From the Principal’s Desk for the week of 8/21/19

Greetings CES Families! We are excited to welcome back all of our CES students today! Please see our newsletter for staffing revisions, class supplies and other pertinent information.

We hope you enjoyed your summer break with your children. While we were busy preparing to welcome back students, a lot of improvements over the summer were done, including painting, new asphalt, new furniture and new carpeting (4 rooms) thanks to the Measure B funds!

Start times in 2019-2020

Please note that starting in 2019-2020, our 1st bell will ring at 8:10 a.m., and the tardy bell will ring at 8:15 a.m. We will dismiss TK at 12:30 p.m., K at 2:30 p.m. (1:25 p.m. on Mondays) and the rest of the students at 2:35 p.m. (1:30 p.m. on Mondays).


We will have supervision starting at 7:45 a.m. each morning. We appreciate all of our families refraining from dropping their child off before that time.

2019-2020 teacher assignments

All of our teachers have already been in their classrooms getting prepared. I appreciate our dedicated staff! We will be posting our K and second grade class lists Aug. 20 by late afternoon.

K: Ms. Twitchell (TK & K) and Ms. Klimek

1st: Ms. Cardona

2nd: Ms. O’Kelley & Ms. Whalen

3rd: Ms. Geer (Mr. Goolsby to start year to cover Ms. Geer’s maternity leave)

4th: Ms. Crowther

5th: Ms. Tantardino

6th: Mr. Beilby

Opportunity (2nd-6th): Ms. Bauer

Special Education: Ms. Preston

Speech: Ms. Bereznak

Enrichment/Interventions: Ms. Bainbridge

All Day Kindergarten

We are excited to pilot an all day kindergarten program this school year. School will start at 8:10 a.m., and students will be dismissed at 2:30 p.m. (through the front side gate by the K playground) for K students (TK students’ day will be from 8:10 a.m. -12:25 p.m.).


We offered all day K at my previous schools and experienced an academic and social development advantage for students when compared to half-day programs.

Supply lists

Teachers have begun posting their supply lists on Facebook. If you are unable to provide these materials, don’t worry — we will have extra materials. Please see below:

K: backpack (Pencils, crayons, markers, scissors, and glue are also needed at home for homework).

1st: Mr. Sketch smelly markers.

2nd: Check your letters from your teachers that were mailed out from your teachers! Mrs. O’Kelley and Mrs. Whalen sent you a letter about two weeks ago!

3rd: Homework Binder or folder that allows you to transport homework and fliers to and from school each day, two book covers, reusable water bottle with lid, tennis shoes for PE, exercise, and walking field trips, healthy snacks (fruits, nuts, cheese, veggies, etc.), scissors, headphones or ear buds.

Optional donations to class: Snacks, erasers, pencils, fine point dry-erase pens in black, binder paper, soft soap, Kleenex, Elmer’s glue (bottle or glue stick), and markers.


4th: Spiral bound notebook, box of Kleenex, and ear buds in a case to make your life in fourth grade easier.

5th: 1 1/2 inch 3-ring binder dividers, reusable water bottle, 1 old sock to be used as a white board eraser, PE shoes for PE days, 1 box of tissues, 1 pencil pouch, 1 black sharpie, 1 fine tip Expo marker, 1 box of 12 colored pencils (optional).

6th: Ear buds, Kleenex, and sanitation wipes.

Opportunity: Backpack, ear buds, sanitation wipes.

Monday Assemblies/


We have made some revisions for 2019-2020 with our weekly Monday Morning Meetings. Instead, we will be meeting with all students in the gym every other Monday afternoon before our early release.

This will allow the other Mondays for teachers to provide a variety of character lessons and also give classes a monthly opportunity to meet with other classes for a reading or other learning activity (cross age collaboration opportunities). We are excited for these revisions.


A big thanks to Ms. Crowther for her summer work and planning to build an engaging and worthwhile 2019-2020 Monday afternoon schedule!

In closing, we look forward to welcoming all of our students back starting at 8:10 a.m. If you have questions or concerns, feel free to email me or check in with Ms. Nicole Peterson, our wonderful Administrative Assistant.

Our office hours will remain from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

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.