Cougar Connection

St. Columba Catholic School - News every Friday - 9/25/20

St. Columba Families,

Our first FULL week of 5 full days was a great success! Our students and teachers are starting to get into the routine of things and it is going wonderfully!

Hard to believe, but today marks the halfway point of the first quarter. Somehow, we are already 1/8th of the way through the school year! Please see the screencast below to learn about how to view your child's progress reports in SchoolSpeak.

Next week, IT IS GOING TO BE HOT! We are going to be hitting the mid-90s next week, so all of next week will be a half day for K-8 students.

Finally, I will be ensuring that all students finalize their STAR Assessments next week. See more information below.

Here is a look ahead at the upcoming events on campus:

  • Monday, September 28: K-8 Half Day
  • Tuesday, September 29: K-8 Half Day
  • Wednesday, September 30: K-8 Half Day
  • Thursday, October 1: K-8 Half Day
  • Friday, October 2: Preschool Half Day, K-8 Half Day


Mr. Amann

K-8 Heat Half Days: Day Care Reminder

The school will provide Day Care for free from 12:30-3:30pm on High Heat Half Days.

Friday, October 2nd, was a prescheduled half day, so Day Care will not be free.

New Art Teacher!

Please welcome Ms. Tiffany Coomes to our St. Columba community as our new Visual and Performing Arts Teacher.

Ms. Coomes has Associate Degrees in Art and Studio Art, a Bachelor's Degree in Art Education, and is currently working on receiving her Teaching Credential. As someone raised in a Catholic environment, she is excited to come work in a Catholic school and infuse art and our faith!

Progress Reports: How to View

We are halfway through the 1st quarter, so it is a great time to check in on your student's grades. Progress Reports will be published by the end of the evening today, so please take some time this weekend or early next week to review.

Please follow the link below to access a Screencast about how to view Progress Reports and what the grades on them mean.

SchoolSpeak Progress Report Screencast

Beginning of Year Forms

All Beginning of Year Forms are due on Monday! If you don't have them, please see the link below.

Remaining STAR Assessments Info

We still have some students that need to take their STAR Assessments, either because they were absent, are Online Only, or are Hybrid and weren't at school on Fridays.

If you have an Online Student, please review the document below.

Please see the schedule below for when your child will be taking their STAR Assessments if they are not completed.

Monday: 2nd-8th Hybrid and Absent Students Reading

Tuesday: 1st-8th Hybrid and Absent Students Math

Wednesday, 9:10am: 2nd-8th Online Students Reading

Thursday, 9:10am: 1st-8th Online Students Math

Friday, 9:10am: Kinder-2nd Online and Hybrid Students Early Literacy

Uniform Reminders

A couple of Uniform related reminders:

1.) It is expected that all students have the correct uniform by October 12th. Please ensure you are ordering your uniforms in a timely manner.

2.) We are seeing A LOT of non-uniform shoes and socks. Please remember that shoes should be all black, all white, or a combination of black and white. We are seeing shoes of ALL colors and designs. Socks should be solid navy, white, or black without logos. It is expected that the correct shoes and socks shall be worn by October 12th.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Amann

Send Home Procedures: Refresher

We have reached the point in the school year (we knew it wouldn't take long) where we are sending students home because they are presenting symptoms of COVID-19.

If you your child is sent home or you keep them home because of COVID-19 symptoms, there are 3 ways in which he/she can return to school:

1. Provide results of a Negative COVID test and wait 3 school days

2. Wait 10 school days with no symptoms

3. Provide a doctor's diagnosis note indicating a chronic condition, such as allergies. This note must provide a diagnosis and come from the doctor that primarily treats that condition.

I know it isn't fun to have to come pick up your child with symptoms and keep them home. But following these protocols keeps us all safe and keeps our school open.

Thank you for your understanding.

Donation Request

On behalf of our teachers and daycare staff, if any families have Clorox (disinfecting) Wipes, Lysol (disinfecting) Spray, or Baby Wipes, we would happily accept any donations.

We recognize that these items are in high demand, but if you happen to have any, they will go a long way in keeping our students safe and healthy!

Thank you in advance!

2nd Graders Making Landform Maps!

Preschoolers Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by making Mexican Flags!

Kindergarteners writing letters and sight words!

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Baton Twirlers Zoom Session with Coach Watters!

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