NOVEMBER 30, 2018


First Annual Turkey Trot

Our First Annual Turkey Trot was absolutely awesome! We are so proud of all those who participated. For this community event, students had the opportunity to race approximately a half mile around an obstacle course behind the school. The top boy and girl in each grade won a turkey to take home, second and third place finishers earned pumpkin pies and the top five were all awarded medals. Each participated student earned a certificate for their efforts in completing the race.

Thanks to 5th grade teacher, Amy Teller, for spearheading this event and special thanks to Brooklyn Country Market and the Columbia Elementary PTO for sponsoring this event! #cuesproud

6th Grade Turkey Trot Winners:
Girls: Jenny Brindle (4th), Sammy Lewis (2nd), Melyssa McJennett (1st), Makayla Fleming (3rd), Katelyn Cielen (5th)

Boys: Armani Spaulding (4th), Julian Sims (3rd), Andrew Hosmer (1st), Dayton Lasky (2nd), Brett Kowalsky (5th)

5th Grade Turkey Trot Winners:
Girls: Zoe Ruiz (5th), Alexis Herr (3rd), Alexis Beever (1st), Cecilia Slat (2nd), Rylee Knapp (4th)

Boys: Chase Dukate (5th), Jonas Maki (3rd), Zackary Johnson (1st), Landon Ballach (2nd), Connor Renfrow (4th)

4th Grade Turkey Trot Winners:

Girls: Camden Knapp (4th), Jazlin Dawson (3rd), Jenna Thompson (1st), Alexa Thompson (2nd), Aubry Koch (5th)

Boys: Auden Kennedy (5th), Blayden Steller (3rd), David Munro (1st), Patrick Spink (2nd), Parker Gough (4th

3rd Grade Turkey Trot Winners:
Girls: Lydia Sanders (4th), Maisey Toteff (3rd), Ashlyne Houston (1st), Madison Cielen (2nd), Megan Timbrook (5th)

Boys: Sam Travioli (4th), Sam Truax (3rd), Lucas Milbourne (1st), Jack Trumble (2nd), Camden Dukate (5th)


December 1- CUES Robotics Competition at CCHS

December 3-7- Secret Santa Shop (CUES Science Lab)

December 5- PTO Meeting, 6 pm in CES Library

December 7- Book Bingo

December 17- Doug Scheer Assembly

December 13 - Free Holiday Lunch for all students

December 13- Student of the Month Ceremony

December 14- Popcorn Friday

December 18- Band and Choir Concert, 6 pm @ CES

December 20 - Holiday Assembly @ 1:15 pm (Red and Green Day)

December 21- Half Day (Dismissal @ 11:30 am)

December 22-January 6- Holiday Break (No School)

Congratulations to our November Student of the Month Nominees!

Back Row: Allie Choate, Allie Pound, Aubrey Wyse, Kiara Hall, Chris Holcomb, Jack Pekrul, Mrs. VanWagnen, Middle Row: Cecelia Slat, Alexis Beever, Haleigh Celske, Brooke Johnson, Megan Timbrook, Zoe Ruiz, Kenny Atkinson, Front Row: Sophia Stevenson, Jena Rager, Lily Lake
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Jenny's Penguin Patch Holiday Shop is coming to our school! Next week your child will be able to participate in an educational, fun, and exciting experience.

Parent volunteers will assist children while shopping to allow them to enjoy the spirit of giving. We offer over 100 different gifts that can be purchased for as little as $.25 and up to $10.00 each.

Please ensure that the Gift List Budget Envelope is completed and returned (with cash or check made payable to CES PTO) to the school on the date that your child's class is scheduled to shop.


Do not send any type of medication with your child to school. Please come in to the office and fill out the required forms, along with the medication in the original container (not opened). Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.


Please remember it is cold outside. Make sure that your child/children have boots, snowpants, hats and gloves. Thanks!


Many 5th and 6th grade girls participated in our latest Girls on the M.O.V.E. Mentor-Up Session. Lead by community leaders, Suzanne Jones and Rosa Creech, the group focused this time on overcoming obstacles and believing in yourself. Special guest and 2017 Columbia Central graduate, Tara Schatzle, lead the group in thoughtful and powerful discussions. Thank you to Tara and all of our volunteers!

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Columbia Volleyball Program is selling Rtic 30 oz. tumblers. They are navy blue with gold CC and eagle emblems, finished with a subtle gold glitter. There is a sample in CUES office. Stop by and see! These would make fantastic gifts! The cost is $45, make checks payable to Columbia School District. Order forms areavailable in the school offices.

Superintendent's Award of Excellence!

Congratulations to Mrs. Crawford for earning the Superintendent’s Award at the November 12th, 2018 Board Meeting. She is an enthusiastic leader in our district, and we are so proud of her dedication and commitment to our students!
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CUES Student Council is still accepting items for their annual Food Drive through Monday, December 19th. All items must be new and unopened. Your charitable donation will help feed families in need for this holiday season.

Caught You Being Great Award Recipients!

Toys for Mott's Children's Hospital

Maria Cook, Columbia Central Alumni and a current Central Michigan University student, is launching the sixth annual toy drive this year! This toy drive is for Mott Children's Hospital and the toys go to patients that are spending the holiday season in Mott Children's Hospital. Collection boxes will be located in each school office as well as the Fitness Center.

Toy Collection Deadline: 12/12/18

Please take time to watch this video describing the Toys for Mott's program:


Academic Games

The Academic Games team placed 3rd for team average during the November 16th tournament and will receive a trophy! Congratulations to all of the players and their leaders, Ms. Lisa Weidenbach and Ms. Jackie Wing. #tinybutmighty #cuesproud

Special Thanks to the PTO!

Donut Date was fun and Book Bingo was AMAZING! The Columbia Elementary PTO gave away 200 books and the cafeteria was packed with families, friends and book lovers of all ages! Thank you for your support!


December 21st is a half day of school (Dismissal at 11:20 AM)

December 22nd through January 6th

Return to school January 7th, 2019