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November 2022

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Empowering Students Through Communications & Lifelong Learning

At South Elementary School, we are a learning community nurturing a culture to provide students the skills necessary to be active, productive, and responsible citizens while empowering students through communications.

WRTV & Scripps Howard Foundation, If You Give A Child A Book Event

"At WRTV, we believe giving children books can take them new places, open their imaginations, fuel big dreams, plant the seeds for future success and help break the cycle of poverty. Children who lack ongoing access to a rich selection of books spend far less time reading, resulting in lower reading proficiency and a struggle to complete high school and prepare for the world beyond. Unfortunately, many children in low-income neighborhoods lack access to the quality books they need to become competent readers. That’s where our annual “If You Give a Child a Book …” campaign in partnership with the Scripps Howard Fund steps in."

Our book drive will provide FREE BOOKS to local kids and teachers at South Elementary through a Scholastic Book Fair in January. The kids will be able to choose their own books.

"Several higher education studies have found that when children select their own books, they are more likely to enjoy reading and score higher on comprehension tests. The Scripps Howard Fund’s partnership with Scholastic Books ensures children get to do just that. We’ll bring Scholastic Book Fairs to South Elementary School of Communications so students can select their own books to take home."


ALL A HONOR ROLL for 1st 9-weeks

Perfect Attendance for 1st 9-weeks

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Accelerated Reader Recognition

Congrats! This South Dolphin is currently the top South AR student overall with 837.5 points and the top 9 weeks AR student with 313.4 points. Awesome job!
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Anti-Bullying Campaign

October was National Anti-Bullying Month

November 14-18 is National Anti-Bullying Week

South staff and students continued spreading the messages of anti-bullying and kindness by making signs, kindness rocks, and a kindness tree full of positive messages, participating in guidance lessons, and getting anti-bullying buttons to wear.

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Coin War Results

We raised a total of $1,278.30 for Riley Children's Hospital. PTO will present a check to Riley Children's Hospital for $1,300.00.

Mrs. Harris' class was the coin war winner raising $174.35 . The class received a DONUT PARTY!

Thanks for all of the participation. .

South Storybook Pumpkin Patch

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Storybook Pumpkin Patch Winners

Daylight Savings Time Ends

Remember to move your clocks back one hour,

Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 2:00AM Daylight savings time ends.
You can also view these events on the calendar by clicking on "Upcoming Events".

November 1: Robotics Team Parent Information Meeting 6:00PM

November 1: PTO Meeting 7:00PM

November 3:Ms. Richards' class visits WCBK

November 3: Safety Matters presentations

November 3: PTO after school movie 3:40PM-5:30PM

November 3: Robotics Team Try-outs 5:45-6:15PM

November 4: Classes participating in ALICE Drill Walking Field Trip

November 10: Picture retakes

November 11: Veterans Day Program, 9:30AM, featuring 3rd & 4th graders

November 14-15: PLTW Field trip 3rd Grade

November 14-18: Book fair

November 14-18: National Anti-Bullying Week

November 15: Grandparents Night & Title I Workshop , 5:30-7PM

November 16: Midterms posted

November 23-25: Thanksgiving Break

December 5-9: Food Drive for Gunner's Food Pantry

December 6: PTO meeting 7:00PM

December 8: PreK, Kindergarten & 3rd grade Winter Concert, 6:30PM

December 16: 2nd Nine weeks ends

December 20: Winter classroom parties

December 21-January 3: Winter Break

January 4: School Resumes

Good Attendance Matters

Good attendance, including being on time to school, is important for the following:

  • Increasing sense of belonging and connection
  • Increasing sense of community
  • Achieving a better sense of time management
  • Learning new skills
  • Developing a routine/habit of success
  • Being part of the school spirit and excitement
  • Showing pride
  • Improving language skills
  • Preparing for next grade level
  • Preparing for real life
  • Having fun
  • Being with friends
  • Getting to know new people
  • Keeping up with school work
  • Increasing preparation and opportunities for success with tests and quizzes
  • Developing structure
  • Feeling a sense of accomplishment and achievement
  • Showing future employers that you are reliable

Congratulations to our September Attendance Winners by Grade Level! Pineapple Pete Visited to Celebrate!

Project Lead the Way Opportunity for South Students

Dear Families,

As part of our District STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) initiative, the

MSD of Martinsville will implement a district wide learning experience for our K-4

students. During this two (2) day experience, students and teachers will visit the

Innovation Center at Brooklyn STEM Academy to participate in a grade specific,

hands-on, projected based learning opportunity. This program will introduce the

teachers and students to the PLTW (Project Lead The Way) Launch curriculum.

PLTW Launch is an Evidence-based Learning platform for PreK-5 students. Through

PLTW Launch, students become hands-on problem solvers and learn to collaborate

with their fellow students.

The MSD of Martinsville is dedicated to the STEM education of all students and is proud to offer this unique opportunity to engage all students in this hands-on approach. Because this is a learning experience within the district, there will not be a special permission slip. If you choose to have your child NOT participate, please fill out the PLTW Opt Out Form, and know that your child will be responsible for the missed material on their own time.

No need to pack a sack lunch. As part of our STEM curriculum, Artie’s Cafe has

developed a special STEM integrated menu. The lunch price will be the same as it is at your child’s home school. Complete menu can be found at and

clicking on “Menus”.

Thank you,

Sharon Goodin

MSD of Martinsville STEM/Skilled Trades Co-Coordinator

PTO After School Movie

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Veterans Day Program, November 11th at 9:30AM

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Morgan County Unified Track & Field Day

Honor Choir

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Red Ribbon Week

PTO Fall Harvest Festival

SPLASH made an appearance at the PTO Fall Harvest Festival

Fall Parade & Parties

Thank you to our PTO and parent volunteers for putting on a great time for students for the Fall Parade and Parties.

WCBK Visits

Thank you to WCBK for helping some of our South Dolphins to expand our communication skills and tour the radio station. The students enjoyed the visit and recording their messages to play back on the radio.

Grandparents/Family Night-November 15th, 5:30-7PM

The information below was sent home with students in October.
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South Elementary Art Club

The Art Club is open to 3rd and 4th graders that have a signed permission slip to stay on Wednesdays until 5:00 from October 19-November 16. Contact Mrs. Taylor for information.

Robotics Team

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PTO News

Want to get involved?!? Join South Elementary School PTO!!! This year's meetings will be in person, however a virtual option will be available as well. Click on this Link to fill out the “PTO Parent Volunteer Survey" and the link for our monthly meeting will be emailed to you each month. Meetings will be the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00PM. Our next meeting will be November 1, 2022. The meeting will be held at South library.

PTO has spirit wear available for purchase. There are South Elementary lanyards and shirts available. Link coming soon to be able to purchase spirit wear online.


Co-President: Bethany Willard & Samantha McDaniel

Vice President: Leslie Arthur

Secretary: Jessica Hostetter

Treasurer: April Shover

Title I Information

Federal funding has been made available through school-wide Title I services to South Elementary for the purpose of providing students with extra support in reading and language arts. This extra support is availabe for all students at South Elementary. Classroom teachers, Title I teachers, and instructional assistants will provide assistance in reading, language arts, and math through small group and indivdual instruction as children demonstrate need for support. Please contact Julie Sullivan at 765-349-1486 Ext. 1654 with any questions about support your child may receive.

Textbook Assistance

Our Free & Reduced Application will be called Curricular Materials & Meal Assistance Application. This application is still needed for families to receive a possible discount on curricular fees and is used by multiple agencies to award additional funding to the district and students. This application can be completed via Family Access.

Families, we will be sending out curricular materials fee statements soon. Reminder, if you were previously eligible for assistance, please apply again. Qualifying could reduce the cost of student curricular materials. To apply, visit the Food Service Tab on Skyward Family Access and complete the application or contact the office of your student’s school for a paper copy.

Child Safety Matters

Our school will be partnering with the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, a leader in abuse and bullying

prevention, to implement their comprehensive, evidence-based prevention program called MBF Child Safety

Matters®. Students receive two fun, engaging, and developmentally appropriate classroom lessons that

educate and empower them to prevent, recognize, and respond appropriately to bullying, cyberbullying, all

types of child abuse, digital abuse, and other digital dangers. A trained facilitator will be implementing the

program in classrooms. Parents will receive information and materials as students participate in the lessons. To

learn more about the program or about child safety, visit or download the

mobile app, “Child Safety Matters,” available at no cost from the App Store or Google Play.

WELL Wednesday Information-Every Wednesday

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Martinsville District Inclement Weather Announcement

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A Note from Mrs. Wadlington, School Counselor

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SES Photo Gallery

2022-2023 District Covid Protocols

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Stay Connected: See What's Happening!

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