Candidates, Bullying, And More! Join Us March 16.

You can join us March 16 at 6:15 for our annual parent friendly school board candidate forum. What makes our forum parent friendly?  You get to ask your own questions, actually talk to the candidates, and both food and childcare are available. Can’t stay for the entire forum or need to arrive late?  Not a problem!  With our format it is easy to come and go. We understand the difficulties you have juggling your family schedule and will welcome you for the time you have to share.  So please come!  Forum will last approximately an hour. As last year, the forum will be held at United Community Builders, 617 North Providence.  Our forum is co-sponsored with the CMSTA.

You can actually join us BEFORE the forum for  a workshop on the new bullying law and related district policy. That begins at 5:30 pm. As a parent you need to know how the changes could affect your child, and what to do if your child is bullied or accused of bullying. You can find many good resources related to bullying here.

If you are a parent or other community member concerned about maintaining and strengthening our public school system so that ALL kids have a fair opportunity to succeed we welcome you to come meet us, share your concerns, and join in our work!

5:30 pm Workshop – What Parents Need To Know About Bullying

6:15 pm School Board Candidate Forum

March 16, 2017,  617 N. Providence



Dr. Belcher on KBIA Dec. 7

Dr. Belcher, the CPS superintendent will be one of the guests appearing tomorrow on KBIA’s new online talk show “Intersection” between 12 – 1 p.m.  All the guests will be  school superintendents and they will be discussing issues like the achievement gap and budget cuts. You can also watch the show live by going to and clicking on the link for “Intersection”.  You can also call in with questions or comments during the show (# is 573-882-8925).

Columbia Public Schools World Cafe

On Thursday, December 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, CPS will hold a World Cafe at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) on 1701 W. Ash.  The purpose of the Cafe is to capture public input regarding the school district’s strategic plan for the next five years.

Please RSVP by email to Lind Chickos by Friday, November 20.  She can be reached at

Resources for Parents of Teens

If you have a child in junior high or high school who has had trouble with bullies, take a look at this website.  They have resources to help you identify and deal with bullies.

If you would like to help your child get an early start on thinking about college, take a look at this website.  They have lots of resources to help your teen connect with people that can help them out and with the resources that can help them plan.

Help For Families…

There is an upcoming health fair and backpack give away in Columbia on Saturday, August 15.  See our calendar for more information.

The VAC is accepting donations of school supplies for low-income students.  These supplies will be distributed at VAC’s office after the Health Fair in case anyone cannot make the Health Fair.  Supplies or monetary donations for this program can be delivered to the VAC office.  Call 874-2273 for more information.

Finally, families with a Wardrobe referral can also obtain free clothing on Tuesdays throughout the year.