Dear Columbine Families and Friends,
More than ever, I hope that you are all well and safe!
I have heard that some of you are dealing with water dam-age in your basements, but as of the time of this newsletter, I have not heard of anything more concerning. Please let us know how we can support you and your families.
We have good news on our end. Columbine did not suffer any damage during the storms. This is great because it will allow us to continue to provide a safe and structured environment for our students which is exactly what primary and intermediate students need after challenging times. Sadly, some of our staff members have been affected by the storms or may have trouble getting through the canyons on their way to school. However, I want to inform you of how proud I am as I watch my staff supporting each other and making sure that all the bases are covered. Columbine is an exceptional school community!
Our counseling experts will be ready for any students that may need support. Our strategy will be to tell students that support is available but to jump right back into our daily lessons. Teachers will monitor and support students individually and refer students to the experts when needed. As you can imagine, supporting students adequately is very delicate work. Students will return to school with varying needs and levels of information based on parent preference and their own first-hand experiences with the stressful situation. Please share with us any relevant information. Here are a couple of websites that may help you support your children at home:
-As we move forward we will need to make decisions on the spot and communicate with you as soon as possible. We are canceling all after school events this week, including the Back to School Picnic which we had rescheduled for this week and Field Day scheduled for this Friday.
-In case of any emergency it is critical that we have your most current information in our system. If you have not filled the form attached please do so and return to your teacher by Friday. I hope to cross check all the information submitted so that we can start October with a clean set of data. We also want to send information like this to you whenever possible in order to save paper.
-During October the state pulls our attendance to make final adjustments to our budget. Except when students are sick, it is critical that students attend school as much as possible during the whole month. Thanks for your help!
-In most schools students that are picked up are simply allowed to be grabbed by the parents, nannies, neighbors, etc. We are trying not to do that by making contact with every adult that takes one of our students. In doing so we have created a huge bottle neck in the front of the building every day at 3:15. Starting next Monday we hope to unveil a newer version of our system. Please keep your feed-back, suggestions and support coming as we figure out the safest and more efficient way to dismiss our students.
Principal, Columbine Elementary