December News – Winter Break Edition!

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A Message From Our Principal

It’s been a busy fall, with homework, field trips, performances, assemblies, clubs and meetings. It is my hope that everyone in our Indianola community has an enjoyable and restful Winter Break. The break begins with an early dismissal at 3:00 this Friday, December 18th. I look forward to welcoming our students back on Monday, January 4th, as we continue a great year of learning and growing!

With Indy Pride,

Jay M. Poroda



Important Datesmark your calendar

Dec. 16 – December Bookclub

Dec. 18 – Last Day to Claim Lost Items

Dec. 18 – Early Dismissal – Winter Break Begins (3:00 pm)

Dec. 19 to January 3 – Winter Break

Dec. 31 – Last Day of Fitness Resources Fundraiser

Jan. 4 – School Resumes

Jan. 6 – PTO meeting

Jan. 7 – Alumni Day presentation (1:15-2:45)

Jan. 8 – Chocolate Covered Carnival Party (7:00-10:00 pm)

Jan. 18 – Dr. King’s Birthday – NO SCHOOL

Jan. 19 -Teacher Record Day – NO SCHOOL

Jan. 20 – January Bookclub

Jan. 20 – Brave the Future event at Whetstone High School (6:30-8:30 pm)


winter concertThank You From Ruth Hall

Thank you to all the parents, family, and friends that came to support the Indy kids during the winter concerts. The Indianola community has been so welcoming to me and supportive of kids! Also, thank you for your generous donations to the Indianola music program. The program at Indianola will continue to thrive because of your support! See you at the spring concerts!


Box Tops Reminder!box-tops

With the holidays comes food. Lots of food! And many of the items you may be stocking up on just might have Box Tops on them! If you’re wondering what has Box Tops on it, you can check out a list at While you’re there, join Box Tops for free to access coupons, recipes, and bonus opportunities. Our school is listed as INDIANOLA ALTRN ELEMENTARY. To submit Box Tops, cut them out, drop them into a baggie or envelope, and have your student put the baggie or envelope in the Box Tops box in the office. Box Tops are picked up every Friday while school is in session.


lost-and-foundLast Call for Fall!

The Lost and Found will be emptied on Friday, December 18th. If your student has left clothing behind at school this fall, you or your student MUST claim it before winter break begins. We have hoodies, shorts, winter coats, lunch boxes, etc. Lost items will be spread out for display in the auditorium on Friday, December 18th. Students will be able to walk through during lunch/recess times on that day to easily look for items. If you are interested in helping with the massive Lost and Found display, or if you are looking for a specific item, please email Please consider signing up to help with organization and clean-up of the Lost and Found here:



Our auditorium is making progress! It is now an even better space for showcasing the talents of Indianola students. It has become a welcoming space to gather as a community and support our students as they grow in the arts and athletics. However, this project is not yet complete. The next exciting addition will be the installation of our stage lighting this winter, sponsored by the PTO. We’re looking forward to using them for “Seussical the Musical” in March!

We still need curtains and new hardware to support them, plus new stairs for the front of the stage. The benches used by our sports teams need to be stabilized. The list goes on. To fund this project we are putting our seats up for adoption. Each seat can be adopted for $100. In order to purchase new curtains, 140 seats will need to be adopted. Installation of the lighting “costs” about 30 seats. Materials for smaller projects can be supported by the adoption of a seat or two. Every seat adopted makes a difference for all current and future Indianola students.

Seats can be adopted by individuals, families, groups, clubs, teams, businesses, classes, etc. Teachers have been given seats by their classes as a wonderful way to thank them for their efforts through the year. They make a unique gift for your kids as well. (If you are donating as a group, please submit only one form with the total payment.) When you adopt a seat, a plate will be attached to the back of the seat with two lines of text of your choosing. Next time you are in the auditorium, check out the backs of the first row of seats in the center. There are some great seat plates!

To learn about Adopt-a-Seat, pick up a form from one of two bulletin boards at school or contact Dalyn Johnson (



high schoolIs it Time for High School?

Indianola will be hosting an Alumni Day for our 7th and 8th graders to talk with current high school students about their high school experiences, the decision of choosing a high school, and what advice they wished they would have received. They’ll also discuss how their Indianola experience prepared them and what they know now that they wish they’d known then! The event will take place from 1:15-2:45 on Thursday, January 7. Parents are welcome to attend.

Also coming in January is “Brave the Future,” a night for prospective Whetstone High School students and the community. This will take place at Whetstone High School on January 20, 2016 at 6:30 pm. Presentations begin at 6:45pm. Tours, performances, and an Academic and Activities Fair will take place from 7:15-8:45pm.


Chocolate Covered Carnival!carnival

Join us for the Chocolate-Covered Carnival Party on Friday, January 8 from 7:00-10:00 pm. It’s an Indianola tradition that kicks off the Carnival planning season. Due to the incredible popularity of this event, Dan and Julie Haar are hosting at the Antrim Park Shelterhouse. (5800 Olentangy River Rd.)

This year will include a chocolate-covered dessert-filled buffet. Help us fill that buffet by contributing delicious items. You can sign up on Volunteer Spot:

We’ll sample the goodies and talk about the Indianola Carnival that will take place this Spring. The food, company, and conversation are sure to be dazzling. Feel free to bring the kids; they’ll be entertained with music, board games, art supplies and the company of other children. Everyone is welcome!


lightbulbInvention Convention

Invention Convention is coming soon! This is an optional at-home project from 4th-8th graders. There will be an Invention Convention assembly on January 13th at 9:30 am for ALL 4th-8th graders, so that they can learn more about the activity. If you would like to assist with judging on February 12th, please email Stephanie Stegall ( or Kelly Aitken ( for more information.


Community Meeting Updateindianola front

During Winter Break, take some time to review the action-oriented documents created from the Indianola Community Meeting notes. These documents are being used to track progress on the issues that were raised during the meeting. Many positive changes are already underway. Click on the links below to go directly to the topic that interests you.

If you have a specific concern, please contact Principal Jay Poroda ( For general concerns, please contact Indianola Parent Consultant Lisa Evans (


kids-sitting-on-booksJanuary Bookclub

Students will be discussing their Bookclub choice from a new set of books on Wednesday, January 20th. Michelle Barnes will meet with students during their lunch period. Students will sit in groups and answer the discussion questions she will provide for each book. Any student is welcome to join, but K/1 students need permission to participate. All students should pack a lunch on Bookclub day. January 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, January 20th during your student’s lunch period. Sign up to help on Volunteer Spot:

January Book Choices


  • Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia Maclachlan
  • The Invisible Dog by Dick King-Smith
  • The Bears on Hemlock Mountain by Alice Dalgliesh


  • The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley
  • Time Warp Trio, Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Scieszka
  • Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith


  • Ghosthunters: the Incredibly Revolting Ghost by Cornelia Funke
  • Sideway Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
  • The Witches by Roald Dahl


  • Lizzie Bright and the Buckmister Boy by Gary D. Schmidt
  • Island Book #1: Shipwreck by Gordon Korman
  • Wizards Hall by Jane Yolen

December News


indianola kids black and white A Message From Our Principal

I hope you and your families had a wonderful Thanksgiving Break. It is hard to believe that we are entering December! With this in mind, I am writing to tell you about some of the great things happening at Indianola. Please see below for a list of several important dates in December.

As you are aware, this year one of our goals was to more formally and deeply integrate Arts into our learning community. To accomplish this, the Indianola Arts Team – comprised of Daryl Curry, Ruth Hall, Rachel Rowen, Sharon Sazdanoff and Amy Williams – has been meeting weekly, regularly visiting classrooms and preparing meaningful cross-curricular learning opportunities for Indy Students. With this in mind, on December 1, Indianola will host Transit Arts to work with our Middle School Students. Transit Arts, a program of Central Community House (CCH) and the Columbus Federation of Settlements, is a youth arts development program working in partnership with the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education. Transit Arts transports young people to a place of discovery — where creative abilities expand and doors open to a world of possibilities. During their visit to Indianola, Transit Arts will be working with students in dance, spoken word poetry, visual arts, theatre improvisation and percussion/beat box. I would like to publicly thank our Arts Team for helping to achieve this important goal. Thank you, you are AMAZING!

As we approach the holidays, I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a 2016 filled with much health, happiness, laughter and success.

With Indy Pride,

Jay M. Poroda




Important Dates

Dec. 2 – PTO Meeting, 6:30 pm

Dec. 3 (7:00 pm) – Winter Concert — Grades 4-5

Dec. 4 – Third Grade AIR Reading Assessment

Dec. 4 – Last Day of Syracuse Cultural Workers Fundraisermark your calendar

Dec. 6 – Last Day to Order Middle School Dance Photos

Dec. 9 – Student Activity Picture Day

Dec. 10 (7:00 pm) – Winter Concert – Grades 6-8

Dec. 18 – Last Day to Claim Lost Items

Dec. 18 (3:00 pm) – Early Dismissal – Winter Break Begins

Dec. 19 to January 3 – Winter Break

Dec. 31 – Last Day of Fitness Resources Fundraiser

Jan. 4 – School Resumes

Jan. 8 (7:00-10:00 pm) – Chocolate Covered Carnival Party

Jan. 18 – Dr. King’s Birthday – NO SCHOOL

Jan. 19 -Teacher Record Day – NO SCHOOL



winter concertIndianola Winter Concerts

December brings two amazing concerts starring Indianola students! The first concert of the season is this Thursday, December 3rd at 7:00 pm and features the 4th and 5th grade choir, strings, and band. The second concert of the season is on Thursday, December 10th at 7:00 pm and features the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade vocal and instrumental groups.

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.


Fitness For You or a Friend, Funds for Indianola

Mark Mayes, Indianola parent and owner of Fitness Resources Personal Training, fitness resourceswill be donating $50 to the Indianola PTO for each holiday gift certificate purchased by a parent or friend of Indianola. This offer expires December 31, 2015. Please check out and contact him at (614) 286-7883 or