Columbia Elementary Newsletter

April 2023

Columbia Elementary School

Columbia Elementary School

Developing Confident, Competent and Compassionate People.

Principal: Bruce Denton

Principal's Message

Dear Columbia Families,

Columbia Elementary is fortunate to enjoy the benefits of an active and supportive PTA. Our PTA is one with a broad base of volunteers, as well as one that is very well organized. It is exciting to watch many Columbia parents share the load in serving the school community.

Thank you so much to our PTA board, committee chairs, and many volunteers. Your efforts help make Columbia a great place for students, families and staff. I cannot thank you enough for all of the time, energy, resources and talent you share with us.

When parents volunteer at school, it makes a big difference for the school as a whole, as well as for the children of the volunteers. Did you know that you contribute to better school attendance, improved grades and test scores, less misbehavior, better social skills, staying in school, graduating, and going on to college? You help create a welcome and supporting environment, act as positive role models and as student motivators. Students see adult volunteers and know that adults respect learning and take school seriously. Please coordinate a time with your child's teacher to volunteer in their classroom. Remember to fill out the volunteer package prior to volunteering.

Thank you, Columbia PTA! We appreciate all that you do for our school!

Best regards,

Mr. Denton

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Mark Your Calendars!

  • School Dates and Observations:

Apr 7 Dismissal (2:10 PM)

Apr 7 Popcorn Friday

Apr 10-14 Spring Break (NO SCHOOL)

Apr 17 School Board Meeting (6:00 PM)

Apr 17-28 Mr. KAAS' Food Drive

Apr 20 PTA General Meeting (7:00 PM via ZOOM)

Apr 21 Dismissal (2:10 PM)

Apr 24-28 Spring Book Fair

Apr 25 School Board Meeting (6:00 PM)

Apr 27 Dismissal (2:10 PM)

Apr 27 Movie Night

Apr 28 Dismissal (2:10 PM)

  • Other Upcoming Dates and Observances:

Child Abuse Prevention Month

Mathematics Awareness Month

Autism Acceptance Month

National Youth Sports Safety Month

National Volunteer Month

School Library Month

Apr 2 International Children’s Book Day

Apr 2 World Autism Awareness Day

Apr 7 Good Friday

Apr 5-13 Pesach/Passover

Apr 9 Easter

Apr 14 Vaisakhi

Apr 17-18 Yom Hashoah/Holocaust Memorial Day

Apr 22 Earth Day

Mukilteo School District Calendar 2022-23 (Click here)

Cougars C.A.R.E. 2nd Trimester 2022-2023

Cougar C.A.R.E. Awards Rubric

We're so excited to share our Cougar's C.A.R.E. award recipients for this second trimester.

Life Academics:

Ms. Conlee: Ewan E., Franklin B., Nobel G., Jhon R., Shiphrah N.

Mrs. Joseph: Musa S., Orion S., Savannah M.

Mrs. Peregoy: Skyler A., Mohammed N., Ariyah C., Kiara B.


Miss Albano: Annabelle J., Anna K., Gurnishan S., Ava S., Harper L., Ivan L., Olive P., Emerson W.

Mrs. Mawet: Sophia A., Teighan S., Grace S., Dillan N., Amari P., Ryan D., Samson P., Faith M.

Mrs. Noh: Nora W., Joshua R., Alex K., Auri R., Ava H., Rachel L., Mila S., Nicholas D.

Mrs. Roberson: James R., Ailen C., Alice P., Ari C., Ezra L., Gianna G., Allanna N., Khalil A.

First Grade:

Miss Bosa: Emma H., Jules C., Sofia R., Lucas L., Ian Y., Olivia D., Tatum K.

Ms. Halvorson: Anavahy L., Eliza H., Luke K., Yusif Y., Briana A., Liam B., Brianna T., Brier C.

Mrs. Pietzsch: Lamees E., Wylder N., Alex G., Aria D., Ella G., Leyou T.

Ms. Steffins: Lily T., Heather B., Deelan K., Liliana L., Bao-Try N., Lucas B., Mia B.

Second Grade:

Ms. Boyd: Luz G., Maddi B., Jonathan H., Chris K., Sylvie M., Berkeley N., Brayden B., Roslyn D.

Mrs. Craggs: Andrew B., Hydar A., Soren L., Kiana M., Olivia L., Jacob L., Summer I., Grayson B.

Ms. Minaker: Tyler B., Noel P., Paula G., Aayesha S., Mason C. Noomi M., Naomi K., Ethan P.

Third Grade:

Miss Fetherston: Anna N., Zhasmin Y., Aidan K., Luka G., Kai F., Vira L., Lila E., Max W.

Ms. Roberts: Remy I., Simon X., Morgan R., Sam C., Amelia R., Bjorn H., Noah B., Abby O.

Mrs. West: Alexa M., Addison P., Laila A., Alexa A., Chris B., Allizon B., Florence K., Daria S.

Fourth Grade:

Mr. Folta: Yumna M., Dorie N., Meilyn A., Owen L., Jiselle P., Charlie K., Cole N., Karrar A.

Mr. Melby: Aaliyah J., Annabelle L., Aryan T., Antonia B., Christopher S., Livia G., Gabe S., Kai L.

Ms. Parise: Arian G., Rhiley B., Max B., Grayson B., Kyree T., Hiba A., Jesslynn N., Michelle G.

      Mr. Seal: Melody W., Ian K., Henry B., Parker N., Frankie D., Lucas W., Marshall A., Roba I.

      Fifth Grade:

      Mrs. Clark: Liam R., Jordan M., Aruba F., Julianna G., Arjun S., Andrew V.

      Mrs. Harmon: Harper B., Seth D., Jack L.

      Mrs. Somers: Lam N., Natalie C., Annika M., Emma B.

      Parent Input Form for Class Placement

      At Columbia Elementary we carefully assign students to classes considering academic, behavior and social needs. This is a collaborative team process working toward balanced classrooms that are best for our students. In addition, each team makes it a priority to place your child with a teacher who best fits your child’s learning style and needs. Parents may have additional insights that help us ensure a productive year. If you would like to provide input to this process, an online parental input form is available. Please know that we cannot accommodate requests for specific teachers. Completing the form is optional. Submissions are due by Friday, May 5.

      Keep in mind, your child’s teacher will receive this input and present it to the placement team. Please click the button below and use this form only. Please avoid letters, calls or emails for placement purposes, unless you need help with the form.

      Please click the link bellow to fill out the parent input form.

      Classroom Group Picture is Coming Soon!

      Class Group Picture Days are Wed April 26th and Thur April 27th. All students will be photographed with their classmates. Only students who place an order will receive a portrait.

      Pre-Ordering for Class Group Pictures is open. Please click on the link below and follow the ordering directions. The deadline to order is Wednesday May 3, 2023.

      Questions? Email us at

      Pre-Order your Classroom Group Photo Here

      via KIDS Photography website

      Fitness and Health Corner

      April is the month to get outside and get moving. It is the perfect time to ride your bike, walk the dog, work in the yard, or simply go for a walk. Whatever you choose to do, please get outside and enjoy the sunshine. Remember, the Vitamin D from the sunshine is good for your health.

      Thank you very much to our students, parents, and community for their support of our annual Kid Heart Challenge fundraiser. Your donations help to fund vital research and educate the public about cardiovascular disease and stroke. Our top collectors were Lila (3rd), Owen (4th) and Levi (5th). I’m so proud of you ALL!!!

      Mrs. Beiermann

      Message from the Library

      Are you planning to kick off the season with a little spring cleaning? We would love to take any gently-read children’s books off your hands to use to fill our Columbia Little Library. Our readers have been enjoying the opportunity to select from the little library and would welcome any contributions of books ready for new homes! Books may be dropped off in the blue bin outside of the office hallway library entrance, or your child is welcome to bring them in on or before their library day.

      Thank you so much for your support!

      Popcorn Friday!

      Columbia PTA will give out free popcorn to students during their lunch period. The special ingredient in our popcorn on Popcorn Fridays are the parent volunteers. Volunteers are needed to make and handout popcorn during recess.

      Please consider signing up if you're able on Friday, April 7, 2023!

      Give it a try – it is a wonderful way to meet other Columbia parents as well as spend time getting to know the students and staff at Columbia!

      Spring Book Fair Apr 24-28!

      Our Spring Book Fair is scheduled for April 24-28, with set-up on Friday, April 21.

      With before school, after school and evening shopping times, it takes a lot of volunteers to pull this off. We hope to offer 2 evening shopping times to better accommodate working parents.

      Shopping Times:

      • Before school sales: Monday - Friday 8:40am-8:55am (Must sign in at front office)
      • After school sales: Monday - Thursday: 3:25pm - 3:45pm
      • Evening sales: Tuesday & Thursday: 3:45pm - 6pm

      Please sign up to help!

      Spring Book Fair Volunteer Sign Up

      Your help is so important to our Book Fair!


      April is National Poetry Month! Students can celebrate by participating in Columbia Elementary’ s Poetry-By-Heart Contest.

      This contest is a great opportunity for students to learn a poem from a pre-approved list for their grade, memorize the poem and then recite their poem in front of a group of judges. Reciting poetry, gives students the freedom to express feelings to an audience, develop confidence and training your brain to remember things. Students will be judged on poise, presentation, and memorization.

      For more information, poem lists, and how to sign-up, visit Columbia's Poetry-By-Heart website.

      Deadline to sign-up is April 9. Students will recite their poems for judging during school hours the week of May 1-5.

      Upcoming Events/ Volunteer Opportunities!

      Mark your calendars! We have a lot of fun activities coming your way. Some of these activities include:

      • Popcorn Friday ~May 5th
      • Teacher Appreciation Week ~May 8-12
      • Beach Day ~June 2

      We're planning another Beach Day for our End of Year Celebration. The beach shelters are reserved for ​Friday, June 2, 2023. We're looking for a couple people to help plan this event! If you are interested, please email Jaime at

      We have the resources, we just need volunteers to bring these events together! This is a great opportunity to work together with friends, neighbor, and family members to organize fun, community building events. It's also a great way to meet people! Stay tuned for volunteer sign-ups. If you are interested in joining a committee for one of the events above or chairing your own committee, please email Jamie Lewis at

      Attendance Line

      If your student will absent or tardy, please leave a message on our 24 Hours attendance line at (425) 366-2605. If the absence is reported after 10:00 am, you may receive an automated call.

      Please include:

      • Student First and Last Name
      • Date of absence
      • Reason for absence.

      We will only return your call or voicemail if we have questions.

      Attendance Matters

      Did you know that just TWO absent days a month can make it harder for students to stay on track? Attendance matters for all of us at Columbia Elementary, and we need your help! If you need support, please call (425) 366-2600.

      • 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. 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, where the student must be signed out by the parent/guardian or authorized person.

      • 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.

      Free Meals for all Students!

      This year all children are eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch. If your child has dietary restrictions, or you don’t want your child to eat the school-provided meals, please tell your child’s teacher. If you send lunch from home, please make sure your child can independently open all items and that you send healthy foods your child will eat.

      Breakfast is served from 8:35-8:50 AM daily.

      Lunch is served by grade level at their designated lunch time.

      Elementary April Menu

      Family Outreach

      Hi. My name is Libby Stewart-Finerty, aka “Mrs. Finerty. I help support your child’s social wellbeing at school. Your students will see me in their classrooms teaching Bully Prevention, and Child Safety classes for K-5. I also meet with students and families regarding mental health, behavioral and social emotional concerns.

      In addition to dealing with matters associated with your child's social wellbeing in school, I am here to assist with school clothes and other resources such as food.

      The quickest way to contact me is to email me at or call me at 425-366-2623. Please checkout my website: Mrs. Finerty, Elementary Support Specialist/Social Worker to find helpful resources for your family.

      Columbia Elementary Website

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      Mukilteo School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator Simone Neal (425-356-1735),, Section 504 Coordinator Lisa Pitsch (425-356-1277),, and the ADA/Access Coordinator Karen Mooseker (425-356-1330), Address: 9401 Sharon Drive in Everett, WA. Inquiries regarding ADA/Access issues at Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center should be directed to Wes Allen, Director (425-348-2220) Address: 9001 Airport Road in Everett, WA 98204.