US News: Ski Club, College Counseling and more



Dear US Parents,

We have several items to share including information on Ski Club and news from College Counseling:

Upper School Ski Club:

The Upper School will have a ski club this year! The ski club dates are Jan 7, 14, 21, 28 and Feb 4th. There is a $75 fee that covers transportation. Buses will leave CA at 3:45 and return from Snow Trails at 11:00 pm on the above dates.

Ski Club deposits ($75 Check made payable to Columbus Academy) will be collected starting this Tuesday, December 7th. The first 50 students will be guaranteed a seat on all 5 bus trips. After the first 50 students are registered, there will be a waitlist for any open spots. The deposit covers bus transportation only.

Ski Club members will also need to purchase lift tickets. Snow Trails has oversold their club passes for the first time in history. Due to the high demand this year, they have reached their capacity for Club Passes, and have discontinued offering them altogether.

At this time there are still three other options for registration:

1. There are a limited number of “Silver Select Passes” available for $359. These are flexible passes good for 6-12 visits. They expect these to sell out any day.

2. There are also a limited quantity of “Standard Season Passes” available for $465, but we have been advised these will sell out in the coming week.

3. In approximately one week, Snow Trails will open their sales of “Daily Lift Tickets.” You can select the dates you need, equipment rental, helmet, etc., and purchase a ticket for each individual evening you will be skiing. There are only 300 Daily Lift Tickets available per night, so these will sell out quickly once released. The price for the “After 4PM Lift Ticket Only” is $34, or $83 with equipment.

If you have further questions or are interested in chaperoning ski club, please reach out to Jake Stouffer (

College Counseling Coffees:

College Counseling will be hosting four coffees this winter. Dates and topics are listed below. All coffees will be recorded and sent out following the program.

Jan 12: College Counseling Overview at the PACA Meeting 8:05 am in the Dining Hall
Jan 19: College Visits (geared toward Grade 11 parents) 8:05 am in the Dining Hall
Jan 26: VIRTUAL Coffee: Standardized Testing, Compass Prep guest presenter (open to all high school parents – Details will be sent at a later date)
Feb 2: Athletic Recruiting with the CA Director of Athletics

Teacher Appreciation:

If you are interested in supporting our Teacher Appreciation group and the Sweet Celebrations event which says thank you to our 280 faculty and staff with a box of holiday treats, please send a donation to:
Venmo: @Christine-Baker-79
Paypal: @ChristineBaker143
Check: Christine Baker, 7762 Chetwood Close, New Albany, Ohio 43054

To Our Generous Community:

During this season of giving, please consider joining in the 2021-22 Annual Fund, our school’s top fundraising priority. First-semester gifts and pledges are especially helpful in planning for a successful year. Donations support faculty and their curricular innovation, flourishing arts and athletics programs, tuition assistance, and new opportunities that may arise. To ensure your tax-deductible donation is counted in 2021, please give online or postmark your envelope by December 31. For assistance, please contact the Development Office. Thank you to those who have already participated!

Upcoming Dates:

Week of Dember 6th: Grade 10 and 11 parents will receive their student’s PSAT test booklet and information about accessing scores
December 7: Ski Club Deposits Due
December 10th: Soup for Shelter 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm 100 W. Home Street, Westerville 43081 (Fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity which uses bowls created by our ceramics students)
December 12th: From 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm students have the option of studying at school. Hot cocoa and tea will be provided.
December 13th through the 16th: US Exams
December 31: Last day to make a 2021 tax-deductible donation to the Annual Fund
January 7th: Report Cards with comments will be available at 3:30 pm on My School App


In Viking Spirit,
Jennifer & Jen

Jennifer Butler (Lindsey ’22)
Jen Stouffer (Jake ’22)
2021-22 Upper School Lead Parents