Hello Lower School Viking Parents!

Happy New Year!  If you haven’t done so already, we hope the snow outside is a reminder to send in snow pants, snow boots, and all winter accessories. Let’s see what’s coming up below!



Monday, January 14: Winter ASA programs begin*

Monday, January 14: Spring Gala Planning Committee meeting, 8:00am, Huntington Room (next to Viking Corner)*

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

Monday, January 21: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day- No Classes

Tuesday, January 29: Parent Education-movie-Screenagers-7pm-9:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm) in dining hall*

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

Sunday, February 24MOSAIC Black History Month Event; 3-5pm Dining Hall

*More details below


From the Head of Lower School

Mark L. Hansen


Happy New Year!  I hope your family enjoyed the holiday break.  The students returned on Monday excited to reconnect with their friends and teachers and we had a very smooth week after the two-week holiday.


Our next Parent Coffee will be this 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.”  It is a topic many parents have expressed interest in previously so please join me for coffee and the conversation.


During the morning car line, please make sure that your child(ren) is ready to go when we open the door.  Coats, gloves, hats should already be on, backpacks zipped up, any electronics put away, and goodbyes said.  This will help the morning carline flow efficiently. Thank you for your help.


On Thursday we had a lively discussion during Parent Book Club about our latest book, The Conscious Parent. For those not able to attend, please consider reading this book.  All present felt that this was a very impactful and thought-provoking  book. In the newsletter next week I will share the next book selection for the next Parent Book Club.  Please feel free to email me with any suggestions of books you feel would be an interesting book to read and discuss.


This week’s parenting article is from the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley and is entitled, How to Not Get Overwhelmed By The Little Chores of Life.  It can be found following this link.


Winter 2019 ASA Registration 

Did you forget to register for Winter ASA programming? Classes begin Monday (1/14)! If you plan to register your child for a winter program, please contact the Special Programs office immediately as the registration deadline has passed and low enrollment classes are closing now! We can be reached at (614) 509-2267 or at programs@columbusacademy.org.


Spring Gala Planning Committee

Looking for a way to get involved with the school?  The Spring Gala planning committee is the perfect opportunity!
Join us Monday, January 14th @ 8AM in the Huntington room (next to Viking Corner).
Questions, or unable to attend?  Contact Tracie.Klinefelter@gmail.com.


Parent Education– movie “Screenagers” – Growing up in the Digital Age.

Please join us for a movie night! Dr. Ryan Hansen, an Ohio State University specialist in digital distractions and addictions, will introduce the film and take Q&A following the film. Childcare will be provided with light snacks. The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by January 22nd to Kelly Vaziri at kdvaziri@aol.com with the number attending and the names and ages of your children who will require child care. Doors open at 6:30pm.
From their website:
“Are you watching kids scroll through life, wit their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.
In Screenagers, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.”


Student Support Services

Have you ever wondered what kind of support is offered outside of your child’s homeroom or specialist teacher’s? Columbus Academy has a phenomenal student support services team who offers extra support in academics as well as support both socially and emotionally. Please follow the below link for more details.



Your Lower School Lead Parents,GO VIKES!

Candice Singleton (singleton.academy@yahoo.com)

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

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