Chester Elementary School
December 14, 2018
Greetings Parents! Happy Holidays!
We appreciate the ongoing support and collaboration with our families to provide an exceptional elementary experience for our students, and truly enjoy working with all of you. We want to wish all of you a happy holiday season and the best winter break, filled with quality family time and friendships. Please be safe, and we'll be excited to welcome our students back on January 7, 2019.
Stress Among Students and Long Term Effects
In addition to holiday stress, during our early out Mondays, our teachers have been studying other serious stress factors called "adverse childhood experiences" or the ACE's Study from the Center for Disease Control and the Kaiser Foundation. The ACE's study (link below for more information) provides some alarming research regarding chronic stress our youth may be experiencing as a result of a variety of factors (ex divorce, emotional or physical abuse, drug/alcohol abuse, mental illness, neglect, incarceration, death, etc). The more factors a child experiences, the higher their risk of suffering from long term effects of chronic stress. This chronic stress can lead to emotional and physical impairments, behavioral challenges as well as an inability to learn at a high rate.
The good news is that we can all work to limit the harmful effects of some of these stressors in our children's lives. The primary prevention is for our children to have stable homes with caring, loving relationships with adults - family, community, school staff, etc. We know we can all be a caring adult towards children and build positive relationships with them - our own children, neighborhood children and the children we get to work with at school. Our teachers are learning more about combating chronic stress with our students and realize that students have to know that we care about them before they can learn. For more information, please visit the links and resources provided below.
Coin Drive to Support Paradise Elementary School - ends Thursday, December 20th!
Wet Winter Weather - Please make sure your child dresses appropriately
Dec 17 - K students will sing a Christmas song at Monday Morning Meeting (approx 8:30)
Dec 19 - CES Site Council Meeting 3:00; PTA Meeting 4:00
Dec 20 - 1st-6th Christmas sing-along (2:00-2:35) - each class will sing a song
Dec 21-- Possible make up snow day (if we have any snow days this week)
Dec 21 - Jan 4 - Winter break
Jan 7 - Welcome back students! Happy New Year!