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Program for Young Children

Letter from the PYC Director

February 23, 2024

Dear PYC Families,

This week has been a buzz of learning and exploring in the PYC. 

In the Studio with Ms. Canyon, the girls have been busy creating their own version of The Amazing Meadow in Cynthia’s Woods. Each PYC Class has been assigned different aspects of the meadow to research and construct. This cross classroom project will be completed and shared with the entire CSG community in April during Children’s Book Week. 

The 3/4 Class spent the week preparing for this Friday’s Cynthia Woods trip. The girls were excited when Ms. Morgan joined them in their classroom to sing her song “Come with Me to the Trees”, which depicts experiencing the sights and sounds of nature. We also read The Love Letter by Anika Aldamuy and the girls found a love letter hidden at Cynthia’s Woods during their morning hike.

The 4/5 and 5/6 Class had the opportunity to join the Middle School students for their Black History Month Assembly. The girls learned about African American culture from the Middle School students in the people of color affinity group. We also enjoyed a special lunch featuring cuisine inspired by Kardea Brown an African American chef and cookbook author. 

Have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to seeing you in the Columbia House on Monday.

My best,

Crane McKee Director of The Program for Young Children


 February 26-March 1


  • February Birthday Celebrations
  • 3/4- PE
  • 4/5- Studio (Group 3)
  • 5/6- PE
Tuesday, 2/27
  • 3/4- Music & Library
  • 4/5- PE
  • 5/6- Music & Library


  • Wear Red Day to help bring awareness to the importance of heart health! 
  • 3/4- PE
  • 4/5- Studio (Group 4)
  • 5/6- Studio (Driscoll)
Thursday, 2/29
  • 3/4- Studio (Group 2)
  • 4/5- Music & Library
  • 5/6- PE Swimming Begins! (Info)
Friday, 3/1
  • PYC Red & Gold Spirit Day
  • 3/4-Studio (Group 3)
  • 4/5-PE
  • 5/6- Music & Library
Looking Ahead
  • 3/8: 4/5 Trip to Cynthia's Woods
  • 3/12: 4/5 PE Swimming Begins (Info)


Volunteer Opportunity in the Power Library 

PYC Tshirt Printing!

Hello PYC parents!

Power Library (the PYC & Lower School Library) is getting ready to celebrate TWO special events at CSG with ONE -tshirt!

The Center for Artistic and Creative Expression purchased purple t-shirts for the PYC students and faculty; our Form IV and Form V students created ink block designs, and now we are preparing for the PYC students to make an ink-print on a purple t-shirt of their own.

Students will select a female-centered message such as  “PYC loves CSG,”  or “Girl Power” or “Girls Rule.” 

We will wear our hand-printed shirts to school on these two occasions: 

  1. Friday, March 8 is International Women’s Day, and in honor of this day, we invite all faculty and staff and STUDENTS to wear these PURPLE t-shirts.  (Purple is one of the colors associated with the suffragette movement, signifying justice, dignity, and loyalty).  
  2. Tuesday, April 16, during Children’s Book Week, we will ask students to wear these same purple t-shirts again-- this time, with unicorn accessories!-- to celebrate 125 years of empowering girls to discover their distinct power as learners and leaders. 

It’s a simple ink-print process -- but we will need some additional helping hands to assist with this process in Library classes during the first week of March -- and we’d love your help.

If you are available, please sign up at the Note Nook in the PYC. 

Questions? Please reach out to PYC & LS Librarian Ms. Ruefle at 

Thank you!

Plans for the Solar Eclipse?
CSG is busy making plans for this year's Solar Eclipse on Monday, April 8th. Please take a moment to complete this quick survey to let us know if your child will be present at school, absent from school or leaving early. Thank you!

After Hours Care
If you are currently signed up to use After Hours for the year, we have you on the list and no action is needed. Please contact Jenny Morgan at if your After Hours needs have changed.   

If you need to "Drop In" for a day or several days, please make sure to email us at to confirm if there is an available spot. There is limited space and confirmation is needed

Columbus Museum Comes Alive!

CMA Comes Alive 2024

Columbus Museum of Art comes alive with fun and playful experiences for the whole family to enjoy together. This year’s theme is inspired by the art of Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson.

Evening highlights include Aminah inspired artmaking in the Studio, a collaborative LEGO® construction buildcardboard challengeDJ and dancing, and delicious dinner and dessert buffets. Plus, expect a few surprises throughout the evening!

Tickets are $100 for adults and $40 for children. Tickets include admission, buffet dinner, and cash bar.

Ticket packages and sponsorships are also available.

Wear your favorite party attire. Sparkles encouraged!

Learn More

Artwork from Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson


Top image: Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson, Porch Livin’ (detail), 2006. Watercolor and gouache on paper. Columbus Museum of Art, Estate of the Artist

Bottom image: Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson, Nightmare of Horrors: The Atlantic Slave Trade (from Dad’s Journey series) (detail), 1995. Mixed media. Columbus Museum of Art, Estate of the Artist

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 at 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 

Important Parent Resource
"Now that it’s November, temperatures are dropping and fire places are starting to get used. More importantly, families are traveling and staying in unfamiliar places. I wanted to share this reminder from our own family’s experience last winter." - Elena Chiappinelli, 5/6 Parent

PRINT: PYC Detailed-Dates List  
The Everything PYC Book  
LINK: Uniform Guidelines (New)


Are you interested in volunteering during Preschool and Kindergarten lunch? 
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Preschool and Kindergarten Lunch Volunteer Guidelines

Please arrive through the main entrance on Drexel Avenue

PYC Lunch is 11:30-12:15. We ask that you arrive 10 minutes before the start and stay after to help clean up. 

  • Parents

    • Serve fruit and vegetables, main dish and sides.  

    • Keep the serving dishes at the table. 

    • Be sure to wear gloves when handling food. 

  •  When the girls arrive, please serve milk, water, and additional condiments to those at your table. 

    • When everyone at the table has been served, they may begin eating. 

    • After about 10 minutes, begin serving seconds as needed. Please check with other tables before going up to get more food. 

  • All students are encouraged to try a “tiny/little/small” portion of the food offered. (accomplishing a taste of food includes the following: placing the food to the lips, licking the food, or taking a small bite)

    • Eggs and sun butter sandwiches are available for all students regardless of dietary restrictions and should be provided for any student that has tried the main protein served that day. 

  • If a student asks to use the restroom please inform a teacher.

  • Students begin clearing around 12:10-12:15. Girls will clear their space independently. They can also help clear the serving dishes at your table. 

    • Please wait with your table until a teacher dismisses them.

    • Parents, please wipe down tables, sweep the floor.

  • THANK YOU!!! 


LATE STARTS: PYC doors open 10:00am  
November 27
January 3
April 1

NO SCHOOL: (school closed)
Labor Day: September 4
Yom Kippur: September 25
Fall Break: October 9
ISACS Conference: November 2-3
Thanksgiving Break: November 22-November 26
Winter Break: December 18 - January 2
Martin Luther King Day: January 15
Professional Development: February 16
President's Day: February 19
Spring Break: March 16- April 1
Memorial Day: May 27

September 11
*August birthdays will also be celebrated on September 11
October 16
November 13
December 11
January 22
February 26
March 11
April 15
May 13
* June and July birthdays will also be celebrated on May 13

PYC Calendar

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Sun, Jan 28
Mon, Jan 29
Tue, Jan 30
Wed, Jan 31
Thu, Feb 1
Sat, Feb 3
Sun, Feb 4
Mon, Feb 5
Tue, Feb 6
Wed, Feb 7
Thu, Feb 8
Sat, Feb 10
Sun, Feb 11
Mon, Feb 12
Tue, Feb 13
Wed, Feb 14
PYC Valentine Celebration
Ruch Dining Room
Thu, Feb 15
Sat, Feb 17
Sun, Feb 18
Tue, Feb 20
Wed, Feb 21
Thu, Feb 22
Fri, Feb 23
Sat, Feb 24
Sun, Feb 25
Tue, Feb 27
Wed, Feb 28
Thu, Feb 29
Sat, Mar 2