March 15, 2016

Blooming Readers NEED YOU!

by Leona Houchens, Editor

Children grow as readers very much like tender young plants grow. The seeds of a good reader are planted long before a child reaches school. Good readers begin by hearing stories read to them in the fertile soil of love and encouragement. Every word spoken to them is like water nourishing the beginning roots of their experience. The more a child hears the words describing what they are experiencing, the more words they will know and understand when they read.

This was made evident to me when one of my 2nd graders didn't know that "bark" is the rough stuff that covers a tree's trunk. Their parent was appalled that they did not know what "bark" is, saying they have seen "bark" many times before! "Yes, but did you ever say the word 'bark' when being around a tree with your child?" A light went on in the parent's eyes, showing they now understand that they are more their child's teacher than I am. Think about it - SO ARE YOU!

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Be Playful when reading with your child

Taken from the Reading Connection

Try to read to your child everyday. You can use different voices for different characters ( a high, squeaky voice for a mouse, or a deep booming voice for a horse). Or substitute your youngster’s name for the main character's name, and use family members’ names for other characters. Note: You don’t have to be an expert reader - Your child will always love it when you read aloud because it’s you.


Thanks to Mrs. Sutherlin - Our Supply of Good Books Will Never Run Out!

by Kendra Collins

Do you know the real librarian? She hides in the shadows and only comes out at night…No, not really! Mrs. Sutherlin is not a shadow dweller; she is just a really busy lady. She has been the South Dearborn District Librarian for two years. She taught English and has a Masters Degree in library science. She loved the library in college, but when she was little where she lived they didn’t have a public library. She wanted to be a teacher, so she got her degree in English and she ended up loving the library more. She also teaches a class at the high school. She said she enjoys working at MES because the students and staff are good to her. She loves being the district librarian because she gets to be with kids from kindergarten until graduation.

Mrs. Sutherlin reads a lot! She likes a variety of books and takes part in several book discussions. For the past three years, she has been on the Picture Book Committee to help pick Young Hoosier books. This means she reads 80 books over the summer, writes a book report on each one, and makes up an activity for each book. Out of those 80, only 20 get picked for the Young Hoosier Program. So now you know about our behind the scenes librarian, or should I say behind the books librarian.


It will soon be time to PARTY! Each year, students in 2nd and 3rd grades can read 12 picture books, and 4th through 6th graders have the opportunity to read five chapter books from the Young Hoosier Books display in the school library. These books are specially picked by educators who read hundreds of books to vote on the ones best suited for young Indianans. Before school is out, more than 50 students are looking forward to celebrating their reading accomplishments with a Young Hoosier Awards Party.

6th Graders Learn To Read Better With Mr. Nalley Around!

by Carley Richardson

Standing taller than the chalk board and looking like presidential favorite Abe Lincoln without his hat, Mr. Nalley has even higher expectations for his 6th grade students. One of Mr. Nalley's goals as a teacher is to see his sixth graders improve at least one reading level in his class. One way he does this is by reading to his students. Mr. Nalley says: “I think it is important to read to my students, because they can see that adults, even males like to read. Furthermore, reading to students helps to increase their listening comprehension.” He feels that sixth grade is one of the last chances to get students to enjoy reading. His classes read high interest novels, and he teaches his students to make a movie in their head as they read.

Mr. Nalley has been a teacher for 20 years, teaching sixth grade for 18. He says he enjoys his job, but each year brings new challenges. Even though he loves his job, there are things he doesn’t like about it - like all of the nonsense the politicians place upon teachers and students. Mr. Nalley's favorite time of the year is December when he gets to teach his students about holiday traditions from around the world. When not teaching, Mr. Nalley likes to go to the gym, watch superhero movies(Iron Man is his favorite), do things with friends, and read, read, read!

Roving Reporter Keegan Goodpaster finds 3rd graders who share their favorite stories.

Thanks to all who gave towards Pennies For Patients for a grand total of $1,162.32

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Sydney Montgomery & Shelby Booth each paid a dollar to Pennies For Patients to wear their hats and look so cute!

South Dearborn High School Learn to Swim SIGN UP!

Wednesday, March 16th, 5:30-7pm

SDHS Main Entrance Hallway

Swimming Lessons are $55.00 per child for each session.

March 28,29,30,31, April 4,5,6,7 for Sessions 1 (5:30-6:15) & Session 2 (6:15-7:00)

April 11,12,13,14, April 18,19,20,21 for Sessions 3 (5:30-6:15) and Session 4 (6:15-7:00)

6th Grade SDMS Parent Meeting

Wednesday, March 30th, 6-7:15pm

MES Cafeteria

Don't Miss This! This is the time when 6th grade parents and students can ask questions and learn about scheduling classes at the Middle School. At the meeting, you will be given scheduling forms to be turned in no later than Thursday, April 7th. We hope you and your sixth grader will be in attendance!

SPRING into the Book Fair Online!

Monday, March 21st, 12am


MES will be hosting the Book Fair at school the week after returning from Spring Break. Parents can shop online starting March 21, or they can use this link to see the catalog. Items purchased online will be delivered to the school, so there's no shipping! There are a lot of books online that will not be at the fair, especially for older readers.

Don't Miss "GRANDS DAY" at the Book Fair!

Calling all Grandparents who read with their grand children! If you shop at the book fair Thursday, April 7th from 7:00 - 8:30 A.M., you will receive a 20% discount on your entire purchase. You can also enjoy a doughnut while you shop!

Let's Play Book Fair Week Dress Up

Friday, April 1st, 8am to Wednesday, April 6th, 7pm


Friday, April 1st will be Tie-Dye Day, so everyone wear tie-dye shirts.

Monday, April 4th will be Green Day, so everyone wear green.

Tuesday, April 5th, will be Hat & Glasses Day, so wear a hat and sunglasses.

Wednesday, April 6th will be Hawaiian Day, so wear any appropriate Hawaiian clothing!

Join Us for some Hawaiian fun!


Wednesday, April 6th, 5:30-7pm

MES Main Hallways

DO NOT MISS THIS FAMILY FUN EVENT!!!! It's a Hawaiian Party complete with games, food, and good books. Add a page of togetherness to your family's story. You may even win a basket raffle!
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Robotics After School Program

Friday, April 1st, 12am

Aurora Elementary School, Rm B113


Activity Times: April 4, 6, 11, 13, 20, 21, 25, 28, and May 2 & 5 from 3:45-5:15

Students will be building Legomindstorm EV3 robots and program them to complete sequential level tasks. Youth work in pairs to problem solve, design, and program robots. The first 30 to register from grades 3-6 in the South Dearborn School District will be the lucky ones to join this program. Adult volunteers, or high school youth with robotics experience is needed! To register contact Liz Beiersdorfer with student's name, parent’s name, phone number, email address, robotics experience and grade level. If you need any accommodations, please notify Liz as soon as possible.

Contact Liz Biersdorfer at - 812-926-1198. Email - .

4-H Spark Veterinary Science Club

Monday, April 4th, 6:30pm to Thursday, April 14th, 6:30pm

Lawrenceburg Public Library

Also on April 9 & 18 - 6:30 at North Dearborn Public Library

There will be lots of hands-on activities planned to learn about vertinary medicine careers and procedures.

Speaker: Lesley Stonechiper (Local small animal vet)

Cost: $15 4-H enrollment fee

To reserve your spot or ask questions contact:

Liz Beiersdorfer at (812) 926-1189,

Principal's Corner

by Janet Platt

Congratulations to the third, fourth, fifth and sixth grade students for completing the first round of ISTEP+ testing. The teachers tell me that our students definitely worked hard and put forth their best effort. That's all we ask! The students will complete the second part of the test, which is administered online, during the week of April 18th. The Department of Education has indicated the results should be available in June.

The third grade students also took the IREAD-3 test last week. This early literacy test is the state required assessment students must pass in order to be promoted to fourth grade. That is a lot of pressure! Students who do not pass will have the opportunity to retake the test in June. The results of this assessment will be received before the end of the school year.

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