Dear Middle School Families,

We hope that this note finds you well! Following are some important updates:

Upcoming Key Dates (click here for all Middle School Key Calendar Dates“)

October 11 1st Quarter Ends

October 15-18 8th Grade DC Trip

October 16-18 7th Grade Hueston Woods Trip

October 16-18 6th Grade Camp Kern Trip

October 23-25 LS/MS/US Conferences – No School for Students on 10/25

October 28 Kids4Kids Kickoff

October 28-30 MS Musical Auditions and Callbacks


In appreciation for the chaperones who make these wonderful trips possible for our students, we will provide a “to go” dinner for them upon their return to school. Your respective grade parents are coordinating the volunteers and contributions for each grade. We thank you in advance for your help! 😊


Please note that conference sign up instructions were sent by Mr. Arnold last week.
Thank you to the 7th grade families for handling the conference snacks and refreshments for Fall conferences. 6th and 8th grade families will have their turn at upcoming MS conferences.

Players & Parents:

It’s time to think about baseball! Our CA baseball coaching staff will be available for fall workouts with students in 5-8th grades on the following dates. During these workouts they will have the opportunity to work on the fundamentals of hitting, infield and outfield play, base-running and some pitching. They are not obligated to attend if they want to play in the Spring, but this is a great opportunity for some extra practice as well as an opportunity for all of us to get to know each other and you to start learning the process. Team building is an important part of our program. All of these work outs will be held outdoors on the baseball field. If the weather does not permit an outdoor work out we will cancel.

Thursday 10/10 4pm-5:30pm
Sunday 10/13 2pm-4pm
Thursday 10/17 4pm-5:30pm
Sunday 10/20 2pm-4pm
Tuesday 10/22 4pm-5:30pm
Sunday 10/27 2pm-4pm
Tuesday 10/29 4pm-5:30pm

I look forward to seeing you on the field. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me via email or on my cell-text or call.

Todd Dunkle (614-496-2550)


From JoAnne Adams, PE Department Chair:

Our campus is hosting a free girls lacrosse clinic for all Columbus Academy girls in grades 1-8 on
Sunday, October 13.

Alexis Venechanos, the former head women’s lacrosse coach at Ohio State who currently holds the same position at Otterbein University, will be teaching lacrosse skills and concepts as part of her goal to get young women interested in lacrosse. A session for girls in grades 1-5 will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. immediately followed by a session for our middle school girls from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Anyone interested can register at

Players should bring their own lacrosse sticks, if they have them, but our PE department also has a limited number of sticks that players can borrow for the day. If you are interested in borrowing a stick, please email me at adams.

PACA Youth Basketball 🏀

For both girls and boys in 4th-6th grade, PACA has announced this year’s plans for the winter PACA Youth Sports basketball season.

Details are here with a signup link to register to attend a try-out session on either October 19th or 20th.

The season begins in November and runs through mid-February.

Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions.


Christina Jauchius (P ’24, P’25), cmjauchius
Jennifer Salopek (P’24), jcs

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