Little Eagles

Columbia Elementary School (PK-2)

October 2022

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

Monday, October 3rd

Custodian Appreciation Day!

Fundraiser Packets Due

Tuesday, October 4th

1st Grade Girl Scouts 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Good News Club 3:00-4:15 p.m.

2nd Grade Lego Club 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 5th

Count Day!

Comfy Cozy Day!

Kindergarten Field Trip to Carpenter Farms 8:20 a.m.

K/1 Lego Club 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 6th

PTO Meeting @ CUES Library 6:00 p.m.

Friday, October 7th

Character Trait Assembly 8:45 a.m.

Saturday, October 8th

Pumpkin Quest, Village of Brooklyn, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Monday, October 10th

School Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 11th

Good News Club 3:00-4:15 p.m.

2nd Grade Lego Club 3:00-4:00 p.m.

1st Grade Girl Scouts 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 12th

Picture Day!

K/1 Lego Club 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Friday, October 14th

Bible Release 8:25 a.m.

Monday, October 17th

Professional Development - NO SCHOOL for students!

Tuesday, October 18th

Good News Club 3:00-4:15 p.m.

2nd Grade Lego Club 3:00-4:00 p.m.

1st Grade Girl Scouts 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 19th

Unity Day!

Coffee chat with parents 8:15-9:00 a.m.

K/1 Lego Club 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Friday, October 21st

2nd Grade Field Trip to Potter Center

Popcorn Friday!

Tuesday, October 25th

Good News Club 3:00-4:15 p.m.

2nd Grade Lego Club 3:00-4:00 p.m.

1st Grade Girl Scouts 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 26th

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

K/1 Lego Club 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 30th

Trunk or Treat @ CCHS 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Monday, October 31st

Happy Halloween!

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.

Picture Day is coming!

Picture Day is Wednesday, October 12th. Bring your best smile!

No School Monday, October 17th

This is a professional development day for staff-no students!

Spirit Wear Donations

If your student has outgrown their Little Eagles spirit wear and you would like to donate it, please send it in with your student or drop it off in the office and we will get it to a student in need of some blue and gold!

Trunk or Treat 2022!

It’s that time of year again when trunks are filled with treats, families and the community come together, and good times are had by all! If you, your business or service group would like to participate or donate to Columbia School District's annual Trunk or Treat, please contact or for more information. If you would like to donate candy to the event, you can send it with your student to school.
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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

Principal's Corner

Thank you parents for all of the support you have shown us as we complete our first full month of school! The students are settling in to the new routine. It's still so crucial that you continue to help them have great routines at home. Children require a lot of sleep. It's recommended that children between the ages of 5-11 get between 9-11 hours of sleep each night. So if your student is waking up at 6am then they should be in bed by 8pm to get an average amount of sleep (some kids need more). Having enough sleep will help your child be ready to engage in learning and do all of the great activities that are planned for them throughout the day without being cranky and tired. School is exhausting and if they start off tired it can be hard for some students.

Thank you to the parents who were able to join us for our first Coffee Chat on September 14th. We had a great discussion about school safety and getting to know each other. Our next Coffee Chat will be November 30th from 8:15-8:45am. I hope you will be able to join us. We also have an opportunity for you to join our Virtual Parent Talk Session this month on October 26th from noon-1pm. We will have a speaker from True Community Credit Union giving us financial tips for parents. Our next PTO meeting will be on October 6th at 6pm at CUES (library). Child care is provided. We would love to have you join us for any of our future events!!


As the weather starts to get cooler, please remember to send a jacket, gloves and hat to school with your student.
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Comfy Cozy Day at CES is the 1st Wednesday of every month!


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


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Counselor Corner

Happy Fall Little Eagles!

Over the past month I am thankful to have had the chance to check in with every student k-2 with minute meetings! I am glad to see everyone is off to a great year, and to learn a little about each of our amazing Little Eagles.

In October we will be focusing on Bully Prevention and spreading kindness!

I will be visiting each classroom to discuss and practice how we all can be "buddies not bullies". We will be acknowledging the National Bully Prevention day on Wednesday, October 19th by wearing something orange on this day.

This month our Character Trait focus is: Acceptance.

“Believe in yourself and appreciate others differences Little Eagles”

Please feel free to reach out if you are in need of resources or if there is a way I can support your student as we move into the new school year.

I can be reached at: or 517-769-8557.

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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.

Wonder and Wander

Find family friendly activities, events and businesses around Jackson.

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.

Nurse's Corner

Happy Spooky Season Little Eagles!

It has been such a great month and start to the school year. Last month I had the opportunity to be in the classroom teaching the students all about germs and the proper way to wash our hands. The students received coloring sheets to take home that went along with our lesson and they all did very well practicing and answering questions.

For the month of October we will be discussing hygiene. As a member of the Wellness Committee, we have decided to create videos throughout the year to discuss topics such as hygiene, fitness, nutrition, etc. I will be creating a video for both the students (teachers will show the video in class) and one to share with you all. We want our students to be the best person they can be and it all starts at home! We thought this would be a great way to keep everyone involved and up to date on what we are teaching at school so it can also be talked about at home. The video will be linked below and also on our Facebook page.

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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Smiles for Miles

What is a ghost's favorite dessert?

*Ice Scream!

What is a witch's favorite subject in school?


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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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