Hello Lower School Viking Parents!

We hope you enjoyed this beautiful weekend! We are back to a full 5 day week of school. Let’s see what’s new below!


  • Friday, Oct 12 – Charlie David Dinner*
  • October 22nd, October 25, October 26th-Parent Teacher Conferences*
  • October 29-November 8-Kids 4 Kids Service Project*
  • Wednesday, October 31-Halloween Costume Guidelines*
  • Columbus Academy Junior Basketball (CAJB)*
  • Monday, December 3-Friday, December 7th – Book Fair- 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Huntington Room near the Dining Hall

*more details below


From the Head of Lower School

Mark L. Hansen


Parent Coffee Morning on Thursday: Digital Citizenship

On Thursday, October 11, our Parent Coffee will focus on Digital Citizenship.  This is an important topic no matter what age your child(ren) are. I will be sharing information about navigating these stormy waters and provide resources from Common Sense Media that can help guide you in this area.  We will meet on the fireside of the Dining Hall from 8:30-9:30 am. Please join me.


Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held the week of October 22-26. We will offer conference times on:

  • Monday, October 22 from 3:30-5:30PM
  • Thursday, October 25 from 3:30-8:30 PM
  • Friday, October 26 from 8:00 AM-3:30 PM

The conference scheduler will be open from 7:00 PM on October 10 through 12:01 AM on October 18.  Parent Conferences are an excellent opportunity to learn about the academic and social growth of your child.   It is also recommended that you schedule times to meet with all of her/his co-curricular teachers. All faculty are available to meet and we look forward to the conversation.


Halloween Costume Guidelines

Please note the guidelines below in regards to costumes for Halloween.

    • No weapons (real or pretend) of any kind allowed
    • Costumes must be respectful to other cultures and people
    • No blood or gory costumes
    • Students come to school in dress code and change before the parade and party
    • Faces must be visible (cannot wear a mask that hides face completely)
    • It is important to remember we have 3YO through Grade 5 students and we want to ensure a fun and appropriate environment for all of our Lower School students.


Kids 4 Kids Service Project: October 29-November 8


(from Kimberly Allison)

Clean out those pantries and closets to donate items to the school-wide Kids 4 Kids service drive.  Please click here for details on how to donate and/or volunteer!  You will find information on what you can donate, how to “Fill-A-Wish” for one of our families, and how our volunteers make this drive a success.


Parent Book Club

We will meet again on on Wednesday, October 24 from 8:30-9:30 in the Huntington Room of the Dining Hall to discuss the second half (chapter 5 onwards) of Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Listen” by Dr. Wendy Mogel.   Please join us and please bring book titles for our next selection which will be made at the end of this discussion.


Parenting Article of the Week

This week’s article is from Dr. Lea Waters and is entitled, How to Be a Strength-Based Parent.  It was published in The Greater Good magazine from UC Berkeley.  There are some excellent articles and resources on this site and I encourage you to spend some time browsing them.  There are also many different types of free newsletters you can subscribe to.


Quote for the Week

“Your children need your presence more than your presents.”  ~Jesse Jackson



The 36th annual Charlie David dinner is scheduled for Friday, October 12 from 5pm-7:30pm in the dining hall. This event helps fund our middle and upper school athletic programs and student club organizations at the school.  It’s a casual, family-friendly, pre-football-game (CA plays Bloom Carroll at 7:30pm) tailgate for all ages.  City BBQ cuisine (vegetarian options available) will be served in the dining hall, over 100 silent auction items will be available for purchase, and upper school students organize activities for our youngest Vikings in the school gym.  Tickets and event sponsorships can be purchased at the door on online here. To volunteer at the event, please sign up here. This is the perfect event for every Viking to attend.  Over 800 student athletes thank you in advance for your support!



Registration is now open! If you are interested in signing up your young Viking, please register now, or e-mail JoAnne Adams or Taylor Kulow notifying them of your interest and that you are in the process of registering. Right now we are close to 40 registered students and most years we have between 80-100 . JoAnne and Taylor find it difficult to make teams and set times if registrations are coming in at the last minute or even past the deadline. This year they are looking forward to including a 5th grade level into their program for those who are not participating in the 4th and 5th grade travel basketball programs. The fall brochure states grades 1-4 but they are able to accommodate interested 5th grade students as well! The deadline is extended to October 12. Registration is available through the ASA brochure / Special Programs Office. Please contact JoAnne Adams, adamsj@columbusacademy.org, or Taylor Kulow, tk564312@ohio.edu for further questions.



Your Lower School Lead Parents,

Candice Singleton (singleton.academy@yahoo.com)

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

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