Comet Chronicle, Jr.

April 16, 2021

Talking About School

Parent involvement comes in many forms. Research shows that supporting your child's education at home is critical. One way to do that is by talking to them about their learning. Here are some good conversation starters:

  • "Let's see what you worked on today." Look at finished work to find out what your child is learning.
  • "Show me what you have for homework." While it's your child's job to do their homework, you play a part too. Make sure they know what they're supposed to do and then check to see if it's complete.
  • "Tell me about a book you read." This gives you an idea of what your child prefers to read.
  • "Tell me what you learned that you would like to know more about." Encourage your student to extend their learning and stress that learning is a continuous and lifelong process.

PE News

I hope you and your family had a wonderful break. In April, students will begin using the climbing wall in the CES gym. The climbing wall is used to promote upper & lower body strength. Students will also overcome fear, and gain confidence in their own ability to maneuver across the wall. Students get very excited about it. We will be working on horizontal jumping and vertical jumping. I plan to have stations for students to reinforce prior skills learned this year. We now have 3 water bottle fill stations at CES. Students are allowed to bring a water bottle and utilize these stations. As the weather becomes better, some students wear flip flops or sandals. Please remind your child to have shoes for physical education class.

Thank you,

Mr. Veine

Music Notes

This past month in music class has been filled with St. Patrick’s day and bunny fun! Most grade levels have done some acting with music about bunnies and other baby animals. We’ve explored opposites in music through movement, as well. Kindergarten is discussing form in music, how different sections can sound the same or different. First graders are working on intervals - sames, steps, skips, and leaps, even doing some bell playing and frog racing! Second graders have had fun reviewing their rhythms with Blooket and just began writing their own melodies to go with a spring poem. Third graders are writing their own songs using a pentatonic (5-note) scale and playing them on virtual instruments. The Young 5s are working on scooter and underhand tossing skills, playing instruments with spring music, and creating artwork about nature and spring. Let’s hope the weather warms back up to go with all of our spring music-making!

-Mrs. Kirksey

Art Room Update

Hello Comets!

We have made it to Spring! All the students (except 3rd grade) have been working on some spring flower garden drawings, and learning a little about Claude Monet and his paintings. The third graders and I have been working on an amazing dragon eye. They have been using pastels and paint, and learning a little about color relationships and the color wheel! 3-D projects are coming up next.

-Mr. Selvidge

Symptoms Reminder

In accordance with Board of Education policies, our Return to Learn plans and direction from local, state, and federal health officials, if your student has any of the following symptoms, you must keep them home from school.

  • Temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher

  • Sore throat

  • An uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing

  • The onset of a severe headache

  • Diarrhea and/or vomiting

  • Unusual belly pain

  • New loss of taste or smell

Based on Board policies and written guidance from local, state, and federal health official, in order for your child to return to school after experiencing one or more of the above symptoms, a parent/guardian must provide the school with:

A negative COVID-19 test result


A doctor’s note releasing the student to attend school


Exclude from Coloma Community Schools for ten (10) days from the first day they had symptoms. They must also be fever free for 24 hours and/or their symptoms have improved after the ten (10) day exclusion period before they can return.

Reading At Home

Encouraging students to read at home is so important. We recommend creating a routine of reading (or reading to a child) at least 20 minutes a day. Take a look at the graphic below to see the impact of that routine.
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Dropping Off and Picking Up Reminder

When dropping off or picking up your student in the car rider lane, we ask that you:
  • Pull all the way forward so that we can unload/load as many students as possible. This will make the process more smooth and efficient.
  • Do not attempt to make a left turn into the car rider lane. Traffic is often backed up down S. West St. for drivers making a righthand turn into the lane. Instead, join the back of the line and make the righthand turn.

A safe and smooth process is our priority. Thank you for your support!

Late Start Wednesday

Don't forget that we have a late start on Wednesday, April 21,
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24 Hour Rule

When it comes to responding to calls, emails, or messages Coloma Elementary staff follows the "24 hour rule." In other words, we will make every effort to respond within 24 hours. We often do so before that, but sometimes our schedules can get busy. We appreciate your understanding.

Mask Care

Students have been given two face masks from their teacher. Per our Safe Return to School Plan reusable face masks must be washed daily. Please help us in our efforts to keep our students and staff healthy and safe!

School Messenger

Communication is a priority for all Coloma staff. We use SchoolMessenger to share information electronically with our families. Over the last few months we have received feedback from parents that they are not receiving emails with important messages, reminders, and newsletters. If you find yourself in that group, please reach out to our office staff to make sure we have a current email address in PowerSchool. If we have the correct email address, then the situation is that the parent may have changed their settings to have our emails blocked. If you would like to fix that, our office staff can help you with that too.

CARE Expectations

Coloma Elementary's schoolwide expectations for student behavior follow the acronym CARE. It stands for:
  • Come ready to learn
  • Always respectful
  • Responsible
  • Exceptionally safe

Expectations for the hallway, bathrooms, cafeteria, playground, arrival, and dismissal are posted throughout the school. We teach the expectations and review them throughout the school year. Students also earn CARE tickets when they follow the expectations. The office does a ticket drawing where students pick a prize from the CARE Box.

Stay Connected!

How can you stay connected to what's happening at Coloma Elementary?
  • Follow us on Facebook.
  • Make sure the office has your email address on file so we can communicate via SchoolMessenger.
  • Read the Comet Chronicle, Jr. (twice a month).
  • Read your classroom newsletter.

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