The holiday season is upon us as a school community!  Here are some important reminders:  The Week of Giving is December 1st-5th; Family Movie Night-12/12; Second Grade Holiday Program-12/18;Sing-A-Round  and Spirit Day is 12/19;  Minimum Day 12/19-Students TK/K dismissed at 12:00 PM and grades 1-5 dismissed at 12:10

Minimum Day
Date: 12/19/2014
Location: Kinder/TK-12:00 dismissal Grades 1-5- 12:10 dismissal
Date: 12/19/2014, 8:45 AM
Location: Upper Playground
Winter Break 12/22/14-1/4/15
Date: 12/22/2014
Location: No School

Dear Cougar Families,

Welcome back to school! The 2014-2015 school year promises to be a year of going “Above & Beyond” (see link below) to achieve our 21st Century teaching and learning goals for our students! As principal, I am so excited to continue on our journey to provide your child with a learning environment that meets the ever-changing world in which we live. This is going to be an exciting year as we reach our vision:
“Collegewood is a community of 21st Century Learners working collaboratively to empower student to develop intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally.”

Our team is committed to enabling students to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world and to empower our students to create, collaborate, communicate well, think critically and be global citizens prepared to take on the challenges of their future! The staff spends a great deal of time getting to know each child in order to better meet their specific learning needs. We believe, “Children don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.

This year we are proud to implement a technology rich environment. We have added an additional computer lab, two new laptop carts and additional iPads. We now have a mobile lab for every grade level and two stationary labs! In addition, we will continue our goal to develop as a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) school. With the addition of our robotics lab and new Digital Media Center, students will be challenged to use their critical thinking skills to be problem-solvers of tomorrow. In our Digital-Media center, our students will have the opportunity to check our eBooks in addition to the hard-bound books they check out each week. This year students will engage in projects that have real world connections and provide an opportunity to learn how to authentically research solutions to problem-solve.

To provide social emotional balance, we are excited to fully implement our Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS) to create an atmosphere of caring and respect. We will be using positive behavior incentives to reward students who demonstrate our school-wide expectations of: Respect, Responsibility, Readiness, and Resourcefulness (The 4Rs). We will use a token system to provide students who demonstrate these behaviors an opportunity to earn a reward for the entire school! Students will engage in some service learning projects so that our students learn the importance of helping others in our school and local community.

We celebrate learning! When you walk on campus of Collegewood Elementary, it is not unusual to see kids supporting one another, to hear children cheering because they met a learning goal, or to see students working collaboratively on a group project. At our school we partner with our parents and community. As principal, I am delighted to invite parents to join us in our journey to take teaching and learning “Above and Beyond” in an effort to meet the needs of the whole child!
To learn more about Collegewood feel free to visit our office. We are happy to assist!

For our kids,

Joan Perez




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Week of Giving 12/1-12/5
Please consider helping families in need this holiday season and help us to teach our children the gift of giving. We will be taking donations for the East San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless. Each grade level will be donating different supplies. See below for more information:
Red Ribbon Week is October 27th-31st
Each year Collegewood Elementary celebrates Red Ribbon Week. The National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign. NFP provides drug awareness by sponsoring the annual National Red Ribbon Celebration. Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world.
Mrs. Nelson's Book Fair comes to Collegewood!
During the week of October 6th-10th Mrs. Nelson's Book Fair will be in our MPR. Students will have an opportunity to purchase many of their favorite titles! M-F 8:00-3:30 and on Friday 8:00-1:30. All proceeds from the book fair go directly back to our library to purchase new books and eBooks. Your support means a lot! Happy Reading!
Celebrating Creativity!
Collegewood Hosts a "Dot Day" Parade!
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CCSS Parent Night Information
Attached is the CCSS Parent Night Information distributed at our meeting on Thursday. Please feel free to email Mrs. Perez with any questions you may have.
Schedule for Classroom Assignment Days
See attached schedule for Class Assignment Days. Please come at the time that corresponds to your last name.
Documents for 2014-2015 Class Assignment Day
This year Collegewood will continue an on-campus class assignment process. Class assignment day for last names beginning A-L will be August 11th. Class assignments for last names beginning M-Z will be August 12th. Please click on the link above to download, print, and completely fill out documents and bring them with you on your designated enrollment/registration day.
Attendance Counts!
Read about the effects of attendance on student achievement.
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