Southside News

February 5, 2016 ~ Lifeskill is RESPECT Next Week

From Mr. Backmeyer's Desk

This week's newsletter is packed with important information. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Mrs. Jackson and I will be at a Shaping Student Mindsets: Promoting Academic Attitudes, Persistence and Performance conference with a few other school administrators next week (Wednesday-Friday). Thank you to our Southside PTO for supporting us on this trip! We have a communication and safety plan in place, and will be checking in with Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Novreske on a daily basis. Have a great week!


February 19 - PTO Pizza Bingo

February 25 - Math Bowl

February 29-March 11 - ISTEP+ window opens for grades 3-6

March 7 - 6-7PM @ Southside - Kindergarten Round Up

March 7 - 11 - Kindergarten registration continues in the office from 9AM-2PM

March 7 - 11 - IREAD testing for 3rd graders

March 14-18 - SPRING BREAK

MARCH 24 - IN SCHOOL - Make-up Day #2

MARCH 25 - IN SCHOOL - Make-up Day #1

2 Hour Delay? Cancellation?


Click HERE!


Grades 3-6 will be testing for ISTEP+ and/or IREAD (only 3rd grade) on the following dates. Please try and schedule doctor appointments around these dates. It is very important that your student is here!

Save the Dates:

3rd- February 29 & March 2 - ISTEP & March 8-9 - IREAD

4th- February 29 & March 1& 2

5th- March 3, 7-8

6th- March 3, 4, 7

Universal Design for Learning - Representation

Universal Design for Learning is:

A framework for creating instruction that focuses on the “what,” the “why” and the “how” of learning. Employees in BCSC use this framework to design everything from classroom lessons to faculty meetings to parent newsletters. This week we start with the “what.”


What does content look or sound like? We provide options for PERCEPTION.


A book from the library


An eBook downloaded from sites like myON, Kindle or Bartholomew County Public Library that may have audio tools or in-text vocabulary help.

Home connection: Ask your child about his or her preferences for reading. Technology permitting, explore the links above together and talk about the different ways text is represented. Your child may surprise you with some interesting contributions to this discussion!


Pre-Sale Order Form - Order to Guarantee your Pizza!


SEE Pizza Bingo Pre-Sale Order Form ABOVE this box! GUARANTEE that we have PIZZA for you!

NEED HELP - Please sign up for Southside Bookstore 2015-2016 on VolunteerSpot

This sign up is for Southside Bookstore 2015-2016. Sign up online today and receive automated reminders for your spot!

Students can purchase items from the bookstore - Tuesday-Thursday 7:45-8:10 AM

PTO Webpage -

Stay in touch with our Southside PTO Facebook Page

BOX TOPS...It's Hip to Clip!

What? Box Tops for Education Competition!

When? Now until February 24!

What happens if you win?

  • 1st place - $50 for your classroom!

  • 2nd place - $25 for your classroom!

  • 3rd place - $25 for your classroom!


  1. Turn in Box Tops for Education to your teacher.

  2. Check the expiration date. Expired ones must be discarded.

Teachers will submit sheets of 50 Box Tops. Totals* will be posted in the commons.

*Totals include the Box Tops collected since the beginning of this school year.

Every Box Top earns our school 10 cents! Prizes go to TOP 3 CLASSES!

Where can you find Box Tops? Click here for the list of products!

Help the Nurse??

Our nurse NEEDS Sizes 4-10 Boys/Girls Elastic-Waist Pants! Thanks!


WE NEED your feedback about eLearning!

A SURVEY was sent home and we NEED it filled out and RETURNED!

eLearning Day?? To learn more click the link- BCSC's eLearning Day

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PreK & Kindergarten Enrollment

It is that time of year again. Do you have a student turning 4 by August 1st? Did you know BCSC offers PreK at most of our elementary schools? Please see the flyer below for more information on how to enroll your child.

Kindergarten Round Up is scheduled to begin the week of March 7th. We will have one evening opportunity to sign up students turning 5 before August 1st and then office hours from 9:00 - 2:00 for enrollment.

If you have a child you feel would benefit for early Kindergarten enrollment you can view the application materials online beginning Feb. 1st. The deadline to turn in applications for early Kindergarten enrollment is April 1st. This is only for students younger than 5 by August 1st. SEE IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS BELOW

2016-17 BCSC Busy Bees Academy PreK Brochure

Want to know more about the APPLICATION for PreK? Click this green link above!

Middle School Open House Information

For 6th graders and their parents:

Central Middle School /Central CSA

February 17th

CSA PBL demonstration 5-6 p.m.

Sports/Clubs available- 5:45-6:20 p.m. Commons/Cafeteria

Presentation/Tours 6:30 p.m.

Information on Academic Challenge (AC) and earning high school credit available.

Northside Middle School

February 18th

Activity Fair (sports, clubs, etc. will have info booths in Gym 2) 6:00 p.m.

Presentation/Tours 6:30 p.m.

Information on Academic Challenge (AC) and Global Studies Pathway programs available.

Open House Flyer Enrollment Scheduling Timeline


Information on this great program. Southside has seen HUGE gains for students who are partnered with a "big". We NEED 10 BIGS - If you have time or know someone who would be a good fit, please consider this program.

Concussion Discussion - 2/9 @ 6:30 PM

Evening lecture free & open to the public. Special Guest Doctor from University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Dr. Melissa Womble

LOOK: FREE Access to Thousands of Digital Books

Through the Hoosier Family of Readers initiative, students and their families across the state will have unlimited access to reading material on myON, giving families an opportunity to share rich literacy experiences together regardless of their socioeconomic status or whether or not there is a proficient reader in the home.



How to Log In to myON

1. Go to

2. Enter the School Name: Hoosier Family of Readers (The School Name will automatically populate as you type)

3. Enter the username read and password read.

4. Click the green Sign In button.

Get Connected with REMIND

CLICK HERE for directions on how to receive text message updates from Southside/Mr. Backmeyer

REMIND ME! Join the SES Community to receive EMERGENCY and EVENT information!

WHAT IF there was an EMERGENCY? WHAT IF we needed to GET INFORMATION TO YOU? This is a QUICK and EASY way to communicate needed information TO YOU!

Click on the Get Connected with REMIND above this article OR click on this link to get connected -

Instructions in Spanish - click here


Annual pop tab contest has begun.

Did you know that the meal assistance is not just about lunch?

If your family meets the income qualifications for free or reduced lunch, and even if your child brings his or her lunch to school, there are several benefits that may be available for your family. Textbook Assistance, High School - ACT/SAT Testing Fees & Dual Credit/AP Courses, Discounted Internet service, Discounted Computer, Discounts for Sports Program Fees, iCare afterschool program are some possibilities. See more information by clicking the links below.

Links to GREAT Information - More than Lunch 2016

Spanish version Spanish, More than Lunch

Questions? Please contact: Suzi Bruin, BCSC Nutrition Assistance Coordinator, at 812-314-3851 or

Our Vision & Mission

Southside Vision

Good, Better, Best,

Never rest,

Until Your Good is Better,

and Your Better is Best!

Southside Mission

The Southside community will ensure all learners demonstrate growth by modeling positive choices and recognizing the gifts and challenges of each student through a collaborative working environment.

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