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April Newsletter


Colina Middle School PTSA

Cougar Connection

April 2019

In this issue:

April CalendarHonorary Service Award NominationsDouble and Triple Lockers Available for Next YearStudent PTSA Spring ProjectVolunteers Needed for Science OlympiadSchool CentsPTSA Executive Board 2019-20Restructuring for 2019-20Quicklinksūüď∑Calendar


4/2 Outdoor Ed Trip #1 leaves for camp! (Anderson, Nystrom, Lichtl)


All District Strings concertField Trip for student in the Principles of Computer Science class to WHS


Outdoor Education returns to school at 11:30 am to be picked up and brought home.Colina’s Annual LUAU from 6-9 pm. Free with a cougar card or $10 without.

4/8 Outdoor Ed Trip #2 leaves for camp! (Braaten, Brown, Klinger, Smith)

4/9 Banked Time Minimum Day: Students without a period 6 will be dismissed at 11:55 am and all other students at 1:05 pm.

4/10 GATE Lunchtime Activity

4/12-4/18 8th grade DC trip 

4/15-4/22 Spring Recess  NO SCHOOL  (School Resumes Tuesday 4/23)

4/26 Science Olympiad

ūüď∑Recognize Excellence with an Honorary Service Award!


Has a teacher, staff member or parent volunteer at Colina made a difference in you or your student's life?  If so, please consider nominating them for an Honorary Service Award.   Nominations are due Friday April 12th.

Individuals to be considered are those who have made a significant contribution to the well being of children, youth or families in our school and/or community.  Award recipients will be recognized at our 7th and 8th Grade Awards Nights.

There are four awards to consider:

Very Special Person Award (VSP) - May be given to an individual to recognize IMPORTANT service to children and youth.Honorary Service Award (HSA) - May be given to an individual or organization in the PTSA, school or community in special recognition of OUTSTANDING service to children and youth.Continuing Service Award (CSA) - May be given to an individual or organization in the PTSA, school or community for recognition of outstanding service to children and youth. This award may be given to a person whose contributions have been SIGNIFICANT OVER A PERIOD OF TIME. This award is usually given to someone who has already received an HSA.Golden Oak Award (GOSA) - This is California State PTA’s most prestigious award, This award is given to an individual who has made SIGNIFICANT contributions to the welfare of children and youth in the school and/or community. This award should be given to recognize EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE to children and youth.

To nominate someone reply back to this email or send an email to  and tell us in a few sentences why you feel like they deserve this honor.   

ūüď∑Double and¬†Triple Lockers Available for Next School Year!


IT'S BACK!! - Get Your Child’s 2019-2020 Double or Triple Locker Now by clicking HERE

Is your child’s locker crammed too full of books? No room for an instrument? Is athletic equipment squished? Would your student love not having to wait for the new school year to figure out where their locker is and what will fit in it for organization and decoration? Now is your chance to secure a double or triple locker for next year!

From April 1 ‚Äď April 24, this opportunity is open EXCLUSIVELY to current Colina students and on a first come, first served basis. If you make a donation to the PTSA of at least $375, you can secure your bigger locker for next year NOW!!¬†After April 24, we will open the double and triple lockers up to future Cougar students (incoming 6th graders). Inventory is limited so get yours while you can!!¬†

The PTSA needs your help in continuing to make Colina the amazing school that it is today. We use your donations to fund school projects that go above and beyond what the school can do on it's own. Just this year, the PTSA sponsored a portion of the awesome new spin room, computer equipment, teacher training, student programs (like the talent show and the upcoming Science Olympiad) and thousands of dollars of supplies used directly in the classroom and library!  

See the attached form for donation levels and other great perks like the double or triple lockers, parking spaces at back to school night and MORE!  Don’t miss your chance!

Every dollar counts. All donations are tax deductible. 

ūüď∑Student PTSA Spring Project

The Colina PTSA student group has a new important project for the spring.

    Students want to help the homeless living in the Thousand Oaks community.

    They are asking for small cash donations of $2-5. 

    Small care packages with warm socks and other necessities will be purchased with these donations and distributed through a shelter organizer.

    There is an envelope in the front office for the donations.

    A big thank you to everyone that wants to contribute!  


And a big THANK YOU to those who contributed to our last Student PTSA Project!


ūüď∑Volunteers Needed for Science Olympiad


WE NEED YOU!  This is your chance to get involved at Colina!  Science Olympiad is April 26th!  Sign up for a shift by clicking below!  Don't miss this fun event! Thank you!

ūüď∑School Cents¬†


There’s still time to help Colina compete and place in the

School Cents Program at the Oaks Mall! 

All our winnings (Oaks Mall GC's) will be donated to

Woolsey Fire and Borderline Victims.  

Colina is still looking for your support. Triple points are offered at



Saturday, April 13th.

 Bring your electronic monitors to the Oaks Mall (east parking lot former Armstrong Nursery) on April 13. 

If you bring an electronic monitor Colina Earns 2,000 points for each screen item, 4" or larger. Learn more.

We need your receipts! Old receipts can be submitted for points as long as they are dated between September 1, 2018 and April 30 2019.  Remember, the movie theater and any restaurant at the Oaks counts towards points. 

You can turn in your receipts into the main office or take a picture of your receipt and submit online by clicking below!

Click HERE to view additional promotions at the OAKS MALL.

Get Moving and Earn Points for Colina!


Oaks Art Walk

Saturday April 13 & Sunday April 14

Check in & Earn 2000 points for Colina

Click for more info! 

For more information, please contact Karin Freda:

ūüď∑PTSA Executive Board for 2019-2002

At our last General Assembly meeting, we voted in the new PTSA Executive Board for the 2019-2020 school year. Here are your new fearless leaders...

PresidentMichelle GarciaExecutive VPKim CollinsVP ProgramsKim LiljegrenVP FundraisingSTILL OPENVP MembershipKena EfraimVP VolunteersBeth AndrewsTreasurer Kessie CiminoAuditorSusan EmersonVP CommunicationsEmma Beatty HowellsRecording SecretaryBrooke MacLeanCorrespoinding Sec.Mollie ValestrinoParliamentarianShanlee BurdetteHistorianScott SewardHospitalityTricia Berlinger

THANK YOU! for volunteering to help continue making Colina the amazing place it is today!

ūüď∑Restructuring for 2019-2020

Restructuring for Student Achievement: Weekly Late Start Schedule 2019-2020

Weekly Late Start Schedule 2019-2020¬†PASSED¬†at the last BOE meeting held on 3/19/19.If you requested an A period and want to change that request to reflect our traditional schedule (9:00 am-3:10) please email your grade level counselor and we will make the change. (A period classes will host physical education, electives and core academics such as English, Science, and Social Science)Melissa Doll¬†¬†‚Äď All 6th¬†grade and 7th¬†grade A-KKim Chopp¬†¬†‚Äď All 8th¬†grade and 7th¬†grade L-Z


ūüď∑Quick Links

PTSA Website:

Conejo Deals:  Find great deals on summer camps, beauty, auto details, and more!  Go to:  and find your deal today.  Use the scroll down menu to let them know Colina Middle School sent you.  A portion of your purchase will be paid to Colina Middle School PTSA.  

Teen Center:  Tutoring opportunities, sports events, and great summer programs are available at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center.  Go to:

Boys & Girls Club:  After school programs available


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