Columbus Elementary... providing a foundation of skills to prepare students for life.


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Happy Last Week of School! HAVE A WONDERFUL SUMMER!!!

Please be sure all library fines and lunch balances are caught up. Have a great summer!!!

We will have lots and lots of construction going on around the elementary this summer. Please remind your children to stay out of all construction areas and away from the school and playground. Thank you! I am soooo excited for all of the planning to start becoming a reality!

Welcome to Columbus Elementary School! On our website you will be able to find a list of important dates for the year. I add to these as things come up, so please check them often. You can also find a copy of the front side of the Weekly Elementary Newsletter. This will let you know what has been going on in our school and what kinds of things to expect during the next week.

Students perform better in school when they are well rested and well fed. At CES we serve a Grab and Go breakfast and a hot lunch each day for those that want it. These meals cost $2 each. We send out free and reduced lunch applications with each child at the beginning of school. If you are in need, please fill them out and return them to the office. We have these forms available during the year in the office for anyone that may have a change in their income. 

As the year goes on, if you have a question or if something just doesn't sound right--please contact your child's teacher or me right away. We will listen to your concerns and try to make things right. Most of the teachers have given out numbers where you can reach them either at school or in the evening. This is especially important in this age of social media. We would much rather learn of an issue directly from you first instead of  from rumors or posts on Facebook or other social media outlets. We really try to do the right thing because we all care about the children we work with. Thanks for your consideration of this.

Let's have a FANTASTIC year!

Marlene Deis (mdeis@columbus.k12.mt.us)
Elementary Principal
321-2021 (cell)

**Below is just a little more information that may help you out:

Income Change...You can apply for free and reduced lunch year round.
Remember you can check your child's progress any time on Infinite Campus. You can also use that to check their lunch balances. Please keep those out of the red. We have to have our records cleared at the end of every month and cannot have negative balances. If your household income has changed recently, you can always get a form from DeAnne to petition for free or reduced lunch rates.

Breakfast and Lunch Prices:    Students - $2.00        Guests - $3.25
Guests will not be allowed to eat breakfast with their child since we are doing a grab and go breakfast that students eat in class after the morning bell rings.Guests are allowed to eat lunch with their child at any time.(Please call the office before 9:00 if you plan on eating a school lunch so that we can have enough food sent from the HS)

***School Day times:
     School starts at 8:10 each day. Grades 3-5 will come in first and then at 8:15 grades K-2 will come in. We ask that students not be on the playground until 8:05. Supervision starts at that time. Our doors will be unlocked at 8:05.
     School is dismissed at 3:15 for students in grades K-3 and 3:25 for students in grades 4 and 5. Wednesday is early out and all grades are dismissed at 2:30. If you are waiting for your child, please wait outside on the playground. We bring all of the students out the main doors, so you should be able to see them come out. Please be prompt when picking up your child. It can help us avoid some of the panic attacks the little ones have when they don't see you.

 ***Infinite Campus Information:
     If you are reading this, you probably already know all about our Infinite Campus website. In this location, you can check your child's lunch balance, make a lunch payment, monitor their attendance, and their grades. You can also click on the teacher's name and get taken to their specific web site. Here you will find all kinds of information like what will be taught that week, news for the class, and educational web sites that are linked right to the page. Teachers are asked to update these regularly, so everything should be current. We do  have a couple of new teachers that have not gotten their sites linked up to our system yet, but be patient, they will soon.

If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher, DeAnne Nelson (the secretary), or me at 322-5371.

LINKS for you to visit: Please click on the headings below to get the links for these pages.
Up-coming Events

May 27 - NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day
May 28 - Kindergarten to Red Lodge Zoo
May 30 - 16th Annual Field Day and Hot Dog BBQ (K-2 in the morning, 3-5 after lunch)
May 31 - Last Day of School (9:00 Assembly, 11:30 dismissal - No breakfast or Lunch served)

August 27 - Elementary Open House 4-6 pm
August 28 - First Day of School, 2:30 dismissal

 AR Home Connect: This site will allow you to track the reading quizzes your child has taken and see how they did.