Chester Elementary School

January 18, 2019

Greetings Parents!

Our PTA Taco Tuesday fundraiser is almost here! Please join us Tuesday, January 22 from 5:00-7:00 pm to enjoy a taco dinner sponsored by our wonderful PTA. All proceeds will go towards student programs at CES.

We are striving to get our students back into a studying and learning mindset as we return from winter break. Our teachers are pushing our students to work hard, problem solve, build their endurance and of course, be safe, responsible and respectful. Now may be a great opportunity to visit with your child about setting goals for 2019, working hard and building good study habits. I've attached a link to assist with goal setting for children and families that also introduces growth mindset (great stuff to share on another newsletter!). Enjoy!

Vaping Among Our Youth

Vaping is becoming more popular among our youth, and our secondary schools are experiencing an increase in students using vaping devices in school. It might be a good idea to discuss the harmful effects of vaping with your child, particularly 5th-6th graders. Below is some helpful information and resources recently shared by Mr. Hernandez at CJHS.

Please take a few minutes to watch the video that we have provided on vaping. You may even choose to watch it with your student. It is an informative video about a real problem among our students right now. Even if you don't think your student is using vape, I guarantee they have a friend who is. These companies are targeting our kids and they are getting addicted to nicotine and other substances. It's easy to hide and has no odor like a cigarette, it smells sweet and there is no smoke. Again, please watch the video and have an honest conversation with your student, you'll be glad you did.

2 Hour Delays, Loss of Power Procedures

School 2 hour delays & closures. When we anticipate snow, Superintendent Oestreich begins collaborating with district officials and contacts in all 4 communities at around 4:30 am. They research the current weather conditions, upcoming forecast, CalTrans reports, and PG&E’s current operating conditions. They make a determination for each community if a 2 hour delay or school closure is necessary, typically by 5:30 am. Once determined, they communicate with all principals, who will then communicate with our staff and families. I will email and text our staff, then post a message on Facebook, and set up an auto call through our Aeries student data information system.

Loss of power. At times, our power may go off during the school day. Please allow your child to remain in school if this happens. Instruction continues and our teachers are able to still provide a productive learning day. We will do our best to conserve the heat and continue school operations as normal. Our bathrooms will still be operational, and our kitchen team serves sandwiches if the ovens are unavailable. Our district officials are notified about power outages, then start monitoring classroom temperatures. If the power outage lasts more than 4 hours, and the classroom temperatures continue to drop, then there is a possibility we could have an early dismissal. We will then notify our families through Facebook and auto calls. However, we strive to keep students at school to complete the day.

Wet Winter Weather - Please make sure your child dresses appropriately

Throughout these next few months, we are going to have days at school where we have rain and snow. In most instances, we will be sending students outside for a break to play and get some fresh air. Therefore, it's important that we all pay attention to the weather and dress appropriately - water resistant coats, boots, pants, gloves, etc. We appreciate your understanding. Please let me know if you have questions, concerns, special circumstances, or considerations.

Coin Drive to Support Paradise Elementary School - ends Tuesday, January 22!

Thanks to the thoughtfulness of Ms. Whalen's class, and 5th grader Craig, we have started a coin drive to support Paradise Elementary School and Butte County School District. Feel free to drop off any money donations to the silver garbage can located in or near the front office. Ms. Whalen's class and Craig will be working together to promote, collect and count the change, then will forward 100% of the proceeds to the Butte County Office of Education, attn Paradise Elementary School to support the victims of the Camp Fire. Thank you!

Upcoming Dates

Jan 21 - Happy Martin Luther King Day - no school

Jan 22 - PTA Taco Night 5:00-7:00 pm! Please join us! (Mr. Beilby promised to eat a pepper for every one of his students who attends!)

Feb 5 - Kindness Ninja Assembly 9:15 (guest speaker encouraging kind acts)

Feb 18-22 - Winter break - no school

Thanks for your support!

We enjoy partnering with our parents to provide an exceptional elementary education for all of our students. We appreciate your ongoing support to benefit our students. Please let us know if you have any questions.