Lower School

Most Recent Lower School News (See email for Room/Grade News)


May 30, 2020

Dear Columbus Academy Parents,

We hope that the last week of school went well and you and your families are now in summer mode. We are pleased to announce that CA’s counselors will be hosting a Zoom discussion this Tuesday, June 2nd for CA parents.

Please see below for details. We hope you will be able to join the conversation. Many thanks to our counselors for taking the time to offer their expertise.

In Viking Spirit,
Tracie & Joyce
2020-21 PACA Co-Presidents

Tracie Klinefelter (Lauren ’22 & Alli ’24)
Joyce Masek (Maria ’24 & Mark ’28)

Title: Summertime Thrive: Resources Promoting Social and Emotional Wellness for CA Students and Families

Date: Tuesday, June 2nd at 6pm

Join the lower, middle and upper school counselors (Shaun Ditty, LPC, Shekyra DeCree, LPCC-S, and Dr. Suzanne Ritter) as they offer valuable resources aimed at promoting social and emotional wellbeing for CA students and families this summer. This forum will provide an opportunity for parents to learn ways to help their children flourish amidst the challenges of COVID19. Please bring your questions and prepare to engage in a healthy discussion.

We hope to see you there!

To join, please use the Zoom link information below.

Topic: Summertime Thrive: Resources Promoting Social and Emotional Wellness for CA Students and Families
Time: Jun 2, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Contacts and Links

LS PACA Parents – Candice Singleton & Jen Neviaser (Open MyBackpack for contact information)

Mark Hansen,  Head of Lower School, Room D103
Gabrielle Farrenkopf, Director of Early Childhood Program and Student Services, Room D101
Paul Kegelmayer, Director of Academic Programs, Room D100A
Shaun Ditty, Lower School Counselor, Room D102
Michelle Saling, Assistant to the Head of Lower School, Room D100

LS Division and Room Parent ContactsClick here for the list and use the Mybackpack App if you need to contact an individual on the list.

Additional Lower School Staff Resources

Co-Curricular Rooms
Art Lloyd Cicetti (K-4) Room LC001
Scott Neal (5) Room B

Lower School Library–  Kristen Oeth & Andrea Arner, Room D204

Music – Amy McLaughlin (2-5) Room D216 & Michelle Schroeder-Lowrey (PK-1, 5) Room D219

Orchestra – David Wong Room E102 & Soojin Lee Room E102

Physical Education –  JoAnne Adams, Jeff Warstler, Heather Rakosik, Ron Leach, Craig Yakscoe, and Lori Moore

Science – Dianne Griffin (2-4) Room C008 & Laura King (K-1, 5) Room C014

Spanish – Jane Truffer (3-5) Room D118 & Katie Rentel (PK-2) Room D221

Technology – Mark Mitchell (1-5) Room C007

Reading Specialist – Cyndi Yakscoe Room D229 & Krystal Mitchell Room D229

Speech Pathologist – Adrienne Moser Room D228

Learning Styles Specialist – Alyssa Ashbaugh Room D226 & Heather Levingston Room C016

LS Psychologist – Joe Cantrell Room C010A

Link to Lower School Staff profiles/contact information

Additional Quick Reference Links

PACA Grade and Room Parents

Viking Corner

Resource Links


Link to all previous LS Updates
Link to School-wide updates