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February 24, 2017

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O'Neil's News

March is Reading Month kicks off on February 27 with an assembly highlighting all of the exciting events that will take place. We will be celebrating reading month with the theme "Salt in the air, wind in your hair, toes in the sand, reading is GRAND!" Each day students are invited to show their support of reading month! Examples are: "Be a JEAN-ious" (wear jeans to school) and "Reading is no SWEAT" (wear sweats to school). We will also celebrate the month by hosting authors Darrin & Karen Brege. The Michigan author and illustrator team will share an assembly with our students.

We have a school-wide goal of 4,000 Accelerated Reader points! Once a student earns 10 points, they will be invited to participate in our bowling trip to Brooklyn Lanes. To encourage students to earn their 10 points, they will also receive a HALFWAY prize when they have earned 5 points.

Throughout the month, teachers will hand out “CATCH THE READING WAVE!” tickets for every 5 AR points a student earns. When the student earns a ticket, they may place it in the drawing for the following items:

  1. Two Bikes (one for a boy, one for a girl)

  2. Money Machine

  3. Lunch at SUBWAY and ICE CREAM with Mrs. O’Neil

  4. Chromebook

Families are encouraged to be involved with Reading Month at home. You are invited to post photos of your child reading on our CUES Facebook page. We will select students from these photos to receive gift cards. Throughout the month, it might also be fun to read a family novel or have a family reading time. We hope to catch you reading!

We would like to thank our PTO, Kiwanis Club, the Brooklyn Lanes and our Student Council for offering prizes such as a trip in a money machine, bicycles, gift cards, a chrome book, Subway lunch and bowling. We appreciate all they do to support our students!


February 24 - Book Bingo 6-8 PM @ CES

February 28 - Parent Literacy Night, 6-7:30 PM @ CES

March 4 - Daddy Daughter Dance, 6-8 PM @ CUES

March 5 - End of second trimester

March 7 - Free Breakfast for all students!

March 7-Positive Parenting Strategies @ CUES, 6:30-7:30 PM

March 14-Breakout Drug Education for Parents @CUES, 6:30-7:30PM

March 22 - 6th Grade Kimball Camp parent meeting, 6:30 PM

March 23 - Spring Picture Day

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Let's go EAGLES!! The Childrenz Challenge is an amazing event for the entire community. Please register your kids to participate. When you register, you will be helping Columbia Elementary Schools with their goal of winning first place in the Michigan Community Credit Union School Challenge.


Please join CES and CUES for a three part series for valuable parenting information.

  • February 28-Parent Literacy Night, Helping your Child with Phonics and Reading, CES, 6-7:30 PM
  • March 7-Positive Parenting Strategies, CUES, 6:30-7:30 PM
  • March 14-Breakout Drug Education, CUES, 6:30-7:30 PM

An invitation was sent home with your child. We have more forms available in the office.


Registration for summer baseball and softball has begun! Visit the link below to register your child in the Brooklyn Baseball/Softball Club. Paper registration flyers are also available in all main offices in the Columbia School District and in the CC Fitness Center.

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Any donations of children's boys & girls shoes in sizes 1, 2, 3, & 4 would be appreciated!
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We have very healthy options for breakfast and lunch at CSD. Please click on the link below to view the current menu.

  • Breakfast -$1.30
  • Lunch-$2.80

Please be sure to fill out a Free and Reduced Meal Application to see if you qualify. These forms are available online and in our school office.



Mr. Potter is passionate about teaching his students the importance of reading. During his free time he enjoys cooking, hunting, fishing, bee keeping, and spending time with his wife, Debra, and their 3 children. Mr. Potter is a Master Gardener and is assisting on CUES Community Garden Committee.