(LS) Weekly update 04-28-19

Hello Lower School Viking Parents!

As we bring this school year to a close, we still have a ton of fun things left on our calendar. Can you say Spring Gala? If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, please see below on how to do so!


Sunday, May 5: Columbus Academy Parents of South Asia (CAPSA) Family Fun Event*

Saturday, May 11: Spring Gala – 80’s Theme! Adults only. See full details, become a sponsor and purchase tickets here.

Friday, May 17: 
No School – Celebration of Accomplishments

Wednesday, May 22: Parent BooK Club, Huntington Room, 8:15-9:15am*

Monday, May 27: No School – Memorial Day

Thursday, May 30:  Last FULL day of classes

Friday, May 31:Lower School Closing ceremony followed by Carnival*

Friday, May 31:5th grade graduation party*

*more details below


From the Head of Lower School

Mark L. Hansen

Please take a few minutes to review the Lower School Dress Code Policy on the Parent Resource page of the CA website.  Hoodies can only be worn outside.  If your child wants something warm to wear inside, it must be a sweatshirt without a hood. Belts are required for all students in grades 1-5 if they have belt loops on their pants/shorts and shorts may now be worn, however, keep in mind that students will be outside for recess.

The final round of Parent Coffees will provide an opportunity to learn about the program in your child’s grade next year as well as time to ask questions.  Two current teachers in that grade level will be present to help introduce you to the program next year. This will take place in the Fireside of the Dining Hall form 8:20-9:20 am.


  • Rising Gr. 1: Tuesday, April 30  (current Kg parents)
  • Rising Gr. 2: Thursday, May 2 (current Grade 1 parents)
  • Rising Gr. 5: Friday, May 3  (current Grade 4 parents)
  • Rising Gr. 3: Wednesday, May 8  (current Grade 2 parents)
  • Rising Gr. 4: Thursday, May 9  (current Grade 3 parents)



Class photos will be take this Thursday, May 2.  Please avoid scheduling non-urgent appointments for your child on this day so they can be included in the group photo.


Our Parent Book Club will meet to discuss Part 2 of the book, The Strength Switch, on Wednesday, May 22 from 8:15-9:15 am in the Huntington Room of the Dining Hall.  Please join me! For those that would like to join for the second half, here is the link for more information about the book.


This past week, the World Health Organization (WHO) released their latest report on screen time and children.  This week’s parenting article is from the New York Times and is about this latest study and entitled, “W.H.O Says Limited or No Screen Time for Children Under Five.”  It can be found following this link.  

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Columbus Academy Parents of South Asia (CAPSA)
WHY: To celebrate “Holi” – Hindu festival of colors, celebrating the arrival of spring and triumph of good over evil but mostly to get together and have fun!
WHEN: Sunday, May 5th from 2-4pm
WHERE: Lower School Playground/Blacktop WHO: Everyone in the CA community is welcome!
WHAT: Color throw, delicious food from Tandoori Grill, Kona Ice Truck, Bollywood music and more!
WHAT TO WEAR/BRING: Wear white or light colors that you don’t mind getting powdered colors on! Glasses or goggles are also a good idea. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs to sit on!
RSVP: capsagroup@gmail.com

Spring Gala
The invites are out and CA will be exploding with the 80s on May 11th! The Spring Gala will feature the popular 80s band, The Reaganomics. We will have totally awesome food and drinks, old school-arcade, gnarly silent auction items, photo booth, wine wall, raffle and WNCI’s Kelsey Webb as MC! Be there or be square…

LS Carnival

The LS carnival is almost here!  Mark your calendars for May 31st after the LS ceremony!  The carnival activities are free to CA families & friends, although food is an additional cost.  Please watch for an email in May that will ask for parent volunteers and also explain our new wrist bands we will be selling before Carnival day so kids don’t necessarily need cash (although cash will be accepted as well).   We are excited for the Carnival and we hope you are too!

5th grade graduation party

Friday, May 31st
5th grade party for all CA 5th graders only
If parents are interested in chaperoning please contact : Ritu Bakhru



Your Lower School Lead Parents,

Candice Singleton (singleton.academy@yahoo.com)

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


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