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Principal's Message


 Dear Columbus School Students, Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! I hope you have all had a relaxing and restful summer full of adventures and memories. Columbus School is a diverse community of approximately 750 students in grades PreK-5.  I am honored to serve Columbus School this year as your Principal and excited for new beginnings! I look forward to collaborating with all of you in order to ensure that this school year is not only a fantastic one, but one to remember. 

This year, we have several new and exciting changes and initiatives at Columbus School. First, I want to welcome and introduce our new Vice Principal, Jihad Jubran.  Mr. Jubran comes to us from East Orange, where he worked as a Middle School Teacher and Technology Lead.  Secondly, we have a new playground provided by the district and also added a “Krazy Maze” to the Pre-K and Kindergarten hallway with the support of our PTO.  Lastly, as a district, we will fully implement several new programs, including Readers’ Workshop, Responsive Classrooms, SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words), and Words Their Way.

All of these initiatives are singularly focused on helping us reach our school and district goals:


  • Improving student achievement in mathematics and literacy
  • Using innovative learning spaces to promote student discourse
  • Promoting College and Career Readiness
  • Building Rambler Pride  


In addition to these classroom programs, our students will have the opportunity to participate in school-wide events such as Girls Who Code Club, Junior Ramblers Dance Team, Spelling Bee, Pumpkin Patch, Talent Show, Buddy Reading, World Read Aloud Day, and Start with Hello Week just to name a few.

Thank you in advance for partnering with us to ensure our students have a successful school year!  At Columbus School, we are committed to providing a high quality, rigorous, and personalized education to each one of our students.  It is truly my pleasure and privilege to work with such exceptional and inspiring educators and community members who give their all every single day! While we have much work to do to reach our goals, I am confident that with our hard working students, staff and supportive parents, we will continue to make Columbus School an outstanding place to learn and grow. My door is always open and ideas are welcomed.  Once again, welcome back! I look forward to seeing you at your next visit to Columbus School!  Let’s have an extraordinary school year!


Ramblers rise!






Mayling Cardenas