Comet Chronicle, Jr.

February 11, 2021

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Our Winter Parent-Teacher Conferences will be scheduled via Google Meet on Thursday, February 25 from 5:00-8:00. Teachers will be sending information home soon. Due to our limited time, not all students will require a conference. If your student is not scheduled for a conference and you would like to touch base with the teacher, please reach out to the teacher. Thanks!

Our Preschoolers Made the News!

Ms. Sumrall's preschool students were visited by two news outlets to cover their Valentine's Day project of making cards for people in our community. The videos are below!

Art Room Update

Hello Comets! We have taken an exciting break from our regular skill building in the Art Room to make another school wide collaborative project. The students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade have learned about the art of Chris Uphues, and were inspired to create artwork out of hearts! Each student has made six hearts with fun faces, each painted a different color. These hearts will be sorted and put together to make a giant display outside the office. Here is a sneak peek!

-Mr. Selvidge

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PE News

In January we completed our basketball unit. Students had a lot of fun and improved tremendously on dribbling, passing, and shooting. In February we are participating in our annual Kids Heart Challenge with the American Heart Association. The link is below. We currently have 27 students registered. We will cover basic jump roping skills in kindergarten and first grade. Second and third grade students will learn advanced jump rope skills. I like to share many different jump rope games and activities with our students during class. My hope is that students will begin using these activities on their own. February is also Heart Health month. We will discuss making healthy choices for our heart and brain. Please have your child pack shoes for Physical Education class. Your child may bring a water bottle to the gym.

AHA Kids Heart Challenge

Thank you,

Mr. Veine

Music Notes

This past month went so quickly! In kindergarten, the children have listened and moved to many different movements from Carnival of the Animals and have discussed whether the music is fast, slow, smooth, choppy, loud, or soft. We’ve also practiced playing a beat with these different opposites. The first graders have listened to most of the main themes of Peter and the Wolf and will be watching/listening to performances of the entire piece soon. The second graders have been working on composing rhythms and have learned to sing and sign the solfege pitches so, la, and mi. The third graders continue learning to read music and will soon be playing melodies on resonator bells. The children in Young 5s have been working on their tossing and catching skills and doing movement, art, and music activities and songs about winter and Valentine’s Day. Stay warm!

-Mrs. Kirksey

Face Masks

Parents, please make sure your student comes to school wearing a face mask. Our supply of backup masks is limited. Thank you!


If you would like to order a CES yearbook for your student(s), please use this link: CES Yearbook. The cost of each yearbook is $10.00. This price will be available through Sunday, 2/21. Starting Monday, 2/22, you will be charged a shipping fee and the yearbook will be sent to the address you enter on the website instead of being sent to the school.

Outdoor Recess

We will be outside for recess everyday as long as the temperature is above 10 degrees (including wind chill). Please be sure that your students is dressed for colder temperatures.

If there are snow gear that your student needs, please reach out to your child's teacher and we will do all that we can to support!

Dropping Off and Picking Up Reminder

When dropping off or picking up your student in the car rider lane, we ask that you:
  • Pull all the way forward so that we can unload/load as many students as possible. This will make the process more smooth and efficient.
  • Do not attempt to make a left turn into the car rider lane. Traffic is often backed up down S. West St. for drivers making a righthand turn into the lane. Instead, join the back of the line and make the righthand turn.

A safe and smooth process is our priority. Thank you for your support!

Late Start Wednesday

Don't forget that we have a late start on Wednesday, February 24th!
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24 Hour Rule

When it comes to responding to calls, emails, or messages Coloma Elementary staff follows the "24 hour rule." In other words, we will make every effort to respond within 24 hours. We often do so before that, but sometimes our schedules can get busy. We appreciate your understanding.

Mask Care

Students have been given two face masks from their teacher. Per our Safe Return to School Plan reusable face masks must be washed daily. Please help us in our efforts to keep our students and staff healthy and safe!

School Messenger

Communication is a priority for all Coloma staff. We use SchoolMessenger to share information electronically with our families. Over the last few months we have received feedback from parents that they are not receiving emails with important messages, reminders, and newsletters. If you find yourself in that group, please reach out to our office staff to make sure we have a current email address in PowerSchool. If we have the correct email address, then the situation is that the parent may have changed their settings to have our emails blocked. If you would like to fix that, our office staff can help you with that too.

CARE Expectations

Coloma Elementary's schoolwide expectations for student behavior follow the acronym CARE. It stands for:
  • Come ready to learn
  • Always respectful
  • Responsible
  • Exceptionally safe

Expectations for the hallway, bathrooms, cafeteria, playground, arrival, and dismissal are posted throughout the school. We teach the expectations and review them throughout the school year. Students also earn CARE tickets when they follow the expectations. The office does a ticket drawing where students pick a prize from the CARE Box.

Stay Connected!

How can you stay connected to what's happening at Coloma Elementary?
  • Follow us on Facebook.
  • Make sure the office has your email address on file so we can communicate via SchoolMessenger.
  • Read the Comet Chronicle, Jr. (twice a month).
  • Read your classroom newsletter.

Box Tops

Check out how you can support our school through Box Tops for Education!

A Common Question

One of the most commonly asked questions is: “How long will someone have to quarantine if there’s a case of COVID-19?" Our response is:

“The health and safety of our students, families, and staff is and will always be our primary concern. We have been working diligently over the past several months to prepare for the safe return to school for our students and staff—implementing sanitization and social distancing protocols across the district. In the event of a COVID-19 situation in one of our buildings or classrooms, we will work with the Berrien County Health Department to assist in contact tracing to determine who needs to quarantine and for how long as every COVID exposure is unique. Ultimately, the BCHD will provide specific guidance related to quarantining and isolation.”