Lower School Weekly Update 1-27-19

Hello Lower School Viking Parents!

Zip up and get ready for some COLD weather this week!  Please make sure all your Vikings have appropriate cold-weather clothing.  The Lower School lobby Lost and Found is filling up again…so if you’re missing the odd mitten or glove (or coat…yes, you are not alone…plenty of coats inexplicably go missing), you may have luck searching that pile.

There is so much great stuff coming up at CA! Look below to see what’s ahead…


Tuesday, January 29: Parent Education Event – “Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age“. Doors open at 6:30pm, movie from 7-9pm, Dining Hall*

Friday, February 1 & Saturday, February 2: Middle School Musical – Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and “Backstage Pass” before the Saturday show.*


Wednesday, February 6: PACA Parent Forum,  “Technology at CA – What your student uses, when and how” with Sean Cullinan, CA Technology Director 8:00-9:00am, Dining Hall

Tuesday, February 19: Parent Coffee, 8:30-9:30am, Dining Hall Fireside*

Wednesday, February 20: Internationally acclaimed psychologist and author, Catherine Steiner-Adair, will join us to discuss her book, The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age. (Details TBA.)  For more about Steiner-Adair and her important work, click here

Sunday, February 24MOSAIC Black History Month Event; 3:00-5:00pm, Dining Hall

Wednesday, February 27 – Friday, March 1: Parent-Teacher Conferences. NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, MARCH 1!

Friday, March 1: Ice-skating at Chiller. Bring your kids to Chiller at Easton on Friday, March 1 for ice-skating with their CA buddies from 10:30-12:30. $6 at door, includes skate rental.

Thursday, February 28:  Parent Book Club, 8:30-9:30am, Huntington Room*

*More details below


From the Head of Lower School

Mark L. Hansen

This coming Friday afternoon we will be having an all-school pep rally.  To prepare for this fun event, students are encouraged  to wear Academy spirit wear and they may also wear jeans.  

V-I-K-E-S…let’s go Vikes!


Our next Parent Coffee will be February 19 from 8:30-9:30 am in the fireside of the Dining Hall. The topic is Outdoor Winter Fun With Your Children.  It will be presented by our 3YO Associate and Naturalist, Grace Gordon.  Please join us.


During the morning car line, please make sure that your child(ren) is ready to go when we open the door.  Coats, gloves, hats should already be on, backpacks zipped up, any electronics put away, and goodbyes said.  This will help the morning carline flow efficiently. Thank you for your help.


The next Parent Conferences will be held on:

  • Wednesday, February 27 from 3:40-5:40 pm
  • Thursday, February 28 from 3:40-8:00 pm
  • Friday, March 1 from 8:00 am-3:00 pm (no school on Friday for students)

Conference sign-up information will be sent home soon. 


Last Thursday we had a lively discussion during Parent Book Club about our latest book, The Conscious Parent. For those not able to attend, I would highly recommend reading this book.  All present felt that this was a very impactful and worthwhile book. Our next book will be “The Strength Switch” by Dr. Lea Waters.  I had the fortunate experience to be part of a two-day workshop she led with the faculty while at Copenhagen International School.  Here is a short video and interview with Dr. Waters and also a  link to her website.  We will meet on February 28 from 8:30-9:30 am in the Huntington Room.


This week’s parenting article is from NPR  and is entitled, How To Make Sure Your Math Anxiety Doesn’t Make Your Kids Hate Math.”  It can be found following this link.


Parent Education: “Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age” (Tuesday, January 29)

Please join us for a movie night! Dr. Ryan Hansen, an Ohio State University specialist in digital distractions and addictions, will introduce the film and take Q&A following the film. Childcare will be provided with light snacks. The event is free and open to the public. Official RSVP was by January 22nd, but there may still be some space. Reach out to Kelly Vaziri at kdvaziri@aol.com to inquire. Doors open at 6:30pm; movie from 7-9pm.
Middle School MusicalJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Friday, February 1 & Saturday, February 2, 7:30pm both nights).
For a great family night out, come see CA Middle School’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  The event is free but you need to register for tickets here.
For Saturday’s Backstage Pass event: Come to the band room near the theater lobby at 6:30pm and relax with fellow theater lovers until showtime! Hear from Stefan Farrenkopf and Amy Brooks, two of our delightful and talented faculty, as they talk about the acting and music elements that create the foundation for all productions. You will also hear about the new auditorium changes and how shows are selected.  This reception is free, no RSVP needed.  Click here for more information

Your Lower School Lead Parents,

Candice Singleton (singleton.academy@yahoo.com)

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


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