April 2020
All In This Together Vikes

Dear Columbus Academy Alumni, Friends and Retired Faculty/Staff,
We hope this April alumni newsletter finds you, your family and loved ones healthy and safe as we all face the unique challenges being presented by the current state of our world.
This edition is a little different than our typical monthly correspondence. You'll still find newsletter favorites -- Alumni in the News, updates from the school and a request for your Class Notes (we love hearing from you!) in addition to a new feature called "All In This Together Vikes," a place where you can find helpful tips, tricks and advice that we hope will provide you with useful tools as we find new ways to support one another.
This month we feature Kayleigh Rice, a member of our after-school programs staff and a professional hairstylist for the past 12 years. Kayleigh will walk you through how to cut your children's hair at home.  Faculty, staff, parents, alumni and friends are all encouraged to share their insights, expertise or ideas that are just plain fun. Videos will be posted on the school's social media pages and featured in future editions of our newsletters.

If you would like to participate, please email Director of Alumni Relations Melissa Clarke Beckett at beckettm@columbusacademy.org with information about the content that you would like to share with the Academy community. We look forward to hearing from you!
School News

Following the State of Ohio's guidelines for schools during these unprecedented times of physical distancing and sheltering in place, Columbus Academy established online learning for all grade levels on March 30. Near the end of a busy Spring Break for our administrators, faculty and staff, Head of School Melissa Soderberg sent out this message to all our families that was recorded in her living room by her son Phil, a current Academy senior. Please click on the graphic above to access an archive of all recent school communications related to the coronavirus pandemic, including this recent letter from Head of School Melissa Soderberg reflecting upon the Academy values that persist during our transition to online learning and the evolving times.
Families, alumni and friends should have received the Spring 2020 edition of our redesigned school magazine last month. Reimagined and retitled as Experience, the issue celebrates alumni, teachers and students in vibrant, colorful spreads while digging into the issues facing education and the trends affecting Academy students. If you did not receive one, or if you would like to request additional copies, please reply to this newsletter or send your request to info@columbusacademy.org. You can also access the online version by clicking here.
Academy Alumni in the News

Tom Beaman '70  (pictured) a freelance writer with more than 30 years of experience as a communications manager in the automobile industry, authored the "Auto Evolution" cover story for the March 2020 edition of The Costco Connection. Also included in this month's  press clippings  are Caroline Anders '17, Michael Corey '01, Ricky Joshi '97, Joel Pizzuti '90 and Bob (Brownie) Schoene '64 .

If you have clips (either in print or on the web) to pass along for future issues, please send them to Director of Alumni Relations Melissa Clarke Beckett at beckettm@columbusacademy.org.
Alumni Programming Update 
The Alumni Board is extending a final call for all Alumni to participate in its short online survey . Your critical feedback will be used as the group works with the school to develop programs and services the alumni community needs in order to connect in meaningful ways with one another and the school today.  

Postponed: Alumni Networking Reception 
The Alumni Networking Reception initially planned for Thursday, May 14, will be postponed. 
We look forward to finding a new date to celebrate Michael Corey '01 as this year's Young Alumni Award recipient as well as learn from our expert panel members as they share insights on  solving community problems through private, public and nonprofit organization partnerships.
For those who have already registered, your registration fee will be automatically refunded. Please allow 14 business days and feel free to contact Melissa Clarke Beckett with any questions or concerns.
Send In Your Class Notes 
We love keeping in touch with our alumni, and we want to hear all of your latest news. Do you have a life event that you'd like to share with fellow alumni and the Academy community?  Fill out our class notes form at columbusacademy.org/alumniclassnotes or send via email to alumni@columbusacademy.org to be sure your message is included in an upcoming issue of Experience, the school's newly redesigned magazine!
Stay Connected!