Let’s Celebrate!

Important Dates

May 1-5 – Staff Appreciation Week

May 3 – PTO Meeting (6:30 pm)

May 5 – Last Frederick’s Bookstore

May 11 – Carnival Will Call (after school, main lobby)

May 12 – Indianola Carnival (4:30-9:00 pm)

May 19 – Middle School Dance (7:00-9:00 pm)

May 26 – 2017 Alumni Award applications DUE

May 29 – Memorial Day (NO SCHOOL)

May 31 – PTO Meeting (6:30 pm)

June 1 – Last Day of School/Drum Out (3:00 pm)

Recurring: Mileage Club (Every Tues/Thurs, 8:30 am)

Celebrate the Return of Mileage Club…

…and the return of warm weather, by stamping cards on Tuesday and Thursday mornings! Students are encouraged to walk the perimeter of the Calumet playground from 8:30-8:50am (unless it is raining), getting stamps on their cards with each lap completed. They get some great time exercising outdoors with friends and a foot charm with each filled card. Parent volunteers are welcome to bring younger siblings to take part as well!

Celebrate the Success of Music Man Jr.!

Celebrate our Indianola Staff!

The week of May 1-5 is Staff Appreciation Week! Join the PTO in celebrating the awesomeness of the Indianola staff — teachers, administrators, custodians, cafeteria workers, tutors, office staff…everyone in our building who makes each day special for our students. On Wednesday, May 3, please show your appreciation for Indianola staff by sending in a flower from your yard to contribute to a bouquet for the teachers and staff in your child’s life. Also, appreciation notes from students and/or parents are a great way to show how much you appreciate the experiences our children are provided each and every day!

Please help make May 3rd special by sending in a flower and a note. The bouquet can be enjoyed for a few days and the appreciation notes for a lifetime!

PTO This Wednesday!

The May PTO meeting will take place this Wednesday, May 3 at 6:30 pm in the school library. Childcare will be provided.

Last Frederick’s Friday

Frederick’s last day open for this school year is next Friday, May 5th. Frederick’s books are used as carnival prizes, so now is a good time to donate your gently used books.  Also, we are still looking for a Frederick’s coordinator for next year- let’s keep this wonderful Indy tradition going!

Celebrate at Carnival!

The 7th annual Indianola Carnival is on Friday, May 12 from 4:30-9:00 pm. Please sign up for donations of canopies, coolers, and cupcakes at http://signup.com/go/PhpaP5. Please sign up to volunteer for a shift (or 4) at the Carnival at http://signup.com/go/yq5mDc. And, please buy your pre-sale tickets here: http://indianolakids.org/2017-indianola-carnival-pre-sale-tickets/.

Celebrate at the Middle School Dance!

Save the date for the “Hollywood Stars” Middle School Spring Dance – Friday, May 19th from 7:00-9:00 pm. Parents are needed to organize and volunteer that night! Please contact kchellis11@gmail.com.

Celebrate your Favorite Book at Book Club!

Our final bookclub for the year will be Tuesday, May 23 for grades 2/3 and 4/5 and Thursday, May 25 for K/1. For the last bookclub, please bring a book that you’ve read and would like to share with others. We will meet in small groups that day so everyone has a chance to share. Students will be asked to share what they enjoyed about their book, what their book was about, why they would encourage others to read this book, etc. The book can be a book that the student has read themselves or a book that has been read to the student. Volunteer for Book Club by signing up here or email talexander4@columbus.k12.oh.us. Thank you for being part of book club this year!

2017 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 2017, please let them know that it’s time to apply for the award. Award applications can be submitted online at http://www.indianolakids.org.  Scroll down the right side below the calendar to find the application. The submission deadline is Friday, May 26 at 11:59 pm.


  • Must have attended Indianola Informal Alternative Elementary for 4 or more years
  • Must have graduated from 8th grade at Indianola
  • Must complete the online application at http://indianolakids.org
  • Application is located along the sidebar below the calendar
  • Recipient is chosen in random lottery and notified by the end of this school year
  • One $500 award granted
  • Winner must submit a letter of acceptance from a college or other post-secondary program

Questions? Contact Cass Freeland, PTO Co-President at cassfreeland@yahoo.com.

Spring Break Newsletter!

Important Dates!

4/14 – 4/23   NO SCHOOL, Spring Break

4/28 – Last Day to Complete Parent Survey (see below)

5/3 – PTO Meeting, 6:30 pm (Indianola Library)

5/12 – Indianola Carnival 4:30-9:00 pm

5/18 – Spring Concert: 6-8, 7:00 pm (Auditorium)

5/23 – Spring Concert: 4/5, 7:00 pm (Auditorium) – DATE CHANGE

5/29 – NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day

5/30 – 8th Grade Art Gala (time TBA)

5/31 – 8th Grade Completion Ceremony (time TBA)

6/1 – Last Day of School! DRUM OUT, 3:00 pm

The Carnival Shirt Store is Now Closed.  See you at the Carnival!

Last Chance to Order Carnival Shirts!

Order online TODAY!

This year’s Carnival Shirt is Neon Blue with black and purple print on the front and back of the shirt. The 2017 shirt features art from Indianola’s kindergarten through 5th grade students! Students were asked to draw pictures of their favorite Carnival activities. We used as much of their art as we could fit on the tee! Shirts are available in Men’s, Women’s Missy Fit, and Youth sizes. Each shirt costs $14, regardless of the fit or size.

Click here to go to the 2017 Carnival Shirt Store! http://indianolakids.org/2017-carnival-shirt-store/

Garden Earth Day Clean Up

This Saturday, April 15, from 10 am- noon (weather permitting) help tidy up Indianola’s learning garden. Connect with nature and each other! There are also volunteer rewards provided by Chipotle and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams among others. Register here: https://earthdaycolumbus.givepulse.com/event/49645-Indianola-Informal-K-8-Earth-Day-Cleanup

Parent Survey

The District’s Department of Student & Family Engagement is conducting a brief parent survey. Your input is needed! Your opinions are very valuable as they begin to plan activities for next year. You may complete the survey here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfe-WRSBcK7TrbkQu8uF6PVA-ZpzahkUk3_2mWY9jPwN5gB4Q/viewform?c=0&w=1. The survey will remain open until Friday, April 28, 2017.

Spring Break Ideas!


Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and all of the departments within the City of Columbus want you and your family to have a happy, healthy and safe time whenever school is out. In order to help, the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department will host a variety of programs and events during Spring Break with safety as its top priority.


Show Your Membership Card and Save!

If you are a member of one of the following six museums/attractions, you can now enjoy Buy One, Get One Free admission to the other five Columbus museums and attractions through the Columbus Member Advantage program. No coupon is necessary. Simply show your valid Membership card each time you visit! Columbus Member Advantage partners include:

  • Columbus Museum of Art (Free on Sundays and pay what you want Thursdays from 5-9pm. There is a Free Teen Open Studio Thursday and Friday next week.)
  • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
  • COSI
  • Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
  • Ohio History Center
  • Wexner Center for the Arts (free on Thursdays 4-8pm and first Sundays)

Receive up to two free general admissions of equal or lesser value per visit when purchasing two regular-priced general admission tickets.


Visit the Ohio History Center, open daily through April 23, with a buy one get one free deal. https://www.ohiohistory.org/participate/event-calendar/ohio-history-center/spring-break-hours


Have fun as a family creating your own daily themes based on your children’s interests:

  • Make It Monday – make artwork, or encourage your child to cook something for dinner or dessert.
  • Take a Trip Tuesday – a hike at a Metro Park can make you feel far from home.
  • Bookworm Wednesday – read with or to your child, grab some books from the library, act out your favorite stories with puppets, or create a homemade play.
  • Thoughtful Thursday – do something nice for your community, help a neighbor, pick up trash, or volunteer in other ways.
  • Friendship Friday – Invite your child’s friends over or meet up with classmates at a park.


Every year the museum open its doors to the general public for a day of biodiversity exploration and discovery. During the event you can get a behind-the-scenes view of their world-class collections (insects, mites, plants, fishes, molluscs, birds, mammals, and animal sounds), plus meet the faculty, staff, and students who study the flora and fauna of Ohio and the world. You can also engage in a number of hands-on activities, including our Arthropod Petting Zoo, Seedling Planting, Bugs-in-Goo, the Bug Drawing Station, and more. Saturday, April 22 10-4 at 1315 Kinnear Road.

PTO Meeting Wed, May 3rd

All Indianola families are invited to attend our next monthly PTO meeting at 6:30 pm in the library. Family engagement is a vital part of the Indianola community. Be a part of the decision making process and find ways to volunteer for this school year and next!

Summer Enrichment at the Audubon 

The Grange Audubon is offering day camps for all grade levels. Dates and details are available here: http://grange.audubon.org/events. Contact Allison Clark (aclark@audubon.org) for more details.

Four-day half day camps for preschool through rising 5th graders are $125, with an early bird special of $100 until May 1st. Two-day full day camps for middle school and high school are $175,with an early bird special of $100 until May 1st.

Summer Opportunities

Summer Opportunities Lists for elementary, middle, and high school students, compiled by the Gifted and Talented Department: http://www.ccsoh.us/SummerOpportunities.aspx

Math Plus Camps engage students of all ages in the fields of Mathematics and Technology ages 4-13: https://summercamps.mathplusacademy.com/

Camp Architecture will explore design through tours, sketching, model building, and other activities for students entering grades 3-8: http://www.columbuscfad.org/camp-architecture/about/

Hoover Sailing Club has sailing camps for students ages 7-17: http://hooversailingclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/youth-sail-instruction-application-schedule.pdf