October Newsletter

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Important Dates!mark your calendar

10/16 – Seventh Son Harvest Festival Fundraiser, 1:00-6:00 pm

10/26 – NO SCHOOL, Records Day

10/27 – Picture Retakes

10/28 – Fall Parade, 2:00 pm

10/28 – Middle School Dance, 7:00-9:00 pm

11/4   – Talent Show, 7:00-8:00 pm

11/8   – NO SCHOOL, Professional Development Day

caution-signSafety First: No Glass Containers Please

Our dedicated cafeteria staff ask that students not bring any glass containers to school. With the movement of many bodies in and through the cafeteria, spills and bumps happen. Thank you for leaving glass containers at home.

Frederick’s Bookstore Returns!Frederick

Frederick’s Bookstore, an Indianola Tradition, will be opening on Fridays starting October 7th from 8:30-9:30am and 3:00-4:00pm. Fredrick’s is located in the room off the auditorium to the rear. Frederick’s sells gently used books to students for 50 cents or by trading a book from home. We want all children to have books at home to keep and read. We are in need of books – especially chapter books for grades 1-5. You can donate them in the box under the table outside the office. We are also in need of parent volunteers to work on Fridays either in the am or pm time slots. If you are available, please contact Kelly Chellis at kchellis11@gmail.com.

outofmymindJoin In: Parent Support Book Club

We will meet on Tuesday, October 11 from 9:30-10:15 at the Karl Rd. library branch. Our first book is a novel by award-winning author, Sharon Draper, Out of My Mind. Reading these thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a child with cerebral palsy will spark our discussion as we look at how we advocate for our own children’s needs among other topics. There is still time to join and many copies are available through Columbus Metropolitan Libraries (or under $6 through Amazon)! We will discuss the first half of the story on the 11th. Email questions to tporostosky@gmail.com.

Introducing Your New Parent Consultant: Tricia Porostoskytricia

Hello everyone, I’m very excited to be in this role. I’m eager to collaborate with our wonderful staff and parents to find ways to engage families here at school, as well as extend learning at home and in the community. You can reach me by email at tporostosky@gmail.com, leave a note in my mailbox in the school office, or find me in the library on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

no-schoolPlan Ahead!

There will be NO SCHOOL on Friday, October 14th, due to a Professional Development Day and on Wednesday, October 26th for Records Day.


Welcome from Tiffany Alexander (Part Time Counselor)

Hello! My name is Tiffany Alexander and I am the new part time counselor at Indianola K-8. I am in the building on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I am a proud graduate of Bowling Green State University and The Ohio State University. This year, I will be working primarily with Indianola’s K-4 students. I will be teaching lessons on topics such as career exploration, goal setting, making and keeping friends, and overall positive school behaviors. I am also planning to facilitate several counseling groups.

I am very excited to be here at Indy and to meet and get to know all who are a part of the Indy family! I also wanted to make you all aware that Red Ribbon Week is coming up October 23rd – 31st . This week is a great opportunity to talk with your student about the dangers of drug abuse and/or making healthy choices! Again, I am very excited to get to know you all and look forward to a great school year! Please don’t hesitate to reach out by email talexander4@columbus.k12.oh.us or by phone (614-365-5579) if you need anything.

2016 Indianola Talent Show Auditionstalent

Attention 4th -8th grade students: Auditions for this year’s Talent Show will be held on Thursday, October 13 beginning at 4pm. Your act must be “show ready” with your music on a flash drive to be uploaded at your audition. There will be no ‘in-school’ rehearsals this year. The cast will have one run through prior to the performance on Friday, November 4 at 7:00 pm. All acts must audition – NO EXCEPTIONS. We will be looking for a diverse array of talents; instrumentalists and dancers are especially encouraged to sign up at Room 109. (Auditions will be called in the order of sign-ups.)

Seventh Son Brewing Harvest Festival Fundraiser

Celebrate the fall season at the Seventh Son Brewing Wilderman Release and Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 16 from 1:00-6:00 pm. Enjoy a petting zoo, mask making, pumpkin painting, a pumpkin sale, and more. Food will be available from the Challah Food Truck, and beverages will be available from both Seventh Son and a kid-run lemonade and cider stand. Proceeds from the pumpkin sale and $1 from each drink sold will be donated to Indianola’s PTO to fund other PTO-sponsored events and activities. Volunteers are needed to assist with the lemonade/cider stand, pumpkin painting, and mask making. Please use this link to sign-up on VolunteerSpot: If you have questions or would like to help, please contact Collin Castore (collincastore@yahoo.com)seventh

kids-sitting-on-booksVolunteers Needed for Book Club

If you are interested in helping with book club, please contact Tiffany Alexander (talexander4@columbus.k12.oh.us) and/or Courtney Gavazzi (cgavazzi@columbus.k12.oh.us.) Please specify whether there is an age/grade level you would be interested in helping with. Book club will be held once per month on a Tuesday or Thursday starting in November. Thanks in advance for any support!

Save the Date!date

Friday, October 28th will be a special day at Indianola, with fun activities for both elementary and middle school students.

The annual Fall Parade takes place during the school day. Students may bring costumes to wear during a parade around the neighborhood.

That night, the Middle School Dance will be held in the cafeteria and gym from 7:00-9:00 pm. Stay tuned for more information about the dance!

Join us for these fun fall celebrations!

Helpful Links

The Nisonger Center’s Toy and Technology Library is a resource for Central Ohio children with disabilities and their families. Adapted toys/devices are available to borrow for 30-day loan periods.

Ohio Association for Gifted Children, Parent Day: Sun, October 16 2:30-6 only $5

Columbus Recreation and Parks, Swim lessons registration began on Oct 3.  Register for Fall II classes October 25


Mid-September Newsletter

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Sep 192016

Mileage Club is Starting!mileage-club

The first day of the fall season of Mileage Club will be Tuesday, September 20. We meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 am on the Calumet playground. Mileage Club is open to all students, and it’s Indianola’s most popular club! Students walk or run laps around the playground before school begins and accumulate stamps on a card for each lap. For every 20 laps, students earn a foot-shaped charm to wear on a chain that we provide. There’s no need to sign up — just show up! (Bus riders join us as their buses arrive.)

Parents are encouraged to stay to stamp cards and socialize with other parents. Students are encouraged to eat breakfast at home or at school before coming to Mileage Club.

A fun time is had by all! This year our new PE teacher, Clay Blackburn, will be running the club, with assistance from parent Lisa Evans. If you have any questions or would like to help, please contact Lisa at lisaevanskristel@gmail.com.

 no-schoolNo School This Friday

Due to a scheduled professional development day for staff, there will not be school this Friday, September 23.

Partners In Education EventCCS

Columbus City Schools in conjunction with the I Know I Can Foundation will host a Partners in Education Forum for parents, guardians, community members and anyone interested in learning how to better support students’ academic and social growth. The event is this Saturday, September 24, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at East High School, 1500 East Broad Street. Details and registration.

RAINBOW-BOOKSParent Support Book Club

Any adult family members (parent, grandparent, aunt/uncle etc.) of Indianola students are invited to join our new Parent Support Book Club. The first book club meeting will take place Tuesday, September 27 at 9:30 am. We will be introduced to our first book and each share a little about ourselves. The book club will take place at various library branches throughout the school year. The first few meetings will take place at the Karl Road Branch, 5590 Karl Road Columbus, OH 43229. We are encouraging an informal format, so younger siblings are welcome to come along (preschool story time begins at 11 if interested). Questions? Contact Tricia at tporostosky@gmail.com.

Join Us for Open House!open-house

Parents and students as well as family and community members are invited to visit Indianola on Tuesday, September 27 from 6:00-7:30 pm. Students and teachers are ready to share their learning and authentic work with you! Please remember to visit our talented arts teachers throughout the building as well.

whetstone bravesWhetstone Homecoming Parade

Indianola Informal K-8 is participating in the Whetstone Homecoming Parade on Friday, September 30th along with other Clintonville area feeder schools. If you would like to walk (approx. one mile) with our school group and have another excuse to wear our excellent school spirit wear plan to arrive at 4:45.

Please park in the Whetstone HS football stadium lot, 4405 Scenic Dr and prepare to line up in the faculty lot near Henderson Rd. at 5. Following the parade, enjoy free hot dogs and games; the football game begins at 7:30. Other food options will be available for purchase.

Wellness Week Is On Its Way!apple

Last fall, Indianola enjoyed its first Wellness Week. This year’s Wellness Week will include fun and educational activities for students on social, emotional, intellectual and physical wellness. We’ll need your help to make this happen!

During the week of October 10-13, there will be opportunities to volunteer for activities both before the school day starts and during the lunch/recess hours. You can play a game during recess, pass out food samples during lunchtime, stamp cards during Mileage Club, display screen free pledge cards, or lead all-school stress relief and stretching exercises over the PA. Please sign up here: http://signup.com/go/jA54Fa. If you have questions or if you want to help (even if you aren’t available during school hours), contact Lisa Evans (lisaevanskristel@gmail.com).