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COLUMBUS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 37 HICKS AVENUE, MEDFORD, MA 02155
ucation. Her teaching experiences include both local and international settings. She Corner enjoys traveling, reading, teaching, and spending time with friends and family. As hope this finds you well, relaxed, a former Medford student she is thrilled to healthy, and energized after the wonder- be joining the Columbus School this year ful summer we experienced. I welcome as a member of our staff. our new and returning families to the Ms. Noelle Silsbee is our other 3rd Columbus Elementary School! Get ready grade teacher. Ms. Silsbee has a bachefor the many fantastic adventures we lor’s degree in Elementary Education and have in store for you this new year, both English from Worcester State University. in and out of school. Please be sure to She currently lives and grew up in Wilreach out in any way you can to be inmington, Massachusetts. In her spare volved in our community. Exciting things time she likes to read fantasy books and happen when you become involved! Join enjoys watching Boston Bruins games. the PTO, the Enrichment Group, our Garden Club, become a classroom volunteer, Mrs. Kara Collins, our new 4th grade teacher, is also very excited to become or work in some other activity that expart of our fabulous community. Thirteen cites you. Introduce yourself at one of our many upcoming events to me or any years ago, Mrs. Collins made a career one of our many Columbus Family mem- change to education and worked for the Winchester Public Schools before arriving bers. in Medford. She loves being in the classThe staff and I have worked hard all room, especially enjoys writing and loves summer long to bring you a smooth and watching her students gain confidence in exciting new school year. Hopefully you their skills. Mrs. Collins is a mother of 3 and your children will easily swing back children and an avid runner. She also eninto studying and learning, as well as joys baking and tennis. She can often be sharing summer time explorations. Each found at the Flynn Rink watching her kids month be sure to read this newsletter, play hockey. check out the Columbus website, and our Mrs. Rachael Wallace, is our new TLP calendar for the monthly list of events Teacher for grades 1 & 2. She replaces planned for the year ahead! Mrs. Parillo who left us for an ETL position First l’d like to introduce you to the new at the Andrews Middle School. Mrs. Walfaces in our crowd. Mrs. Nancy Sher- lace has taught for 7 years as a licensed man-Hudson has joined the Columbus Special Educator. She received her Masfamily as our new, full-time, Assistant ters in Behavior Analysis this past May, to the Principal. She has been an awe- recently got married, and in her free-time some addition and a help already in SO she loves to play soccer and write stories. many ways. Mrs. Sherman-Hudson Please join me in sharing a warm Columtaught for the past 14 years in Medford as an inclusion Kindergarten Teacher at bus welcome to these our newest memboth the Brooks and the Hervey Elemen- bers of the Columbus Family. tary Schools. Prior to that she worked for Each month a newsletter such as this one 3 years in the Winchester Pre-School will be used to communication with you. program. Mrs. Sherman-Hudson has also I hope you find it interesting and helpful. taught and directed a summer enrichGood luck to everyone and have a super ment program for children in grades K-6. year! ~ Kathleen Kay She earned her Masters degree from Lesley University and her administrator’s license from the Merrimack LeaderIMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS ship Academy at Fitchburg State.
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Ms. Victoria Carvalho, is one of our two new 3rd grade teachers. Ms. Carvalho has her B.S. in Elementary Education from Boston University. She is certified in both Elementary and Special Ed-
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September 3 Open House for NEW Columbus Families,
5:30pm-7:30pm. Come tour your new school.
September 4 First Day of School - Grades1-12.
Early Release - 1:30pm Dismissal
September 6 Introduction to Kindergarten - 9:00 - 10:30am September 11 First Day of School for KINDERGARTEN. Early Release - 1:30pm
September 17 Professional Development Day - NO SCHOOL September 18 Early Release - 1:30pm Dismissal September 19 Back to School/Curriculum Night, 5:30pm-7:00pm September 22 Kids Cooking Green Fund Raiser. Contact: Lori Deliso firstname.lastname@example.org
September 23 Fall Snail’s Pace Fundraiser begins September 25 Early Release - 1:30pm Dismissal September 26 PTO - Ice Cream Social - 5:30pm - 7:30pm, Cafetorium
“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. “ ~John Dewey
School Council ~ The Columbus Elementary School needs new parent and community members for our School Council. If you know anyone interested in either position please send them my way. School Council is a representative, schoolbased committee composed of the principal, parents, teachers, and community members. School Councils expand the participation of the school community in its schools’ decision making. Interested people can send a short biographical sketch to me by September 13th at my email address: email@example.com. This sketch will be used to create a voting ballot, if a vote is necessary. Such a vote will be conducted with the help of the PTO and will take place at the Ice Cream Social on September 26th.
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Journey, by Aaron Becker. Ages 4 - 8. The influence of Harold and the Purple Crayon is unmistakable, but rather than a cheap imitation, Journey is a beautiful homage to the classic. Aaron Becker’s balance of color and immaculately detailed illustrations capture the eye and effortlessly tell the story of a lonely girl who uses a red crayon to draw her way into a magical adventure. As the journey comes full circle, a purple bird--the work of another imagination--leads the way to the best adventure of all - friendship. Journey is an incredible work of storytelling through art that will appeal
Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff. Ages 8 and up. Twelveyear-old Rump lives with his grandmother in a mountain village where he endures endless teasing about his name. When he discovers that he can spin straw into gold, he hopes to end their poverty and hunger. Unfortunately, the troublesome magic forces him to accept anything offered in trade for the gold: a sack of flour, a cheap ring, or a queen’s firstborn child. Rump leaves home to discover his true name. While on his quest, he finds the knowledge, insight, and courage he needs to understand his gift and claim his destiny. Weaving details from Rumpelstiltskin into an accessible novel, Shurtliff makes the old villain into a young hero and creates an inventive story that extends and embroiders on the original fairy tale. In an era when fantasy often takes the form of high -octane adventure, this story offers a measured pace and the reassuring notion that a hero need not always rely on magic if he has his wits about him. —Carolyn Phelan ~
Did you know that many kids in grades K-12 report that they do not eat breakfast before school? No matter what the reason for skipping breakfast, students cannot learn on an empty stomach. The Columbus Elementary School serves breakfast in the classroom. Breakfast is offered for FREE at Columbus to every student, every morning that school is in session. This is an excellent opportunity to ensure that your child is
receiving a nutritionally balanced meal at the start of each day. Studies have shown that children who eat a nutritious breakfast have better behavior, better attendance, and improved grades. What do we serve? Our meals include fruits or vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and white milk. Check the Medford Public School website under ‘School Lunch’ for more information, including nutrition facts.
VITAL BEGINNING OF THE YEAR EXPECTATIONS
Families, please carefully read the following important information. It is vital to a child’s learning and to the development of good work habits that families adhere to the school time schedule. Arrival begins at 8:30am. Students should not arrive before 8:15am. We ask that all parents remain outside during BOTH arrival and dismissal, accompanying your child until the doors open. Playing on the playground during arrival and dismissal is not permitted for reasons of safety. When the playground has cleared and parents are with their children, play may take place. The tardy bell rings at 8:40am. Please note that any child arriving after 8:40am must enter through the front door with an adult to sign the child in. Dismissal begins at 2:35pm and children will not be dismissed after 2:20pm. EVERY Wednesday, dismissal is at 1:30pm. Please help
us ensure the safety for all by waiting outside for your child at dismissal time.
If your child arrives by car each morning, please have him/her ready to leave your car once you are in the arrival lane. Hugs and kisses should be completed before this time. Being ready to unload quickly enables a smooth and safe arrival for all. Having your child sit on the side closest to the curb helps keep the process moving as well and PLEASE move your car ALL the way to the sign. If there are no cars in the loop when you arrive, PLEASE do not stop at the cross walk, as another car is sure to arrive shortly. The adults on duty will help your child unload safely when not at the cross walk. Thank you for your help in this regard as it keeps everyone moving and those who need to be elsewhere are better able to leave the car loop quickly, safely, and anger free. Children dismissed by car on a regular basis will receive a yellow card with a car imprint. Please follow the instructions on its use and assist us by using it daily. It will aid in the assurance of a smooth dismissal and that each child is returned to the car intended. When this card is passed to another family member (or friend) who will pick your child up, it signals us that this new person has your permission to take your child home on that day. Please remember that ONLY written notes will allow a child to change his/her dismissal routine on any given day. If there is no note requesting a change to the normal schedule, the child will be asked to follow his/her normal dismissal routine. Please be sure to inform your child’s teacher about the daily dismissal routine for your child. Thank you for helping us to keep all of Columbus’s children safe. There will be many important documents coming home over the next few weeks. These will require your immediate attention, completion, and return to school. This year we tried to contain most of the items to one bright card that your child will bring home on his/her first day. Accurate information is needed at the beginning of each year so that we can notify you whenever necessary. On the back of this card you will be able to inform us about your wishes regarding: The Columbus Family Handbook, Internet User Agreement, Photo Release, Oldest/Only, Permission to Walk/Bike Home, Walking Field Trips, Library Check Out Permission, and if you’d like your family information EXCLUDED from the Columbus Family Directory. Again, please complete and return this card to school as soon as possible. THANK YOU.