December Newsletter

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Dear Families,

As we move from a season of thanksgiving into a season of giving we have an opportunity for your children to support children and families in the community. Our middle school Service Above Self group is collecting non-perishable food items to donate to the Clintonville/Beechwold Community Resource Center as well as toys for Franklin County Children’s Services. Their goal is to collect 325 food items and 325 toys by December 16 with the idea that if every student brings one item we can reach the overall goal. The class that collects the most will win a pizza party and the second place class will receive a gift card for classroom supplies. I think we can agree that in the end everyone ‘wins.’

As a staff we will use the remainder of this month to focus on respect from the Indy Five. We will be positively reinforcing respectful behavior in all contexts with raffle tickets and intermittent drawings for fun trinkets, school supplies, and books.

Please mark Saturday, December 17th on your calendar for the CCS Family Literacy and Numeracy Academy from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This is designed for families of preschoolers through third grade with information on how to support and prepare your child for success. There will be demonstrations, hand-on activities, a community resource fair, prize give-aways, and a free afternoon at COSI afterwards.

As you think about filling your days over winter break with meaningful activities remember the parks system and libraries. They often hold activities, story times, and programs for children. Consider having children write thank you notes or letters to family and friends. Most importantly, read together and spend quality time as a family. Thank you again for the opportunity to spend my days with your children.

Sincerely,

Brandy L. Koeth, Principal, Indianola Informal K-8


Important Dates!mark your calendar

12/6   – Winter Concert 4th and 5th grades 7:00 pm

12/7   – PTO Meeting 6:30 pm

12/8   – Winter Concert 6th-8th grades 7:00 pm

12/16 – Last day for food and toy donations

12/16 – Parents’ Night Out 6:00-9:00 pm

12/17 – Literacy and Numeracy Academy at COSI 9:00 am

12/20 – **Early Release**Students dismissed at 3:00 pm

12/21 – 1/3 NO SCHOOL, Winter Break

1/4   – Classes Resume

1/4   – PTO Meeting 6:30 pm


winter concertWinter Concerts

The first concert of the season is this Tuesday, December 6 at 7:00 pm and features the 4th and 5th grade choir, strings, and band. The second concert of the season is this Thursday, December 8 at 7:00 pm and features the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade vocal and instrumental groups. Grandparents and other adults who are unable to attend evening performances may attend abbreviated performances at either 10 am or 2 pm on the same dates.

Participating students need to arrive at the school no later than 6:30 pm and go directly to the cafeteria. Students participating in the concert should wear a black bottom and a white top. Black jeans, skirts or pants are acceptable. The white top can be any kind of top as long as there is no lettering on it.

IMPORTANT: For each of the upcoming concerts, Ruth Hall, our wonderful music teacher, needs parents to help monitor students backstage and help change the stage from chairs and stands to risers. To sign up to help during either concert, please click here.


PTO Meeting Wed, December 7thPTO_LOGO1

All Indianola families are invited to attend our monthly PTO meetings the first Wednesday of the month beginning at 6:30 pm. Contribute to the decision making that makes Indianola a great place to learn and grow.


lost-and-foundLost and Found

Please check the Lost and Found for your child’s missing items while you are in the building for upcoming events. Items not claimed before winter break will be donated to a charitable organization.


No School and Early Release Comingno-school

There is an EARLY RELEASE on Tuesday, December 20. Students will be dismissed at 3:00 pm. There will be NO SCHOOL Wed. December 21 through Tuesday January 3 for Winter break. Classes resume Wednesday, January 4.


parents-night-outParents’ Night Out

The eighth grade class is having a babysitting fundraiser at school on December 16, 2016 from 6-9 pm for Indianola parents only. Parent chaperones and 8th grade teacher Gina McGowan will be present as well. The cost is $10 per child and parents can register early by printing and filling out the registration flyer or they can register at the door as space is available. We will have games, healthy snacks and movies for preschool children (potty-trained) through fifth grade.


Absent? Tardy? Email!email

Please send an email right away to dholland@columbus.k12.oh.us when your student is going to be absent. If the student’s absence or late arrival is due to a doctor, dental, or court appointment, PLEASE get an excuse from the office you are visiting. Picking up a child early without a valid reason will be counted as unexcused.


FrederickFrederick’s Needs Gift Wrap Help!

Frederick’s Bookstore is open Fridays from 8:30-9:30 am and 3:00-4:00 pm. 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 and this is a great way for students to buy a gift for siblings, friends, or other family members. Please sign up at the link below to help students choose books or gift wrap. You can also donate books in the box under the table outside the office. If you are available to help, please contact Kelly Chellis at kchellis11@gmail.com or sign up here.


Family Event at COSICCS

Families with students PK-3rd grade are strongly encouraged to come and experience engaging demonstrations, hands-on activities, and practical strategies to use at home to help young learners. Following the Academy, enjoy the afternoon at COSI.

Admission and parking are free for this wonderful event held Saturday, December 17. Doors open at 8:45 am. Please arrive early as there is construction in the area. Pack a lunch or buy lunch at COSI so you can enjoy an afternoon of educational exhibits. Register here.


volunteer for causesIndianola Makes Art

Our morning announcements have now changed to focus on careers in the arts and the many ways Art Makes Indianola, Indianola Makes Art.

Whether you are a musician, visual artist, dancer, graphic designer, etc. we would love for you to share a short morning announcement at school. Please follow the volunteer link and tell us your art in the comment space on your sign up. Art Makes Indianola unique, powerful, and compassionate.


College Credit Plusalumni award

College Credit Plus is a new state mandated program that allows all college-ready students, in grades 7-12 who qualify for college admission, to begin earning 15 to 30, college credit hours before graduating from high school. Attend a College Credit Plus meeting for 6th-11th grade students and their parents January 11 from 6:30-8 at East High School. There will be an information meeting on February 2 (Northland HS) as well.


let's talkParent Survey

Please complete the short survey here to help us plan this year’s parent education nights and other parent activities. Thank you to those who completed the survey at last month’s skate party. You can also email ideas to Indianola’s parent consultant at tporostosky@gmail.com.


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Important Dates!

11/16 – Special Education Transition Fair

– Blueprint: College (Middle School) Columbus State 5-8

11/17 – Parent-Teacher Conferences 4-7:30

– Staff Appreciation Soup and Salad Dinner (Please drop off food by 4:00.)

11/17 – 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee Parent Meeting

11/21 – Parent-Teacher Conferences 4-7:30

11/23 – 11/25 – NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Break)

11/29 – 2/3 and 4/5 Book Clubs during lunch

12/1   – K/1 and Middle School Book Clubs during lunch

12/6   – Winter Concert 4th and 5th grades 7pm

12/8   – Winter Concert 6th-8th grades 7pm

12/17 – Literacy and Numeracy Academy at COSI 9:00 am

12/20 – **Early Release** (Students dismissed at 3:00.)

12/21 – 1/3 NO SCHOOL (Winter Break)


Soup, Salad and Bread Needed

Parents, we have the most amazing staff guiding our students at Indianola. Let’s show them our appreciation! Please contribute to the Staff Appreciation Soup and Salad Dinner THIS Thursday by dropping off a hot soup (crock pots encouraged) or salad and loaf of bread. Please deliver to the upstairs teacher’s lounge by 4:00. Help is needed for set-up and clean up as well. Contact Jennifer at jflesher83@gmail.com.


Lost and Found

Please check the Lost and Found for your child’s missing items while you are in the building during conferences. Items not claimed before winter break will be donated to a charitable organization.


No School and Early Release Coming

There will be NO SCHOOL Wed. through Friday November 23 – 25 for Thanksgiving break. There is an EARLY RELEASE on Tuesday, December 20. Students will be dismissed at 3:00.


Special Education Transition Fair

Plan your child’s future today by attending the CCS Special Education Transition Fair on November 16, from 6-7:30 at the Columbus Downtown High School, 364 S. Fourth Street, 43215 for 7th through 12th-grade special education students and their families.

Representatives from the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation, Goodwill, CCS Parent Mentors, Columbus State Community College, The Ohio State University, and many more will be on site to help plan your child’s future. Light refreshments will be provided along with a raffle and prizes. For more information e-mail Dr. Dan Burke at dburke8182@columbus.k12.oh.us or call 614-365-2283.


Blueprint: College, Middle School

The earlier students begin to understand the college preparation process, the more likely they will be to successfully enter a college or university. That’s why I Know I Can is presenting this FREE workshop on Wed, Nov. 16 at Columbus State Community College, to help families begin creating their Blueprints for college during the critical preparatory years of 6th, 7th and 8th grade. A free pizza dinner is held from 5 – 5:45 and the program follows until 8pm (licensed childcare available for siblings). Register here.


Third Grade Reading Guarantee Parent Meeting

What is the 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee? Join us to learn the state expectations for K-3rd grade students.  You will receive information about state expectations, as well as resources to help prepare your student for testing.

Dates:

November 17th (6:00-7:00pm)  Eastgate Elementary, 1925 Stratford Way, Columbus

January 19th (6:00-7:00pm)  Stewart Elementary, 40 East Stewart Avenue, Columbus


Frederick’s on Fridays!

Frederick’s Bookstore is open every Fridays from 8:30-9:30 am and 3:00-4:00 pm. 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 or sign up at http://signup.com/go/vr38wgÂ


College and Career Month

Parents are needed to make brief (approx. 2-3 minute) announcements each morning in November. Inspire Indianola students by sharing your passion for your career!  Sign up at http://signup.com/go/tQj3h5 or contact school counselor, Mary Whitehead with questions (mwhitehe@columbus.k12.oh.us).


Every Kid in a Park

ALL 4th graders have the opportunity to visit federal parks, forests, lands and waters FREE of charge by completing an online game and downloading a personalized voucher.

Go to https://www.everykidinapark.gov/ to get started. Anyone in the vehicle with a 4th grade pass holder is admitted free at sites that charge per vehicle. If visiting a site that charges per person, up to three accompanying adults will be admitted free with the 4th grader with a pass.

Many sites encourage kids to complete activities to become junior rangers and award badges, details here https://www.nps.gov/kids/jrRangers.cfm. There is also a website for kids to explore our National Parks here https://www.nps.gov/webrangers/index.cfm.


PTO Meeting Wed, December 7th

All Indianola families are invited to attend our monthly PTO meetings the first Wednesday of the month beginning at 6:30 pm. Contribute to the decision making that makes Indianola a great place to learn and grow.


College Credit Plus

College Credit Plus is a new state mandated program that allows all college-ready students, in grades 7-12 who qualify for college admission, to begin earning 15 to 30, college credit hours before graduating from high school. Attend a College Credit Plus meeting for 6th-11th grade students and their parents Tues, Nov. 29 from 6:30-8 at Columbus North International School. There will be information meetings on January 11 (East HS) and February 2 (Northland HS) as well.


Parent Survey

Please complete the short survey here to help us plan this year’s parent education nights and other parent activities. Thank you to those who completed the survey at last month’s skate party.  You can also email ideas to Indianola’s parent consultant at tporostosky@gmail.com.


Read With Me

In preparation for Columbus City Schools’ 4th Annual Family Literacy and Numeracy Academy, we would like to collect pictures and videos of our Columbus City Schools community reading to children. The videos and pictures will be compiled into a CCS “Read With Me” movie which will debut at the Family Literacy and Numeracy Academy on December 17, 2016. Everyone who submits a picture or video will be entered in a drawing for a Fabulous Family Library.

Submit a picture or video of you, a friend, or a family member reading with a child to Paul Brown (pbrown1@columbus.k12.oh.us). Make sure to include your name and contact information. Submissions will be accepted until November 30, 2016. For additional information, contact Leslie Kelly, CCS Director of Elementary Curriculum (lkelly@columbus.k12.oh.us).


Volunteers 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). Tuesday, November 29 will be the book clubs for 2/3 (10:50 am) and 4/5 (12:00 pm) students during their respective lunches. Thursday, December 1st will be the K/1 (11:25 am) and Middle School (12:30) book clubs. Thank you for encouraging a regular habit of reading (or being read to) for all Indianola students!


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OSU Vet for a Day (Middle School veterinary medicine experience) – Sunday, Nov 20, 10:00am, $40

Columbus Rec and Parks Swim lessons – Register Dec 5 for winter lessons

Vertical Adventures – Climbing, contact for info on clubs and school’s out camps/ snow days

Bucks On Us – Enjoy free parking and free admission to select Ohio State sporting events: men’s and women’s swimming and diving, women’s ice hockey and fencing