Columbus Elementary School News Archive

Photos from the Columbus PTO Ice Cream Social

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

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Free “Science on Saturday” Program at MIT for K-12 Students

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

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Treblemakers Chorus

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Do you love to sing?

Join the Treblemakers Chorus this fall!!!

Medford’s City- Wide Elementary Chorus for Grades 2, 3, 4 & 5!!

Rehearsals are Monday’s from 3:00 – 4:00PM at MHS in the chorus room. (Room A123)

Please remember to bring your permission slip with you so you can stay for rehearsal! You may get a form at www.medford.k12.ma.us look under Fine Arts tab and click on Treblemakers Chorus or ask your music teacher!

We begin Monday, September 25th!

**** For more information, please see your music teacher, or contact Ms. Turner at kturner@medford.k12.ma.us****


Dear Parents/Guardians,

The TrebleMakers Chorus, Medford’s city-wide chorus for grades 2, 3, 4 & 5 is looking for some new singers to join our thriving chorus. This exciting opportunity is open for ALL young singers from the Brooks, Columbus, Roberts and McGlynn Schools. Students will learn to enjoy the experience of making music with others and develop musical skills that will help to nurture their musicianship, build self- confidence and encourage artistic expression through singing.

This year rehearsals will take place on Mondays from 3:00 – 4:00PM at Medford High School in the chorus room, (room A123). We will begin rehearsals on Monday, September 25th.

Students enrolled will participate in concerts at Medford High School in January and May. They will receive instruction in proper vocal techniques and choral singing. There is no fee to be a member of the chorus, however, we highly encourage participation as a full year commitment and only 3 excused absences are allowed.

Also, please be aware at this time, there is no district provided transportation from the other schools to the Medford High School. Pick up time is 4:00PM at Medford High School and students will be dismissed by Miss Turner.

Fall rehearsal dates are as follows:

Mon., Sept. 25
Oct 2, 16, 23, 30
Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27
Dec. 4, 11, 18
Mon., Jan. 8
Mon., Jan. 22 (Dress Rehearsal 3- 4 PM at Caron Theatre MHS)
Tue., Jan. 23 (TrebleMakers Concert 7:30pm Caron Theatre MHS)

We look forward to a rewarding experience and hope that you will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. If you have any questions, you may reach me by email at kturner@medford.k12.ma.us or at the Brooks School, (781)-393-2166 ex 8211.

Sincerely,

Ms. Kristen Turner
Brooks School, Music Teacher

If you would like your student to be a part of the Treble Makers Chorus, please fill out this permission form and return it with you to the first rehearsal on Monday, September 25th. No student may participate without a parent consent form.

Nutrition Nuggets

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Nutrition Nuggets is a healthy eating and fitness newsletter for kids from our school nurses!

September Newsletter

Friday, August 25th, 2017
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Bus Schedule 2017-18- Updated Sept. 15th

Monday, August 21st, 2017

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 September 15, 2017

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 transportation@medford.k12.ma.us.

Thank you!

– Medford Public Schools

2017-2018 School Calendar- Updated Jun. 30th

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Master Events Calendar

School Holidays (no school)

Monday, October 9- Columbus Day

Tuesday, November 7- City Election & Teacher Professional Dev. Day

Friday, November 10- Veterans Day

Thursday, November 23 – Friday, November 24- Thanksgiving Recess

Friday, December 22 – Monday, January 1- Winter Break

Monday, January 15, 2017- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, February 19 – Friday, February 23- February Vacation

Monday, March 12- Teacher Professional Development Day

Friday, March 30- Good Friday

Monday, April 16 – Friday, April 20- April Vacation

Monday, May 28- Memorial Day

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2017-2018 Afterschool Program Registration- Updated

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Afterschool Pre-Registration and Payment Procedures for School Year 2017-18

Please click here to download the pre-registration form (PDF)

Happy Spring! Afterschool enrollment for School Year 2017-18 for new afterschool families begins April 3, 2017. Paperwork can be mailed or dropped off at the afterschool program or afterschool office (Medford High School). No FAXES or EMAILS will be accepted.

Do I need to pay a registration fee? All families are required to pay a yearly $50 non-refundable registration fee if your child(ren) will be enrolled in the Medford Public Schools Afterschool Programs. NOTE: You will need to pay the $50 fee at the time of registration for each Medford Public Schools program that uses the FACTS payment system but your first payment will be credited $50 if you enroll in more than one program. Afterschool families receiving vouchers do not pay a registration fee.

Do I pay a deposit? Deposits will only be required if a family has a voucher. The deposit will be due by August 21, 2017 along with an eligible voucher if one is not on file.

How will I pay my monthly tuition payments? All tuition payments for families not receiving a voucher will be made using FACTS Tuition Online Payments.

What are all the Enrollment Steps for families NOT receiving vouchers? The process is as follows: (1) Return Pre-registration form along with a check or money order for $50. (2) Register/reregister with FACTS (if you do not have a voucher) by July 1, 2017 and determine payment date. If you already have a customer number you will keep that number. (3) Be sure your first payment for August’s/ September’s tuition is made by August 21, 2017. (4) Return your Enrollment Contract for School Year 2017-18 by August 21, 2017. The Enrollment Contract for School Year 2017-18 will be mailed/emailed beginning the week of July 31. The Enrollment Contract can be scanned, mailed or FAXED (781-393-2123) to the afterschool office.

What are all the Enrollment Steps for families receiving vouchers? The process is as follows: (1) Return Pre-registration form. (2) Confirm by August 21 that the Afterschool Office has a current voucher on file for the start of School Year 2017-18. (3) Pay invoice (minimum payment: deposit plus one week’s tuition). (4) Return your Enrollment Contract for School Year 2017-18 by August 21, 2017. The Enrollment Contract for School Year 2017-18 will be mailed/emailed along with an invoice beginning the week of July 31. The Enrollment Contract can be scanned, mailed or FAXED (781-393-2123) to the afterschool office. Please note that we will no longer accept cash. Payment must be in the form of a personal check, bank check, or money order. If you wish to make online payments, please contact Cheryl Alpers (781-393-2102).

What if I want to add/change days after I register? Families may make a schedule change effective October 1. (The adding of days is based on program availability.) All requests must be in writing (email is acceptable). Note procedure: We require a two-week written notice to drop days with schedule changes only going into effect the first of the month. October 1 is the first month of allowable schedule changes.

When does afterschool start? Afterschool starts on August 29, the first day of school for children in Grades 1-5. Afterschool starts on September 6, the first day of school for children entering kindergarten.

Financial Assistance remains limited. If you would like to be considered for scholarship assistance, please contact Cheryl Alpers at calpers@medford.k12.ma.us. We will contact you in July to complete paperwork and discuss eligibility.

Thank you for following these guidelines. For families not receiving a voucher your Pre-registration is official when paperwork and the registration fee are returned and you have completed the FACTS registration process by July 1. For families receiving a voucher your Pre-registration is official when paperwork and an active voucher are on file. (Note: You will only receive notice if you have been placed on a wait list.)

Please click here to download the pre-registration form (PDF)

2017-2018 Before School Program Registration

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Registration for new Before School program students begins Monday, April 3, 2017.

Please bring completed registration form to the Assistant Superintendent’s office at Medford High School, 489 Winthrop Street between 8 am and 12 pm or 1 pm and 4 pm, Monday through Friday.

The Medford Public Schools’ Before-School Program is available to assist working parents & guardians with early drop off for students in grades K-5 at the four elementary schools. The program runs from 7:30 AM until the start of the school day.

Enrollment is offered on a first come, first served basis.

$127.30 per month for 5 days a week
$95.50 per month for 3 days a week

Columbus 2016 DESE School Report Card

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Dear Parent or Guardian:

We are pleased to enclose an overview of the Columbus School’s “report card.” Report cards answer important questions about a school’s overall performance and contain specific information about student enrollment and teacher qualifications, student achievement, accountability, how a school is performing relative to other schools in the district and the state, and the progress made toward narrowing proficiency gaps for different groups of students.

In this report you will find the following important information about our school:

Student enrollment and teacher quality: This section of the report card provides information about the students and teachers in our school as compared to the district and the state. If your child attends a school that receives federal Title I funds, you also have the right to request the following information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers:

– Whether your child’s teacher is licensed in the grade levels and subject areas they teach;
– Whether your child’s teacher is teaching under an emergency license or waiver;
– The college degree and major of your child’s teacher;
– Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

Assessment results: This section of the report shows how our students are performing on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) for 5th Grade Science and Technology and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests as compared to the district and the state. Because we took PARCC last year, the school was held harmless.

School and district accountability information: This section of the report contains three important pieces of information:

– Accountability and Assistance Levels: Schools and districts are placed into one of five accountability and assistance levels (1-5), with the highest performing in Level 1 and lowest performing in Level 5. Our school has been placed into Level 2. One school in the district increased their scores and so we are no longer Level 3.

– School Percentiles: A school percentile between 1 and 99 is reported for most schools. This number shows the overall performance of our school relative to other schools that serve the same or similar grades. Our school percentile is 14. This means that our school is performing higher than 14 percent of the elementary schools in the state.

– Progress and Performance Index (PPI): The PPI is a number that indicates our school’s progress toward narrowing proficiency gaps, or, in other words, helping all students reach proficiency and be prepared for success after high school. Massachusetts has set a goal of reducing proficiency gaps by half between the years 2011 and 2017. For a group of students to be considered to be making sufficient progress toward narrowing proficiency gaps, its cumulative PPI must be 75 or higher. The Columbus PPI did not meet target.

To improve student achievement in our school, we are conducting MOCK MCAS 2.0 sessions three times per year at all grade levels – 3 through 5, Tuft’s tutors for grades 2 and 3, Mystic Valley Elder Care Services to offer support in the classroom, the support of a Math Coach, practice with Open Response type assessment questions, implementation of Response to Invention blocks, instructing students to reply to all assessment questions with best estimates, and differentiated instruction; to name a few instructional strategies.

We encourage you to become involved in helping us improve our school. Some of the ways you can become involved are:

– Encouraging your child’s learning at home;
– Attending parent-teacher meetings and other special meetings;
– Serving as a volunteer in our school or district;
– Encouraging other parents to become involved.

For the full report card visit http://profiles.doe.mass.edu. For more information about our school’s report card or to request information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers, please feel free to contact us at 781.393.2177 or kkay@medford.k12.ma.us.

Sincerely,

Kathleen Kay

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Ongoing Textile Recycling Fundraiser

Friday, September 18th, 2015
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