Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year!
I would like to welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year whether you are new to the “Indianola family” or preparing for yet another fantastic year. I hope you had time this summer for relaxation, renewal, reconnecting, and as a result, quality time as a family. This newsletter outlines the information you need to know as you complete your final preparations for the year and clarify dates, times, and procedures.
You should have received a paper copy of this newsletter in the mail. The label attached to the printed newsletter indicates your child’s teacher and room number for this year. Careful consideration is made by the teachers when class lists are created. Students’ individual learning needs, personalities, gender, race, and classroom communities are taken into consideration to meet an informal programming goal of diverse learning communities. We are not able to consider individual teacher requests at this time.
The information listed below will be sent home the first day of school. Please review this information carefully. All forms will need to be filled out and returned to school the next day. We ask that you provide as much information as possible, including cell phone numbers, on the Emergency Cards. Keep in mind that children are permitted to be released only to those individuals listed on the emergency card. We will ask for a driver’s license before releasing children to someone we do not know, so please alert anyone you list as emergency contacts.
- Emergency Information Card
- Emergency Medical Card
- Guide to Student Success (inside back cover: Parent and Student Sign-Off Form; Consent for Release of Student Information Form; Internet Acceptable Use Policy Form; Parent-Student-School Compact Form; complete all, detach and return)
- Field Trip Permission Form
- The Indianola Informal K-8 Parent-Student Handbook is on the indianolakids.org website
- Nationwide Children’s Hospital Services Permission Form
Kindergarten/1st Grade Information
There will be a special play time on Sunday, August 21st from 12:00-1:30pm on the Calumet Playground at school. The K-1 teachers will be there and it is a fun way to meet new friends before school starts. Spirit wear may be available for purchase.
Kindergarten students participate in a staggered start for school. All students grades 1-8 begin regular attendance Wednesday, August 24th. Kindergarten students will only attend one day that week, either Thursday, August 25th or Friday, August 26th. All kindergarteners begin regular attendance on Monday, August 29th. Your child’s staggered start attendance day is indicated on the attached label where your child’s teacher and room number is listed.
Parent Information Night
Parent Information night is Monday, August 22nd. Parents are invited to meet your child’s teacher in the classroom and get an overview of the academic year.
These meetings are intended for parents only. Times are staggered as follows:
4-5pm: Kindergarten/First Grade
5-6pm: Second/Third Grade
6-7pm: Fourth/Fifth Grade
7-8pm: Middle School
Indianola is hosting a Latchkey program. There is currently a waitlist. If you would like to be added please call (614) 365-5891. Registration opens in May to currently enrolled families first.
School Breakfast and Lunch
All students are eligible to take advantage of free breakfast and lunch for all CCS students.
Dress Code Policy
Please review the CCS Dress Code Policy in the Guide to Student Success. The building is air conditioned, but students will be going outside for recess.
Arrival and Dismissal
Students who will be eating breakfast at Indianola can report at 8:30 am. The instructional day begins promptly at 9:00 am. For the safety of our students, please do not leave students unattended on school grounds prior to 8:30 am. Students report to classrooms at 8:45 am.
Parents bringing children to school should travel west on Tibet Road, pull up to the cones, and drop off children. They will enter the building through the Tibet Rd. doors. For the safety of all children, the drop-off process must be continuous.—Stop, Drop, Go. You may also park in the parking lot across the street on Weber and walk with your child across the street at the crosswalk, although parking is limited.
Children should only be dropped off on the same side of the street as the building. It is imperative that you do not drop them off where they will have to cross the street alone. Do not pick up or drop off on Weber. The buses drop off on Weber and traffic is much busier. Safety is our priority!
The parking lot on the Tibet Rd. side will be closed each school day between 8:40-9:05am each morning and 3:15-3:45pm each afternoon. This is for the safety of our children as they walk to the building.
School dismisses daily at 3:30 pm.
Bus riders are dismissed from the Weber side of the building when their bus route is called.
Pick Up Students: Kindergarten/First grade have a room for students that are picked up in order to verify that an authorized adult is picking up the child. Students in grades 2-8 that are picked up are walked outside by staff and monitored until picked up by an authorized adult.
Students walking to and from school will use the steps at the corner of Calumet St. and E. Tibet Rd. They will enter/leave the building through the door on E. Tibet Rd.
Latchkey students will enter/leave from the cafeteria. There will be some short term parking available, however, no cars may enter, exit or move on the back side parking lot between 8:40-9:00am and 3:15-3:40pm.
Students riding the bus will enter and exit from the Weber Rd. doors. Staff members will be there daily to make sure your child’s arrival and departure is a safe one.
All students must be picked up prior to 3:45pm.
Please communicate changes in student dismissal plans in writing. If there is an emergency that necessitates a phone call, please call before 3:10pm.
If your child will be absent from school please call the school at (614) 365-5579 before 9:00am each day your child will be absent. A written note must be received within 48 hours explaining the nature of the absence. If a written note is not received, the absence will be recorded as unexcused. Excused absences may include, but are not limited to, the following: personal illness, illness in the family, death of a relative, observation of a religious holiday, emergency or exceptional situation. You may also email Denise Holland, attendance secretary, when your child is absent (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To excuse an absence due to an appointment, an official excuse from the doctor or agency is required or it will be marked unexcused. The doctor or agency can email or fax the excuse directly to Denise Holland.
Help Me Welcome Our New Staff Members
- Courtney Gavazzi, Third and Fourth Grade Gifted Specialist
- Jon Brush, Fifth and Sixth Grade Gifted Specialist
- Jim Class, MS Science
- Mary Fawcett, Second/Third Grade
- Ben Arnold, Multiple Disabilities Assistant
- Clay Blackburn, MS PE
- Teresa Colapietro, Nurse
- Tiffany Alexander, Guidance Counselor (two days per week)
- Dr. Carletta Griffis-Anderson, ES PE (two days per week)
- Brandy L. Koeth, Principal
- Amara Touré, Assistant Principal
- Bonnie Metzger, Secretary
- Denise Holland, Attendance Secretary
- Tammy Colapietro, Nurse
- Mary Whitehead, Guidance Counselor
- Tiffany Alexander, Guidance Counselor
251 East Weber Road
Columbus, OH 43202
Phone: (614) 365-5579
Fax: (614) 365-8324
Note Your Calendars
8/21/16 K/1 Play Date, 12-1:30pm
8/22/16 Parent Information Night
8/24/16 First Day of School, grades 1-8
8/25/16 Half of Kindergarten attends
8/26/16 Half of Kindergarten attends
8/29/16 All Kindergarteners begin regular attendance
9/2/16 Picture Day
9/5/16 Labor Day, No School
9/9/16 PTO sponsored Ice Cream Social, 6-7:30pm
9/23/16 Professional Development Day, No School