Families and Friends,
I hope that this letter finds you having a fun day!
I wanted to thank all of you that were able to come to our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meeting this month. We discussed winter and spring assessments and provided answers to your questions. PTA provides us a great place to address your concerns and to problem solve together. I encourage you to forward topics that you would like us to address to me and I will forward them to the PTA leadership. Another avenue that you may use to share your concerns or questions is through our School Accountability Committee (SAC). This is a representative group of parents, teachers, and a community member that serve as an advisory board to the principal. You can reach them directly using this email ColumbineSAC@gmail.com. I believe that our biggest strength at Columbine is that together we are constantly building a school that best meets our students’ needs. Your feedback is truly invaluable and needed!
- Spring and winter will be very busy at Columbine. I apologize in advance for not being as available as I would like but I have taken on multiple roles to make sure that teachers can focus on teaching and not on minor, but important, clerical roles. This means that while I understand that an open door policy is important to show that I am accessible, value communication, and am culturally responsive, I need to make sure that I share that I need your help so that I can get the all the facets of my work done. It would help tremendously if you call Linda Barrett, our Principal’s Assistant, at 720-561-2506 to make an appointment to see me. You can also email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Part of her job is to assess the need and to prioritize for me as needed. Please remember that I am very relational and always want to hear from you. I just need to do a better job at managing my time. Thanks in advance for your help!
- Columbine Spirit Gear– Please see flyer (in this post). All proceeds will go towards after school activities for Columbine students. We will order as soon as we reach minimum quantities. You can print the flyer with your order but we encourage you to bring your order to the office. It is always difficult to track money when young students are involved. Thank you!
- BVSD Lice Policy– My head is itching already!
Students diagnosed with live head lice do not need to be sent home early from school; they can go home at the end of the day, be treated, and return to class after appropriate treatment has begun. Nits may persist after treatment, but successful treatment should kill crawling lice.
Head lice can be a nuisance but they have not been shown to spread disease. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.
Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association of School Nurses advocate that “no-nit” policies (requiring a child to be free of nits before returning to school) should be discontinued for the following reasons:
Many nits are more than 1/4 inch from the scalp. Such nits are usually not viable and very unlikely to hatch to become crawling lice, or may in fact be empty shells, also known as casings.
Nits are cemented to hair shafts and are very unlikely to be transferred successfully to other people.
The burden of unnecessary absenteeism to the students, families and communities far outweighs the risks associated with head lice.
The American Academy of Pediatrics also states that general screening for nits alone is not an accurate way of predicting which children are or will become infested, and screening for live lice has not been proven to have a significant effect on the incidence of head lice in a school community over time.
- 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.
- I am also trying to plan a day for volunteers to help us deep clean the building. Just a couple of hours after school once per month would suffice. Due to budgetary constraints, the district provides plenty of custodial support to get the building clean to a 3 out of 5 level (Five would be like ‘hospital clean’). I think that it is important that we all pitch in so that our students can be proud of their beautiful school. Maybe volunteers could adopt a grade level or something like that. If anyone wants to help me lead this I sure would appreciate it! No worries, I am also asking students to help.
- Sophia Arjana’s book (Columbine parent), Muslim’s in the Western Imagination just came out. Check it out by following this link. Check it out!
- Preschool Flyers- (see this post)
- Spanish as a World Language News
Greetings from SWL team!
This week your student will bring home their first Spanish as a World Language class Report Card! It’s been an exciting first trimester and our new acquired program “Descubre el Español” has proved to be an excellent choice for our students. The program has its “Practice book” where all students complement their learning experience, please feel free to ask your student to bring it home and share their work with you!
Columbine SWL program strives to foster an environment of cross-cultural exchange and understanding. By creating such ah environment (through songs, stories, arts and crafts and even cooking), in which two languages and cultures are being equally valued, our students interest and joy for their SWL class continue to grow while making it a joyful experience.
All SWL teachers are closely following the Descubre curricula and when applicable, includes cross-language strategies. Examples include cognate studies, Así se dice, explicitly teaching about specific similarities and differences between Spanish and English. Grades 1-5 do weekly Dictados. Our students write out the Dictado 2-3 times in order to best extract vocabulary and be able to answer questions related to the topic at hand. The main teaching points for the week’s Dictado includes any specific attention to cross-language connections.
Below please find an update regarding the Unit we are working on (per grade level):
First grade: Students are starting to work on Unit 3 and learn about Chile.
Second grade: Students are starting to work on Unit 3 while learning all about El Salvador.
Third grade: Students are starting to work on Unit 4 while learning all about Colombia.
Fourth grade: Students are starting to work on Unit 4 while learning all about Costa Rica.
Fifth grade: Students are starting to work on Unit 4 while learning all about Puerto Rico.
Please contact us if you wish to have more details about our program, have questions or concerns.
Marina La Grave
SWL Lead, teacher grades 3-5
SWL teacher, grades 1-2
- Spanish as a World Language News
- Please, places not to park:
- Places not to pick up or drop off students… back of building:
- Happenings at Columbine:
21- ACCESS testing begins for students learning English as a Second Language; Teacher Office Hours from 3:00-3:30
26- School Accountability Committee (SAC) Meeting at 4:30
3- Preschool only- no school
4- Teacher Office Hours from 3:00-3:30
6- Carnival 5:00-7:30
9- 5th grade Summit
11- Kinder Summit
12 Valentine’s Day parties
13 and 16- NO SCHOOL- Teacher Work Day President’s Day
17- 2nd Grade Summit
18- 3rd Grade Summit
19- 4th Grade Summit; Kindergarten Musical 6:30-7:15
20- 1st Grade Summit
24 and 26 Parent Teacher Conferences
2- Parent Teacher Conferences
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