Comet Chronicle, Jr.

January 15, 2021

Face Masks

Parents, please make sure your student comes to school wearing a face mask. Our supply of backup masks is limited. Thank you!

New Water Fountains and Water Bottle Filling Stations

Our Maintenance Department installed two new water fountains with water bottle filling stations! Now all of our water fountains have the filling station feature. Before, many of our students would walk to the water fountain in the lobby to fill their water bottles. Now they have easier access so they can return to learning!

Outdoor Recess

We will be outside for recess everyday as long as the temperature is above 10 degrees (including wind chill). Please be sure that your students is dressed for colder temperatures.

If there are snow gear that your student needs, please reach out to your child's teacher and we will do all that we can to support!

PE News

I hope you and your family had a wonderful break. As we start back to school we will be reviewing all of our expectations and procedures for physical education class. In January we will start a unit on basketball. Students will be learning how to handle the basketball, dribble, pass, and shoot. In February we will be participating in our annual Kids Heart Challenge with the American Heart Association. Students will be participating in jump rope activities during class. Information will be coming home at the end of January. There is a link below. Now that winter is here, please have your child pack shoes for Physical Education class. Class rotates on an (A, B, C) schedule. Your child may bring a water bottle to the gym. The water bottle must contain water only.

AHA Kids Heart Challenge

Thank you,

Mr. Veine

Art Room Update

Hello Comets!

Welcome back to school! Kindergarten will be studying how to draw simple cats and dogs this marking period, and we will be combining them with our drawings of people for an epic painting. 1st and 2nd grade are reviewing how to draw simple animals and moving onto more complex ones this year. Look for stand up puppets of all kinds coming home soon. 3rd grade are drawing detailed castles with lots of texture and imaginary creatures then finishing them with watercolor.

Mr. Selvidge

Music Notes

Welcome to the new year! In kindergarten, the children have already been able to play various instruments and they are also beginning to listen and respond to music from Carnival of the Animals. First graders have started a Peter and the Wolf unit, discussing the types of instruments that represent the different characters and whether their themes are fast/slow, loud/soft, high/low, etc. They have also had fun creating music online with some interesting tools available on their Music Google Classroom. Second graders will also begin a Carnival of the Animals unit soon and have also learned to create rhythms using words and to play ostinatos with songs. This week they also were able to use both virtual and real percussion instruments. The third graders have gotten quite good at reading rhythms and are now beginning to learn how to read notes on the treble clef staff. The Young 5s are singing winter songs and learning about different ways to move through different pathways! Happy winter, Coloma family!

-Mrs. Kirksey

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, January 27th!
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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.

Box Tops

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

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.”