Friday, February 23
Here is next week’s newsletter: February 26-March 1. Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week.
Next week, Columbia will be celebrating Read Across America with Lights, Camera, Read!
Click here for information about the family night events, and the fun dress up days we will have.
Next Friday, March 1st, our PTA is holding the Out of this World Dance. Click here to purchase family tickets.
We will begin assessments for the 3rd 9 Weeks Report Cards next week. Please make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep each night, eats breakfast each morning, and arrives at school on time each day. This is important for your child’s success!
Tuesday, February 20th
I hope you enjoyed a restful long weekend!
This week in 95% Phonics we are reviewing previously taught consonants at the beginning of words, and short vowels. Please click this link to read about more activities to do with your child: 95% Phonics Activitie
The Book Fair will be open this coming Monday, February 26th. It will be open from 7:40-8:15 daily and will close on Friday, March 1st at 10:45 a.m. In addition, if you wish to come and shop with your child the Book Fair will be open during the Lights, Camera, READ! event on Thursday night. The Book Fair will be open from 5:00 to 7:00 pm and the family activities will be from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Our class is scheduled to visit the Book Fair on Tuesday from 8:00-8:30. If you would like for your child to purchase books you can send money in a marked envelope or Ziplock bag inside your child’s daily folder.
Thank you for remembering to send the green Practice Folders today! I hope you are enjoying listening to your child read the sentences and passages each day. We become better readers by reading. The time you spend each evening with your child reading will make a meaningful difference!
Here is next week’s newsletter: January 29 - February 2. Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week.
Tomorrow is our big field trip to James Clemens to see our classmates sing and dance in Finding Nemo. Please wear your GRAY kindergarten class shirt. You may want to wear a long sleeve shirt underneath. The auditorium can be chilly. We will not bring jackets with us. The buses will start loading early in the morning. Please be on time for school. We will have a much later lunch than normal. Please make sure your child eats a big breakfast. Since the exact time we will be returning is unknown, visitors will not be allowed to join us. Thank you for your cooperation.
Please keep Tuesday’s note about Valentine’s Day in a safe location to refer to as your child works on writing their name and the names of their classmates.
If you've given the January challenge a try, you have less than a week to go. If your family completes the January challenge, please send a note or an email next Thursday and your child will receive 2 Good Time tickets. I hope you have enjoyed spending extra family time together by playing board games and reading with your child! Hopefully, this challenge created a new habit for your family.
Here is this week’s newsletter: January 22-26. Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week!
We are so excited that Columbia will be participating in the Great Kindness Challenge this week (January 22nd-26th)!! Please see the flyer HERE with more details and dress up days!
Please send Practice #11 in your child's folder on Tuesday. I hope you had time last week to put in some extra practice with your child.
Our field trip to see Finding Nemo will be Friday, January 26th. Your child will need to wear their red class t-shirt for this field trip.
Mark your calendar for Second Semester Parent Night on Thursday, February 8th at 5:30 pm. Please plan for the parent who works with your child on the practice sheets to attend this event.
Thursday, January 11th
Here is next week’s newsletter: January 16-19. Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week.
Please take note of these reminders over the three day weekend:
-No school on Monday, January 15 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
-Practice #11 is now due on Tuesday, January 16th. Please take this time to put in some extra practice with your child.
-Our field trip to see Finding Nemo will be Friday, January 26th. Your child will need to wear their class t-shirt for this field trip.
-Mark your calendar for Second Semester Parent Night on Thursday, February 8th at 5:30 pm. Please plan for the parent who works with your child on the practice sheets to attend this event.
Monday January 8th
Report of Learning Folders are coming home today with your child’s 2nd Nine weeks Report Card, Middle of the year DIBELS and iReady reports. Please read the 2nd Nine Weeks Report Card note in the front of your child’s folder. Please review the information, sign in the address box, and return the folder to school by Wednesday.
Please note that our second semester Parent Night is scheduled for Thursday February 8th at 5:30. A flyer with more information is included in the report of learning folder.
Help from home: We are now writing our first and last names on our papers. Your child will be assessed on this and is expected to be able to write their name with correct letter formation and orientation to the line. Please work on this with your child. Learning your last name, how to spell it, and writing it can be difficult and can take longer to master.
This week in 95% Phonics we are focusing on the short vowel e, k, and z. Please click this link to read about more activities to do with your child. 95% Phonics Lesson 13
-No school on Monday January 15th in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
-Finding Nemo field trip is on Friday January 26th. Use this link if you want to purchase tickets for one of the evening shows.
Thursday January 4th
Happy New Year! I hope you and your family had a wonderful and relaxing break.
The 3rd Nine Weeks of school is packed full of essential learning in Kindergarten. If your child is healthy, it is important for him/her to be at school on time each day, ready to learn. If your child is a car rider, we recommend going through the car line before 7:20. This will give your child plenty of time to walk to the classroom, unpack, zip their coat to their chair, and complete their morning work. If there is anything you need from me in order to make that happen, please reach out. I am here to help.
Here is next week's newsletter: January 8-12. Please take time to read the newsletter. Thank you!
Help at home: We are now writing our first and last names on our papers. Your child is expected to be able to write their name with correct letter formation and orientation to the line. Please work on this with your child. Learning your last name, how to spell it, and writing it can be difficult and take longer to master.
If your family completed the December challenge, please send a note or an email and your child will receive 2 Good Time tickets. The January challenge is one of my favorites! Please consider doing it with your family!
Monday December 11th
Please check your child's folder for a Practice Packet. Be sure to read the directions before beginning the packet. I hope you enjoy listening to your child read these sentences to you. Also, I forgot to send home the practice sheet for last week. So that paper is in the folders and it will be due next Monday.
This week in 95% Phonics we are focusing on the following uppercase letters O, L, R, C, F, J, and W. Please click this link to read about more activities to do with your child. 95% Phonics Lesson 12
The half-day Google Form needs to be completed this week. Go ahead and click this link to complete now. Here is the link again: Google Form for Half Days
The Field Trip forms to see our CES Drama Club are due this week along with $3.00 cash. Go ahead and fill out the form tonight and send the $3 tomorrow. Thank you!
Our party is next Monday at 8:15. It will be in the classroom. It is for my Kindergarten students and their parents. It is also our Kindergarten pajama day, so if your child has Christmas pajamas that would be perfect to wear to the party. No worries if you don't, any two piece pajamas will do.
Thursday, December 7th
Click this link to read next week’s newsletter: December 11-15. Thank you for taking a moment to read the newsletter each week and stay informed.
High Frequency Words - This note provides a list of the high frequency words that are taught during 1st semester: High Frequency Word Note Please review the words at home to help your child read them automatically. Thank you for your support. We will start assessing the students on these words on Tuesday.
Our class holiday party will be on Monday, December 18th from 8:15-9:15 a.m. Mrs. Williams is coordinating the snack and craft for our party.
Monday, December 18th and Tuesday, December 19th are half-days. Elementary students are dismissed at 11:30. I need each family to complete this form, so I know about lunch and your child's transportation. Please complete the form by Friday, December 15th. Thank you! Here is the link: Half Day of School Google Form
Tomorrow your child can dress up like an elf, reindeer, snowman, etc. Please remember the school dress code on dress-up days. This means no one-pieces or boots. Your child must wear tennis shoes. Thank you!
Tomorrow is the last day to send in money for our custodians, CNP staff, and our plant manager. If you would like to be part of this school-wide gift, please send any donations in the form of cash only in a sealed envelope labeled: CES Holiday Donations. Please send it in no later than Dec 8th.
We are about out of foam hand soap. If you're at the store and would like to pick one up for the classroom, I'd appreciate it. Thank you!
There is a stomach bug going around our classroom. We had several students absent. We spent some time this morning going through many clorox wipes as we tried to disinfect our classroom as best we could. We have plenty of wipes, but our spray disinfectant is low. All the Lego pieces and building blocks were sprayed down with Lysol. If you want to donate another can of aerosol spray it would be greatly appreciated. Please be aware if your child starts to complain about tummy troubles.
At this time, I have met or scheduled to meet with all of the parents that requested a parent-teacher conference on the form that was shared in October. I will be sending home the conference forms later this week for the remaining families.
I made a quick video about this week's Practice Sheet. It is less than 2 minutes: Click here to watch the video. Thank you for your support!
Columbia will be hosting our first STEM Day on November 8th. Please click this link for more information: STEM Day
Reminder: Our school’s Veterans Parade is scheduled for Thursday morning from 9:00-9:30. Please have your child wear red, white and blue. Also, if your child would like to make a sign to hold during the parade, please make it at home and send it to school with your child on Thursday morning. Send me an email if you or a family member is driving in the parade so we know to look for you.
November 2, 2023
Click this link to view next week’s newsletter: November 6-9
Columbia Elementary School will be hosting the following events on November 9th in order to honor Veterans Day! Have your child wear red, white, and blue. You are welcome to make a sign for your child to hold during the parade. Please send it on Thursday morning. We'd love to see any veterans from your family drive thru our parade. Let me know if we should expect to see you.
Reminder - No School on Friday, November 10th in honor of Veteran's Day.
The eS2S Astro Ambassadors will be handing out thank you cards to families with Veterans during the morning car line! Cars will put their flashers on to signal that they have a Veteran in their family.
There will be a drive thru parade at CES for our students to honor Veterans from 9:00a.m.-9:30a.m. in the back car line area.
Students are encouraged to invite a Veteran friend or family member to eat lunch with them on the CES stage on November 9th. Veterans can purchase a lunch at the school for $4.75 or bring their own lunch! Please see the flier for more information.
Please see the flier for more information.
Flu and Illness Reminders:
If your child has a fever he/she must be fever free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medicine) before returning to school.
Students must also be free of vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school.
Do not be tempted to send your child back to school too soon, children with the flu need time for their body to recover.
Please label your child's jacket with their first and last name. If the jacket is labeled, it will be easier to find it in the lost and found and return it to you.
Monday, October 30th
This week in our 95% Phonics Program we are learning the letters Hh and Bb. Please click this link to find more activities to do with your child: 95% Phonics Activities. You will also notice your child’s first paper pencil test on the skills taught in 95% phonics in your child’s folder. We will take unit tests throughout the school year to monitor phonological awareness skills and phonics skills.
I have collected Practice Sheet #5 today and have sent home Practice Sheet #6. Please review the video from last week if you need help with the phoneme segmentation section. If you didn’t send in your child’s Practice Sheet today, please send it tomorrow in their blue Daily Folder. I will be listening to your child read the words from the Word List tomorrow. We will resume checking out books from the library tomorrow now that the book fair is over.
Request: When looking through your child's Halloween candy, please send 1- 2 packages of the FunSize plain M&Ms in your child's folder for us to use later in November for a math lesson. Thank you!!
Thank you to everyone who has completed the Impact Aid survey. If you have not completed this very important form please do so immediately. The link to the form was on last week’s post.
The weather has gotten colder. We will go outside at 1:35 each day if the “feels like” temperature is 32 or above. That means you must send your child to school in weather appropriate clothing. As a reminder, please practice putting on and taking off jackets along with zipping the zippers. It takes time for me to zip 18 zippers or pull out the sleeves so that your child can put their coat/jacket on before playing outside. Please write your child’s name on the inside of their jacket. As a reminder, we wear velcro or slip on tennis shoes every day. No rain boots or fuzzy boots at school.
Please empty your child’s Daily Folder every day.
Please send your child to school with a snack and a bottle of water.
Please make sure your child has a change of clothes in their backpack that is appropriate for the season.