DECEMBER 3, 2021


Every act of kindness matters, and over the month of December, we will utilize the Kindness Calendar identified below to spread kindness at CUES.

In addition, Mrs. Schatzle, has gathered organizations in our community to support families in need during the holidays. These families will receive food and gifts for their Christmas. We appreciate Mrs. Schatzle and all of the community organizations for their hard work sharing resources with our community.

This will be our final newsletter for 2021. We are so grateful for this community and the outstanding students we have at CUES. The relationships we share with them are the foundation for our positive school culture. Thank you to all of our CUES families for your continued support, especially during these challenging times.

I wish you all the best over the holidays and throughout the New Year.

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11/8-12/15: Canned Food Drive Sponsored by Student Council

12/4: First Robotics Competitions (3rd Grade @ CES, 4th-6th @ CUES)

12/6: Report Cards Sent Home

12/10: CUES Popcorn Friday

12/13: Board of Education Meeting @ 7 PM

12/14: 5th Grade Wonder Field Trip

12/16: Classroom Holiday Parties, Wear Festive Colors, Virtual Sing-a-long

12/16: CUES 5th and 6th Grade Music Performance

12/17: Holiday Pajama Day @ CUES

12/17: Half Day of School (Dismissal @ 11:20 am)

12/20-12/31: Winter Holiday Break

1/3: School Resumes


Given recent events and tragedies affecting Michigan schools, we wanted to provide the infographic & information below from the National Association of School Psychologists to assist our families. Parents and school personnel can help children feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security and talking with them about their fears. In the coming days, staff will review safety procedures with students and are readily available to support students and address any of their concerns.

In addition, we wanted to share a reminder about Michigan's OK2SAY Anonymous Tip Line. Students are encouraged to report, immediately, to an adult when they learn of something that could be a danger to them or others. Find out more by visiting the link provided below.

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All visitors are welcome to visit the First Lego League Challenge competition on Saturday to support our three CUES teams – The Red, White & Bricks; The RoboDucks, and The Jiggly Bobs. These teams of 4th-6th graders have been working all fall on their Innovation Projects and their robots and will be competing against 30 teams from across the state. Our kick-off ceremony will take place at 9:00 a.m. and the event will close at 4:00. Spectators can drop in any time between those hours to see the robots competing on our competition tables and visit our teams in their Pits to learn more about what it takes to be on a Robotics team. Admission is free and face masks are required.


The CUES Student Council is holding their annual Food Drive to help our local families this holiday season. We started collecting items on Monday, November 8th. Items will be collected through December 15th. All items must be non-perishable food items. Suggested items include: canned food, baby food, boxed food mixes (mac and cheese, jello, cake mix, etc.), diapers, toilet paper, and toothpaste. All items must be new and unopened.


CUES Third Grade students are selling Subway cards in order to raise money for their upcoming Mackinac Trip! Cards are $4.00 a piece and a good for one 6" Subway sub of your choice. Please note that these cards are only redeemable at the Brooklyn Subway location.

These Subway cards make great stocking stuffers or are good for everyday use. Since most Subway 6" subs cost at least $5.00 you save money by using these fundraising cards.

You can purchase Subway cards from any CUES Third Grade student who is using them as a fundraiser to pay for his/her trip OR you can contact Mr. Howland at Ray.Howland@myeagles.org. Thank you!


Ms. Cook, 4th Grade Teacher @ CUES, has launched the ninth annual toy drive again this year! This toy drive is for Mott Children's Hospital and the toys go to patients that are spending the holiday season in Mott Children's Hospital. Collection boxes will be located in each school office as well as the Fitness Center.

Toy Collection Deadline: 12/17/21


Brrrrr! Now that winter weather has arrived, please send your child with snow pants, boots, coat, hat and gloves every day for recess time. We go outside each day unless it is 0 degrees or colder.


When your child is absent please call the attendance hotline @ 517-592-7981 and leave your child's name, reason your child is absent, and the teacher's name. You may call the hotline at anytime and leave a message.

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The U.S. News & World Report recently published their first-ever rankings of public elementary schools, and the news is good for Columbia Upper Elementary School: our school placed among the top 30% of elementary schools in the state of Michigan, making it a U.S. News Best Elementary School! We are so proud of our staff, students and community members for their dedication and commitment to the success our students. #cuesproud