Columbia Heights Public Schools

Feb. 25, 2021 Update

P-EBT Benefits for 2020-2021 School Year Available Starting Late March

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) will offer Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer or P-EBT benefits to qualifying families beginning late March. P-EBT is a temporary food benefit available to Minnesota families with children who would have received free or reduced-price meals if schools were open.

DHS expects to begin issuing P-EBT benefits in late March 2021. One new P-EBT card per child will be mailed to the address on file with the child’s school. After the initial benefits are issued in late March, additional benefits will be issued monthly on the same card for the remainder of the school year.

To be eligible, students must be enrolled in SNAP, the Minnesota Family Investment Program, Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or approved for free or reduced-price school meals through their school. There is no separate P-EBT application process for the 2020-2021 school year, students will automatically be issued benefits based on the learning model and free or reduced-price meal data submitted to the Minnesota Department of Education by their school.

Your family’s eligibility for the 2020-2021 P-EBT program may be different from your eligibility for the 2019-2020 P-EBT program. To ensure your child is considered for benefits covering the full school year:

  • Make sure your school has your current address and contact information

  • Apply for free or reduced-price school meals by completing an Application for Educational Benefits if you are not already approved for free or reduced-price meals for the 2020-2021 school year. (To ensure your benefits arrive as soon as possible, be sure to qualify for free or reduced-price school meals before Feb. 28, 2021).

Benefits for qualifying students will be calculated based on whether school was in a distance- or hybrid-status for the majority of the month. As a result, families will receive different benefit amounts, and some families may receive different benefit amounts for each child. Benefits will be retroactive to September 2020. Students who spent the majority of the month in distance learning will receive $130 in P-EBT benefits for that month. Students who spent the majority of the month in hybrid learning will receive $75 in P-EBT benefits for that month.

Celebrating North Park Administrative Assistant Karen Crotty

As you know, Columbia Heights Public Schools, North Park School for Innovation and the Columbia Heights community lost secretary, friend and lifelong Heights resident Karen Crotty.

In partnership with her family, North Park will host a drive-by Celebration of Ms. Karen’s Life 4:30-5:30 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 26. This will take place in the horseshoe outside the new main entrance at North Park providing a memorial opportunity that will allow everyone to remain in their car. Karen’s family will be our guests of honor.

Please join us in recognizing the impact Karen had on our community through generations of families.

Activities & Athletics Update


William Katchmark (pictured) signs Letter of Intent to play Football at North Dakota State College of Science. Congratulations!


2/18 Girls Basketball (42) v. Visitation (78)

2/18 Wrestling (18) vs. Brooklyn Center (36)

2/19 Boys Basketball (106) v. Brooklyn Center (71)

2/20 Boys Hockey (0) v. Park of Cottage Grove (3)

2/23 Boys Basketball (62) v. DeLaSalle (60)

2/23 Boys Swim and Dive (69) v. Fridley (101)

2/23 Gymnastics (126.3) v. Chanhassen-Chaska (130.275)

Live Streaming Options

Visit CHPS Activities on Twitter and the Activities Schedule for Livestream links to home and away events!

Bowling (Girls and Boys)
Registration now Open! Practices start Monday, March 1!

Columbia Academy Students Take Home First- and Second-Place Awards in Youth Art Month

Two Columbia Academy (CA) eighth-grade students Mae Skaja and Sailor Sandvik were recognized this week for their outstanding artwork in the annual Youth Art Month (YAM) sponsored by Art Educators of Minnesota (AEM). This state-wide art exhibition emphasizes the value of art education for all children, encourages support for quality school art programs, and promotes art material safety. This year’s theme was “Art Connects Us.”

Read the press release and view their artwork.

Complete Daily Health Screening BEFORE Coming to School

CHPS would like to remind parents/guardians to complete a daily health screening at home prior to coming on-site:

  1. Students must be healthy and symptom-free for the last 10 days and have a temperature under 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

  2. Students who have been in close contact with someone who was diagnosed or suspected to have COVID-19 within the last 14 days cannot attend.

  3. Students who appear ill may be removed from school. Returning to the school will be determined on a case by case basis.

  4. If a student is diagnosed or presumed positive for COVID-19, please contact your site immediately.

To the best of my knowledge, my child is healthy and well enough to participate in school today. If your student has one or more of the above symptoms they should stay home and you should contact your school health specialist for further guidance.

School Board Recognition Week

Columbia Heights Public Schools joined other districts from across the state to celebrate School Board Recognition Week (Feb. 22-26) to honor board members for their commitment to our students, staff and community.

“Strong schools help build strong communities, and the CHPS School Board devotes countless hours supporting each and every child in their learning, development and wellbeing.” said Superintendent Zena Stenvik. “School board members make the difficult decisions every month that address education issues and regulations in order to provide the kind of accountability our community expects.”

Columbia Heights Public Schools District Nurse Provides Support to Families and Staff Before, During and After COVID-19

Columbia Heights Public Schools (CHPS) District Nurse Nicole Boisvert, RN, BSN, PHN, LSN has been a key support for District families and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, but that’s not where her role starts and ends. Boisvert takes on anything that falls under the umbrella of Health Services.

In her role, Boisvert’s duties directly related to the health and wellbeing of the student population and includes educating staff, students, families and community members. Most recently, the role has been focused on efforts related to COVID-19 including planning, protocols, saliva testing for staff, contact tracing and supporting opportunities for vaccination.

Read the press release.

Meal Delivery Continues through End of School Year

Thanks to funding from the Minnesota Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Columbia Heights Public Schools is pleased to be able to continue offering free meals to all students through the end of the school year.

Meal delivery continues to be available to students in Heights from Home and sign-ups are still open. If and when students return to school buildings, all meals offered at school will also be free. Students who return to in-person learning will automatically be removed from meal delivery.

Register for Summer Adventure Club

Summer Adventure Club is for children entering grades 1-6. Open 7 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays June 14-Aug.27 held at the Columbia Heights Family Center.

City of Columbia Heights Centennial Coloring Page Contest

Submissions for the City's centennial coloring page contest are due Saturday, March 6!

The City of Columbia Heights has partnered with Northeast Bank for a city-wide coloring page contest to help celebrate the City’s centennial in 2021.

One winner will be selected from each of the five age groups: four and under, five to eight, nine to 12, 13 to 17, and 18 and up. Each winner will receive a $30 gift card to a Columbia Heights business or restaurant. All winners will be notified by email or phone prior to the formal announcement on Monday, March 15.

In addition, the Columbia Heights school or daycare with the most entries will be awarded a $500 check from Northeast Bank -- the contest's sponsor. If the number of entries is tied, the award will be split equally. Entries must be delivered or postmarked by Saturday, March 6. A panel of judges from the Columbia Heights Centennial Committee will judge the entries.

Feb. 23, 2021 School Board Report

Stay up-to-date on Columbia Heights Public Schools by reading the "School Board Report."