Comet Chronicle, Jr.
November 13, 2020
Students of the Month
Congratulations to our October Students of the Month!
Cesar Garcia Salazar-2
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
We had fun this past month as we finished October with Halloween games. Students have been using our Conflict Corner poster well. This poster is used in the gym to solve conflicts. Ask your child how it works. It is great for siblings to use at home as well. We will continue hand eye coordination activities in November. Kindergarten and first grade will be using teamwork and communication skills while using the scooters for a variety of activities. Second and third grade will be learning how to grip, swing, and hit a ball accurately using a scooter hockey stick. This will lead us into scooter hockey.
November brings great Thanksgiving fun with the Mayflower game. This is a fan favorite! Students are encouraged to bring water bottles to the gym for class.
As the weather gets colder please remember to have your child pack shoes for Physical Education class. Our schedule rotates on an (A,B,C) schedule. Please check your classroom schedule to know what day shoes are needed. If you have any questions, please email me.
Art Room Update
Hello Comets! Our whole school collaborative artwork is going up piece by piece on the wall outside the office today! 3rd grade has been learning about making complex patterns to fill in shapes while designing a poster for Veterans Day. Kindergarten has been busy drawing and painting pictures of their family (out of shapes), along with a few turkey legs. First and Second grade have been working hard on drawing a pile of leaves that shows overlapping. The artwork looks amazing! Make sure you ask them about it when they bring it home :)
The past few weeks, second and third graders have been working on writing and performing rhythms with body percussion and found sounds. We will be layering these rhythms together to create a STOMP-like piece! Third graders also had the opportunity to play resonator bells (similar to a xylophone) with a spooky game song. Kindergarteners have continued working with steady beat and opposites in music, like fast and slow and loud and soft, and they did a good deal of acting, telling the story of songs through motions. First graders are getting really good at reading rhythms with short and long sounds and rests, as well as showing the opposites in music through movement. Our Young Fives class got to do many Halloween activities and are now doing songs, movements, and art activities about squirrels, turkeys, and Thanksgiving. We look forward to all of the fun we will have with holiday music in the coming weeks!
24 Hour Rule
Late Start Wednesday
- Come ready to learn
- Always respectful
- Exceptionally safe
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.”