Dear Columbine Families and Friends,
I hope that you are doing great! After a busy start of the school year I am finally able to go into classrooms and observe our students listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Long gone are the days of countless worksheets. What is now considered best practice is for students to be engaged in well crafted assignments that are challenging, engaging, and fun. For us to align to this expectation, it is crucial that they have ample time to plan instruction and monitor its effectiveness. To that end we thank you for supporting our Literacy and Math Summits!
During our School Accountability Commit-tee (SAC) meeting we had a great conversation on how to take additional steps to support and enhance our Spanish as a Second Language Program (SSL). The parent reps from SAC felt that while the tutors are doing a good job they need our support. Together with the tutors we have generated the following ideas:
- We need to explore and invest in a curriculum and materials that have a well established skill progression and that are aligned with the middle school’s expectations. We are already meeting with the World Language teachers at Casey to start this conversation.
- In order to make sure that students continue to enjoy learning their second language, we have developed an after school offering to support students with Spanish homework and to make sure that in class they feel safe when taking risks in their second language.
- It would be beneficial to make the learn-ing in the second language contextualized. For instance, if the students are learning about insects in Science, then they should have opportunities to practice what they learned in the second language. They already know the academic concepts so our job will be to teach them what they need to express what they know in their second language.
- Finally, we want to give our tutors the time and resources to continue to grow as second language instructors. They are invaluable and are doing a great job with current resources available.
We take this opportunity to inform you that Ms. Benavides has taken a different position within the building. We are now in the process of hiring a new Spanish instructor for our 1st and 2nd graders.
If you want to chat with the principal and share your thoughts please see attached flyer.
- Our first Coat Drive is from Oct. 21st -25th.
- Blue Sky Bridge (BSB) came to teach our staff how to look for indicators of sexual abuse and neglect and how to handle disclosures. We will invite parents to a session with BSB where they will teach us how to keep our children safe. You can find more information about BSB here.
- We had our second evacuation (fire) drill. This month we will sound the alarm and invite the fire authorities!
Have a great month!
Principal, Columbine Elementary
Mark Your Calendar!
18- Bien Educados Assembly. K-2nd from 9:00- 9:30 and 3rd-5th from 1:00-1:30
26– School Garden Harvest from 1:00-3:00
31– Halloween parties and parade from 1:45- 3:00. NO SCARY or Bloody MASKS!!
1– Preschool only- NO SCHOOL
6– PTA meeting from 5:45 -7:00
8– End of trimester– Report Cards go Home
11– NO SCHOOL– Veterans’ Day
12-20 Parent Teacher Conferences. More information to follow!