Little Eagles

Columbia Elementary School (PK-2)

February 2023

Mrs. Boyle, CES Principal..

Mrs. Wilding, CES Secretary..

Mrs. Phelps, CES Counselor..

Ms. Schlegel, Nurse..

Mrs. McLaury, Child Care & Preschool Director..

Meet Columbia Elementary School Staff

Please Click Here For CES Staff Contact Information

A Peek Ahead

Wednesday, February 1st

Comfy Cozy Day!

Character Trait Assembly 8:30 a.m.

2nd Grade Girl Scouts 3:00 p.m.

Afterschool Yoga/Mindfulness 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 2nd

PTO Meeting 6:00 p.m. @ CUES

Monday, February 6th

Counselors Week

Book Fair

Tuesday, February 7th

Counselors Week

Book Fair

1st Grade Girl Scouts 3:00 p.m.

Bookworm Book Club 6:00-7:30 p.m. @ CCHS Library

Wednesday, February 8th

Count Day!

Counselors Week

Book Fair

Thursday, February 9th

Counselors Week

Book Fair

Friday, February 10th

Counselors Week

Book Fair

Bible Release 8:25 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Book Bingo 6:00 p.m. @CUES

Monday, February 13th

School Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 14th

Happy Valentine’s Day!

1st Grade Girl Scouts 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 15th

Virtual Parent Training Routines 12:00-1:00 p.m.

2nd Grade Girl Scouts 3:00 p.m.

Family Night 6:00 p.m.

Friday, February 17th

No School

Monday, February 20th

No School

President’s Day!

Tuesday, February 21st

Hearing and Vision Screening

1st Grade Girl Scouts 3:00 p.m.

Bookworm Book Club 6:00-7:30 p.m. @ CCHS Library

Wednesday, February 22nd

Hearing and Vision Screening

Thursday, February 23rd

Hearing and Vision Screening

Afterschool Fitness Monopoly 3:00 p.m.

Friday, February 24th

Hearing and Vision Screening

Monday, February 27th

Trimester 3 Begins

Tuesday, February 28th

1st Grade Girl Scouts 3:00 p.m.

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Get Involved at CES!

CES is seeking volunteer mentors for our one-to-one Buddies program. The program utilizes community volunteers to assist students with difficulty in language arts. Volunteers will be working with First and Second-grade students, helping them to become successful readers and confident students. Sessions will be held every Monday and Tuesday from 8:30-10:30 A.M. Training is available, and a background check is required. Please call Lori Kouba at (517) 592-5131.

Principal's Corner

Thank you parents for making our start to the New Year such a smooth start! I value our partnership and I want you to know we could not do this without your help and support every day. It truly takes a village to raise a child. As we move into February you will see many opportunities to volunteer. We have our PTO meeting on Feb. 2nd, Book Fair the week of Feb. 6th-10th, Book Bingo on Feb. 10th, and a Virtual Parent Training on "Routines at Home" on Feb. 15th from 12-1pm. We are also having an awesome Family Night on February 15th from 6-7:30pm. There are so many opportunities to participate in your child's education, please make plans to help out with at least one of these great events! Also we are always excited about "March is Reading Month" and that is just around the corner. Be on the lookout for more opportunities to support the school.

Again, thank you for the daily support you give the school, the teachers, support staff and myself. Have a great February!

Smiles for Miles

Why do skunks love Valentine's Day?

*They are very scent-imental creatures!

What shade of red is your heart?

*Beat Red!

Breakfast and School Arrival Time

Breakfast will be free for all students this year. Students may enter the building at 7:40 a.m. for breakfast and they will eat in the cafeteria. Students not eating breakfast can enter the building at 7:50 a.m. School starts at 7:55 a.m and ends at 2:55 p.m. Half days are 7:55-11:20 a.m.

School Lunch Information

Free meals for all students will not continue for the 2022-2023 school year. We encourage families to complete a Free and Reduced Lunch Application below.

Book Fair is back!

Book will be at CUES Monday, February 6th through Friday, February 10th.
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Kindergarten Round Up

Save the date and spread the word! Kindergarten Round Up will be on Wednesday, April 5th from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Attendance Matters!

Showing up to school greatly impacts a student's academic success. Families play a crucial role in ensuring that a student gets to school safely and on time daily. We understand that absences are unavoidable, such as illness or medical appointments. Please call in advance if your child will not be in school.

CES Attendance Line 517-592-7552


Comfy Cozy Day at CES is the 1st Wednesday of every month!

Show your Little Eagle Spirit!

Don't forget, every Friday is Blue and Gold Day!


As the weather starts to get cooler, please remember to send a jacket, gloves and hat to school with your student. It is a good idea to put your students name inside in case it gets lost!
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February 6th-10th is National School Counselor's Week

We are so grateful for Mrs. Phelps and all she does for our students and staff!

Counselor Corner

Hi Little Eagles!

In January I did minute meetings, where I was able to check in with every student K-2 and find out how their year was going. I loved having these quick chats with all our Little Eagles!!

Save the date: Career Day will be Friday, April 28th this year. Forms will go home in February for volunteers who would like to help make Career Day great! (It will be in person this year)

* This month our Character Trait focus is: Kindness *

We will be exploring the importance of showing kindness to ourselves and others.

Defined as: A selfless act when one helps others without expecting anything in return.

~ I will also be visiting all classrooms for a fun lesson on kindness this month!

Please feel free to reach out if you are in need of resources or if there is a way I can support your student or family this year. or 517-769-8557.

******* Check out the District Counselor Page below for more helpful tips. *********

Click for our District Counselor Page

Click for more information K-12 from all district Counselors.

Access "Move This World" at home.

Move This World is our Social Emotional Learning curriculum. Students practice multiple weeks strategies through videos and activities in the classroom through this program. Use the above document to access and practice at home too.

Nurse's Corner

February is National Children's Dental Health Month!

Lifelong habits begin at home. Make dental health a part of your daily routine by sharing these reminders with your whole family:

- Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, especially after breakfast and before bedtime. Drinking water after eating also helps to clear your teeth of food particles.

- Floss every day. An adult should help children under the age of eight to floss. Older children should be ready to floss on their own.

- Limit the number of times you eat snacks, especially the sticky ones and long lasting ones.

- Visit a dentist regularly for a routine checkup and a cleaning.

- Protect your teeth by wearing a mouth guard when playing sports.

- Don’t forget to change your tooth brush regularly, and after an illness.

Sweet snack facts:

Eating a lot of snacks with sugar may cause cavities.

Every time you eat sugar, plaque in your mouth mixes with the sugar to create acid. The acid hurts the teeth and causes decay over time. This can be painful!

Please reach out if you need help finding a dental home for your family!

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Medication Reminder!

Please do not send any type of medication with your child to school. Please come into the office and fill out the required forms and the medication in the original container (not opened).

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.


Great Start Readiness Program in Jackson County is currently accepting applications for 3 and 4 year old children for the 2022-2023 school year. Children must be 4 years old by December 1, 2022 to qualify for the Great Start Readiness Program and 3 years old by December 1, 2021 to qualify for Head Start.


We have openings in our 4 year old half day program, 3 & 4 year old program and our 3 year old program.

4 year old . AM Mon, Wed and Fri---$155.00 per month

4 year old Mon-Thurs----$185.00 per month

3 year old Tues and Thurs AM---$130.00 per month

Full Day $400.00 per month

If you are interested, please call 517-592-9753 or


With Covid-19 and the flu becoming more prevalent this time of year, I encourage you to keep an eye out for signs and symptoms and make our staff aware if your student comes into contact with anyone who is sick or who has tested positive for Covid. Since our protocol and policies are always changing, we can inform you of what we are doing at this time to keep our staff and students safe and healthy. Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can help you or your student in any way.
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PTO Meeting

The PTO Meeting is the first Thursday of every month.

All parents and staff are invited to attend. Free childcare is available during the meeting.

For further questions or information about PTO, please contact Casey Stein, PTO President at
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