February 18, 2022

Dear Families,

As we begin the month of February, we are excited to share some activities that we have planned for Black History and Kindness Month. Our goal is to have Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) featured and celebrated in our classrooms throughout the school year in the books we are reading.  With that being said, we’d like this February’s Black History Month to feature and celebrate BIPOC in our classrooms. 

What will we be doing as a CES Community to Celebrate Black History Month and promote kindness?

  • Each week on the morning announcements, Mrs. Amado will highlight  influential African Americans. We will focus on celebrating the positive contributions of black individuals in a variety of areas. As discussions take place in classrooms throughout the month, students may discuss how their identity and race is different from others, and these differences make us all unique and make our community diverse and special. At CES, we celebrate the differences in all of our students!

  • We have a school-wide collaborative project that we will do to bring our school together.  The focus of the month of February will be “Kindness Makes Us Bloom.”

  • We will have a Kindness Week Spirit week the week of February 14th! Click the link for more details. 

Empathy is a strong part of our C.A.R.E.S.  curriculum. Learning to display kindness and compassion for others is a critical  and ongoing developmental process and an important part of young children’s  evolving social skills. One of the most important social skills a child can learn is  empathy. Being able to understand how another person is feeling and recognizing  their needs helps people connect to one another. 

Here are a few examples of instructional strategies that promote a kind and  supportive learning environment: 

  • Classroom meetings which are used to foster social skill and behaviors i.e.;  greeting others, discussing issues, establishing rapport, and promoting  community 

  • Modeling and practicing acts of kindness in our classrooms, school, and the  community 

  • Sharing and discussing literature about kindness and empathy

  • Providing students with a variety of ways throughout the day to encourage  self-regulation, introducing and modeling ways students can self  assess/reflect on their feelings in a situation, and building strategies that will  help develop perspective taking which will result in a supportive learning  environment and ultimately increase student engagement in learning. 

CES community’s commitment to providing a supportive learning environment is  apparent in our school-wide motto, “Soar to Success at CES; A community that  C.A.R.E.S”. The acronym C.A.R.E.S. stands for Cooperation, Assertion, Respect,  Empathy, and Self-control.  

As always, we thank you for your continued support and partnership.  CES looks forward to celebrating Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) this month and throughout our school year. 

Be well,

Judy O’Meara         Meghan Amado

Principal             Assistant Principal



KINDNESS SPIRIT WEEK: Join in the fun to celebrate a week focused on kindness

Colchester Elementary School Pet Food Drive: 

In celebration of Colchester’s Certified Dog, Skipper, CES will hold a pet food drive for Colchester’s Food Bank!  The food bank is in need of both dog and cat food. All donations need to be unopened and unexpired.

Any questions can be directed to Courtney Dzwonchyk at [email protected]

Lego Donation: Donate legos to out lego room to help our students innovate.

New LOST and FOUND Items: Take a look at the lost and found items located in the CES lobby


Birthday Grams:Celebrate your child's birthday and support the PTO at the same time.

ES Spirit wear flyer: It's time to order your CES spirit wear!

Join the PTO: Membership Form