Chester Elementary School

January 7, 2022. Connect. Thrive


Greetings CES Families!

We hope that you had a wonderful Winter Break and that 2022 is filled with many new wonderful opportunities and experiences for you and your family!

We are pleased to share that Chester Elementary School will be undergoing a modernization project for part of the campus in the upcoming months, funded by Measure B. The cafeteria, gym/multi-use room, bathrooms and offices will be modernized starting in early March. Those areas of the campus will be under construction and closed off starting in March through the summer. Part of the project will move our front entrance to the right so we will have an entry with a welcome counter include with the office space. Some construction alterations will include our parking lot temporarily moving part of the field and portable trailer bathrooms brought in for staff and students. As with any facility project, we are looking forward to being flexible with our space during the construction phase and having beautiful, modernized spaces when it is complete.

In the upcoming month, you will see container storage on campus, parking lot development and a shuffling of office space. No classrooms will be affected nor moved. Great things are happening for CES!

At CES, we have many things to look forward to in 2022 including our renovation, school Read a Thon, some exciting field trips, and Kid Appreciation Day.

We look forward to all this year holds,

With appreciation and excitement,

Colly Fischer and Nicholle Crowther

Attendance Matters!

One of the easiest things to do for your student is to get them to school each day. Good attendance rates are above 90%. Chronic absence — missing 10 percent or more of school days due to absence for any reason—excused or unexcused absences can translate into students having difficulty learning to read by the third-grade, achieving in middle school, and graduating from high school.

This is the time of year when winter weather and children’s illnesses can take a toll on school attendance. But it’s important to get your children to school every day possible.

There’s not much we can do about the weather, but there are two key steps every parent can take to help avoid absences this year: Make back-up plans for bad weather and keep your children healthy by dressing them warmly for the cold weather and make sure they’ve got hats and gloves. Encourage them to wash their hands regularly, and send them to school with a bottle of hand sanitizer and their mask. Help your child learn to persevere. Today, he learns to overcome a snowdrift. In the future, he will have the grit to triumph over even greater obstacles to his dreams.

Upcoming Dates

1/17-No School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

1/31-2/4-Parent Conference Week, Minimum Day Schedule

2/18-No School, Lincoln's Birthday Observed

2/21-No School, President's Day

3/18-School in Session (since we used a Snow Day on 12/14/21)

5/27-School in Session (since we used a Snow Day on 12/15/21)

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Snow Play at Recess

Mountain Kids embrace our weather and love the outdoors. Given that, students need to have appropriate gear: snow boots, snow pants, gloves, coat for playing in the snow. Send those with your children.

At recess, based on the conditions, students may:

--play on snow hills that are away from the school windows and roof

--be on the hills as long as they are on the side where yard duty can see them

--slide down feet first

-- take turns sliding down

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Please remind your child that personal items such as toys, footballs, basketballs, and Pokemon cards are to be kept at home. It is difficult to track which items belong to who and we cannot be responsible for lost or misplaced items.

CES Site Council is looking for members

Are you interested in getting involved at CES? Well, we have an opportunity for you! Our School Site Council has openings and we would love to have you join. The School Site Council is a stakeholder group for determining the focus of the school's academic instructional program and all related categorical resources. We meet every 6-8 weeks to review the happenings at CES, review reports, and discuss ways to improve our school. If you are interested, please contact Colly Fischer at or at (530) 258-3194 ext. 1200.

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SPOTLIGHT: Nicole Peterson

Nicole Peterson, originally from Saratoga, has been with Chester Elementary School since 2018. A graduate of San Diego State University with a Bachelors Degree in Social Science, Ms. Nicole serves as the Administrative Assistant at CES.

Ms. Nicole loves the CES students, especially their smiles and the way they fill the school with laughter. She also loves the incredible CES staff. She appreciates the camaraderie, teamwork, and spirit of the CES staff.

In her free time, Ms. Nicole loves going for walks, reading, and cooking. Her favorite children's book is Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle. Ms. Nicole hopes to travel to Italy someday to enjoy the food and site see. She also loves the color purple and her favorite animals are dogs.

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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.

This week brings a change to Appendix B. See below for the details.

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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