Cougar Connection

St. Columba Catholic School - News every Friday - 1/8/21

St. Columba Families,

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas and New Years and enjoyed the time together with family.

This first week back just zipped on by! It went by so quickly that I needed an extra day to get the first newsletter of 2021 out to everyone.

In a reflection of how quickly things are moving, Thursday, January 14th, will be the last day of the second quarter. Hard to believe that we will already be halfway through this school year!

Next week, all of our students will be participating in the second window of STAR Assessments for the year. Please ensure all students are getting a good night sleep and a good breakfast each day next week! We are excited to see the growth that our students have made from the beginning of the year!

Finally, I ask for your prayers for one of our students. Over Christmas vacation, one of our 8th graders, Alex Polifka, was diagnosed with cancer. While the signs are encouraging for a good recovery, this will be a long process for Alex and his family and we know that the power of prayer is amazing. The more people we can get rallying around Alex and his family through prayer the better!

Here is a look ahead at the upcoming events on campus:

  • Monday, January 11:
  • Tuesday, January 12:
  • Wednesday, January 13:
  • Thursday, January 14: Pizza/Root Beer Float Parties (Kinder, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th grades)
  • Friday, January 15: Preschool HALF DAY; K-8 NO SCHOOL; Car Raffle Sales End


Mr. Amann


Due to a Staff Professional Development Day, 1/15 will be a modified day as follows:

1/2 Day (Noon Pick Up) for Preschool and Pre-K


St. Columba Car Raffle Update

The St. Columba Car Raffle ends on 1/15 at 11:59pm. We only have one more week to sell and purchase tickets!

As of 1/9, we have sold 1,346 tickets.

The good news is that we will officially make a profit from this fundraiser. We are still far away from our $50,000 goal; needing to sell 1,154 more tickets.

We are not sending home physical tickets this year due to COVID-19. All entries need to be purchased through our online portal at

As a reminder, the following incentives are in place for the students and families:

CLASS INCENTIVE #1: 10 ticket average per student (for example, 5th grade has 20 students, they would need to sell 200 tickets): Free Dress Day, Extra 20 minutes of Recess, and Personal Jamba Juice smoothies for each student.

CLASS INCENTIVE #2: 15 ticket average per student (for example, 5th grade has 20 students, they would need to sell 300 tickets): Movie, Pizza, and Ice Cream Party, along with Incentive #1

CLASS INCENTIVE #3: 20 ticket average per student (for example, 5th grade has 20 students, they would need to sell 400 tickets): No homework for a week and $20 gift card for every family in the class, along with Incentive #1 and Incentive #2.

Current total averages per class are as follows:

Preschool: 3.36 entries per student

Kindergarten: 8.79 entries per student

1st Grade: 5.10 entries per student

2nd Grade: 9.42 entries per student

3rd Grade: 12.74 entries per student

4th Grade: 14.22 entries per student

5th Grade: 11.40 entries per student

6th Grade: 17.00 entries per student

7th Grade: 4.00 entries per student

8th Grade: 5.11 entries per student

Go Cougars!

STAR Testing Winter Window

During the next 2 weeks, our students will be taking the STAR Assessment for the 2nd time this year. This assessment will help us understand how our students are growing and what adjustments need to be made to finish the year strong.

Please see the attached letter from Matthew Cordes, Associate Director for the Diocese of San Diego's Office for Schools.

4th Graders Making Water Turbines

5th Graders Making Chemical Reaction Racing Cars