our activities for the month of April are meant to celebrate and show support for our students in military families and are inclusive and educational for all students. Everyone is invited to join in the fun!

Purple Up Fridays -- All students are invited to wear purple clothing every Friday in April!

Spirit Week -- April 25 - 29 all students are invited to wear the theme of the day:

  • Monday - Red, White, and Blue (wear any or all of these colors!)
  • Tuesday - Superhero Day (wear a superhero t-shirt or dress up as their favorite superhero!)
  • Wednesday - PJ Day!
  • Thursday - Bright Colors / Camo Day!
  • Friday - MEGA PURPLE UP! (wear as much purple as they want!)

Throughout the month we'll have imagery, banners, signs, and student artwork posted around the school and share some fun facts and trivia with students. Read more about Month of the Military Child online.

Claire Gellrich, LICSW/LCSW

Military and Family Life Counselor (MFLC)

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Little Free Library

We're so excited to announce that, in partnership with our CHE PTA, funding has been provided for the purchase of two installations of the LITTLE FREE LIBRARY - Take a book, Share a book!

The mission of LITTLE FREE LIBRARY is to engage communities, provide book access, strengthen literacy skills, and make the world just a little better.

The bright red LITTLE FREE LIBRARY installations are located on the east side of the building by the Kindergarten pickup area and on the west side of the school at the end of the walking path entrance from Navy housing. Anyone may take a book, share a book and books are always FREE!

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Nurse Notes: Is it Spring Allergies or COVID-19?

Unlike COVID-19, seasonal allergies aren't caused by a virus. Seasonal allergies are immune system responses triggered by exposure to allergens, such as seasonal tree or grass pollens. COVID-19 and seasonal allergies cause many of the same signs and symptoms. However, there are some differences.

  • Allergies usually cause itchy eyes, nose, mouth, or inner ear and sneezing, while COVID-19 doesn't.
  • COVID-19 usually is associated with a fever, muscle aches, nausea, and diarrhea, while allergies are not.

Also, while COVID-19 can cause shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, seasonal allergies don't usually cause these symptoms unless you have a respiratory condition such as asthma that can be triggered by pollen exposure.

Treatment of seasonal allergies may include over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines, nasal steroid sprays and decongestants, and avoidance of exposure to allergens where possible. Seasonal allergies may last several weeks.

Find more information about allergies and COVID-19 online.

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Character Trait for April: Honesty

This month we’re talking about Honesty! The dictionary defines it as: “fairness and straightforwardness of conduct; adherence to the facts.” The definition we are using in class is:

Honesty: living truthfully in your words and actions and thoughts!

Honesty is a lot more than just telling the truth – it is also about thinking and acting in a way that feels consistent, kind, and sincere. What do we do with honest thoughts that aren’t very nice? How do our actions in Honesty help or hurt our relationships. Over the course of the month, we will talk about people from Emily Bronte to Jackie Robinson who lived out Honesty in their words and actions. We discover new games and techniques to make us more honest competitors and more thoughtful friends. It will be a time of challenging, but rewarding conversations – thanks for being a part of them!

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

Honesty Family Letter K-2 English | Spanish

Honesty Family Letter 3-4 English | Spanish

On a Musical Note

Hello Everyone!

There are several big moments happening in the music world of Crescent Harbor and I would first like to announce our upcoming video performances. Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 4th grades all have upcoming performances during school hours.

  • Grade 1 -- May 3rd
  • Kindergarten -- May 17
  • Grade 4 --June 1

These concerts will be recorded during school hours, then pushed to the public on video and social media platforms. We are the only elementary school in Oak Harbor to be holding any sort of performance during this time of COVID, and I couldn’t be any more proud of your students.

You can see the video of the recent second grade concert below! They are singing:

  • Mister Sun
  • Spring Spring Spring
  • Cherry Blossoms (They learned how to use sign language for the entire song during this one!)
  • I Can't Stand Still Under Those Raindrops!
  • Viva Vernal Equinox

Secondly, I would like to announce that our school will be receiving a class set of Marimbas. Due to the gratuitous efforts of our Local PTA, the district, and WMEA Music Matters Grant; we will be having a full marimba choir come late April/early May. Having a marimba choir allows for children to develop a sense of community, musicality, and culture.

If you have any questions about our upcoming events. Feel free to reach out to me at I thank you for your continued support of our program.

Mr. Kendall Parrett

2nd Grade Concert | CHE

Kindergarten Orientation

We are pleased to welcome families back to our annual Kindergarten Parent Orientation night on Wednesday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Oak Harbor High School Student Union Building. Parents with a five-year-old before September 1, 2022, are encouraged to attend this wonderful evening of information. Read about it online.

Sno-Isle Libraries also has a list of Getting Ready for Kindergarten Resources for interested parents.

Creative Cubs

For the past month, we have been learning to create a self-portrait. Kindergarten and first grade drew themselves as a king or queen to match the fairy tale lessons they were learning in class. Second grade drew a portrait of themselves in their future job. Fourth grade did a multi-media portrait and then wrote poetry to describe themselves. Take a look at our wonderful work on our Facebook Album!

Since finishing our portraits, we have been working on sculpture. Kindergarten has made dinosaur worlds, First grade created dancing people, second grade is making Greek cups and birds. Third grade created a book on elements and a 3D Roman coliseum. Fourth grade is using paper mache to create dachshunds.

Cub Appreciation

You might have read a recent article in the Whidbey News-Times about an injured great horned owl that was saved, rehabilitated, and released back into the wild. The article describes how the Lathams found the owl and got it to safety with the help of neighbors.

Well, those neighbors are part of our Cub Family! We want to recognize Trace from Mrs. Rusnak's class for his help with saving the owl. He even had to leave school early on release day to help the owl, Scooter, fly back into the wild. Trace tells us that he loves all animals, not just birds, and recently helped an injured robin.

We appreciate and recognize Trace for modeling the CHE Cub Character Traits of being Responsible and Kind!

Letter from the Library

We're recommending some great reads in line with this month's focus on Honesty. Students can ask about them when they next visit the Library!

  • Loser -- Root for Zinkoff as he explores his individuality and overcomes failures.
  • Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great -- A classic tale of learning how to be honest with yourself and others to build self-esteem and self-respect.
  • A Bike Like Sergio's -- When is "finders, keepers" the right thing to do? What if you know who lost what you found? Does that make a difference?

Harvest of the Month: Spinach

Spinach is thought to be Persian in origin, probably cultivated over 2000 years ago, and is a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, folate, and magnesium.

Spinach is the most widely used dark leafy green in the U.S., popular for cooking and raw salads. It's often the first vegetable directly seeded into the garden in early spring, as it prefers and thrives in the cool, moist soil. Spinach is generally available until a heavy freeze or snow cover in late fall. In Washington State, spinach is available from April through December. Both the flat-leafed and the crinkly-leafed (or savoy) varieties are commonly produced.

Find yummy recipes for Spinach with Peanut Sauce and Portuguese Spinach Soup as well as growing tips on our School Garden Blog!

The great thing about growing spinach in western Washington is you can be harvesting spinach and starting a spring crop right now! There is spinach being harvested in some of the school gardens at this time.

PTA Pointers

Welcome spring! We are so glad to see the weather warming up and excited about all the fun things happening at CHE! Mark your calendars.

April 12 - PTA meeting at 3:30 pm in the library.

April 15 - Science Fair - projects must be set up by 9 am and judging will begin after morning announcements. Volunteers are still needed for judging. Please check out the sign-up genius link.!/showSignUp/10c0f4ea5ae2ca7fac25-science

May 12 - Blue Fox Family Movie Night

Join us for a night of fun at the drive-in, to watch Sing 2. All CHE families will receive free admission.

June 6-12 - BOGO Book Fair

Yearbooks are on sale now for $20 each and will be delivered before the last day of school. Order online at:

Code: CH2022W