Family & Community Letters

  • November Family & Community Letter (11/17/2021)

    November Family & Community Letter (11/17/2021)

    The holiday season is almost upon us with Thanksgiving one week away followed quickly by our December winter break. This is always a busy time for families as we all prepare for the holiday season; it is also a busy time for CCSD as we’ve been addressing some major district initiatives.

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  • October Family & Community Letter (10/26/2021)

    October Family & Community Letter (10/26/2021)

    October is an important month for our island-based communities as it is when the local elections are held. Our public education system is founded on the belief that the best decisions are made at the local level and our local elections serve as the cornerstone for public participation in our school district operations. On Wednesday, October 13, 2021, the CCSD School Board met in a special meeting; the purpose of the special meeting was for the newest Board members to take their oath of office and for the Board to reorganize its leadership positions. CCSD is pleased to welcome back Joel Steenstra for another three-year term and welcome our newest board member, Trish Conatser. CCSD also appreciates the work, time, and commitment Daniel Nelson provided the district and our community during his four-year term.

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  • September Family & Community Letter (9/16/2021)

    September Family & Community Letter (9/16/2021)

    CCSD is coming to the end of the third week of school. The district fully recognizes our stakeholders’ concerns with the start of our school year. Currently, approximately 25% of our students and several staff members are in quarantine due to being identified as a direct contact to a confirmed, positive COVID-19 case.

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  • August Family & Community Letter (8/17/2021)

    August Family & Community Letter (8/17/2021)

    CCSD is excited for the new school year, meeting our new students and their families, and welcoming back our returning students.
    We have all been following current events related to the start of a new school year and schools reopening across the nation. Unfortunately, one aspect that hasn’t changed is the need for us to collectively respond and adjust to the intricacies of living, working, and operating schools during a pandemic. One major aspect of CCSD’s preparations for the new school year is the development of our school-wide mitigation and prevention plans.

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  • August Family & Community Letter (8/2/2021)

    August Family & Community Letter (8/2/2021)

    The start of the new school year is one month away. CCSD is excited to welcome our new and returning students and staff members to the 2021-22 school year. CCSD staff will participate in two days of in-service (August 26 and 27) followed by two workdays (August 30 and 31) as we prepare our buildings and classrooms for our students’ first day of school on Wednesday, September 1.

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  • June Family & Community Letter (6/24/21)

    June Family & Community Letter (6/24/21)

    As summer has arrived in full force, the CCSD maintenance department has been busy making improvements to our buildings. Our maintenance staff has focused their work at the beginning of the summer on outside maintenance projects

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  • June Family & Community Letter (6/1/21)

    June Family & Community Letter (6/1/21)

    The 2020-2021 school year is almost in the history books. This time of year is always an exciting time as we prepare for our end of year student celebrations and welcome students to the next stages of their lives. This is also a sad time of year as we say goodbye to students and families who will no longer be with us, as well as staff members who are making transitions into the next phases of their lives. CCSD celebrates the educational careers of our staff members who have dedicated years of service to our district and community and who have chosen to retire at the end of this school year or in the near future.

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  • May Family & Community Letter (5/6/21)

    May Family & Community Letter (5/6/21)

    May marks the last full month of school and CCSD is planning a multitude of student celebrations recognizing the unique talents and achievements of our students. During the April 28, 2021 CCSD Board meeting, the Board adopted language for the district’s Smart Start to School Guidelines, namely, “Large group gatherings are permitted such as assemblies or student school activities.

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  • April Family & Community Letter (4/2/21)

    April Family & Community Letter (4/2/21)

    Spring has arrived bringing longer days and more activities outside. Spring also focuses CCSD’s attention on a few important issues as we prepare for the end of the school year and our transition into the 2021-2022 school year: statewide testing, facilities planning, and our PACE 2021-2022 enrollment advertising campaign.

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  • March Family & Community Letter (3/1/21)

    March Family & Community Letter (3/1/21)

    The CCSD School Board modified the district’s Smart Start to School Guidelines during their regular, monthly meeting on February 24, 2021 to include the following language on page 8, "For all out of state travel CCSD staff and students shall follow all state travel orders, mandates, and health advisories and alerts. Unvaccinated students and staff will not return to school for five days after interstate travel.”

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  • February Family & Community Letter (2/9/21)

    February Family & Community Letter (2/9/21)

    February is here and it is always a special time of the year as the days are noticeably longer and we gain over four minutes each day. February is an important month for CCSD as the district begins making our initial preparations for the upcoming school year. During the February 24, 2021 CCSD School Board meeting, the CCSD Board will revise our FY 2021 budget which provides us the opportunity to tighten our budget projections based on our actual revenues and expenditures to date. This budget revision also serves as the first step in our FY 22 budget development process because we have a much stronger sense of how our actual revenues and expenditures have changed during the school year, providing us with a stronger sense of how we need to budget for the upcoming school year.

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  • January Family & Community Letter (1/29/21)

    January Family & Community Letter (1/29/21)

    As we complete our first month of the new year, we have so much to be thankful for especially when we compare our current context with the rest of our state and nation. We have been extremely fortunate on POW during this pandemic to only have experienced 40 confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date with zero active, confirmed cases within the last 14 days. On top of this positive data, our island medical providers have been doing an outstanding job vaccinating our community members and we already have more than a quarter of our adult island population vaccinated. We definitely have a lot to celebrate and have enjoyed the privilege of having our schools fully open all year, except for a two week period after the Thanksgiving break.

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  • January Family & Community Letter (1/5/21)

    January Family & Community Letter (1/5/21)

    As we begin a new calendar year we are also preparing for the start of the second semester of the 2020-2021 school year. Thursday, January 14, 2021 is the official end date for our first semester and there will be no school on Friday, January 15, 2021 for our teacher work day.

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  • December Family & Community Letter (12/1/20)

    December Family & Community Letter (12/1/20)

    With the Thanksgiving break behind us and as we near our December winter break, it’s important to slow down and take stock of all that is going well in our worlds. These are definitely difficult times as we all navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and the personal and professional impacts the virus has enforced upon each of us. Despite the impacts each of us has had to endure due to the pandemic, CCSD is thankful for the opportunity we are afforded to partner with our parents/guardians, the City of Craig, Craig Tribal Association, and our partner school districts to collaboratively develop the strongest educational opportunities for our students.

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  • November Family & Community Letter (11/9/20)

    November Family & Community Letter (11/9/20)

    The holiday season is almost upon us with Thanksgiving just two weeks away followed quickly by our December winter break. This is always a busy time for families as we all prepare for the holiday season; it is also a busy time for CCSD as we’ve been addressing some major district initiatives.

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  • October Family & Community Letter (10/21/20)

    October Family & Community Letter (10/21/20)

    The CCSD School Board met on October 20, 2020 in a special meeting to swear in our new board members and to reorganize the Board’s leadership positions for the upcoming school year. The CCSD Board reorganized in the following manner:

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  • September Family & Community Letter (9/29/20)

    September Family & Community Letter (9/29/20)

    At the writing of this letter, CCSD is starting our 5th full week of school. Given all the new processes, procedures, and systems the district has developed and continually refines for our Smart Start to School Guidelines, things have gone remarkably well. The district recognizes that all of these adjustments have not been easy for our families or staff members and we understand that these shifts add additional layers we all have to manage. However, it’s important to note that CCSD does not take these new protocols lightly.

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  • August Family & Community Letter (8/27/20)

    August Family & Community Letter (8/27/20)

    The start of the new school year is upon us with our doors opening for students on Monday, August 31. Despite the complexities that the COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted upon each of our personal and professional lives, CCSD couldn’t be more excited to welcome our new and returning students and their families to the 2020-2021 school year.

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  • August Family & Community Letter (8/18/20)

    August Family & Community Letter (8/18/20)

    With the start of the 2020-2021 school year only two weeks away, CCSD continues to refine our plans to ensure the safest learning environment for our students and staff. These are unprecedented times and unfortunately none of us has any experience with similar circumstances; we are all learning in real time together about COVID-19 and how we might collectively develop the safest plans possible to best meet the educational needs of our students and families.

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  • July Family & Community Letter (7/7/20)

    July Family & Community Letter (7/7/20)

    2020 - 2021 CCSD Restart and Reentry Framework & Draft Plans.

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  • June Family & Community Letter (6/5/20)

    June Family & Community Letter (6/5/20)

    The 2019-2020 school year is in the history books. I’m extremely proud of the work we have accomplished together and the patience, flexibility, and support that our families displayed throughout the school year, and especially during the last nine weeks of school.

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  • May Family & Community Letter (5/27/20)

    May Family & Community Letter (5/27/20)

    CCSD thanks each of our families for the adjustments you made to help the district create the best learning context possible for your student(s) during our distance education model. As I have previously stated, our model wasn’t perfect, but I do know that everyone did their best to make it as “perfect as possible.” As we complete the 2019-2020 school year, I know a lot of us are thinking about what next school year might look like, and each of us are hoping for a return to normalcy, especially as it relates to school operations. As of the writing of this letter, CCSD is unsure of what next school year will look like.

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  • May Family & Community Letter (5/4/20)

    May Family & Community Letter (5/4/20)

    The end of the 2019-20 school year is just around the corner; May marks the last full month of school. As is typical with the month of May, CCSD is collaborating with parents, students, and staff members to plan the end of school year activities, celebrating our students’ academic and extra-curricular achievements. Our planning processes have openly recognized the complications that our current distance delivery educational model imposes as we look for new ways to meaningfully celebrate our students’ academic and extra-curricular achievements.

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  • April Family & Community Letter (4/6/20)

    April Family & Community Letter (4/6/20)

    April has arrived and usually the end of the school year is coming into greater focus as CCSD prepares for our end of school activities and begins our preparations for the upcoming school year. Unfortunately, we are in a different place this year and there is not much that we can predict given the ever-changing climate we are all living and working in.

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  • March Parent & Community Letter (3/6/20)

    March Parent & Community Letter (3/6/20)

    March is here, the days are getting longer, and CCSD is in the process of planning for our 2020-2021 school year.
    March is an important month for the district and City. CCSD and the City of Craig annually conduct a March budget work-session in preparation for the upcoming school year. This work-session provides the opportunity for the district to share our FY 21 budget assumptions, our anticipated revenues, and our anticipated expenditures.

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