Chester Elementary School

October 29, 2021. Connect. Thrive

What's happening at CES?

We have had a great week here at CES!

We are enjoying how science is happen for all of our students. From dissecting owl pellets in fifth grade to studying mammal cams in third grade, our teachers are doing an amazing job of bringing the outdoors in and it is exciting to see!

Our first and second graders have also had some hands on science this week when they visited the Pumpkin Patch. They learned about the different varieties of pumpkins and more about how they grow.

Another highlight for our students this week was the annual CES Halloween Parade--a fun fact this is our Parade's 10 Year Anniversary!

School pictures are scheduled on Tuesday, November 9 with make up pictures on Thursday, December 2. Picture packets will come home next week.

We love all the great things happening at CES and have so many more in store for our students this year! We are busy planning field trips for our students as well as exciting school wide events that all students are able to participate. This is on top of our Thriving Thursdays and schoolwide Buddy Program that we have implemented this year! It's a great year for our school.

With Flexibility and Grace,

Colly Fischer and Nicholle Crowther

School Site Council

Our School Site Council will me meeting on Wednesday, November 10th at 3:00 PM in Room 9. We invite all interested parents to attend! Our School Site Council is a committee made up of parents, teachers, and staff that help determine the focus for our school's academic instructional program. Come and learn more!

Check out the agenda here: School Site Council Agenda


We have Spirit Wear!

You can customize the color and design of items!

Our CES VOLCANOES STORE can be found by clicking here!

Notable Stuff and Upcoming Dates

11/1-11/5 Treats for Troops-Send in extra Halloween Candy for our troops!

11/2 Vaccine Clinic at CES (information sent via Parent Square)

11/9 School Pictures

11/10 School Site Council Meeting at 3:00 PM

11/11 Veterans Day-No School

11/22-11/26- Thanksgiving Break-No School

Superintendent Search

Our Governing Board Trustees have selected Leadership & Associates, an executive search firm, to conduct the search for our next Plumas Unified School District Superintendent.

As promised, they have provided us with an online survey which is posted on our PCOE/PUSD website. The link for the online survey can be found here. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. This is your opportunity to share your thoughts and input regarding the qualities, characteristics and experience that you desire in your next superintendent.

The online survey will be open from October 20th through November 1st - 4pm.

Please check this webpage for ongoing updates linked here and important announcements regarding this process.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to contribute to this process.

Help CES earn money with Box Tops!

How to Scan with the Box Tops Mobile App

Treats for Troops!

Bring in your Halloween candy from November 1st to November 5th!

The candy will be mailed in care packages to Chester High School graduates that now serve in the Military. Show your support!
The box is located outside the CES office.

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Get your Plumas Strong Sticker!


Sold in the CES Office

All proceeds benefit CES Outdoor Core Programs

Thank you to Antonia Marro for her artwork and sticker design!


Traci Holt, a resident of the Lake Almanor Basin since 1999, is the Plumas County Unified School District Board Representative for the Chester area. Mrs. Holt has served two terms on the PUSD School Board and is currently the President of the Board.

Mrs. Holt, the CEO of a non-profit and local business owner, believes strongly in public education. She is committed to making decisions that reflect the best interest of every student across Plumas County. Mrs. Holt wants to improve the educational experiences and achievement of students county wide. She also believes in the fiscal health of PUSD as better fiscal decisions lead to better student outcomes.

Mrs. Holt loves the students of Plumas County because they are resilient, strong, caring, and adventurous. She loves walking the hallways of PUSD schools and watching student’s eyes light up as they learn, hearing their laughter, and being involved with school events.

In her free time, Mrs. Holt also enjoys spending time with her family. She loves camping and exploring the outdoors. Mrs. Holt also finds time to volunteer at different events throughout her community.


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Fall Reading Program!

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Independent Study Explained

There are two types of independent study, long and short term. Long Term Independent Study is an option for your student if in-person instruction presents a health risk to your child. You will follow the instructions found here. Notification of Independent Study

Short Term Independent Study is provided in case a student is excluded from school due to Covid-19, exposure or symptoms and can do work from home. The school will communicate with you and explain the process. Then, we will send a short term independent study agreement to you on Parent Square. The teacher will provide work and for the work that your student completes, he/she will have those days credited and not marked as absent.

If you are planning for a child to be away from school for a family trip or the like, please notify the office. You may request a Short Term Independent study agreement in this case. This request should be 5 days in advance of your departure and will need to be approved by the principal. If approved, your child will be provided work which should be returned the day your child is back in school.

Volunteers on Campus

Volunteers on campus

CES values our volunteers who help us so much. This year, in addition to the paperwork that volunteers complete we will be requiring

  • proof of vaccination

  • Or a weekly Covid test

  • and be fingerprinted (this can be done at the District Office in Quincy)

You are considered a volunteer if you come in consistently to assist at school in your child’s class. Field Trip drivers or parents that help for one event are not considered volunteers in this circumstance.

Testing will occur on campus once a week starting in early October but one can get a test result from anywhere convenient. The “quick test” AKA antigen will be the test provided at the school. At this time, over the counter tests will not be accepted.

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Covid Protocols

Hello Chester families!

We’d like to remind all of our families that the same COVID protocols remain in place from last school year. If your child is ill, you will need to keep them home and follow the return to school criteria (see below). The complete PUSD Covid Protocols are found

here in Appendix B

Please use the At-home Staff and Student Screening to screen your children at home prior to sending them to school. The schools will contact any guardian for pick-up if your student develops symptoms during the school day. After experiencing any of the symptoms on this list, the student must meet the return to school criteria before they will be permitted back on campus. If you have any further questions, please contact your school office.

Here is to a great year!

Your PUSD nurses,

Emilee Pruitt, BSN, RN, Lead School Nurse

Jessica Logan, BSBA, RN, School Nurse

Lauren Tasaki, BSB, RN, School Nurse

Christina Tate, LVN

Emilee Schramel LVN

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Free Crisis Counseling

It’s been a tough last year and half for many in our county. The Covid 19 pandemic has brought hardship and uncertainty to our community, and the added stress of several catastrophic wildfires in the past two summers has added another layer of difficulty.

This double crisis has put tremendous burdens on all of us, and many people have no choice but to struggle alone. This is why California State has started a productive new partnership with BeWellLine, a partnership that will bring care to the people who need it most.

The BeWellLine mission is to provide evidence-based, free-of-charge care to people who might not have access to it otherwise. This is a free service, available to anyone, without regard to existing insurance coverage or qualification. Everyone in the state of California is entitled to reach out and get the help they need, receive advice and counseling, and share their story.

If you’ve been struggling through the pandemic alone or feel like you need greater guidance and support, get in touch with the BeWellLine by calling (855) 838-6910 or visiting or today to arrange a counseling session or learn more about how they can help you.The counseling services are available by phone, online chat, and video conferencing, and are free.

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