Lower School Weekly Update 11-4-18

Hello Lower School Viking Parents!

The Kids 4 Kids Service drive is in full swing!  Have you been to the Athletic Building lobby?!?!?  It is so heartening to see our community working together to help our fellow Columbus families in need.  Please see below for more details about how you can pitch in and make contributions of clothing, food, toys, and your time.

AND DON’T FORGET…there is no school Monday, November 5 (Professional Development Day).  My kids will be raking leaves!  I hear it builds character.



  • October 29-November 8 – Kids 4 Kids Service Project*
  • Monday, November 5 – Professional Development Day, NO SCHOOL!
  • Wednesday, November 7 – PACA Parent Forum, 8am, Dining Hall Fireside
  • Thursday, November 8  –Parent Coffee, 8:30-9:30am, Dining Hall Fireside*
  • Saturday, November 17 – Parent’s Day Out, 12-5pm*
  • 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)


From the Head of Lower School

Mark L. Hansen

Parent Coffee on Thursday: Please Join Us

On Thursday morning (November 8) we will meet from 8:30-9:30 am on the Fireside of the Dining Hall.  The November Parent Coffee topic is “Encouraging a Growth Mindset for Children” and will be facilitated by Mrs. Michelle Schroeder and Mr. Shaun Ditty. Please join us!


Parenting Article of the Week

This week’s article is from the New York Times  and is entitled, “A Dark Consensus About Screens and Kids Begins to Emerge in Silicon Valley.”  It can be found following this link.


Parent Book Club

We will meet on Wednesday, November 14 from 8:30-9:30 in the Fireside Room  of the Dining Hall. It is called 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


KIDS 4 KIDS SERVICE DRIVE (through November 8):

Kids 4 Kids is in full swing. Donations have started to trickle in, but we’d love to fill our shelves for all the classes and advisories shopping next week for their sponsored families.  The long weekend ahead is a great opportunity to gather your donations! Thank you to everyone who has already donated.  

In addition to donations (see details below as well as on the PACA website), please consider our Fill-A-Wish items, especially if you have kids in a classroom not sponsoring one of the 32 families.  We still have a few volunteer slots open, so if you have an hour or two to help out, wed love to see you there.

Donations accepted through November 8th:

  • Children’s fall/winter clothing
  • Toys, books, bikes
  • Coats, all sizes
  • Blankets and bedding
  • Food, please click here for food drive details

 Thank you for your help! If you have any questions, please contact Kimberly Allison at kimberlyga@mac.com.


PARENT’S DAY OUT (Saturday, November 17):

Five hours for your CA student to enjoy with their friends and our caring and fun CASE staff…and FIVE HOURS FOR YOU TO ENJOY…DOING WHATEVER!  $30 per child.  Register through the ASA brochure or call the Special Programs Office at 614-509-2267.


PARENT EDUCATION SERIES (Kickoff on Wednesday, November 28):

The theme of the Parent Education Series is “Belonging” and it is starting with a fantastic guest speaker who can help frame the topic, understand why it’s relevant, and help us learn applicable tools to start this journey.
Who: Dr Nakamura
What: Will give a presentation while we eat a Buffet Dinner! Yummy!!
Where: In the 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.

Your Lower School Lead Parents,

Candice Singleton (singleton.academy@yahoo.com)

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

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