February 19, 2016 ~ Expert Learner Characteristics
From Mr. Backmeyer's Desk
I am going to try something NEW for this week's newsletter! I like to leave some important things from previous newsletters for you, BUT how do you know what is NEW? I will be putting pictures with the new newsletter items and will just leave the text of the previous items so you can tell the difference! Hope this helps!
February 19 - PTO Pizza Bingo TONIGHT
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 23 - IN SCHOOL - Make-up Day #3
MARCH 24 - IN SCHOOL - Make-up Day #2
MARCH 25 - IN SCHOOL - Make-up Day #1
PTO Pizza BINGO TONIGHT!
Presented by Southside PTO with Pizza by ZwanzigZ
- Friday, February 19, 2016 from 5:30-8:00pm - FREE bingo begins at 6:00pm!
- Lots of great prizes!
- Cheese/Pepperoni Pizza, Desserts, and Bottled Water available for purchase.
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
Stay in touch with our Southside PTO Facebook Page
PTO Webpage - http://www.bcsc.k12.in.us/southsidepto
Universal Design for Learning - Representation
Last week, we looked at options for representing language, mathematical expressions, and symbols by comparing UDL to the back of a cake mix box. This week, we look at options for comprehension or understanding.
Here are a few links that support options for comprehension.
Digging for answers This Smithsonian website activates and supplies background knowledge of interesting topics in a game like setting.
3-D Geometry Highlighting patterns and critical features in geometry helps students understand big ideas and concepts.
Read with Me Another digital reading site, but this one offers adults a glimpse at how to guide information processing with young readers.
Quizlet As the name indicates, this site offers thousands of ways to practice transfer and generalization of information. From flashcards to word games, “study sets” can be created for all manner of vocabulary in several languages as well as math facts.
Many of our classrooms offer some flexible seating options.
5th graders playing games during STAR time!
Write, write, write!
A group of 3rd grade students working hard on a writing assignment!
to our new boys & girls bathrooms!
The new sprinkler system is installed in the library!
In need of...
toilets and partitions! Making progress!
BOX TOP CONTEST standings as of TODAY - 1. Jones 2. Arbuckle 3. Blasdel
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!
Turn in Box Tops for Education to your teacher.
Check the expiration date. Expired ones must be discarded.
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!
ISTEP+ and IREAD
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
Snow Days, Delays, and Alerts!
Remember that the first 5 will be snow days that are made up after Spring Break. These days will not be e-learning days. E-learning days will begin on the 6th snow day or on any snow day after spring break. To learn more click the link- BCSC's eLearning Day.
Since we have had three snow days, we will be IN SCHOOL on March 23rd, March 24th, and March 25th.
2 Hour Delay? Cancellation?
WANT TO RECEIVE TEXT/EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS FROM BCSC?
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
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.
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.
- Click on this link - Students can download up to 20 titles for offline reading using free mobile apps for iPad and Android tablets.
You can use http://www.arbookfind.com/ to check if a book is within your child's reading range.
How to Log In to myON
1. Go to https://www.myon.com/school/hoosier/
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.
CLICK HERE for directions on how to receive text message updates from Southside/Mr. Backmeyer
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Instructions in Spanish - click here
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Vision & Mission
Good, Better, Best,
Until Your Good is Better,
and Your Better is Best!
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.