Volume 13, Issue 1

Everyone in the Academy community is invited to the fourth annual CA Community Day on Saturday, September 21. We'll kick off the weekend of events on Friday night with the Charlie David Dinner, followed by our Viking football team vs. Whitehall and the lower school campout. Then join us Saturday for the Viking Rampage Challenge (a very muddy obstacle course for all ages), a full slate of home athletic events, family-fun activities, food trucks and much more. Both days will also feature events surrounding our Alumni Weekend. More details on CA Community Day to come.

With the start of the 2019-20 school year less than three weeks away, we hope this checklist below will help you navigate the month ahead because we know this can be an anxious time for both students and parents/guardians. Contacts and/or links to resources are included in case further details are helpful.
Who: All Families
What: Health Forms
Where: Online (for students in K-12), Print (for 3-year-olds & PreK)
Notes: Please update your online medical forms on our FinalForms Health Portal as soon as possible. Student-athletes in grades 7-12 will not be able to participate in sports practices until online health and PPE forms have been completed (more details and be sure to select the sports your children will play so they can be properly added to rosters). You should have received an email recently from FinalForms with login details, so please look in your spam folder or do an inbox search for FinalForms. If you cannot find that email, click here and choose "Forgot your password?" Also, immunization requirements for various grade levels can be viewed here. 
By August 9 (deadline extended) 
Who: Anyone Wishing to Advertise to Academy Families
What: Sports Programs & Arts Playbill Ads
Where: Contact Wayne Armour at wayne.w.armour@gmail.com 
Notes: Click here for pricing and more details.
By August 12
Who: All Upper School Families
What: Online Book Orders
Where: MBS Direct Online Store
Notes: Click here for book-ordering instructions.
By August 13
Who: All Lower School Families
What: Class Lists and Back-to-School Information
Where: Your Email Inbox
Notes: Advisory lists and schedules for all middle school students will be distributed on the opening day of classes.  
On August 16-17
Who: All Families
What: Habitat for Humanity House Walls Build 
Notes: Sign up here to join members of the Academy community in assembling walls of a Habitat for Humanity house. Volunteers should bring a water bottle and sunscreen while wearing closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothing. Tools and guidance provided. 
By August 19 
Who: All Families
What: Photography and Video Permission
Where: School Publications, Admissions & Marketing Materials, Social Media
Notes: Throughout the year, faculty and staff members (and occasionally students or parents) take photos and record videos of Columbus Academy students involved in classroom, school and extracurricular activities. If you DO NOT wish for any images or video of your child(ren) be used for any of the above-stated purposes, please reply to this newsletter or contact Bob Lee, Director of Communications and Marketing, at LeeB@columbusacademy.org or 614-509-2222.
By August 19 
Who: All Families
What: Dress Code Clothing
Where: Lands' End, Viking Corner (see below), Clothing Exchange Closet  
Notes: The school's Viking Corner store, run by our Parents' Association (PACA), will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. this Saturday, August 3, for our new families and faculty/staff as well as from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on August 19 at the Lower School Ice Cream Social. The Viking Corner's online store will have a special online-only sale (use code BTS10PCTOFF on eligible merchandise to get 10% off your purchase) from August 3-17. You can choose to pick up your order the first week of school or have it shipped to your home via USPS. The dining hall store will also be open from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on both August 20 & 22 as well as from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on August 21. Questions can be sent to vikingcorner@icloud.com .
By August 19 
Who: All Lower and Middle School Families
What: School Supplies
Where: Supply Lists for Lower School and Middle School
Notes: Students in Upper School will be provided with needed supplies during the first meeting of each class.
By August 19 
Who: All Middle and Upper School Families
What: Summer Reading
Where: Summer reading lists for Upper School and Middle School
Notes: Students in Grades 6-12 have writing assignments or other requirements associated with their summer reading that are due on the opening day of school.

Last month, 19 students departed for an eight-day adventure in Peru with upper school Spanish teachers Ms. Eden, Dr. Jacky and Sra. Chaves. The bulk of their time was spent in the Andes mountains in Cuzco and Ollantaytambo. Besides a visit to the famed Machu Picchu site, students learned about traditional Andean weaving with alpaca wool, made pottery at a ceramics workshop, took a Peruvian cooking class, haggled in the market, and made chocolate from bean to bar. One of the highlights of their time in the mountains was two days of service at the Sacred Valley Project, a dorm in Ollantaytambo for high-school-aged girls that live in remote mountain areas. Our students helped out with an ongoing project at the dorm to build a living space for volunteers. They returned on June 21 tired but smiling with memories to last a lifetime!


Dominic Facciolla retired as athletic director at Columbus Academy at the end of June concluding a 38-year international career in athletic administration. In addition to this final-day interview, read recent tributes to him by students and by a colleague. In the
spring, he was inducted into both the Mid-State League Hall of Fame and the Central Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association's Athletic Director Hall of Fame. Also, check out the coverage from his recognition at last fall's Charlie David Dinner and read a mid-September feature story on him by ThisWeek News.

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Rising senior Simon Iobst recently participated in the High School Composition Intensive at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where his music was performed by professional musicians. His final project was writing a six-minute piece for a string quartet in only four days, and Simon's composition was chosen as the finale for the livestreamed concert.

As part of a two-week community service camp earlier this month, Columbus Academy upper-schoolers spent time at several local organizations learning about the problem of hunger in our community and participating in a variety of tasks to help alleviate this growing social justice issue. Projects included the planting and harvesting of fresh produce, food sorting and distribution, grocery shopping, and the preparation, delivery and serving of hot meals to adults and children in a variety of settings.  

Columbus Academy is adding a varsity girls golf team to its fall sports offerings. "Craig Yakscoe will be guiding and directing the entire golf program while Maggie Freytag will be the Head Girls Golf Coach," explained Director of Athletics Jason Singleton in the mid-July announcement. "Maggie is an active golfer who competed in high school and has worked in the golf arena for 10 years. She is very knowledgeable about the game, and with her enthusiasm she will do an amazing job." If any upper-schoolers have interest in playing on our new girls golf squad this fall, please contact Coach Freytag at mmftag@gmail.com.
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