CSA Lincoln Newsletter

Friday, August 10th

Principal's Notes and Highlights

Happy Friday!


Each year I plan my message for staff around a movie. This year's theme is from Dead Poet's Society. As an educator, this movie is heartwarming, heart-wrenching and inspiring all at the same time. Mr. Keating, played by Robin Williams, embodies many of the great qualities we look for in educators. His lessons captivate the interest of students. He encourages them to start thinking on their own. Most importantly, he develops the type of positive relationship you hope all teachers form with students. I have included the iconic scene from the end of the movie for you to view.

I challenged our staff to form the type of relationship where our students would be willing to stand on a desk for us. I asked them to consider the following.

If they wouldn't stand on a desk for you, what are you going to do about it?

This is how we help students achieve their full potential. Anything less and we will have wasted an opportunity for greatness. We must appreciate the incredible responsibility we have accepted as educators and seize the day!

Updates and Notes

  • Your child may have mentioned that they now have a rest period at school. We are trying something new this year that is called Refocus for Learning. Students in grades K-2 will be taking a three minute break and will practice abdominal breathing. It is a powerful way to decrease stress by activating relaxation centers in your brain. We purchased mini-stuffed animals that the students place on their stomach during the exercise. This will help them learn how to breathe correctly. Students in grades 3-6 will be taking a five minute break after recess. Teachers will also be participating in the silent time so that everyone has a chance to shut down and reset before the afternoon begins. This will happen every day. Brody (photo) set a great example of getting his animal to go up and down with each breath!
  • We have practiced fire, tornado and earthquake drills. Next week we will practice the Lockdown and Armed Intruder drills. Teachers have a PowerPoint presentation that they will share with students prior to the Armed Intruder drill. If we had a situation where we needed to evacuate the building and would be unable to return, our reunification site would be the Columbus North Auditorium. This is where you would come retrieve your child. It may seem like we have quite a few drills planned in a small window of time, but I would rather have our children trained in all scenarios as soon as possible. Their safety is my top priority.
  • 6th graders will travel to Camp Lakeview next Thursday and Friday for the Husky Hideaway. This is a fun overnight trip!
  • The playground is getting really close to being finished! The pour-in-place surface is currently being installed and some of the seating for the outdoor classroom will be delivered over the weekend.
  • We celebrated our first round of Husky Gram Drawing Winners by going to Dairy Queen! For those that are new to the process, students turn in their Husky Grams to the jars located outside the main office. 6th grade students will draw one from each class on Friday. I get to read their name over the PA system that afternoon and we present them with a treat.
  • Finally, I asked one student per grade level to share about their first week of school. I've shared a video with their responses.

Have a great weekend!



Use the subtitles function on the student video!


BCPL Cards for Students

We will be kicking off a reading challenge for all grades in September. One of the advantages of our location is the proximity to downtown, specifically the Bartholomew County Public Library (BCPL). We have been working closely with the BCPL for a few years and just learned that we can sign students up for library cards. Our plan is to take each class once a month to the county library to check out books. These books would be kept in the classroom unless you discuss something different with your student's teacher. This is an incredible opportunity for our students to have access to a much larger variety of books than we can provide at school!

If you have questions or prefer your child not check out a book from the BCPL, please let your student's teacher know. Say yes to reading!

Husky Gram Winners

Kennedy Coy

Kyrin Young-Bey

Eli Booker

Cora Bartels

Kaylynn Hutson

Zayda Sheton

Ellie Schlaudroff

Kne'lijiah Simpson

Itzel Gonzalez-Mazaba

Megan Hiday

Braelyn Olulo

Braelei Ernest

Raegyn Foster

Isaiah Holbrook

Restricted Area- Playground

As cool as it looks, the playground is not ready for us to use. This week a company from Louisiana will be pouring the soft surface for the playground. We cannot have anyone in that area or in the playground until all work is completed or we run the risk of damaging or delaying completion of the project. No one wants that to happen! Please make sure your children stay away from the playground until we are cleared to use it.

PTO Update

Welcome back students, parents, and staff! Swing by our booth at open house to learn more about PTO and join us for our PTO Meet & Greet on Thursday, August 23rd from 6-7 pm in the school library for a quick mixer to meet fellow Husky parents and find out how you can get plugged in to our school community!
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