Nubian Family Matters

December 1, 2022

Virtual Family Engagement Sessions

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What is the Nguzo Saba?

The Nguzo Saba (Swahili for Seven Principles) were originally developed to reinforce aspects of African cultures which contribute to building and supporting family, community, and heritage among persons of African descent. They serve as valuable tools to assist Africans from the Diaspora to connect with traditional African worldviews.

The Seven Principles are:

  • Umoja (Unity)
  • Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)
  • Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)
  • Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)
  • Nia (Purpose)
  • Kuumba (Creativity)
  • Imani (Faith).
These Seven Principles are essential standards of personal and social excellence directed toward building and sustaining moral community, and strengthening and maintaining our community’s capacity to define, defend and develop our interests in the most positive and productive sense.

As a community, staff, and students – Columbus Africentric Early College (CAEC) was founded on the principles of the Nguzo Saba. We at CAEC celebrate the contributions and influence of our African traditions to learn, grow and build a more productive future.

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Transportation Update: Bus Routes Changing after winter break

Transportation Reliability Improvement Measures

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. Just as important is our ability to be a reliable partner with parents and families, school staff, and stakeholders. However, the combined impacts of a national shortage of bus drivers and a routing software misstep created an unprecedented challenge to our transportation reliability.

We appreciate the grace shown by our community so far this school year as we’ve worked through this challenge, but we also understand the frustration and difficulty it’s placed on many of our families. That’s why we are implementing unprecedented measures to improve our transportation reliability moving forward.

Click here to read more about the District's transportation update.

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Virtual Family Engagement Session - "Transportation Reliability Improvement Measures"

TUESDAY, November 29 & THURSDAY, December 1 "Transportation Reliability Improvement Measures" - We're dedicating two special Virtual Family Engagement Sessions to talk about the unprecedented mid-year action to update ALL bus routes - which means nearly every student who currently receives yellow bus transportation could have a new bus driver, new pick-up and drop-off times, and/or a new bus stop location starting January 4. Plus, our Transportation team is taking new steps to improve how we engage and notify everyone about changes. And that begins with making sure families have up-to-date information in the Parent Portal (including cell phone numbers for text messages).

During our Tuesday Virtual Family Engagement Session, we’ll focus on what parents need to do now to update their information in Parent Portal. We’ll also share more about the new direct communication tool which will send emails and text messages directly to parents when a bus route is delayed or uncovered.

Then during our Thursday Virtual Family Engagement Session, our Transportation team will talk about this major shift in bus routing and what families can expect when routes change starting after the Winter Break.

School-Based Health Services (Care Connection)

It’s flu season! If your child needs a flu shot, remember they can go to the Nationwide Children's Hospital school-based health clinic at many of our schools.

Care Connection is a partnership between Nationwide Children’s Hospital, area schools, and your child’s doctor to provide additional access to health care at your child’s school.

The services provided are not meant to replace your pediatrician or family doctor. When your child has any medical need, your first call should always be to your pediatrician. If your child does not have a pediatrician or family doctor, we will connect you to one.

To Schedule Pediatric Services: Call (614) 355-2590 or contact your school nurse.

To Schedule Mental Health Services: Contact the school counselor or school social worker, or call (614) 355-2590.

Resources for High School Students & Families

Columbus City Schools Office of School Counseling

High School Resources- Calendars by Month

Resources- HS Students & Families (

Resources- HS Students & Families - What's After High School? (

Steps to College & Career Newsletters and Calendars for 2022-2023

Senior Updates come out once a month. Newsletters are shared three times a year for juniors and twice a year for sophomores and freshmen.

The CAEC PTA and Boosters

The PTA meetings every second Tuesday of the month at 6:00pm. Please consider joining as your voice is valuable to the CAEC Family! In addition to the meeting, there are memberships available to anyone who wants to join for just $10 a year! If you have any further questions please feel free to reach out to one of the CAEC PTA leaders at

Do You Enjoy Attending CAEC Sporting Events? Then we need YOU!! We need volunteers for the CAEC Boosters. If interested, please contact Ako Kambon –


2022-23 Academic Calendar

Jermaine Kennedy, Family Ambassador

PTA email:

FACTline Email:

FACTline Phone Number: 614-221-FACT (614-221-3228)

Customer Relations Phone Number: (614) 365-8888

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