Chester Elementary School
October 8, 2021. Connect. Thrive
What's Happening at CES?
Book Fair is open this week, reading opens doors! Help your student by modeling reading at home, talking about books with them and creating a culture of reading in your home. There is nothing better than cuddling together to share a book. Article on why reading with your child is important.
CES takes pride in our thriving outdoor education program. This week the 6th grade will participate in the Outdoor Feather River Education Camp Program (FReD). We can't wait to see all the great things our 6th graders will do!
We are inviting our community members in for a personalized thank you as a result of you Chester Gratitude Project. Check out the sweet pictures below.
With Flexibility and Grace,
Colly Fischer and Nicholle Crowther
Notable Stuff and Upcoming Dates
10/12 through 10/14- Scholastic Book Fair
10/12 through 10/14- 6th graders to FReD- Outdoor Education
10/22- Spirit Day, Wear your Green and White and join in with CHS Homecoming
10/29- Professional Development Day/ No Students
Independent Study Explained
There are two types of independent study, long and short term. Long Term Independent Study is an option for your student if in-person instruction presents a health risk to your child. You will follow the instructions found here. Notification of Independent Study
Short Term Independent Study is provided in case a student is excluded from school due to Covid-19, exposure or symptoms and can do work from home. The school will communicate with you and explain the process. Then, we will send a short term independent study agreement to you on Parent Square. The teacher will provide work and for the work that your student completes, he/she will have those days credited and not marked as absent.
If you are planning for a child to be away from school for a family trip or the like, please notify the office. You may request a Short Term Independent study agreement in this case. This request should be 5 days in advance of your departure and will need to be approved by the principal. If approved, your child will be provided work which should be returned the day your child is back in school.
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.
STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Mrs. White
Melissa White joined the Chester Elementary team in 2014. Originally from Chester, Mrs. White earned her degree from San Diego State University and Cal State Teach. Her love of learning and passion for teaching drew her into the teaching field.
Mrs. White loves teaching fourth grade! She loves seeing kids learn and helping them learn. Mrs. White says that the fourth grade year is filled with exciting transitions, new adventures, and amazing Outdoor Core experiences.
Away from CES, Mrs. White loves outdoor activities such as kayaking, walking her dogs, hiking in the mountains, and eating Mexican food. Mrs. White loves the color green and her favorite children’s book is Where the Wild Things Are.
STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Mrs. Braun
Carlena Braun is the newest member of the Chester Elementary School team. Mrs. Braun, a graduate of Chico State, became a teacher because she has always loved working with children. In the classroom, Mrs. Braun says that every day is different, fun, and she has the opportunity to make a difference in children’s lives.
Mrs. Braun is excited to join the CES team because the students and staff feel like family. A native of Chester, Mrs. Braun returned to the area in 2021 and is excited to rejoin the Mountain Kid community. She is thrilled to be teaching fourth grade because she loves state history.
Mrs. Braun enjoys going to the lake and hiking in her free time. She loves spaghetti...anything with marinara is her guilty pleasure and she hopes to visit Italy someday to enjoy the delicious food. Mrs. Braun loves the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the color red, and giraffes.
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
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.
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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