Chester Elementary School

April 17, 2019

Greetings Parents!

We hope you're enjoying your spring break and having an opportunity to spend additional time with your children! We are excited to see signs of spring, including getting more of our playground back from all of those snow hills! Pictured to the right is our 2nd/3rd grade pull up champion at 20, and beating all the boys! Congratulations! (FYI - for safety reasons, we typically don't put names and faces together when we are sharing information on social media.)

Read-a-thon is in full swing! Our wonderful PTA is hosting a read-a-thon and our students are looking for sponsors. All funds raised will support the many activities the PTA does for our students. Students are currently collecting sponsors to support them by the number of minutes they read, or a flat rate. Then, they will be keeping track of their reading from April 20-26. Following, they will be collecting money and turning it into their teachers with their reading log sheets. All funds collected supports the many events our PTA sponsors. You can access the CES PTA Read-a-thon documents below. (Thank you PTA!).

Kindness challenge continues. Students are encouraged to continue their anonymous/ninja acts of kindness, with a school goal of achieving 5,000 acts of kindness by the end of April. Our challenge of 5,000 acts for our small school equates to about 25 kindness acts per student. We hope you join us in encouraging our students to perform those acts of kindness at school and at home. Additionally, we are collecting gently used sneakers (please no sandals or boots) for children in Kenya. You can drop these shoes off in the can by the front of the office. Thank you!

April 22 Assembly from 11:15-12:00 for our 4th-6th graders. Parents are welcome to join us and observe the assembly. Students will be hearing from retired educator and author, Michelle Trujillo (also a seasonal resident at Lake Almanor!). Michelle's newest book entitled Start with the Heart is a gold mine for supporting students struggling with emotional challenges. I've worked with Michelle previously, and she delivers a powerful message about social emotional learning and supporting students' needs. Following the assembly, Michelle will be working with 4th-6th grade leaders to provide a presentation for 1st-3rd graders. After our early release at 1:35, Michelle will continue to work with our staff. We are excited to welcome Michelle Trujillo to CES!

Know an incoming kindergartener next year? If so, please pass on that our K round up is April 25, 2019 from 8:30-10:00 am at CES. We will be providing free health exams, and requesting birth certificates and shot records. Please register your K child online by visiting, click on "enrollment" on the right side of the screen, select "2019-2020 school year," create an account and complete the registration. We can also assist with online registration on April 25. Please call CES if questions. Thanks!

Student restrooms are back! We apologize for any inconveniences you may have heard about last Thursday and Friday. We were dealing with some blockages in the sewer system and had to ask students to use alternative restrooms near the office. Thankfully, we found the culprit in the pipes - pencils, underwear and feminine napkins. We will be delicately discussing what we can and cannot flush with students when they return, and appreciate any support at home.

We appreciate your willingness to review our communication, stay informed and be an active part of your child's education. Thank you!

Upcoming Dates

April 15-19 - Spring Break (Easter April 21)

April 22 - 4th-6th assembly (11:15-12:00) - "Start with the Heart" author Michelle Trujillo

April 23 - Lifetouch Spring Pictures

April 23-24 - 6th grade rafting trip

April 24 - PTA Meeting 3:00 CES Rm 18

April 25 - Kindergarten Roundup Health & Registration Fair - 8:30-10:00 am

April 26 - 4th graders to Shasta Caverns

April 10 - 26 - PTA Read-a-thon

May 6-10 - 6th Grade Plumas to Pacific Trip

May 6-17 - 3rd-5th state testing

May 10 - 3rd graders to Burney Falls & Caves

May 12 - Happy Mother's Day!

May 15 - PTA meeting 6:30 Coldwell Banker Peninsula office

May 20-31 - 6th state testing

May 22 - CES Site Council 3:00, Mt. Lassen Eruption Anniversary (1915)

May 27 - Happy Memorial Day! (no school)

June 1 - CES Drama Club presents Alice in Wonderland (4-7)

June 4-7 - 5th grade trip to Patrick's Point

June 7 - 4th graders to Seneca

June 10 - PTA Field Day

June 11 - 5th grade to Lake Almanor

June 12 - 3rd grade to Lake Almanor, 4th grade to hatchery

June 12-14 Min days

June 13 - 6th grade promotion assembly

June 14 - last day of school

Thanks for your support!

We enjoy partnering with our parents to provide an exceptional elementary education for all of our students. We appreciate your ongoing support to benefit our students. Please let us know if you have any questions. (Snow is melting! Soon the front of our school will look like this picture! Happy Spring!)
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