Columbia Elementary Newsletter

February 2022

Columbia Elementary School

Developing Confident, Competent and Compassionate People.


24 Hours Attendance Line: (425) 366-2605

Principal's Message

Hello Columbia Families,


Our mission is: developing confident, competent, and compassionate people. We have many opportunities this month to practice those qualities. Please read further.


February Friendship Month

Kindness Week in January sets the scene for February Friendship Month. Kindness practices are foundational to cultivating friendships. This month, our students will honor their friends by using sentence stems such as “I call you my friend because _________,” or “You show me your friendship by ______.” In classrooms, students will have the opportunity to write Friendship Valentines to each of their classmates. Look for the teacher’s communication for specific information. Making and keeping friends is an important way to help children with a sense of belonging at school, and developing friendships is a life skill your children will carry with them into adulthood.


Black History Month

February is Black History month. Black History Month is a time to research, discover, and have conversations about people of color who have made significant contributions to our great country. Please encourage your child to read a biography about one of these great contributors. Some of the ways Columbia staff and students will honor Black History Month are:

  • Morning Announcements will include the A-Z African American Visionaries information.
  • Grade level teams have planned lessons highlighting Black Americans such as Mae Jemison, Rosa Park, Jackie Robinson, Misty Copeland, Sojourner Truth and more.
  • Books, videos, Brain-Pop, Storyworks, Scholastic News, writing, and class discussions.


Heart Health Month

February is also Heart Health Awareness Month. You children are learning about the human heart and how to best take care of them selves through nutrition, exercise, and positive thoughts and behaviors.


One way we express our friendship and support in our community is through support of the Mukilteo Food Bank. February 7-18 is Mr. Kaas’ Food Drive. Students who bring one or more items for our Food Bank will receive a ticket toward a drawing for a prize.


Thank you for your partnership,


Principal Wendy Eidbo, EdD

Mark Your Calendars!

4 LIT Dismissal (2:10 PM)

7-18 MR. KAAS' FOOD DRIVE

8 Remember to Vote

11 Waiver Day (NO SCHOOL)

18 LIT Dismissal (2:10 PM)

21 President's Day (NO SCHOOL)

22-25 Mid-Winter Break (NO SCHOOL)


Mukilteo School District Calendar 2021-22 (Click here)

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MSD Student Recognition

On January 24th, the Mukilteo School Board of Directors and Superintendent Brynelson presented Serenitie Bolander with an Award recognizing her hard work at Columbia. Serenitie was selected by Columbia Staff as having overcome struggles and becoming a model for other students. During the presentation, Principal Wendy Eidbo read many encouraging words written by former teachers and staff who have worked with Serenitie and celebrated her growth. Serenitie, surprised the Board of Directors with a speech full of gratitude and her hopes for her future. Attending the event, were her family members, and several Columbia Staff.


Congratulations Serenitie!

Vote by February 8th

If you’re interested in learning more about the replacement levy proposals, please CLICK HERE for more information.


Please remember to vote by Feb. 8!

Mr. KAAS' Food Drive Feb. 7 - 18

SPREAD the Love!

You can help struggling families keep food on the table. Please share items such as canned tuna, canned vegetables, pasta, peanut butter, etc. Items low in sugar and high protein are appreciated.


The Mukilteo Food Bank will also accept Monetary donations to purchase meat and produce (http://www.mukilteofoodbank.org)


Helping others is SWEET!

Student who bring in an item will receive a ticket to enter the drawing and win a box of chocolate.

Message from the Library

In honor of Black History Month, our library’s current book display highlights some of the books in our collection written and illustrated by African Americans. We also have several books related to black history, as well as biographies about African Americans who have contributed greatly to our country. Please check out our selection by logging onto the Destiny Discover catalog and clicking on the collections: Celebrating Black History Month (Chapter Books) and Celebrating Black History (Picture Books). You may find the catalog on the Columbia Elementary Library website HERE.


The following is an example of books available:

  • The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes
  • The Roots of Rap by Carole Boston Weatherston
  • Surf’s Up by Kwame Alexander
  • Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
  • Ghost by Jason Reynolds
  • Sugar by Jewel Parker Rhoades
  • Who Is Kamala Harris? by Kirsten Anderson
  • Who Was Louis Armstrong by Yona Zeldis McDonough
  • March On! By Christine King Farris
  • Riding to Washington by Gwenyth Swain
  • Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

From the Nurse's Office

COVID testing:

As a result of the overwhelming demand for testing and supply chain issues, we will temporarily pause COVID-19 testing at the District Office while we work with the provider to find better solutions for managing the demand.


In the meantime, if you need a test, please contact your health provider or other testing location. We’ve included a few suggestions of testing sites below. Thank you for your understanding and patience during this widespread challenge.


GS Labs (several locations including Lynnwood and Northgate)


House Call Doctors (Snohomish and Everett locations)


Snohomish Health District at 3715 Oakes Ave., Everett, Longfellow building (appointments required):

  • CLICK HERE to register for this location if you have symptoms
  • CLICK HERE to register for this location if you do NOT have symptoms

Snohomish Health District at 16327 Ash Way, Lynnwood (Ash Way Park and Ride) – Weekends only:

  • CLICK HERE to register for this location if you have symptoms
  • CLICK HERE to register for this location if you do NOT have symptoms


Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order four at-⁠home rapid antigen COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free. CLICK HERE to order your free COVID tests.


Sick Kids:

Keep your student home if they are sick. Even if you think it's allergies or "just the sniffles," staying home prevents others from catching any germs or viruses. Refer to Snohomish Health Department for specific COVID protocols.


  • Remember it is your responsibility to contact the school 24 Hours attendance line at (425) 366-2605 to report absence.


Daily Screening Form:

Please use this Daily Screen Form (translations coming soon) with your child and keep wearing masks, washing your hands and limiting social gatherings to help students stay healthy and in school.


Student and Staff health and safety is our priority.

Kids Heart Challenge

Columbia Friends,

Are you ready? Kids Heart Challenge is here!

I'm so excited about our challenge this year. I missed jumping with you last year. We have so much to do with Health and Fitness. We will be studying our bodies, keeping them healthy by eating good food, drinking lots of water, exercising, being kind to one another and n0t using tobacco products. Get ready to jump and have some fun.


If you choose to participate in the fundraiser, all pledges are due by February 18.

Here’s how you can help:


Thanks you so much for supporting our goal of helping others and becoming more educated about healthy bodies.

Mrs. Beiermann

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Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year has been set for Monday, March 7th. Enrollment can be done online or parents can request a registration packet at the school office once they are available.


Kindergarten parents who like to submit an in-district transfer, can fill out the request form online. Students do not need to be registered in order to submit the transfer. They will need to be registered before District Office can process the transfer in September.

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.
    • Please encourage families to complete free/reduced applications, as they do need them to receive other benefits that are available (P-EBT Cards).
  • Hot food will be served.


Elementary February Menu

Mukilteo School District is Hiring!

We are hiring many positions, including bus drivers, food service workers, substitutes, paraeducators, and more!


Learn more about the jobs and application process and ask questions during a weekly information Zoom meeting - every Thursday, 4 to 5 p.m. The Zoom link is on the district home page and website calendar.


https://mukilteoschools-org.zoom.us/j/95356143921?pwd=b3RueFN3L1RqRDBjTFhXUzRnWXVIZz09

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About Us

Columbia Elementary School

Developing Confident, Competent and Compassionate People.

Principal: Wendy Eidbo, Ed.D.

Disclaimer

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.