Dear Columbine Parents and Families,
Snow Day! I hope that you are all staying warm and enjoying each other.
It is hard to believe that it is already February. This time of year is magical, since the students will show tremendous growth in these winter months, and super busy with all the progress monitoring that we need to do to meet federal, state, district, and more importantly, our own need to monitor our students’ learning. On February 23, 25 and on March 2 we will have our Spring Conferences. This is a great time to visit with the teachers and together identify your child’s strengths, areas that need further improvement, and ways in which you can help at home support and enrich your child’s learning.
Parents are our teacher’s greatest source of support. My kids are now super old, but if I had to do it all over again, I would ask the classroom teacher during conferences to show me a few samples of my son’s work. In particular, I would ask for results from the latest ‘end of unit’ math test. I would ask to see a sample of a book that is just right for him so that I could take him to the library and get more books for him to practice and enjoy reading. I would also ask what general theme is the class studying in Science or Social Studies so that some of the books could be related to what he is learning. I could also use this information to plan an outing to make the theme more relevant and to increase his background knowledge. I would definitely ask for at least one goal that I can focus on at home. Finally, and as importantly, I would ask how is my son’s developing socially and emotionally. Remember, all kids develop differently. For my son Cameron’s conferences I would always go in hyperventilating knowing that the conference was going to be tough. With Alex, conferences were a breeze. And if you ask me now, Cameron is doing better than Alex since he is finally putting all that energy to good use!
Enjoy the conferences and I hope that you leave happy with your child’s progress and armed ready to help them continue to grow and love learning.
Columbine Pathways to Careers
I have so much to share. Our Columbine Pathways to Careers pilot with our 5th graders is starting next week. Except for the Energy class which will start this Thursday. The students will have classes in Health, Culinary arts, Energy Conservation, Web design, Construction, Agriculture, and Leadership. If you have any expertise on any of these areas and would like to serve as a guest speaker or have connections, please let me or Patrick Eichelmann. We want these classes to be super engaging and fun for the students. With this pilot we hope to secure future funding so that we can create more offerings and include students 3rd-5th.
January Parent Meeting
In January we met with approximately 150 parents from homes where Spanish is the primary language to obtain their feedback and to help us answer the question: Why are we not seeing as many Spanish Dominant families participating in school? We walked out with incredible information, which once we process with the Volunteer Committee that helped organize the meeting; we will share with staff and the rest of the community the information and needed action steps. It was truly an amazing meeting.
|February 5||Carnival 5:00-7:30|
|February 11||Valentine’s Parties 2:00-3:00
(unless you hear differently from teachers)
NO SCHOOL-Teacher Work Day
NO SCHOOL- Presidents’ Day
|February 17||Spanish Spelling Bee|
|February 18||Kindergarten Musical from 6:30-7:15|
|February 23||Parent Teacher Conferences|
|February 25||Parent Teacher Conferences|
|February 26||Class Picture Day|
|March 2||Parent Teacher Conferences|
Wishing you a great February (and hoping that I don’t have any awful mistakes),