CSA Lincoln Newsletter

January 8, 2016


Mr. Wright's class spent part of Wednesday's morning meeting discussing one of the School-Wide Learning Outcomes (SWLO) regarding self-regulating their learning. In other words, can students figure out what they need to stay on task, stay motivated, and persevere? I was very impressed with the student conversations!

The elementary principals did a book study this fall over Mindset: The new Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck. Carol argues there are two types of mindset (fixed vs. growth).

Fixed: Assumes that our character, intelligence, and creative ability are static givens which we can’t change in any meaningful way, and success is the affirmation of that inherent intelligence.

Growth: Thrives on challenge and sees failure not as evidence of unintelligence, but as a heartening springboard for growth and for stretching our existing abilities.

In many ways, the book challenges some of the traditional philosophical beliefs in education. Our staff is currently involved in professional development on this topic as we continue to evolve and improve our instructional practices.

Many of the concepts surrounding growth mindset are relevant not just to education, but also business, relationship building, and parenting. Being new parents, the book has become a discussion point in our home. It has been one of the better parenting books we have read!

For those who might be interested in learning more about growth mindset, look for information about a book study over Carol's book after Spring Break. The books will be provided by the school and will be open to CSA Lincoln parents and staff.

You might also consider watching this six minute Ted Talk "The key to success? Grit" by Angela Lee Duckworth. It is very well done.

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Please welcome our new school secretary, Kristen Sparks!

We are excited to announce that Kristen Sparks has accepted the position of school secretary! Kristen was the unanimous choice of the interview committee. She has two daughters who attend CSA Lincoln. Kristen has worked with many children and families in Bartholomew County for several years.

Her official start date will be next Monday and she will be training with Jenny all week. Please be sure to stop in and say hello! Her email address is sparksk@bcsc.k12.in.us

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2016-2017 Enrollment Information

Please complete the below form for next year's enrollment information. This went home on Tuesday, January 5th with your student (yellow paper) if you prefer that method. This form helps us plan for next year's enrollment numbers as there will be a waiting list to get in. If you have child who will be in Kindergarten next year, this form counts as their application.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

eLearning / Chromebook Pilot Parent Night

Do you have questions about eLearning or want to learn more about the chromebook take-home pilot?

All CSA Lincoln parents are invited to join us on Thursday, January 14th from 6-7 p.m. in the CSA Lincoln gym. Nick Williams, BCSC Coordinator of Instructional Technology, Delaney George (3rd grade) and myself will be present to talk about the initiatives and answer your questions.

5th/6th Chromebook Pilot- CSA Lincoln is leading the way and has volunteered to be the first BCSC elementary school to pilot BCSC chromebooks going home with students. Information will be coming home on Monday, January 11th with 5/6th graders if you cannot attend the meeting. All students in grades 1st-4th will have the opportunity to take home their chromebook after the pilot program is completed. AUP forms will be coming home on Monday for 5th-6th grade students and must be turned in before they can take home a chromebook.

eLearning Day- Starting on the 6th snow day or any day after Spring Break (March 14-18), BCSC will have an eLearning Day. Students will NOT report to school on an eLearning Day, but will be completing assignments online through itslearning, BCSC’s online course management system. Logistics will be discussed at the meeting.

Please contact me if you have any further questions or concerns. All presentation materials will be uploaded to the parent newsletter if you are unable to attend.

2016-2017 Kindergarten Open House

We will be hosting a Kindergarten Open House on Tuesday, January 19th from 6-7 p.m. This event is for families who want to learn more about CSA Lincoln. The application window opens on January 12th and the link to the application can be found on the BCSC and CSA Lincoln website on that date. We will also have computers set up if parents want to apply at the Open House. If you know of families who are interested in attending, please encourage them to apply!

6th Grade Basketball & Cheer Recognition

We will be recognizing our 6th Grade student athletes on Monday, January 11th before our last home game of the regular season at Central Middle School. Our 6th grade student athletes should arrive at 5:00 to dress quickly and be ready. Students and parents will line up in the Central Middle School cafeteria to await introductions. Parents are asked to accompany their 6th graders out onto the court. We will begin our introductions at 5:15. Mrs. Spear will be taking photographs in the cafeteria. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Shipley (shipleys@bcsc.k12.in.us).

Please complete the below form if you are attending the game.

Elementary Basketball League (EBL) Super Saturday Bracket

Click here for the EBL bracket. CSA Lincoln is hosting (at Central) for the first time!

First Round Games(Host School)- Wednesday, January 13th Doors open @ 5: 00 p.m., games begin at 5:30 p.m.

Second Round Games(Host school)- Wednesday, January 20th Doors open @ 5:00 p.m., games begin at 5:30 p.m.

Semi-Final Round Games @ Columbus North High School- Friday, January 22nd Doors open @ 5:30 p.m., games begin at 6 p.m.

Championship Games @ Columbus North High School- Saturday, January 23rd Doors open @ 8:30 a.m., games begin at 9 a.m.

Cheer Day Competition @ Columbus North High School to start @ 2:00 p.m.

Project Updates

  • Our Kindergarten classes started their next project "100 days of huskies". The Kindergarten classes with the help of other grades in the school will be coming up with 100 reasons why they love being a husky. These posters will be displayed in the gym.

  • First grade are gearing up to start a new project learning about animals and their habitats. The will be voting on what they would like to do to help animals in the coming weeks.

  • Second graders are continuing to work on their Genius Hour projects. They have chosen a subject and will begin thinking of community partners that they can interview to answer questions they are developing.

  • Third graders are gearing up for the next project. Information to come soon.

  • Fourth grade is gearing up for the next project. Information to come soon.

  • Fifth grade and Sixth grade project managers for the Zero Heroes project have been working hard to come up with ways to measure and give feedback to classrooms on their recycling efforts. This has included the new launch of "recycle-grams" which are modeled after the husky grams and given to those students showing effort in recycling in the classrooms.

  • PTO News

    Box Tops For Education Competition & Labels for Education

    Will Mrs. Cash's class pass along the title and the trophy or will they hold on to it through the end of the school year? Get ready, our next Box Tops competition starts January 18th! To participate, just send your Box Tops in to your child's classroom or drop them in the Box Tops mailbox (located in the little red school house just inside the main doors) between 1/18/16 - 2/19/16. Be sure to label your bag or envelope with your child's teacher's name in order to get credit for your classroom!

    REMINDER: While they don't count towards the contest, they do help the school so we are now accepting Labels for Education and you can turn them in along with your Box Tops!

    Kroger Community Rewards

    This is a very easy way to help us out without any extra effort! If you have a Kroger card and shop at the Kroger located on National Rd. you just need to log into your online Kroger card account and designate CSA Lincoln as your Community Rewards recipient. Participation in this program is open to anyone who shops at the National Rd. Kroger so get family and friends with Kroger cards involved! See details below.

    IMPORTANT Reminder for current participants: For those of you who participated in 2015, this is an annual election so in order to keep your card active for CSA Lincoln PTO, you must go back in to your account after January 1st and re-enroll CSA Lincoln as your Community Rewards recipient for 2016.

    Kroger Card Sign In/Sign Up Home Page

    Click the link above to sign in/sign up. Once you are logged in, click the "Community" arrow and select "Community Rewards". Click "Enroll Now" and follow the prompts to add our organization: COLUMBUS SIGNATURE ACADEMY (LINCOLN CAMPUS) #11083

    News from the Library

    Welcome back to a new year and new books being added every week. Come in and see our 'book' snowman from discarded books.

    Our Book Fair 'Feelin' Groovy' is coming up February 8-11. If there are any parents who would like to 'help' kiddos find books, restock or just hang out in the library for a bit, please let me know.

    Looking forward to a great year!

    Mrs. Goggin

    Nurse's Note

    Please see this note concerning how to prevent and treat head lice. Like any school, CSA Lincoln is not immune to lice. Please read through these tips and feel free to contact our nurse, Leesa Koopman, if you have any questions.


    Curious what school lunch is like these days? Maybe not, but we would love for you to come eat lunch with your student(s). It is a great opportunity to connect parents with the school. Are the grandparents looking for something to do? Send them in. Feel free to bring in something to eat or buy a school lunch. If you call ahead, they can prepare a chef salad for you (a staff favorite). Please stop in the main office, sign-in and put on a visitor's badge.

    Basketball Schedules

    Updated schedules for:




    Students who are seen being SAFE, RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE, or a PEACEMAKER earn Husky Grams. The following students were caught following our school-wide expectations during the first two weeks and earned a reward!

    Yadiel Castilla

    Elsa Jimenez

    Christopher England

    Marylin Silva

    Alanna Hobbs

    Kenzie White

    Tia Brown

    Chayton slaughter

    Big Brothers & Big Sisters

    Information on this great program. Both here and at Northside Middle School I have seen HUGE gains for students who are partnered with a "big". If you have time or know someone who would be a good fit, please consider this program.

    Get connected with Remind 101

    Click here for directions on how to receive text message updates from Mr. Findley