Canterbury Elementary School

January Newsletter

A Successful food drive!

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Dressing for the Weather

Living in New Hampshire requires adaptability to frequent weather changes. We will go outside for recess every day that we can. Watch/Listen to local weather reports and help your child dress according to our guidelines (see attached letter). It is recommended that you post these

in a visible place at home!

If your student is not dressed for the weather, they will report to the nurse’s office and make a phone call home during their recess time. Thank you for your support as we work to ensure a safe, fun recess time for all students!

Important Dates

January 9: Volleyball begins (grades 3-5)

January 9-13: Class Spelling Bees

January 10: SRSD School Board Meeting at BMS - 6 PM

January 11: Budget Public Hearing at CES - 6 PM

January 12: PTO Meeting - 6 PM

January 12: Budget Public Hearing at BMS - 6 PM

January 16: Civil Rights Day - NO SCHOOL

January 19: Reading Assembly with NH Fisher Cats

January 19-26: STAR Assessments for grades 3-5

January 24: School-wide Spelling Bee (snow date 1/26)

January 27: Teacher Workshop Day - NO SCHOOL

January 30 - February 3: STAR Assessments for grades K-2

Updates from the CES wellness committee

Did you know that CES has a Wellness Committee? The overall purpose of the committee is to promote student and staff wellness. In the past, the Wellness Committee has sponsored Winter Activities Day, created a Sensory Pathway outside for students, repurposed space at CES for the development of a Relaxation Room for learners to access, and instituted Wellness Water Wednesdays for staff. We are interested in hearing from parents about what wellness topics you or your children would like to learn more about. Please take a moment to complete the following survey so that we can gather your ideas and consider how they could be incorporated into our initiatives for 2022-2023.

Handwashing Heroes!

In celebration of the CDC's National Handwashing Week (12/04-12/10), Mrs. Gendron worked with Mrs. McCauley's 1st grade class at CES to teach hand washing skills. Students learned that handwashing is the best way that they can protect themselves and others from germs. Students performed an activity where glitter "germs" were applied to their hands and then removed by proper hand washing technique. The class did an excellent job and are now Handwashing Heroes!

Congratulations to our Door Decorating Contest Winner!

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Car Drop Off & Pick Up Reminders

After the buses have departed, those in private vehicles may enter the school driveway and proceed to the playground entrance for car rider pick up. A staff member will escort each child safely to their ride. If folks arrive too early, the cars get backed up into the road. Please adhere to the 3:20 arrival time in order to mitigate this issue.

It is also essential that private vehicles do not drive around other vehicles (whether they are school buses or other private vehicles) while students are loading or unloading. Please wait until the vehicle in front of you begins to move.

Thank you for your help in ensuring that our routines are efficient and safe.


Regular attendance at school is critical for a student's success. The interactive nature of lessons at school today make it challenging to provide students with the same learning experiences when they return from an absence.

If a student reaches 10 half days (or 5 full days) of unexcused absences in a school year, the State of NH considers that student habitually truant. Our protocols require that we follow a process with families to ensure that the importance of attendance is understood and that unexcused absences are to be avoided.

Below I have attached a PDF of our attendance policy, as well as RSA 193:1 (Duty of a Parent - Compulsory Attendance) and RSA 189:35-a (Truancy defined).

Absences are excused in the event of sickness, required quarantine, a death in the family, or medical appointments. Other absences are considered unexcused and should be avoided.

Please note: SRSD School Board Policy JH states that for absences other than illness, parents must provide a written notice to the principal 10 days prior to the absence: the reason for the absence and how long the student will be absent.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thank you for partnering with CES to support the success of all students.

pto update from jessie heath

The CES PTO meets the second Thursday of every month. Our next meeting is January 12, 2023 at 6 PM in the library at CES. Please come and join us as we plan upcoming events and fundraisers! If you have any questions please email Jessie Heath, PTO Chair, at

The PTO would like to thank everyone who came to the Holiday Family Fun Night. It was a successful event and we enjoyed seeing all the families enjoying all of our activities!

We are pleased to announce that this March the PTO is bringing the Christa McAuliffe Traveling Planetarium to Canterbury Elementary School. An inflatable planetarium will be set up in the cafeteria and each class will get to attend a session and learn all about that night's sky! This educational program ties into the school’s learning theme for this year, CES IS OUT OF THIS WORLD!