Hello Lower School Viking Parents! It was wonderful to see so many families having fun, supporting CA Athletics, and cheering on our varsity football team on Friday night at the Charlie David Dinner. Thank you to all the volunteers who worked hard before and during the event to make it a huge success!
Here’s what is ahead…
UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER:
- October 22nd, October 25, October 26th-Parent Teacher Conferences*
- October 29-November 8-Kids 4 Kids Service Project*
- Wednesday, October 31-Halloween Parade/Costume Guidelines*
- Columbus Academy Junior Basketball (CAJB)*
- Monday, December 3-Friday, December 7th – Book Fair- 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Huntington Room near the Dining Hall
*more details below
From the Head of Lower School
Mark L. Hansen
Digital Citizenship Presentation
On Thursday, our Parent Coffee focused on Digital Citizenship. With the expertise of several of our technology faculty and administration, a presentation and Q&A provided insight into navigating this important topic for our students for the 25 parents who joined in the presentation. For those who were unable to attend, part of the presentation I used was from Common Sense Media and can be found using this link. Once on the page, follow the link to “K-8 Presentation.” Future Parent Coffees will include:
- Thursday, November 8 (Encouraging a Growth Mindset for Children)
- Thursday, December 13 (How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk)
- Tuesday, January 15 (Balancing Outside School Activities and Overscheduled Children)
All Parent Coffees are on the Fireside of the Dining Hall and are from 8:30-9:30 am.
Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent Teacher Conferences will be held the week of October 22-26. We will offer conference times on:
- Monday, October 22 from 3:30-5:30PM
- Thursday, October 25 from 3:30-8:30 PM
- Friday, October 26 from 8:00 AM-3:30 PM
The conference scheduler will close at 12:01 AM on October 18. Parent Conferences are an excellent opportunity to learn about the academic and social growth of your child. It is also recommended that you schedule times to meet with all of her/his co-curricular teachers. All faculty are available to meet and we look forward to the conversation.
Halloween Parade and Costume Guidelines
Parents are invited to view the Halloween Parade starting at 2:15 pm on October 31. Lower School parents are asked to stand near the closed end of the Lazarus Courtyard, up toward the Barton Room Lobby. Classroom parties will follow immediately after the parade, all are welcome!
Please note the guidelines below in regards to costumes for Halloween.
- No weapons (real or pretend) of any kind allowed
- Costumes must be respectful to other cultures and people
- No blood or gory costumes
- Students come to school in dress code and change before the parade and party
- Faces must be visible (cannot wear a mask that hides face completely)
- It is important to remember we have 3YO through Grade 5 students and we want to ensure a fun and appropriate environment for all of our Lower School students.
Kids 4 Kids Service Project: October 29-November 8
FOOD AND CLOTHING DRIVE
(from Kimberly Allison)
Clean out those pantries and closets to donate items to the school-wide Kids 4 Kids service drive. Please click here for details on how to donate and/or volunteer! You will find information on what you can donate, how to “Fill-A-Wish” for one of our families, and how our volunteers make this drive a success.
Parent Book Club
We will meet again on on Wednesday, October 24 from 8:30-9:30 in the Huntington Room of the Dining Hall to discuss the second half (chapter 5 onwards) of Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Listen” by Dr. Wendy Mogel. Please join us and please bring book titles for our next selection which will be made at the end of this discussion.
Parenting Article of the Week
This week’s article is actually several mantras entitled, “10 Mantras for Happier Parents.” It is from KJ Dell’Antonia and can be found at this link.
Quote for the Week
Registration was extended through October 12 but if you missed it and still want to sign your Viking up for this awesome basketball experience, e-mail JoAnne Adams or Taylor Kulow notifying them of your interest and that you are in the process of registering. This year they are looking forward to including a 5th grade level into their program for those who are not participating in the 4th and 5th grade travel basketball programs. The fall brochure states grades 1-4 but they are able to accommodate interested 5th grade students as well! Registration is available through the ASA brochure / Special Programs Office. Please contact JoAnne Adams, email@example.com, or Taylor Kulow, firstname.lastname@example.org for further questions.
Your Lower School Lead Parents,
Candice Singleton (email@example.com)
Nikki Bundy (firstname.lastname@example.org)