Newsletter 2020-02-06

Thursday, February 6, 2020

** Sorry for the late post! Technical difficulties! Thanks for your patience!**

Field Study

  • Thu Feb 6 - 4th to Logging Conference, 
  • Fri Feb 7 - 6th - 8th to Lema Ranch

School News

  • Parent conference week - Next week Tuesday through Friday is parent conferences and thus school gets out at 12:30 for all grades. All teachers should have reached out to you with information about conferences for your child. If you missed the communication, please don’t hesitate to reach out. 
  • Yosemite camping trip - Camping forms have gone home in student backpacks. We know how some kids’ backpacks become black holes so here’s a copy in case it got lost.
  • Palo Cedro Park - Chrysalis is partnering with Palo Cedro Park to help them keep their park beautiful! They needed help weekly getting trash to the dumpsters and taking a few minutes to pick up the loose garbage so now, one class of kids will head over each week to help out. Thank you middle school for being the first last week, and to 5th grade for taking the lead this week. 
  • Attendance - With the new coronavirus in the news, it seems like a great time to talk about "how sick is too sick for school”? The take home message is to wash your hands and cover your cough, now and always. You can get great information about the new corona virus from the World Health Organization and it’s a great teachable moment about how to stay healthy in the middle of cold and flu season. So… When should you send students to school and when should you keep them home?  
    Send to school if:
    - student has a runny nose or just a little cough, but no other symptoms
    - student hasn’t taken any fever reducing medicine for 24 hours and hasn’t had a fever during that time
    - student hasn’t thrown up or had any diarrhea for 24 hours

    Keep student at home if:
    - student has a temperature higher than 100 degrees even after taking medicine
    - student is throwing up or has diarrhea
    - student’s eyes are pink and crusty

    Call the doctor if:
    - student has a temperature higher than 100 degrees for more than two days
    - student has been throwing up or has had diarrhea for more than two days
    - student has had the sniffles for more than a week and they aren’t getting better
    - student still has asthma symptoms after using asthma medicine (call 911 if student is having trouble breathing after using an inhaler

  • Parent survey - Pretty please take 5 minutes to complete this anonymous Family Survey to help us serve you and your child better! There's only 10 questions. The data from this survey in previous years brought the new school lunch service, improved communication, added art and sports teams, and much more. Thanks for your feedback!
  • Your input wanted! - Please join Dr. Irene on Thursday, February 27th at 7:30 am for coffee and donuts as she seeks input on our major governing documents. Chrysalis is a PUBLIC school and we want your insight on how your tax dollars should be spent. Moreover, school safety is our highest priority and we want your ideas for how best to keep your kids safe, both from bad guys but also from bullying, vaping, and all the other dangers in our modern world. And if you have other feedback on anything else, please come join the discussion and share your thoughts.

Mr. Paul's Nature Note

  • Mercury is the hardest of the five visible planets to see because it orbits so close to the sun. So it is usually directly in front of the sun or behind the sun. The only time we can see it with the naked eye is when its orbit swings it away from the solar glare. However, Mercury orbits the Sun so quickly (88 days) that the opportunity doesn't last long.

    This coming week offers the chance of seeing Mercury in the evening sky shortly after sunset. For the next week, Mercury will be visible in the evening as dusk is falling. To see it, a clear south-western horizon will be needed but at least the bright planet Venus is on hand to act as guide.There will be no other stars visible at this time, only Venus (far brighter) and Mercury (closer to the horizon) will shine through the twilight sky.

    Mercury will reach its maximum separation from the Sun on February 10th. Thirty to sixty minutes after sunset offers the best views. Current weather forecast is for clear weather on the 9th and 10th. But if there is a clear twilight before then, take a look to the southwest.

Upcoming Events

  • Fri  Feb 7 9:45 Wild things Show
  • Tue, Feb 11-Fri, Feb 14 - MINIMUM DAYS 12:30 release for parent conferences
  • Mon, Feb 17-Fri, Feb 21 - NO SCHOOL, February break
  • Thu, Feb 27, 7:30 am - coffee and donuts with Irene
  • Tues, Mar 10 - MINIMUM DAY 12:30 release for teacher collaboration
  • Wed, Mar 11 - 4pm board meeting
  • Wed Mar 18 1:30 pm fire drill
  • Fri, Mar 20 - NO SCHOOL, Saint Patrick’s Day long weekend
  • Mon, Apr 6 - Mon, Apr 13 - NO SCHOOL, Spring Break (school resumes Tues, April 14
  • Wed Apr 22 9:30 fire drill/lockdown combo
  • Thu, Apr 30 - Sun, May 3 - spring camping at Yosemite
  • Mon, May 4 - NO SCHOOL - camping trip recovery day