School is back in session at CES

Greetings CES Families!

We had an outstanding first day of school as we welcomed all of our CES students back for our 2019-2020 school year. I’m amazed at how much everyone has grown! It must be that clean mountain water they’re drinking!

CES Improvements!

We’re excited to have new paint, new furniture, upgraded bathrooms and resurfaced blacktop in the front of the school. We want to thank our families for supporting Measure B funding that made the improvements possible.

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Back to school night

On Thursday, Aug. 22, we met in the gym for some introductions, then transitioned to your child’s classroom(s) where parents met teachers, learned about the exciting year ahead and got some insight on the teachers’ expectations.

Start times in 2019-2020

As a reminder, please note that starting in the 2019-2020 school year, our first bell will ring at 8:10 a.m., and the tardy bell will ring at 8:15 a.m. We will dismiss TK at 12:25 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.

Part time position available

Know anyone looking for part time swing shift work from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays? We have a 5-hour custodial position available. We appreciate any help in getting the word out. If interested, please visit the www.edjoin.org/Home/Jobs and search for the position.

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Principal’s homework for students and parents/guardians

I would like to challenge all of our families this school year to try and carve out 20 minutes per night for any four days of the week as a special family reading time. This could include children and adults all reading independently on some nights, taking turns reading and sharing what you are reading on other nights, and discussing as a family the content being read.

It is crucial for our children to see the important adults in their lives also reading and sharing their fascination and love of reading. The research on reading practice has numerous benefits for children, such as improving fluency, increased vocabulary, higher level thinking, less screen time, improved social skills, etc. Google it — you’ll be amazed! I hope this will be a special time in the evening for your family.

I’d love to receive pictures of your family reading and sharing their books at home! Please email me your photos if you would like at [email protected] (heads up — I may throw them in an upcoming newsletter).

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For additional information, go to scholastic.com and search for the article on discussing books with your child. (Please note that my request is not above and beyond what your child’s teacher may also be requesting.) We’re trying to accomplish the same goal of practice reading 20-plus minutes a few nights each week. Thanks!

Fall soccer

Hurry and act now to register your child for fall soccer at the main office.

In closing, welook forward to an outstanding academic yearwith a strong teaching and support staff, motivated students and engaged parents that our students will enjoy during an exceptional elementary experience. If you have questions or concerns, feel free to give us a call or drop us an email.