Lower School Weekly Update 12-16-18

Hello Lower School Viking Parents!

FOUR MORE SCHOOL DAYS UNTIL WINTER BREAK!  What?!?!  That means 2019 is around the corner…which means that 2020 is just over 1 year away!  For someone who grew up with 1 attached-to-the-wall home phone, remembers when we got a color TV, and (gulp) has vague memories of 8-track tapes (vague…I said vague), 2020 sounds like The Jetsons.  So George and Jane, be ready for 17 days of Judy and Elroy home to play with Astro…until then, here’s what there is to know:



Thursday, December 20:  Lower School Closing Program, 2pm, Mack Gymnasium*

Monday, December 31: Last chance to make a tax-deductible Annual Fund donation in calendar year 2018 (giving.columbusacademy.org)*


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

Tuesday, January 15: Parent Coffee, 8:30-9:30am, Dining Hall Fireside*

Tuesday, January 29: Parent Education series continues with showing of Screenagers–Growing Up in the Digital Age.

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.  For more about Steiner-Adair and her important work, click here.

*More details below


From the Head of Lower School

Mark L. Hansen


Have a Wonderful Winter Break

On behalf of the entire Lower School faculty, I extend warm wishes for the upcoming break! May it be spent enjoying special times together with family and friends.  Safe travels for those traveling and we look forward to seeing everyone back on Monday, January 7.


Winter Closing Program

The Winter Closing Program will be held in The Mack gymnasium this Thursday December 20 at 2:00 pm.  All parents are welcome and encouraged to come and enjoy this special program. Please allow plenty of time to find parking and get seated as the program will begin promptly at 2:00 pm.


Report Cards

Report Cards for all Lower School students will be sent/distributed on Friday, December 21.


January Parent Coffee

Our next Parent Coffee will be on Tuesday, January 15  from 8:30-9:30 am in the fireside of the Dining Hall. The topic will be “Balancing Outside School Activities and Overscheduled Children.”  Last week we discussed “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will talk.  The slides from it can be found following this link.


Parenting Article of the Week

This week’s article is from the Washington Post and is entitled, Tips to Get Your Kids Through the Holiday Gratefully and Graciously.  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



Please follow this link to sign up for all-important snack delivery.  And thanks to Stephanie from the Dining Hall and our own Jessica Nimjee (3-YO Room mom extraordinaire), snack now includes much healthier choices (how many days a week can Goldfish Crackers remain appealing?)


Annual Fund – Your Questions Answered (last day to make a tax-deductible donation December 31):  Have you ever wondered why the school needs an Annual Fund, when to give, or how much to give?  Find answers to these and other commonly asked questions here.  If you haven’t already, please consider making your Annual Fund gift or pledge before Dec. 31 to help the school reach its midyear Annual Fund goal.  Donate online at giving.columbusacademy.org.  Thank you!


Have a healthy, joyful, safe holiday and New Year!


Your Lower School Lead Parents,

Candice Singleton (singleton.academy@yahoo.com)

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

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