Little Eagles

Columbia Elementary School (PK-2)

December 2022

Mrs. Boyle, CES Principal..

Mrs. Wilding, CES Secretary..

Mrs. Phelps, CES Counselor..

Ms. Schlegel, Nurse..

Mrs. McLaury, Child Care & Preschool Director..

Meet Columbia Elementary School Staff

Please Click Here For CES Staff Contact Information

A Peek Ahead

Thursday, December 1st

Coffee Chat with Parents 8:15-9:00 a.m.

Conferences 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Friday, December 2nd

Picture Retake Day

Popcorn Friday

Student Improvement Breakfast

Tuesday, December 6th

Good News Club 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Carnival Planning Meeting 5:00 p.m.

PTO Meeting @ CUES 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 7th

Comfy Cozy

Character Trait Assembly

Thursday, December 8th

2nd Grade Musical 6:30 p.m.

Friday, December 9th

Flannel Friday! Wear your favorite plaid flannel shirt, sweater or sweatshirt!

Bible Release 8:25 a.m.

Monday, December 12th

Secret Santa Shop

Texas Roadhouse Fundraiser 4:00 p.m.

School Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 13th

Secret Santa Shop

Good News Club 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 14th

Wear your Holiday Socks!

Secret Santa Shop

Virtual Parent Training-Staying Healthy During Holidays 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 15th

Secret Santa Shop

Friday, December 16th

Dress Up like a Candy Cane!

Secret Santa Shop

Monday, December 19th

Wear your Holiday Hat!

Tuesday, December 20th

Good News Club 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 22nd

Wear your favorite holiday PJ's!

Friday, December 23rd

Wear your Ugly Christmas Sweater or your favorite Holiday Sweater!

Half Day Dismissal 11:20 a.m.

Saturday, December 24th-Sunday, January 8th

Winter Holiday Break-No School

Principal's Corner

Wow! I can't believe how quickly this school year is going! I'm so excited to be spending my first December at CES. It looks like we are going to be very busy between Thanksgiving and Christmas. First of all, I want to say thank you for your patience as we navigated through the system shutdown during the middle of November. I know it was challenging as a parent to try to figure things out. We were so excited to get back into the building and have all of our students back with us on Thursday of that week. The 2nd Grade Musical will be held on December 8th at 6:30pm at CUES this year. We are also trying a fundraiser through Texas Roadhouse on December 12th. You simply need to order either take out or dine in at Texas Roadhouse on December 12th between 4-8pm and show the flyer (posted below) and CES will receive 10% of sales. Our Secret Santa Shop will be held between Dec. 12th and 16th. Our last day before Christmas break is December 23rd (half day). I hope you and your families enjoy a wonderful Holiday Season.
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Santa's Secret Shop

Santa's helpers are needed! Help the students with their shopping or help wrap their gifts. A current background check must be on file. Forms can be found in both the CES and CUES offices.

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Smiles for Miles

What falls at the North Pole and never gets hurt?


What is an elf's favorite kind of music?

*Wrap music!

Breakfast and School Arrival Time

Breakfast will be free for all students this year. Students may enter the building at 7:40 a.m. for breakfast and they will eat in the cafeteria. Students not eating breakfast can enter the building at 7:50 a.m. School starts at 7:55 a.m and ends at 2:55 p.m. Half days are 7:55-11:20 a.m.

School Lunch Information

Free meals for all students will not continue for the 2022-2023 school year. We encourage families to complete a Free and Reduced Lunch Application below.

Attendance Matters!

Showing up to school greatly impacts a student's academic success. Families play a crucial role in ensuring that a student gets to school safely and on time daily. We understand that absences are unavoidable, such as illness or medical appointments. Please call in advance if your child will not be in school.

CES Attendance Line 517-592-7552


Comfy Cozy Day at CES is the 1st Wednesday of every month!


As the weather starts to get cooler, please remember to send a jacket, gloves and hat to school with your student. It is a good idea to put your students name inside in case it gets lost!
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Counselor Corner

Happy Holiday's Little Eagle Families!

As we enter into the busy season of holiday gatherings, traditions and fun remember to leave room for downtime. Just as adults, children need time to reset now and then. Sometimes the holiday's can become overwhelming, as resilient as they are, children need us as the adults to help protect their boundaries and show understanding when things becoming to stimulating. Give you, and your family grace and build in those reset days as a family, and even one on one time with your little ones.

Click for helpful tips during the holiday season:

* This month our Character Trait focus is: Trustworthy *

We will be exploring the importance of being trustworthy and what that means.

Defined as: The ability to keep promises, to be honest, reliable and principled while never inappropriately betraying a confidence.

Please feel free to reach out if you are in need of resources or if there is a way I can support your student or family this year. or 517-769-8557.

******* Check out the District Counselor Page below for more helpful tips. *********

Click for our District Counselor Page

Click for more information K-12 from all district Counselors.

Access "Move This World" at home.

Move This World is our Social Emotional Learning curriculum. Students practice multiple weeks strategies through videos and activities in the classroom through this program. Use the above document to access and practice at home too.

Nurse's Corner

Happy December and Happy Holidays!

The most anticipated holiday of the year for most children is finally here. This next month will most likely be filled with holiday parties, family gatherings, lots of treats, and family traditions. I hope you are able to soak in all the big and little moments with your littles while remembering the importance of staying safe and healthy this holiday season!

I put together a short video on what it means to stay healthy over the holidays that I will link below:

I will also be speaking on this topic during one of our virtual trainings on Wednesday, December 14th from 12-1 that I hope you can tune in to!

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Medication Reminder!

Please do not send any type of medication with your child to school. Please come into the office and fill out the required forms and the medication in the original container (not opened).

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.


Great Start Readiness Program in Jackson County is currently accepting applications for 3 and 4 year old children for the 2022-2023 school year. Children must be 4 years old by December 1, 2022 to qualify for the Great Start Readiness Program and 3 years old by December 1, 2021 to qualify for Head Start.


We have openings in our 4 year old half day program, 3 & 4 year old program and our 3 year old program.

4 year old . AM Mon, Wed and Fri---$155.00 per month

4 year old Mon-Thurs----$185.00 per month

3 year old Tues and Thurs AM---$130.00 per month

Full Day $400.00 per month

If you are interested, please call 517-592-9753 or


With Covid-19 and the flu becoming more prevalent this time of year, I encourage you to keep an eye out for signs and symptoms and make our staff aware if your student comes into contact with anyone who is sick or who has tested positive for Covid. Since our protocol and policies are always changing, we can inform you of what we are doing at this time to keep our staff and students safe and healthy. Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can help you or your student in any way.
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PTO Meeting

The PTO Meeting is the first Thursday of every month.

All parents and staff are invited to attend. Free childcare is available during the meeting.

For further questions or information about PTO, please contact Casey Stein, PTO President at
Wonder and Wander

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