Building Relationships through Technology

Columbine parent

“It’s been a great experience to be able to learn how to really use the technology our kids are so familiar with, and even better, I had the opportunity to learn it in a school where I feel comfortable, safe, and welcomed,” shared Perla Jimenez, Parent, Columbine Elementary School. Jimenez is one of 18 parents that are currently participating in the Computer Classes offered this fall at Columbine Elementary School.

Classes take place weekly on Wednesdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Columbine.

For parents like Jimenez, it is important for them to know how to be able to explain to their children the ways they can safely interact with the internet, and by teaching parents a comprehensive overview of basic computer skills, they are able to effectively guide and monitor their children’s computer use. 

“We cover important applications such as gmail, google docs, and parents learn how to navigate their way through Infinite Campus, Seesaw, and Schoology, which are important communication tools between households and the school,” shared Luis Montes, Family Liaison, Columbine Elementary School. “Schoology is used by students for homework assignments, and it’s helpful for parents to have a grasp on how the application works.”

One of the main goals at Columbine is to improve the effectiveness of communication between the school, teachers, and parents, which ultimately is to advance student success. “These classes have helped me build a better relationship with teachers, and the staff,” shared Jimenez. “Since a lot of the school’s correspondence goes out via email, learning the basics on how to check my own email, has improved the communication between me and my student’s teachers.”  

For the staff at Columbine, their mission is to continue to work hard in extending a technology forward approach in the resources they offer parents, and advance the opportunities for skill-based knowledge in their personal and professional lives. 

“I personally thank Mr. Montes and Mrs. Seybold for always thinking of us parents, and always looking for ways to better improve our involvement within our school community.”

St. Vrain Valley Schools