Dear Columbine Families,
I hope that you are having a fun-filled weekend!
The school year is off to a good start… except for the three sets of bears that we have had in the immediate neighborhood. How do these bears know know to come down from trees and get rambunctious between 2:30 and 3:00 just as we are about to dismiss 540 Columbine students is beyond me? Needless to say, as a result, I have aged considerably in the past couple of weeks. The good news is that while instruction started day one of school, we are done with all our beginning of the year assessments and now moving towards using this information to design instruction and maximize our resources.
Literacy/Math Summits- This is a huge investment on all our parts since I pull the grade level teams for a full day to analyze the evidence derived from assessments and formal observations, plan instruction, align methodology, design intervention/enrichment needed, and create assessment schedules to inform instruction as we go. Thank you in advance for understanding the need and supporting our summit days. They are very important! Remaining summit dates:
- Monday- 4th
- Tuesday- 2nd
- Wednesday- Kinder
- Friday- 5th
Field Day– Field Day is tomorrow. Jorge and Tim have this fun day planned for students to celebrate becoming healthy while having fun. Field Day for Kindergarten through 2nd grade is from 9:30-11:00 and for 3rd- 5th is from 1:00 until 2:30 at Columbine Park just north of the school. Thanks in advance to all the volunteers!
Parent Teacher Association (PTA)– This Thursday our PTA will be from 5:45 until 7:00pm. This year our PTA is trying something new. They will be mainly geared towards having committees work on one of our valued events throughout the school year. The events that we create for our students this year will depend on our parent community’s support. We figure that as busy as you are, parents will be willing to support one event instead of having a few parents in the PTA board run all events. As in the past, a short part of the meeting will allow me to get feedback, address questions and provide ‘just in time’ information. PTA provides child care and dinner. Please come!
IMPORTANT- before the PTA meeting, at 5:00, Blue Sky Bridge (BSB), a local organization in charge of providing support services to child victims of physical and sexual abuse will be here to teach parents how to keep our students safe. BSB comes once a year to work with our third graders so that they can advocate for their right to be safe and healthy. Keeping our students safe is a job that belongs to all of us. I learn something every time I attend!
Wishing you a great week! Mr. Medina, Principal
Sample cultural map turned in by Selena and her family