Comet Chronicle, Jr.

November 13, 2020

Art Installation

Thanks to Mr. Selvidge for working with our students on another collaborative art installation in our lobby! Each student made a self-portrait on a tile in this mosaic. We love it!
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Thank you for joining us for Parent-Teacher Conferences last week. We appreciate spending some time with you to discuss your student's progress. Whether we are in-person or remote, it takes a strong partnership between home and school for students to thrive!

Students of the Month

Congratulations to our October Students of the Month!

Lillian Kidd-Y5s

Nevaeh Blaskie-K

Kimberly Lemmons-K

Sydney Naumann-K

Raylon Krugler-1

Emiliano Vega-Smith-1

Andrew Ulleg-1

Emmett Brethauer-1

Suri Cuellar-Alba-2

Cesar Garcia Salazar-2

Anthony Little-2

Abella Blaskie-2

John Rolan-3

Jack Selvidge-3

Easton Hutchins-3

Itzayana Perez-3

Izek Mireles-K

Emariyon McCoy-2

Johnathan Gerlach-2

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

PE News

Dear Parents,

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.

Thank you,

Mr. Veine

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 :)

-Mr. Selvidge

Music Notes

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!

-Mrs. Kirksey

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.

Late Start Wednesday

Don't forget that we have a late start on Wednesday 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.”