Comet Chronicle, Jr.

October 23, 2020

Calendar Changes During Conference Week

As Mr. Ehlers announced via SchoolMessenger, our calendar is changing during conference week. Students will not have school on Thursday, November 5 and Friday, November 6. Teachers will have a Google Meet virtual meeting scheduled on November 6 as follows:
  • 9:00 Y5s/Kindergarten
  • 9:30 1st grade
  • 10:00 2nd grade
  • 10:30 3rd grade

We are using November 6 as a way to test our capacity to operate virtually should we have to move learning to a remote environment.

Conferences will still be held on:

  • Wednesday, November 4 from 5:00-8:00 PM
  • Thursday, November 5 from 1:00-4:00 PM and 5:00-8:00 PM

The schedule for Monday-Wednesday that week remains the same as it's posted on our district calendar.

School Social Work Scene

We are coming to the end of Unit 1: Skills for Learning in our Social Emotional Learning curriculum, Second Step. Young 5s-3rd Grade Skills for Learning include:

  • Learning to Listen & Listening to Learn;

  • Focusing Attention;

  • Following Directions;

  • Self-Talk for Staying on Task & Learning;

  • Being Respectful;

  • Being Assertive.

Your student has been bringing home Home Links that go with several of the Second Step lessons that are being taught in the classroom. Home Links are simple, fun activities for you and your student to complete together. They are a great way for you to understand what your student is learning and for them to show you what they know!

You can access more information about our Second Step program and Social Emotional Learning (as well as other great resources) on our School Social Work Central page on our website!

❤ ~Mrs. DeMercado, School Social Worker

Reading Rockets

Our main focus at Coloma Elementary is to grow readers. In order to accomplish this goal, we strive to partner with parents and families in this work. Part of our job is to help you understand how best to support your growing reader at home. This month we would like to introduce you to an online website that has tips and resources specifically written for parents and families. You can log on to the READING ROCKETS website and search for the sign up page for the monthly newsletter called “Growing Readers." This resource provides monthly tips for raising strong readers and writers. It also has links to numerous previous articles for you to browse through. As you use this resource to find new and exciting ways to grow your reader at home, we would love for you to share your stories and experiences on our Coloma Elementary Facebook page.

~Mrs. Wheeler, Literacy Specialist & Mrs. Savenas, Title I Teacher

PTO Fun!

In the past kindergarten has visited Jollay Orchard, but due to our protocols all field trips have been suspended. Thanks to Mrs. Brinnehl for reaching out to Jollays to bring an experience to our school today. Jollays will bring pumpkins to the school and make a pumpkin patch in our multipurpose room due to the rain. Each kindergarten student will be able to hunt for a pumpkin. Jollays will also bring cider and donuts for all of our students (Y5s-3rd) and each class will get a class pumpkin. Thanks to our awesome PTO for supporting us with this!

24 Hour Rule

When it comes to responding to calls, emails, or messages Coloma Elementary staff follows the "24 hour rule." In other words, we will make every effort to respond within 24 hours. We often do so before that, but sometimes our schedules can get busy. We appreciate your understanding.

Thank You!

We received a wonderful surprise to find this banner hanging on our school. Thanks to the Rotary and Edward Jones Investments. We appreciate it!
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We will have Halloween Parties on Friday, October 30 from 2:15-2:45 in each classroom. This year due to our health protocols, visitors will not be permitted to attend. Students may wear a costume to school. They will not be able to bring one and change at school. As far as costumes go, the guidelines are:
  • Students may not wear masks or have their faces covered as part of their costumes (face masks are still required per our health protocol).
  • No blood or gore.
  • No costume weapons.

Late Start Wednesday

Don't forget that we have a late start next Wednesday on the 28th!
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Box Tops

Check out how you can support our school through Box Tops for Education!

Mask Care

Students have been given two face masks from their teacher. Per our Safe Return to School Plan reusable face masks must be washed daily. Please help us in our efforts to keep our students and staff healthy and safe!

School Messenger

Communication is a priority for all Coloma staff. We use SchoolMessenger to share information electronically with our families. Over the last few months we have received feedback from parents that they are not receiving emails with important messages, reminders, and newsletters. If you find yourself in that group, please reach out to our office staff to make sure we have a current email address in PowerSchool. If we have the correct email address, then the situation is that the parent may have changed their settings to have our emails blocked. If you would like to fix that, our office staff can help you with that too.

CARE Expectations

Coloma Elementary's schoolwide expectations for student behavior follow the acronym CARE. It stands for:

  • Come ready to learn
  • Always respectful
  • Responsible
  • Exceptionally safe
Expectations for the hallway, bathrooms, cafeteria, playground, arrival, and dismissal are posted throughout the school. We teach the expectations and review them throughout the school year. Students also earn CARE tickets when they follow the expectations. The office does a ticket drawing where students pick a prize from the CARE Box.

Stay Connected!

How can you stay connected to what's happening at Coloma Elementary?

  • Follow us on Facebook.
  • Make sure the office has your email address on file so we can communicate via SchoolMessenger.
  • Read the Comet Chronicle, Jr. (twice a month).
  • Read your classroom newsletter.

A Common Question

One of the most commonly asked questions is: “How long will someone have to quarantine if there’s a case of COVID-19?" Our response is:

“The health and safety of our students, families, and staff is and will always be our primary concern. We have been working diligently over the past several months to prepare for the safe return to school for our students and staff—implementing sanitization and social distancing protocols across the district. In the event of a COVID-19 situation in one of our buildings or classrooms, we will work with the Berrien County Health Department to assist in contact tracing to determine who needs to quarantine and for how long as every COVID exposure is unique. Ultimately, the BCHD will provide specific guidance related to quarantining and isolation.”

Did You Know?

Becoming a good reader takes practice, but how much practice should children get? Research recommends reading at home (or being read to) at least 20-30 minutes a day. It's never too late to start!