(LS) Weekly update 9-30-2018

Hello Lower School Viking Parents!

Fall is here and October is tomorrow! Am I the only one who thinks this year is flying by already? Yikes! Don’t forget there is no school tomorrow, Monday October 1st. Enjoy your fall break! Now let’s jump right into things.


  • Sunday, Sep 30 – Apple-Picking Service Event-location change*
  • Sunday, Sep 30 – Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration*
  • October 1st- No school-Fall Break
  • Wednesday, Oct 3 – PACA Parent Forum, 8am, Dining Hall Fireside*
  • Friday, Oct 12 – Charlie David Dinner*
  • Parent Teacher Conferences-October 22nd, October 25, October 26th*
  • Monday, December 3-Friday, December 7th – Book Fair- 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Huntington Room near the Dining Hall-PLEASE NOTE THESE ARE UPDATED DATES

*more details below


From the Head of Lower School

Mark L. Hansen

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. Additional details for signing up for conferences will be forthcoming.  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.


Fall Break: Monday, October 1, 2018

There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, October 1.  Enjoy your three-day weekend!


Insect Repellent

(From our School Nurses: Beckie and Janet)

Our students are really enjoying exploring the outdoor campus and all it has to offer. Unfortunately, with the warm, wet weather they are also learning first-hand about biting insects! On those days your child will be hiking on our extensive campus, we encourage you to send their own personal insect repellent, and for you to apply it before the school day.

To apply repellent:

  • Do not spray directly on your child’s face, or hands. Instead, spray your hand and then wipe over your child’s face avoiding eyes.
  • Have your child hold his/her breath while you are spraying.
  • Apply to exposed skin and clothing.

If you have forgotten to send repellent and you would like the teacher to apply it from our school supply, please contact your child’s teacher. Thank you!


Parent Book Club

We met on Wednesday and discussed the first half of Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Listen” by Dr. Wendy Mogel.   We will meet again on on Wednesday, October 24 from 8:30-9:30 am in the Huntington Room in the Dining Hall to discuss the second half of the book (Chapters 5-10).  Please join us! Alos, please bring book titles for our next selection which will be made at the end of this discussion.


Parent Coffees

  • Thursday, October 11 (Digital Citizenship)
  • Thursday, November 8  (Growth Mindset)
  • Thursday, December 13 (How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk)
  • Tuesday, January 15  (Balancing Outside School Activities and Overscheduled Children)

All Parent Coffees are from 8:30-9:30 am in the fireside of the Dining Hall.


Parenting Article of the Week

This week’s article is from KJ D of the New York Times and is entitled, You Really Don’t Want Your Child To Do Everything




Please note a slight location change for this Sunday’s Apple-Picking Service Event at Lynd Fruit Farm. Due to weather conditions, our event’s entry point has been moved to the north side of Morse Road just west of 310. There is a brown barn at the entrance drive, and there will be maroon “Columbus Academy Service Event” signs & Lynd greeters, who will direct you to our white tent within the orchard. Families from all divisions are encouraged to attend! Just arrive between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Sunday, pick a bag for your family and one (or more) to donate to local food pantries, and after you purchase the apples at the farm exit ($15 for small bags, $25 for large) upper school students will be waiting to collect your bag(s) for donation. Last year, 890 pounds of apples were collected by Academy families and donated to Faith Mission homeless shelter. Thank you for your time and energy to help those in need while supporting our local farmers. If you have any questions about this event, please feel free to contact Bryane Roberts.



Hispanic Heritage Month began September 15, and Columbus Academy is excited to celebrate the contributions of Americans whose families come from Mexico, Spain and the Caribbean as well as Central and South America.  Join ¡HOLA! on Sunday, Sep 30 from 4-7pm in the Lazarus Courtyard for a wonderful celebration of Hispanic culture and cuisine.  There will be a DJ, dancing, food, games, and family fun! Click here for more information.


PACA PARENT FORUM (Wednesday, Oct 3):

The Second PACA Forum will be held just after drop-off Wednesday, October 3 from 8-9 am in the CA Dining Hall. Click here for details.



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!



Your Lower School Lead Parents,

Candice Singleton (singleton.academy@yahoo.com)

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

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