Columbia Elementary
1502 Elm St.
Rochester, IN 46975

Tel: 574-223-2501
Fax: 574-223-0530
Jason Snyder, Prin.
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    Columbia News

    Open House Friday July 30th from 5:30-7:00pm. 


    Internet Saftey Presentation Opportunity

    We have been given the opportunity to have presentations from the Indiana State Police Youth Educators Internet Crimes Against (ICAC) Children Task Force.  

    Presentations for Columbia K-2 students will occur virtually during the school day on Wednesday May 19th.  A presentation for parents will be held from 6:00pm-7:30pm that evening in the RHS auditorium with a virtual option for viewing as well.    

    Information regarding how to access the virtual parent presentation is below:

    Topic: Indiana State Police ICAC parent presentation

    "The Hunt: How predators use technology to target children online."
    An email has been sent with log in information!!

    Restructuring News At Columbia - Weekly Update


    We successfully completed tours of Riddle this week with our 1st and 2nd grade classes.   The trip was great, the kids got to meet teachers, administrators, nurse, principal and they got to tour the building and play on the playground.  Riddles staff did a fantastic job of welcoming the kids to Riddle.


    1st and 2nd Grade will be touring Riddle this week.

    2nd Grade teachers will be visiting Riddle WED morning to take a look at rooms and to discuss furniture needs so we can plan our moves efficiently.


    On Friday we met as an administrative team to finalize our plans for special education for next year. 

    26-30 April

    Title I teams for both Riddle and Columbia met to discuss resources that we will be shifting to Riddle as 2nd grade relocates.

    CIA (Curriculum, INstruction, Assessment) coaches met to begin looking at room assignments for next year, lunch schedules to work on getting all students to be able to eat in the cafe next year, and to begin looking at our draft special schedule for next year.

    We have been putting together orders for STEM materials so that we can add the STEM curriculum to specials at Riddle next year, thanks to Mrs. Downs willingness and lead on heading that up.  

    We held a special needs meeting to look at resources in the corporation and to determine what was needed at each individual building.   We continue to work on development of that plan to meet those needs.  

    We finalized move plans with our teachers that are moving rooms, support is available and will be provided to ensure supplies are moved and ready for teachers early this summer.  


    -2nd Grade will be visiting Riddle for tours and introductions on May 18th at 9:30am
    -1st Grade will be visiting Riddle for tours and introductions on May 18th at 8:30am
    -iPad check in will be May 25th. Virtual students will receive more details regarding the check in process from their teacher
    -We are working with teachers now on our specials schedule for next year

    RCSC Restructioning Frequently Asked Questions

    We appreciate your questions and concerns regarding the restructuring of our district.
    Please email questions and concerns to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Q: If I ordered supplies online, will my child still get them if they are going to Riddle?
    A: Yes, supply lists for the grade levels will not change and any current 1st grader that ordered supplies, will have those delivered to Riddle for next year.

    Q: Will the curriculum for 2nd Grade Change?
    A: No, 2nd Grade teachers will continue to use the same curriculum, programs, etc. that they are currently using, they will just be teaching from Riddle instead of Columbia

    Q: Will there be a open house for Riddle and Columbia next year?
    A: Yes, we will be hosting open house out both locations. Times and dates TBD.

    Q: Will my child get a chance to visit Riddle before the start of next year.
    A: Yes, we will be setting up visits for this years 2nd and 1st grade students to visit Riddle before the end of the school year. This will be done during the school day and we will make sure the kids have a chance to tour the building, meets student and staff, and also meet Mr. Biernacki.

    •  Great News!

      This year we will be offering the Teacher Tailored supply kit program which
      offers pre-packaged, school supply boxes filled with the exact items requested by your
      child’s teacher.

      This is our second year doing this and last year went very well.   We work with Teacher Tailored and they take our supply lists for next year (2021-2022) and put together a package with all of those supplies ready to go.   You order online and your students supplies are shipped in a box, directly to the school over the summer.   Once we get those, I will deliver them directly to your child's classroom and on the first day of school or if we have an open house, those supplies will be sitting on your kids desk, ready to roll.    You can even order backpacks, lunch boxes and water-bottles if you like, those are delivered with the supply box.  All boxes are delivered to the school, it saves on the over all cost to the parent if they can deliver in bulk to one place.  

      As a school, we have an option to use this as a fundraiser or we can simply get a discounted price on the box of supplies and choose to pass that savings on to parents.   We choose the savings to be passed on to you, we do not make any money off of these.

      If you are interested, visit this website.  Use the school code 44171 

      Orders must be placed by 5/27/2021.

      If you have any questions, let me know or you can contact the office at 574-223-2501.   

      Exciting news!

      Four County is now offering FREE parenting workshops every 3rd Friday of the month from 11:30am-12:00pm. Parenting workshops are not just for young or inexperienced parents; they're for everyone who wants to become a better parent. All parents are welcome to join! Some education topics will be internet safety, the importance of communicating with the school, effective discipline techniques, teaching responsibility and respect in the home, listening, and responding to children, setting and enforcing rules in the home, and improving sleep routines for kids. When parents increase their level and quality of interactions with their children, children become better prepared for school and personal success in life. By attending these workshops, parents will be able to stay up-to-date on the newest and most effective parenting techniques. They can also connect with other parents that are experiencing similar situations and form a supportive network.   Below is the link that parents can use to access the workshops and the dates!

       2/19, 3/19, 4/16, 5/21, 6/18, 7/16, 8/20

      Kindergarten Round-up News

      April 13, 2021 from 8:30am-5:30pm
      Located at the Learning Center
      1818 Park Road
      Any questions please contact 574-223-2501
      Please click here for more information

      Update: Car Line Information
      Parents: Columbia will open up the car line at 7:30am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. We will open up the line at 7:45am on Wednesday.

      Arrival/Dismissal Information

      Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - doors open at 7:45am; school will begin at 8:15am.
      Wednesday -
      doors open at 8:15am; school will begin at 8:45am.
      Car dismissal will be the same every day of the week and will begin at 2:45pm. Students who ride the bus will be dismissed when the busses arrive at 3pm.

      Links to important Kindergarten forms:
      Kindergarten Round-Up Packet
      Kindergarten Student Health Information Sheet
      Kindergarten Physical Exam Form
      Kindergarten Dental Exam Form
      Kindergarten Vision Exam Form

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      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:

    • 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.

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      • Central Office

        Rochester School Corporation
        690 Zebra Lane
        Rochester, IN 46975

        Tel: 574-223 2159
        Jana Vance, Supt.


        High School

        Rochester Community HS
        1 Zebra Lane
        Rochester, IN 46975

        Tel: 574-223-2176
        Fax: 574-223-3401
        Oscar Haughs,  Prin.
      • Middle School

        Rochester Community MS
        650 Zebra Lane
        Rochester, IN 46975

        Tel: 574-223-2280
        Cassie Murphy, Prin.
        Lukas Schoenhals, Asst. Prin.
        Nathan Kreamer, Counselor


        Columbia Elementary
        1502 Elm St.
        Rochester, IN 46975

        Tel: 574-223-2501
        Fax: 574-223-0530
        Jason Snyder, Prin.

        Riddle Elementary
        302 Barkman St.
        Rochester, IN  46975

        Tel: 574-223-2880
        Fax: 574-223-1539
        Luke Biernacki, Prin.

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