OCTOBER 27, 2017


It's A Great Day to be a Golden Eagle!


I would like to thank all the staff, parents and students for welcoming me as the new principal of Columbia Upper Elementary. I love this school, and I feel very fortunate for the opportunity to get to know all of you and celebrate all the wonderful things that make CUES such a great place! For those who may not know me, I have been a high school science teacher within the Columbia School District for 13 years, and I am so excited to spread my wings and be a part of the CUES family!

Go Eagles!

Mrs. Van Wagnen


We are looking forward to classroom celebrations. All Halloween activities will take place on Tuesday, October 31st.

We are excited to be holding our second annual staff Halloween costume contest and student parade through downtown Brooklyn. We would love parent support for both of these events. We will begin the assembly at 1:15 pm. Following the assembly, we will begin the parade leaving CUES at 1:30 pm. Students will parade around the village square greeting the community. The Columbia Police and Fire Department will assist us with crossing the streets.

Students are invited to wear costumes for the parade and party. Please note the following:

  • Students may not wear costumes, make-up or masks with blood or gore.
  • Masks are permitted. Please ensure masks do not obstruct student's vision.
  • Students may not bring any type of weapon with their costume.
  • Students will be responsible for any accessories they bring with their costume.


10/29 - Trunk or Treat @ CCHS from 3:30-5:30

11/1 - PTO Meeting @ CES 6 pm

11/10 - District Wide Veteran's Day Assembly @ 9:00 am CCHS

11/12 - End of Trimester

11/13-17 - Book Fair

11/14 - Picture Retakes

11/15-16 - Conferences

11/17 - 1/2 Day of School (Dismissal at 11:20 am)

11/ 17 - End of Trimester 1

11/22-24 - No School (Thanksgiving Break)


The Columbia School District is hosting the second annual Trunk or Treat for the community. We hope to bring together families from our district to enjoy this event. Trunk or Treat is being held in the Columbia Central High School parking lot area on Sunday, October 29th, 2017 from 3:30-5:30 pm.

Let's make this a great community event!

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Columbia School District is proudly sponsoring a Veteran’s Day assembly on Friday, November 10th at 9:00 am. Students from both elementary schools will be transported by bus to the high school at 8:30 am. We would like to have as many Veterans as possible to attend this event to honor them and to teach our students about the importance of recognizing service to our country.

All Veterans should arrive at Columbia Central High School at 8:30 am for coffee and muffins. The assembly will include special music, a guest speaker, reading of the Veterans’ names and will last approximately one hour.

If at all possible, please wear uniforms or other service/patriotic clothing.

If you have any questions, please contact the school office.


Conferences will be held on November 15th and 16th from 4-7 pm. You will be receiving more information about scheduling from your teacher.