Great News and Harvest of Giving

Wellness Week 2017!
We had 120 students sign Screen-Free Pledge cards during our PTO sponsored, third annual, Wellness Week!
GREAT NEWS! Every student who signed a pledge card is receiving both a Lazer Kraze pass AND a family day pass to the YMCA. Our parent volunteers, led by Jennifer Young, made some great connections with local business who donated prizes and “Try It Tuesday” foods, including: AcreLucky’s MarketFusianWorthington Community Center YMCA,  AMF BowlingLazer Kraze, and Flux+Flow


Important Dates
Report Cards Were Sent Home Last Friday
This Week:
Now – Thurs: 5th graders accepting donations in person for Harvest of Giving (details below)
11/16   Parent Teacher Conferences 4-7:30 and parents provide teacher/staff dinner (drop food off by 4)

Next Week:
11/20     Parent Teacher Conferences 4-7:30
11/22-11/24     NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break

Plan Ahead:
12/1     Student Flu Clinic
12/1     Middle School Dance, 7-9 pm
12/8     Carnival Kickoff Party 6:30 to 9:30 pm
12/9     District Literacy & Numeracy Academy (doors open at 8:45, activities for the family followed by a free afternoon at COSI)
12/12   4th and 5th Grade Concert
12/14   Middle School Concert

Lunch Menu
Food Services Site


The 5th graders at Indianola are so, so motivated to make a difference in the world ! While you are in the building, please view their informational displays about the charities for the Harvest of Giving Walkathon. This week, our school population is invited to give spare change and dollars as well as online contributions. This Friday is the big day: students will walk five miles to support these causes!
The walkathon is a vehicle to demonstrate commitment and humanitarianism. 5 miles is a long way and that is quite purposeful. We endure and persevere because we can. Because we want to make the world a better place. Thank you so very much for your consideration.
Charities include:
1. Operation USA provides multi-faceted disaster relief to:
Puerto Rico, Mexico, Texas/Louisiana, Florida
2. All Hands Volunteers does the same for:
Florida, Texas, US Virgin Islands
3. Harry Chapin Food Bank, provides food relief for Southwest Florida
4. Houston Food Bank,provides food relief for the residents of Houston and surrounding counties.
5. Red Rover helps animals rescued from disasters or neglect. They are working in the continental US in Florida and Texas.
If you choose to donate online please message the amount to Ronda McIntyre (5th grade teacher) at Nothing is too small! Seeing the totals rise each day is so motivating! Visit the Harvest of Giving Walkathon Facebook group for updates and to share with others.


   Parents, Let’s Treat the Staff!
The PTO is organizing a Staff Appreciation Dinner on Thurs, Nov. 16, the first night of Parent-Teacher Conferences.  Please bring items for our staff and teachers to enjoy during their long day at school!! Items may be dropped off anytime during the school day on 11/16 in the upstairs lounge (please drop off by 4pm at the latest). Sign up at the link below. Thank you!!!


Carnival Kickoff Party
The planning begins for the 2018 Carnival!! Please join us Friday, December 8th from 6:30 to 9:30 at St. James Episcopal Church, 3400 Calumet St. to eat, drink, hang out and learn about how we plan the biggest fundraiser of the year to support Indianola Informal. All parents and kids are welcome. Bring a dish or drinks to share.


Winter Wonderland: 
Middle School Dance
Come, join us, as we embark upon a joyful journey through snow covered mountains until you reach
The Land Of Wonder…
There will be Food, Fun, and lots of Dancing!

 Volunteers needed! Please sign up here.

Frederick’s Bookstore Returns

Thanks to the help of several parents (and one special grandparent) students can now get a gently used book from the Frederick’s cabinet on Wednesday and Friday mornings before school (approx 8:30-9). Books can be purchased for 50 cents or students can bring a book from home to trade. The tradition continues in order to support our students’ love of reading!

Coming Up at Indianola

Important Dates:

11/7     Professional Development Day, No School
11/10   Report Cards Go Home
11/16 & 20  Parent Teacher Conferences 4-7:30
12/1     Student Flu Clinic
12/1     Middle School Dance, 7-9 pm

Lunch Menu
Food Services Site

Fall II Session Begins

Columbus Recreation and Parks Community Centers are registering participants for a new session of athletic and creative arts classes which will begin on Tuesday, Oct 31. Many centers offer fitness rooms for adults to exercise while children attend classes. Many classes are offered at no cost to children, while P.L.A.Y. grants will fund one class (including 50% off swim lessons) per session for each eligible participant (up to a maximum of $20) if your family needs help with a fee.

Family Read-Aloud 
Award winning books are a great resource to get ideas of good read aloud books. Look for titles that seem to fit your child’s interests. Check reviews to see if the book is age appropriate. Pick up your book (and others) at a local library today!
Family Read-Alouds are a great source of quality time with your child. Take some time by yourself beforehand so you can be refreshed and relaxed as you enjoy reading and talking together. Share your thoughts as you read: you and your child can make connections to the book through experience or feelings you’ve had, places you’ve been, or other books you’ve read.

Engage with our school community: share what book you’re reading on the Indianola Informal K-8 Friends and Family Facebook Group. Other families will appreciate book recommendations especially when you share the ages/grades of kids who enjoyed it.

  • Columbus Metropolitan Library: Reading Buddies
    Help your student be a better reader.
    All locations have a Reading Buddies program.
    • Students in Kindergarten through Grade 3
    • One-on-one reading practice with library staff or volunteers
    • To help students with reading skills so they can be successful in school
    Columbus Metropolitan Library: Homework Help Centers
    All locations have Homework Help Centers and provide what students need to succeed in school:
    • Friendly staff and volunteers to help
    • Welcoming spaces to study and learn
    • Computers and printers
    • School supplies
    • Resource books

School Directory
New school year, new teachers, new directory!!
Please sign up for the 2017-2018 School Directory. It only takes a couple minutes, and you can fill it in from your phone. Thanks!
PTO Welcome Letter
Read about all the great activities and events that you can volunteer for this year. Your Indianola PTO welcomes you to participate in decision making and hands-on support. Read more!