Comet Chronicle, Jr.

May 14, 2021

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Music Notes

It’s hard to believe that we’re in our last few weeks of school! This school year seems somehow to have lasted forever while also going by so quickly! The first, second, and third graders have had the opportunity to play some online games on Blooket to help review different musical concepts. These games will be available throughout the summer if children want to practice skills while having fun. They need to be signed into their school ccs email account and go to their Google Classroom Music Class to access these games. If you’d like a direct link, please email me at ckirksey@ccs.coloma.org. All grade levels are reviewing their rhythm and melody skills from the year. Kindergarteners have also had fun with the song “Grandma Moses” (see if they can sing it to you!), and both first and kindergarten are enjoying “I Am a Pizza.” The Young 5s class is focused on all things spring. I hope everyone has a wonderful summer and finds ways to incorporate music into their everyday lives!


-Mrs. Kirksey

PE News

In April, students used the climbing wall in the CES gym. We also worked on different types of jumping. In May, kindergarten and first grade students will learn to use a parachute for fun games. Students will experience relays while holding different resources. Second and third grade students will learn new team building games involving throwing and kicking. We will review the proper steps to throwing, catching, and kicking.


Students are allowed to bring a water bottle and utilize the new water bottle fill stations. No sandals for class. Please help your child pack shoes for physical education class.


Thank you,

Mr. Veine

pveine@ccs.coloma.org


Art Room Update

As we come closer to the end of the year all the Art classes at Coloma El. are working on 3-D sculptures. 3rd grade is continuing their dragon eye theme by making a dragon eye magnet using Crayola Model Magic with custom blended colors. 1st and 2nd grade are learning to sculpt faces by making finger puppets and then using watercolor to finish them. Kindergarten is creating a turtle with a textured shell. Keep a lookout for these awesome projects coming home soon!


-Mr. Selvidge

From Our Food Service Department

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Symptoms Reminder

In accordance with Board of Education policies, our Return to Learn plans and direction from local, state, and federal health officials, if your student has any of the following symptoms, you must keep them home from school.


  • Temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher

  • Sore throat

  • An uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing

  • The onset of a severe headache

  • Diarrhea and/or vomiting

  • Unusual belly pain

  • New loss of taste or smell


Based on Board policies and written guidance from local, state, and federal health official, in order for your child to return to school after experiencing one or more of the above symptoms, a parent/guardian must provide the school with:


A negative COVID-19 test result

OR

A doctor’s note releasing the student to attend school

OR

Exclude from Coloma Community Schools for ten (10) days from the first day they had symptoms. They must also be fever free for 24 hours and/or their symptoms have improved after the ten (10) day exclusion period before they can return.

Reading At Home

Encouraging students to read at home is so important. We recommend creating a routine of reading (or reading to a child) at least 20 minutes a day. Take a look at the graphic below to see the impact of that routine.
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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, May 19,
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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 responsible
  • Respectful
  • 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.

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