The Carnival Edition!

Come One, Come All!

The 2017 Indianola Carnival will be here in less than 2 weeks! It’s time to get excited!! The Carnival comes to town on Friday, May 12 – 4:30-9:00 pm.

This edition of our school newsletter is FULL of important information about the Carnival. It can’t happen without the help of many volunteers on the day of the carnival and the donations of many supplies and prizes. You can help! Read on to find out how. Also, please visit the Indianola Carnival Facebook page and invite your friends!

Important Carnival Dates

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

May 11 – Deadline for Loaned Canopy and Cooler Drop-Off

May 12 – Deadline for Cake Walk Donation Drop-Off

May 12 – Carnival Will Call Open (3:30, Ticket Booth 1)

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

ASAP – Silent Auction Donations, Sponsorships, Canopies, Coolers, Cake, Recycled Art Materials, and VOLUNTEERS Needed!

We Need YOU!

Folks, the 2017 Indianola Informal Carnival can only be a success with YOUR help! Our Carnival depends on the help of MANY volunteers on the day of the carnival and the donations of many supplies and prizes.

Please sign up to take one, two, three, or more of the 400+ volunteer shifts. On the day of the Carnival, we need help with set-up, running games and activities (including face painting, crazy hair, and the dunk tank!), preparing and serving concessions, selling tickets, supervising the silent auction, securing the site, and cleaning up.

Volunteering at the Carnival is easy and fun! PLEASE sign up to help through this link to, or you can follow the link on the right side of this page.

Silent Auction Items NEEDED

Do you own or work for a business that can donate an item, gift card, gift basket or experience for the Indianola Carnival Silent Auction? This amazing annual event cannot be the success it’s always been without YOU!

As always, we rely on the generous contributions from community supporters. This year we hope to emphasize special experiences in our auction. Our goal is to be able to offer people different ways to enjoy the community and do something unique with their family and friends. To that end, we are asking that our supporters consider donating a service, tour, class, or other experience to our silent auction. (Donations of gift cards and items will, of course, also be welcomed.) We’d love for YOU to help us gather these donations.

Contact if you have questions or ideas about silent auction items. Or, simply bring your item to the Indianola office in an envelope/box marked “Carnival Silent Auction/Erica Kittleson.”

Supplies Needed for Recycled Art Activity Booth

We need your help collecting and donating supplies for the recycled art activity booth. Start saving your toilet paper/paper towel rolls, rubber bands, glue, tape, markers and any other items that would be fun for kids to create with today!

Then, drop all items off by May 12th in recycled art carnival box located in the hallway just outside of the school office.

Questions? Contact Michelle Gibbons at Thanks!

Cake! Cake! Cake! CAKE!!!

The Cake Walk is a perennial Indianola Carnival favorite!

Please donate some tasty treats for the Cake Walk prize table. Not whole cakes . . . CUPCAKES! Brownies, cookies, krispy treats, and cake pops too. We request individual servings, wrapped 1-3 per package depending on size. Please consider baking for our vegan, gluten and allergy sensitive friends and label items when appropriate!

Drop off your donations anytime on the day of the Carnival, Friday May 12th, in the (former) Parent Room at the back of the auditorium. Sign up here to let us know that you’ll be baking in May:

But Wait…We Still Need MORE!

The Carnival is in need of many coolers, pop-up canopies, and party tents for concessions and booths. Please loan us your cooler, pop-up canopy, and/or party tent. Sign up here to let us know what you can let us borrow: Then, just bring the items to school and leave them in the (former) Parent Room at the back of the auditorium BEFORE the day of the Carnival. Be sure to label any items you lend!!

What’s Happening at the Carnival?


Games and Activities

♦ football toss ♦ wheel of fish ♦ dunk tank ♦

♦ cake walk ♦ crazy hair ♦ face paint ♦

Food and Drink

♦ grilled beef & veggie burgers & hot dogs ♦ pizza – regular & gluten free ♦

♦ walking tacos – NEW ♦ grilled corn ♦ Izze’s ♦ lemon shake-ups ♦

♦ popcorn ♦ snow cones ♦ ice cream ♦ cotton candy ♦ cream puffs – NEW ♦

And More!

♦ silent auction ♦ bounce houses ♦ giant slide ♦ inflatable obstacle course ♦

♦ The Amazing Giants ♦ balloon twisters ♦

AND, end the night with a DJ rockin’ glow-in-the-dark DANCE PARTY!!

Don’t miss this great family night out!

Discounted Carnival Tickets On Sale NOW!

Purchase your 2017 Carnival pre-sale tickets by 10:00 pm on Tuesday, May 9th and save 10 cents on each ticket! Pre-sale tickets cost just 40¢ each, and tickets will be 50¢ each at the Carnival. Order online at (A printable order form is also available on the pre-sale webpage.) Pick up your pre-sale tickets in the lobby after school on Thursday, May 11th or at the Carnival Will Call table on Friday, May 12 (starting at 3:30 at Ticket Booth 1.) Don’t forget – the discounted ticket pre-sale ends at 10:00 pm on Tuesday, May 9th. Questions? Contact

Did You Pre-Order a Carnival Tee Shirt?

If you ordered a 2017 Carnival tee shirt, your purchase can be picked up at Carnival Will Call in the lobby after school on Thursday, May 11th or at the Carnival Tee Shirt Table on Friday, May 12 (starting at 3:30 next to Ticket Booth 1.) Indianola Spirit Wear will be sold at the Tee Shirt Table on the day of the Carnival. A limited number of 2017 Carnival tee shirts will also be available (first come, first served).

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 Please sign up to volunteer for a shift (or 4) at the Carnival at And, please buy your pre-sale tickets here:

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

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 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  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
  • 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