A Message From Our Principal
As we approach spring, Indianola will be opening its doors for many community events, including concerts, the musical, the carnival, and other programming. These events provide our students with the opportunity to share their talents and passions with the entire learning community and we encourage you all to attend each of these amazing events.
With this in mind, I am writing today to ask that when coming to evening events at Indianola please work as hard as possible to respect our neighbors by ensuring that you park your vehicle in one of our lots or within a legal parking place on the street. Several neighbors have expressed concerns that their driveways are being blocked during afterschool events. I thank you in advance for your consideration of this request.
I am also writing today to inform you that our District is in the midst of completing its facilities master planning process. An important part of this process is to receive community input regarding topics related to programs and activities that occur at our schools. With this in mind, the District has released an online community survey to solicit your views and perspectives. Please use this link to complete the survey: https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=145677057126. Your input can help Indianola and Columbus City Schools continue to improve!
Finally, remember our first day of Spring Break is March 25. We will return to school on Monday, April 4.
With Indy Pride,
Jay M. Poroda
Mar. 2 – PTO Meeting and Nominations (6:30-8:00 pm, Indianola Library)
Mar. 4 – OSU Dance Department performance for K-5 (1:00-1:45 pm)
Mar. 5 – Daredevil Dogs Food Truck Fundraiser (12:00-7:00 pm, Cover to Cover Bookstore)
Mar. 9 – Indianola School Tour (10:00-11:00 am)
Mar. 9 – Carnival Committee Meeting – Public (6:30-8:00 pm)
Mar. 10 – “Music In Our Schools Month” instrumental concert for K-5 (10:00-10:45 am)
Mar. 16 – Indianola School Tour (10:00-11:00 am)
Mar. 16 – Indianola Causes Club meeting (3:30-4:45 pm)
Mar. 18 – Clintonville Area Choral Festival (7:00 pm, Whetstone High School)
Mar. 22 and 23 – Seussical the Musical (7:00 pm)
Mar. 23 – Bookclub (Lunchtime)
Mar. 23 – Carnival Committee Meeting – Public (6:30-8:00 pm)
Mar. 24 – Spring Debate for 5/6 and 7/8 teams (Capital University)
Mar. 25 to Apr. 3 – Spring Break (NO SCHOOL)
March PTO Meeting – Join the Board!
The March PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) meeting will take place TONIGHT – Wednesday, March 2 – at 6:30 pm in the school library. Nominations will be taken for positions on next year’s PTO board. Childcare will be provided.
Theo Campbell-Heath, one of our Indianola second graders, won the Ravine Art Contest in the grades K-2 category! Theo will be recognized at a ceremony on Friday, March 4 at 7:00 at the Northwood ARTSpace, 2231 North High Street in Room 100.
Other Grade 2 student entries will also be on public display Ravine Art Contest entries at Northwood ARTSpace Room 100 every Friday from 4:00-7:00 pm through March 25. Those students are: Calla Wilkinson, Addison Alm, Bella Robinson, Isla Sederberg, Khadee Ba, Ayden Henry, Makayla Cahil, Jude Harper, Lyla Jones, Frankie Bowling-Grosvenor. Congratulations to all who entered!
The OSU dance department will be performing for our elementary students on Friday, March 4 at 1:00 pm in the Indianola auditorium. Parents are invited to attend.
BalletMet will hold auditions on Friday, March 18 for interested students in grades 2-5. Students must pick up an orange form from the table outside the school office and return the completed form by Monday, March 11.
SOAR on Saturdays at BalletMet! A six week jazz class will be given free of charge on a first come, first serve basis to those who complete and return the Soar On Saturday form outside the school office. The forms must be returned directly to BalletMet. You can also go directly to the website: https://www.balletmet.org/community/outreach/soar-on-saturday/. Children age 8-12, who are first time students at BalletMet, are eligible to register for Soar on Saturday. No previous dance training is necessary. Soar on Saturday classes will be at BalletMet (322 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus, OH 43215) on Saturdays from 2:30-3:30 pm.
DareDevil Dogs Fundraiser
It’s time for another delicious food truck fundraiser! Visit the DareDevil Dogs Gourmet Hot Dogs truck at Cover to Cover Bookstore (3560 North High Street) on Saturday, March 5 between noon and 7:00 pm. 10% of all sales will be donated to the Indianola PTO. Visit www.DareDevilHotDogs.com for a menu and more information on the company. Please share the event on Facebook (http://tinyurl.com/daredevil3)!
Carnival Meetings are FUN!
Are you looking forward to the Indianola Carnival this year? Would you like the inside scoop on all the planning? Join us on March 9 or March 23 at 6:30 in the Indianola school library to learn more about the plans for this fun event. We will be discussing both our plans to improve on what we have done in the past and new ideas to try this year. Our meetings are always open and fun. Child care is provided.
Indianola Causes Club
Last month, Indianola Causes Club members made 36 cat toys and 12 mini-blankets to donate to Cat Welfare. On March 16, we will create craft kits for patients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Please donate used magazines (child/family appropriate), fabric scraps (all colors and textures), scrapbook paper, ribbon, glitter glue, beads, and buttons. Though we are not accepting new members at this time, the entire Indianola community can help Children’s Hospital by dropping off craft items and magazines in the boxes outside the office, room 111, and room 205. Working together, a hope for the better!
Support Our Indianola Choirs
Our Indianola choirs will be performing at the Clintonville Area Choral Festival on Friday, March 18 at Whetstone High School. The festival begins at 7:00 pm. Please come hear our talented students perform!
Students in choir should arrive between 5:00 and 5:30, wearing Indianola colors (purple or grey), spirit wear, or a Knights jersey. Students should also bring a snack, as it will be a long evening. If you have questions, please contact Ruth Hall, Indianola 4-8 grade vocal and instrumental music teacher, at email@example.com.
Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!
The Indianola Drama Club will be presenting “Seussical the Musical” on Tuesday, March 22 and Wednesday, March 23 at 7:00 pm in the Indianola auditorium. The overarching plot of the show follows the story of “Horton Hears a Who!” and centers on Horton the Elephant’s endeavors to protect the people of Who-ville, who live on a tiny speck of dust. “Seussical” also features characters and scenarios from many other Dr. Seuss books. Please come see this fun and fantastic show, brought to you by some of our talented middle school students.
Help Needed in the Auditorium!
Our auditorium has a few unfinished projects we would like to complete before “Seussical the Musical” makes its debut. Join us on Saturday, March 19 from 9:00-11:00 am to help do a little painting and clean some graffiti from seats. Please no young kids as we will not have child care. Older kids are welcome to come help! Please sign up on Volunteer Spot so that we know how many helpers we can expect: http://vols.pt/sq8rhj.
Our next major project for the auditorium renovation is to purchase curtains. This has an estimate of $16,000. We need 160 seat adoptions in order to make this happen. This is a charitable donation and may be eligible for a company match program that your employer may offer. If you have not yet adopted a seat, please consider it. Seat adoptions make great gifts too. You can adopt a seat for $100. If that amount is higher than you’d like to donate, we encourage you to get creative and adopt as a group. Three friends adopting a seat drops the individual contribution to $33.34 each. A class can adopt a seat with individual contributions of about $4 each. Forms are available at school on the bulletin boards outside the office and the auditorium. You can also purchase a seat by clicking the link on the right hand side of this page.
Interested in Bookclub? Students can join at any time! Students will be discussing their Bookclub choice from a new set of books on Wednesday, March 23 during their lunch period. Any student is welcome to join, but K/1 students need permission to participate. All students should pack a lunch on Bookclub day. March book choices are listed below. Paper lists and permission slips are also available on the wall outside the book room (next to the library.)
Please consider helping out as a Bookclub “guide” on Wednesday, March 23 during your student’s lunch period. Sign up to help on Volunteer Spot: http://vols.pt/XjiLRn.
March Book Choices:
- Freckle Juice by Judy Blume
- Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Television Dog by David A. Adler
- The Littles by John Peterson
- Secret Agent Jack Stalwart (Book 1): The Escape of the Deadly Dinosaur by Elizabeth Singer Hunt
- Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
- The Borrowers by Mary Norton
- Sun and Spoon by Kevin Henkes
- The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau
- Getting Near to Baby by Audrey Couloumbis
- Promise Me the Moon by Joyce Annette Barnes
- Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff
Help Shape the Future of CCS!
The Columbus Board of Education Neighborhood School Development Partnership (NSDP) is the District’s volunteer community panel charged with making recommendations to the Board as part of the CCS 15-year Facilities Master Plan (FMP). An FMP Ad Hoc Committee has been created to examine enrollment trends and projected growth within the District, as well as the impact of these patterns on school attendance zones and facilities. Indianola parents Leila Ba and Emmanuel Remy are members of the FMP Ad Hoc Committee.
The Ad Hoc Committee will be seeking public input on how any potential changes will affect local communities. If you would like to share your ideas or concerns, plan to attend one of the meetings listed below. (It would be great to have Indianola families at every meeting, as many of the topics that will be discussed were raised as important concerns at the October 14th Indianola Community Meeting.) All meetings are from 6:00-8:00 pm.
- Mar. 2 – Whetstone HS, 4405 Scenic Dr.
- Mar. 3 – Sherwood MS, 1400 Shady Lane Rd.
- Apr. 18 – Columbus Global Academy at Brookhaven, 4077 Karl Rd.
- Apr. 19 – Marion-Franklin HS, 1265 Koebel Rd.
- Apr. 20 – Briggs HS, 2555 Briggs Rd.
- Apr. 21 – Liberty ES, 2901 Whitlow Rd.
For more information on the Facilities Master Plan Ad Hoc Committee and to view videos of their past meetings, visit the CCS web site (http://www.ccsoh.us/FMPAdHocCommittee.aspx)
Summer Camps and GT Scholarship
Support for Talented Students is a non-profit organization that provides scholarships for gifted students in Central Ohio to attend summer programs of students’ choice. Each year, STS works with other organizations to fund programs for students who are economically disadvantaged, and more than $25,000 of their funds go to students in Columbus City Schools. The STS Scholarship Application website (www.supportfortalentedstudents.org) is open and active for parents and students to apply for scholarships for summer programs in 2016.
To be eligible, students must be identified as gifted in at least one area and should currently be in grades 3-11. Students can select the camp of interest. Lists of camps from 2015 can be found at http://www.ccsoh.us/SummerOpportunities.aspx. Although the dates have not been updated for 2016, you can use the list as a starting point for your summer camp research. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is March 30, but early application will assist students with early funding to ensure they get the camp enrollment of their choice. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Campbell’s Labels for Education
The Campbell’s Labels for Education program will be discontinued at the end of this school year. However, there is still time to clip UPC codes and save beverage and sauce caps! Please put any Labels for Education UPCs in the BoxTops bin in the main office as soon as possible. For information on the program and a list of participating products, visit http://www.labelsforeducation.com/Earn-Points/Participating-Products.
Mileage Club Needs You
On Tuesdays and Thursdays during the warmer months, Mileage Club provides students with a great start to their school day. Students walk or run laps around the Calumet playground from 8:30-9:00 am, earning charms for every 20 laps they complete. The club is open to all students, and they can come to as many or as few sessions as they like. It’s not uncommon to see as many as 100 students out there, getting exercise and fresh air. Parents and caregivers help the students track their laps, getting to know other Indianola parents in the process. A fun time is had by all!
Mileage Club will be starting back up after spring break, when the weather is warmer. We’re looking for someone to “run” it. (Yeah, that’s a pun.) Each Tuesday and Thursday, that person (or team of people) would need to set-up at 8:20 and tear-down at 9:00. Could you commit to being that person? Or, could you commit to helping with set-up and/or tear-down on one or both mornings? If so, please contact Lisa Evans (email@example.com).
Get Moving and Help Indianola!
LET’S MAKE INDIANOLA’S THIRD YEAR IN THE “CLINTONVILLE KIDS MILE & 5K” THE BEST YET!
The fourth annual Clintonville Kids Mile & 5K – Benefitting Clintonville Area Schools is only six weeks away on April 16. What started in 2013 as a fundraiser by and for Indian Springs expanded in 2014 and 2015 to include Indianola, Clinton, Colerain, and Dominion Middle. Indy had the highest participation of all schools in 2014 and we want to claim that status again this year.
The race in 2014 put $1,900 in Indianola PTO’s coffers, and last year, $2,236. All that from less than an hour of fun time with your Indy community and Clintonville neighbors. It’s quite an efficient fundraiser!
You get the satisfaction of helping Indy and a nifty short sleeve event shirt. 1 Mile Kid’s Run participants receive a nifty Finisher’s Medal, and 5K finishers receive a nifty(!) car magnet. And Indianola K-8 wins!
- April 16 at Whetstone High School Stadium (4405 Scenic Dr, Columbus, OH 43214)
- Kids Warmup by Artisan Dance Studio – 7:45 am
- 1 Mile Kids Run – 8:00am ($15)
- 5k Run/Walk – 8:30am ($20 Students grades k-12; $35 Adults)
You can participate! You can run the 5k, or you can run/walk the 5k, or you can walk it. You could also be a course marshall, directing runners at turns and cheering them up the hills (much appreciated by runners!), or you can celebrate the kids on the 1 mile run finish line, or you can help with various important tasks at the event, or you can be present with other community-minded folk in support of Indy and the other public schools that are so important to Columbus. Yes, you can!
Race registration at http://fleetfeetcolumbus.com/racing/clintonville-5k. Remember to designate Indianola as the beneficiary of your registration dollars!
To volunteer, contact Bethany Kaper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fun facts: The typical American takes 5,900 steps each day. That is literally miles behind some other countries: (Australia (9,700), Switzerland (9,650), Japan (7,168). Adult Amish males, though, are champion walkers, at 18,000 steps per day.
AIR Assessments in April
American Institutes for Research (AIR) assessments will be administered in April for students in grades 3-8. Students in grades 3-8 will complete English Language Arts (ELA) and Math assessments. In addition, a Social Studies assessment will be given to students in grades 4 and 6, and a Science assessment will be given to students in grades 5 and 8. Testing time has been reduced compared to the 2014-2015 school year. For more information on AIR testing, visit these links on the Ohio Department of Education website: