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Parent Consultant News Indianola K-8 February, 2011

Mim Halterman

Pat Merkle 268-1887 262-2013


Thanks & Congrats… Math Works Honors Zampa Provenzale, Miles Fulmer, Mary Doherty, Julia Allwein, and Amelia Koontz are being recognized at the CCS Superintendant’s Honors and Recognition Ceremony on Feb. 8 th for their performance in the Math Works for Kids competition. Congratulations! Life Lessons Winner Congratulations to Gyasi Hall, a top ten winner in the Eastmoor Academy Life Lessons Essay Contest. Gyasi will be honored along with the other winners at an awards ceremony at Eastmoor February 7th.


Pat and Mim, hoping you stayed warmer than we did during our recent CCS calamity days! The Columbus City School District does not discriminate because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex or handicap with regard to admission, access, treatment or employment. This policy is applicable in all district programs and activities.

From The Principal’s Desk… Dear FamiliesDuring the month of February, you will be invited to Student-Led Conferences. Student-led conferences are an important part of the informal program at Indianola K-8. These conferences are intended to empower students and teach them to articulate their learning across all content areas. They are childcentered conversations where students demonstrate how they are learning to self-evaluate. Student-led conferences give you an opportunity to experience school through the eyes of your child. This is a time for goal setting with your family and creating a plan for continued success. Teachers facilitate the preparation for these conferences and support the student-led process. If you would like a private conference, please schedule that conversation with your child’s teacher apart from the student-led conference. We look forward to seeing you at school this month. Many families look forward to the student-led conference each February as a highlight of the year! Thank you for your continued support of your child and the entire Indianola K-8 program. Mrs. Moser

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Safety In the morning, students should be dropped off on the Tibet Road side of the building between 8:459:00. Cars dropping off students need to be driving west on Tibet Road so that students may exit on the passenger side. Please do not drive around cars dropping off children. If you must drive east on Tibet Road, do not allow students to get out and cross in the middle of the street. Students may only cross at the marked crosswalks located at Druid Street and Tibet Road, Tibet Road and Calumet Street and Calumet Street and Weber Road. Please do not park in the drop off lane on Tibet Road to bring students inside. Parking is available in the lot across the street from the school on Weber Road. Please be very careful crossing Weber Road and cross only at the marked crosswalk. Do not allow children to cross in front of the school without adult supervision. Cass Freeland, Indianola K-8 parent, is volunteering as our liaison with the city to increase safety at the Weber Road crosswalk. Please contact Cass at if you witness a safety issue at the crosswalk. Cass is logging concerns and reporting regularly to the city traffic department. We are working with the city to increase safety signage on Weber Road in front of the school. The city has just announced a new safety initiative to enforce speeding in school zones. We have asked to participate in the expansion of their pilot program. In the afternoon, parents are invited to pick up students in the building at 3:30 p.m. Student

safety patrols are available to help students and parents cross the streets at Weber Road and Calumet Street and Tibet Road and Calumet Street between 3:30-3:40 p.m. Again, please be very careful when crossing at the crosswalk in front of the building during this time as we have heavy traffic on Weber Road in addition to the school bus pick-up area. I appreciate your continued support as we work together to ensure the safety of our school community. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. --Mrs. Moser, Principal “Raising Adolescents” Rescheduled No, you can’t put off raising your adolescents ‘til a later date, but you can still come to the panel discussion on parenting your little angels! The new date is March 8th. We will meet in the Indianola K-8 library at 7:00 pm. Hope to see you there! School Attendance If your child is absent, please notify Denise Holland, our attendance secretary. Call 365-5579 the day of the absence and then send in an excuse note when your child returns to school. If you email (, or send a note by fax (365-8324) it will also count as your excuse note. Newsletter Submissions If you’d like to put something in the PC Newsletter, please get your item to Pat Merkle by the relevant date: Submit by Monday Feb. 28 Apr. 4 May 2

Distributed Friday Mar. 4 Apr. 8 May 6

Classroom News & Happenings… Student-Led Conferences Conferences will be held Thursday, Feb. 10th and Tuesday Feb. 15th from 4-7:30 pm. Please note that individual teachers may elect to hold conferences on alternate dates. Contact your child’s teacher to schedule your conference. Children’s Theatre Our K-3 students were treated to a performance of “Young Amelia Earhart” by Columbus Children’s Theatre in our auditorium on Feb. 3rd. After the performance students were able to ask questions of the actors. This wonderful learning experience was made possible by BMW Group Financial Services in Hilliard. What a great opportunity for our kids to

see theater live & up close!

Middle School News… 2nd Annual Indianola Talent Show February 17th is the 2nd Annual Indianola Talent Show! Tickets are on sale now in Room 109 for both the 2pm and 7pm performances. Afternoon tickets are $3.00/each and evening tickets are $5.00/each. The number of acts has doubled from last year's show and is packed with the talent of students, their families and Indy staff! Buy your ticket before we sell out and come join the fun! Columbus State Read-In The 6th graders will be attending the Columbus State Read-In on Feb. 7th and 15 students will be reading their "I Am From" poems that are being written as part of their current unit study on genetics, cells, and multi-cellular organisms. Watch the hallway on the first floor, as conferences approach, for their multi-genre poster projects "From Cell to You!" for the creative sharing of their research on a body system of their choice and the cells, tissues, organs, function and personal connections for choosing that system. Spelling Bee Finalists The following students have qualified to go on to the next round of the middle school spelling bee. Congratulations to: 8th graders: Mia Barnes

7th graders:

Emma Halterman

Anna Shapiro Rhys Washington Maren Anderson Ian Eldridge-Allegra Moshe Scheinbach

Boris Stanley

Eli Secrest Jacob Broyles Emma Clark Bonnie Legg Elena Sanders Phoebe Griner Seth Cabalquinto Rachel Schwerdtfeger

6th graders: Wyatt Crider Izzy Erickson Rebecca Amonor Emma Warner-Mesnard Emily Yoder-Tiedt

Lars Testerman Xenia Holm Ian Evans Emma Andrews

Sports, Fitness and Wellness… Wellness Initiative meeting rescheduled The new date for the Wellness Initiative meeting is Feb. 8th. We will meet in the Indianola K-8 library from 6:30-8:00 pm. Childcare will be provided in the cafeteria. Please enter through the front doors or the back ramp by the cafeteria. If you wish to receive Wellness Initiative information or updates, please contact Mark Klingler at

Immunizations Meeting Representatives from the Columbus Public Health will be on hand to discuss parents’ views on the safety of vaccines Feb. 23 from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Indianola K-8 library. The goal of the session is to discover common ground that can positively influence interaction with parents in their clinic.

prizes. If you can contribute certificates, please place them in the PTO mailbox in the office or send them in with your child. Volunteers are needed to help organize the drawings. * Fri. Feb. 18: Staff breakfast Ground floor classes (K-1 and OH) are asked to contribute food, set up and clean up.

Light refreshments will be provided, and participants will receive a $20 gift card to Weiland’s Gourmet Market in appreciation of their time.

If you have questions or would like to offer assistance, please contact Jacinda Baker at

If you would like to attend, please register in advance by emailing Jim Baker at or calling 645-0178. You may also contact Jim Baker with any questions.

Coffee & Conversation Join us each Tuesday from 9-10 a.m. in the Parent Room for coffee, goodies and conversation. Younger siblings are always welcome!

Upcoming Events at Indianola…

Room Rep News…

Invention Convention This year’s Invention Convention will take place Weds. Feb. 23rd from 9:15 ‘til about noon on the 2 nd floor (where grade 4 classrooms are located). Volunteers are still needed to judge students’ inventions. This is a fun way to get involved in our creative community! Please contact Mim Halterman if you are willing and able to help.

Due to classroom parties on the afternoon of Feb. 14th, our next meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 28th at 9:15 in the Parent Room. We will discuss your classroom/grade level event plans and check in with the PTO Board about getting volunteers for next year.

Conference Night Dinner Feb. 10 Dinner will be provided for staff during the Feb. 10 conferences. 2nd floor classrooms (grades 2-5) are asked to contribute food, set up and clean up. If you have questions or would like to offer assistance, please contact Julie Hughes at

Teacher Mrs. M Michelle ElizaBeth Tracey Julie

Staff Appreciation Week Please note that staff appreciation is being held earlier this year. Here is the run-down of events:

Amy H Emilie Tiffany

* Mon. Feb. 14: Staff Luncheon 1st floor classes (grades 6-8) are asked to contribute food, set up & clean up

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* Tues. Feb. 15: Thank You Notes Students are encouraged to bring thank you notes for all their teachers. * Weds. Feb. 16: Mail Box Surprise Staff will find a little surprise in their mailbox, provided by Jacinda Baker, Indianola parent & Staff Appreciation Coordinator. * Thurs. Feb. 17: Prize Patrol Parents are encouraged to provide small ($5$10) gift certificates to local businesses. Drawings will be held throughout the day to award staff

Shannon Sue Danielle & Nicole Maree Melissa Ronda Sylvia Lisa Trina Jennifer Andrew Stephanie Monica

Room Rep(s) Patti O’Toole Sarah Davis Erika Crawford Tricia Brown Jessica Brown Skye Kennedy Jennifer Nolte Kelly Chellis Catherine Bird Lisa Pfeifer Ginger Rigsbee Mark Klingler Amy Cohen Maria Conroy Karen Staley Julie Hughes Amy Staz Jackie Wissman Cass Freeland Paulene Wilson Sharone Putter Mary Brown Heather Ziegler Elizabeth Freeman-Days Susan Belair Emily Adesiji Denise Jacobs Rachel McCloskey Cindy Eledath Cat Baumgartner

2555 Briggs Road

Fundraising & Donations…

Each seminar, for students in grades 8-11 & their parents/guardians, will be held from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Indianola Art Gallery Artwork is currently being accepted for the Indianola Art Gallery. Guidelines for submission:

Students wishing to participate in PSEOP are required to attend a Dual Enrollment Seminar with a parent/guardian before applying for admission. A letter of intent to participate in PSEOP must be signed by a parent/guardian and returned to a school counselor before March 31, 2011. The form will be available at each seminar.

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Artist must be a current Indianola K-8 student, parent or teacher Artwork must be 4x6, 5x7, 8x10 or 11x14 Artwork must be of high quality Pieces will be accepted based on the need for particular media at the time of submission Artists may only have 1 piece exhibited at a time Pieces will be collected and “go on deck” as others sell (with 40 displayed at one time) Artwork will be juried, selected, and framed by committee

Pieces may be purchased with cash or checks (payable to Indianola PTO) for as little as $20. All proceeds benefit Indianola K-8! Please contact Tracey McCarthy (K/1 teacher) at with questions or to purchase or submit artwork.

CCS News and Events… P.A.C.E. meeting The February P.A.C.E. (Parents for Academic Challenge & Enrichment) meeting will be held Monday, Feb. 14th from 6-7:30 pm at the Shepard Center, 873 Walcutt Ave. This month’s topic is “Credit Flexibility”. For more information, go to Post Secondary Enrollment Options If you’d like more information about Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEOP) for CCS students, attend one of the upcoming Columbus City Schools Dual Enrollment Seminars: Feb. 8, 2011 Walnut Ridge High School 4841 E. Livingston Ave. February 16, 2011 East High School 1500 East Broad St. February 24, 2011 Northgate Center 6655 Sharon Woods Blvd March 1, 2011 Columbus Downtown High School 364 South Fourth Street March 3, 2011 Briggs High School

If you’d like more information, contact Mary Whitehead, Indianola K-8 counselor, at School Choice Feb. 16: Elementary/Middle School Fair Arts Impact Middle School (AIMS) 6-7:30 pm Note that this is a rescheduled date Feb. 28: Deadline for turning in Elementary/Middle School lottery applications June 17: Last day to apply for regular lottery placements August 26: Last day for sibling placements

Upcoming Community Events… Compassionate Communication Workshop What: “An Attitude of Gratitude” Learn how to deepen your relationships, receive appreciation, create resilient relationships, and more. Beginner & Intermediate sessions available. When: Friday, March 11 6:30-9:30 pm Saturday, March 12 10:00 am-6:00 pm Where: Indianola Presbyterian Church 1970 Waldeck Ave. To register or for more information: email, call 558-1141, or register online at If you register by Feb. 11, fees are $30 Fri. session only, $80 Sat. session only, or $90 for both sessions. After Feb.11, Fri. session is $40; Sat. session is $100; and both sessions are $120.


PTO PAGE… mportant Dates Tues. Feb. 8

Parent Coffee 9:00 am, Parent Room

Tues. Feb. 8

Tour for prospective families 10:00 am

Tues. Feb. 8

Wellness Initiative Meeting 6:30-8:00 pm Indianola K-8 Library

Weds. Feb. 9

NO SCHOOL Professional development day

Weds. Feb. 9

Movie Day at Studio 35 “Despicable Me” at 1:00

Thurs. Feb. 10

Student-Led Conferences 4-7:30 pm

Feb. 14-18

Staff Appreciation Week

Mon. Feb. 14

Valentine’s Day Parties 2:00 in classrooms

Tues. Feb. 15

Parent Coffee 9:00 am, Parent Room

PTO Officers Tues. Feb. 15 Student-Led Conferences Co-Presidents: 4-7:30 pm Marie Boozer Weds. Feb. 16 Tour for prospective families 10:00 am Beth Rapach Weds. Feb. 16 Elementary/Middle School Fair Vice President: Arts Impact M.S. (AIMS) 6-7:30 pm Jorie Schwartz Thurs. Feb. 17 Talent Show Secretary: 2:00 & 7:00 Heather Jarvis Auditorium Co-Treasurers: Fri. Feb. 18 Middle School Spelling Bee April Repka Mon. Feb. 21 NO SCHOOL President’s Day Amy Staz Tues. Feb. 22 Parent Coffee Fundraising: 9:00 am, Parent Room Rob Cohen Weds. Feb. 23 Tour for prospective families 10:00 am DiAnne Richardson Weds. Feb. 23 Invention Convention Website Administrator: 2nd floor Ray Arabelo 9:15-noon Mon. Feb. 28Coordinators: Deadline for Elem/MS Co-Volunteer applications Arin Blair &Lottery Tommy Good Tues. Mar. 8 “Raising Adolescents” 7-8:30 pm Indianola K-8 library

Feb. 9 at 1:00 - Indy PTO Movie Day is back!! The PTO will be sponsoring the 2 nd annual movie day, showing "Despicable Me" @ Studio 35 at 1:00. Admission will be $4.50 for adults and $1.50 for children. Tickets will be sold at the door and the concession stand will be open for your refreshment needs. This event is not a fundraiser, but a nice way to have the Indianola Community and other Columbus City Schools families get together on a day off from school. The cost covers the licensing fees for the film and other expenses @ Studio 35. Last year we had a great turnout, and hope to see everyone there. Please feel free to extend an invitation to your friends! Contact Rob Cohen with any questions: Evening Coffee & Conversation Coming to student-led conferences on Feb. 10? Stop by the lobby for a cup of good cheer, a snack and conversation with your PTO board members. Find out what the PTO has been up to this year, what's still to come for the year and to nominate yourself or others for board positions for next year. While you are there, give us your ideas for next year! We look forward to seeing you! --Marie & Beth, PTO co-presidents


2011 February parent Teacher Consultant newsletter