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Crescent Harbor Elementary | January 2022

A Message from the Principal

Dear Crescent Harbor Families,

Here at Crescent Harbor Elementary, we work with our students on being kind, being responsible, being respectful, and being safe. We reward students for meeting these expectations and for exhibiting these behaviors on both a daily and monthly basis. We also make a point to have conversations with students about what the expectations are and what it looks like to meet them.

The reason for having schoolwide expectations is not only to help make sure our school runs smoothly; it's also because these are important qualities for students to have as citizens. How we display respect, responsibility, kindness, and safety is a key component of our ability to have positive interactions with others in stores, in the park, with other family members, and anywhere else we find ourselves. These are the skills that help us make friendships, solve problems, and work productively as members of a team.

I decided that since we believe in these values and since the character trait this last month was "respect," I would ask students what they thought it meant. Here's what they said:

  • In the classroom, RESPECT looks like being nice, listening to the teacher, being quiet, sitting down, and following directions.
  • On the bus, RESPECT looks like staying in your seat, listening to the driver, and not leaving trash behind.
  • In the hallway, RESPECT looks like walking with space between others (in kindergarten, this means "walking my limit"), no yelling, and staying safe.
  • In the bathroom, RESPECT looks like washing your hands, leaving the restroom clean, and talking in quiet voices.

What's heartening about what students shared is that they have a really great idea of what it means to be respectful in these common spaces at school. We are so pleased that so many students show this quality on a regular basis.

With regards,

Kate Valenzuela

Principal, Crescent Harbor Elementary


Important Dates and Reminders

January 3 | School Resumes

January 11 | PTA Meeting | 3:40 p.m.

January 17 | Martin Luther King, Jr. Day | NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Please remember that...

  • fabric masks need to be washed regularly.
  • kids should stay home if they have illness symptoms.
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Dean's Corner

Hello Crescent Harbor Families,

As the New Year starts I would like to thank all students, families, and staff for their continued effort to have a successful school year despite our current difficulties and hardships. I am so very proud that our students are living up to our school-wide expectations:

Be Respectful

Be Responsible

Be Safe

Be Kind

The most challenging times in our day are those that involve being out of the classroom, i.e. playground, bus rides, parent pick-up lines, and bus lines in the gym, to name a few. Our behavior expectations start at the bus stop at the morning pick up and continue all day until the bus drops students off in the afternoon. I would like to encourage you to have an open conversation with your child about these school expectations.

It is my sincere wish that we as a community continue to have the perseverance to overcome whatever challenges are ahead. I am excited to come back and see our students ready to learn.

Jose Garcia

Dean of Students

Nurse Notes: 11 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Be Physically Active

Only about 1 in 4 children get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day and participation in all types of physical activity drops dramatically as a child's age and grade in school increase.

It's important that physical activity be a regular part of family life to build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints. It also helps keep a healthy body mass index, reduces the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease later in life, and can improve sleep.

Physical activity also improves mental and behavioral health by increasing self-esteem, school performance, attention and behavior and reducing anxiety, tension and depression. As part of an organized sport, it fosters teamwork and friendship.

Here are a few ways parents can help their children become more physically active:

  1. Talk with your child's doctor. Your child's doctor can help your child understand why physical activity is important. Your child's doctor can also help you and your child identify sports or activities that may be best for your child.

  2. Emphasize fun. Help your child find a sport that she enjoys. The more she enjoys the activity, the more likely she will be to continue it. Get the entire family involved. It is a great way to spend time together.

  3. Choose an activity that is developmentally appropriate. For example, a 7- or 8-year-old child is not ready for weight lifting or a 3-mile run, but soccer, bicycle riding, and swimming are all great activities for kids this age.

  4. Plan ahead. Make sure your child has a convenient time and place to exercise.

  5. Provide a safe environment. Make sure your child's equipment and where they practice or play is safe. Make sure your child's clothing is comfortable and appropriate for the activity.

  6. Provide active toys. Young children especially need easy access to balls, jump ropes, and other active toys.

  7. Be a role model. Children who regularly see their parents enjoying sports and physical activity are more likely to do so themselves.

  8. Play with your children. Help them learn a new sport or another physical activity. Or just have fun together by going for a walk, hike, or bike ride.

  9. Set limits. Limit screen time, including time spent on TV, videos, computers, and video games, each day. Use the free time for more physical activities.

  10. Make time for exercise. Some children are so overscheduled with homework, music lessons, and other planned activities that they do not have time for exercise.

  11. Do not overdo activity. Exercise and physical activity should not hurt. If it becomes painful, your child should slow down or try a less vigorous activity. As with any activity, it is important not to overdo it. If exercise starts to interfere with school or other activities, talk with your child's doctor.


Robbin White, R.N.

P.S. From Nurse White

Did you know that there's a COVID Response Call Center?

Phone Number: 360.678.2301

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Find more information on the Island County Public Health website.


Please contact the school at 360.279.5650 at least two weeks in advance to let us know if you are moving. We will help you with the paperwork for a smooth transition to your student's new school.
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Character Trait for January: Perseverance

This month we’re talking about the trait of Perseverance. The dictionary defines it as: “Persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.” The definition we are using in class is:

Perseverance: the ability to work through situations even when there are obstacles or challenges in the way.

Angela Duckworth is an author and researcher who discovered that the most successful people in our world right now have one big thing in common: their ability to persevere through tough situations. She calls it Grit! In fact, she found that Grit is a higher indicator of success than SAT scores, IQ, or GPA. This month, we are talking about how we respond when things get really hard or when we feel like we’ve failed or can’t do something. Over the next few weeks, there will be stories of inspiring and resilient role models. We will talk about what happens and what our thought process is when we feel frustrated or stumped. We will talk about having a Growth Mindset instead of a Fixed Mindset—to see challenges and failure as an opportunity to learn or try a new path instead of thinking, “I’m just not good at this” or, “If I failed this time, I will fail again next time.” People that persevere are people that know failure is just the beginning of new growth or learning!

Please review the family letter below for your student's grade level to learn more:

Perseverance Family Letter K-2 English | Spanish

Perseverance Family Letter 3-4 English | Spanish

On a Musical Note

We have been working hard learning about the basics of music and navigating covid-safe performance opportunities for 3rd and 4th grades in the first 5 months of the school year, with hopes of K-2 performance opportunities in Spring. So far we've reacted to stories with music, danced with songs using bucket drumming, composed songs using technology, and so much more! If you missed it, check out our third-grade holiday performance online.

My goal is for everyone to have a solid understanding of the basic fundamentals of music, while we focus on motor development by playing and moving with music in the class.

Mr. Kendall Parrett

Letter from the Library

We're recommending some great reads in line with this month's focus on perseverance. Students can ask about them when they next visit the Library!

  • The Most Magnificent Thing -- This book explores the rewards of perseverance and creativity as a little girl attempts to make something magnificent and it all goes wrong!
  • Beautiful Oops! -- How to use imperfect bits of paper to create something beautiful.
  • What Do You Do With A Problem? -- What do you do when a problem doesn't go away?

PTA Pointers

Happy 2022! We have high hopes for this year and want to start off by saying thank you to our amazing staff. The PTA will host our annual Welcome Back Breakfast for staff on Friday, January 7th. Donations of packaged breakfast items (K-cups, tea bags, pastries, fruit, nuts, cheeses, etc.) may be dropped off at the school on January 5th and 6th. If you would like to volunteer to host this event, please email or send us a message on Facebook.

The first PTA meeting of 2022 will be held on Tuesday, January 11th, at 3:40 pm in the library. We will plan and discuss the events for the second half of the school year such as the book fair, school spirit activities, and our spring family fun event. We need plenty of input on how we can best serve the school and community, as well as ideas for events and fundraisers. All are welcome, even if you're not a member, or have never come before. We would love to meet you. Feel free to bring your kiddos, we usually have some sort of snack for them and they will have pals there too.

Keep an eye out for the Book Fair Sign Up Genius. We were so excited to welcome back the book fair in the fall and have the opportunity to have another in February. The book fair takes many hands to succeed and entirely funds the Scholastic magazine subscriptions for each student and puts books in the hands of every CHE student. As an added bonus, it's a ton of fun. If you have the time, please sign up.

Don't forget you can still apply for a volunteer badge with OHSD. Applications are available at the school. As always if you have any questions about the PTA, feel free to contact us on Facebook, by email, or by calling the school.