June/Summer 2023 Northtowne News
School News, District News, Fun Things & Community Help
June/Summer Important Dates
June 1 - School Picnic and Last Day of School; families welcome to attend picnic
June 20 - Columbus City Schools Summer Experience starts
August 19 - Columbus City Schools Back to School Fair
August 23 - Frist Day of 2023-24 School Year
The calendar for the 2023-24 school year can be found here.
Hello Families, Caregivers, and Students,
It is here. We have arrived at the last day of school! Students and staff are full of excitement for the summer break and the change of pace. Warm summer days, water play, summer festivals in Central Ohio, and the State Fair are many things that your student might be looking forward to.
I am extremely proud of the hard work that students have put into their learning and growth this year. Over the summer, I would like to challenge our Northtowne Knights to continue learning new things. It would be great to hear three or four things learned over the summer from each returning student in the fall.
For returning families, be on the look out for communications in August about the 2023-24 school year. These communications could be coming both from the Columbus City Schools District and from our Northtowne Elementary staff. We plan to see a return of the meet the teachers popsicle social as the school year starts.
I wish a happy, healthy, and safe summer vacation to all of our students and families.
Northtowne News Past Issues are Still Available
Did you delete a Northtowne News email and then realize there was a resource you still wanted to check out? Do you remember seeing a newsletter announcement about a community resource but now you can't remember the name of the organization and you can't find the email from the newsletter? Don't worry! The information you need is not lost! All prior Newsletters and mid-month updates are available on the Northtowne Elementary web site. The button below will take you directly to the newsletter archive.
Have you ever wondered what happens to the information shared during the Panorama Survey windows? Part of the answer is that each school gets access to its own survey results. This includes anything you decide to put in those "free text" boxes. We wanted to take a moment to highlight for you some of the ways that Northtowne is paying attention to the feedback that families have been giving us. Here are some of the ways we have started addressing and plan to continue addressing some of the most common themes:
- New this year, Northtowne has a new Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Space. In this physical space students have an opportunity to practice SEL strategies for self-regulation. Once they have had a chance to apply strategies for self-regulation they can return to the classroom better able to focus on learning.
- Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is another way we work to address aspects of encouraging academic achievement, positive social behavior and social emotional learning. We have done small weekly recognitions of positive student behavior this year. For next year, we are working on plans for larger recognition moments happening at least quarterly. These would be similar in nature to what some caregivers might remember as "Honor Roll," attendance recognition, "Good Citizen."
- We have heard that end of year recognitions are important to our families, especially at points marking a significant transition to new expectations or a new school. Staff are thoughtfully considering how best to come together with families to celebrate school life milestones.
- We are excited to announce that a school picture day has already been scheduled and confirmed for the 2023-24 school year!
The Panorama Survey windows are one way to share feedback anonymously during the school year. However, Northtowne invites families to provide feedback at any time you desire. Our Family Ambassador, Sarah Bowman, is always willing to accept family feedback via email or phone. Contact her at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-859-9654.
Save the Date - Back to School Fair August 19
Back to School Fair, Saturday, August 19th
Fort Hayes Metro Campus
546 Jack Gibbs Blvd., 43215
Preparations are underway for the 2023 Ready to Go Back to School Fair. This is one of the largest back-to-school events in Columbus. Last year, this event welcomed over 7,500 families to receive school supplies, learn about community resources and ask questions of District staff about the upcoming school year.
Ohio's Tax Free Weekend
Ohio's Tax - Free Weekend is an opportunity for parents & caregivers to save money on school shopping because sales taxes are not charged on qualifying school items during this time period.
Tax - Free Weekend in Ohio this year is from August 4 - August 6, 2023.
What qualifies for Tax-Free Weekend in Ohio?
➢ An item of clothing priced at $75 or less
➢ An item of school supplies priced at $20 or less
➢ An item of school instructional material priced at $20 or less
Click here for frequently asked questions.
Summer Activities in Central Ohio
Summer Camps Throughout Central Ohio
Check out the link below to go to a Smore dedicated to information about Summer Camps and Opportunities. This Smore will continue to be updated as the Department of Communications and Engagement gets more information on programs being offered in Central Ohio. The Smore linked is updated as new information becomes available.
Afterschool Child Enrichment (ACE) Program
According to the Ohio Revised Code: Starting April 7th, the ACE Ohio Grant amounts are increasing to $1,000 per student / per school year from the current $500.
The allowable family income levels will increase from 300% of the National Poverty Rate to 400% (e.g., a family of four making just under $120,000 will qualify).
The funds can be used for the following services:
• Before- or after-school educational programs
• Day camps/summer camps--including camps for academics, music, and arts (overnight camps excluded)
• Field trips to historical landmarks, museums, zoos, science centers, and theaters--including admission, exhibit, and program fees
• The purchase of curriculum and material for homeschool families
• Educational, learning, or study skills services
• Tuition for learning extension centers
• Art lessons including dance, music, visual arts and even martial arts
• Language classes
Don't pass up this valuable resource!! For more information about the ACE program, please visit the link below.
Summer Reading Challenge with Columbus Metropolitan Library!
Summer Reading Challenge starts Thursday, June 1! Join a Kickoff Celebration at Main Library on Saturday, June 3 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be family fun with music from The Shazzbots, games, activities and refreshments, plus a LEGO® display you won’t want to miss.
All branches are hosting parties as well between June 1-3.
Participation is easy. Just keep growing reading skills over the summer! Read 15 minutes a day for 30 days to earn prizes, plus earn entries into raffles for even more prizes!
To sign up: starting June 1, stop in any library location like the Karl Road Branch (5590 Karl Rd, Columbus, OH 43229)
Learn more about signing up here.
Learn more about prizes and raffles here. The coupon sheets listed will include multiple restaurants giving free meals for the coupon! This year the program will also have some special prizes available especially for Columbus City Schools students.
Rise Up Cbus!
Nationwide Children's and the Linden Neighborhood
Bring your kids for fun activities, games, and food! On Chittenden Ave, next to the Linden Fresh Market (1464 Cleveland Ave 43211). It's free to attend!
Dates and Times:
Saturday, June 3, 11 am to 2 pm
Stop by the Johnson ice cream truck and the petting zoo!
Saturday, July 1, 11 am to 2 pm
Get a treat from the Kona Ice truck and enjoy face painting!
Saturday, July 15, 11 am to 2 pm
Play on inflatables and stop by the Chilljoy truck for a frozen treat!
Saturday, August 5, 11 am to 2 pm
Enjoy the Little Ladies Soft Serve truck and live music!
Saturday, August 19, 11 am to 2 pm
Visit the petting zoo and meet a camel!
CAPA Summer Movie Series
The CAPA Summer Movie Series is America's longest-running film series! This series takes place in the beautiful Ohio Theater in downtown Columbus. The films in the series are all considered classic movies, some are very family friendly while others have adult themes. Not all films have been given a rating, so families are encouraged to look up information on the films to determine appropriateness for children.
Before show time the theater organ rises up from the floor and you will be able to listen to a live music performance! Each year some films are in black and white and some are in color. There is always at least one movie musical. Sometimes, before the movie you will get a lucky treat of a short cartoon to watch. Every year there is also a silent film. Originally, silent films would be released with music to be played live with the movie. When you see the silent film at the Ohio Theater you will be treated to a live performance of the movie's musical score on the "Mighty Morton Organ!" This performance is bound include some of the special effects sounds that the organ can produce as well as the usual music. This Summer Movie Series is a real treat!!
- The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994); Thursday, June 15 at 7:30 pm, Rated R
- Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983); Friday, June 16 at 7:30 pm, Rated R
- Hitchcock's Rear Window (1954); Saturday, June 17 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, June 18 at 2 pm, Rated PG
- The Maltese Falcon (1941); Wednesday, June 21 at 7:30 pm
- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958); Thursday, June 22 at 7:30 pm
- Goldfinger (1964); Friday, June 23 at 7:30 pm, Rated PG
- Cartoon Capers (a selection of fun short cartoons); Saturday, June 24 at 10 am Show your library card and get free admission in celebration of the Columbus Metropolitan Library's 150th anniversary!
- Citizen Kane (1941); Saturday, June 24 at 7:30 pm
- Selena (1997); Sunday, June 25 at 2 pm, Rated PG
- Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957); Wednesday, June 28 at 7:30 pm
- The Thin Man (1934); Thursday, June 29 at 7:30 pm
- The Lost Boys (1987); Friday, June 30 at 7:30 pm, Rated R
- To Kill a Mockingbird (1962); Saturday, July 1 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, July 2 at 2 pm
- 9 to 5 (1980); Wednesday, July 5 at 7:30 pm, Rated PG
- Metropolis (1927) Silent Film! Thursday July 6 at 7:30 pm and Friday, July 7 at 7:30 pm Accompanied by Clark Wilson on the "Mighty Morton" Theatre Organ
- Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980); Saturday, July 8 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, July 9 at 2 pm, Rated PG
- Do the Right Thing (1989); Wednesday, July 12 at 7:30 pm, Rated R
- Hitchcock's Psycho (1960); Thursday, July 13 at 7:30 pm, Rated R
- The Three Musketeers (1948); Friday, July 14 at 7:30 pm
- Cartoon Capers (a selection of fun short cartoons); Saturday, July 15 at10 am
- Singin' in the Rain (1952); Saturday, July 15 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, July 16 at 2 pm, Rated G
10 Packs of Summer Movie Series tickets are available for $40 (a savings of $2 per ticket off day-of-show prices). Click here to purchase! You may purchase 10 Packs through Sunday, July 2, 2023. 10 Pack tickets are valid for any film in any combination.
Single tickets go on sale Monday, June 5 to individual films and are $6. Single tickets may be purchased in advance, OR day-of-show at the CBUSArts Ticket Center beginning one hour prior to show time. Senior citizen tickets are $5. Day-of-show tickets may be purchased with cash OR card!
Here is the link to all of the information about the this year's Summer Movie Series https://www.capa.com/capa-programs/capa-summer-movie-series
COSI Reminder for 5th Grade Families
This a reminder to all families of 5th graders who had signed up for the one year free family membership to COSI earlier this school year. Get out there and put your membership to work! COSI is always bursting with fun exhibits that encourage learning and asking more questions. In addition to the permanent collection you can now also see Nature's Superheroes: Life at the Limits which explores the remarkable "superpowers" that some extraordinary organisms have evolved to survive and thrive, even under extreme conditions. Find out which giant mammals can survive for hours without breathing, witness bizarre mating serenades, and meet the ultra-tough species that seems almost indestructible. This limited time exhibit is included with you membership general admission.
For an extra fee, you can also see the huge exhibition TUTANKHAMUN – HIS TOMB AND HIS TREASURES which offers you a unique insight into the archaeology of ancient Egypt.
Summer Food Assistance
Do you need help feeding children over the summer months? The Ohio Summer Food Service Program is here to help! All children ages 1 through 18 are eligible to receive free meals during the summer months at participating program sites. Individuals ages 19 through 21 who have been identified as having mental or physical disabilities and are following Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) through their current enrollment in educational programs also are eligible for free summer meals. No registration is needed!
For more information, including a list of meal sites near you, call 1-866-3-HUNGRY (486479) or text "SUMMER" to 914-342-7744.
The Summer Food Service Program website is soon to be updated with a map of meal locations! Check for the map by clicking here.
Free Produce Markets
Columbus Recreation and Parks Department offers Free Mobile Produce Markets throughout the year. The markets are staffed by volunteers who can assist with the produce so you can load it directly into your trunk or car.
Free Mobile Produce Markets take place at community centers through out the city beginning April 6 through December. The centers closest to Northtowne are:
FEDDERSEN COMMUNITY CENTER
3911 Dresden St.
Columbus, OH 43224 United States
Fourth Thursday of each month
LINDEN COMMUNITY CENTER
1350 Briarwood Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211
Third Thursday of each month
Distribution at all sites begins at 3 p.m. and runs while supplies last.
For additional sites and schedule information click here.
Bread of Life Food Pantry
The Bread of Life Food Pantry is working to meet the critical need for food. If you need help, schedule an appointment at:
-Phone : (614) 341-2282
-Text: (614) 702 - 7772
The pantry is currently open on:
-Wednesdays: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
-Fridays: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Address: 1880 Agler Road
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, although walk -Ins are accepted on a limited basis.
St. Stephen's Community House - Food & Nutrition Center
INPREM Drive-Thru Food Pantry
*Monthly Mobile Produce Market occurs every third Saturday of each month from 12:00pm - 3:00pm. Food is loaded into the trunk of each car by pantry staff. Please bring photo ID.
Home goods are also available on first-come, first-served basis.
Address: 5757 Karl Road, Columbus, OH 43229.
The Center for New Americans Hosts Produce Markets!
Fresh Produce Market begins in April and goes through November and will happen on the 1st Friday of every month. It is free.
The only thing needed is a photo ID/preferably a drivers license or state ID. Consumers do NOT have to live in a specific zip code to receive produce/goods.
Address: 1299 McNaughten Road, Columbus, OH 43232
Fridays at 3:00pm:
Grateful for Family Involvement
Thank you so much for your support and involvement with your child’s learning. Whether it’s conferences, attending the family meetings, or a quick chat throughout the day, we appreciate your involvement and efforts to build the lines of communication between home and school.Lots of school communication and information is in the Parent Portal. If you need help accessing the Parent Portal please contact our Family Ambassador, Sarah Bowman. She can even link families to interpreters (Bilingual Engagement Liaisons or BEL) to help with understanding the Parent Portal set up process. Email: email@example.com or you can call or text: 614-859-9654
Thank you for reading this month’s newsletter.
Send a note to let us know what you thought, make suggestions or ask a question. We would love to hear from you. Please send a note to your child’s teacher or send a message.
Austin Taylor, Principal
Sarah Bowman, Family Ambassador
Susan Bryant, Building Coach
Frank Beickelman, Grant Provider