March 1, 2022

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Read Across America!

Dear Chimacum Elementary Families,

Over the next two weeks, we will be celebrating Read Across America. Read Across America is held annually on March 2nd. We will be doing some different activities from February 28th- to March 11th. During this time we want students to find good books and just enjoy reading.

One of the activities that we are doing is One Book-One School. Every classroom in the school will be reading the same book. The book we have chosen is Wishtree by Katherine Applegate. This book is also being used for the Jefferson County Community Read. Since every classroom is reading the book, it will be a great opportunity for you to talk with your children about the book and get their perspectives across the different grade levels.

Additionally, we are having a classroom competition around reading at home. Attached you will find a reading log that students can fill out. The classroom with the most minutes read will get a surprise at the end of our event. Students can read any book they like or even have books read to them. We only ask that you initial with the amount of time your child reads. We also have included some questions you can ask them about their book to make sure they understood what they read. This is the most important part of reading.

On Wednesday, March 2nd we will be having a pajama day. We will have different times throughout the day that students will Drop Everything And Read. We hope to help students see how fun reading can be. Please make sure that if your child wears pajamas to school that they are appropriate for the setting.

Thank you for supporting your child and let's have fun reading!

Field Trips Are Happening!

We are so excited that this year we have been planning outdoor learning experiences in our school garden, outdoor spaces, and field trips to our local community resources. Some of the trips our students have participated in:

  • A walking field trip to HJ Carrol Park with Ms. Pennell's class.
  • Weekly Chimacum Creek monitoring & testing with Mr. Gonzalez's classroom.
  • A Port Townsend Marine Science Center visit by the third-grade classes.
  • 6th-grade students will be planting bare-root native plants to be used along Chimacum Creek.
  • 4th-grade students will also be visiting the Port Townsend Marine Science Center.

Stay tuned for more great outdoor learning and field trips that augment our place-based learning (PBL) units and science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) focus!


Our last two days of 12:15 early release will occur next week Wednesday & Thursday, March 9 & 10. School staff will be engaged in professional development designing targeted teaching lessons using data from our school and classroom assessments. Staff will also learn vocabulary acquisition strategies that can support all students, as well as for students who are English language learners. Thank you for your support in allowing staff to meet to plan, learn, and design lessons that will support all students.


Friday, March 18th is a non-student day where teachers host conferences for targeted students. Classroom teachers will be arranging conferences for targeted students only, in a format that works for families---either by Zoom, socially distanced in-person, or by phone. If you do not receive communication from your classroom teacher by Friday, March 4 on Bloomz, an email, or a phone call, then there will not be a formal parent/teacher conference for your child on the 18th. If you would like to conference with your child's teacher, you can at anytime contact the teacher directly to arrange a conference.

Please feel free to let your child's teacher know if you have any questions regarding the report card.

Maximizing Conferences

This is a helpful document that outlines strategies to maximize your child's conference

Reporting Procedures for Discrimination and Harassment- UPDATED

Reporting Procedures for Discrimination and Harassment

The district has updated our reporting procedures for discrimination and harassment. You can find information about this policy at the link above.

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Lunch Menus




March 4 - Sixth Grade FT to Finn River

March 9 - Coffee & Conversation with Principal Lynch for Parents & Community Members - 8:45-9:15 at CES

Mar. 9 & 10 - Early Release - 12:15

Mar. 18 - Parent Conferences (targeted students)

Mar. 24 - Fourth Grade FT to PTMSC

April 4 - 8 - Spring Break - No School

April 13 - Coffee & Conversation - 8:45-9:15 @ CES

May 11 - Coffee & Conversation - 8:45-9:15 @ CES

May 20 - Early Release - 12:15

May 27 - Snow Make-Up Day - No School (providing we haven't used it for snow!)

May 30 - Memorial Day - No School

June 8 - Coffee & Conversation - 8:45-9:45 @ CES

June 11 - HS Graduation

June 17 - Last Day of School - 12:15 Dismissal

About Chimacum Elementary

Chimacum Elementary serves students in grades 3-6 and is located in Chimacum, Washington. Our school serves the communities of Port Hadlock, Chimacum, Port Ludlow, Irondale, Marrowstone Island, Oak Bay, Paradise Bay, Shine and unincorporated east Jefferson County.

Our MISSION is to use S.T.E.A.M. as a foundation for unique and powerful learning experiences rooted in our community.

Our VISION is to grow students who, through powerful community-connected learning experiences, are prepared for life's requirements, challenges, and adventures and empowered to be engaged citizens and creative problem solvers.

Our Motto: "We grow kids!"

School Disclaimer

Chimacum School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

Civil Rights, Title IX, and Section 504 Coordinator

Melinda Miller

PO Box 278, Chimacum, WA 98325



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