Dear Lower School Parents,

Prepare your children and yourselves…this week is the first full, 5-day week in the Lower School!  Together with the drastic weather change (90’s to 60’s in a week???), I think this means summer is really over.  Read on to get ready to dive into all that’s LS-important in the upcoming weeks.


*see details below


Mark L. Hansen                                                                                                               

Parent Coffees are an important part of our Lower School.  We select a variety of topics we feel will engage parents in conversations and ask various faculty to speak and share their expertise on some of the topics.  The following schedule for upcoming Parent Coffees through January are listed below:

  • Thursday, September 20  (The Lower School Campus: What’s New and What’s Happening)
  • 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)

On September 20, we will meet on the fireside of the Dining Hall at 8:30 am and then go on a walking tour of the Lower School and areas that are currently being used and talk about new programs.  Bring comfortable walking shoes–we will be heading outside for part of it.  All Parent Coffees are from 8:30-9:30 am in the fireside of the Dining Hall.

The Viking Code
Here is a link to the Viking Code.

Visit From Estela Romero
We are fortunate to have Estela Romero from México visiting with us September 10th through the 12th. Thanks to lower school for sponsoring this visit. Estela is part of a lower school project and will be here in time to kick off the activities for Hispanic Heritage month.

Meet Estela…
Estela was raised in Angangueo, Michoacán near the monarch butterfly over-wintering sanctuaries. As a child, she would play up in the mountains and witness this remarkable phenomenon. Her family operates the town’s market which was a favorite stop for the first scientists when the monarch over-wintering sanctuaries were “discovered” in 1975. Today, Estela works as a translator and tour guide and is known by school students and teachers as the Mexican Butterfly Reporter for Journey North, a citizen science website. Our third grade uses the Journey North website to chart the migration of the monarch butterfly along with birds and mammals. Most importantly, Estela works with children in the community to report the monarch’s migration. She helped us create the school collaborative project, “Magic of the Monarch”, with the schools in and near her town. She was our communication liaison to harvest friendships by using science and technology with the schools. Our last visit was in 2016 and we are looking ahead to a possible trip in 2020.
Come join us and bring your family on Sept.12th at 3:30-4:45 in the lower school science lab room C-008 to hear more about the migration, conservation, life in Mexico and to ask questions. Also, you won’t want to miss the viewing of the movie, “Flight of the Butterflies”.

Parent Book Club
Our first selection will be, “Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Listen” by Dr. Wendy Mogel.  Some will recognize this name as she is also the author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee.  The book can be found in public libraries and online book stores. For our first session, we will discuss  chapters 1-4 only.  We will meet on Wednesday, September 26 from 8:30-9:30 am in the Dining Room on the fireside.  Here is a link for additional details about the book.

Dress Code
Please refer to the dress code in reference to what is appropriate school attire.

Parenting Article of the Week
This week’s article is from The Atlantic magazine and is entitled, The Dangers of Distracted Parenting.


Friday, September 14
Please join us for Lower School Campout! Here is the flyer with details and registration information. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER.

Remember, September 14 is also a “Spirit Day” so children can dress in “Spirit Wear” – they are allowed to wear jeans, shorts, or regular school bottoms with a Columbus Academy top, tee-shirt, or team shirt and other CA “swag”.  Regular dress code attire is always also acceptable.

Saturday, September 15 – all day
Mark your calendars for the return of CA Community Day on Saturday, September 15. Festivities kick off in the morning with our third annual Viking Rampage Challenge through Academy’s woods as you and your family get the opportunity to race through obstacles (possibly with muddy and wet conditions) as you explore our 231-acre campus!  Check-in/registration on the day of the event will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the tent located on the south end of Hondros Field with the first wave of the run starting at 10 a.m. Click here for all the details, including how to get a FREE T-SHIRT when you pre-register for the Rampage Run!

Stick around for the remainder of the day as food trucks and the ¡HOLA! fútbol tailgate will help you fuel back up to cheer on the Viking soccer and volleyball programs, as over half-a-dozen home athletic events will take place. Several other family-oriented activities will also be on campus including: Matt the Balloon Guy, a caricaturist, assorted games and prizes, and much more!

Saturday, Sep 22 – 12pm-5pm
Take advantage of 5 glorious, wonderful hours to yourself! Does it sound like a dream? We have just made it a reality! Visit a friend, date your spouse, go to the grocery store, go on a hike, clean the house, or whatever it is that helps you find peace. Enjoy this time while your children are safe and well taken care of by the experienced staff at Columbus Academy! Snacks will be provided. Registration is available through the ASA brochure / Special Programs Office. Please contact with questions. 
(And mark your calendar for future “Parents’ Day Out” dates of Saturday, October 20 and Saturday, November 17)

Friday, October 12
SAVE THE DATE! This fun, family-friendly, casual dinner event substantially helps the CA Athletic community.
Please join the rest of your CA family and attend this great evening.
(Details on tickets and sponsorship coming soon.)


Your Lower School Parents
Candice Singleton

Nikki Bundy

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