Melissa Soderberg, Head of School
November 22, 2019
 
Dear Columbus Academy Families,
 
We are headed into a glorious week-long break. I hope we all use it well.
 
If there is one clear message in the positive psychology work we have been doing this year at school, it is that recovery is the most important antidote to the sped-up, anxious world we all live in.
 
Sometimes recovery is spending hours in the kitchen preparing traditional recipes for extended family, sometimes it is reading alone in the quiet of the day or attempting a great physical challenge, or -- in our case -- walking dogs in wide-open spaces for hours. Whatever it is for your family, be sure that you find the time in the next week to fit it in. Children need to experience what distance from their daily lives (social and academic) feels like so they learn how to seek it out as adults. As we all know, managing our internal reaction to our own lives is one of the most important facets of growing up.
 
This upcoming Monday, November 25, our entire faculty and staff (over 200 strong!) will be at Mid-Ohio Foodbank sorting cans, preparing a local "market" and handing out Thanksgiving meals. This will be a bit of recovery for us -- spending time together offering our work where others need us. Faculty service has been one of the more joyful moments in our professional development schedule because it draws us all towards a common goal -- and we get to enjoy each other's company, too.
 
When I am away from school, recovery means accomplishing a nap and exercise in each day. I am curious what it means for you.
 
As a family, it also means repeating some of our favorite family excursions. All families have their own routines, but I thought I would share these because others shared their favorite things to do with us and that is how we learned how we enjoyed spending time.
 
One day is often spent at the Book Loft in German Village where everyone finds something they like, and then to Stauf's for a hot cocoa. Next we walk around Schiller Park to stretch our legs before going to Katzinger's Deli for a great lunch and a pickle from the barrel! On other days we might be found at the National Veteran's Memorial Museum on the roof, or at Arepazo in Gahanna or Johnson's Ice Cream -- yes, even in the dead of winter! If we feel itchy to get out of town, then we go to Cincinnati to the Montgomery Inn for barbeque, walk across the Newport Southbank (aka Purple People) Bridge and visit the Cincinnati History Museum for a great family getaway. Given that we moved only a few years ago to the area, I am sure native Ohioans have great suggestions for how to spend the week -- write me and let me know what they are because I would love to try them.
 
Take care of yourselves and others this week, find your ways to recover and tell those you love how much you appreciate them. We can never have too much of giving thanks.
 
My best,
 
Melissa 
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