Lower School Weekly Update 12-2-18

Hello Lower School Viking Parents!

We are only 14 school days away from the end of the first semester of the 2018-2019 school year!  Seems impossible.  There are several important dates to be aware of (including a couple of very compelling Parent Education events in late January and February) so please read on and mark your calendars…


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, Mac 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 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


Report Cards

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


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.


Winter Dress Code

Please note the dress code in effect for the winter and early spring:


  • 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.


Parenting Article of the Week

This week’s article is from ‘The Greater Good’ out of UC Berkeley and is entitled, How to Foster Little Moments of Gratitude with Your Kids.  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


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.
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.


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!



Your Lower School Lead Parents,

Candice Singleton (singleton.academy@yahoo.com)

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

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