The Cub Corner

Your weekly Ohio Avenue Elementary Newsletter

Meet your Family Ambassador

Greetings Ohio Avenue families! My name is Rachelle Brown and I am the Family Ambassador at Ohio Avenue Elementary. I have two children, a 19 year old son going to school for Computer Engineering and a 10 year old daughter who is obsessed with TikTok and cheerleading. My role at Ohio Avenue is to connect you and your student to resources in the District and help your student reach their educational goals. I will be sending out weekly newsletters called The Cub Corner that includes updates, resources and important information from Columbus City Schools. I will also be assisting in planning events for our families. In addition, I may also be able to connect you and your family to different resources in the community. Please feel free to contact by phone at (614) 285-4696 or through email at
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Need Tutoring Resources? Does your student have an IEP?

LearningOhio may be able to help! a resource that can assist families who need assistance with tutoring and additional educational support. If your student has an IEP and needs additional assistance, please apply for tutoring services soon as the deadline to apply is TODAY December 16, 2022.

If you would like your student to be evaluated for IEP services or feel this would be beneficial, please contact Ms. Brown at (614) 285-4696 for additional guidance.

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Want e-FREE books?

Ohio Avenue Elementary can help!

Literacy and a love for reading can transport our minds to new places, and for our students, it also gives them keys to doors of opportunity. Thanks to a new partnership with Scholastic, Columbus City Schools is putting more books in the hands of students and empowering families to expand their home libraries. FREE e-books can be located by logging into Clever and clicking on the Scholastic app.

Additional free book opportunities for children 0 to 5 years old

Ohio Imagination Library

The Ohio Governor's Imagination Library wants to ensure every child has access to books from the moment they are born so that kids are entering kindergarten

To sign up:

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COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library is bringing back for a fifth year its Winter Reading Challenge, in which students can earn prizes just by reading over break. A twist on CML’s Summer Reading Challenge, Winter Reading Challenge aims to keep reading skills strong when students are out of school over the holidays. From Dec. 1 through Jan. 31, K-12 students can pick up a game board at CML’s 23 locations throughout Franklin County.

The annual program challenges students to track their progress as they read for 20 days and complete five activities on their game boards.
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Attention 5th grade families!

5th grade families, please join your student for our Annual Holiday Lunch on 12/19/22 starting at 12:00 pm.

** Please note there will be no transportation for 5th graders on 12/19/22.**

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You’re invited to become a COSI member for FREE!

Thanks to the generosity of the Robert Weiler Company, COSI is proud to offer a complimentary one-year COSI Membership to Columbus City Schools 5th Grade Students and their families.

You’re invited to give your family the gift of science learning with year-round visits to COSI. It’s simple!

Register for FREE here:


• FREE year-long admission to COSI
• FREE reciprocal admission to 360+ sciencecenters worldwide*
• Invitations to Member Previews & Events
• Discounts on parking, Science2Go! Gift Shop, and the Atomic Café
* Some restrictions apply. Pricing and benefits subject to change without notice. Limited number of Memberships available. First come, first serve

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Need Help?

Rent / mortgage assistance


Save The Dream (mortgage assistance):

Impact Community Action - not currently accepting, but check back

Link to apply:

Holiday Assistance

To register to receive toys you will need to apply in person with the following:

  • Driver’s License, State ID, or Passport (official photo IDs only)
  • Official documentation with the child’s actual birthdate (passport, certified Birth Certificate from Vital Statistics, certified custodial papers, etc.)
  • Custodial Parents must bring certified Guardianship or Court Paperwork for each child
  • Medicaid cards without birthdates will NOT be accepted as proof of age
  • Only ages 0-12 years old can be registered for toys

CAPCity Athletics
635 Whitethorne Ave.
Columbus, OH 43204
614-670-1857 (Missy) and 614-517-8274 (Branden)
In-Person Signup Times:

  • Mondays and Tuesdays: 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

St. Stephen’s Community House
1500 East 17th Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43219
614-294-6347 X 136
In-Person Signup Times:

  • December 1 from 4-6 p.m. (first 100 households)
  • December 3 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Far East Neighborhood Pride Center
2500 Park Crescent Dr. (near JC Penny Outlet)
In-Person Signup Times:

  • Mondays: 5 p.m.- 7 p.m.

Barnett Community Center
1184 Barnett Road (near Livingston Ave.)
In-Person Signup Times:

  • Wednesdays: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

The Black Women Voters League
1561 Old Leonard Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43219
Barbra Clark
614-569-4958 Ext 1507
In-Person Signup Times:

  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Mon., Tues., Thur., Fri. & Sat. (not Wednesday)

Higher Standards Incorporated
1561 Old Leonard Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614-569-4958 Ext. 1507
In-Person Signup Times:

  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Mon., Tues., Thur., Fri. & Sat. (not Wednesday)

Food Soldier Hunger Coalition
1336 E. Main Street
Columbus, OH 43205
In-Person Signup Times:

  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays Thursdays: 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 17, 2 p.m.-7 p.m.

Community Development for All People
911 Parsons Ave.
Columbus, OH 43206
614-445-7342 x115
In-Person Signup Times:

  • Friday, December 9 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the CD4AP Connection Center at 911 Parsons Ave.

Helping Hands of Ohio
In-Person Signup Times:

  • Call or email for Signup Times

NSI Food Pantry
1950 N. 4th St., Suite J
Columbus, OH 43201
(614) 297-0592
In-Person Signup Times:

  • M-F from 10 a.m.-1:00 pm

Car Assistance

Free donated vehicle Request form

PRC (car repairs) - 3 quotes from different body shops are required

Furniture Assistance

Joseph's Coat- (The Social Worker Ms. Harris can submit a referral, please contact the office for assistance).

The Furniture Bank- requires a referral from a contracted provider

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Pathways Express is coming your way!

Columbus is the largest city in Ohio, and it’s the capital of our state. Many of the conversations and decisions that could ultimately impact students today, and in the future, are made at 1 Capitol Square - The Ohio Statehouse.

Since its opening to legislators and the public in 1857, the Statehouse has witnessed Ohio’s most historic voting decisions. In addition to state leaders, more than 500,000 visitors tour Capitol Square each year. Throughout the month of February, CCS students and families are invited to add their names to the growing guestbook.

In addition to weekend tours, CCS families are also encouraged to join us for our Family & Community Resource Day on Saturday, February 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Stay tuned for more details!

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iReady, get set, go...

Ohio Avenue Elementary has a goal for 100% of our families to schedule a time to meet with their student's teacher and Principal Williams after Winter break. This will be a time to see what your student is doing and learn how you may be able to support them. Ms. Brown will be contacting you in the coming weeks with additional information and ways to schedule this meeting. Should you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact Ms. Brown at (614) 285-4696.

Login Instructions
Go to your portal:

Log in with your Clever username and password:

Username: School username
Password: School password

Click on: i-Ready

Safely busing more than 38,000 students in Columbus each day to school and back home is a priority for the Columbus City Schools Transportation team. The combined impacts of a national shortage of bus drivers and a routing software misstep created an unprecedented challenge to our transportation reliability. That’s why we are implementing unprecedented measures to improve our transportation reliability moving forward.

How do I find my student's new bus route?

Please refer to your student's updated transportation information in Infinite Campus in the Parent Portal. Should you need additional information about the Parent Portal, please call (614) 221-3228.

What to do if your students misses or leaves something on the bus?

The parent/guardian should immediately call the Transportation Department at 614-365-5074.

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PBIS at Ohio Avenue Needs you!

Interested in volunteering for the PBIS committee at Ohio Avenue? Our PBIS committee is looking for parent involvement to help your student achieve their goals.

What is PBIS?

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based 3-tiered framework to improve and integrate all of the data, systems, and practices affecting student outcomes every day. PBIS creates schools where all students succeed.


We meet the second Wednesday of every month from 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm.

PBIS Sign up:

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New Year, New Way to start the Year

Want a chance to win a $50 Amazon giftcard and have fun along the way? We are planning a family engagement event for the month of January. Come out to Ohio Avenue's New Years family engagement night where we will provide you with educational tools, tips and strategies while having fun. We will have a movie, games and a Math tutoring opportunity. More details to come!

Gingerbread fun at Ohio Avenue