Lower School Weekly Update 11-18-18

Hello Lower School Viking Parents!

Winter has made its appearance early!  If you have not already switched out your Vikings’ rain boots for snow boots and sent in snow pants, please do so asap!  And please label boots, snow pants, jackets, and especially hats, mittens, gloves…lost and found tends to get very busy during the winter months.


Tuesday, November 20: Last day of school before Thanksgiving break

Monday, November 26: Classes resume

Wednesday, November 28:  Kickoff for Parent Education Series on Belonging*

Monday, December 3 – Friday, December 7th: Book Fair, 8:00- 4:00pm, Huntington Room (near the Dining Hall)*

Friday, December 7: Sweet Celebration*

Thursday, December 13: Parent coffee, 8:30-9:30am, Dining Hall Fireside*

Thursday, December 20:  Lower School Closing Program, 2pm (more details to follow)

Thursday, January 10: Parent Book Club, 8:30-9:30am, Dining Hall Fireside*

*More details below


From the Head of Lower School

Mark L. Hansen

Happy Thanksgiving

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Lower School, I wish each of you a wonderful Thanksgiving and break.  Our break begins Wednesday, November 21 and students return on Monday, November 26.


Winter Dress Code

When we return from Thanksgiving on Monday, November 26, please note the dress code for the winter months:


  • No shorts
  • Leggings/tights to be worn with skirts and dresses


Also, please remember that we believe that fresh air is important–even cold fresh air! Unless it is below 15 F, we will go outside daily. All students need to come to school with coats, gloves, and hats each day. We also suggest keeping a pair of snow pants at school.


December Parent Coffee

Our next Parent Coffee will be on Thursday, December 13 from 8:30-9:30 am in the fireside of the Dining Hall.  The topic will be “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk.” It will highlight some of the lessons from the book by the same title from Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.  We will also discuss future Parent Coffee topics you would like to have in 2019. Please join me.


Parenting Article of the Week

This week’s article is from KJ Dell’Anonia and is entitled, For Happier Family Holidays, Recite This: Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys  It can be found following this link.


Parent Book Club

We will meet on Thursday, January 10  from 8:30-9:30 in the Fireside Room of the Dining Hall.  We will discuss the second half (chapters 8-17) of The Conscious Parent  by Dr. Shefali Tsabary.  Here is some information about the book as well as a TED Talk she gave about it.  I look forward to our conversation.


Quote for the Week


Parent Education Series on Belonging (kickoff Wednesday, November 28)

The theme of the Parent Education Series for 2018-2019 is “Belonging” and it is starting with a fantastic guest speaker who can help frame the topic, understand why it’s relevant to relationships and help us learn applicable tools to start this journey.
Who: Dr. C. Lynn Nakamura
What: Buffet Dinner and Speaker Program
Where: Dining Hall
When: Starts at 6:30 for mingling, drinks, apps and getting plates.
Presentation starts at 7pm and should be done by 9pm.
Why: To give us context, tools, and traction in working on our theme of Belonging.
Cost: Free, includes child care.

RSVPS are required by Monday, Nov 26th to Kdvaziri@aol.com. Please include number of children and their ages you would like for child care.

For more information on Dr. Nakamura and the Parent Education series, please visit the Parent Education Page on the PACA Website.


Book Fair (Monday, December 3 – Friday, December 7)

This years Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the Huntington Room in the Dining Hall.  Lower schools students will have the opportunity to browse the book fair, and they will bring home their “wish lists” of books.  Feel free to join your student during their browsing time, order the books online or return to purchase new books for your home library.  50% of all money you spend goes back to our classrooms and libraries.  If you cannot make it to the book fair you can order online November 28th – December 11th by going to http://www.scholastic.com/bf/columbusacademy.
If you would like to volunteer at this years book fair sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0845ACAA22A64-book3.

Sweet Celebration (Friday, December 7)

Help celebrate our extraordinary faculty and staff with our annual Sweet Celebration!  Donate nut-free cookies, candies, or other treats on December 6 and 7. Click here for complete information.


Wishing you all a peaceful, joyful, filled-with-love Thanksgiving!


Your Lower School Lead Parents,

Candice Singleton (singleton.academy@yahoo.com)

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

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