Hello Lower School Parents,

Happy Labor Day weekend!  We hope you are enjoying this 4-day break from school, recharging, and spending time with friends and family.  Just a short email this week so you can get back to your weekend fun!


September 3rd                   Labor Day (no school)
September 4th                    5th Grade Trip to HL
September 5th                    PACA Parent Forum
September 12th                  4th Grade Trip to GH
September 14th                  CA Campout
September 15th                  CA Community Day
October 12th                       Charlie David Dinner


The Viking Code
As mentioned on Thursday evening at our Back-to-School Night, a committee was formed last year to review our guidelines for expected student behavior in the Lower School. This committee of Academy faculty met regularly and –  using our already established Responsive Classroom guiding principles and CARES – the following Viking Code Mission Statement was created:

Our Viking Code Mission establishes a safe and inviting learning environment that fosters optimal opportunities for all academic and social growth opportunities for all students. To uphold this standard, each student must adhere to expectations according to our Mission Statement and our Responsive Classroom approach to teaching and learning. Columbus Academy faculty and staff will utilize sound judgment when working with students who are not meeting these expectations, seeking responses that are developmentally appropriate and that demonstrate dignity and respect for others.

From this, we developed a concrete Discipline Policy with four different levels of infractions along with appropriate consequences. This is in place and already being used this school year. It provides both students and parents a clear process. Here is a link to the Viking Code.

In addition, we use age-appropriate “Think Sheets” for students to complete at Level 1 and Level 2 to ensure they are involved in the process and provide them an opportunity to reflect on their choices.

3YO-PreK-Kindergarten Think Sheet
Grade 1 Think Sheet
Grade 2 Think Sheet
Grades 3-5 Think Sheet

We are very fortunate to have a caring student body that respects rules and quickly learns from them when they are broken. As a faculty, we often talk with students about failure and the importance in it as well as learning and growing from our mistakes, and this certainly applies to student discipline.

I would like to acknowledge and thank the following faculty who volunteered to serve on the committee  and provide their experience and insight into the development of this comprehensive plan: Deanna Robeano, Anne Ramsey, Sue Figlik, Donna Saide, Miranda Bring, Elizabeth Sinclair, Taylor Cherry, Lisa Spolter, Lauren Shuneson, Brelle Farrenkopf and Paul Kegelmayer.

If you have any questions, please contact me or any of the faculty who served on this committee.

Parent Book Club
The Parenting Book Club will continue this year.  Our first selection will be, “Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Listen” by Dr. Wendy Mogel.  Some will recognize this name as she is also the author of “The Blessing of a Skinned Knee”.  The book can be found in public libraries and online book stores. For our first session, we will discuss  chapters 1-4 only.  We will meet on Wednesday, September 26 from 8:30-9:30 am in the Dining Room on the fireside.  Here is a link for additional details about the book.

Parenting Article of the Week
This week’s article is from the NPR and is entitled, How To Counter Back-To-School Anxiety.

Tuesday, September 4 – Wednesday, September 5
See email for details.

Wednesday, September 5, 8:00-9:30am
Melissa Soderberg, Head of School, will be the first featured speaker. Meet in the Dining Hall Fireside.  This is a great way to get parent questions answered and get involved in the life of the school.  All Lower School parents are welcome!

Wednesday, September 12 – Friday, September 14
Details in 4th grade emails and in this email next week.

Friday, September 14 – Saturday, September 15
Please join us for the Inaugural Lower School Campout! Here is the flyer with details and registration information.

Friday, October 12th
SAVE THE DATE! This fun, family-friendly, casual dinner event substantially helps the CA Athletic community.
Please join the rest of your CA family and attend this great evening.  More details to follow.

Please refer to the dress code in reference to what is appropriate school attire.

Please check out the Parent Resource page on the Columbus academy website, www.columbusacademy.org  for information such as school lunches, dress code, directory, calendar for the year, etc. As the year progresses we’ll be posting more information on www.vikingparents.org, PACA’s new website. There you’ll find info on all the school-wide parent organized events and programs. Also, the school closet is open daily for clothing exchanges (uniform, dress code and spirit wear), and Viking Corner is open every Wednesday for new purchases (online beginning 9/10 at vikingcorner.org).


Your Lower School Parents
Candice Singleton

Nikki Bundy

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