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Indianola PTO News: 'Adulting' Resources, Second Cup of Coffee & more...


PH: (614) 365-5579 | FAX: (614) 365-8324

Second Cup of Coffee FRIDAY!

This Friday, October 11 from 9-10 AM in the art room (Rm 19) you are invited to have a Second Cup of Coffee! This forum is a great way for parents, grandparents, and caregivers to meet one another, share resources, and provide feedback to improve the school community. 
This month we are looking specifically at wellness resources in the community. Though school-age children will remain in their classes during this time, younger siblings are welcome to come along with you. Second Cup of Coffee is held monthly on the second Friday.

Healthy Community Day, Saturday!

Experience free health screenings and fun activities for the whole family at the Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute on Saturday, October 12, 2019, 9 am - 2 pm. Get health expertise from local organizations and free health screenings* and consultations by experts from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

*register for screenings by 1pm
Enjoy Free:
Hats and Gloves, Flu Vaccinations, Food, Child and Family Portraits, Sports Physicals
Narcan training, Giveaways and raffles, Entertainment, Parking
Important Dates
10/9   **90 min early release **
           staff professional development
10/11  Second Cup of Coffee 9 AM
10/11  Spirit Day! Wear purple or tie dye!
10/11  Represent Indianola in the Whetstone Homecoming Parade

10/17-18  7th Grade Trip to OSU Stone Lab
10/18  No School, staff professional development
10/22  School Skate Party
10/23  No School, Records Day
10/25  Picture Retakes and Group Photos

11/1    Middle School Fall Dance
11/5    No School, staff professional development
11/12&14 Conferences 4-7:30 PM
11/13  90 min early release
       staff professional development
11/26  Student Flu Shots, Required form

Wellness Week Needs YOU!  

Each fall the Indianola PTO sponsors a Wellness Week for students where they participate in fun activities focused on wellness topics such as nutrition, fitness, and kindness to oneself and others. Each day has a different theme, such as Mindfulness Monday, Try It Tuesday, Physical Wellness Wednesday, and Thoughtful Thursday.

During Wellness Week, all students are also encouraged to take a Screen Free Pledge and use screens only when required for school. 

We need adults to help plan these activities, encourage family participation, and recruit local businesses to donate healthy foods and prizes.  If this sounds like a fun way to get involved at Indianola, please sign up at the link above. If you would like to lead the committee (with help from former organizers), make a note in the comments section.  Thanks for helping make Indianola such a special place!

Adulting is Especially Hard at Bedtime

Nationwide Children's Hospital offers many workshops to support families. 

New Spirit Wear!

Order your new Spirit Wear      All sizes are $10 per shirt!


Time for Collaboration: Middle School Trip Fundraising 

The PTO is excited to create the Middle School Trip Fundraising Committee. As one of the PTO Vice-presidents, Jorie Schwartz has agreed to chair the committee but would welcome a co-chair! 

As a committee, we will organize fundraising opportunities for the 6th, 7th and 8th grade trips. Some fundraisers may be grade specific and some will be distributed proportionately across the grades. The hope is to reduce the total cost of trips for families. Our first fundraiser will be the Fall Middle School Dance taking place on November 1st.

If you are interested in helping with this or other fundraisers, please sign up for the committee. We will have a meeting in the next two weeks. If you have any questions, please email Jorie at

Absent? Tardy? Email!

Please send an email right away to when your student is going to be absent.  If the student's absence or late arrival is due to a doctor, dental, or court appointment, PLEASE get a written excuse from the office you are visiting. Picking up a child early without a valid reason will be counted as unexcused. 

Please email documentation to Denise (see above) or fax to 614-365-8324. Thank you for your cooperation!

Clothing Assistance

Outfitting students in grades K-12 with clothes that fit and are appropriate for Ohio weather is the heart of  Charity Newsies. The children they serve are enrolled in public, private, charter and vocational schools-students from more than 400 schools in Franklin County are helped each year by them.

The majority of students are given a warm winter jacket, pants, shirts, undergarments, socks, hat, and gloves .  See the site above for applying at the Charity Newsies headquarters Monday-Friday 9 am - 12:30 pm until December 9.
Children's Hospital offers Health Clinics in your neighborhood!

Library Resources
All Columbus Metropolitan Library locations have Homework Help Centers and provide what students need to succeed in school:
  • Friendly staff and volunteers to help
  • Welcoming spaces to study and learn
  • Computers and printers
  • School supplies
  • Resource books
Help your student be a better reader.
All locations also have a Reading Buddies program.
  • Who: Students in Kindergarten through Grade 3
  • What: One-on-one reading practice with library staff or volunteers
  • Why: To help students with reading skills so they can be successful in school
The program supports Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee.

BalletMet Soar on Saturdays

Soar on Saturdays is a dance access program aimed to give young students (ages 8-12) the opportunity to explore movement over the course of a free six-week dance class.

Indianola Informal K-8 School
251 E. Weber Rd.
Columbus, OH 43202