Cougar Connection

St. Columba Catholic School - News every Friday - 10/23/20

St. Columba Families,

I hope all of you had a wonderful and well-deserved day off with your students. They have been working really hard and it is a nice way to end our first quarter. Our K-8 teachers had a great day of learning and professionally growing. In talking with the teachers, many of them are excited to implement new strategies, resources, and methods to better support our students and improve their educational experience even more! Our Preschool teachers had a busy day of transitioning our outdoor classrooms into their homes for the rest of the year in our old Kindergarten classroom. While we will still put our outdoor spaces to good use, we are excited to use the great indoor space for our students for the remainder of the year.

Hard to believe that we are 25% done with this school year! I am so proud of all that has happened so far, but I am really looking forward to what comes next!

This upcoming week will be a fun one! Our student council has some great plans for Red Ribbon Week (see info below) and we will end the week with our Halloween celebration. As a reminder, all K-8 students should bring a small pumpkin to school on or before Friday for our decorating contest!

Finally, on Friday, Report Cards for the 1st Quarter will be sent home. Parent-Teacher Conferences will be the following week.

Here is a look ahead at the upcoming events on campus:

  • Monday, October 26: All Preschool Wizard of Oz costumes due; Pledge to Be Drug Free Day
  • Tuesday, October 27:
  • Wednesday, October 28: Red Accessories or Red Free Dress for $1; Door Decorating Contest Judged
  • Thursday, October 29:
  • Friday, October 30: Preschool Halloween Celebration (10:15am); K-8 Halloween Celebration and Pumpkin Decorating (after lunch)


Mr. Amann

Halloween Plans

Halloween Celebrations will happen on Friday!

For all students, you may wear your costumes to school. Please no masks (other than the ones we normally wear now), no weapons, no blood or gore, nothing political in nature, and no inappropriate or offensive costumes.

For Preschool Families, please bring bring 45-50 wrapped candies or non-food items (stickers, pencils, halloween bubbles, etc) and give them to your child's teacher by Friday.

For K-8 Families, we are requesting that each child comes to school on or before the 30th with a Medium Sized pumpkin. Please do not spend more than $10 for the pumpkin. We will be hosting a pumpkin decorating contest. The school will provide all of the materials, but students need to bring the pumpkin.

We will also be providing candy as the students "trick or treat" from class to class. Please do not send additional candy or treats unless specified by your child's teacher.

Red Ribbon Week

Throughout the week, Student Council is hosting events to celebrate Red Ribbon Week and our school's dedication to keeping our students Drug Free!

Please see the attached flyer for details!

Parent Teacher Conference Sign Ups

K-8 Parent Teacher Conferences are right around the corner!

We normally had November 4th-6th blocked off as half days for conferences, but because we have added over 25 students to our school, we are adding an additional day on Tuesday.

So, November 3rd - November 6th will be half days for Parent Teacher Conferences.

To sign up, please sign in to Schoolspeak. The link to sign up is on the left side of your home page. First come, first serve. It is expected that all parents/guardians participate in conferences!

Please only sign up for one slot per child!

Further reminders and details about how to sign up will be sent out next week.

Exciting Preschool Announcement

Earlier this year, Mr. Amann and Ms. Lori applied for a grant through the State of California and the San Diego Foundation to further support our amazing Preschool. This grant program was rolled out in an effort to support preschools and help them stay open during this pandemic.

On Wednesday, we received notification that we were awarded $14,000! We will use these funds to help us overcome the deficit we incurred last year from COVID-19 and offset the costs of the extra cleaning supplies and instructional materials we are needing for this year!

We are so blessed!

Halloween Candy Collection

For another year, St. Columba is partnering with Casa de Los Pobres in Tijuana. The Sisters of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Queen of Peace coordinate an annual Christmas distribution where 1,700 impoverished families receive a chicken, rice, beans, canned vegetables and fruit, and a bag of candy to make Christmas festivities a little sweeter!

In order to have enough candy for the children in those families, we collect extra candy from Halloween and pass it on to Casa de Los Pobres for Christmas.

If you have any extra candy, please bring donations in Freezer Quart-Size, Ziploc bags.

We will collect extra candy through Friday, November 6th.

Baton Session #2 Signups

Sign ups for the 2nd session of Baton Classes is now open! Whether you or new or returning, now is the time to sign up.

The second session will run from November 12th- December 17th.

The week of thanksgiving we will be offering an in person class with Coach Watters during break on Monday November 23rd at noon on campus.

To sign up for the 2nd Session of Baton Classes, follow THIS LINK!

1st Graders playing "Shake Those Disks" Math Game!

Kindergarten Partner Sight Word Practice!

8th Graders Peer Editing!

1st Grade Animal Engineering Project!

7th Graders Presenting their ELA Research Project

PTG Teacher Appreciation #2!

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