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.
Brandy L. Koeth, Principal, Indianola Informal K-8
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
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 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.
Lost 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 Coming
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 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!
Please send an email right away to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Frederick’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 email@example.com or sign up here.
Family Event at COSI
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.
Indianola 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 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 January 11 from 6:30-8 at East High School. There will be an information meeting on February 2 (Northland HS) as well.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Celebrate the visual art of Indianola parent Laine Bachman at Sherrie Gallery this month.
- Registration for Columbus Recreation and Parks winter swim lessons begins December 5.
- Cheer for the Indianola Knights Basketball Teams: Girls’ Schedule and Boys’ Schedule.
- National Park Service: Every Kid in a Park.
- 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.