December 10, 2021
Message from the Superintendent
Dear Chimacum Families,
As we approach the Winter Solstice and shorter days, I am reminded that more light is just around the corner! I love this time of year, celebrating the holidays, seeing Christmas lights, and spending more time inside by a fire or outside in the quiet forest.
Two things come to mind about the winter darkness. One is practical- if your children are waiting for busses in the morning, they are easier to see on our dark, rural roadways if they have something reflective on themselves or their backpacks. Please be safe!
The other is a reminder to tend to ourselves and others. This can be a difficult time of year, and our moods can also become darker. It can be harder to get going in the morning or to motivate ourselves to be productive or even kind-hearted to others. Sometimes it feels like we are trying to move through pudding- everything takes more effort.
I think that the darkness is also a reminder that there is light. If not now, later. And we are always moving toward the light where there is joy, harmony, peace, and more ease than our lives sometimes seem to bring us. Offering encouragement, giving grace, and showing love are always helpful winter activities to get us there.
Enjoy your holiday and stay warm!
Scott Mauk, Ed.D.
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
It is amazing how fast our school year has flown by! Our students are doing a great job following our PBIS school-wide behavior expectations as well as consistently being engaged in the meaningful learning taking place in our classrooms every day. We are proud of our students and we know you are too!
What is PBIS?
PBIS is a school-wide research-based framework for teaching and supporting positive behaviors for all students. This approach to behavior focuses on creating consistent behaviors across all settings, which can promote socially appropriate behaviors and academic success. PBIS promotes the application of positive behaviors through teaching, modeling, practicing, intervening, and rewarding students for appropriate behavior. Implementing this approach has the ability to decrease behavioral issues and increase classroom instructional time.
How does PBIS Work?
- All students follow the same set of rules and expectations throughout all areas in the school.
- These rules and expectations are displayed as a matrix, which is posted in hallways, classrooms, outside areas, bathrooms, and offices.
- When students follow the rules and expectations, they are recognized. When students do not follow the rules, there are planned consequences and interventions to help them get back on track. Our school uses a behavior flowchart to determine which student behaviors are managed by classroom teachers, and which are managed by the principal. Please see our behavior flowchart to see how students are redirected and intervened to prevent the reoccurrence of unwanted behavior.
- Parents & guardians are always contacted if their student receives a behavior referral, from either the teacher or the principal.
- Students receive “Excellent Eagle” tickets when they are seen meeting a behavior expectation or if they go above and beyond expectations. Excellent Eagles are used in a weekly drawing where students can access fun rewards such as our CES shirts, flying a drone, driving an RC car, and other fun incentives. Students are also acknowledged using Excellent Eagles, and other forms of recognition in each classroom.
This document guides our decision-making if an unwanted student behavior is classroom managed, or principal managed, as well as interventions we take when students make mistakes.
Spirit Week - Next Week
School Spirit Week 12/13 to 12/17
We are coordinating a school "spirit week" with CCP. We invite students to participate in our spirit week following the themes listed below. Participation in spirit week is voluntary and is meant for a fun way for students and staff to end our year together. Please do not purchase or spend money to participate- just use what you have around the house!
Monday, December 13- Hat and Scarves Day
Tuesday, December 14- Crazy Socks
Wednesday, December 15- Flannel (appropriate for school and outdoor recess)
Thursday, December 16- New Year's Eve Attire
Friday, December 17- Ugly Sweater
Note: Friday is a regularly scheduled "full" day. It was misprinted on another calendar.
Inclement Weather Notifications
The district will make every attempt to notify all families by 5:00 AM using our school messenger system. Additionally, information will also be posted on the District's website and Facebook page.
If you've not done so already, please be sure to "opt" in to receive alerts from our School Messenger system by texting a "Y" or "YES" to 67587. More information can be found below.
From the School Nurse
Hi, I’m Reina, the School Nurse! I just started late November and am working my fastest to get caught up on All Things Health! I am working full-time throughout the district and my main non-health-room office is in the elementary school. This is my first year as a School Nurse, but not my first year working with children or as a nurse! I have been a nurse for nearly 18 years now, the last several years of which have been spent working in inpatient adolescent behavioral health. I have worked as a lead nurse writing policies and procedures, assisted with quality improvement projects, and started my nursing career with several years in Critical Care. I’ve also had quite a bit of volunteer training in disaster relief with CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), Public Health Reserve Corps, Medical Reserve Corps, and as a Swift Water Rescue Technician. Before nursing, I was a deck officer on a ship and an oceanographer. I have a passion for science and learning as well as teaching; I am really happy to be here!
My door is open to anyone who needs to talk or ask health questions. My office is x5957 (not yet set up for voice mail), and my cell phone is (360) 301-0528 (this one IS set up for voice mail). You can also email me at Reina_Garcia@csd49.org May you stay safe, warm, and healthy!
Please see this flow chart to see when to keep your child home from school, along with the most up-to-date COVID-19 testing, and quarantine information.
Please join our PTA
We are reorganizing our old PTA structure into a new K-12 PTA that will serve the students at CCP, CES, CJSHS, and Pi. This single PTA structure will create a parent-teacher organization that will be more streamlined in order to serve our students, teachers, and schools.
Our Parent Teacher Organization supports students and teachers in many ways including funding classroom experiences & helping with field trips, the Fall carnival, field day, yearbook, picture day, and book fairs. The PTA provides an important connection for families and teachers.
Please come to our PTA meeting on January 19th from 5:00-6:00 using the Zoom link below--you can make a difference!
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We know that there are a wide variety of reasons that students are absent from school, from health concerns, COVID exposures, to transportation challenges. Our goal is that students miss no more than 10 days per year. We encourage families to take that special trip or family experience, but be sure to stay under 10 total school days missed in a year. It is a good idea to leave room for sick days and medical appointments within the 10 absences per year goal.
For each absence the following steps will be followed by the school:
- An auto call informs parents that their child was absent each morning.
If your child is ill, email the office at email@example.com. This will be an excused absence.
If your student has 3 unexcused absences or more than 5 excused absences in one month, state law (RCW 28A.225.020) requires we schedule a conference with you and your student to identify the barriers and supports available to ensure regular attendance.
To request an excused absence (vacations, etc), please contact our school office two weeks before the absence. If approved by the office and teacher, the absence will be excused and your student will be given instructions on how to access their school work during their absence. Please know that we can't excuse additional absences if your child has already missed 10 days.
5th & 6th Grade Planetarium Exhibit and Learning with Scientists from the Department of the Navy
December 17 - Last Day Before Winter Break - This is a full day!
Dec. 20 - 31 - Winter Break
Jan. 3 - School Resumes
Jan. 17 - Martin Luther King Day
Jan. 28 - End of Semester
Jan. 31 - Semester Break
Feb. 21 - Presidents' Day
Mar. 9 & 10 - Early Release - 12:15
Mar. 18 - Parent Conferences
April 4 - 8 - Spring Break
May 20 - Early Release - 12:15
May 27 - Snow Make-Up Day
May 30 - Memorial Day
June 11 - HS Graduation
June 17 - Last Day of School - 12:15 Dismissal
About Chimacum Elementary
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!"
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
PO Box 278, Chimacum, WA 98325