Box Tops and Other News

Important Dates!

2/23 *** Box Tops DUE *** (fill the box in the school office)

2/24 Frederick’s Bookstore, before and after school (back of auditorium)

3/1 PTO Meeting, 6:30 pm (Indianola library)

3/8 Carnival Planning Meeting, 6:30 pm (St. James Episcopal Church)

3/11 Middle School Engagement Fair, 10:00 am -12:00 pm (Main Library, downtown branch)


It’s Box Tops Time!

Thanks for all the Box Tops for Education you’ve brought in over the past month. Each one earns 10 cents to support our kids’ education. They’re really adding up! Our goal is to reach $1,000 by the end of this school year. We’re approaching the half-way mark.

All Box Tops you bring in by TOMORROW, February 23 will go toward our March 1 submission (but we’ll gladly take them after February 23, too). Bring them, or send them with your child, to the school office and place them in the box-tops container — just ask one of the secretaries.

You’ll find Box Tops for Education on all kinds of brand-name grocery and household products. (Click here to find out which ones.) Please crop them close to help save time and postage.


Read-a-thon Success!

“I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny. But we can have lots of good Fun that Funny!” Many kids found fun in a book this winter and made our Read-a-thon a huge success! Students read over 105,000 minutes and so far over $7000 has come in from pledges! Wow! We have some amazing readers here at Indy! Principal Koeth dressed as the Cat in the Hat for our Valentine’s Day parties and passed out Skate Zone bookmarks to kids who participated. Winning classes have been enjoying pizza parties this week too! Read-a-thon funds will be put to great use by the PTO for arts enrichment and other school needs! Thanks to everyone who donated prizes, helped count up minutes, and stuffed envelopes And thank you especially to all those students who read all those minutes – the more that you read the more places you’ll go! Way to go Indianola!


Kindness Month

In an effort to create a culture of kindness, our school, along with hundreds of other schools across the nation will be participating in a Kindness Challenge during the month of February. This month will be devoted to doing as many acts of kindness as possible in and out of school. The purpose of this month is to foster an environment that values the importance of being kind all year round. Studies have shown that promoting kindness among youth promotes self-confidence, positivity, and increased happiness.

In Friday folders, students received an age-appropriate parent-signed checklist. Please see the attached grade level checklist. Checklists need to be signed by a parent and turned in to the student’s homeroom teacher during the month of February, and the student will earn a kindness reward.


K-1 Parent Workshops

The district’s Literacy Academy in December provided many great resources for families. Unfortunately, the weather was treacherous so many families missed out on some great information. Meet at Indianola to discuss some great literacy activities with other parents. We are meeting on Wednesday, March 1 from 5:30-6:30 pm in the library. Complete this survey to register.

Registration is important for having the right number of materials, as there will be a family literacy kit to take home.


March Book Club

Information for next month’s book clubs was sent home in Friday folders and can be found here. This is a great time for students to engage with quality literature and discuss their ideas and reactions with peers. K/1 will meet during lunch on Tuesday, March 7. 2/3 and 4/5 will meet on Thursday, March 9.


Helpful Links

  • PACE (Parents for Academic Challenge and Enrichment) meeting discussing perfectionism and the gifted child, TOMORROW – February 23 at Fort Hayes Education Center from 6:30-8:00 pm.
  • Ohio University Press and Paper Moon Art Studio invite parents, educators, counselors, and childcare providers to an interactive how-to workshop on incorporating choice-based art into their own routines on Saturday, March 4, 2:00-4:00 pm.
  • The Youth Welding Workshop provides a unique opportunity for youth to develop arc welding or oxyacetylene welding and cutting skills on April 15, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, $90, register by March 31.
  • INFOhio has fiction and non-fiction, online reading resources for students at all grade levels. Once on the INFOhio site, click the “Get My Password” button and fill out the short form, including our school’s zip code (43202), to get started.

Summer Enrichment

Read-a-Thon and Juggling Reminders

Important Dates!

2/3 – Read-a-thon Goal Cards Due and Read My Shirt Day

2/3 – Frederick’s Bookstore, before and after school

2/3 – Juggling Show (fundraiser, $5 per person), 7:00 pm

2/7 – Student-led conferences, 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm

2/7 – Parent Mingle in the first floor hallway, 4:30 pm -7:30 pm

2/9 – Indianola School Tour, 1:00 pm

2/9 – Student-led conferences, 4:00 pm -7:30 pm

2/16 – Indianola School Tour, 1:00 pm

2/20 – NO SCHOOL (Presidents’ Day)


New Visitor Management System Beginning Monday

Parents and Volunteers – Please Bring an ID and Enter Through Main Office.  A letter with more information will go home with students on Friday, Feb. 3.


Oh, The Places You’ll Go

Read-a-Thon 2017

Read! Read! Read! After one week of the read-a-thon, our school has read 48,382 minutes! We need about 52,000 this week to get Principal Koeth in costume for the valentines’ day parties! The race is close for class pizza parties so keep reading and turn in your Red Goal card tomorrow. Tomorrow is also Read My Shirt Day- wear a quote pinned to your shirt or a shirt with words so there is reading going on all day long! After Friday, start collecting that pledge money for all your reading minutes! Read-a-thon supports many school functions including field trips, play ground equipment and arts enrichment activities- any donation “no matter how small” adds up to make a difference!

Important Read-a-thon dates:

Jan.27 – Feb. 2: 2nd Reading Week, track minutes, turn in goal cards Fri., Feb 3

Feb 3: Read My Shirt Day

Feb. 3 – Feb. 10: Collect pledges from sponsors (will accept money all Feb.)

Feb. 14: Principal Koeth will dress up in costume if we hit our goal.

Help needed:

Feb. 3 and Feb 10: Help count minutes – 2 or 3 volunteers needed each morning from 9:00 – 10:30 am

Sign up at http://signup.com/go/Mx6kwy or contact kchellis11@gmail.com.


Juggling Fun!

Come see The Royal Jokers tomorrow night, Friday Feb. 3 at 7:00 pm in the Indianola Auditorium! Enjoy a fun night of comedy and juggling, and help raise money for the 8th grade trip at the same time. Tickets are $5 at the door. Meet the performers, Jeff and Clint, after the show and learn how to juggle! (Juggling kits are available for $5.)


Parent Mingle

Next week is Columbus City Schools Relationship Week, Columbus Cares! To celebrate and build community, we will have a chance to meet and greet in the first floor hallway during student-led conferences on Tuesday, February 7. Many new families have joined our community this year. Let’s get to know each other (or reconnect) as we celebrate our students’ accomplishments.


K-1 Parent Workshops

The district’s Literacy Academy in December provided many great resources for families. Unfortunately, the weather was treacherous so many families missed out on some great information. Meet at Indianola to discuss some great literacy activities with other parents. We are meeting during the school day on Wednesday, February 15 from 2:00-3:00 pm in the cafeteria or Wednesday, March 1 from 5:30-6:30 pm in the library. Complete the following survey to register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd8WO1YY4ffGkvgNjKhvUyiLpS5yZxPBzjOdithjTdifMwZWQ/viewform?c=0&w=1. Registration is important for having the right number of materials, as there will be a family literacy kit to take home.


Keep Those Box Tops Coming!

Thanks for all the Box Tops for Education you’ve brought in over the past month. Each one earns 10 cents to support our kids’ education. They’re really adding up! Our goal is to reach $1,000 by the end of this school year. We’re approaching the half-way mark.

All box tops you bring in by February 23 will go toward our March 1 submission (but we’ll gladly take them after February 23, too). Bring them to the school office and place them in the box-tops container or send them in with your student.

You’ll find Box Tops for Education on all kinds of brand-name grocery and household products. (Click here to find out which ones: http://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/participating-products.) Please crop them close to help save time and postage.


Helpful Links:

Refugee resources are available through Refugee Center Online: http://us13.campaign-archive2.com/?u=18cd41eaf288370ac3b3cab2a&id=c72bb1a6fb&e=e6d997ff02.

 

INFOhio has fiction and non-fiction, online reading resources for students at all grade levels. Visit https://www.infohio.org/students/er/grade/gk5. Once on the INFOhio site, click the “Get My Password” button and fill out the short form, including our school’s zip code (43202) to get started.


Summer Enrichment

Summer Opportunities Lists:

Camp Recky is a Summer Camp at the Ohio State University for students who have completed grades K-8. Camp Recky Information Night will take place on February 19, 2017 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm in the RPAC Meeting Rooms. For more information, visit https://recsports.osu.edu/community-programs/youth-family-programs/summer-camp-recky-completed-grades-k-8.