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January Newsletter


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A Message From Our Principal

Dear Families,

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Happy New Year! We returned to school on January 4, and we anticipate having a great second half of the year. As a reminder, please be aware that there will be no school on Monday, January 18 in commemoration of Dr. King's Birthday. There will also be no school on Tuesday, January 19; teachers will have a Records Day in order to prepare for second semester.

I would like to share with you that new stage lighting has been installed in the auditorium. Our PTO has worked hard to partner with the District to ensure that our auditorium is as great as our students! When you are in the building, please stop by the auditorium to see this new addition.

Thanks again for sharing your children with us.

With Indy Pride,

Jay M. Poroda

Important Dates

Jan. 8 - Science Olympiad Friday Science Night (6:00-8:30 pm)

Jan. 8 - Chocolate Covered Carnival Party (7:00-10:00 pm)

Jan. 12 - CCS State of the District 2016 event (5:00-7:30pm)

Jan. 15 - Read-A-Thon packets home; start collecting pledges

Jan. 18 - Dr. King's Birthday - NO SCHOOL

Jan. 19 -Teacher Records Day - NO SCHOOL

Jan. 20 - January Bookclub

Jan. 20 - Brave the Future event at Whetstone High School (6:30-8:30 pm)

Jan. 22 - Read-A-Thon minute tracking begins

Jan. 29 - Dress as your Favorite Book Character Day

Jan. 29 - Spelling Bee (time TBD)

Feb. 2 - Read My Shirt Day

Feb. 2 - Student-Led Conferences and Staff Appreciation Dinner

Feb. 3 - Parent Education: Informal Philosophy (6:00 pm)

Feb. 3 - PTO Meeting (6.30 pm)

Feb. 5 - Spirit Day

Feb. 5 - Read-A-Thon minute tracking ends

Feb. 10 - Student-Led Conferences

Feb. 12 - Invention Convention judging

Feb. 12 - Read-A-Thon wrap-up celebration

Feb. 15 - Presidents' Day - NO SCHOOL

Chocolate Covered Carnival - TONIGHT!

Join us for the Chocolate-Covered Carnival Party TONIGHT (Friday, January 8) from 7:00-10:00 pm. It's an Indianola tradition that kicks off the Carnival planning season. Due to the incredible popularity of this event, Dan and Julie Haar are hosting at the Antrim Park Shelterhouse. (5800 Olentangy River Rd.)

This year will include a chocolate-covered dessert-filled buffet. Help us fill that buffet by contributing delicious items. You can sign up on Volunteer Spot:

We'll sample the goodies and talk about the Indianola Carnival that will take place this Spring. The food, company, and conversation are sure to be dazzling. Feel free to bring the kids; they'll be entertained with music, board games, art supplies and the company of other children. Everyone is welcome!

Alumni Day

Twenty-two Indianola graduates returned to the nest on Thursday, January 7 to meet with current 8th graders and share information about their high school experiences. Indianola alumni came from 10 different area high schools (public and private) to speak about their experiences in transitioning to high school. Following the presentation, our 8th graders enjoyed mingling with our Indianola alums and getting their specific questions answered. Thank you to Lisa Seiberling and Rachel Rowen for organizing this great event!

Show Your CCS Spirit!

Join Superintendent Dr. Dan Good, Board of Education members, and community leaders for a unique opportunity to celebrate Columbus City Schools at the State of the District 2016. Dr. Good and other presenters will share goals, objectives, thoughts and ideas regarding the future and direction of Columbus City Schools.

Columbus City Schools State of the District 2016

Tuesday, January 12 from 5:00-7:30 pm

East High School (1500 East Broad Street, Columbus, 43205)

5:00 pm - Doors open, Spirit of Success student exhibits, reception and networking

6:15-7:30 pm - Spirit of Columbus City Schools Program

Who should attend? Parents and guardians, alumni, educators, community leaders, and public officials. Registration is required. It is free to attend, but seating is extremely limited. Please contact Lisa Evans ( if you are interested.

Reading Is Magical!

Disappear to far off-lands, travel through space and time, be entranced, be surprised....Reading Is Magical! Our Read-A-Thon brings the warmth of a good book during the cold of winter. This is our second biggest fundraiser of the year (and doesn't involve selling wrapping paper or cookie dough!) Packets will be coming home on January 15th to start collecting pledges. Reading minutes will be tracked Jan. 22 - Feb. 5. Our wrap-up celebration will be Feb. 12. If we hit our goal, Mr. Poroda will be in costume!

Other dates to remember: Jan. 29 will be "Dress as your Favorite Book Character Day." See what characters you can create from your closets at home! Feb. 2 will be "Read My Shirt Day." Wear a shirt that has words! Feb. 5 is "Spirit Day." Wear Indianola shirts or something purple!

We need your help to make our Read-A-Thon a success. Volunteers are needed to stuff packets from 1:00 - 3:00 pm on January 11 and from 9:00 am - noon on January 12. Volunteers are also needed to help tally reading minutes on each Friday of the Read-A-Thon (Jan. 29, Feb. 5, and Feb. 12 from 9:15-10:30 am. Sign up on Volunteer Spot at

Lastly, we are still looking for prizes for our three Friday Drawings. If you know of a store, restaurant, activity or event willing to donate prizes, please contact Kelly Chellis ( or Sara Gallagher ( Past prizes included $5 bookstore gift cards, passes to museums, and small restaurant treats.

Let's get ready to READ!

Indianola Community Coats

Now that cold weather is upon us, everyone needs a warm winter coat. Some of our students have had to stay inside during outdoor recess, simply because they didn't have a warm coat to wear. If you have a coat that you no longer need (any size, toddler through adult), please contact Parent Consultant Lisa Evans ( to learn how to donate your coat to Indianola.

Donated coats will become part of the Indianola Community Coat Program and will be given to students and families in need as a long-term loan. (Donated coats must be freshly washed and will be thoroughly cleaned after they are returned, before being loaned out again.) If your student, your student's siblings, or you need a winter coat, please contact Lisa Evans ( or Principal Jay Poroda (, and we will provide one for you. If you receive an Indianola Community Coat, write your student's name in it, keep it as long as you need it, then bring it back so that it can be loaned out again.


(And it's not due to snow. Yet.)

There will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, January 18 in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. There will also be NO SCHOOL on Tuesday, January 19 due to a Teacher Records Day. And....there will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, February 15 due to Presidents' Day. We have no idea when snow days will be, but rest assured, there will probably be some.

Save the Dates!

Student-led conferences will take place on Tuesday, February 2 and Wednesday, February 10. (Some teachers may hold conferences on a different night. Check with your student's teacher to be sure of the correct dates for your student's classroom.)

Stay tuned for more information on the Staff Appreciation Dinner to be held during conference night on Tuesday, February 2. Families will supply food for a dinner to show our hard-working staff how much we appreciate them. A Volunteer Spot sign-up will soon be available, so that you can indicate what you will bring and/or when you can help. Look for details in the mid-January newsletter, which will be sent around January 20th.

Curious About Informal Education?

Come to the Parent Education session on the informal philosophy of education. Several of Indianola's fantastic teachers will provide a brief presentation on what the "informal" part of Indianola Informal K-8 is all about. There will also be time for questions. The Parent Education session will be at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, February 3 in the school library. The February PTO meeting will follow.

February PTO Meeting

Come to the Parent Education session, stay for PTO! Get informed about the inner workings of your Parent Teacher Organization, share your interests and concerns, and maybe even eat some snacks. Join us on Wednesday, February 3 at 6:30 pm in the school library. Childcare will be provided.


Our auditorium is making progress! It is now an even better space for showcasing the talents of Indianola students. It has become a welcoming space to gather as a community and support our students as they grow in the arts and athletics. And our latest news....the stage lighting has now been permanently installed! We're looking forward to using the new lights for "Seussical the Musical" in March.

We still need curtains and new hardware to support them, plus new stairs for the front of the stage. The benches used by our sports teams need to be stabilized. The list goes on. To fund this project we are putting our seats up for adoption. Each seat can be adopted for $100. In order to purchase new curtains, 140 seats will need to be adopted. Installation of the lighting "cost" about 30 seats. Materials for smaller projects can be supported by the adoption of a seat or two. Every seat adopted makes a difference for all current and future Indianola students.

Seats can be adopted by individuals, families, groups, clubs, teams, businesses, classes, etc. Teachers have been given seats by their classes as a wonderful way to thank them for their efforts through the year. They make a unique gift for your kids as well. (If you are donating as a group, please submit only one form with the total payment.) When you adopt a seat, a plate will be attached to the back of the seat with two lines of text of your choosing. Next time you are in the auditorium, check out the backs of the first row of seats in the center. There are some great seat plates!

To learn about Adopt-a-Seat, pick up a form from one of two bulletin boards at school, or go to Indianola and follow the link. For more information, contact Dalyn Johnson (

January Bookclub

Students will be discussing their Bookclub choice from a new set of books on Wednesday, January 20th. Michelle Barnes will meet with students during their lunch period. Students will sit in groups and answer the discussion questions she will provide for each book. Any student is welcome to join, but K/1 students need permission to participate. All students should pack a lunch on Bookclub day. January book choices are listed below. Paper lists and permission slips are also available on the wall outside the book room (next to the library.)

Please consider helping out as a Bookclub "guide" on Wednesday, January 20th during your student's lunch period. Sign up to help on Volunteer Spot:

January Book Choices:


  • Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia Maclachlan
  • The Invisible Dog by Dick King- Smith
  • The Bears on Hemlock Mountain by Alice Dalgliesh


  • The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley
  • Time Warp Trio, Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Scieszka
  • Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith


  • Ghosthunters: the Incredibly Revolting Ghost by Cornelia Funke
  • Sideway Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
  • The Witches by Roald Dahl


  • Lizzie Bright and the Buckmister Boy by Gary D. Schmidt
  • Island Book #1: Shipwreck by Gordon Korman
  • Wizards Hall by Jane Yolen

Invention Convention

Invention Convention is coming soon! This is an optional at-home project from 4th-8th graders. There will be an Invention Convention assembly on January 13th at 9:30 am for ALL 4th-8th graders, so that they can learn more about the activity. If you would like to assist with judging on February 12th, please email Stephanie Stegall ( or Kelly Aitken ( for more information.


Indianola Informal K-8 School

251 E. Weber Rd.

Columbus, OH 43202

(614) 365-5579


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