• Monday, November 28th

    Posted by Annagrace Hespe on 11/28/2022 3:30:00 PM

    Angel Tree Donations - Please send $1.00 in an envelope labeled with "Angel Tree Donation" in your child's blue daily folder. We are collecting through Friday, December 2nd. (See email.) Thank you!

    Semester Assessments - We started taking our iReady math assessment today. We'll finish it tomorrow. After that, we will take our iReady Reading assessment. On Thursday, the students will take their DIBELS benchmark assessment. Please make sure your child gets plenty of sleep each night and eats a healthy breakfast each morning. Thank you for your support. 

    Fry Sight Words - This note provides a list of the Fry sight words that are taught during 1st semester: Fry Sight Word Note Please review the words at home to help your child read them automatically. Thank you for your support.  

    Reading Logs - Students need to have 25 books recorded on their 2nd Nine Weeks Reading Logs by December 14th. On Friday, I will check-in on progress. Please try to have 20 books read and recorded on the log. 

    Holiday Party - Our Holiday Party is Thursday, December 15th from 8:30-10:00. Parents are invited to join us for the party, but siblings may not attend. You will receive an email with a sign-up genius from our room mom later this week. Thank you in advance for your willingness to provide items for the party.

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  • Sunday, November 27th

    Posted by Annagrace Hespe on 11/27/2022 6:00:00 PM

    I hope your family enjoyed the Thanksgiving break! Here is this week's newsletter: November 28th -December 2nd. Please take the time to click the link and read the newsletter so you know about everything happening at school this week. If your child completed the November challenge, please send a note in their Daily Folder tomorrow. The December challenge is especially important this week with all of the assessments happening, so be sure to check it out. 

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  • Tuesday, November 15th

    Posted by Annagrace Hespe on 11/15/2022 6:45:00 PM

    Yesterday we began our unit on sorting. We are learning how to 1) sort by attributes, 2) count the amount in each group, 3) sort the groups by amount. We practiced these skills yesterday using M &M’s!  The children sorted them by color, then they counted how many of each color they had. Finally, they sorted the color groups by amount. Today the students worked in groups to sort various objects. By the end of this unit, the children should be able to do our 3 step sort for multiple attributes of the same group of objects. 

    Progress Reports will be coming home in the Report of Learning Folders on Friday, November 18th.  Please read over it, sign it in the box labeled 2nd Nine Weeks, and return it to school after Thanksgiving break. 

    Friday is Community Hero Day! Students may dress up like their favorite community hero and bring in $1. Please remember that dress up days must follow the dress code.

    As the cold winter weather arrives, please dress your child to go outside for recess. We will go outside as long as the “feels like” temperature is 32 or greater. Please put your child’s name in their coat. Winter boots are not allowed at school. Students need to wear socks and velcro or slip on tennis shoes. 

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  • Thursday, November 10th

    Posted by Annagrace Hespe on 11/10/2022 4:15:00 PM

    Here is next week’s newsletter: November 14-18. Thank you for taking a moment to read the newsletter each week and stay informed. 

    Helpful weekend to do list:

    1. Wash your child’s rest mat and return Monday morning.

    2. Have your child practice zipping their coat until they can do it independently 3 times in a row.

    3. Finish Practice Sheet #7 and return it to school Monday morning inside your child’s Blue Daily Folder.  

    4. Enjoy the long weekend!

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  • Tuesday, November 8th

    Posted by Annagrace Hespe on 11/8/2022 9:30:00 AM

    I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!


    Reminder: Our school’s Veterans Parade is scheduled for Wednesday, 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 Wednesday morning. 


    Thank you to all who returned Practice Sheet #6 yesterday. Practice Sheet #7 came home in your child's folder yesterday. Thank you for spending a little time each day on the Practice Sheet.

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  • Thursday, November 3rd

    Posted by Annagrace Hespe on 11/3/2022 3:45:00 PM

    Here is next week's newsletter:  November 7-11 

    Our 3rd  annual Drive Thru Veterans Day Parade is on Wednesday at 9:00-9:30. 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 Wednesday 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 11th in honor of Veteran's Day.

    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. 


    Please send Practice #6 to school on Monday. Thank you!

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  • Monday, October 31st

    Posted by Annagrace Hespe on 10/31/2022 2:45:00 PM
    • Please remember to send the Practice Sheet to school each Monday. Practice Sheet #6 is not in your child’s  daily folder today, as I was out sick. I will send these home when I return on Wednesday. If you did not return Practice Sheet #5, please send it tomorrow. Thank you! 

      Columbia Elementary School will be hosting the following events on November 9th in order to honor Veterans 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 these fliers for more information.

      Flu and Illness Reminders: 

      1. 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. 

      2. Students must also be free of vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school. 

      3. Do not be tempted to send your child back to school too soon, children with the flu or other illnesses need time for their body to recover.

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  • Friday, October 28th

    Posted by Annagrace Hespe on 10/28/2022 2:00:00 PM

    Here is next week’s newsletter: October 31-November 4 Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week. 

    It was so much fun seeing some of our students at Trail of Treats on Thursday night! Their costumes looked great and I know they had fun! I wanted to also thank you for supporting our school by attending or sending in money for your child to buy items from the book fair. We will continue our Balls and Ramps Unit in the weeks to come.

    If you haven't filled out the   Google Form for fall conferences, please do so as soon as possible. I will start scheduling those conferences soon. If you select that you do not want a conference you will still receive a conference form. If you have already filled out the form, you do not need to fill it out again. 

    Please note that we try to go outside for recess daily.  If temperatures are above 32 degrees, we will go outside.  Now that temperatures are getting colder, please send your child a coat or jacket daily.  I also know it is a temptation to send your child in boots when the weather is colder. Please remember to participate safely in P.E. and to play in the playground, students need to wear tennis shoes only.  

    Students dressing up on Monday, October 31st will be acceptable, as long as the costume follows our current dress code to include the following conditions:

      • No masks that cover the face.
      • No scary or gory costumes.
      • No props that look like weapons.
      • Appropriate shoes should be worn.
      • No inflatable-type costumes that could prevent the student from sitting appropriately in a desk.
      • No onesie costumes in Kindergarten.

      Have a great weekend!

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  • Monday, October 24th

    Posted by Annagrace Hespe on 10/24/2022 3:20:00 PM

    I have collected Practice Sheet #4 today and have sent home Practice Sheet #5.  If you didn’t send in your child’s Practice Sheet today, please send it tomorrow in their blue Daily Folder. For those that forgot their practice sheet, I will be listening to them read the words from the Word List tomorrow. Also, if you did not send a ball in with your child today, please do so tomorrow. We will be using their balls for our science unit on balls and ramps. 

    Red Ribbon Week is this week: Please refer to the October 20th post, on our class Remind App, or our schools’ social media platforms for the dress up days. 

    The Book Fair will be open all this week. It will be open from 7:45-2:15 daily and will close on Friday, October 28th at 11:00 a.m.  In addition, if you wish to come and shop with your child the Book Fair will be open during the Trail of Treats Thursday night from 6:00-7:00 p.m.  If you plan for your child to participate in the Trail of Treats please remember to send in a bag of unopened candy with your child. Our class will visit the book fair on Thursday afternoon, 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. 

    Friendly reminders:

    1. Please empty your child’s Daily Folder every day.

    2. Please send your child to school with a snack and a bottle of water. 

    3. Please make sure your child has a change of clothes in their backpack that is appropriate for the season.

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  • Thursday, October 20th

    Posted by Annagrace Hespe on 10/20/2022 3:00:00 PM

    Here is next week’s newsletter: October 24 - 28.  Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter each week. 

    The next PTA meeting is Thursday, October 27th at 5:30.  The Trail of Treats will be following the PTA meeting at 6:00. We are still in need of candy for this fun event!  Each family that is participating needs to send an unopened bag of candy to be distributed that evening.

    The Book Fair will be open this coming Monday, October 24th. It will be open from 7:45-8:15 daily and will close on Friday, October 28th at 11:00 a.m.  In addition, if you wish to come and shop with your child the Book Fair will be open during the Trail of Treats on Thursday night from 6:00-7:00 p.m.  Our class is scheduled to visit the Book Fair on Thursday from 12:30-1:00.  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. 

    We will begin our Science unit on Balls and Ramps on Monday.  Please read the important information on the newsletter linked above pertaining to this Science unit.  I also hope that you and your child are enjoying spending time together as you do the October Challenge that you will find at the upper right hand corner of our newsletter.

    October 24th-28th is also our Red Ribbon Week.  The following are dress up days for this week:   Monday- wear red to show “we are RED-y for Red Ribbon Week”  Tuesday- wear your favorite sports jersey or team gear to “team up against drugs”  Wednesday-  wear workout clothes to “work out your choices Wednesday” Thursday- wear mismatched clothing to “change poor choices to good choices”  Friday- wear pajamas to “follow your dreams.”

    Starting tomorrow, students will have the option to purchase ice cream only on Fridays. The cost of ice cream is $0.75. If you would like your child to purchase ice cream, please ensure there is money in their lunch account. You can send cash or check inside your child's folder in an envelope or bag labeled lunch money.

    Tomorrow is Rock Your School Day. Don’t forget to have your child dress up like a rockstar. We ask that your child’s outfit is school appropriate and they have on tennis shoes. 

    As you know the weather has become drastically cooler. Over the weekend please practice doing the following:

    Have your child practice taking on and off their winter coat

    Practice zipping and buttoning their coat

    Practice taking off coat without the sleeves being inside out

    Write your child’s name on the inside of their coat

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