Dear Columbine Families and Friends,
I hope that this letter finds you well and enjoying your long President’s day weekend. As I sit here looking out my office window I see a lot of snow. There was a time when I used to think “I love the snow!” Now I also think, “How are we going to make the school safe tomorrow for neighbors, families and 520 students to arrive at 8:15 in the morning!” Please help us out by sending the students dressed appropriately for the weather and watching your step as you come to school. Jim will do the best that he can to clear and salt the paths, but still, it takes time to make it safe for all of us. The good news is that a friend who grew up in Montana told me that for him 3 inches of ice covered with snow, for the whole winter, was the norm. How do they live up there?!
I want to give a hearty thank you to the PTA and the Carnival Committee. We raised money and had a great time. It was a ton of fun… for most of us…
- Assessment– With this letter I am sending an assessment schedule for the months of March, April, and May. It’s a lot! Please know that our Superintendent is strongly advocating for adequate assessment for our students. While he and other state leaders continue to advocate on behalf of our students, and the system adjusts to parent, student, and educator feedback, I am asking that we do the best that we can, and particularly, that we make this, as much as possible, a valuable experience for our Columbine students. One way in which you can help is by limiting the number of planned absences so that the students don’t have to make up the tests outside the windows shown in the calendar. Too many absences will result in less instructional time for all students!
- When not to send your child to school– This year we have seen students get sick multiple times with strep, flu like symptoms, and all sorts of fun stuff. My principal friends are reporting that they are experiencing the same at their schools. We are working with our nurse and custodial staff to make needed adjustments so that we can get everyone healthy and keep our students from getting sick again. You can access the BVSD guidelines for determining attendance by following this link. Similarly, our Columbine Policy Handbook states that:
Students should remain home if they have a fever of 100˚ or more, strep throat, persistent cough, vomiting, diarrhea, rash or other signs of illness. All communicable diseases must be reported to the school office as soon as diagnosed. Please note that children who become ill at school must be sent home if they have a fever or other obvious symptoms of illness.
- Still Collecting– If you have bags like the one below that you are not using please send them my way. I want to make emergency bags for each classroom.
- 17- 2nd Grade Summit
- 18- 3rd Grade Summit; Wednesday Office Hours 3:00-3:30
- 19- 4th Grade Summit; I Have A Dream Parent Meeting 5:30-6:30. Kindergarten Musical 6:30-7:15
- 20- 1st Grade Summit
- 23- SAC from 4:30-5:30
- 24 and 26- Parent Teacher Conferences
- 25- Wednesday Office Hours 3:00-3:30
- 2- Parent Teacher Conferences; PARCC assessment starts until 3/16
- 4- Wednesday Office Hours 3:00-3:30
- 5- HOLD for PTA- We will let you know as we get closer.
- 10- PK Summit
- 11- Wednesday Office Hours 3:00-3:30
- 12- Bien Educados K-2 at 9:30 and 3-5 at 1:00
- 18- Wednesday Office Hours 3:00-3:30
- 19- 1st Grade Musical at 6:30
- 23- Spring Break!
Fifth graders dancing during Friday Lunch
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