Volume 12, Issue 4
EARLY LEARNING SHOWCASE ON OCTOBER 10

If you know any families with children between the ages of 2-5 who might be interested in learning more about Columbus Academy, please encourage them to register for our Early Learning Showcase on the morning of Wednesday, October 10. Starting at 9:00 a.m., guests will be able to visit our Crane Outdoor Learning Center and learn more about our Forest Fridays program, hear from our early childhood teachers about our unique curriculum, meet with Head of School Melissa Soderberg and Lower School Head Mark Hansen, visit classrooms to see our Academy students in action, ask questions of the administration and teachers, and view materials used in the classrooms.
90 ACADEMY STUDENTS EARN AP SCHOLAR ACCOLADES

Based on last spring's Advanced Placement exams, 90 students from Columbus Academy earned 2018 AP Scholar accolades, including these 13 National AP Scholars who received an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of those exams! They joined 31 other AP Scholars with Distinction (average score of at least 3.5 with 3 or higher on five or more exams), 18 AP Scholars with Honor (average score of at least 3.25 with 3 or higher on four or more exams) and 28 AP Scholars (scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams).
SUNDAY'S HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION

Mark your calendars to join ¡HOLA! (Hispanic Outreach and Latino Awareness) from 4:00-7:00 p.m. this Sunday, September 30, for its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The event will take place outside on the Lazarus Courtyard (between the Middle School and Dining Hall) and will include a DJ, dancing, food, games and family fun. All are invited to bring your family and friends to enjoy an evening celebrating Hispanic culture!
INVITATION TO WEDNESDAY'S PACA PARENT FORUM

 
Next Wednesday's (October 3) PACA Parent Forum will highlight athletic opportunities at Columbus Academy and the upcoming Charlie David Dinner (see below). These monthly gatherings are open to all and are an opportunity for you to hear about current topics of interest at the school, meet other parents, get any questions answered and find out more ways to be involved in the Parents' Association and the school.
CHARLIE DAVID DINNER ON OCTOBER 12

The entire Columbus Academy community is invited to the 36th annual Charlie David Dinner in the Dining Hall from 5:00-7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 12. Tickets are just $10 (children 6 and under eat free) and can be purchased at the door for this casual, schoolwide tailgate that includes a delicious City BBQ dinner (vegetarian options available), silent auction, $1,000 cash raffle and boardwalk games for children run by our upper school student organizations in the Jones Gym. This fun event benefits CA's middle and upper school athletic teams. You are encouraged to stay for the varsity football game against Bloom-Carroll, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and is free for all Academy families. Please click on the following links to purchase tickets or become a sponsor and to volunteer at the event. Over 800 MS and US student-athletes thank you in advance for your support!

CA COMMUNITY DAY ONCE AGAIN A HUGE HIT

Our third annual Viking Rampage Challenge took place on the morning of CA Community Day, as alumni, families and children of all ages took part in the challenging race across our 231-acre campus. The course, designed by alumnus and parent Ryan Yeoman '90, took participants (including world-class triathlete and alumna Meredith Keeran Kessler '96!) through wet and muddy conditions starting near the south end of Hondros Field and into the woods. The afternoon then featured over half-a-dozen home athletic events along with food trucks, games, Matt the Balloon Guy and the ¡HOLA! (Hispanic Outreach & Latino Awareness) soccer tailgate.
LOCATION CHANGE FOR SUNDAY'S APPLE-PICKING

 
Please note a slight location change for this Sunday's Apple-Picking Service Event at Lynd Fruit Farm. Due to weather conditions, our event's entry point has been moved to the north side of Morse Road just west of 310. There is a brown barn at the entrance drive, and there will be maroon "Columbus Academy Service Event" signs & Lynd greeters, who will direct you to our white tent within the orchard. Families from all divisions are encouraged to attend! Just arrive between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Sunday, pick a bag for your family and one (or more) to donate to local food pantries, and after you purchase the apples at the farm exit ($15 for small bags, $25 for large) upper school students will be waiting to collect your bag(s) for donation. Last year, 890 pounds of apples were collected by Academy families and donated to Faith Mission. If you have any questions about this event, please feel free to contact Bryane Roberts.
 
ARTS & MUSIC SCENE

 
Do you have experience throwing bowls and want to share some of your time and craft with CA? Then come join our students for the "bowl-a-thon" day on campus Friday and Saturday, October 26-27, from 9:00 a.m. to noon or noon to 3:00 p.m. To avoid our work space being overcrowded, we ask that you choose from one of the two shifts to generously lend your help and time. Food and drink will be provided for both shifts as well. Last year, 189 bowls were created and approximately 200 tickets were sold to help benefit Academy's bi-annual wall-build project for its Westerville Habitat partnership. The annual Empty Bowls/Soup-for-Shelter event is set for December 14 inside the campus center at Otterbein University and will feature a soup dinner where for $15 guests receive a handmade bowl of their choosing, bottomless choice of several soups along with bread, drink and a cookie.
SERVICE LEARNING

 
Earlier this month, Columbus Academy senior Sidney Derzon organized a "sleep-out" in our gym to help build empathy for teen homelessness. Guest speakers included Lori and Michael Corey '01, Executive Director at Human Service Chamber of Franklin County, and Becky Westerfelt, who runs a teen homeless shelter and crisis center in Columbus called Huckleberry House. "In addition to the speakers, we made toiletry kits, fleece-tie blankets, and decorated composition books for Huckhouse," Sidney wrote to a reporter about the event. "We had 47 total sleep in the gym, and the main thing people said was that they just didn't realize so many teens were homeless right in our area and what exactly it means to be homeless." Read a story about the event in our student newspaper.
     
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SPORTS REPORT

Dominic Facciolla will retire as athletics director at the conclusion of this school year, his 20th at Columbus Academy. Be sure to read the tribute to Dominic published by ThisWeek News and come help us honor him at this year's Charlie David Dinner on October 12 (see top stories).
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