Chimacum Elementary Newsletter

March 2021

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Pajama & Mis-Match Day Fun at Chimacum Elementary!

Student Conferences & No School- March 24th

Chimacum Elementary is committed to partnering with you to increase academic achievement, attendance, and to promote a safe and effective learning environment for all our students.

On Wednesday, March 24th we will be hosting conferences for targeted students and this day will be a "no school day" for all students. Classroom teachers are arranging Zoom or phone conferences for targeted students only. If you do not receive communication from your classroom teacher on Bloomz or by phone call, then there will not be a formal parent/teacher conference for your child on the 24th. If you would like to conference with your child's teacher, you can at anytime contact the teacher directly to arrange a conference.

We report the academic achievement and progress with you over the course of the year by communicating with you as follows:

  • October 29 & 30 - Parent/Teacher Conferences for all students
  • February 11 - First Semester Report Cards
  • March 24 - Parent/Teacher Conferences for targeted students
  • March 24 - Progress Reports
  • June 18 - Second Semester Report Cards

You recently received your child's first-semester report card. We report to you using a number system to provide you information about the specific skill areas your child is progressing towards mastering. The performance levels we use to report student progress are:

  • 4: Student is performing above grade level
  • 3: Student is performing at grade level
  • 2: Student is performing below grade level standard
  • 1: Student is performing well-below grade-level standard

How is the performance level determined?

Performance levels represent how much a student has learned in relation to an end-of-year standard and achieving year-end content standards. Teachers use multiple assessment measures including the Measurement of Student Progress (MAP), Fountas & Pinnell reading, State assessments, and classroom-based assessments from grade-level curriculum to determine performance levels. Performance levels help teachers find gaps in learning and focus their instruction to meet individual students' needs and learning styles.

Please feel free to let your child's teacher know if you have any questions regarding the report card.

Early Release Days in March Are Canceled- please see the revised calendar

Please note that we no longer have early release days in March. We will continue with our A & B Cohort schedule for March & April.

Notable dates are:

  • March 24 - Conferences for identified students and a NO school day
  • April 5th - April 9th - Spring Break- NO school

What Do Students Do With the Half-Day They Are Not At School?

Thank you to our families and community that have been so supportive of our students and school during this difficult time! Until we can get back to 100% in-person learning, we need our students not only regularly attending their in-person learning time here at school, but also to complete their assigned schoolwork at home.

Each Monday, teachers complete a learning menu that is posted on our Bloomz communication platform and on Google Classroom. The learning menu outlines the specific required assignments & learning tasks that students need to complete at home for the rest of their school day. Please let your classroom or specialist teacher know if you have any questions regarding these required learning tasks.

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As Our Garden Grows . . . Thanks to Farmer Corey, Our Students & Community!

As we approach the end of Winter, our school garden is re-awakening and brimming with possibility for the coming growing season! New leaves are popping out of the soil on our perennial plants after saving all their energy in their roots for the cold months, our greenhouse is almost ready to fill with plants and use as a warm and sunny classroom, and on nice days students can enjoy their snacks in the garden while observing the changes happening and keeping an eye on the prairie plants that they planted in the Fall.

Featured plant of this Spring: camas lilies! We are so excited to be growing camas lilies in our little rain-shadow prairie that our students helped plant in October. Camas have edible bulbs and bloom beautiful purple blooms in the late Spring – so we will get to bask in their brilliance before school lets out for Summer! Camas was and still is an important and cherished traditional food crop for the Jamestown S’Klallam tribe and other Native tribes in this region and across North America - who tended to the prairies for thousands of years by burning fires – this was one of the first forms of agriculture and we are honored to get to grow camas in our school garden!

We are also looking forward to growing many tasty veggies for students to snack on and for our kitchen staff to incorporate into school lunches. So far the most popular garden snacks have been sugar snap peas and carrots and we plan to grow plenty of those! Soon we will be able to plant seeds in our greenhouse and follow their life cycle through until we can enjoy their delicious fruits and awe over the beauty of their flowers, snack on their seeds (sunflowers!), and save some for next year. There is so much we can learn and tons of fun to be had in the garden. This will be our first growing season in our finished new garden, and we couldn’t have done it without the hard work and enthusiasm of all our students!

Excellent News!

We are thrilled to announce that we have a new mental health therapist that will be working with identified students (with parent permission) one day per week. This position is being funded by Jefferson County Health and therapist Ann Murray has vast experience working as a children's therapist. If you have questions or would like more information about this support, please Contact Michele Kaster at

Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) Fun For In-Person Learning!

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Food Service Update

  • Have you heard about P-EBT? Is your child eligible for free and reduced-price meals? If so, then your child may be eligible for P-EBT this school year!
  • Has your family moved in the past two years? Make sure your address is up-to-date! (Contact your child's school office at 360-302-5855 to update your address information)
  • There is no need to apply, eligible students will get their benefits in the mail. There will be more information about P-EBT coming soon watch our school websites for updates.

Food Service will be closed during the Spring Break, April 5-9. The YMCA is providing meals to families the week of Spring Break, April 5 - 9. Please click here for a SURVEY/ORDER FORM.

La YMCA está proporcionando comidas a las familias la semana de las vacaciones de primavera, del 5 al 9 de abril. FORMULARIO DE PEDIDO

The Food Service Staff would like to wish everyone a healthy and happy spring!

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

Upcoming Dates:

  • Mar. 24 - Parent-Teacher Conferences & NO school
  • April 2 - Occupation Dress Up Spirit Day
  • April 5-9 - Spring Break
  • April 30 - Favorite Sports Spirit Day
  • May 28 - Snow Make-up Day
  • May 31 - Memorial Day
  • June 8 & 11 - Beach Spirit Day
  • June 18 - Last Day of School


About Chimacum Elementary

Chimacum Elementary serves students in grades 3-6 and is located in Chimacum, Washington. Our school serves the communities of Port Hadlock, Chimacum, Port Ludlow, Irondale, Marrowstone Island, Oak Bay, Paradise Bay, Shine and unincorporated east Jefferson County.

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!"

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,; 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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