Comet Chronicle, Jr.

October 9, 2020

Picture Day!

Monday, October 12 is Picture Day! Students will have their pictures taken before lunch.

Any Coloma Virtual Academy students who would like their pictures taken must come between 1:30-2:30 on Monday.

Homecoming Spirit Week!

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We will have Halloween Parties on Friday, October 30 from 2:15-2:45 in each classroom. This year due to our health protocols, visitors will not be permitted to attend. Students may wear a costume to school. They will not be able to bring one and change at school. As far as costumes go, the guidelines are:
  • Students may not wear masks or have their faces covered as part of their costumes (face masks are still required per our health protocol).
  • No blood or gore.
  • No costume weapons.
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Late Start Wednesday

Don't forget that we have a late start next Wednesday on the 14th!
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Prize Opportunity!

If you have a child from birth to 4 years old you are eligible to win a gift basket worth over $100 from the Berrien RESA! It includes books, art supplies, toys, and a $20 gift card to Walmart. To enter follow the link below:

Early Childhood Program Survey

Box Tops

Check out how you can support our school through Box Tops for Education!

Art Room Update

Hello Comets! We have been super busy the last couple of weeks in the Art Room. Third grade is reviewing painting techniques by turning their name into a line design. Kindergarten has been learning about painting procedures and drawing people out of basic shapes. First and Second grade have been working hard on drawing people that look like they are moving or playing a game. This week we also started on our whole school Art collaboration, hopefully we will have pictures soon :)

Mr. Selvidge

PE News

Dear Parents,

We have had a great start to the year. Students have been moving in the gym and working on many procedures. In October, I will be implementing my first KAGAN strategy for classbuilding called PAIR SHARE. Students will be paired up and execute an activity to get to know one another while moving. We will continue working on locomotor skill development, underhand toss, catching, hand-eye coordination, along with flee & dodge activities. Station work will start up this month as well. During warm-ups in 2nd and 3rd grade, we will have weekly student leaders. Student leaders will demonstrate and lead the class in stretches. This allows each student the opportunity to develop leadership skills and build self-confidence.

As the weather gets colder please remember to have your child pack shoes for Physical Education class. Our schedule rotates on an (A,B,C) schedule. If you have any questions, please email me at

Thank you,

Mr. Veine

Music Notes

Creativity abounds with our music-making this fall! Second and third graders have been learning about body percussion and found sounds and reviewing rhythms. Recently, they started using these tools to play rhythms they read, and they will be doing small-group projects where they write their own rhythms and layer them together using their choice of found sounds and body percussion! First graders and kindergarten have been focusing on steady beat and opposites in music, like fast and slow and loud and soft. If you have a 1st grader, see if they can sing “Grizzly Bear.” If you have a kindergartener, see if they can sing “Apple Tree.” Our Young Fives class did a fall unit with songs, poems, activities, and art projects and now has moved on to a Halloween theme. All grade levels are also reviewing or learning our Coloma Fight Song this month! Have a wonderful October, everyone!

~Mrs. Kirksey

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.

A Common Question

One of the most commonly asked questions is: “How long will someone have to quarantine if there’s a case of COVID-19?" Our response is:

“The health and safety of our students, families, and staff is and will always be our primary concern. We have been working diligently over the past several months to prepare for the safe return to school for our students and staff—implementing sanitization and social distancing protocols across the district. In the event of a COVID-19 situation in one of our buildings or classrooms, we will work with the Berrien County Health Department to assist in contact tracing to determine who needs to quarantine and for how long as every COVID exposure is unique. Ultimately, the BCHD will provide specific guidance related to quarantining and isolation.”

Did You Know?

Becoming a good reader takes practice, but how much practice should children get? Research recommends reading at home (or being read to) at least 20-30 minutes a day. It's never too late to start!