Did you know that IDOE (Indiana Department of Education) has documents created to support families in understanding Kindergarten Readiness and includes suggestions of how they can support learning at home? The Kindergarten Readiness, Kindergarten Literacy, and Kindergarten Mathematics documents can be distributed to families at a variety of events like Pre-K Conferences/Graduation, Kindergarten Screenings, or Kindergarten Roundup events. The documents can be found at:
Transportation changes will no longer be accepted over the phone. All changes must be made in person or in writing.
Reminder from Nurse Butler-
Please be mindful in regards to sending your child(ren) to school if they are showing signs of a sickness.
Please make sure that we have the most current parent/guardian phone number and address on file for your student(s).
Remind your students to stay healthy! We encourage proper hand washing routines and flu shots.
Also, all medications must be submitted to the nurses office in their original containers with a signed medication administration form and students may never carry any medications (including cough drops) with them to or at school.
Childcare is offered at Columbia Elementary for working parents. We offer before school, after school, as well as break/intersession care for students K - 6th Grade. For more details or please contact Deb Bryant at Columbia, 574-223-2501.
Please make sure your child(ren) remember to have their tennis shoes with them on their P.E. days. If you are unsure of what days your child has P.E., please contact the office or classroom teacher.
Save those pop tabs! All year long we will be collecting tabs to help fund the Ronald McDonald House at Riley's Children Hospital. We will be having monthly contests between classes, so please be sure to bring those in by the last friday of each month.
We welcome parents to come eat with their children at Little Zebbie's Diner. We do ask that you give notice no later than 9:00am the day you plan on attending.
Adult lunches are $3.00 and we no longer allow parents to pay for their adult lunches through their students lunch account.
The goals of The Promise are to leverage the entire community to make it easy for families to begin saving for post-secondary education, to incentivize savings behavior with community matching funds, and to build college-saver identity for youth by exposing them to college and careers in the classroom and on campus, including a "Walk Into My Future" celebration. Contextualizing 529 accounts, which may be foreign, in a familiar process (registering a child for school) helps families move to action.
To learn more information, please visit thier website at: http://www.promiseindiana.org/
To enroll, please visit: https://www.collegechoicedirect.com/home/ymca/promise.html
Welcome to Columbia Elementary School! This website will provide you with all the information you will need to get to know Columbia and all that makes this a special place to learn. As principal at Columbia, I am so excited to get to know your family and to work with your children. This is going to be an exciting year as we inspire our children to....learn, grow, and give.
Columbia is a great place to learn. The teachers at Columbia spend a great deal of time getting to know each child in order to better meet their specific learning needs. We believe that: "Children don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care." (Maxwell) We care about your child and work to create a family atmosphere in our classrooms. Our teachers support students that are not quite ready to learn the skills and enrich students that have already mastered the skills. We like to teach in a hands-on way and even do projects to help our students learn better.
Columbia is a great place to grow. We want our children to develop good character traits. Zebra Zone is our character education theater show. This is a sight and sound experience where children learn character truths. These 45-minute programs use music, drama, and storytelling to entertain and inspire students and parents. We'll be inviting you to share these experiences with your child. Children and parents are excited to learn about the character education trait at school and then practice the trait in the home.
Columbia is a great place to give. We want our children to learn to treat others with respect and help others when they have a need. We will be doing some service learning projects so that our children will learn the importance of helping others in our local community and throughout the world.
I am excited to share this year with you. I would love it if you would stop by the office and introduce yourself. Let me know if I can ever be of any assistance to you. I am always delighted to meet our parents and talk about our school. We welcome your support in developing a strong home-school partnership.
"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success." (Ford)
Columbia Elementary School, located in Rochester, IN, is one of four schools in the Rochester Community School District. The district, located in Fulton County, serves approximately 2,000 students. The Rochester School District is comprised of Columbia Elementary School, grades PreK-2, Riddle Elementary School, grades 3-5, Rochester Middle School, grades 6-8 and Rochester High School, grades 9-12.
At Columbia School, we provide students opportunities to develop their potential intellectually, socially and emotionally. We believe that our school exist to provide an effective educational program and to offer all students opportunities to develop their capabilities to the maximum of their potential so that they may act constructively as contributing citizens in our changing society. Columbia Elementary School has a strong academic foundation, a parent community that is interested and is actively involved, a faculty professionally skilled and personally committed to meeting the needs of students and a student body motivated to perform well.
Columbia Elementary School is comprised of one special needs preschool, two general education preschool classes, six kindergarten classes, six first grade classes, and seven second grade classes.
Our kindergarten is full day. Students attend school 180 days.
"The mission of Columbia School is to ensure that all programs are dedicated toward enhancing student achievement and that each school is a humanistic organization, valuing students emotionally and academically providing the highest quality education possible in a personalized environment. We aspire to enable each student to realize maximum potential as a responsible citizen who will enhance the community and society."
The Columbia Elementary School Community believes our mission is to facilitate and engage the students in optimal learning and social development in a safe and orderly environment. Our expectation for all students is to empower them to lead fulfilling and productive lives as life-long learners in a rapidly changing and increasingly complex society.
The Columbia School Elementary staff is dedicated for providing a rich educational environment that challenges all students to think critically, solve complex problems, express themselves articulately, in speaking and writing, and work cooperatively and individually in a diverse and multicultural world.