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10/22 Weekly Newsletter

Hello Families!
Our weekly video newsletter is now available:



Friday, October 23rd: NO SCHOOL
Monday, October 26th: Begin long division in math, school dress up day: Wear pajamas to Zoom!
Tuesday, October 27th: Wear Red for Red Ribbon Week
Wednesday, October 28th: Wear a sports jersey (Go Dodgers!)
Thursday, October 29th: Wear a hat
Friday, October 30th: Student of the month awards, virtual pumpkin carving contest, wear a Halloween costume to Zoom (no face coverings or weapons please).

Posted in Announcements, Class Newsletter

10/16 Weekly Newsletter

Our Video Newsletter has all the information you need:


Wednesday, October 21st: Materials Pickup Day. Encourage your child to dress up and come to Columbus to get their supplies for November. It is very important that all families come and pick up materials on this day!

Friday, October 23rd: No School! Sleep in and take a Zoom holiday.

How to check your child’s progress and grades in Google Classroom, click here.

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9/18 Weekly Newsletter

Hello Families!

Next week, we will be starting working on multiplication in math. Memorization of math facts is very important for student success in fifth grade and in middle school.

Students who leave fifth grade without memorizing their math facts are more likely to struggle in middle school and be slowed down by all of the computations in their math class.

Starting next week, I highly suggest spending 5-10 minutes a few nights per week with your child helping them work on their multiplication math facts.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

The video message is below – have a great weekend!


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9/11 Weekly Newsletter


Hello families! Happy Friday!

Please submit your order form for your child’s fifth grade spirit shirt. These shirts are FREE thanks to leftover donations from last year’s fundraisers.

The order form can be found here inside your child’s Google Classroom.

I suggest ordering one size larger than your child normally wears so that they can grow into the shirt during the year. Please also note that these shirts are 100% cotton and they tend to shrink in the wash.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Have a great weekend!

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Weekly Newsletter

Hello families!

Happy Friday!

Thanks for another wonderful week.

Next week –

NO SCHOOL on Monday, September 7th, for Labor Day holiday.

We will have a paperwork return day and materials pickup day on Wednesday, September 9th. Please return the back to school paperwork that was sent home with your child when they picked up their books.

If your child is missing any books or supplies, please email me as soon as possible so that I can put together a supply bag for you to pick up on September 9th.

Have a great three day weekend everyone! Stay cool in the heat!

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First week of school update


Hello families!

Thank you for a successful first week of school. Even with a worldwide Zoom outage on Monday, it has been great getting to know all of you and your students this past week.

It was great to meet many of you during back to school night. If you were unable to attend, and you would like to view the recording of the meeting, please email me and I can send that to you.

Next week we will be starting the Benchmark Advance reading program and the i-Ready district assessment. Please note, it is very important that you allow your child to work on their own during this test. The test is designed to see what grade level a student is working at, and it will ask them questions at a 6th grade level to determine if they are above grade level. This is normal, and students will not be penalized for getting these questions wrong.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to send me an email.

Have a great weekend!

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First day of school update

Hello Families! Thank you for a successful first day of remote school. Although we had a few technical issues, I want to thank you all for your patience and understanding while we work to get all students connected.


We will continue to follow the district’s minimum-day “welcome week” schedule on Thursday and Friday.

All students can access the Zoom link in their Clever account.


A couple of questions that parents have asked:


What is the Zoom schedule starting next week?
The district’s remote learning schedule will be followed.

We will have about 2 hours of Zoom per day.

You can view the schedule at


When is Back to School Night?
Parent Information Night / Back to School Night will be on August 26th at 6:00pm, and again at 6:45pm. A Zoom link will be sent out early next week.


How do I get a Chromebook or WiFi hotspot for my student?
Please call the district technology hotline at (818) 478-2664 to reserve a Chromebook.


My student forgot their Chromebook login / Google login / Clever login.
Please send me an email and I will reset their login.


How do I contact Mr. Sasse with questions?
Please email me – I will answer my emails as quickly as I can.



Thanks again for all of your understanding and patience as we adjust to remote learning. We had a great first day and I am looking forward to a fantastic year.

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First day of school access directions:

Hello families! I’m very excited tonight as I am sure you are as well for the first day of school TOMORROW, August 19th!

Our first Zoom session will start promptly at 8:20am, however I will open the Zoom at 8:15am so students have time to log in.

Yesterday, I sent every family a message on ClassDojo and an email containing our first day of school Zoom link. Some families did not get this message, so I want to provide directions one more time so that all students can join our first day.



#1) Visit

#2) Log in to Clever using the student’s GUSD Google Account. If you forgot your login information, click here.

#3) Click on “Mr. Sasse’s Page” (shown in photo below)

#4) Click on “Class Zoom Link” (shown in photo below)


This will log your student in to our class Zoom.


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Sunday Message from Dr. Rojas

Sunday, August 16th, 2020 message from Dr. Rojas:



Greetings Columbus Eagles! 

Welcome back to our 2020-21 School Year!  Information continues to flow in rapidly each day, so get ready for mid-week updates if necessary until we get the year flowing.

This week:

August 17th:

TK/Kinder Packet Pick-Up Parade! (TK/Kinder Only)

We are so excited to have you as part of our Columbus community! We will be having a special TK/Kinder Columbus Orientation and Pick-up Parade for our incoming TK and Kinder families on Monday, August 17th  from 10:00am-*11:00am. (*New time!)

  • This is a chance for the children to see the school and where their classrooms are and will be when they return to in-person learning. It is nice for them to have a visual of the school and how it looks.
  • You will meet your teacher and pick up your materials.
  • Take a picture with your teacher if you’d like!

August 18th:

Join me on Tuesday, August 18th at 10am for our first Virtual Coffee with the Principal! 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 218 287 7736

Find your local number:

August 19th:
First Day of School!  Instruction begins at 8:20am.  Your child’s teacher will send you an invitation for login by tomorrow at 4pm.  Be on the lookout.  You will also have access to your child’s teacher in Q at 4pm on Monday as well.  If you do not receive an invitation from your teacher, check Q and email your teacher and let them know you have not received an invitation.
August 19th-20th:
  • We have been busy assembling student bags with instructional materials (i.e., workbooks, supplies, etc.) needed for distance learning that will be distributed on Wednesday, August 19th and Thursday, Aug. 20th from 11:00-3:00.
    • Details:
      • Enter through the Milford gate
      • Masks are required.
      • Materials will be outside of your teacher’s room (we will be here to help!)
      • We will have grades 1-3 pick up materials from 11:00-1:30 and grades 4-5 from 1:30-3:00 each day. (If you have multiple children spanning the grades, please feel free to collect all the materials at one time.) If you are unable to pick up materials during your assigned time, you may come during the other time slot.
      • Fun Photos! If you want to take a picture of your child(ren), there will be different points around campus available for a photo!
      • Please email us any of your fun photos so that we can put them on our website! Only email them if you are comfortable with your child’s image posted online.

Email to:;;; or

August 19th-21st:

The first week of school will be shortened days and last from 8:20 to 9:35.
To view the first week schedule, please click on the  Welcome Week schedule

attachment below.
GUSD Closing the Digital Divide – Loaner Chromebooks and Hotspots
  • If you did not sign up and receive a Chromebook and/or wi-fi hotspot through the GUSD survey, but need to, call the GUSD Chromebook Tech Support Line: (818) 478-2664.  You will be able to pick up any necessary devices at the District Offices. 
  • GUSD and Columbus teachers will be providing information and support to make sure students are accessing their teacher’s Google Classroom, Clever, and applications that will be used for distance learning.


 2020-21 Online Student Information Update

  • Make sure all of your contact information is up to date before school begins on August 19! Log in to our Parent Connection Portal at
    • Update student and parent contact information
    • Update emergency contacts
    • Electronically sign Parent/Student Handbook forms
    • Complete your financial aid/benefit information
  • How do I complete my Student Information Update online?
    1. Visit our Parent Connection portal at
    2. Log in using your PIN # and password
    3. Click “Annual Student Information Update” in the top right corner
    4. Update your student and parent/guardian information for each section (note: each parent/guardian will need to update their information using their individual PIN/password)

Are You in Need of Support?  We are here for you!

Families who are in need of support can reach out to:

or the GUSD Office of Student Wellness Services (818) 241-3111

Have a wonderful last few days of vacation!  I will see some of you tomorrow, and the rest of you this week!

~ Dr. Rojas