Chester-Andover Elementary School 

Parent Teacher Group 


Welcome to the Chester-Andover Elementary School PTG website for our wonderful school in Chester, Vt. 

Scroll below for recent news or check out our side tabs for more information and resources about programs and events.

Register now for the 2023 Elves Wood Workshop

Another huge thank you to Endless Creations for hosting and running the 2023 Elves Wood Workshop in cooperation with CAES PTG and CAES.  This year's workshop will be held at CAES on December 5th, 6th or 7th from 2:50pm (right after school/kids stay at school) to 5pm. Please make sure to pick your elf up right at 5pm! :) 

Spots are first come, first served and days will be confirmed by Monday, December 4th.

We're also looking for adult volunteers! If you have a background check and fingerprints in place and would like to help on any or all of the above days, please email

To sign up and for more information, please follow this link. Paper forms are also available upon request from the front office.

See you there!

Welcome Back! 

Welcome back to another great year at CAES! We just wrapped up our Back to School BBQ and are looking forward to the PTG's first in-person meeting of the 2023/24 school year, which will be held at the Fullerton Inn on Tuesday, 09/26 from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Light refreshments will be served and we look forward to catching up with everyone at this friendly, informal event. 

Technicool: Keeping Kids Safe on the Internet 

Please join us at CAES for: 

Technicool: Keeping Kids Safe on the Internet 

Wednesday April 26th, 6:00 pm

CAES is excited to have a training provided FREE from Prevent Child Abuse Vermont. 

About the event:

Technology is here to stay! It grows and changes faster than caregivers can keep up!

One thing we know is that ALL ADULTS are responsible for keeping kids safe in both the real and virtual world.

Participants will:

CAES will provide dinner and activities for your children during the training. That will last approximately an hour and a half. You may also attend this training from home through Zoom. 

If you have any questions please reach out to Mackenzie Thurston or 875-6836 or Ann Tarmey or 875-6845.

Snow Sport Zoom with Mr. Kelley-Thursday, January 5th at 6:30pm

Hello Snow Sport Families! 

Just a quick reminder that Mr. Kelley will be hosting a Zoom meeting on Thursday, Jan. 5th at 6:30PM to review all the details, answer questions, and make sure that everything is in place for the students to have an amazing time at Okemo! The meeting should take about 30 minutes or so.

There will be a meeting for the volunteers (online, please stay on the call) immediately after the general meeting.

Please check your email or the CAES PTG Facebook for the Zoom link. 

There will be a student meeting (in person at school), as well and families should feel free to reach out to Mr. Kelley with any questions.

Reminder the start date for the program is Thursday, January 12.

Snow Sport Volunteers

With winter sports registrations underway, we would like to firm up adult volunteer numbers for the 2022/23 Okemo/CAES Snowsport program.

We need both on-snow and lodge volunteers, so please step forward if you think you can help!

To become an official snowsport Volunteer, please follow these steps:

1. Fill out this Google Form. Please submit it by Thursday, Dec 09. Everyone should do this, even if you already emailed to say you'd like to be a snowsport volunteer.

2. Make sure you are cleared to volunteer and have a current background check in place. This includes returning volunteers. Read this document for information about how to renew your status or do your first background check/fingerprinting.

3. New volunteers who need fingerprints: Chester PD may schedule a specific fingerprinting session just for CAES. Please hold off on contacting them for a few days while we get numbers together.

Got questions?

More details to follow once forms are in!

Thank you to Endless Creations for the Elves Wood Workshop!

Join us this year for a fun and creative holiday craft! Workshops are available on Monday 12/12, Tuesday, 12/13 or Friday 12/16. Only 35 slots are available each day, so please submit your forms ASAP to secure a spot. Students will walk over from school. Parent pick up is at Endless Creations (23 Maple St, Chester) at 5pm. 

Get Ready for the CAES Book Fair

The CAES book fair returns the week of December 5th to our school library. The book fair theme is “Snowmen vs Yetis” and there will be contests and prizes all week long. Students will visit the fair and be able to chose their own books, with every book they buy earning rewards for our school. 

Days and Times 

(Parents may access the fair after school through the red library door).

 Monday Dec. 5th until 5:00pm

Tuesday Dec. 6th until 5:00pm 

Wednesday Dec.7th until 5:00pm 

Thursday Dec. 8th until 7:00pm 

Friday Dec. 9th until 5:00pm. 

The book fair accepts eWallet, cash, check (Made payable to CAES) or debit/ credit card. EWallet is a digital payment account that may be set up before or during the book fair. Families can also shop at online, with all orders going directly to your home. Shipping is free with orders over $25. These purchases also benefit the CAES book fair.

Visit the link below for online ordering and information about the eWallet.

Winter Sports: Updates

Keep watching this space! Winter Sport forms went home with students on Wednesday and Thursday. Please read the instructions in your pack and make sure you return your forms by Monday, December 05

Financial Aid: Please reach out to Cindy Cole for information about Financial Aid. Students who qualify for Free Lunch pay reduced rates for passes and ski rentals. Other students can also access discounted rates for passes but must fill out a financial aid first. 

As a reminder: 

Winter sports consists of a ski/snowboard program at Okemo, swimming at Edgar May and a kindergarten program. A sledding program was added on 12/02.

-The programs will run on Thursdays for 7 weeks (January 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9, 16 and March 2). There is no skiing or programming on the week of February vacation.

-Swimmers should make sure they have towels and wearing the proper attire (please read the form carefully for further details).

-Ski/snowboard details: Okemo is offering the program for $35. There will be bus transportation provided to the mountain. There is no bus transportation back to the school from the Okemo program.

-Equipment rentals for ski/snowboard: The rental fee is $65 this season. Okemo will only offer ski rentals, not snowboards. Helmet rentals are not available for rental but are required for the program. Okemo has a very low inventory of rentals so please make sure to attend the rental event at Okemo on Dec 6 and 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. 

-Volunteers needed for Snow Sports! People on the PTG mailing list received a volunteer email earlier this month with information about paperwork and background checks. Please email caesptg@ if you missed out on that info. Volunteer forms for snow sports will be available shortly on this website. 

Save the Date: The Winter Concert is on Monday, Dec 19

Calling all Band and Chorus families-the Winter Concert is back! Come hear the amazing tunes and songs your kids have been working on this year. 

Here's the note from Ms Figoras with all of the details:

 The concert will be split into two parts. K through 3rd Grade will perform at 5:30 and finish by 6:00. 4th through 6th grade students will perform at 6:30. 

Here is the tentative schedule for the evening: 

5:15:Doors open and K through 3rd grade classes go to their classrooms. 

5:30: K through 3rd grade classes perform 

6:00: Intermission: 

● K through 3 families pick up students in classrooms. 

● Band and chorus students go to designated classrooms. 

6:30: 4th Grade Band, 5th and 6th Grade Band, 4th through 6th Grade Chorus 

Due to limited audience seating, we ask that families only attend the portion of the concert for the age group their children are involved in. If you have children in both age groups, you are welcome to stay for the entire duration. The concert will be video recorded and available to view afterwards. Reminder: All non-performing students in the audience must be accompanied by adults. 

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me at I look forward to our first concert of the school year! 

Mallory Figoras Music Teacher

The Mitten Tree 

The Mitten Tree is up and still has mittens on it--can you help? The mittens are for families who could use a little extra help during the holiday. Please feel free to take one or as many as you would like. If you wrap your gift please just put the mitten with the gift and we will distribute the gifts to the families. Mitten gifts should be returned to CAES no later than December 12th. Thanks in advance to all of the nice elves in ours school community! 

Want to help but can't make it into school? Please call Cindy Cole at the Main Office (802-875-6831) to claim a mitten. 

A visit from "Big Dog"

The CAES students got a visit the other week from Chad at VTrans and got to meet the snow plow they named through the VTrans "Name a Plow" program. The school decided on "Big Dog" with Pickle and Kaplowie as the runners up.  Each classroom had an opportunity to have their picture taken while hearing about Chad's job and how the plow operates. Thank you VTrans and Chad for taking the time to make this fun program happen--we look forward to seeing Big Dog out and about once the snow arrives!

Thanks for visiting!

The Chester-Andover Parent Teacher Group is a partnership between CAES's teachers and staff and CAES families. The CAES PTG supports all kinds of activities, from fundraising and fun events to communication and the coordination of parent/guardian volunteers. Overall, the CAES PTG fosters partnership and cooperation between the school and families in order to enhance and enrich the learning and growing experience of every child at CAES.

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