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Superintendent's Newsletter

Please click here to access Superintendent, 
Mrs. Cheryl Watson-Harris' Weekly Newsletter.

COVID 19 Notification!


DCSD Visitor's Guidance 


Out of an abundance of caution and due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, we will continue the visitor protocol that was in place for the 2020-2021 school year.


Visitors and volunteers will not be permitted in buildings until further notice.  We will continue to monitor conditions and data provided by the Department of Public Health(DPH), the DeKalb County Board of Health (DBOH), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  It is our sincere hope that conditions will improve, and we will be able to reopen our doors and benefit from the value that our committed volunteers add to our schools and centers.  


We appreciate each of our volunteers and community partners.  In the interim, we will look for and we invite you to help us identify opportunities for volunteers to support our school community virtually.


Our staff will be ready to welcome students back, assist them with bringing in school supplies, and escorting students to class.  Take care and stay safe.  


District & Community News
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BACK 2 SCHOOL EXTRAVAGANZA

Rainbow Park Baptist Church will host a "Back 2 School Extravaganza" on Saturday, August 7, 2021 from 10am - 2pm.  Please use the link below to register for this event.  You don't want to miss it!!!


 
Local Farmers Market

Greetings Columbia Elementary Family,

The local Sun Market is open every Saturday from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm through September 25th. Please see attached for additional details: Sun Market Flyer 

 
School News
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School Updates
Daily School Schedule
7:00 - 7:45 - Breakfast
7:30 - 7:45 - Homeroom/Announcements
7:45 - 8:15 - Intervention Block
8:15 - 2:00 - Instructional Time 
2:05  - Dismissal Time


  • Bus Riders arrival time: 7:00 a.m. - 7:15 a.m.
  • Car Riders & Walker arrival time: 7:15 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.
  • Students that arrive after 7:45 a.m. are considered tardy.  
  • Early dismissal cut off time is 1:40 p.m.  

General School Updates 
Uniforms are strongly encouraged. 
tops - white, orange, royal blue and spirit t-shirt
bottoms - navy and khaki


I. Arrival- Students may begin arriving to school at 7:00 a.m. All students will enter the building through the cafeteria doors near bus lane.  

Please note: No student will be admitted into the building before 7:00 a.m. 

II. Safe School Opening Guidance
The CDC’s five key mitigation strategies to further reduce the level of risk of COVID-19 introduction and transmission inside the school are: 
  •  • Consistent and correct use of masks 
  •  • Social distancing to the largest extent possible  
  •  • Hand washing 
  •  • Cleaning and disinfecting
  •  • Contact tracing in collaboration with DeKalb Board of Health

  • To keep each and every student and staff member as safe as possible, there will be no visitors allowed in the building at this time. Unfortunately parents, you will not be allowed to walk your child(ren) to their classroom(s).

III. Mask Mandate

  • Masks are are required for all students, staff and guest.  Students must wear mask while riding school bus as well.  

IV. Dismissal Procedures

  • During afternoon dismissal, car riders will be picked up from the upper parking lot (Glendale Drive). Due to our current dismissal procedures and safety protocols, it may take longer for your child to reach your vehicle. In addition, we are asking that you remain in your vehicle during the dismissal process.
    • Dismissal will begin at approximately 2:05 p.m. 
    • Early dismissal cut off time is 1:40 p.m.  
Registration/Enrollment Updates

Greetings Columbia Elementary Family,

I hope all is well and you are enjoying the final days of summer! As we prepare for a new school year, please see the updates and reminders below. 


Registration 2021-2022 Returning Students, DCSD Transfers and 21-22 PreK Lottery Students ONLY can register at Columbia ES. 


*New Kindergarten & New DCSD Students must register online.


*Registration hours: Monday - Thursday @ 9am -1pm

(Contact Ms. Dupree @ 678-874-0702)


*Please bring your proof of residency (current utility bill or lease in parent name) and guardian valid ID. 



Assessment Updates



Technology Updates

Password Change
Please be aware that all students' passwords have changed from the generic district password to a unique password. Please contact your child's teacher if you need assistance.


 
Parent & Family Engagement Information
 
Please take a moment to complete the FY22 Title l Parent and Family Engagement Survey. Your input is vital in the planning and implementation of the parental engagement program and activities in our school. Thank you for your support.
 
Infinite Campus Parent Portal (Grades)
Parents stay informed and connected with Infinite Campus. This portal allows you to access your child's grades, assignments, attendance, schedule and more. Create an Infinite Campus Parent Portal Account. Have an account already? Follow these steps to sign in to Infinite Campus

Progress Reports are available in Parent Portal. You may view your child's Progress Report by logging into Parent Portal.  If you have not set up your Parent Portal account, please contact our Parent Liaison, Ms. Elder-Weems Email: braisley_elder-weems@dekalbschoolsga.org or by phone at 404-624-6573 if you have any questions.
 
 
PTA Membership
 
 

PTA Membership Drive is in full effect. The goal is to have 100% Membership in every classroom with each student represented. Become a member of a GREAT organization! 
 
Click Here to become a CES PTA Member.
 
How to Sign in to Clever
With Clever, everyone has a personalized portal with a single login for all of their online programs and resources. This portal provides access to all the apps available in the District. Students also have access to their Teacher's Page located in Clever.
 
20/21 School Photo Album
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