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Program for Young Children

Letter from the PYC Director

December 8, 2023

Dear PYC Families,

It has been a wonderful busy week in the PYC. Your daughters have experienced many new learning experiences this week. 

As an entire PYC community the girls have experienced new lunch table seating assignments. This may seem recurrent, but it is a big deal for the students. They are able to socialize with kids from other PYC classes and may have the opportunity to sit with a teacher that is not their homeroom teacher. This change helps to intentionally build our PYC into one community that learns from each other.

We were also able to have “open gym” playtime as a whole PYC this week. The rainy weather offered an opportunity for all of the classes to explore PE equipment in an unstructured environment. I watched as girls from 3/4 joined 4/5 students in elaborate imaginary play as they channeled their inner kitty cat and navigated joyously around the gym. During this time new and old relationships were solidified and discovered. 

Today we ended the week together as a whole PYC and enjoyed the “big girls” caroling through our hallways. This CSG tradition is always a nice way to welcome the holiday season. The Upper School Seniors shared songs from several holidays and read a Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. After the Senior caroling, we ended our day with our first all PYC classes group energizer. "One hand up, another hand up, today was a great CSG day, Yes!" 

Please take a look below at some of the new learning experiences that your girls had this week in their individual classes along with photos of their learning.

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

Crane Mckee Director of the Program for Young Children

3/4 Class

  • Amaryllis Discovery
    observational drawing
    "Look and Sketch"
    wondering what it is and what it could be
    exploring liquid watercolor
  • Hanukkah Holiday share with Charlotte’s Family

4/5 Class

  • Mystery Reader with Francesca’s Mom

  • Continued material exploration

  • Deeper dive in exploring trees in Cynthia’s Woods during Studio
    - sketching
    identifying leaves and different leaf formation

5/6 Class

  • Mystery Reader with Emma’s Mom

  • Joined Lower School Reading Train during Library Class

  • West African Dance performance featuring Lilliana, Sydney, Jean, Adelaide, Calli, and Thalia. Click here to watch!

 December 11-December 15


Monday, 12/11

  • December Birthday Celebrations! 
  • 3/4- PE
  • 4/5- Studio (Group 3)
  • 5/6- Studio
Tuesday, 12/12
  • Jingle Bell Jog! 9:30-11:00am, Kirk Campus (details below)
  • 3/4-Music & Library 
  • 4/5-PE
  • 5/6- PE
Wednesday, 12/13
  • 3/4-PE
  • 4/5-Studio (Group 4)
  • 5/6- Music & Library
Thursday, 12/14
  • 3/4-Studio
  • 4/5-Music & Library
  • 5/6-Studio
Friday, 12/15
  • PYC Winter Wonderland- Students are invited to dress down in their favorite winter-inspired outfit! (tennis shoes required)
  • 3/4-Studio
  • 4/5-PE
  • 5/6- PE
Looking Ahead
  • Wednesday, 1/3: Late Start, PYC Opens at 10:00am, No Childcare Available 
  • Friday, 1/5: 4/5 Class trip to Cynthia's Woods


Jingle Bell Jog!
Last year, the bitter cold kept us inside but not this year! The PYC (families and friends are welcome to meet us at Kirk Campus!) will be celebrating the season and all of the hard work they have done this year with a jog at Kirk Campus. Students should wear weather-appropriate athletic clothes (tennis shoes) and jingle bells (optional). The bus (students only) will leave CSG at 9:30am and return around 11:15am in time for lunch. 

Kirk Campus
1885 North Cassady Ave

Winter Wonderland Decorating: Volunteers Needed
We could use your help next Thursday, 12/14, after school to help turn the PYC into a Winter Wonderland! After Hours childcare with be available and free for those who are able and willing to help. Please email Julie Stevenson ( if interested!

Library Volunteering Opportunity
Ms. Ruefle is looking for some additional volunteer help in the Lower School and PYC Library during second semester; if parents (and grandparents!) might have an hour to contribute once or twice a month to help reshelf the hundreds of books in circulation each week, that would be most helpful. Volunteers might come right after morning drop off, or perhaps an hour before car line, or even proximate to lunch! If you have some time to volunteer, please email Ms. Ruefle ( with your availability. Please, no 'drop in' volunteers. We'd love to have your help, but it is important to schedule the time. Thank you!

BUILD HER Confidence in Computer Science

Register here for BUILD HER confidence in CS 
Kindergarten and Form I students will have an opportunity to gain an identity in computer science; specifically in coding and learning about current women who play a role in computer science. Your daughter will develop strategic thinking by working through small problem sets to build persistence and confidence. She will use her imagination to create small projects, make a storyboard, and learn the basic concepts of coding, as well as how computer science intersects with everyday living. 

Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30pm
Session 1- January 9, 2024
Session 2- January 16
Session 3- January 23
Session 4- January 30

Cost $160

Instructors: Dr. Furci and Dr. Palma

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 

From Sage Dining Services

Hello Columbus School for Girls Community,

At SAGE, our goal is to provide exceptional dining experiences with our fresh, delicious meals prepared from scratch. We build a diverse menu that incorporates the latest culinary trends and features your favorites.

We’re getting close to Winter Break, and we’d like to hear from you! We want to know what foods you liked and disliked so this winter/spring we can adjust your menu and continue building a program you’ll love! Please take a few minutes to complete a short survey about the dining services this year.

Please complete the survey by Dec. 15, 2023. CSG Community Survey

Thank you for your feedback and support. We love serving you! 



Vanessa Landrum | Food Service Director
Columbus School for Girls | SAGE Dining Services®
614 453-4510

Visit us on Instagram: sage_at_csg

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)


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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, Nov 26
Tue, Nov 28
Wed, Nov 29
Thu, Nov 30
Fri, Dec 1
Sat, Dec 2
Sun, Dec 3
Mon, Dec 4
Tue, Dec 5
Wed, Dec 6
Thu, Dec 7
Fri, Dec 8
Sat, Dec 9
Sun, Dec 10
Tue, Dec 12
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Kirk Campus
Wed, Dec 13
Thu, Dec 14
Fri, Dec 15
Sat, Dec 16