Week at a Glance

Columbia Elementary School May 12

Columbia Elementary School

Developing confident, competent and compassionate people.

Wendy Eidbo, Ed.D., Principal

24 Hours Attendance Line: (425) 366-2605

Important Dates:

May 13 LIT Dismissal (2:10 PM)

May 19 Kindergarten Orientation (4:00 PM)

May 19 PTA General Meeting (7:00 PM)

May 20 LIT Dismissal (2:10 PM)

May 23 School Board Meeting (6:00 PM)

May 17-31 SBA Testing 3-5 Grade

May 26 Library Books Due Date

May 27 LIT Dismissal (2:10 PM)

May 30 Memorial Day - (NO SCHOOL)

May 31 June 3 SBA Makeup days

May 31 Kindergarten Field Trip to Lighthouse

Mukilteo School District Calendar 2021-22 (Click here)

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PTA General Meeting

Columbia PTA invites you to join our Virtual Meeting Thursday, May 19th at 7:00 PM.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 864 1905 1143
Passcode: Pm68au

We encourage and welcome all members to attend.

Please follow our PTA on Facebook!

PTA Update

Book Fair: Thanks to all the volunteers, we had a very successful book fair, selling $8753.70 worth of books! This gives us $4376.74 in Scholastic Dollars, most of which will be dedicated to buying books for the library. About $1000 will be distributed amongst other programs in the school that also benefit from books and supplies through Scholastic. The PTA keeps none of the funds, they all go directly back into enriching our students' access to books. Next book fair will be in October 2022 most likely.

Teacher Appreciation: Thank you to Amanda Andrus and Alicia Armstrong for hosting a lovely lunch honoring our teachers. Thanks to all of you who contributed beverages, sides and desserts to accompany the tacos ordered by PTA.

Cougar Beach Party: Join us for the first ever Columbia Cougar Beach Party hosted by your PTA. Friday June 3rd from 4-7 at Lighthouse Beach Park in Mukilteo. Food! Games! Facepainting! Meet our new principal and say farewell to Dr. Eidbo! Please complete and submit this google form to let us know if you're planning to attend, so we can be prepared with enough food.

Columbia Cougars Beach Party (google.com)

Washington State Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)

Our 3rd to 5th graders will be taking their Washington State Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) at the end of May and first week of June. Please keep a few things in mind during these weeks to best support our students.

  • As much as possible, avoid scheduling appointments for the testing dates.
  • Ensure your child arrives at school on time.
  • Try to have your child get a good night’s rest.
  • Have your child eat a healthy breakfast at home or at school.

SBA Spring testing schedule

  • Tuesday, May 17th: 5th Grade ELA CAT SBA
  • Thursday, May 19th: 5th Grade ELA PT SBA
  • Tuesday, May 24th: 4th Grade ELA SBA and 5th Grade MATH CAT
  • Wednesday, May 25th: 3rd Grade ELA SBA
  • Thursday, May 26th: 4th Grade MATH SBA and 5th Grade MATH PT
  • Tuesday, May 31st: 3rd Grade MATH SBA
  • Wednesday, June 1st: 5th Grade WCAS
  • Tuesday, May 31st to Friday, June 3rd: SBA Makeup days

Poetry by Heart Judge Needed

We are looking for a few volunteers to judge students in the Poetry-By-Heart Contest!

If you are available, please be available to judge for the entire time slot. You are welcome to sign-up for more than one day if interested. Please note parents cannot be a judge for their own students' grade. To sign-up, please go to: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0849a8ac29a2fe3-poetrybyheart

Dates needed are Wednesday, May 18th for judging K-2 and Thursday, May 19th for 3-5.

IMPORTANT: There is a process to be an approved onsite volunteer. It takes time, so please start this process as soon as possible.


Mukilteo School District is once again permitting volunteers in our schools.

ALL volunteers must have current volunteer paperwork on file with the district, and be cleared prior to volunteering

We are following this guidance:

  • District Volunteer Policy and Confidentiality Statement.
  • Volunteer Application Disclosure Form.
  • Request for Criminal History Information form. ID must be verified with this form.
  • All volunteers must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
  • We will start small to ensure safety protocols can be followed by limiting the number of non-essential adults in the building at any one time.
  • For security purposes, ALL volunteers are required to wear a volunteer badge for the duration of activity/event.

If you are interested in volunteering at Columbia you are encouraged to pick up a volunteer packet in the office. Plan to return materials, show photo ID and proof of vaccination at the front office.

Talk with your child’s teacher about volunteer needs in the classroom.

Library Books Due by May 26

Greetings from the library!

Our last check out for the school year is next week. All books are due by Thursday May 26. Please make sure to look for missing books and turn them into the library as soon as possible. In addition to the automated messages from the district, we will be sending a reminder paper with photos of the book’s title, cover photo, circulation barcode, and due date. Books that were checked out prior to March that still haven’t been returned have been marked as lost. Books that cannot be located as we near the end of the school year will also be considered lost.

If you and your child cannot find a lost book, you may pay for the book with cash (please provide the exact amount) or a check payable to Columbia Elementary. Please turn this into the library first so we can clear your child’s account. If you pay for a lost book but find it later and turn it in, you may be eligible for a refund within six months of payment.

An alternate option is to replace the book. It must be the same title and the same type of binding. For example, a hardcover copy of Dog Man must be replaced with another hardcover Dog Man. Paperbacks will not be accepted for lost hardcovers. If you wish to provide a replacement, please email Mrs. Griffin at griffinka@mukilteo.wednet.edu first to find out what type of binding will be accepted.

If a book is returned damaged, the library will also issue a paper notification. Books may either be replaced or paid for, the same as lost books.

It is important that students are responsible for the care and return of their books. Please help your student look at home, at daycare, in cars, and anywhere you may have possibly taken books. We will also help students look in the library and in their classrooms.

Thank you!

Mrs. Griffin


Covid-19 Testing Site

If you or your child develop symptoms, or think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, please use our free testing site located at COVID testing location at 12310 Meridian Ave. S., Everett, 98208 (near Mariner High School). Appointments are welcome, but not required. It is open to all students, staff and the community.

Rapid antigen and PCR tests are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. However, the site will be closed for testing on Thursdays, May 5 after 2 p.m. through May 19 due to track meets.

Please register to save time before you arrive.

From the Nurse's Office

COVID Update: You may have seen in recent news that COVID cases are increasing again, though not nearly as high as we experienced in January of this year. For our school district, positive COVID cases doubled during Spring Break and are rapidly increasing.

We have also seen an increase in symptomatic students at school. In order to slow the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses in our school communities, please

  1. Keep your student home if they have ANY of the following symptoms then call the Nurse Hotline at 425-366-7745 for guidance and testing information:

    Sore throat, runny nose or congestion, headache, unusual fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cough, fever, muscle or body aches or shortness of breath.

  2. Consider asking your student to mask up. We know that masks slow the spread of disease. Our Snohomish Health District is emphasizing mask wearing and urging people to voluntarily wear masks in most public spaces or crowded or outdoor settings. Our District continues to support mask wearing, though it is not mandated at this time.

Remember it is your responsibility to contact the school 24 Hours attendance line at (425) 366-2605 to report absences. Please refrain from calling the office between 8:45 - 9:05 to report an absence.

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Free Meals for all Students!

  • Free Meals for all Students!

    • Meals for all students are free of charge regardless of Free/Reduced Status for the 21-22 school year.
      • We encourage you to complete free/reduced applications, as you do need that completed to receive other benefits that are available (P-EBT Cards).
    • Hot food will be served.

    Elementary May Menu

Family Outreach

Hi. My name is Libby Stewart-Finerty, aka “Mrs. Finerty”. This is my fourth year as Columbia’s Elementary Support Specialist/School Social Worker. I’m so excited to back in person and I love seeing the students every day on campus. I help support your child’s social wellbeing at school. Your students will see me in their classrooms teaching Bully Prevention, and Child Safety classes for K-5. I also meet with students and families regarding mental health, behavioral and social emotional concerns.

In addition to dealing with matters associated with your child's social well-being in school, I am here to assist with school clothes and other resources such as food.

The quickest way to contact me is to email me at StewartfinertyEH@mukilteo.wednet.edu or call me at 425-366-2623. Please checkout my website: Mrs. Finerty, Elementary Support Specialist/Social Worker to find helpful resources for your family.

Columbia Elementary Website

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Mukilteo School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator Dan Dizon (425-356-1319), dizonds@mukilteo.wednet.edu, Section 504 Coordinator Lisa Pitsch (425-356-1277), pitschla@mukilteo.wednet.edu, and the ADA/Access Coordinator Karen Mooseker (425-356-1330), moosekerkw@mukilteo.wednet.edu. Address: 9401 Sharon Drive in Everett, WA. Inquiries regarding ADA/Access issues at Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center should be directed to Wes Allen, Director (425-348-2220) allenwr@mukilteo.wednet.edu. Address: 9001 Airport Road in Everett, WA 98204.