August 29, 2016
Dear Columbine Families,
I am happy to report that we have successfully launched another school year at Columbine Elementary. Thanks to all of you for bringing your students to our school. We are committed to providing a quality education to all our students. This year we continue to endeavor to provide an excellent and equitable learning experience to each one of our 500 plus students. We also want it to be fun and engaging!
This Thursday is our PTA Picnic from 5:00 until 6:30. Even though this is one of my favorite events, sadly, Bianca and I won’t be able to attend. I booked a flight to spend the first birthday with my mom in 35 years. I made this decision before we had the school calendar prepared. I am sorry for not being with you on this fun day.
- Please make sure that if you bring dogs to school that they remain on a leash if students are around. I have a few students that are very scared of dogs.
- Today, August 29, 2016, there is a meeting at 6:00- 8:00 at Casey Middle School regarding new graduation requirements. These changes will affect current Columbine Students!
Here is a bit of information regarding questions that have come my way since school started:
How is the restroom ‘thing’ going?
Not bad. We have had to work on the structure to make needed changes as we go. Honestly, I thought it was going to be harder. Some students have worried about restrooms that were formally specific to girls or boys. It all made sense to them once we explained that our bathrooms were now like bathrooms at home. We also don’t want our students holding the urge to go to the restroom until it is late. If you hear that students are having issues, please let us know. This has worked in other schools, and so far, we are making it work here. Is it worth it? I think so. I haven’t had any discipline problems related to bathroom or hallway issues. Knock on wood!
How can I file a concern with our School Accountability Committee (SAC)?
Our School Accountability Committee is a representative group of teachers and parents that advice the principal and also hold the school accountable for meeting our goals. You can email your questions, concerns, and suggestions directly to the team by using this email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Columbine is a Title I School-wide School, what does that mean?
Columbine is a Title I school. These funds are part of the largest federal program supporting both elementary and secondary education. The program’s resources are allocated based upon the poverty rates of students enrolled in schools and districts and are designed to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. This means that the school is allowed to use Title I funds to support the instruction of any student that needs it regardless of socio-economic status. Click on this LINK for a detailed explanation from the Colorado Department of Education.
Why can’t I drop off or Pick of my students on the street in the back of the school?
It is very dangerous. 22nd St is a narrow street with several buses dropping off hundreds of students. In addition, we don’t have a crossing guard or adequate supervision to make this a safe practice for our students. We also want to be good neighbors.
Please use the Hug and Go on the west side of the building. It may take longer but it is much safer!
Do I have to get fingerprinted to volunteer in my child’s class?
NO. We have three levels of volunteers. For Level I we only need for you to fill out a short application (LINK to form). Then Bianca or I have to go to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation website to make sure that the applicant is not on registered as a sex offender. This Level I allows the adult to volunteer only within sight of a Columbine teacher. Levels II and III allow for greater ability to interact with students independently but require additional screening levels. You can access the policy through the BVSD website or by following this LINK. If this sounds too difficult, please come to the office and we will help. We really need your help!
Have a great September!