Dear Columbine Families and Friends,
Happy New Year! I want to start by thanking you for all your kindnesses towards the Columbine Staff during the holiday season before the Winter Break. We had too many highlights to mention. Some examples are the Boulder Muse Concert, 5th Grade Concert, 3rd Grade Concert, Parade of Lights (best ever), SWL Showcase, IHAD Party and our Reading Extravaganza for PK-2nd Grade. Although it may seem like a lot, I think that all these activities deeply connect our students to their learning community. A warm thank you to all of the volunteers that helped!
This year will mark Columbine’s 60th school year and the 40th year of the Mile Marathon. Did you know that our Mile Marathon is older than the Bolder Boulder and the oldest Elementary School Marathon this side of the Mississippi? As a result, on this Thursday’s PTA meeting, I am proposing that we celebrate after our Mile Marathon on May 19th. Pencil it in! I will let you know more details as they become available.
Winter and spring will be very busy at Columbine. Thanks, in advance, for your support and patience!
We are pleased to announce that Columbine Elementary will begin participating in the BVSD Trip Tracker Program in January. The goal of the program is to reduce automobile congestion and pollution in front of our school. It’s a great way for us to encourage walking, biking, carpooling and school bus riding to and from school. The program also awards students if you park a few blocks away and walk in with them. Everyone can participate!
Teachers will be recording students’ “Green Trips” in class each morning. At the end of the month the totals are used to calculate rewards in the form of Trip Tracker Dollars. They can be used like cash at over 50 local businesses like Alfalfa’s Markets, Glacier Ice Cream, Gateway Fun Park, The Bookworm and Play It Again Sports. Students can also donate their Trip Tracker dollars in support of one of eight, local, non-profit agencies in Boulder County. The rewards will be distributed each month to students in class to bring home.
You can direct questions to me or to the program coordinator Peter Hurst (firstname.lastname@example.org)
DOGS on BVSD School Property-
The Thursday before the break we receive the following policy from the BVSD legal office. Please direct any feedback to Guillermo Medina and I will pass it along to the BVSD legal department. LINK
Copy of Blue Sky Bridge Presentations in English and Spanish-
In December BSB came to Columbine to teach our 3rd grade parents how to protect our children from being the victims of Child Abuse (physical, Psychological or Sexual). If you were unable to attend, please review the presentations by clicking on the following links: ENGLISH Presentation or SPANISH Presentation
Common Sense Parenting-
Common Sense Parenting® (CSP) is a practical, skill-based parenting program that can be applied to every family. The program’s logical strategies and easy-to-learn techniques address issues of communication, discipline, decision making, relationships, self-control and school success. Please follow this LINK for times and dates when the classes are offered. At this time classes are offered only in English.
Math Tutors Needed-
Is anyone interested in tutoring math at Columbine? We sure could use as little or as much help as we could get! If you are interested, please email email@example.com. Thank you! Our most immediate need is with a small group in 5th grade.
Please read the Principal Report from our Partners at the Grow Foundation, LINK. Thank you, PTA, for funding this opportunity for our Columbine students.
Family Resource School Coordinator Hired-
Our new Family Resource Schools Coordinator will be Claudia Urrutia. Claudia will be replacing Patrick Eichelmann starting on January 19. As soon as she is settled, we will send you information for the next session of after school classes.
5th Grade Families- Columbine Pathways to Careers is coming back-
This Winter and Spring we will have a new improved session of our Columbine Pathways to Career thanks to our friends at Impact on Education and the Colorado and the CU Football Foundation. The way it worked last year is that we extended the school day for all 5th graders so that they could have an additional period to explore classes such as CPR, Energy Smart, Leadership, Agriculture, Translation and Interpretation, technology, etc. While this is an optional offering only a handful of students opted out last year due to previously arranged commitments. The rest of the students stayed and had fun exploring careers and learning just for the fun of it. I will send more information as it becomes available. In the meantime, please follow this LINK for a presentation that I was asked to give at the BVSD Innovate last spring.
Have a great January and please make sure that our Columbine students are reading and getting lost in their books!