Chester Elementary School

August 12, 2019

Greetings CES Families,

We hope you are enjoying your summer break with your children. We are busy preparing to welcome back students on Wednesday, August 21. We have had a lot of improvements over the summer, including painting, new asphalt, new furniture and new carpeting (4 rooms) thanks to the Measure B funds!


Start times in 2019-2020. Please note - starting in 2019-2020, our 1st bell will ring at 8:10, and the tardy bell will ring at 8:15. We will dismiss TK at 12:30, K at 2:30 (1:25 on Mondays) and the rest of the students at 2:35 (1:30 on Mondays). We will have supervision starting at 7:45 each morning. We appreciate all of our families refraining from dropping their child off before 7:45.


2019-2020 teacher assignments. All of our teachers have already been in their classrooms getting prepared - I appreciate our dedicated staff! We will be posting our K and 2nd grade class lists on August 20 in the pm.

K = Ms. Twitchell (TK & K) & Ms. Klimek

1st = Ms. Cardona

2nd = Ms. O'Kelley & Ms. Whalen

3rd = Ms. Geer (Mr. Goolsby to start year to cover Ms. Geer's maternity leave)

4th = Ms. Crowther

5th = Ms. Tantardino

6th = Mr. Beilby

Opportunity (2nd-6th) = Ms. Bauer

Special Education = Ms. Preston & Speech = Ms. Bereznak

Enrichment/Interventions = Ms. Bainbridge


All Day Kindergarten 2019-2020. We are excited to pilot an all day kindergarten program this school year. School will start at 8:10, and students will be dismissed at 2:30 (through the front side gate by the K playground) for K students (TK students' day will be from 8:10-12:25). We offered all day K at my previous schools and experienced an academic and social development advantage for students when compared to half day programs. Parents and students can meet Ms. Twitchell and Ms. Klimek the day before school and get a quick tour on Tuesday, April 20 at 3:00 pm in room 2 (Ms. Twitchell) and room 3 (Ms. Klimek).


Supply lists - teachers have begun posting their supply lists on Facebook. If you are unable to provide these materials, don't worry - we will have extra materials. Please see below:

K - backpack (Pencils, crayons, markers, scissors, and glue are also needed at home for homework)

1st - Mr. Sketch smelly markers

2nd - Check your letters from your teachers that were mailed out from your teachers! Mrs. O'Kelley and Mrs. Whalen sent you a letter about two weeks ago!

3rd - Homework Binder or folder that allows you to transport homework and fliers to and from school each day, 2 Book Covers, Reusable Water Bottle with Lid, Tennis Shoes for PE, Exercise, and Walking Field Trips, Healthy Snacks ( Fruits, Nuts, Cheese, Veggies, Etc.), Scissors, Headphones or ear buds, Optional Donations to class: snacks, erasers, pencils, fine point dry-erase pens in black, binder paper, soft soap, Kleenex, Elmer's glue (bottle or glue stick), markers

4th - spiral bound notebook, box of Kleenex, and earbuds in a case to make your life in fourth grade easier :)

5th - 1 1/2 inch 3 ring binder dividers, reusable water bottle, 1 old sock to be used as a white board eraser, PE shoes for PE days, 1 box of tissues, 1 pencil pouch, 1 black sharpie, 1 fine tip Expo marker, 1 box of 12 colored pencils (optional)

6th - ear buds, Kleenex, and sanitation wipes

Opportunity - Backpack, ear buds, sanitation wipes


Monday Assemblies/Meetings - we have made some revisions for 2019-2020 with our weekly Monday Morning Meetings. Instead, we will be meeting with all students in the gym every other Monday afternoon before our early release. This will allow the other Mondays for teachers to provide a variety of character lessons and also give classes a monthly opportunity to meet with other classes for a reading or other learning activity (cross age collaboration opportunities). We are excited for these revisions. A big thanks to Ms. Crowther for her summer work and planning to build an engaging and worthwhile 2019-2020 Monday afternoon schedule!


In closing, we look forward to welcoming all of our students back on Wednesday, August 21 at 8:10 am. If you have questions or concerns, feel free to email me or check in with Ms. Nicole Peterson, our wonderful Adminstrative Assistant. Our office hours will remain from 7:30-3:30 starting on August 13, and will be closed on August 19 for training in Quincy.

Upcoming Dates


August 13 - Ms. Nicole Peterson returns to office - 7:30-3:30 (lunch 12:30-1:00)

August 19 - school office closed - all staff in Quincy for training

August 20 - K Welcome & Tour - 3:00, in Ms. Twitchell's (room 2) and Ms. Klimek's (room 3)

August 20 - pm - class lists posted for K and 2nd (all other classes have only 1 teacher)

August 21 - 1st day of school! Welcome! 8:10-2:35 (TK 8:10-12:25, K 8:10-2:30)

August 22 - Welcome Parents - Info about school year from teachers - 6:00 pm - start in gym

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.