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Columbus Elementary October 2013 Newsletter

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rincipal’s
Corner
Thank you for yourpatience with the busstart up this year.Hopefully, things are running muchmore smoothly at this time. I knowfrom the arrival and dismissal point of view, conditions have improved. Wethank you for making concerns knownand urge you to keep Mrs. Giombetti,Mrs. Sherman-Hudson and me in-formed. Also, please watch for any busforms that need to be completed at theend of this year to make the start of next year more successful.For a complete review of the arrivaland dismissal procedure for studentsnot taking the bus, check out the
archive of September’s Newsletter on
the website. The information ispresented on the first page.
Remind-er
: Please do
NOT
get out of, or park,your car while in the car loop, DO hangup your cell phones, and remember, nodogs allowed on school property duringarrival/dismissal. Thank you for help-ing us keep your children safe.Thank you to the
PTO
for anotherwonderful
Ice Cream Social
lastweek. A great time was had by all. Wethank the many high school studentswho came to dish out ice cream andhelped the event to run smoothly.Thank you Mr. Blauch for organizingthis portion of the evening. Please besure to check both this Newsletter cal-endar and the school website for
October’s exciting events.
 On
October 3
rd
, people across thecountry and at the Columbus Elemen-
tary School will read the children’s
book 
 
Otis 
 
by Loren Long in support of 
Jumpstart’s mission to work towards
the day that every child in Americaenters kindergarten prepared to suc-ceed. In 2012, 2.3 million people par-ticipated in
Jumpstart’s
 
Read for the Record 
.
We hope to break thisnumber. Ask your child to retell thestory when s/he arrives home.The
Columbus School Library
and
Mrs. Falvey
are excited to report thatthe district has purchased new web-based software for all of its libraries.This means that anyone can access ourlibrary catalog from any computerconnected to the internet. Once trainingis completed the district website willenable access to this catalog through alink. However, until training and rolloverare completed we appreciate your pa-tience in waiting to have your childrenborrow books from the school libraries.We hope to start library classes theweek of October 7th.
October 9th
is
National Walk toSchool Day
. Students who live withinone half mile of the Columbus Schoolwill be encouraged to walk to school.Students who take the bus will partici-pate as well just before entering theschool grounds. The students will enjoythe benefits of walking along withparents and teachers. Walk to SchoolDay events raise awareness of the needto create safer routes for walking andemphasize the importance of issuessuch as increasing physical activityamong children, pedestrian safety,traffic congestion, and concern for theenvironment. The events build connec-tions between families, schools, and thebroader community. The Medford Boardof Health, through the efforts of SyrahMcGivern, donated enough pedometersfor each Columbus student to use onthe day of the event. Mayor McGlynnwill also be in attendance to congratu-late the students for making healthychoices.
Why not participate along with us? 
~
Kathleen Kay 
Don’t forget to call the absence line if 
your child will miss school. Number below
.
 
IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS
* TELEPHONE : 781.393.2177* FAX : 781.393.2187* NURSE : 781.393.2175* ABSENCE LINE: 781.393.3503
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OCTOBER 2013
 VOLUME 2
 
October 1
 
Hockmeyer School Photos
-
Seeschedule sent home for day/time
 
October 2
 
Hockmeyer School Photos
-
Seeschedule sent home for day/time
 
Early Release
-
1:30pm Dismissal
 October 3
 
JumpStart Read for theRecord.
Columbus ElementarySchool will try to help break a record for the most people reading the same book on thesame day. Ask your child about this year’s story,
Otis
by Loren Long.
 
October 8
 
Title I Reading Workshop
for Families, 8:45am, Columbus Library
 
PTO Meeting
. Please join us at 7:00pm to see how you and the PTO
 
help the Columbus.
 
October 9
 
National Walk to School Day.
See article on 1st page for information.
 
Early Release
-
1:30pm Dismissal
 October 14
 
NO SCHOOL
-
Columbus Day
 
October 15
 
School Council Meeting
, 7:00pm, Columbus Conference Room
 
October 16
 
Early Release
-
1:30pm Dismissal
 October 20
Fall School Pride Garden Clean
-
Up
,
 
1:30pm
-
4:00pm. Lend a hand
 
beautifying the Columbus Garden
October 22
Title I Reading Workshop
for Families, 6:00pm at Medford HighSchool Library
 October 23
 
Early Release
-
1:30pm Dismissal
 October 26
Harvest Your Energy Festival
, 11:00am
-
2:00pm,Base of the Medford Wind Turbine, RiverbendPark.
 
October 31
 
Spirit Day
-
Crazy Hat Day. Wear a crazy hat toschool today.
 
 Vision & Hearing Screening
has started in the nurse’s office. All children have their vision and
hearing checked yearly. Please look for any referral which requires your prompt attention. If your child participated in the
 Vitamin D
study last year, the final portion of the study will begin on October 22nd & 23rd. Elizabeth Olson, the project manager, will start contacting last year's participants to set up their appointmentaround October 15th. If you have any questions, you may reach Ms. Olson at 1-617-636-0928.
 
Room on the Broom 
, by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel SchefflerAges 4-8. The witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on abroomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch's hat,then her bow, and then her wand! Luckily, three helpful animals findthe missing items, and all they want in return is a ride on the broom.But is there room on the broom for so many friends? And when disas-ter strikes, will they be able to save the witch from a hungry dragon?~ Review by Amazon.com
 
The Giver 
by Lois Lowry Ages 10 and up. In a world with nopoverty, no crime, no sickness and no unemployment, and whereevery family is happy, 12-year-old Jonas is chosen to be the com-munity's Receiver of Memories. Under the tutelage of the Eldersand an old man known as the Giver, he discovers the disturbingtruth about his utopian world and struggles against the weight of its hypocrisy. With echoes of 
,in this1994Newbery Medalwinner, Lowry examines the idea that peo-ple might freely choose to give up their humanity in order to cre-ate a more stable society. Gradually Jonas learns just how costlythis ordered and pain-free society can be, and boldly decides he cannot pay the price.
Publisher’s Weekly said, "Lowry is once again in top form.... unwinding a tale fit for the most
adventurous readers." ~ Review adapted from amazon.com
 
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BOOK REVIEWS
Ticket, Please!
If you want to limit your
youngster’s TV time, try this idea. Every
week, give her seven slips of paper. Eachis good for one hour of television. Remindher to plan ahead. For example,if she wants to watch a two-
hour movie on Saturday, she’ll
need to save an extra ticketduring the week.
Be there!
Regular attendancein elementary school sets up a
good pattern for your child’s en-
tire school career. Show him that schoolcomes first by trying to keep days off forillness and family emergencies. Also,schedule routine doctor and dentist ap-pointments for after school or over schoolbreaks.
Better concentration.
Looking fora fun way to improve your young-
ster’s concentration? Try this quick
game. The first player makes onemotion, like clapping or spinningaround. The second person copieshim and adds another movement.Continue adding new motions untilsomeone forgets the sequence. The lastplayer to get it right starts a new game.
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