JUNE 2013

VOLUME 9

and Odalys Ramos. She was the state-wide, second place winner in the 5th grade Bicycle Where to begin? It is hard Poster contest. Her prize was a new bicycle to believe that my first year helmet and head lamp. Happy, safe riding is coming to a close. I Odalys and know that YOU have made your have thoroughly enjoyed school VERY proud. getting to know you and your children this year and look forward to many fun years Congratulations to the fifth ahead. I would like to thank you for the supgrade students who beat the port you have offered to the teachers, staff, teachers in the 6th annual Stuand me. Let’s celebrate the many positive dents vs Teachers Basketball changes your child has mastered. However, Game on May 20th. A very good time was had please keep in mind that the year has not yet by and no homework for the winning team on ended and there is LOTS of learning still taking the following Tuesday night! Thank you Mr. place until the last day of school on June Anderson, Mrs. Battle, Mr. Beemon, Mrs. K. 28th. Donnelly, Mr. Glionna, Mr. Howard, Mrs. Some things to keep in mind, with the warmer weather it means a change in attire. Students will not be allowed to run around on the playground with open toed or open heeled shoes, so sneakers are still the best choice for free play. Skirts and shorts should come below the child’s longest fingertip when they lay their hand on their thigh. Also halter tops need cover ups over them and tank tops should be at least three fingertips wide on the shoulders. Parents will be called to bring replacement clothes as needed. Keep in mind that some of the classrooms can become quite chilly so a sweater kept in a locker is always a good idea. Please remind your child that the playground equipment is off limits both before and after school, UNLESS a parent is present to supervise play. Also, with so many people gathered on the playground at arrival, games that require playing with balls is prohibited. Many people have been hurt during this time by items tossed inaccurately. Balls WILL be taken away and returned at the end of the day. Another issue that, unfortunately requires mention is the fact that the boys are not using the bathrooms in a manner that leaves the room clean for all to use. Please speak with your child about proper use and “aim” while in a public restroom. Thank you.

Principal’s Corner

O’Connell, Mr. Plati, Mrs. Roberto, and Mr. Sacco for showing your Columbus spirit and participating on the Teacher’s Team. Special thanks to Mr. Sacco for organizing this event once again. Please watch your child’s agenda for all the upcoming special fifth grade events, or keep the list provided within this newsletter handy. Happy Summer everyone! Relax, be safe, and read! It is very important to keep reading, writing, practicing math facts, and problem solving over the summer. Perhaps find an interest together and read nonfiction related books about that topic. Maybe take a family field trip to explore this topic in real life. Please encourage your child to be involved in the Medford Summer Reading AND visit the Medford Public Library. These actions will benefit all learning skills in a forward motion. We look forward to reuniting with grades one to five on September 4th from 8:30am – 1:30pm and with the Kindergarten for Orientation on September 6th from 9:00am-10:30am and for their first day on September 11th from 8:30-1:30pm.

Columbus News

COLUMBUS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 37 HICKS AVENUE, MEDFORD, MA 02155

WWW.MEDFORD.K12.MA.US

Thank you for a super year and ENJOY!

Kathleen Kay
kkay@medford.k12.ma.us

Thank you to the fabulous Columbus PTO and to all the parent volunteers for donating your IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS time, effort and care during Teacher Appreciation week and the Memorial Day * TELEPHONE : 781.393.2177 Program. All your special treats were very appreciated. * FAX : 781.393.2187 Special news for Columbus Elementary School

* NURSE : 781.393.2175 * ABSENCE LINE: 781.393.2177, ext #3503

June 5 to 4, silly hat

Columbus Spirit Day - Hat Day. Grades PreK show your spirit by wearing your favorite/ to school . 5th Grade has a speincludes hats as well.

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Early Release Day, 1:30pm dismissal. June 6 be sure to June 12 2:00pm. June 13 June 18 Principal’s Coffee Hour, 9:15am-10:15am, Columbus Cafeteria Get Ready for Summer Reading Book Swap, by teacher made appointment, Columbus Library. June 19 School Wide Move Up Day - Students will have an opportunity to visit the class rooms and teachers on their new grade level. Early Release Day, 1:30pm dismissal. June 25 June 26 June 28 Green
CONGRATULATIONS COLUMBUS FIFTH GRADE All members of the Columbus Elementary School would like to congratulate our 5th grade students as they move up to middle school. We wish each of you continued success as you head to either the Andrews or the McGlynn. Keep making us proud. This year’s 5th graders are: Gwyenth Adam, Kyla Alpino, Ashawna Ambersley, Joelle Brown, Megan Brown, Ian Budney, Helena Cameron, Eve-Landy Charles, Chrystie Clervil, Michael Collins, Julia Craddock, David Crisafulli, Abigail Czwakiel, Rachel Dakermanji, Leticia DaSilva, Samantha Diaz, Butaina Dominique, Michael Donehey, Sammy Eldeb, Dashley Exateur, Elijah Fortune, Tenzin Ganchentsang, Jocelyn Hernandez Perez, Michael Holt, Rodin Jean-Baptiste, Joshua Kenney, Julia Mansfield, Gabriella Martires, Lauren Miguel, Alexander Milas, Ansel Miller, Stephanie Miller, Jovia Mirembe, Robert Norton, Summer Novak-MacDonald, Tyreese Nowalk, Rowan Park, Kayla Pawliuk, Valeri Peppe, Erica Perez, Anthony Petrone, Chris Pierre, Odalys Ramos Pires, Alexander Ramon, Matthew Rego, David Reis, Rose Ridge, Rebekah Rinchere, Krystal Sam, Elizabeth Sawyer, Shruti Sood, Isabella Szymanksi, William Tanner, Anthony Teebagy, Antony Tello, Joseph Tringali, Aaron Vaz, and Anthony Volpe. GOOD LUCK to all our students!
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Fun Day, Grades PreK-5, 9:00am-2:30pm. Details will be sent under separate cover. Please wear sunblock. Early Release Day, 1:30pm dismissal.. Transition Meeting for families with students moving on to Grade One,

Election Day - The Columbus School will be used for the senatorial election. Early Release Day, 1:30pm dismissal. Last Day of School! 12:00pm Dismissal. Happy Summer!

JUNE

BOOK

REVIEW

The Kids Summer Games Book: Official Book of Games to Play (Family Fun). By Jane Drake and Ann Love. Illustrated by Heather Collins. Ages 5-95. When you're a kid, summertime stretches before you like a vast plane of possibility. Long days await, ready to be filled with excitement and discovery...and games, of course! Whether you feel like playing croquet, Frisbee golf, hide-andseek, or staging a treasure hunt, or maybe just a quick game of crazy eights; this book has all the rules for over 150 games and activities, many summers' worth of entertainment. The collection is divided into sections such as "Land Action" (croquet, badminton, capture the flag); "Just for One or Two" (juggling, card tricks, double solitaire, marbles); "Indoor Games" (charades, dominoes, hearts); "Games to Make" (comet ball, pickup sticks, homestyle bingo); "Waterfront" (water safety's no game, beach games); and "Warm Weather Olympics" (Olympic planning, beach biathlon, land challenges). There are excellent hints for ways to divide into teams or to choose who goes first in an impartial manner. Rules for common games such as horseshoes, croquet, badminton, and bocce ball will be useful whenever the printed directions have been long lost from the set of equipment. Suggestions for some unique team games are included, such as bootin', a form of hockey played in garden boots. Card games and magic tricks are some of the ideas suggested for individuals. Numerous, soft-pencil illustrations of enthusiastic children help to explain the rules and add humor to the presentation. Jane Drake and Ann Love are sisters who have spent many summers together with their families, playing lively, silly, and just-plain-fun games. They are both avid naturalists and are the authors of the bestselling The Kids' Summer Handbook and The Kids Campfire Book. This excellent game guide, clearly and attractively designed, straightforward, and packed with potential, belongs on the shelf of any kid or parent looking for year-round fun. ~ Karin Snelson

Savvy, by Ingrid Law. Ages 8 and up. For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a magical secret. They each possess a "savvy" -a special supernatural power that strikes when they turn thirteen. Grandpa Bomba moves mountains, her older brothers create hurricanes and spark electricity . . . and now it's the eve of Mibs's big day. As if waiting weren't hard enough, the family gets scary news two days before Mibs's birthday: Poppa has been in a terrible accident. Mibs develops the singular mission to get to the hospital and prove that her new power can save her dad. So she sneaks onto a salesman's bus . . . only to find the bus heading in the opposite direction. Suddenly Mibs finds herself on an unforgettable odyssey that will force her to make sense of growing up -and of other people, who might also have a few secrets hidden just beneath the skin. ~ Amazon.com Review
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Fifth Grade Special Events
There is plenty of fun on the horizon for our June 26 moving on Fifth Graders. Please mark your calendars with the following events: June 5 Hat Day - Details will be June 27 provided by your teachers June 6 Fun Day for the WHOLE school June 28 June 14 Field Trip - House of Blues, 9:00am-11:30am June 17 Junior Olympics, 9:00am – 11:30am. Details will be provided by your teachers June 24 Junior Olympics Rain Date Fifth Grade Moving On Ceremony, 9:30am 11:00am, Cafetorium Fifth Grade Year Book & Pizza Party Last Day of School

Have a Stress-Free Family Vacation
Summer's here, and that usually means it's time to hit the road for a vacation. Whether your idea of relaxation involves rock climbing or lounging by the pool, you can enjoy a stress-free trip (or at least minimize the hassles) with some basic planning: Involve your children. Whether you're traveling with toddlers or teenagers, get them engaged in the preparations. Asking them what they want to see and do, and incorporating their wishes as much as possible, will lead to a smoother experience.
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Pick your time. Flight delays and crowded airplanes rarely improve the quality of your trip. When flying, your best bet is to travel Monday through Wednesday, early in the day. Fly direct if possible to cut the chances of your luggage getting lost (or having to drag your carryons from one end of the airport to the other). Pack some snacks. Kids and adults get cranky when they're hungry. Carry along something healthy to eat: granola bars, raisins or other dried fruit, peanut butter crackers, and treats for when you or your kids need something special. Schedule some downtime. Don't try to cram too many activities into the day. Rushing through one museum to get to the next one, and the one after that, will quickly grow exhausting. Allow some time to relax, watch TV, read, or take a leisurely stroll. Keep some routine. For small children especially, maintaining some elements of a regular routine will keep things running smoothly. Bedtimes, regular meals, and normal rules of behavior provide a comforting sense of structure. Be flexible. Expect delays so they don't stress you out. Break the schedule when something more interesting comes up. If you want to spend more time in a museum that intrigues you, do it. You may not have the chance again.

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