Hello Lower School Viking Parents!

Calling all parent volunteers…The Viking Corner is in need of new volunteers. If you would like to help out on Wednesdays, please email Sabrina Stanek at vikingcorner@icloud.com .

Also, we have a big CONGRATULATIONS in order. Our very own 5th grade girls basketball team won their COBA division championship!!! Please congratulate: Aashi Varia, Alexandra Phieffer, Allison Frickel, Bebe Smith, Bittania Teferi, Caroline Morris, Emma Schiff, Kayla Evans, Makenna Henry, Mila Balaloski, Sasha Gilbert, Taylor Gillett, and coaches: Aaron Gilbert, Michael Morris, and Stephanie Schiff, when you see them around! Way to go 5th grade Lady Vikes!

Viking corner is in need of new volunteers


Sunday, February 24MOSAIC Black History Month Event; 3:00-5:00pm, Dining Hall

Sunday, February 24: First of 3 weekly, FREE baseball clinics for 4th-8th CA students, 2-4:00pm.  For full details, click here.

Wednesday, February 27 – Friday, March 1: Parent-Teacher Conferences. NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, MARCH 1!

Wednesday, February 27-Friday, March 1: CA Pop up shop*

Friday, March 1: Ice-skating at Chiller. Bring your kids to Chiller at Easton on Friday, March 1 for ice-skating with their CA buddies from 10:30-12:30. $6 at door, includes skate rental.  No need to sign up in advance.

Thursday, February 28:  Parent Book Club, 8:30-9:30am, Huntington Room*

*More details below


From the Head of Lower School

Mark L. Hansen


Tomorrow we will be welcoming Eric Dozier to Academy.  Eric is a “cultural activist, singer/songwriter, and educator leveraging the power of music to promote healing, justice and racial reconciliation.” For almost 20 years, Eric has traveled all over the world working with schools, choirs, and community groups performing and conducting workshops which focus on the history and significance of African American musical traditions particularly those that are centered around group singing.  His musical leadership continues the important tradition of the Freedom Songs of the American Civil Rights Movement that work to merge social action with the raw power of the group voice. Through his work, his hope is to energize young people to: “Learn, Develop, Explore, Grow, Contribute, and Engage” and peak the interest in youth to use music as a tool for social transformation. Mr. Dozier will hold assemblies in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools on Monday and we look forward to his visit!


This week we will be hosting Parent Teacher Conferences in all three school divisions. I hope you took advantage of signing up to meet with your child’s co-curricular teachers, too.  They look forward to sharing your son or daughter’s progress in their class with you. Conferences are on February 27, February 28, and March 1.  Please note that on Friday, March 1 there is no school for students.


There have been a few questions regarding the dress code recently.  Here are a few things to keep in mind as well as a link to the dress code for all three divisions:

  • Hoodies may only be worn OUTSIDE–even if it is a CA hoodie. All hoodies must be taken off inside the building at all times
  • Ugg-type  boots are not appropriate inside shoes
  • Here is the link to the full Dress Code
  • Hats are to be worn outside the building only.
  • Belts need to be worn for Grades 1-5  if pants have belt loops.


Our next Parent Book Club book will be “The Strength Switch” by Dr. Lea Waters.   We will meet on Thursday, February 28 from 8:30-9:30 am in the Huntington Room. We will discuss chapters 1-4.  Please RSVP your attendance using this form.


Our next Parent Coffee will be Tuesday March 12 from 8:15-9:15 am in the Fireside of the Dining Hall. The topic is our Lower School Swimming and Physical Education program.  It will be presented by Mrs Lori Moore and Mrs. JoAnne Adams. Please join us to learn more about both of these important Academy programs.


This week’s parenting article is from the University of Berkeley’s Greater Good  and is entitled, “How Neuroscience Can Help Your Kid Make Good Choices.”  It can be found using this link.


CA Pop Up Shop

During conference hours next week, the Service Department is hosting a “Pop Up Shop” in the theater lobby.  We will be displaying dress code clothing from the Clothing Exchange for families to take home with them.  There will also be large bins for dress code clothing donations.  
If your LS, MS OR US Viking has grown out of her/his polos, ripped a hole in the knee of his/her khaki pants or needs a sweater to make it through the final months of the school year, stop by to pick up those essential dress code items.
Drop off any dress code clothing that your Viking(s) has grown out of or never wore to begin with-you know you have those items, too! 
In addition to dress code sweaters, shirts, pants, skirts and shorts, the Clothing Exchange can always use belts, socks, tights and leggings in all sizes. 
Anyone can donate.  Anyone can pick up.
This is a community event based on sustainability and  responsibility. Keep the good vibes going and stop by the Pop Up Shop next Wednesday (2/27) and Thursday (2/28) after school as well as all day Friday (3/1)! 
Feel free to contact Sarah Hansen hansens@columbusacademy.org or Sarah Penney penneys@columbusacademy.org 


Please donate your old paper-based egg cartons, rinsed milk cartons and magazines to be recycled for crafts during CA’s Earth/Arbor Day celebration in April. Collection bins (clear, plastic storage containers marked E&A celebration) will be set up in various locations in the Lower School. You or your child can drop off your carton and magazines in the collection bins!

Questions? Contact: Ruth Giglio (giglior@columbusacademy.org) or Alison Gorsuch (gorsucha@columbusacademy.org).


Our second BoxTop round up is in full swing!  Keep cutting out your BoxTops and sending them in as soon as possible. We are getting ready to submit another set of BoxTops at the end of February. Everyone can help by collecting these valuable rectangles!  The fourth grade is checking expiration dates and counting BoxTops to raise funds for next year’s Kids 4 Kids service project.  The money from BoxTops helps fund the purchase of perishable foods for the 32 local families supported through this project.  This year we have already raised $325.60 through our BoxTop collection program.  Let’s keep this valuable endeavor going by sending in your BoxTops soon!  BoxTops can be found on:
PaperMate products
Nestle Pure Life water
Annie’s Organic
Reynolds Wrap/foil
General Mills cereals
Finish dishwashing detergent
Green Giant vegetables
Fiber One
Nature Valley
Lara Bar
Chex Mix

Your Lower School Lead Parents,

Candice Singleton (singleton.academy@yahoo.com)

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


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