Summer Reading!

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Jun 292016

Summer reading is essential for the continued academic success of ALL Indianola students.  Reading over the summer helps students improve their verbal comprehension, problem solving abilities, and vocabulary.  Reading also helps students with their communication skills.  And it’s FUN, too!Summer Reading 2

Don’t forget to register for the Columbus Metropolitan Library Summer Reading Club.  Depending on your student’s age, he or she can earn rewards such as free magazines or books and raffle entries for a bike or movie tickets/gift card combo.  Adults can sign up also!  Everyone who completes at least 12 hours of reading will earn a coupon sheet with coupons for great summer activities and free snacks.

Our 7th and 8th grade students have specific summer reading assignments that must be completed before the first day of school.  Links to each grade’s assignments are below:

7th Grade Summer Reading

8th Grade Summer Reading


End-of-May Newsletter

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May 242016

Important Datesmark your calendar

May 24-26 – 7th Grade Trip (Hocking Hills State Park)

May 24-27 – 8th Grade Trip (Colonial Williamsburg)

May 25-27 – 6th Grade Trip (Camp Oty’okwa)

May 26 – Mileage Club (8:30 am)

May 27 – 2016 Alumni Award applications DUE

May 30 – Memorial Day (NO SCHOOL)

May 31 – Last Day of Mileage Club (8:30 am)

May 31 – 8th Grade Art Gala (6:30-8:00 pm)

June 1 – 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony (2:00 pm)

June 2 – Last Day of School/Drum Out (3:00 pm)

carnivalTHANK YOU!!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped make Indianola Informal Carnival 2016 a HUGE success! This was our biggest carnival yet! This year’s carnival raised about $17,000 (after expenses), all of which will be used by the PTO to support our teachers, staff and students and fund important things such as field trip buses, classroom expenses, arts programs, and more. We could not have done this without the whole community’s support. Thank you to all of the student, alumni and parent volunteers that brought our plans and ideas to life. Thank you also to all of the families that attended and brought friends to have a fun time too!

Another HUGE thank you also goes out to a great Carnival Committee whose dedication and commitment to this event year after year is amazing. If you would like to join the group to plan this event next year we would be happy to share the fun. Please contact Dalyn Johnson NOW ( (We really do have fun!)

Thank you again and have a great summer!

Dalyn Johnson

Carnival Committee Chair

New Vaccination RequirementCCS

Dear 6th grade Parents and Guardians,

A new vaccine (shot) requirement has been added to protect the health of Ohio students entering the 7th grade starting with the 2016-2017 school year. Ohio Law (ORC 3313.671) requires that all 7th grade students have the meningococcal vaccine in addition to Tdap. Meningococcal vaccine helps protect against meningitis, a deadly infection of the covering of the brain and spinal cord. Tdap vaccine helps protect against tetanus (lockjaw), diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough).

If you haven’t already done so, please take your child to your healthcare provider to obtain the required vaccines for 7th grade. You must then provide your school nurse with a copy of your child’s updated vaccine record. 7th grade students who have not had the Tdap and meningococcal vaccines may be excluded from school next fall. We also urge your child to get all age-appropriate vaccinations to protect their health, and their family and friends.

Nurse Katie



Can You Help?

Cindy Gunn is looking for volunteers to help water the newly installed butterfly garden during the months of July and August. If you are available and interested, please contact Cindy at


June PTO Meeting CancelledPTO_LOGO1

The PTO meeting that was scheduled for Wednesday, June 1 has been cancelled. If you have questions or suggestions over the summer, please contact our new presidents, Cass Freeland ( and Ben Gibbons ( Have a great summer, everyone!

pennies for patients wrap-upPennies for Patients Wrap-Up

Indianola students raised $4,656.76 for Pennies for Patients! The money will go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to fund research and support families. Brian Rutti’s classroom raised the most money with $442.86. Amy Hill’s classroom came in a close second with $407.59. Both of these classrooms had a pizza party! Paint the Principal raised $1101.00. Overall, the kids at Indianola collected 33,458 pennies!

Last Chance!lost-and-found

The Lost and Found is already full again! But don’t fret yet. You’ll have one last chance to claim lost items on the last day of school. The 3rd Annual Lost & Found Last Chance Fence Gala will take place during Drum Out. Come early to claim your student’s items. Stay late to “shop” before the items are donated to charity. We’ll start hanging up items on the fence at 1:00 pm. Please contact Lisa Evans ( if you’re able to help at 1:00 pm on Thursday, June 2.

Photos of items that were lost from January-May are on the site ( and the Indianola Informal K-8 Friends and Family Facebook page ( Please note: Items that have been lost since May 9 are not yet pictured but are available at the Lost and Found in the hallway outside the cafeteria.

alumni award2016 Indianola Alumni Award

Each year, the Indianola PTO awards $500 to one current high school senior who graduated from 8th grade at Indianola. If you know of Indianola alumni who will be graduating from high school in 2016, please let them know that it’s time to apply for the award. Award applications can be submitted online at There are still a few days to apply. The submission deadline is Friday, May 27 at 11:59 pm.

Why Are the Halls So Quiet?middle school trips

Because it’s time for the middle school class trips! Our 8th graders have left for Colonial Williamsburg, our 7th graders have left for Hocking Hills, and our 6th graders leave tomorrow morning for Camp Oty’Okwa. Send out some good vibes for our kiddos, their teachers and the parent chaperones who are off on these adventures!

middle school danceHilarious AND High Quality Middle School Dance Photos!

Rick Bennett has done it again! He captured the energy of our middle schoolers on “film” and is now sharing it with you. You can view the full set of photos on Facebook. You can also visit the official gallery to order prints: Orders will be accepted until June 13. Whether or not you have middle school students, you really should check these out. They’ll make you smile.

Just Try to Keep Up With This Group!

Congratulations to our Indianola athletes! They all performed extremely well at the City Track Championship, and our ladies’ team took home the trophy as City League Champions!

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Your New Summer Soundtrack

Did you enjoy the music at the Carnival? Need to fill your home with some great tunes this summer? You can access the full Carnival playlist on Spotify here. Thanks to all who helped create our crowdsourced playlist and to Ben Gibbons for making it a reality!