Columbia Heights Public Schools

Jan. 7, 2021 Update

A Message from Superintendent Stenvik

Dear Columbia Heights Public Schools Families and Staff,


Our country experienced an attack on our democracy yesterday at the United States Capitol. As a school community, we denounce violence and the unlawful interference with our Nation’s congressional processes. We know it is sometimes difficult to find the words to talk with children about these events.


Below are some suggestions for talking to your children about the violence that occurred.

Responding to Children’s Emotional Needs During Times of Crisis (American Academy of Pediatrics)

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers (National Association of School Psychologists)


This is a time for us to stand together. Public education is integral to the foundation of a strong democracy. As a school community, we reaffirm our commitment to educating our students through our core values of Community, Excellence, Collaboration, Integrity, Respect, Courage and Innovation, and our mission of “All Belong, All Succeed.”


Be well and be safe,


Zena Stenvik, Superintendent

Columbia Heights Public Schools

Quarter 3 Supply Pick-Up

Columbia Heights Public Schools will hold three Supply Pick-Up days at all of the District's schools. Families can pick up all the materials students will need for quarter 3 (PreK 4-Grade 12) at your child's school at any of the days/times below. This coordinated distribution of supplies will make it easy and convenient for families to pick up supplies for all their children.


8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27

9 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28

8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29


For questions, contact your child's school.

Winter Sports Update

Columbia Heights Public Schools will resume in-person activities the week of Jan. 11. We recognize that activities are important to your child’s social, emotional and physical well-being. The District is committed to providing a safe environment and will follow Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota State High School League guidance. For details about specific sports and start dates, visit the Activities web page.

Meal Delivery Continues through End of School Year

Thanks to funding from the Minnesota Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Columbia Heights Public Schools is pleased to be able to continue offering free meals to all students through the end of the school year.


Meal delivery continues to be available to students in Heights from Home and sign ups are still open. If and when students return to school buildings, all meals offered at school will also be free. Students who return to in-person learning will automatically be removed from meal delivery.

Healthy Hylanders

We want to see how you’re staying healthy at home! Right before winter break, we shared an opportunity for us all to be Healthy Hylanders to choose activities from five different categories (fitness, outdoors, nutrition, well-being and creativity) and mark them off as you complete them! https://bit.ly/2WHamsc


Share your photos and videos with us by using hashtags #HealthyHylanders and #HealthyFromHome or send them to your teacher for a chance to see your face on District social media!

School Board Holds 2021 Organizational Meeting

Each January by state statute, the Columbia Heights Public Schools Board of Education holds an organizational meeting to swear-in newly-elected members, elect officers and conduct other official business. Included in the list of annual requirements is electing officers for the calendar year.

For full details on the School Board’s 2021 Organizational Meeting, visit colheights.k12.mn.us/2021SBOrg. For more information about the School Board, visit colheights.k12.mn.us/SchoolBoard.

Columbia Heights High School Presents ‘Help Desk’ by Don Zolidis

Saturday, Jan. 23rd, 7pm

This is an online event.

The Columbia Heights High School Theater Department presents “Help Desk” by Don Zolidis. This one-act production will premiere one day only, virtually Saturday, Jan. 23.


When you call the help desk, you're looking for a solution - but your problems might just be beginning. Whether you're getting shamed about your inability to log in, giving your credit card information to a scammer, or having serious conversations with a clown, customer service calls spiral into absurdity for the customers and employees alike in this hilarious comedy.


Tickets are required to view the virtual production. Tickets cost $6 per family and can be purchased online at colheights.k12.mn.us/2021OneAct. The video link and digital program will be provided via email upon ticket purchase.


For more information, contact the Activities & Athletics Department at 763-528-4511.

View the SPECIAL EDITION | Community Ed Catalog & HylanderPulse Community Newsletter!

The Winter 2021 Special Edition Community Ed Catalog & HylanderPulse Community Newsletter combined issue is now available.

ENCORE FREE Camp Fire’s Nature and Leadership Program for Teens | Grades 7-12

Grow in your leadership skills and learn how to be an environmental steward with Camp Fire Minnesota’s team of Naturalists. Teens will learn about ecology, outdoor living skills, renewable energy, environmental justice, environmental careers and more through outdoor experiences. Activities will be held indoors and outdoors, bring appropriate clothing.

Who: Grades 7-12
When: Wednesdays, Jan. 13-March 17
Time: 4-5 p.m.
Where: M&M room, lower level of Murzyn Hall. Outdoor activities as well.
This activity is FREE*
You must pre-register by Friday, Jan. 8, or call 763-706-3730 to sign up.

Take Home Family Activity Bag | Kindergarten-Grade 2

Check out a family activity bag for two weeks to get your fix of games and activities for the whole family!


Bags include:

  • Hedbanz, Yeti in My Spaghetti, Fitness Bingo, Red Light, Green Light, yoga spinner with cards, Catch and Toss, jump ropes, strength cards, sidewalk chalk, a dance DVD and alcohol wipes


Pick up and return at the Family Center (1440 49th Ave. NE, Columbia Heights, Door 2), 6 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays. For families with students in kindergarten through grade 2.

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