Pi Program Newsletter

April 29, 2022

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Happy Spring from the Pi Program!

Our Pi students have an extra spring in their step these days, and we think it's because of their excitement about what they are doing and learning in the Pi program! Our students are engaging in meaningful learning activities both at school and home, along with in-person instruction where our students build community with each other. Here are just a few of the wonderful learning opportunities our Pi students are engaged in:

Pi primary and elementary students focused on number operations with fractions, which includes standard operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. They are also gaining fluency in math language such as sum, products, numerators, and denominators. For art, students are creating self-portraits that include a language arts component.

In science, both elementary and middle school students have started doing Lego robotics and building density columns using differently colored concentrations of saltwater. The Middle Schoolers have also been conducting selected activities using the MEL science kits to observe chemical changes. In one of these, students used an electric current to grow tin dendrites across a petri dish filled with water. Dendrites: a crystal or crystalline mass with a branching tree-like structure.

All students are currently working on writing narratives. They are putting an emphasis on adding descriptive details, dialogue, and having a clear event sequence. Once stories are revised and edited, we will publish them for sharing. Keep a lookout for your child's published work as you're in for a treat!

Another busy month has passed in the HS Math and Science program at Pi! Students have used their time in math to progress forward, and many took a test in April to show off their progress. Algebra 2 spent time identifying and sketching quadratic equations (the equations used to understand bridges and gravity) and showed off their knowledge through two quizzes. Geometry and Algebra 1 both took tests in function notation (i.e. f(x)= 2x) and passed with flying colors! Math 7/8 spent their time firming up their knowledge of percentages, and are currently working on using that knowledge to understand how markups and discounts are applied in the business world. Biology worked on their genetics research papers as we began our last unit of the year. In our experimental class, things have gotten…experimental! Students have branched off from 3d design to work on their own projects, including the wonderful poster advertising the Pi Program. It’s been a busy time, full of productive work.


The Pi Team

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Upcoming Field Excursions!

Elementary and middle school students will be starting a forestry unit in cooperation with Jefferson Land Trust. This will include two field excursions to Valley View Forest in Chimacum!

Pi Survey

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Teacher Appreciation Week- May 2nd-6th

Please join us in celebrating our teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week from May 2-6! You can see some ideas below of how you can show your support and appreciation for our fabulous teachers. Thank you teachers for making a positive difference in the lives of our children!

State Testing Calendar (Smarter Balanced Assessment)

Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) will be starting the week of May 2nd where students in grades 3 through 10 will take two assessments each in English Language Arts (ELA), and mathematics. 5th graders are the only grade level to participate in the Washington Comprehensive Science Assessment (WCAS), which is a single assessment.

Please help your student to give their best effort on the SBA by making sure that they:

  • Are well-rested
  • Eat healthy meals
  • Show up at school on the testing days
  • Show up at school on time
  • Have a positive attitude

We start our SBA testing next week. Here is our testing schedule:

  • Tuesday, May 3rd ELA grades 7, 8 & 10+
  • Wednesday, May 4th Math grades 10+
  • Thursday, May 5th Math grades 4-6
  • Friday, May 6 ELA grades 4-6 & Math grades 7 & 8
  • Tuesday, May 10th ELA grades 7, 8 & 10+
  • Wednesday, May 11th math grades 3 & 10+
  • Thursday, May 12 Math grade 4-6
  • Friday, May 13 Math grades 7 & 8 and ELA grades 4-6
  • Wednesday, May 18 Science Grades 8 & 11, and ELA/Math grade 3
  • Thursday, May 19 Science grade 5

For students that are absent on testing days, we will be holding make-ups during May 16-27 and scheduled as needed.

We try to offer healthy snacks to students to keep them nourished and give them a little extra "something" during testing. If you would like to donate snacks for testing, please contact your child's teacher via email.

Thank you for continuing to work with us to make sure your student is successful. We want your student to leave this school year with a solid foundation of skills and a future full of opportunities.

How To Help Your Child Be Successful For A Test


Calling all kindergarteners and families: Please join the CCP "Kindergarten Roundup" on May 4th from 4:30-6:00 PM. You will meet the kindergarten teachers, learn about the kindergarten experience, hear about routines, see classrooms, and ask the principal and teachers questions. We hope you can make it!
Kindergarten Registration Packet

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From Our School Nurse

I know we've all heard these tips before, but as our cold/flu/covid season seems to be in full swing, I thought I'd remind us all of a few tips to help stay healthy:

  • Good sleep is crucial. Try not to use any screens for 30-60 minutes before bedtime. The light suppresses melatonin, which can make it harder to fall asleep, and harder to get good sleep. Active screen time, such as video games, can affect sleep even more.
  • According to the CDC, kids 6-12 years old need 9-12 hours of sleep a night!
  • Eat vegetables and fresh fruits at every meal, and try them for snacks- the more colors, the better!
  • Try to limit your refined sugar intake to less than 10% of your calories and reduce your intake of processed foods (watch for that hidden sugar!).
  • Stay well-hydrated, skip the sugary drinks, and try to drink some plain water during the day.
  • Doing something active during the day can help decrease stress and help you get a better night's sleep.
  • Try to decrease stress and/or do a stress-relieving activity each day, such as coloring, yoga, meditation, a hot bath, or fun book.
  • You can talk to your medical provider about what vitamins may be helpful for you. If you feel you are constantly sick or getting sick more often than others around you, it may be worth talking to your provider about possible medical reasons, such as iron deficiency, vitamin D or other deficiencies, and other possible underlying causes.
  • Wash your hands throughout the day, especially after activities that included touching things that others might have touched- stair railings, grocery items, door handles, gym equipment, etc... Try to remember to wash your hands before touching your face.
  • Getting outdoors can help decrease stress and boost your immune system! Try an after-school walk, play at the beach, or play in a yard. As the weather warms, we can cook and eat outside, too!

May you stay well!

Nurse Reina

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Upcoming Events

May 3-19 - PI Smarter Balanced Testing

May 17 - Field Excursions grades 4-8

May 20 - Early Release - 12:15

May 27 - Snow Make-Up Day

May 30 - Memorial Day

June 3 - Field Excursions Grades 4-8

June 10 Last day of Pi Classes

June 13-17 Pi Conferences

June 11 - HS Graduation

Chimacum School District's Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedures

In compliance with WAC 392-190-060 & WAC 392-190-058, Chimacum Elementary is providing the following information to all parents, staff, and students regarding the district's discrimination and sexual harassment policies and procedures. Please click here to review the nondiscrimination and sexual harassment policy. You can access a full list of related policy and procedures on our district's webpage at https://www.csd49.org/Content2/372.

About The Pi Program

The Pi Program supports experiential learning, community engagement, and active family involvement. Our program utilizes individual strengths, passion, and compassion to foster intellectual curiosity, integrity, and self-initiated lifelong learning. We strive to nurture personal growth and a confident, creative spirit in our students, families, and staff.

School Disclaimer

Chimacum School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical 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: Melinda Miller, 360-302-5886, melinda_miller@csd49.org; PO Box 278, Chimacum, WA 98325-0278.

Chimacum School District will also take steps to assure that national origin persons who lack English language skills can participate in all education programs, services and activities. For information regarding translation services or transitional bilingual education programs, contact Jason Lynch at (360)302.5855

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