LOWER SCHOOL (scroll down for updates)

04/07/19

Hello Lower School Viking Parents!

What an amazing ALL DAY FOR CA we had!!! Thank you to everyone who made this possible!  It was a record breaking year with 1,054 donors contributing $496,390! That’s something to celebrate.  For full All Day for CA results, click here.

Now buckle in for the last 8 weeks of the 2018-19 school year…

UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER:

Tuesday, April 16:Lower School Math Night, 5:30-7:00pm, Dining Hall.  Enjoy an evening of math fun with your child.  Hands-on learning activities and games for families with children 3YO-5th grade.  Your family is welcome to stop in for just a bit or you can join us for the entire time.  Participate in number talks, play math games, have a snack, read some math books, and leave with ideas for ongoing at-home math fun for the whole family!

Monday, April 22: No School – Professional Development Day

Saturday, May 11: Spring Gala – 80’s Theme! Adults only. See full details, become a sponsor and purchase tickets here. 

Friday, May 17: 
No School – Celebration of Accomplishments

Wednesday, May 22: Parent BooK Club, Huntington Room, 8:15-9:15am*

Monday, May 27: No School – Memorial Day

Thursday, May 30:  Last FULL day of classes

Friday, May 31:Lower School Closing ceremony followed by Carnival (more details to follow)

*more details below

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From the Head of Lower School

Mark L. Hansen

On Friday we hosted  out annual Lower School CARE-ing Community Day.  Each grade level designed and supported a program for their students.  Below is a brief synopsis of how each grade level supported our community on Friday:

  • 3YO: On Saturday, April 13 they will be going to the Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM) to provide a “hand-up” to their clients who are food insecure and will be working to sort donated non-perishable items and also to make cards for the client population who comes to supplement their pantries.
  • PreK: As part of their weekly Forest Friday, they  assisted with mulching in areas that they use that it is needed as well as  finding  and painting rainbow rocks to be left around campus as a way to brighten someone’s day. They l also delivered some rocks to CA community members to express our appreciation for all that they do for our school.
  • Kg: Wrote thank you letters to and made gifts for members of the CA staff that are an integral part of our school, but often do their work behind the scenes or in the evening (dining hall, custodial, security, etc.).
  • Grade 1: The activities included making quilt squares for Project Linus, making chew toys for dogs in a local animal shelter, making a snack/treat mix for members of our school community (Facilities Department, Dining Hall Staff, Security, Admissions Office, Development Office, Nurses, Business Office) to recognize and thank them for their commitment to our school and personally delivered  the treat/goody bags with a note to the above mentioned individuals.
  • Grade 2:  They made dog toys to be donated to the animal shelter and also wrote thank you notes to people around CA. They also headed outside to help with clean-up around campus.
  • Grade 3: Had three rotations of service activities that each student completed. They included making quilt squares for Project Linus and making dessert for Faith Mission, writing notes to soldiers through Operation Buckeye, and helping Miss Katie to clean the Upper School.
  • Grade 4: The stayed on campus and baked bread through King Arthur Flour: Baking for Good. They made the dough, shaped the rolls, and baked them. They then gave bags of rolls to a representative from GRIN for their Open Pantry the following morning.
  • Grade 5: They travelled to Alum Creek State Park to help clean-up the park for others in our community to enjoy.

As you can see, our students and faculty were busy on Friday helping support others in our community both near and far!  A big thank you to all the faculty who helped to organize and support the day.

The next round of Parent Coffees will provide an opportunity to learn about the program in your child’s grade next year as well as time to ask questions.  Two current teachers in that grade level will be present to help introduce you to the program next year. This will take place in the Fireside of the Dining Hall form 8:20-9:20 am.

  • Rising PreK:     Wednesday, April 24  (current 3YO parents)
  • Rising Kg:     Thursday, April 25  (current PreK parents)
  • Rising Gr. 1:     Tuesday, April 30  (current Kg parents)
  • Rising Gr. 2:     Thursday, May 2 (current Grade 1 parents)
  • Rising Gr. 3:     Wednesday, May 8  (current Grade 2 parents)
  • Rising Gr. 4:     Thursday, May 9  (current Grade 3 parents)
  • Rising Gr. 5:     Friday, May 3  (current Grade 4 parents)

Our Parent Book Club will meet to discuss Part 2 of the book, The Strength Switch, on Wednesday, May 22 from 8:15-9:15 am in the Huntington Room of the Dining Hall.  Please join me! For those that would like to join for the second half, here is the linkfor more information about the book.

From April 15-19 students in Grades 3-4-5 will be taking the ERB (CTP) Standardized Test.  These are annual tests given to students in Grades 3-8 at Academy. Please refrain from making  dental, doctor, and other appointments when possible during the mornings of this week as testing will be administered between 8:15-10:45 am.  For those new to the ERB test, here is a brief synopsis from the organization:

“The purpose of CTP is to assess student growth and performance at the time of testing. This enables the school to identify strengths and weaknesses at an individual and group level. CTP is considered a “low stakes” assessment, intended to help teachers and administrators make decisions about curriculum and classroom instruction. Because of this, there is no test preparation material available.”

This week’s parenting article is from ‘Independent School’  magazine and is entitled, “When Helping with Homework Isn’t Helping.”  It can be found following this link.

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GO VIKES!

Your Lower School Lead Parents,

Candice Singleton (singleton.academy@yahoo.com)

Nikki Bundy (nicole.rabidou.bundy@gmail.com)

Key LS Milestones, Clubs and Events 
  • Wednesday, February 27 – Friday, March 1: Parent-Teacher Conferences. NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, MARCH 1!

Links and Contacts

Division Head – Mark Hansen
Director of Academic Programs, Lower School – Paul Kegelmayer
Director of Early Childhood Program and Student Services; Chair for Student Support Services – Brelle Farrenkopf
Assistant to Lower School Head – Michelle Saling

LS Staff – Lower School Staff profiles/contact information

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