Colerain All Stars Newsletter

Week of Feb 7th

Colerain Announcements

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences - Tuesday, February 8th and Thursday, February 17th. - sign ups are being sent/emailed. See Tips/Tricks section below.
  • Elementary School Choice Fair - has been rescheduled to Thursday, Feb 17th @ 6p. See details below.
  • NO SCHOOL - Monday, February 21st - compensation day for teachers/staff for after hours parent/teacher conferences.

Relationship Week: Feb 7th - Feb 11th

Monday - Start with Hello - "Colerain Shirt Day"

Tuesday - One Act of Kindness - Classroom Theme Day

Wednesday - Forgiveness - Backwards or Inside Out Clothes Day

Thursday - Celebrate Diversity - Read with your favorite Stuffed Animal Day

Friday - Friendship Friday - PJ DAY!

Black History Month - why February?

In February 1926, Carter G. Woodson launched Negro History Week as an initiative to bring national attention to the contributions of black people throughout American history.


The month of February was selected to coincide with the birthdays of both President Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and abolitionist Frederick Douglass (February 14).


During the next 50 years, Black History Week grew in popularity. In February 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month. He urged "fellow citizens to join me in tribute to Black History Month and to the message of courage and perseverance it brings to all of us."

SAVE THE DATE

Dominion Middle School - 5th Grade Family and Student Orientation


Thursday, February 24, 6 to 7:30 PM


This will be a virtual event, the link will be available on the DMS website the day of the orientation. Unlike in years past, students will NOT be registering for elective classes during this orientation. HOWEVER, they will be learning about teachers and classes (including electives) to feel more comfortable registering for classes/electives later in the Spring.

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

My favorite PBIS Practice at Colerain is the "All Star Student of the Month". Each teacher selects up to 2 students, each month, and is usually based on how well the student honors the "3Bs" (Be Respectful, Be a Kind Friend, and Be Your Best Self). It's a great way to recognize and reward students for proactive, positive behavior!

School Choice

  • Elementary School Fair - Thursday, February 17th 6p - 7:30p - zoom links for each school can be found here: https://www.ccsoh.us/Page/11220
  • High School & Middle School Lottery Applications: DUE BY - Monday, February 28, 2022.
  • Request to Return to Homeschool Applications: DUE BY - Tuesday, March 22, 2022. - this applies to our lottery and overflow families.
  • Elementary School Lottery Applications: DUE BY - Thursday, March 31, 2022


All applications must be submitted via the Parent Portal https://www.ccsoh.us/Domain/188

FREE Tutoring with PAPER

Columbus City Schools offers FREE unlimited 24/7 academic support for our students through a company called Paper. This new service offers our students in 6th-12th grade access to immediate 1:1 tutoring help for all subjects, as and when they need it.


To speak to a tutor immediately, students can login to their Clever accounts and click the Paper icon.

Launching Your Middle Schooler to Success - PART 3

This is a 7 part series of tips & tricks based on research and guidance from The Ohio State Family Engagement "Middle Ground" Program. As a parent of a 5th Grader, this information is extremely helpful and encouraging!


Part 3: Teach Your Middle Schooler to be a Strong Student

  • Education is real world. Connect schoolwork to current events and future goals.
  • Talk about learning/study strategies like breaking up tasks and time management.
  • What about the Backpack Black Hole? Check in with your middle schooler on missing work.
  • Everyone needs help sometimes. Tell your middle schooler it's okay to speak up.

Pathways Express - FEBRUARY


  • FREE Admission and activities every weekend February
  • Destination #2 is the Columbus Museum of Art. More details here: https://www.ccsoh.us/Page/11237
  • Just present "GREEN" Tickets when you arrive. Tickets were sent home in backpacks

How to Prepare for Parent/Teacher Conferences

Potential Questions to Ask during Conferences:

For the sake of time, please consider choosing and asking your Top 3!


  • How will my student be evaluated?
  • What are my child’s strongest and weakest subjects?
  • What are some examples my child’s strengths and weaknesses?
  • Does my child turn homework in on time?
  • What can I do at home to help support my child’s academic progress?
  • What types of tests & evaluations will my child have to take this year?
  • Do you have tips for virtual learning?


  • Are you using Google Classroom, Infinite Campus, or other programs for assignments?
  • How are my child’s test-taking skills?
  • Is my child participating in class discussions and activities?
  • How are my child’s social skills in break out rooms, virtual classroom, group projects?
  • Does my child seem engaged?
  • Have you noticed any unusual behaviors?
  • Do you think my child is reaching his or her potential?

Check & Connect

Phone calls to families can be a great way to "check in" and determine if there is anything folks need. There are numerous district and community resources available if you know where to find them. Phone calls are also good ways to build new relationships and maintain existing ones.


However, many of us are weary of yet another call to interrupt work, private life, or add to the stress of raising a family during a pandemic while juggling in person and remote learning.


Therefore, to better meet your schedule and communication preference, you can always CONTACT ME! Either email (mdixon2@columbus.k12.oh.us) or call (614-285-4679) me if you need help finding something, have questions, or just want a friendly ear.

HER Academy - HERO Code Camp

HER Academy and Olive are partnering to bring you our third all-girl HERO Code Camp, expanded to include girl-identified and nonbinary students in grades 3 – 12.


This event takes place February 26-27, 2022. There is a $5 participation fee that will be waived upon request. Money will not be a barrier to participation for any student.


Choose one of six virtual classes.


Students who register by February 1, 2022 are guaranteed to get their swag bag before the event. Those who register after February 1 may not receive their swag bag before the event.

Community Resources

Colerain Family Ambassador - Matt Dixon

The Family Ambassador is a liaison that facilitates partnerships, between families and the school, that support student academic success and well being.

If you have any questions, ideas, or feedback, please reach out to me either phone or email.

Columbus City Schools

FACTline Email: factline@columbus.k12.oh.us

FACTline Phone Number: 614-221-FACT (614-221-3228)

Customer Relations Phone Number: (614) 365-8888

Customer Relations Email: customerrelations@columbus.k12.oh.us