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6/16/17 > Dress Down Day

It's Dress Down Day!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Support Columbus School by dressing down!

No Uniforms required if you pay $1 Donation

Bring your $1 to your teacher if you decide not to wear your uniform!!

Acceptable Clothing to wear:

jeans, t-shirts, sweatpants, leggings

Not Acceptable Clothing to wear:

Pajamas, tank tops


6/09/17 > Letter Weather June 2016-17

Dear Parents and Families,

 

Based on the weather forecast next week, we are anticipating hot weather.  In an effort to be proactive, this letter serves to inform you that there is a possibility of early dismissal.  If it is determined that the school is not conducive to teaching and learning, you will receive notification at or about 10:00 am.  Therefore, we are requesting your assistance in preparing for the higher temperatures.  The safety and health of our students is a priority. 

 

To prepare for the warmer days ahead, students may bring frozen water bottles to school in order to stay hydrated.  No other liquids are acceptable.  Our uniform policy remains in effect. However, shorts, skirts, and short-sleeved shirts are included in the policy and are strongly encouraged. 

 

Again, if a decision is made to dismissal students early from school, that announcement will be made around 10:00 am. Students will be released at 12:50.  Schools that are not affected by the warm weather will remain in school for the entire school day.

 

Thank you for your continual support.

 

Sincerely 

 

John Scalice, Principal

Mary Beth Williamson, Assistant Principal

4/05/17 > Spring Recess and Report Card Conferences 2017

April 5, 2017.

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Monday, April 10, through Friday, April 14, 2017 Columbus School will be closed for Spring Recess. We will return Monday, April 17, 2017                                                                                                                

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 will be a one day session. Dismissal will be at 12:50pm for Report Card Conferences from 4:00-6:30 PM

Thursday April 20, will be a one day session. Dismissal will be at 12:50pm for Report Card Conferences from 1:30-4:00 PM

                                                                                      No Lighthouse Program    

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5 de abril del 2017.

Estimados Padres/Guardianes:

El lunes 10 de abril hasta viernes 14 de abril de 2017. La escuela Columbus estará cerrada para las ferias de primavera.  Regresamos el lunes 17 de abril de 2017. 

Miércoles abril 19 habrá medio día de escuela. La salida será a las 12: 50 de la tarde para las Conferencias de Tarjetas de  Calificaciones  de las 4:00 hasta la 6:30 de la tarde

Jueves abril 20 habrá medio día de escuela. La salida será a la 12:50 de la tarde para las Conferencias de Tarjetas de Calificaciones de la 1:30 hasta 4:00 de la tarde.

  No Habrá Programa Lighthouse


Sincerely,                                                                        

John Scalice, Principal 

Mary Beth Williamson, Assistant Principal

2/24/17 > Letter to Parents - Cell Phones
Dear Parents,
  This is a very important reminder regarding basic policies and procedures.  If you have not taken a look at the Bridgeport Public Schools Student Code of Conduct, you can find it online at
 http://www.bridgeportedu.com/Board/Policies/2013-2014/CodeOfConduct_2013-2014FullRefManual.pdf .
  We would like to highlight some issues regarding  Cell Phones  in school, specifically with students in grades 6, 7, and 8.  Students have been informed, reminded, and warned consistently about cell phones and cell phone usage.  However, some students are using their phones during the day to text friends, post on Facebook, and use other social media.  Teachers are asking students to stop and to put the phones away, but some students simply refuse.  When this occurs, teachers call school safety which disrupts the learning for the other 20+ students in the classroom.  When school safety arrives, students must either hand over their phones, or report to the main office.  In some instances, students will still refuse to hand over their phones, and receive disciplinary consequences.  This gets entered on a child's record as refusal to follow basic requests and disruption to the educational process.
  We ask that you remind your child that a cell phone is a privilege. If a cell phone is removed from your child, you will be called and notified by the classroom teacher at the end of the day.  If issues continue to occur, the phone will be held for up to 30 days (as per Bridgeport Public School Policy) or when the parent comes to collect it (whichever occurs first).  Additionally, if a child consistently refuses the directives of teachers, school safety, or administration, the discipline can range from removal from activities (after-school teams, special classes, rewards, dances, graduation), in-school suspension, or out of school suspension. 
  Please remind your child not to share their phones with others.  Remind your child that they are responsible for their own phone.  If another student is caught using their phone, the phone will still be taken and the steps listed above will apply to the owner of the phone.
 
Thank you,
 
John Scalice, Principal
Columbus School

9/09/16 > Parent Update 1 – Open School, Arrival, Dismissal

Parent Update - Open School, Arrival, Dismissal

  Good day parents!  It was so wonderful getting to meet so many of you during this first week of school.  I want to invite all of you to Open House on September 21, 2016! 

SAVE THE DATE - Open House

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 21, 2016

5 PM - 6:30 PM

At this time you will get to see our school, talk to some of our teachers, and get a general overview of what the year has to offer your children.  We will also have our PAC elections on that day.  You will receive nomination forms on Monday September 12 th . 

We can't wait to see you there!

Arrival

Please be aware that students start entering the building at 8:40 AM.  We are expected to start classes by 8:55 AM.  Any student arriving after 9:00 AM will be required to get a late pass.  I am sorry for any confusion the first few days of school; however, we were getting a feel for arrival of students.

The Three Ships door (side door) will be closed at 9:00 AM.  All arrivals after 9:00 AM must go through the front door.

Parents are reminded that if they need to go to a classroom to see a teacher, they must first get a visitors pass from the main office.  This is for the safety and security of all students. 

The majority of our K-5 students are all receiving Reading Instruction during the first part of the day.  It is very important for them to be on time.

Dismissal

Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and 1 st grade begin dismissal at 3:00 pm.

2 nd grade, 3 rd grade, and 4 th grade begin dismissal at 3:05 pm.

5 th grade, 6 th grade, 7 th grade, and 8 th grade begin dismissal at 3:10 pm.

Pick-up of students, outside of medical emergencies and nurse calls, need to occur before 2:40 PM.  Our 6th, 7 th , and 8 th grade students are receiving Literacy/Reading instruction during between 2:05 and 3:05 pm.  Younger students are doing Reading Practice and Teacher Assisted Reading during that time as well.  This is a very important part of the day for our students.

All parents please exit the building through the main door for safety reasons.


 

Thank you!

John Scalice, Principal

9/01/16 > Parent Letter 1

Dear Parents, Guardians, Students and School Community Members,

  I want to welcome you to what promises to be a wonderful school year full of hope and promise at Columbus School.  We are eager to receive your children as we look forward to providing them with the opportunity to explore their interests in reading, math, science, and social studies.  All students will have an opportunity to participate in a number of activities and we know you will encourage them to take advantage of what we have to offer.  We also hope you will take advantage of the opportunities we have planned for you too.

  To begin the school year in the best possible way, we ask that all parents make a sincere effort in helping us meet the goals of our uniform policy.  We understand that it isn't always easy to have children dress in uniform, but it truly does have a big impact on creating a professional and academic focused school.  This year, many of our rewards and incentives such as trips, extended time outside, additional periods in the gym, and class celebrations are linked to following the uniform policy.  Our uniform colors are Khaki pants/shorts/skirts, and Navy Blue or White shirts.  If you need any assistance in purchasing or obtaining uniforms, please let us know.

  We ask that you please check our website for information regarding school supplies for students.  We are sure you will be able to easily find the majority of these items quickly and appreciate your efforts in preparing your children for school.  Having the right tools for the job is important for success!

  Finally, we are thankful for your support of Columbus School.  I am excited to be serving the community as the principal and look forward to meeting and getting to know you and your children.  Working together, we will ensure that our students receive the best education possible, regardless of any challenges.  In working together we ask that we keep in mind that we are dealing with the most precious resource available, children.  We ask that communication stay focused on the needs of the children, and how we can help the children of this school.  If you have a concern, please speak to your child's teacher; the sooner the better.  If you need additional assistance, please contact myself or our Assistant Principal Mrs. Moore.

We are eager to launch this school year and are happy you are sailing with us!

 

Warmest Regards,

John Scalice, Principal