(US) PACA Upper School News 1/6/2020



It’s hard to sit here and type these words, but….winter break has come and gone 🙁
We hope everyone enjoyed the extra time spent with family and friends. And of course, those few extra minutes of sleep each day. sigh… But alas, it’s time to set those alarm clocks for tomorrow morning, bright and early.
Happy New Year everyone. Now, let’s get to it:

Key Dates For The Next Two Weeks:

Monday, January 6th: Back to School
Tuesday, January 7th: Grades posted on MyBackpack at 3:30pm
Wednesday, January 8th: PACA Parent Forum, 8:00am, Dining Hall. It’s going to be a good one! See details below
Wednesday, January 8th: Internships Information Meeting, 7:00pm (Dining Hall)see below
Monday, January 13th: Bowling Senior Night
Wednesday, January 15th: College Counseling Parent Coffee, 8:00am, Dining Hall – see below for schedule of topics
Saturday, January 18th: Senior Lock In. Details to follow soon

Looking Further Ahead:

Monday, January 20th: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (NO SCHOOL)
Tuesday, January 21st: Swim and Dive Senior Night
Wednesday, January 22nd: College Counseling Parent Coffee, 8:00am (Dining Hall)
Thursday, January 23rd: Parent Education Event, 6:30pm (Dining Hall)
Thursday, January 23rd: “No Small Matter” Screening, 7:00pm (Shoedinger Theater)
Friday, January 24th: Ice Hockey Senior Night
Saturday, January 25th: Chinese New Year
Wednesday, January 29th: College Counseling Parent Coffee, 8:00am (Dining Hall)
Friday, January 31st: Boys Basketball Senior Night
Saturday, February 8th: Winter Formal (details coming soon)
Additional Details and Information:

PACA Parent Forum
This Wednesday, please join your fellow PACA members for a BRIEF meeting in the dining hall where the Parent Ed film fest (scheduled for January 23rd) will be quickly discussed. Then listen to our outstanding Nursing staff (Janet and Beckie) give insight into all they do to help keep our kids healthy. The meeting will wrap up around 8:30 so that we can head over to the BRAND NEW FIELD HOUSE for a private tour with Melissa Soderberg. Did you know there is a rock climbing wall??? Come see for yourself!

Internships Information Meeting for Upper School Parents
Upper School parents and guardians interested in learning more about the Columbus Academy Internship Program and Columbus Academy Applied Science (CAApS) program are invited to attend a meeting on Wednesday, January 8 at 7:00 p.m. on the fireplace side of the Dining Hall. The summer internship program is open to all upper school students, while CAApS is open to rising juniors and seniors. Learn more at ContiJ.

January College Counseling Coffees (8:00am Dining Hall)
Mark your calendar for these riveting topics given by our College Counseling experts in the month of January
Wednesday, January 15th: Standardized Testing
Wednesday, January 22nd: Planning College Visits
Wednesday, January 29th: Athletic Recruiting

January 23rdThree events...one evening
The PACA Parent Ed team will be screening two different documentaries in the dining hall:
Miss Representation
The Mask You Live In
Both focus on harmful cultural messaging that targets boys and girls from very young ages and can be obstacles to “flourishing.” Miss Representation focuses on girls and The Mask You Live In focuses on boys. They will be shown at the same time on separate sides of the room. Q and A will follow. There will be movie style snacks and beverages. CASE will be provided and will open at 6:30pm. The screenings will begin at 7pm.

In addition to the PACA event, the Alumni and Admissions offices will be screening No Small Matter in the Schoedinger Theater at 7pm. The event will include a post-show talk with writer & co-director Academy alum Greg Jacobs’87.

For information on all of these documentaries, please click on the following links:

Miss Representation: https://youtu.be/W2UZZV3xU6Q

The Mask You Live In: https://youtu.be/PaIna_k8Ne0

US Division Parents
Claudia Walter (Karina ’17, Max ’20, Maya ’22)

Jane Yakam (Grace ’18, Abby ’20, Emma ’22, Nicholas ’24)


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