Columbia Elementary Newsletter
Dear Columbia Families,
As my first year at Columbia wraps up, I think about what a great year it has been. I feel so honored to be a part of this educational community. As we conclude our year and move into summer vacation, I wish the best for the students, families, and teachers who won’t be back at Columbia in the fall. I hope that you look back on your time at Columbia fondly and that your next school experiences are great ones.
For all those who will be returning next year, be sure to save this newsletter, as it includes information you’ll want through the summer and into the start of school. I hope you have a wonderful summer. May your days be filled with books, family, laughter and fun!
Mark Your Calendars!
W, Th, F, June 7-9
- 5th Grade Camp Killoqua
- SBA Makeup Day
Friday, June 9
- Learning Improvement Day (Dismissal 2:10 PM)
Monday, June 12
- 1st Grade Field Trip Woodland Park Zoo
- Library material return begins
- School Board Meeting (6:00 PM)
Tuesday, June 13
- Last day for Orchestra
Wednesday, June 14
- Confident Cougar Assembly
- Primary: K-2 Gr. 9:30 – 10:00 AM
- Secondary: 3-5 Gr 10:15 – 10:45 AM
Thursday, June 15
- 3rd Grade Field Trip Mukilteo Lighthouse Beach Park
- Kamiak Senior Walk Through (10:30 AM)
- Last day for Band
Friday, June 16
- Popcorn Friday
- ALL LIBRARY BOOKS ARE DUE
- Learning Improvement Day (Dismissal 2:10 PM)
Monday, June 19
- Juneteenth (NO SCHOOL)
Wednesday, June 21
- Safety Patrol Field Trip (10:00 AM - 1:30 PM)
- 4th Grade WA State Fair (Seal's class ONLY 1:15 - 2:15 PM)
- Primary Field Day (Kindergarten - 2nd Grade 2-3 PM)
Thursday, June 22
- 5th Grade Celebration 92nd Street Park (9:30 AM)
- Intermediate Field Day (3rd - 5th Grade 2:00 - 3:00 PM)
Friday, June 23
- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL! (Dismissal 12:55 PM)
Greetings from the Library!
Just a brief reminder that next week will be our final week of library check out. All library materials need to be returned beginning Monday, June 12th. Please check all nooks and crannies for missing books so that we can inventory our collection prior to the end of the school year. Please return ALL library books by Thursday, June 15th.
On Tuesday, June 13th, classes will enjoy a special presentation from the Mukilteo Public Library to learn about their summer reading program.
Thank you for your support this year! It has been a joy working with you and your readers!
Lost and Found is overflowing!
As we begin to wrap up the school year, I want to remind you that our lost and found is overflowing with jackets, hoodies, water bottles and many other items. Please make sure you or your child checks the lost and found rack, we will have them in the courtyard in front of the school front office. Any items that are not being claimed by June 23rd will be donated to a local charity organization.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Summer is the Season for Reading
Memorial Day is behind us, which means that summer has unofficially begun. In several weeks, school will be out and the rest of the summer will be before us, complete with family trips, barbeques and days at the beach.
All of the thinking students do at school makes the school year demanding. Summer vacation provides children with a chance to rest and recharge for the next school year. Kids benefit from fresh air, exercise and time with friends. That down time is important, but when students are completely down, it means they are losing ground. A summer without reading doesn’t just mean that students don’t make progress; it means that they actually suffer from summer reading loss and fall behind their peers. Unfortunately, summer reading loss has a greater impact on struggling readers. This summer reading loss accumulates from summer to summer, causing many struggling readers to be as much as two years behind by the time they reach middle school.
The good news is that summer reading loss is avoidable. In fact, students who engage with books every day can strengthen all of the literacy skills they learned during the previous school year. And, it doesn’t mean that children need to give up vacation and read all day. Primary students can maintain their reading skills by reading for about 20 to 30 minutes each day. Intermediate students can not only maintain, but also gain reading achievement by reading six or more books during summer vacation. There is a consistent connection between the number of books students read during the summer and academic gains. Additionally, children who participate in free voluntary reading gain skills in reading comprehension, writing style, vocabulary, spelling and grammar.
Summer vacation is a few weeks off, but now is the time to prepare. Getting things in place now will allow your family to start summer reading on the first day of break.
- Find the closest public library and visit it. Can you walk or ride a bike there?
- Sign up for library cards for each family member who doesn’t already have one.
- Search the online catalog and place holds on some books for each family member (moms and dads too!).
- Select a day to visit the library each week and start visiting. Pick up the books you put on hold if they are ready for you.
- Find a spot in your home for library books that are ready to go back to the library.
- Start creating times when the whole family reads together. Children will read more when they see their parents reading regularly.
- Set up a routine for older students to read to younger siblings or neighbors.
Summer vacation will be here before we know it. Use the time leading up to it to ensure that your child is ready to use summer as a time for maintenance and growth. You will be glad that you made the effort to make reading a regular part of your child’s summer break.
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.
- Student First and Last Name
- Date of absence
- Reason for absence.
We will only return your call or voicemail if we have questions.
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.
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 StewartfinertyEH@mukilteo.wednet.edu 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.