Clintonville Academy
Serving grades Pre-K through 8th Grade
3916 Indianola Ave, Columbus, OH 43214

Mrs. Lindsay’s CA Year in Review

Another wonderful year is coming to an end at Clintonville Academy! It’s always a good time to reflect back on the fun and success we experienced over the past year!

We started our school year on August 28, 2013 with many new friends and smiling faces. It is always fun to begin a new year with everyone’s energy running high, and such good intentions on everyone’s part to make the year a good one for all involved.

Grades 4 and 5 started the year off with a 3-day trip to Glen Helen where they focused on outdoor education and getting to know each others’ strengths. They enjoyed beautiful weather, and loved the beautiful camp!

Grades 6, 7 and 8 quickly followed with their own Day Camp that was held for 2 days at Dragonfly Camp, and then on Friday at Mrs. Lindsay’s. TEAM BUILDING was the priority teachers wanted learners to appreciate. Games, activities, and role playing gave the students many opportunities to work closely and get to know each other well. Friday was lots of fun as we ended the day with a trip to pick apples at Legend Hills.

The Windy City players came from Chicago to put on the play “Cinderella”. As always, the entire school loved it and learned valuable lessons portrayed through the moral of the story with talented actors.

The Gift Wrap Sale was the first of 3 big fundraisers for the school year. Selling greenery at Christmas, and flowers in the spring, C.A. might raise $10,000.00!

Grandperson’s Day was a big hit! We had a nice day, and over 150 grand friends joined us for a remarkable afternoon.

During Red Ribbon Week, we celebrated being drug-free by emphasizing a related theme each day of the week.

We had 2 wonderful Book Fairs this year; one right before the holidays, and a special BOGO sale in March. Right-to-Read Week coincided with our book fair, as we celebrated with the theme “Spring into Reading.” We shared S’Mores on the last day, encouraging everyone to read some more!

We are committed to helping the American Red Cross to collect blood and save lives. We had 2 successful drives this year; one in October, and another in January when it is crucial to give blood.

Our tradition of sponsoring a huge food drive yielded more food items than ever. “The Big Food Fight” was the name of our drive, and we collected nearly 2,000 food items which enabled neighborhood families the opportunity to enjoy great Thanksgiving dinners.

In early December, our middle school families cooked a huge turkey dinner for 65 senior citizens where we served them at North Broadway Church. Turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes, followed by our choir’s holiday music and a sing-along, made another favorite holiday occasion for many seniors who don’t have family in town.

We were honored to be invited to DeSales to see two of their plays this year. Many of our C.A. grads had big parts in the musicals. We were so proud!

Our holiday concert was well attended, and sent all of our families home with a tremendous sense of community and school pride as we entered the holiday season.

In February, we had the best Open House we’ve had in a very long time! Our marketing committee advertised and promoted our event in all the right ways! We were able to share our fantastic school with so many wonderful families. Tours have continued since Open House, and we have met many new C.A. friends as we have shown them our special school.

Student Council has sponsored many school activities this year. They include middle school dances, movie night for children so parents can go out, a Sock Hop for grades 3, 4, and 5; and lunch on the lawn for the little ones.

The end of February also brings our annual testing period when we conduct the Iowa Test of Basic Skills at every grade level, K through 8. This experience always allows us to see how much we’ve grown academically. Again, this year, the eighth graders scored at 12+ grade equivalency in nearly every category!

In March, the middle school had their second 3-day camp at Big Darby Creek. The focus of the camp was LEADERSHIP. It is always fun for us to see who rises to the top to take responsibility for a group when given a number of tasks to do. We were lucky to have Youth-to-Youth representatives join us to lend their expertise in the leadership arena. Fifth grade joined us on Friday for an outstanding day of leadership activities, and a tour of the brand new Big Darby Nature Center.

Twenty-five field trips this year included travels to camps, apple orchards, pumpkin patches, theater events, fire stations, greenhouses, the community resources center, ice skating, Ohio Historical Society, Adena Mansion, roller skating, the downtown library, Kelton House, The Henry Ford Museum in Michigan, and last, but not least, the eighth graders will go to France as a reward of their many years of foreign language study.

Our school-wide conduct average is 98%! We are lucky to live in a building everyday where teachers and learners are able to focus on academics, and not worry about behavior issues.

As we look forward to celebrating the end of a great year, we are going to do so with the support of our amazing staff and best parents ever!

Thank you, everyone, for giving your all to make Clintonville Academy the best choice for our terrific children.

Mrs. Sally Lindsay