FEBRUARY 3, 2020


In an effort to boost reading achievement, Michigan lawmakers passed the Read by Grade Three Law. To help more students reach reading proficiency by the end of third grade, the law requires extra support be provided to students K-3 who are not reading at grade level.

The law also states that a child may be retained in 3rd grade if they are more than one grade level behind in reading by the end of 3rd grade. Letters from the state will be sent to families of students scoring below grade level on the English Language Arts portion of the MSTEP upon completion of the assessment in May.

Please be aware that at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, any student identified as at-risk in reading based on i-Ready and STAR Reading data, and/or parent or teacher concerns, was tested one-on-one by the Reading Interventionist. If they qualified, the student was given an Individual Reading Improvement Plan (for those more than one grade level behind) and they have been receiving extra reading support in the form of Leveled Literacy Intervention three times each week.

Please note, the M-Step score is the criteria the state uses to inform parents, however, the decision to retain a student will take into account more than one piece of data. The law does allow parents and guardians to ask that their student be promoted to fourth grade in some cases. If you have questions about how best to support your child, please consider attending Family Night at CES on February 20th. Mrs. Cripe and Mrs. Neal will be available to share information about the Read by Grade 3 Law, answer questions, provide resources, and offer ways to work with your child at home. You may also contact me via email at Jennifer.VanWagnen@myeagles.org or call (517) 592-2181 for more information.


Date: February 20

Time: 6-7:30


It is National School Counselor's Week and we would like to take this opportunity to thank our beloved CUES counselor, Mrs. Schatzle, for making a difference every single day! Each connection that is built, each support that is provided with Mindfulness Mornings, guidance lessons, and through a multitude of other positive interactions, and each smile she gives changes the lives of our students for the better. Please join us in celebrating and congratulating her!
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February 10th- School Board Meeting @ 7 pm

February 11th- Theater Club Performance @ 6 pm, CUES Gymnasium

February 11th- PTO Carnival Planning Meeting @ 6 pm, CUES

February 12th- Count Day

February 13th- Classroom Valentine's Parties

February 13th- PTO Meeting @ 6 pm, CES Library

February 14th-17th- NO SCHOOL

February 18th-21st Book Fair @ CES

February 18th-21st-Spirit Week

February 21st- Winterfest (Homecoming)

February 21st-Book Bingo @ CES

February 22nd- Cash Bash

February 27th- Decorate for March is Reading Month

February 28th- March is Reading Month Kickoff Assembly

February 28th-2nd Trimester Ends

March 1- Mrs. VanWagnen's Facebook Live Read-Aloud @ 7:30 pm


Spirit Week begins on Tuesday, February 18th! Winterfest will be held on Friday, February 21st.

The theme for each day is as follows:

Tuesday- America Day

Wednesday- Neon Day

Thursday- Pajama Day



Congratulations to the 2019-2020 CUES 5th and 6th grade Spelling Bee Champions!

5th Grade: Iayla Coffelt, Quentin Dickerson, Logan Feldvary, Zane Herron, Elijah Losey, Trenton Ruttkofsky, Jacob Stasa and Blayden Steller

6th Grade: Greyson Agnello, Madonna Chehade, Garrett Denney, Korbin Folger, Alaina LaRue, Oren Muldowney, Arliss Rice and Olivia Wood

Special congratulations to this year’s 5th grade champion, Elijah Losey and alternate, Quentin Dickerson and also to the 6th grade champion, Olivia Wood, and alternate, Garrett Denney! The champions in each grade level will advance to the countywide Mlive Jackson Citizen Patriot Spelling Bee on March 11th at 6 pm.

Each of the students displayed remarkable courage and focus. We are so proud of all those that participated! #cuesproud


We would like to remind all parents CELL PHONES, HEADPHONES, AIR PODS, ETC. ARE NOT PERMITTED IN THE CLASSROOM during the school day! Air Pods and other expensive brands of headphones should NOT be brought to school; these items are not necessary during the school day. Thank you for your support!


The Student Council is selling Candy Grams during all lunch periods between February 3rd -February 13th. Candy Grams can be purchased for friends, teachers and/or for your children. Thank you for your support!


Saturday, Feb. 22nd, 5-10:30pm

3575 Francis Street

Jackson, MI

The Columbia Golden Cash Bash will be held on February 22nd from 5-10 PM at the Gene Davis & Sons Banquet & Convention Center. We would love for our Columbia community to join us. The proceeds will support Columbia Academics, Athletics and the Arts. This is a great opportunity to celebrate Columbia Schools! Please contact the office to purchase your ticket!


CUES is collecting donations for an Olympic themed "Read for the Gold" Reading basket for the Cash Bash Silent Auction. If you have any themed books, snacks or other items that you would consider donating to the basket, please send them to the CUES office. The money raised from the Cash Bash goes directly back to Columbia students in the form of grants for Academics, Arts and Athletics. We appreciate your generosity and support!


The CUES K-Kids are collecting items in February to send in Military Care Packages. The suggested items are listed below. The K-Kids will be making cards to put in each package. We thank our CUES families for supporting their efforts. They are excited to spread love and kindness in this way!

Food items- candy, snacks, drink mixes

Personal Care items--tooth brushes/paste, shaving cream, soap, hair supplies, clothing, socks

Entertainment items--puzzle books, magazines, books

Communication items--stamps, note cards, Apple icards, calling cards


Career Day

Career Day is coming up! On Friday, March 6th, students will be participating in a Career Day in the afternoon. We are excited to do this for a 2nd consecutive year. We are still looking for additional volunteers to come and share information about their exciting careers with students. We would love to have a variety of careers to help students look at the many paths possible! Please return the form sent home recently, or contact Mrs. Schatzle at 517-592-2181 or email Krista.Schatzle@myeagles.org.

Parents/Guardians, other family members or community members are all welcome to volunteer as a presenter. A background check will be required for participation. Thank you for considering joining us for this fun filled experience!


If your child is going to be absent, please call our Absentee Line @ 592-7981. Please send in a documented excuse if your child had an appointment.

Reminder that if your child has a fever or is vomiting, it is required that they remain home for 24 hours (medication free) from the time that they were first sick.

Thank you for helping us keep CUES healthy!


It’s time to start planning this year's PTO Spring Carnival. This is a large event that takes many volunteers to be a success. If you’d be willing to help in the planning, please attend the first meeting Tuesday, February 11th at 6 in the CUES teachers lounge. Thank you!


Congratulations to our January Student of the Month Nominees!

Back Row: Chase Dukate, Logan Hannewald, Austin Higbee, Mrs. VanWagnen, Billy Pirtle, Madison McClain, Kenny Atkinson.
Middle Row: Ty Campbell, Kelsey Fausz, Raell Bice, Zack Goins, Jacob Boardman.
Front Row: Harlow Zuver, Caraline Shong, Brie Leindecker, Avery Flanders, Luke Kay.

We are so very proud of the wonderful example these students set for others to follow. Continue to work hard & be kind! #cuesproud

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