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Letter from the Lower School Director


February 23, 2024

Dear Lower School Families,

Engineering has been at the forefront of our minds this week as we welcomed The Ohio State University Underwater Robotics Team onto campus for our assembly on Tuesday. Students had a chance to explore robotic parts, ask questions of the college engineering team, and witness the robot dive into the pool. Students also saw in action the importance of flexibility, problem-solving, and patience when the team needed to debug and troubleshoot with the robot.  Students also heard from Marta, who is a junior at OSU and a major in finance. Her role on the team is not one of designing and building, but rather funding and managing the budget. Many thanks to Claire Murnane, Lower School parent and CSG alum, who connected us with the Underwater Robotics Team!

Last night we continued our celebration of Girls In Engineering with a Family Engineering Night! With over 100 people in attendance, we jumped right into three different engineering challenges that included a marble run, paper engineering project, and a weight bearing tower. Many thanks to those who were able to join us!

Events like our assembly and Engineering Night are important opportunities for our girls to see themselves as strong girls who can do hard things and to learn from mentors in fields that interest them. 

This weekend, you will receive a monthly Form level newsletter that shares a comprehensive look at the curricular updates from your daughter’s homeroom teacher and special area teachers. Please take a few minutes to read about the dynamic learning that your daughter is experiencing.

Best Regards,

Betsy Gugle
Lower School Director


Important Announcements and Reminders

Forms I-II Broadway2LA Theater Residency

Next Monday, we will email out the registration for the Forms I-II theater residency with Broadway2LA. The rehearsals will run the month of April after school from 3:30-4:30 p.m. The final performance for families will be on April, 25 at 5:00 p.m.  Look for sign-up information next week!

Unicorn Sports Registration Opening Next Wednesday

Next Wednesday, Unicorn Sports offerings for soccer, field hockey, and tennis will be launched. To learn more about the offerings and when each sport will meet, click here

Math brains + t shirts = Fun way to celebrate the 125th Day of School

April 2nd is our 125th day of school, and in the middle of our quasquicentennial celebration, Lower School wants to multiply our fun with a special project.  We will all be designing a t-shirt with a math problem that involves the number 125.  We will think of the math problems and paint the tshirts during a school day -- but need your help!   We ask that each girl bring in a t-shirt from home for the project.

It doesn't have to be a new t-shirt -- just as long as it is a shirt that has room for a child to write a math problem.  The t-shirt can have words on the back, or a small logo on the front. It can even be an adult size shirt if your daughter likes wearing an oversized shirt.

We will paint the shirts on March 15 (Senior day) and we will keep the shirts at school until we wear them on April 2nd. Please send in an old  t-shirt by Thursday, March 14 -- and have the student's name written on the inside collar. All in all, we think this will add up to another exciting way to celebrate our 125th day of  school in the middle of our 125 anniversary. 

Lower School Science Fair-Thursday, March 14

Opportunity for students to conduct a science fair project at home and showcase their work with other Lower School students and families.  The family viewing of the projects is from 8:15-9:00 a.m. Register for Science FairScience Fair Handbook

Community Unicorn Celebration, March 8

Hosted by the Center for Global Studies & Citizenship, this year’s Community Unicorn Celebration recognizes International Women's Day by celebrating our Community Unicorns who work with their global community to make a difference. RSVP here.

Summer Camp

Get ready for a summer at CSG filled with laughter, learning, and loads of fun! Athletic camps, academic workshops, and explorations in art are just a few examples of the activities that will be offered this summer at CSG to captivate minds and spark inspiration. We're also thrilled to offer premiere programming this summer through our Institute for Innovation & Leadership. View a list of available classes and camps here and be sure to register now, as space is limited. We can't wait for you to join us! 

HER Academy HERO Camp is Back!

HERO Code Camp, HER Academy’s annual virtual code camp for girls in grades 3-12, is BACK on February 24-25, 2024. Registration is $45 this year which includes a t-shirt and fun swag. Girls in 3rd and 4th grades can choose between multiple levels of Building Games with Scratch. Girls in grades 5 and up can choose between classes in web design (HTML//CSS/JavaScript) or programming in JavaScript or Python. Register here. 

Spring Break for PYC and Lower School

Columbus School for Girls is offering a Spring Break Camp for students in the PYC-Lower School. The camp will be held Monday, March 25-Thursday, March 28 from 8:00 am-4:30 p.m.  This full day camp will be housed in the Lower School Innovation Lab and will include baking, playing outside, reading stories, taking neighborhood discovery walks, as well as daily field trips. Students will pack a lunch every day. The cost for the week is $400. Your account will be billed the camp fee.

Linda Resch, Lower School After Hours Coordinator is the facilitator of the program. If you have any questions, please reach out to Linda Resch. Siblings of CSG students that are within the PYC-Lower School age range are also eligible to attend.  The camp maximum is 30 students. Registration Link

Spring Break Dance Camp

We are excited to launch our Spring Break Dance Camp! The Center for Equity and Belonging is bringing together dance teachers from all over the region to share dance styles from around the world. This fun-filled camp will be available for students in Forms III-XII, and each student will have the opportunity to learn four different styles of dance.  Classes will be held from 8:30 am-4:30 pm during the second week of Spring Break, March 25-28, with no classes held on Friday, March 29, as school will be closed for Good Friday.  Space is limited, so please register now!

Have questions?
Please reach out to me, Betsy Gugle, at 614-252-0781, ext. 110 or Jane Rudicel, Lower School Administrative Assistant at 614-252-0781, ext. 111. 

Contact Us! 

Betsy Gugle  
Lower School Director
614-252-0781 ext. 110

Jane Rudicel 
Lower School Admin Assistant
614-252-0781 ext. 111

LS Counselor – Betsy Esser (ext. 290)
Learning Specialist – Jen Glimpse (ext. 208) 
Reading Specialist - Claire Rothchild (ext. 428) 
Nurse –  Jennifer Scheiderer (ext. 105)
Lower School Librarian  Annie Ruefle (ext. 143) 

Dates to Remember...

24  Form V Mother/Daughter ROX Self-Defense Class
      10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

01   Big/Little Sis Event
02  Lower School Dance - 6:00-8:30 p.m.
06  Forms IV-V Math Olympiad Competition - 3:30-4:15 p.m.
07  Musical Showcase - Forms I-III Families invited - 8:30-9:15 a.m.
12   Form IV Cynthia’s Woods Field Trip
14   Lower School Science Fair-Families welcome 8:15-9:00 a.m.
15   Senior Day
16-31  Spring Break
25-28 Spring Break Camp (PYC-LS), Dance Camp (Forms III-V)

*Events in bold indicate when Parents/Caregivers are invited!


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