Volume 13, Issue 5
SCHOOL PHOTO RETAKES NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

School pictures for students who had retakes on October 2 have been uploaded into the original online galleries that were emailed to families by the photographer. If your child had a retake, please contact Erin Foster at erinfoster@irisheyesphotography.net by this upcoming Monday, October 21, to let her know which picture you prefer to be printed for your purchased package. If she does not hear from you, the retake version will be chosen, and there will be no exchanges. All gallery access links and passwords are the same that were originally sent out, but please contact Erin if you have any problems or concerns.

CELEBRATION OF LEADERSHIP RSVP DEADLINE

October 25 is the deadline to RSVP for this year's Celebration of Leadership featuring Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar. Dr. Ben-Shahar taught two of the most popular classes in Harvard University's history: Positive Psychology and Psychology of Leadership. Today he is a bestselling author and top lecturer who engages audiences around the world on the topic of positive psychology: what we know from life experience, what the research shows, and how it impacts our well-being. See below for more information about how to attend this Annual Fund appreciation event on November 4.  
SERVICE BOARD HOSTING BLOOD DRIVE TOMORROW

Our student-run Service Board is hosting its first Blood Drive of this school year on Wednesday, October 16. Please consider scheduling an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org (using Columbus Academy as sponsor code) or stop by the athletics lobby between 7:30am and 1:30pm tomorrow to donate.
 
SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM LOOKING FOR PARTNERS

 
Would you like to have a Columbus Academy upper school student intern at your organization next summer? The summer internship program is now recruiting partner organizations for Summer 2020. Please contact Director of Internships Jennifer Conti at ContiJ@columbusacademy.org to learn more or click below to visit our internship program's website. Jen will also be a featured speaker at the upcoming PACA Forum starting at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 6, on the fireplace side of the dining hall.  
GLUTEN-FREE STATION CREATED IN DINING HALL

New food service director Stephanie Campbell created a gluten-free station in our dining hall this month because of a growing community for this need, and it seems to already be a hit! "Each day we have different items there that reflect our daily menu," says Stephanie, who is also an Academy parent. "The station is designated completely different from all other stations and is easily identifiable with purple tongs and signage. This is a concept SAGE (her employer and the company that manages our dining hall) would now like as a standard in all of its accounts."
KIDS-4-KIDS SERVICE PROJECT INVOLVES ENTIRE SCHOOL

 
Starting on Monday, October 28, our Parents' Association and Service Board will begin collecting food donations for our Kids-4-Kids schoolwide community service project! All other donations will be collected starting Monday, November 4. Please consider donating children's fall/winter clothing, toys, books, bikes, coats (all sizes), youth size snow boots, blankets, bedding and non-perishable food (view food drive suggestions) by November 14. This year, if you would like, you may also donate adult fall/winter clothing. Click below for more details, including volunteering, trick-or-treating for food on Halloween and filling specific wishes from families. Thank you for your help! If you have any questions about the clothing drive, please contact Kimberly Allison at kimberlyga@mac.com. For questions, suggestions and concerns regarding the details in your child's school division or about specific types of donations, contact Sarah Penney (LS), Michelle Platt (MS) or Christy Bening (US).
CHARLIE DAVID DINNER BREAKS ATTENDANCE RECORD

Last month's Charlie David Dinner had a record attendance of 1,169, and our parents' association raised almost $70,000 in net revenues for Viking athletics! Unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate that evening, and much-anticipated activities like the Lower School Campout had to be cancelled, but it was no surprise that our community rallied and kept the dining hall and always-popular Boardwalk Games open longer for everyone to enjoy. And after all the delays, our football team still came out strong to defeat defending league champion Whitehall!
PRAIRIE PLANTING BEGINS NEXT TO RETENTION POND

Led by lower school science teachers Dianne Griffin and Laura King, several classes from all three divisions have made their way out to the retention pond area to help provide support for the making of Academy's very own prairie! The project began by planting a small portion of the prairie with nearly 350 native Ohio wildflowers, forbs, grasses and sedges. The pink flags were put in place to designate the prairie vs. wetland borders, while green and red flags marked the proper areas to plant. There will be two additional planting seasons coming up, one for the wetland plugs in the spring and additional prairie plants in the fall of 2020.
UPPER-SCHOOLERS INVITED TO CAREER FAIR

All upper-schoolers are invited to attend the Career Fair next Thursday, October 24, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the dining hall, where they can connect with 15 alumni speakers representing various industries including business, law, nonprofits, healthcare, technology and more (full list below)! Students need to register online by Monday, October 21, and may select up to three speakers. The event will conclude with a networking reception for an opportunity to connect with more speakers.
CLOTHING EXCHANGE "POP-UP SHOP"

The "Pop-Up Shop" hosted by Academy's Service Department will be back up in the theatre lobby during conferences on October 23-25. Dress-code clothing from the Clothing Exchange Closet will be on display for families to take home with them. There will also be large bins for dress-code clothing donations. This is a community event based on sustainability and responsibility. We encourage everyone to pick up items and/or donate. Feel free to contact Service Department faculty reps Sarah Hansen (hansens@columbusacademy.org) or Sarah Penney (penneys@columbusacademy.org) with any questions.
NOTES FROM COLLEGE COUNSELING

New this year, the College Board is requiring all AP Exam orders be placed in the fall, so AP Exam registrations are due November 1. By moving to fall ordering, students in AP classes will have access to many new resources and digital tools to prepare for the exam. For more details about these changes and how Academy students should register, click here.
 
Junior College Night for Class of 2021 students and parents will be on Tuesday, November 12, at 7:00 p.m. in the dining hall. This is the only college counseling program exclusively focused on Grade 11 students and parents all year. The presentation will provide a road map for the next 18 months as well as demystify the college admission process. Please come and gain a better understanding of what to expect from college counseling at Columbus Academy. 
ARTS & MUSIC SCENE

The very first production in our newly renovated Schoedinger Theatre will be the upper school fall play, which will consist of a series of one acts. "You're going to see a lot of students on stage for short periods of time, and they're going to leave you laughing in the aisles," said director Scott Dillon. All tickets are general admission and can be purchased at the door for $5 each (Academy students and faculty/staff free) prior to the 7:00 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday, November 1-2.
SERVICE LEARNING

On the last Sunday of September, the Columbus Academy community joined our student-run Service Board for its annual apple-picking service learning event at Lynd Fruit Farm that resulted in a record-setting donation of 1,535 pounds of apples (90 pounds more than last year) that were distributed to local food pantries!  
SPORTS REPORT

This past weekend, our boys golf program won its third-straight Division II state title and its 10th state championship overall, which is second-most of any school in the state. Coached by longtime faculty member Craig Yakscoe, who has won four of those state titles in his six seasons at the helm, the Vikings shot a 308 on the opening day for a two-stroke lead over the nearest competitor. They closed with a 307 in Saturday's final round to win by 29 strokes (615 total score) over second-place Kettering Alter (644) at NorthStar Golf Club. By finishing just one stroke behind the individual medalist, senior Matthew Cammeyer (74-77) and sophomore Russell Ahmed (76-75) tied for state runner-up honors and made the All-Ohio First Team. Ali Khan tied for seventh at 155 (79-75) to earn All-Ohio Second Team recognition while fellow seniors Griffin Mitchell (tied for 12th at 158) and Kahmer Byers (tied for 29th at 167) also placed among the top 30 in the 72-player field.
 
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