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February 6th, 2023 Principal Newsletter

Upcoming Events

  • February 1-10: Food drive

  • February 8: Late Start 9:15 / Wear your grade level t-shirts

  • February 14: Red, White & Pink Day (spirit day)

  • February 16: PTA Board Meeting

  • February 17 & 20: No School

  • February 22: Late Start 9:15 / Wear your grade level t-shirts / PTA Playdate at Chambers Bay playground 3:30-5:30pm

  • February 24: PTA Popcorn Friday (Volunteers Needed) 2022 -2023: Popcorn Friday - February 24th 2023 (

  • March 11: PTA General Membership meeting/Family Meet & Greet @Podworks

Click here to see our spirit days throughout the school year


Principal’s Message

We had another great week at Chambers. On Thursday, we gathered briefly as an entire school and circled up on the field to sing (and sign) “We Shall Overcome.” It was powerful to come together and experience a message of hope. A big thank you to Mrs. Van Soest for teaching this song and sign language to all students during the month of January.


Food Drive (reminder): The Families Unlimited Network provides an amazing amount of support for our students and families, and we would like to show our appreciation to them! Starting February 1st through February 10th, Chambers will be participating in a food drive, where all donations will be given to the FUN Food Bank. This organization relies on donations and provides much needed support for our families. Giving back to local organizations that provide such amazing support to our students and families is a great act of service that fosters togetherness and community!

For more information about this organization, check out their website: If you have any questions, please contact Betsy Quay,

Assistant Principal’s Message

Hello Chambers families! For students to be successful in school, they need to be in school. Did you know that missing just two days a month places students at significant increased risk of academic failure, social and behavioral difficulties in school, increased dropout rates, and a host of other negative school and life effects? Attendance patterns start as early as kindergarten and grow into habits as students progress through the grades. Chronic Absence is defined as missing 10 percent or more of school days due to absence for any reason-excused or unexcused. Chronic absenteeism translates into students having greater difficulty learning to read by third-grade, achieving in middle school, and graduating from high school. In UPSD we classify chronic absences students with five (5) or more excused absences in a month or (10) ten or more in the school year, a parent conference with the school is required. We are working to pursue our goal of having 95% of all students at school daily. The information below shows our progress toward that goal.

Students miss out on essential instructional time and learning opportunities when they are not in school. If you need support with attendance or tardiness, please contact me to collaborate on a solution. We also recognize that there are valid reasons for a student to be absent and that it can be difficult to determine if your child is well enough to attend or sick enough to stay home. Here are some guidelines to help you make that decision. To help prevent the spread of illness within our schools, children should not come to school if they are experiencing symptoms that may include:

● A prolonged cough

● Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

● A fever of 100.4°F or higher or a sense of having a fever. Do not give your child medicine to reduce a fever before sending them to school.

● A sore throat

● Chills

● New loss of taste or smell

● Muscle or body aches

● Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea

● Extreme Congestion/running nose – not related to seasonal allergies

● Unusual fatigue


You are also welcome to give us a call and we can brainstorm your specific situation together. Please discuss with your student the importance of following the school rules during recess and in the lunchroom. Unfortunately, we are seeing some students struggle to meet these expectations. Please talk with your student about what it means to be a C.H.A.M.P. at school, even in less structured areas. As a reminder, At Chambers, we are CHAMPS, which means we are Courteous, Honest, Achieving, Mindful, Persistent and Safe. Student safety is our top priority, and we want to ensure that all students feel safe. Thank you for your partnership and collaboration as we team to ensure all students are successful.


Yours Truly,

Mrs. Vaughan

Chambers Primary PT

Hi Chambers Families - We are solidifying dates for this spring’s events and super excited about all of it. More information about dates will be sent out later this month. We are still looking for volunteers for staff appreciation the first week in May and a group of people to organize 4th Grade Moving on celebration in June. Email if you want more information.


Black History Month

This month for Black History Month we will be honoring the theme, Black Resistance by posting a few of the influential people on the PTA Facebook page. We welcome you to follow us and learn with us about these powerful people that have led the Black Resistance throughout history.


Popcorn Day on Feb 24 (Volunteer Opportunities) Come help get the popcorn ready and pass it out to the kids! The kids love this event but we can’t do it without lots of help. We need three volunteers throughout the day. Signup for a slot here: 2022 -2023: Popcorn Friday - February 24th 2023 (

Please also make sure you have completed/current on the UPSD volunteer check Volunteers - University Place School District ( (Future popcorn dates are April 21 and June 2)


General PTA Membership Meeting/Family Meet & Greet Mark your calendars for the next general membership meeting on March 11 (Saturday @1215). The meeting will be at Podworks. There will be an area for kids to play and space for the adults to engage. More to come on what is planned but be ready for some fun!!


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