Columbus Elementary School News Archive

No School Monday, February 26, 2018

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

As many of you know, during the past few days there has been a significant amount of community discussion and concern about safety in the Medford Public Schools.

A decision was made that classes for students have been cancelled and faculty (including paraprofessionals) will engage in professional development specific to school and safety concerns on Monday, February 26, 2018.

Medford Public Schools will resume classes on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

Chinese New Year & Mrs. Powers’ Dragon Parade

Friday, February 16th, 2018

This is Mrs. Powers’ Dragon Parade for Chinese New Year and the Dong Family in their tradition clothing for the celebration- view photos

Great Kindness Challenge Update

Friday, February 16th, 2018

As an extension of The Great Kindness Challenge that the Columbus participated in a few weeks ago, Mr. Plati’s 5th grade students created a 15 foot poster to help brighten the life of a nine year old New York girl who is very ill. Sophie’s mother would like to brighten her daughter’s life by having people from all over the world send her postcards, letters, or cards for her birthday which is at the end of February. Mr. Plati’s class certainly went above and beyond to help make this wish come true. Such wonderful kindness Mr. Plati and students. Thanks for going the extra mile to make a dream come true for another.

Principals of the Morning

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

These children earned 120 Columbus Coupons for positive behaviors in a six week period. They chose to purchase the award to be a principal for one morning from our Positive Behaviors Interventions and Supports store. They will help Ms. Kay with arrival, morning announcements, cafeteria duty and everything done in a morning at our schol.

The children are Abrielle Cartolano, Jayden Burns, Declan Flaherty, Khyam Mayes and Laura Maximiano.

Columbus Principals of the Morning

Laura Maximiano

Artist in Residence & Columbus School Song

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Alistair Moock, artist in residence & Grammy Award nominee, worked with the 4th grade to create a song. This is them sharing their creation- view photos!

MCAS Schedule

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018


– Monday, April 2nd and Tuesday, April 3rd – 4th Grade

– Thursday, April 5th and Friday, April 6th – 5th Grade

– Monday, April 9th and Tuesday, April 10th – 3rd Grade


– Tuesday, April 24th and Wednesday, April 25th – 5th Grade


– Thursday, May 10th and Friday, May 11th – 4th Grade

– Monday, May 14th and Tuesday, May 15th – 3rd Grade

– Monday, May 21st and Tuesday, May 22nd – 5th Grade

Make-ups will be given as we can fit it in and the students are present.

Superintendent Search- Updated Feb. 12, 2018

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Community Forums

The Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC), a consultant for the Superintendent Search Committee, will be hosting Focus Group Forums this week. MASC Executive Director Glenn Koocher will be present to obtain input from the Medford community about what they would like to see in their new Superintendent.

The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 – 12 noon – 2:00 pm – In the CCSR Bloomberg Room in the MHS Library – For School Administrators

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 – 2:30 PM – 4:30 pm – In the CCSR Bloomberg Room in the MHS Library – For Teachers/Staff

Thursday, February 15, 2018 – 3:00- 5:00 pm and 6:00-8:00 pm – in the Alden Memorial Chamber, City Hall – For The General Public/All are welcome

The meetings will be set up as open forums where individuals will be able to present oral testimony (5 minute maximum), or provide written statements to MASC.

In addition, all are welcome to complete the Superintendent Survey (see links below).


The Medford School Committee has created a survey that provides the opportunity for citizens, parents, faculty and staff to have electronic input into the Superintendent Search Process. Surveys are provided in (4) different languages. They can be accessed below via the following links.

“We encourage people to fill out the survey during the month of February, so that the Search Committee has the benefit of the input as we review potential candidates for the position of Superintendent of Schools,” said Mayor Burke.



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Search Committee

Mayor Stephanie M. Burke announced the members of the Superintendent Search Committee.

“We had over 70 applicants and it was my goal to produce a diverse committee made up of teachers, parents, administrators and community leaders,” said Mayor Burke.

The Mayor will serve as Chairperson of the Search Committee. Veteran School Committee Member Paulette Van der Kloot will serve as the Vice Chairperson. The other School Committee representative will be Paul Ruseau.

Additional members include the following parents: Joanne Bell (Brooks Elementary, Andrews Middle School and Medford High School), Jenny Graham (Brooks Elementary School), Alexis Rodriguez (Roberts Elementary School), and Jane Wright (McGlynn Elementary School, McGlynn Middle School, and Medford Vocational Technical High School). Melanie McLaughlin (Brooks Elementary and Medford High School), will serve as both a parent as well as the SEPAC representative.

Teachers who will serve include: Douglass Bowen-Flynn (Medford High School), Sarah Grant (Andrews Middle School), and Joseph Plati (Columbus Elementary School). The Administrator will be McGlynn Middle School Assistant Principal Jody Liu.

The student representative will be Medford High School student Justin Tseng. Also serving on the Committee will be the City’s Diversity Director Neil Osborne.

Should the need arise, Mayor Burke has also chosen the following alternates: Parent-Doug Nagengast (Roberts Elementary School), School Committee Member Kathy Kreatz, Teacher Larry Brown, (Medford Vocational Technical High School) and Administrator Bernadette Riccardelli.

The search process will be coordinated in conjunction with the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.


Mayor Burke has implemented the following schedule in anticipation of being able to publicly interview candidates by the week of March 27th.

The Superintendent Search Committee Schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, February 7 will be the first meeting of the Superintendent Search Committee, where the committee will meet with Glenn Koocher from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, (MASC). He will provide the Committee with an orientation session to acclimate the group to the search process.

Focus group meetings will be held on February 14th (internal) and February 15th (parents/guardians, community members) at 7 PM at Medford High School.

Potential interview questions from the Search Committee will be due to the Mayor by February 25th.

Interested candidates for the position of School Superintendent must file their applications with the Search Committee by February 28th.

MASC will assist by going through all the applications and presenting them to the Search Committee by March 1st.

The Committee will meet on March 6th to select who they would like to interview and finalize the questions they will ask each of the candidates.

Preliminary interviews of candidates will be conducted from March 10th– March 20th in executive session. The expectation is to recommend finalists to the full School Committee, who will then conduct public interviews, by March 21st.

Interviews will likely begin around March 27th.

“We have set forth an ambitious agenda with the goal of selecting a new superintendent by early April. The selection process will remain public and transparent. By working together we will be able to select a Superintendent who will continue to move the Medford Public Schools forward”, said Mayor Burke.

Conduct and Citizenship Award Winners

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Each month the teachers at Columbus Elementary School choose one child in their classroom to win the Conduct and Citizenship Award. The child chosen has given their best effort each day to be Responsible, Respectful, and Safe. Here are some examples of what the student needs to accomplish to meet the award criteria:

1. Obey the school rules;
2. Obey the classroom rules;
3. Arrive to school on time;
4. Come to school prepared to work;
5. Looking out for the welfare of others.

The following children received this award in the month of January 2018:

KINDERGARTEN: Jayden Bears, Giana Rivieccio, and Pablio Sousa

GRADE ONE: Daniel Cytacki, Leah Hershkowitz, and Luka Tolomio

GRADE TWO: Abrielle Cartolano, Avanjolize Mai, and Nico Morris

GRADE THREE: Jovy Guyevara, Issacson Jean-Baptiste, Lily Kiley, Calogero Stefanopoulos, and Jazlynn Wojciechiwski

GRADE FOUR: Eliot Angelese, Alexa Carnabucci, and Leyla Degand

GRADE FIVE: Sofie Green, Patricia Salomon, Jenny Soirlus, and Aiden Welch

conduct and citizenship award winners january 2018

Works of Wonder

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Columbus Elementary School is awarding students, staff, and families each week for performing works of wonder throughout the school day. Our Columbus community constantly performs deeds that make another say, “WOW!”

We want to recognize these wonderful works therefore each week certain children, staff, and even family members will receive a “Works of Wonder – W.O.W.” certificate and pencil. Be sure to congratulate them for the recognized deeds.

January – Works Of Wonder Award Winners:

Kindergarten: Ryan Accede, Krystlynn Anderson, Ximena Castillo-Merida, Asher Doeg, Jacoby Jackson, Logan Leighton, Roxie Little, Brandon Moise, Quinn Monagle, Nayjah Nherisson, Michael Pagano, Joshua Pereira, Enzo Scofield, Pablio Sousa, Joanna Victor, and Nicholas Zeferino

First Grade: Joe Chen, Daniel Cytacki, Ryan De Miranda, Jordan DePaulo, Isabelle Fishbein, Samuel Pappas, Lotte Ribisel, and Luca Tolomio

Second Grade: Tahja Allien-Headley

Third Grade: Naila Carrasquillo, Viola Clark, Ernaud Exantus, Nicholas Ferreira, Jackie Ford, Aaron Greenberg, Nathan Quinn, and Kauan Souza

Fourth Grade: Eliot Anglese, Zayla Astacio, Lucia Cytacki, Christine DesAutels, Jaspreet Kaur, Marcello McLaughlin, Theo Miller, Mason Moreira, Amari Peoples, and Julia Sheehan

Fifth Grade: Marco Ciccia, Josie Dufour, Regina Franco-Castillo, Maggie Fowler, Sophie Green, Nicole Lewis, Victor Lima, Roodjina Lorena, Liliana Morris, Jeremy Morris, Joao Ricci, Za’Nahnaya Robinson, Gabriel Rosse, Mary Schmidt, Gabryel Santos, Inacio Silva, and Sylvia Valdez-Melgar

Staff & Community Members: Mrs. Doreen Andrews, Mrs. Bunzel, Ms. Howell, Ms. Kruczkowski, Mrs. Mazzei, Mrs. Morris, Mrs. Mustone, Mr. Plati, Miss Somerville, and Miss Sullivan

Flu Symptom Check List

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018
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Building Bridges to Kindergarten Parent Information Events

Monday, January 29th, 2018

Informational meetings for parents and guardians of incoming kindergarten students

Come to any scheduled informational meeting for:

– Program Overview and Highlights
– Question & Answer Opportunity

Facilitated by Shelley Gross, Early Childhood/Afterschool Director and Maria Micieli, Kindergarten Teacher, Brooks School

Wednesday March 7; 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Medford High School Library, 489 Winthrop Street

Tuesday, April 10; 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Medford High School Library, 489 Winthrop Street
preceded and followed by an Open House at the Medford Family Network Family Center
6:30 to 7:00 pm and 8:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 3, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Roberts Elementary School, 35 Court Street

Child Care / Interpreter(s) Available by Request
Requests must be received by Friday, March 2 for March 7 presentation, Friday, April 6 for April 10 presentation, and Friday, April 27 for May 3 presentation. Please call (781) 393-2106.

Kindergarten registration: See details and dates here.

Kindergarten Registration for School Year 2018/2019

Friday, January 26th, 2018

Children must be five (5) years of age by August 31, 2018 in order to register for kindergarten.

The Parent Information Center located in the main lobby at Medford High School, 489 Winthrop Street

Beginning Monday, March 5, 2018
Parent Information Center Hours: 7:00 AM-3:00 PM
Extended hours: Wed., Ma. 7 & Tues., Apr. 10, 2018 3:00 PM-6:30 PM
April vacation: Tues., Apr. 17 & Wed., Apr. 18, 2018 8:00 AM-12:00 PM

All registrations must be submitted in person. Early registration is recommended to ensure placement in your neighborhood school.

Parent or legal guardian must bring the following:

1. Registration forms (download forms here)

2. Proof of residency: two current utility bills, (i.e. water, gas, electric, mortgage statement or lease) in the parent or legal guardian’s name or a notarized Residency Affidavit signed by the home owner and two current utility bills in the name of the person with whom you are residing.

3. Student’s birth certificate

4. Student’s immunization record, a physical exam within one year, lead test results, tuberculosis test results or tuberculosis risk assessment, and vision screening with stereopsis. All incoming kindergarten students must be medically cleared before the start of school.

5. Photo identification of a parent or legal guardian. Legal guardians will need to provide a Caregiver Authorization Affidavit (available in the Parent Information Center).

6. For special education students, provide the district with the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).

Please note: registration will not be processed unless all of the required documents (listed above) are received.

All students are assigned to their proximity zone/geographical zone school. The school assignment by street listing can be found on our website at Parents who wish to send their child to a school outside their proximity zone may fill out a choice selection form at the time of registration. Choice assignments are granted based on space availability, sibling preference and diversity plan guidelines. If requests are approved, parents will be notified at the end of August. Transportation to a non-proximity zone school is the parent’s responsibility.

Non-English or limited English speaking students will be assessed by the English Learners staff.

Medford Public Schools offers Before and After School Programs for registered students. The Before School Program is offered on a first come, first served basis. Registration for the Before School and After School Programs will begin on Monday, April 2, 2018. The After School Program for kindergarten students will use a lottery system if demand exceeds space. Pre-Registration forms must be received/postmarked with an April 2-6, 2018 date to enter the lottery. Registration forms for both programs will be available on the Medford Public Schools website. For questions, please contact Cheryl at 781-393-2102 for the After School Program office and Michele at 781-393-2310 for the Before School Program office.

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Ms. Kay’s February Newsletter

Friday, January 26th, 2018

February 2018

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Bus Schedule 2017-18- Updated Jan. 18th

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

There will be no bus stop changes until further notice as of the 9-18-17 update to provide a routine schedule and consistent route for all.

School Year 2017-18 Bus Routes
As of January 18, 2018

Starting times are indicated for the first stop of each bus route. Plan on roughly 5 minutes between every stop on the route.

School Year 2017-2018 Transportation Routes

  1. Please be 10 minutes early to your morning pickup location. Buses tend to run a little behind the first days of school and will settle into a timely routine in 2-3 weeks.
  2. Afternoon runs tend to run behind as well the first 2-3 weeks.
  3. Be respectful of the personal property that abuts the bus stop.
  4. No “boom boxes” will be allowed on the buses.
  5. If transporting musical instruments on the bus, check with the driver as to where they should be placed. Space is tight as each bus has a large number of riders.
  6. Bus riders in grades kindergarten through second grade must be met by a parent/guardian/or designated other. If not, they will be returned to school and must be picked up there.
  7. Bus riders in grades kindergarten through second grade will be provided (at school) a bus tag that must remain on their backpack for the duration of the school year.
  8. Please see your school’s handbook for bus riding rules.
  9. Only student bus riders may board the bus. Parents/guardians/designated others must wait curbside.

Questions? Please email

Thank you!

– Medford Public Schools

February Vacation Camp for Grades K-6

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018
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Members Plus Credit Union Supports Columbus School PTO- Updated

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Update: For every $10 in fees collected, they will add an additional $50!

Members Plus Credit Union at 29 High Street in Medford Square, will be donating all proceeds from the fees from their coin counting machines during the months of January and February to the Columbus Elementary School’s PTO.

Stop by with your change!

columbus pto member plus credit union flier

Medford Night at the Lowell Spinners

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

On Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at 6:35 pm, the Lowell Spinners will be hosting Medford Night with the Columbus Elementary School.  ANYONE from Medford can attend!  Tickets can be purchased now!   Don’t be left out!

medford night at lowell spinners

2017 School Report Card

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Letter from Principal

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Report card overview

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Nutrition Nuggets Newsletters

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Parents’ Guide to MCAS 2017

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

The guide is available on the Massachusetts Department of Education website