Welcome to Columbus Elementary!
We're so glad you're here!
Welcome students, families, friends, and neighbors. Columbus Elementary is a high performing school with high quality teachers. We are small in comparison to other CPS schools, but we are big when it comes to success, caring, and belonging.
News & Announcements
PARCC testing will begin soon. Third through 8th grade will take this yearly assessment in Reading and Math. For more information, go to www.isbe.net/parcc. You can also call our school counselor, Ms. Pietruszka.
Local School Council Meetings Moved
LSC meetings have been moved to the 2nd Wednesday of each month. These are open meetings. All Columbus families and community members are encouraged to attend.
Fourth and Fifth Grade Were Chemists!
Fourth and Fifth grade enjoyed their trip to the Museum of Science and Industry. They were able to become chemists in the museum's classrooms.
Sign up for Chess
Develop your child's intellect through the fun game of chess! Current research has shown a strong link between chess and
academic performance in a variety of areas, including mathematics and language arts. Also, chess has been proven to enhance motivation, concentration, focus, social skills, and creativity. No previous knowledge of chess is necessary. Each class will consist of a fun, interactive teaching period and guided practice time. Both new and returning participants are welcome and will get to the next level under the guidance of an experienced Chess Scholars coach. There will also be a chess competition with prizes towards the end of the session! Each child will receive a participation medal and a chess keychain.
To sign up for Chess Scholars, please visit https://www.chessscholars.com/signup.
Sign up for Let's Build It!
Let’s Build It – Exciting Electronics! is an exhilarating, cutting-edge area of engineering. In this unit, students will design, build,
and test various circuits and electronic projects. Instructors will guide students through core concepts of electrical
engineering, introducing them to circuits and electrical components. Students will use hands-on projects and experiments to explore how electricity is part of our daily lives. No previous experience is necessary, just a desire to learn and build. Each student will receive an award on the last day of the session, as well as the opportunity to earn engineering belts to
demonstrate their learned skills!You have more than two months to submit your applications. Make the most of it. To sign up, please visit https://www.learningmeansfun.com/signup.
Sign up for Let's Code It!
Let’s Code It Programming – Kool Katz – Your child will have a blast in this exciting new STEM program. Our innovative
approach to coding is sure to spark your child’s interest in computer science, using a simple, relatable, block-based
programming system called Scratch, developed by the MIT Media Lab. The fun filled curriculum stresses critical thinking,
creativity, confidence, teamwork, and problem solving skills to prepare them for the 21st century and beyond. Class topics
include video game design, loops, control structure, conditional expressions, control statements, object oriented design
concepts, data structures and variables, and mathematical expressions. Each student will receive an award on the last day of the session, and will have the opportunity to earn Energy Belts to demonstrate their learned skills! To sign up, please visit http://www.learningmeansfun.com/signup.
Classroom Highlights ~ Coming Soon!
Chicago Public Schools - Calendar - Details
Columbus Teachers Share Classroom News via Social Media
Did you know that Ms. Blochowiak and Mrs. Gibbs have started Instagram pages for their classrooms? If you want to see what's going on in first and fourth grade, like their pages:
Mrs. Gibb's Account: mrsgibbs305
Ms. Blochowiak's Account: 1st.grade.with.ms.blochowiak
Mrs. Oleksy also has a facebook page you can like. She shares homework, teaching, and parenting tips, along with pertinent information about Columbus. Be sure to like her page: Principal Oleksy.