Columbia Elementary Newsletter
Our Mission: To Build Confident, Competent and Compassionate People.
Principal: Bruce Denton
24 Hours Attendance Line: (425) 366-2605
Contact Transportation: (425) 356-1306 or TRDISPATCH@mukilteo.wednet.edu
Greetings Columbia Families,
As school starts, teachers intentionally build relationships with their students. Students usually like school better and learn more when they are connected with their teachers and other students. Likewise, cooperative relationships between teachers and parents can really benefit students and learning. November conferences are an excellent time for parents and teachers to come together to collaborate. This is an opportunity to share information about your child, which may make a difference for a teacher to know. This is also a time to ask questions. So, even though you are not present at school each day, spending this time with the teacher allows you to see how your child is as a student or community member.
Parents can help teachers understand more about how their children learn, how they are motivated and what challenges they have experienced in the past. It is also a great opportunity for parents to learn about how teachers see their children. Columbia teachers thoughtfully prepare for sharing important information with you. In some classes, students also participate in conferences, which can provide even more insight and collaboration. This year conferences begin on Monday November 20, and take place on the three days before Thanksgiving.
With a bit of preparation, we can help each other know every child a little bit better. As in any relationship, teachers and parents set the tone by the attitudes they bring to the conversation. If you have not yet scheduled a conference, look for scheduling information from your child's teacher and select a time that will work for you. Look for the article “Getting the Most Out of Conferences” later in this newsletter. Take some time to prepare for the conference, planning what you would like to ask, as well as what you would like to share.
Having this knowledge is such a gift to a parent as the primary guide in the growing-up years. Thank you so much for partnering in this opportunity we have to serve Columbia students.
Mark Your Calendars!
4 28th Annual Holiday Craft Fair @Mariner 10am - 4pm
5 Fall back 1 hour (Standard time begins)
6 Picture retake day
6, 13, 27 Choir 3:30 - 4:15pm
7, 9, 14, 16, 28, 30 Orchestra @Endeavor 7:45 - 8:50am
7, 9, 14, 16, 28, 30 Band @Columbia 3:35 - 4:15pm
8, 15, 29 Choir 8:00 - 8:45am
8, 15, 29 Science Club 3:25 - 4:45pm
9 Veteran's Day Assembly @1:30
10 NO SCHOOL
13-17 Scholastic Book Fair
16 STEAM Night
20-22 Conferences NO SCHOOL
23-24 Thanksgiving Break NO SCHOOL
30 PTA General Membership Mtg. @7pm on Zoom
Holiday Craft Fair
The 28th annual Holiday Craft Fair will be in the gym at Mariner High School. The doors open this Saturday, Nov 4th at 10am and close at 4pm. The craft fair is a great way to jump-start your holiday shopping. Come early for the best selections. This is our major fundraiser to provide student scholarships for graduating students at ACES, Kamiak and Mariner high schools. We hope to see you there!
School Picture Retake Day - Monday, November 6
If your child missed Picture Day on September 25 and 26, or you would like to have their photo retaken, school picture retakes will take place Monday, November 6.
- If you already ordered photos but your child wasn't at school on picture day, you don't need to do anything. Your child will have their picture taken November 6.
- If your child is having retakes, please have them bring their original photo packet to school on November 6 to return to the photographers. There is no cost for retakes unless you are planning to keep the original photo packet too, in which case you will need to place another order for the new photos using the link below.
If you would like to order photos for the November 6th date, you can use this link:
If you order from the link above, a photo will be taken of your student on November 6. These orders must be made by 10pm the day BEFORE picture day.
The link above is not for the original photos that were taken September 25 and 26. If you would like to order more of the original photos, please use the form on the original photo packet.
If you have any questions please email KIDS Photography at KIDSphoto@comcast.net
Remember to Vote!
Did you send in your ballot yet? The general election is one week from today, on November 7! For information about ballot measures, drop box locations, tracking your ballot and more, see the Snohomish County Elections website. Exercise your right to vote!
Scholastic Book Fair is coming November 13 - 17th
Students will be allowed to shop for BOOKS ONLY during their library time.
Family shopping times are as follows:
- After school sales: Monday - Thursday: 3:25pm – 4:00pm
- Evening sales: Tue 4:00pm – 6:30pm & Thu 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Cash and Cards are accepted or families can set up an e-wallet for their students here: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/columbiafall2023
We need a lot of volunteers to help make the Book Fair happen; please sign up to help! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080A4FAAAB23A1F49-44894298-columbia#/
STEAM Night is coming, November 16th
Please join us from 6:30-8pm for a fun evening celebrating science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Our SnoPUD, Mathnasium of Mukilteo, and parent volunteers will be leading fun activities for the entire family.
If you would like to volunteer to help at this event please sign up here:
Coffee With The Principal
Every year, each school is required to write a School Improvement Plan (SIP). The SIP, in conjunction with the Mukilteo School District Strategic Plan, helps guide our action steps for continuous growth and improvement at Columbia Elementary. Are you interested in hearing more about our SIP and goals for the year and providing feedback? If so, you are invited to Coffee with the Principal.
When: Tuesday, November 14, 9:30 – 10:15
Where: Columbia Elementary
Why: Learn about the School Improvement Plan and give feedback
If you are interested, please fill out this brief Google form.
Getting the Most Out of Conferences
Parents have so much to share with teachers. You are the holder of additional information that is so valuable to teachers. You hear the “home” version of how they feel about school. They may mention what they like best, what is easy or hard for them and whether or not they have school worries. You know if your child is doing homework at night and how long it takes. You know what brings about the most excitement for your child and what gets the most airtime at the dinner table. Sharing these insights with your child's teacher is valuable.
Teachers have so much to share with parents too. Teachers watch how your child relates with others in a classroom. They see how your child performs academically in a variety of subject areas and what support is needed to make the most progress. They know whether your child is willing to take intellectual risks in the classroom. They know your child's reading level. They know whether your child is making friends in class and what behaviors help or hinder social progress. Teachers know if your child is on track to meet state academic standards. They also are working to see evidence of fixed or growth mindset tendencies, which is certainly a work in progress.
In order to make your conference a productive one, here are some questions you might want to ask and some information you might consider sharing with the teacher. Preparing what you hope to ask and share will help make the most out of the conference time.
You might want to ask the teacher:
• Does my child participate in classroom activities?
• Does he/she show self-control in school?
• Does my child demonstrate the stamina required at this grade level?
• Does he/she seem to enjoy reading in his/her spare time? What genres?
• Is his/her comprehension suitable for his/her grade level?
• Does he/she know basic math facts? Can he/she explain mathematical thinking?
• How is my child being challenged?
• Can my child express thoughts and ideas clearly?
• Does my child write clearly?
• Does my child seem happy at school?
• Is he/she accepted by other children?
You might want to tell the teacher:
• Which activities your child discusses at home.
• What responsibilities your child has at home.
• Anything that has happened recently that might affect performance at school.
• Classmates your child sees at home.
• Some of your child’s favorite activities outside of school.
• How you discipline and reward at home.
• Your child’s strengths and challenges.
• Which mindset you see your child display most often and when that mindset occurs.
Guidance From Our Nurse
Attendance matters for all of us at Columbia Elementary, and we need your help!
If you need to report an absence, tardy or early dismissal, call our 24 hour attendance line at 425-366-2605 or email us!
Please note that teachers do not always have the opportunity to inform the office that your child is going to be absent. Please include office staff on all attendance emails to teachers.
- Early Pick-Up
If your child will be leaving early for the day, families/guardians will need to send a note, email the teacher or call the office on the main line at 425-366-2600. (Avoid calling between 8:45-9:15 AM)
Please do not leave a message on the attendance line. Please avoid picking up during their scheduled lunch, recess or time with specialists, as it may take extra time to retrieve your student.
Only an authorized person may take a child from school. Any student being dismissed prior to the regular dismissal time must be met in the office and the student must be signed out by the parent/guardian or authorized person picking them up.
- Pre-Arranged Absence
Any absence not specifically covered, such as family vacations or other extended absence, must have a Principal approved pre-arranged absence form in order to be excused. This form must be completed and submitted to the school office one week prior to the scheduled absence.
November's Important Dates and Observances
- Native American Heritage Month
- 5th Standard time begins (Fall back 1 hour)
- 6-10th National School Psychology Week - to highlight the important work school psychologists and other educators do to help all students thrive
- 7th Election Day
- 8th National STEM and STEAM Day - A day to inspire students in the world of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.
- 9th End of first quarter
- 10th Veterans Day observed, no school
- 13-17th American Education Week - A time to spotlight the importance of providing all children a quality education.
- 17th Substitute Educators Day - Organized by the National Education Association to focus on the importance of substitute school employees.
- 19-25th National Family Week – Organized by the Alliance for Children and Families, the time is set aside to honor the premise that strong families are at the center of strong communities.
- 23rd Thanksgiving Day – Celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November to give thanks for the things one has at the end of the harvest season.
- 24th Native American Heritage Day – President George W. Bush signed legislation in 2008 designating the Friday after Thanksgiving as a day to pay tribute to Native Americans for their many contributions to the United States. In Washington, it is observed on the Friday following the fourth Thursday in November.
3, 17 Learning Improvement Time
10 Veteran’s Day observed (no school)
20-22 Conferences (no school PS-grade 5 only)
22 Early dismissal
23-24 Thanksgiving/Native American Heritage Day (no school)