Dear Columbine Families,
Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! As I sit down to write this letter I am excited to have the opportunity to once again serve the Columbine Learning Community. I consider it a privilege!
With your support, our expert, dedicated, and caring staff will work hard to keep our students safe while supporting their academic and social-emotional growth. Together, let’s focus all our energy to make sure that it is evident that our students are growing adequately in a school community that constantly strives for excellence and equity. Following is our shared vision:
“Columbine’s vision is to provide a bilingual learning community that nurtures academic excellence, encouraging each student to achieve his or her full potential as an emerging responsible citizen with the strength of character to take on the challenges of the 21st Century.”
This year we will present to you a mission statement that will help us, in partnership with you, achieve the vision for our students. Our Unified Improvement goals will remain the same:
- We will provide adequate systems of support for students not working at their maximum potential. This will include periodic Literacy and Math summits to allow teachers to collaborate to plan and maximize efficiency of use of allocated resources.
- We will use professional development to support the growth of our staff so that we are equipped to equitably meet the cultural, linguistic, academic and social-emotional needs of our diverse students. We want our students to be curious about their world and deeply engaged in their own learning.
- We will continue to align our practice with regards to our Columbine Cornerstones (please click on the links for more information): Literacy Squared, Comprehension Strategies, Spanish As a World Language/English as a Second Language, Math Expression, Positive Behavior Support
Following you will find enough information to get us started. Please feel free to call the office at 720-561-5435 if you have any questions.
Until very soon,
Guillermo Medina, Building Principal
Information-For your easy Access
Main Office Line: 720-561-2500
Attendance Line: 720-561-2502
Family Resource Coordinator Line: 720-561-2576
|Main Office Hours: Monday-Friday 7:45-3:30|
School Hours: Monday-Friday 8:15-3:00
Preschool: Tuesday-Thursday from 8:15-11:00 or 12:15-3:00
Morning Homework Club: 7:30-8:15
Supervision during arrival: 8:00-8:15 (Sorry, students are not allowed in the building before 8:15)
Supervision during dismissal: 3:00-3:15
Breakfast Time: 8:15-8:25
Clean up and Announcements Time: 8:30- 8:35
Tardy Bell: 8:20 (Without exception and for safety reasons, after 8:20 a tardy student will need a tardy pass to join her or his class. Please be advised that the BVSD computer system will exchange 4 tardies for a full day absence automatically. We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause.)
School Website: http://www.columbineelementary.org/
Columbine Handbook: http://columbineelementary.org/parents/columbine-handbook/
Bianca Gallegos – Assistant Principal
Patti Hernandez- 1st Grade Teacher
Erin Livingston- 3rd Grade Teacher
TBD- 4th grade Teacher
Claire Thomas Duckwitz Ph.D-School Psychologist
Denise Leitch-Native Language Tutor
Online Registration Workshop
You can register from home following this LINK. If you need help or currently don’t have access to a computer/internet, please come to the Columbine Computer Lab from 3:00 pm until 5:00 by first letter of last name and we will help!
A-H on August 10
I-P on August 11
Q-Z on August 12
In order to comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), BVSD schools will no longer be able to post class lists and bus information in front of buildings. Instead, class lists will be emailed using the main email provided by families by August 12 at 3:30pm. If you do not have access to a computer please feel free to come to the office to get your child’s classroom assignment and bus information. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for not making specific teacher requests last year. You provided me in writing important information to be factored in when last year teachers were creating this year’s homerooms. Remember that most Columbine students have more than one teacher. Being able to work with different teachers and make new friends is an important skill and a necessary developmental stage for all our 21st Century learners. As you well know, you have great influence in how successful your child is emotionally and academically in the school year to come. You are our greatest ally! I am attaching our Class Placement policy for the convenience of new families joining our school:
“Creating balanced classes each year is a collaborative process that the Columbine teachers and staff begin working on during a spring in-service day and continue refining in August. Teachers and staff consider academic strengths and needs, gender, social-emotional concerns, and peer dynamics as they work to create balanced classes. If you would like to provide additional information on your child’s learning and/or social development needs, please do so in writing to the principal. Letters should not be sent directly to classroom teachers. Your written input will be shared only with those teachers and staff members who are involved in creating new class lists. Columbine does not consider requests for a specific teacher.”
1st Day Arrival- Meeting Area
Kindergarten will meet in the Kindergarten Playground
1st Grade- 5th Grade will meet on the blacktop south of the school.
In order to meet the required number of instructional minutes during the school year, school will start at 8:15 am sharp. Students will be considered tardy at 8:20. We are also required to take attendance as soon as possible to ensure that all students arrived at school safely. To that end, attendance needs to be taken immediately after the tardy bell rings. To minimize waste of instructional time, universal breakfast will be served from 8:15 until 8:35 during integrated homerooms. Students who are not eating breakfast will use this time to catch up with their independent reading. Parents, please talk to your child’s teacher if you are available to help with breakfast, read a book aloud to the students, check in homework, or any other task to support instruction. A gentle reminder, please remember that this is not a time to conference with your child’s teacher. Teachers are on duty the moment the first student walks in their classroom. If you want more information on why we need to protect instructional time please check out this resource from the National Center on Time and Learning by following this link: http://www.timeandlearning.org/make-every-minute-count-0.
Supervision During Arrival
Please remember that we only have student supervision 15 minutes before the first bell rings. School doors will automatically close after the tardy bell at 8:20 am. Knowing that many parents are rushing on their way to work, the Hug and Go lane is designed precisely for that purpose, to have parents Hug and Go and get on their way. If you are planning on staying, or need more time to say goodbye, please use the parking lots. Please do not drop students on 22nd street. This is extremely dangerous since this area is not supervised and buses load and unload students in this area.
All students scheduled to be picked up will be ushered to the front of the building where staff will adequately supervise students. Important, unless it is an emergency, if you change dismissal plans for your child, we need to know before 2:30 pm on the day of the change. You can call us at 720-561-2500 or write us a note.
Buses– Buses will load students at 3:00 pm on 22nd street.
Car- Hug and Go- In the beginning pick up will take a little bit longer, but as the year progresses, it gets much easier. Last year, we were able to dismiss students in as little as 12 minutes! Please do not leave your car. Staff will ask who you are taking and walk the student to your vehicle. Please do not pick up students on 22nd street.
Walkers/Bikers- Students will be at the Library Patio and released to authorized adults. The Library Patio is for the dismissal of students that are picked up by parents on foot. Please do not use the north parking lot as an additional hug and go. We ask that you park your car if you want to use this alternative. We also ask that you do not park on the parking spots designated for drivers with disabilities.
We can’t dismiss students to adults, or allow students to walk home, without written permission from the parents or guardians. Also, it helps tremendously to have accurate and current information, particularly phone numbers, address, and who is or isn’t allowed to pick up the student. Please make sure to call our Registrar, Angie Mediavilla at 720-561-2504, with any needed updates. Finally, please help us by walking bikes, skateboards, etc. while on school grounds. Everyone’s safety is our greatest priority!
Bus Riders- Discipline
If your student rides the bus to school, please reminds him or her that they are as accountable for their behavior on the bus as when they are home or at school. This is also true at the bus stop. Driving a bus with 75 students is challenging if students are misbehaving. Typically Columbine students do a great job on the bus. However, please know that if a student gets a referral on the bus, he or she will need to fill out a “Stop and Think” at school. However, a second referral within a month will result on the suspension of bus privileges for one day. Each repeated offense will add a day to the suspension. We know that this will ultimately inconvenience the families but bus safety is essential. Please help me by talking to your child about our shared expectations while riding the district bus.
In order to reduce the number of students riding on the buses dedicated to the Valmont corridor, we will have kindergarteners and first graders living in this area ride the preschool buses. Older siblings will be allowed to ride with the little ones one a space available basis.
We encourage families, volunteers, and visitors to use the parking lots on Repplier Drive on the west side of the building. Please drive slowly and observe the parking signals for the obvious safety reasons but also because we are always modeling for our students. Please try to not park on the neighboring streets, we are trying to be good neighbors. Parking in the Hug and Go loop is restricted during drop off from 8:00-8:45 am and dismissal from 2:45 and 3:15 pm.
After school and childcare program for days when school is out will be provided by the YMCA of Boulder. This year we have only a few students registered so care will be provided at Foothills Elementary. The good news is that the YMCA has purchased a 14 passenger minibus that will be dedicated for the 5 to 10 minutes shuttle required to get to students to Foothills. For more information please contact Tasia Krause at 303-443-4474 ext.4291 or by email at Tasia.Krause@ymcabv.org.
We need your help to cover all the bases. Last year we have tremendous parent support. Thank you! Without exception, regular volunteers must complete all the district requirements including a background screening on a yearly basis. Level 1 volunteers are able to work with students while supervised by a teacher as long as they are not on the Colorado Sex Offender Registry. Level 2 and 3 volunteers are able to work with students while not supervised directly by a teacher as long as they meet the requirements outlined in the following district link: http://bvsd.org/volunteer/Pages/default.aspx. If you need help with any of the requirements, we will be glad to help in the office. Mariana de la Cruz is an expert in this area. You can reach her at 720-561-2507.
Without exception, all parents, volunteers, and visitors need to check in at the front office and get a volunteer or visitor sticker. It is everyone’s responsibility to keep our students safe while at our school. Please let’s remind each other if this expectation is not met. If you see an adult at our school without a badge, please remind them to check in at the office. Our students’ safety is a job that we share at Columbine!
The Columbine Policy Handbook has been posted on the school website. The handbook is now translated! LINK
Please remind students that cell phones in school are for emergency use only and need to be kept in their backpacks and silenced. We encourage parents to help us by not sending the students to school with expensive phones. The school is unable to take responsibility for items damaged or stolen. Other electronics like IPods and any kind of games are not allowed in school.
Toys and Other Items that Don’t Belong in School
It will help tremendously when parents remind students to keep their toys at home. Believe it or not, many of the issues that we had to mediate in the office where related to toys. Please support us by having a conversation about things that can or cannot come to school. Particularly items that even unintentionally can hurt someone else (lighters, pocket knives, etc.)
Please refer to Climate and Appendix D in the Columbine Policy Handbook