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Mrs. Heise's Updates

April 9, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Spring Is Here

What a beautiful Easter weekend!  I pray that you and your families were able to celebrate so many things together…especially the resurrection of our Lord.  The coming days look to have plenty of rain which also makes our world more colorful and fuller of life. Please keep an eye on the weather so children come to school with appropriate clothing (coats and sweatshirts as needed) and perhaps, umbrellas. Note: As always, please remember to send water bottles and masks to school with your students.

Forward Exams for OLP Students

This week, students at OLP began the process of taking the Forward Exam. This annual standardized assessment is given to students in order to measure what they know as it relates to academic standards. The data provided by the assessments is used to improve instruction and thus, learning, guide curriculum and professional development decisions, and allow parents/guardians to understand what their child knows and is able to do in the areas of English/Language Arts, mathematics, social studies and science. The assessment also allows students the opportunity to reflect on their own achievements. 

As the testing continues for the next few weeks, I ask that you encourage your children to eat healthy, get plenty of rest and exercise, and give the electronic devices a break.

These are good guidelines for the entire year, but especially during testing.  Help them understand that these tests are to be taken seriously so that we can determine what they really know.  Thank you for your cooperation in helping them to shine.

First Communion Retreat

Speaking of shining, our 2nd grade students have worked hard as they make their ways to receiving their First Holy Communion.  To help prepare them on this journey, the students will take part in a First Communion Retreat on April 14.  The school students will join with those from our Religious Education program in prayer and a meal.  Thank you to those organizing the retreat and to you, our parents/guardians for supporting the children in their faith lives.

More Work to Come  

There are only 34 days remaining in the school year.  While it has certainly been a different sort of year, our students have learned and grown in so many ways.  Yet, we know that there is still a great deal of work to be done during these days ahead.  Remind your child(ren) that school is a job…their jobs…and the payment for hard work is the wonderful feeling of success and knowing that everyone is proud of them.

Kindness Matters

Part of that success focuses on making good choices in their behavior.  In the past several weeks, we have had many situations where kindness was not shown to classmates, students were disrespectful to teachers and staff, and the rules of school just didn’t seem to apply to the students.  I ask that you please support the good things taking place at school, knowing that our goals are to keep students safe, teach them to be good people, and know they are cared for and about…by everyone.  “Love one another as Christ has loved us.”

CCS Parent Association Meeting

The CCS Parent Association will be meeting on Wed, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Columbus cafeteria.  We will be discussing year-end activities, Teacher Appreciation Week, and more.  We hope to see parents there to help and share their ideas!  Please consider joining us.

Masks and social distancing are required.  Please use the front entrance of Columbus.

Summer School Offered by the School District of Marshfield

Registration starts Tuesday, April 13th and goes through Thursday, April 22nd.  Registration will be online through Skyward Family Access.  If you have not yet set up an account, please call the School District of Marshfield Office at 715-387-1101.  Brochures are available in the Columbus Elementary School Offices.

Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week, April 12-16

As part of our safety drills, we conduct tornado drills and participate in the mock tornado watch/warning drill.  The staff and students have practiced and prepared for this statewide drill, but some children may be frightened by the siren when it goes off.  Please know that this is a practice, but we take this seriously and do everything to keep our students safe including when it is weather-related.  The statewide drill will take place on April 15th at 1:45 p.m.


  • April 12: Grade 5 Band 2:55-3:55
  • April 13: Summer School registration begins
  • April 14: 
    • 8:00 Mass at SJB 5K-2nd grade attend
    • Grade 2:  First Communion Retreat
    • Parent Association Meeting in the CCHS cafeteria 6:30 p.m.
  • April 15: 8:00 Mass at OLP
  • April 16: Tees and Jeans Day or #Ashley Strong shirt, $1 suggested donation

Looking Ahead

  • April 19: No School
  • April 23: Bonus #AshleyStrong Shirt or Dons shirt and jeans
  • April 24: Highlight: Mother-Son Photo and Date Night. See the flyer link below.
  • April 30:
    • Progress reports go home
    • GALLEON Virtual Event: Find more information HERE


Until next time…God bless and Happy Easter.

Columbus Catholic Schools are dedicated to excellence in Catholic education, founded in the love of Jesus Christ, and designed to instill in our students faith, knowledge, and a desire to serve others.