Tiger Tales March 22nd

Dear Colfax Families,

CMAS/PARCC testing for 3-5th grade is around the corner. These important assessments will be happening when we return from spring break. Please help ensure our students are on time every day and appointments are scheduled around the testing days.  Students are welcome to have breakfast in the classroom on TESTING DAYS from 7:30-8:10.  Students will be provided a breakfast from the cafeteria. Meals are different than what is available in the cafeteria but are still nutritious and delicious. Students also have the choice to eat in the cafeteria and then join their peers in classroom after eating the meal offered in the cafeteria.  We will celebrate students who are on time for testing with a daily ice cream treat!  The intermediate team will also be celebrating students every day for their hard work during testing.  We will be sharing what these daily rewards are with students at our PARCC Pep Rally on April 6th at 2:00pm in the gym. Parents are welcome to join!

Our CMAS schedule is as follows:

April 10th – April 12th

April 17th – April 19th


April 23th- April 25th

(5th grade only)


As they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day! We want to ensure all students have a healthy breakfast whether at home or at school. If students arrive on time but right before the tardy bell rings, and need a breakfast, please have your child go to class first. We want to ensure they are not marked as tardy.  Students should then tell their teacher they need a breakfast. Teachers will send them down with a breakfast pass to the office. We will then give them a breakfast bag and send them back to their classroom to eat and learn! We know it seems that it would be more convenient to just pass by the morning tardy line to get a breakfast bag but it then becomes too difficult to determine who is on time and who is late. Any student in the tardy line will be marked tardy. Additionally, our office staff checks in students one at a time, in the order they are in line. When a student or adult wants a breakfast bag right away without getting in line it makes the students who are late even more late.

Dear Colfax families,

Being part of your children’s education is important and will help them succeed in school and in life. There are many ways you can be actively involved. Below are ten steps to success that can help increase your children’s engagement in education.

  1. Talk to your children about their classes regularly. Instead of asking, “How was school,” ask specific questions like, “What did you learn in history?” or “What homework do you have for tonight?”
  2. Stay informed about your children’s school activities and events. Be sure to look for newsletters and weekly packets from the school.
  3. Get to know your children’s friends and talk with them. Ask them about their classes.
  4. Focus on your children’s growth as people, not just their schoolwork and grades. Ask them about how their lunch or recess time went.
  5. Only 30% of your child’s time is spent in school – so what you do at home matters! Review what your children are learning. For example, if your child is learning multiplication tables, practice them together.
  6. Talk with your children about your expectations for their behavior, such as completing their homework and attending school every day. Be clear and consistent.
  7. Talk to your children about college and career as well as their hopes and dreams for their future. Point out their natural talents and strengths, and connect those to a possible career. If your child is interested in science, talk with them about a career in medicine.
  8. Have your children show you their homework. While you may not know if it is correct, you can look at whether it seems complete.
  9. Praise the efforts your children make, not just the outcome. When you focus on their hard work and not only their grades, they learn the value of giving their best effort.
  10. Talk to your children about when you were in school and what your favorite subjects were. Be sure to also talk about struggles you may have faced and what you didn’t like. Talk with your children about how you overcame those struggles.


Emily Galeano
Bilingual School Psychologist