Chester Elementary School

March 8, 2019

Greetings Parents!

Thankfully, we were able to get through a week with no delays or cancellations!

Please note - daylight savings is this weekend! Please set your clocks ahead an hour Saturday night before you go to bed. We'll look forward to seeing everyone bright and early Monday morning! Thanks.

Know an incoming kindergartener next year? If so, please have them give us a call so we can put them on our list and inform them about registration, health screenings, and all the other exciting information as they start their educational journey with us. The more the merrier!

K-3rd families. Please check out the "My Body Belongs to Me" opt out letter attached to this newsletter. We will be welcoming Michelle Ridley from Plumas Crisis and Intervention Center to provide this training to our students. We want our families to be aware of the content and have the opportunity to request that your child does NOT receive the training by completing the form and sending back to us. They provide a phone number if you have questions about the lesson. Thanks!

6th grade families - A letter is going home with information about required vaccinations for all incoming 7th graders. All students must have a Tetanus/Whooping cough booster and a varicella vaccine. Please be on the look out for this letter, call Nurse Sylvia if questions, and see if you can get this taken care of over the summer before the school year begins. Once completed, please get a copy of the record and bring to Nurse Sylvia. New laws require these shots for 7th graders before starting school next year. Thanks!

We now have a homework club for 2nd-6th graders on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:45-3:45. A teacher will be present and will be able to support students with their homework. Teachers will make recommendations to parents if they believe one of their students could benefit from this opportunity and parents will need to complete the required form. Parents will also need to make arrangements for their child to be picked up or walk home since no bus service will be available at 3:45 pm. Please note - students must be motivated to work and not be a distraction to others. If they are unmotivated or create a distraction, they will be excused, and will need to be picked up by their parent at that time. We appreciate your understanding..

Parent request for assistance forms are available and attached to this newsletter (CES RFA Parent Form). If you have concerns about your child's progress, please notify your child's teacher, or complete the attached form and return to the office. We will also reach out to parents when we are concerned about students' progress.

Our 2019-2020 calendar is attached for your perusal. Please use this calendar to plan your upcoming family events and try not to miss school. If you must miss 5 days or more, please complete the "ISO Contract" (below) and turn in to the office. We will then request work from the teacher so your child doesn't get too far behind.

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

Kindness Ninja Now Coming to CES April 5, 9:30 am.

We are EXCITED to announce that CES is going to be taking on a massive kindness challenge and its launching with an assembly on April 5 (assuming no more big snowstorms)!


The entire student body will be challenged to carry-out acts of kindness in the halls, classrooms, at home and throughout the community. Each student will receive a kindness challenge so don’t be shocked if you see a little more Kindness around the house .

Challenge #2 – Global Impact

During the assembly, students will hear stories, see pictures and watch videos of kids their own age in Kenya. But one big difference, is that these children have never worn a pair of shoes in their life! We are going to challenge the entire school to collect gently used sneakers that will be sent to needy children and families around the globe. So go throughout your closet to see if you have any sneakers you don’t wear anymore. (also ask your friends, family and neighbors!) Important – we are only collecting sneakers. Please don’t bring boots, flip-flops, slippers, etc.

To help us make an even bigger impact, we want to ask you to engage in conversation with your family about the subject of Kindness. Ask them about what they’ve done, acknowledge what they do, and encourage the simple life skill of Kindness.

Upcoming Dates

March 8 - end of 2nd trimester (report cards will be ready by March 15)

March 10 - Daylight Savings - please move your clocks an hour forward

March 13-14 - Talent Show Practice (sign ups Jan 29-Feb 25 in CES office)

March 15 - Talent show at CES (sponsored by 3rd Grade & Drama club)

March 16 - Parent Conference, Quincy

March 19-22 - PTA Book Fair (Rm 18)

March 20 - Site Council 3:00, PTA Meeting 6:15 (Coldwell Banker, Peninsula office)

March 21 - Parent/Student evening activity - book making with Ms. Crowther & Ms. O’Kelley

March 22 - 2nd trimester awards assembly

March 27 - My Body Belongs to Me K-3rd presentation (Michelle Ridley) - more info below

April 5 - Kindness Assembly 9:15-10:00 am - parents welcome

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

April 22 - 4th-6th assembly - "Leading From the Heart" from author Michelle Trujillo

April 24 - PTA Meeting 3:00 CES Rm 18

April 25 - Kindergarten Roundup Health & Registration Fair - more info to follow

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. (Don't you love the summer picture of CES? Who's tired of all this snow?)