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Crescent Harbor Elementary | October 2021

A Message from the Principal

Dear Crescent Harbor Families,

Whew! We're back in the swing of things and with kids back full time, it almost feels normal around here! We have been so pleased to welcome our students back five days a week; help them to experience our full slate of specials including music, art, PE, and library; and dive deep into math and literacy on a daily basis!

Here at Crescent Harbor, our goal has been acceleration rather than remediation as we come out of a year of part-time schooling back into a full schedule. Our staff have been busy conducting assessments to find our students' strengths and gaps in skills, analyzing the data for what it says about student performance, and then working together to structure our curriculum and design interventions to help our students boost up to perform at grade level.

We are so very excited to work together and to partner with you and we are proud of our students and our teachers for the fortitude we see as we focus on this vital work.

Kate Valenzuela

Principal, Crescent Harbor Elementary


Important Dates and Reminders

October 1 | School Picture Day

October 1 | Impact Aid Cards Sent Home

October 4 | Impact Aid Cards Due

October 11 | Parent-Teacher Virtual Conferences | NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

October 12 | PTA Meeting | 3:45 p.m.

October 11 | NW Fundraiser Ends

October 29 | CHE Harvest Festival | 5 p.m.

Please remember that...

  • On Wednesdays, school starts one hour late, at 10 a.m.
  • NW Fundraiser packets are due Tuesday, October 12.
  • Halloween costumes and face paint should not be worn to school.
  • We cannot allow treats, food or non-food, for birthdays or holidays this year due to safety concerns. We will be sure students receive recognition on their birthdays. Thank you for your understanding in this.

Due Oct 4: Impact Aid Cards

Today your child will bring home the 2021 Impact Aid Form. This form needs to be completed and returned to school on Monday, October 4. It provides vital information for determining how much Impact Aid funding Oak Harbor Public Schools receives from the federal government. Last year, we received over $5 million from Impact Aid.

The Federal Impact Aid Law was passed to help make up for lost tax revenue to local districts due to non-taxable federal property in their boundaries. The amount of Impact Aid is determined by the number of students with parents who live or work on NAS Whidbey Island or other federal property, including Native American lands and schools on federal property (Crescent Harbor, HomeConnection, and Hand-in-Hand). About half of our students meet these criteria. To qualify for funding, we need a completed survey form for every student attending in our district.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Conferences are almost upon us (already!) and they will look similar this year to how they looked last year. Because we found the connection with students and families so valuable before school started as we welcomed everyone into CHE, we reduced our conference days in fall and spring to one day and we designed the conferences to be virtual.

Our hope is that by offering virtual conferences, parents find meeting with their child's teacher to be less disruptive to their workday. What should you expect? Your child's teacher will send an e-mail with a link to a Google Meet that you can access through your phone or home computer, but no laptop is needed (we know your child's Chromebook is here at school and this system should work just as well).

Don't have a laptop? No problem! The link your child's teacher sends out should work on any device where you can access your e-mail.

We have allocated 15 minutes for each conference. If you have specific concerns about your child's performance or feel that, because of your family circumstances, an in-person meeting is better for you, please reach out to your child's teacher to meet before or after school. Otherwise, we'll look forward to seeing you online on October 11!

Changes in Going Home Plans

We have a process in place to communicate after-school changes to our classrooms so that we can ensure students get routed to the right location (bus lines, parent pick-up, etc) when these routine plans change.

If you have a change in routine, even if it is only for one day, please call the office at 360.279.5650 to let us know.

Parent Pick-Up Safety Concerns

It's been a while, so we'd like to review afternoon release information. Hopefully, this will make it easier for everyone to connect with their student(s) after the 3:20 p.m. dismissal bell.

Car Rider Students

  • Curbside parent pick-ups should join the line of vehicles and pull forward when it is their turn. If you need to assist your child with buckling in, please pull as far forward as possible to prevent holding up traffic. It is fine to pull up as far as the curve if there is space. Other parents will thank you for it!
  • If you are parking and meeting your student, do not park in front of the building, as that will interfere with busing. Instead, please park in the westside lot and then meet your student at the westside gate opening, which is located at the end of the portables furthest away from the school.
  • Please do not park and expect your child to meet you in the parking lot by walking through the curbside pick-up drivers. We do not want children walking between potentially moving cars at the curb or in the parking lot.


  • If you are meeting your student to walk home together, please meet them at one of our campus gates.

Kindergarten Students

  • Kindergarten students continue to be met at the kindergarten gate in the small eastside parking lot, unless accompanied by an older sibling, in which case the above rules apply.

Finally, please leave canine family members at home, especially if they have strong reactions to people approaching you or your vehicle. If they do come, please ensure they are under your control at all times and cannot escape when your child boards the vehicle. This is for their safety and the safety of our staff.

Nurse Notes

Please see the below attestation chart to identify whether or not your child should attend school each day. Please check your student for symptoms every morning and do not send them to school if they are exhibiting any symptoms from this chart. We want to keep our students healthy and in-person learning this year. We need your help and cooperation to make this happen.

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Character Trait for October: Empathy

This month we are talking about the social-emotional skill of Empathy. We are using this definition at school:

Empathy: the ability to understand and connect to the feelings of another.

Empathy is a crucial skill for being in community with others and a powerful skill to develop in personal and professional relationships. We are focusing on a few key pieces of Empathy: knowing how we feel (and having language to describe those feelings!), understanding what others are feeling, and listening to others well so that we can connect in more meaningful ways! We will reflect on powerful images that will inspire conversations about emotions, connection, and friendship. We will think about incredible people like the Indian author Arundhati Roy and our past president Barack Obama have to say about Empathy. We will celebrate what makes us different and find the amazing things that bring us together.

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

Empathy Family Letter K-2 English | Spanish

Empathy Family Letter 3-4 English | Spanish

Sno-Isle Libraries Talk Time Online

Talk Time Online is a fun way for adults to improve their English conversation skills in a friendly, safe and supportive environment. At Talk Time, trained volunteer facilitators lead participants in a conversation based on a weekly theme.

Talk Time takes place on Zoom. For attendees to get a Zoom invitation, register at the Sno-Isle website:

Registrants will receive a reminder email with the Zoom link 24 hours before the event begins. If registering less than 24 hours before the event, the confirmation email will have the Zoom link.

The computer or mobile device used for the program will need to have a camera and a microphone.

Letter from the Library

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

  • Hey, Little Ant -- To squish or not, that is the question that opens up this dialogue between a kid and an ant. Expect this Empathy question, “If you were me and I were you, what would you want me to do?” to open up an interesting discussion.
  • Mrs. Katz and Tush -- This is the delightful of story of two neighbors who first bond over a kitten, then on their different, yet similar life experiences.
  • Inside Out & Back Again -- Ha spent years waiting for her father to return from the Vietnam War and months in refugee camps. Her family is forced to flee Saigon and move to Alabama where Ha struggles to learn a new language, live in a new land, and deal with cruel classmates. Readers will empathize with Ha as she faces adversity, heals from the pain of her past, and adjusts to her new life.

VFW Student Contests

There are three VFW contests for elementary students going on right now: an essay contest, a singing contest, and an illustration contest. Students can showcase their patriotism in multiple ways and perhaps even win a gift card!

Read about the contests and download entry forms online.

PTA Pointers

We've had a great start to the 2021-2022 school year. Many parents and teachers have already joined and there is still time to submit your membership. You can find the link to the online membership application here as well as on our Facebook page. While you are there, go ahead and give us a like. It's the place to find the most up-to-date information about the PTA, volunteer opportunities, and events.

If you don't have a Facebook account, don't worry. Most of our forms are available in the school office. You can reach us by email or by phone, too.

Northwest Fundraiser is in full swing. Don't forget to bring in your coupons and submit your packet by October 11th. Volunteers are needed to help count up order payments on October 12th, so if you are a paid member and have a current OHSD volunteer badge we'd love to have your help.

The Harvest Celebration is the highlight of the season. Keep an eye out for flyers to come home with more information about this fun event.

The Book Fair will run from November 1st through the 5th. Volunteers are needed to help with setup, inventory control, registers, and teardown. If you are free that week, please let us know. The book fair completely funds the classroom magazine subscriptions for each student as well as helps to get more books into the hands of our students.

Thank you to everyone who attended our first meeting. The next meeting will be on October 12th at 3:40 p.m. We would love to see you there!

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