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September 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.

You can also view these events on the calendar by clicking on "Upcoming Events".


September 5: Labor Day (NO SCHOOL)

September 6: PTO Meeting 7PM

September 9: End of Midterm

September 14: Midterms Posted

September 15: PTO after school movie

September 16: PTO Fundraiser due

September 17: Honor Choir Performance @ 2:00PM-2:15PM on the Martinsville Square.

September 26: Fall School Pictures

September 27: Pacers Boomer Convocation

September 26-30: College Go Week

September 26-30: Childhood Cancer Awareness Coin Wars-PTO

September 30: PTO VIP Party for fundraiser for those that earned this prize

October 3: Honor Choir Performance at the MHS @ 7:00PM

October 4: PTO Meeting, 7PM

October 7: 1st nine weeks ends

October 10-14 Fall Break

October 17: School Resumes

October 19: Report cards sent home

October 19-20: Parent Teacher Conferences, 5-7PM

October 24: PTO Storybook Pumpkin Patch contest

October 31: Fall classroom parties

November 1: PTO Meeting 7:00PM

November 3: Safety Matters presentation

November 3: PTO after school movie

November 10: Picture retakes

November 11: Veterans' Day Program

November 14-18: Book fair

November 15: Grandparents Night

November 23-25: Thanksgiving Break

December 2: PTO Breakfast w/Buddies 7:40AM-8:15AM

December 5-9: Food Drive

December 6: PTO meeting 7:00PM

December 8: PreK & Kindergarten Winter Concert

December 16: 2nd Nine weeks ends

December 20: Winter classroom parties

December 21-January 3: Winter Break

January 4: School Resumes

School Hours

Doors Open

8:25AM Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

10:25AM Wednesdays


School Starts

8:40AM Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

10:40AM Wednesdays


School Ends

3:40 Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays


PreK Hours for Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

AM Session: 8:40-11:15AM (Doors open at 8:25AM)

PM Session: 12:50-3:40PM

PreK does not meet on Wednesdays

WELL Wednesday Information-Every Wednesday

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2022-2023 District Covid Protocols

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Project Lead The Way Opportunity for South Students

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Anti-Bullying Campaign 2022

The Metropolitan School District of Martinsville will kick-off an "Anti-Bullying Campaign" on Tuesday, September 6, 2022. The purpose of the Campaign is to educate students about the various forms of bullying and the steps they can take to help stop bullying. The long-term goal is to eliminate "bullying" in our schools and to better provide a learning environment where students respect and treat one another with more kindness.

Health and safety experts conclude:

1) Preventing bullying among children requires more awareness and intervention among adults.

2) All school personnel should be aware of the extent of the bully/victim problems in our school and should involve themselves in changing the situations.

3) Bullying prevention interventions improve the overall school climate.

4) Bullying prevention interventions should target the entire school population.

5) National bullying prevention experts recommend that schools research the subject and develop a school anti-bullying plan, which might include developing school rules against bullying, establishing classroom rules against bullying, raising school awareness, and conducting staff and student discussions on the subject.

South Elementary School of Communications will be participating in activities throughout the month to educate students.

Picture Day-September 26th

Picture Day for South Elementary School of Communications is scheduled for Monday, Sep 26. Order online at inter-state.com/order. This event's Order Code is 69203VF.

Food Service Information

Breakfast: Free for all students


Lunch: $2.60 per student



Our Free & Reduced Application will be called Curricular Materials & Meal Assistance Application. For the 2022-2023 school year, breakfast will be free. However, this application is still needed for families to receive a possible discount on lunch and curricular fees. It is used by multiple agencies to award additional funding to the district and students.

Assistance Application


Video that explains the benefits

RSVP IN SKYWARD FAMILY ACCESS

Families, to ensure we have the correct telephone, email, address information for your students, please complete our Returning Student Verification Packet in Skyward Family Access.
-Link -> https://webspeed1.msdtech.net/scripts/wsisa.dll/WService=wsEAplus/seplog01.w

Arrival

  • The doors open at 8:25AM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
  • The doors open at 10:25 on Wednesdays.
  • School begins at 8:40AM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
  • School begins at 10:40AM on Wednesdays.
  • We ask that all parents/guardians dropping students off remain in their vehicles during drop off.
  • We will have South staff members outside to guide the students into the school.
  • You can drop off students at the front of the building in the front drive or in the circle lot.
  • Staff will be located at both locations to assist.
  • Please be patient during arrival as we want to make sure that everyone remains safe.

Dismissal

  • Busses are loaded between 3:35PM- 3:40PM
  • Walkers dismissed and begin loading vehicles at approximately 3:45PM
  • Parents/guardians picking up students should remain in their vehicles during dismissal. Students will be called to each vehicle.
  • PreK, Kindergarten and Daycare students can be picked up in the circle lot. If a PreK or kindergarten student has an older sibling at South, the older sibling would be picked up in the circle lot also.
  • Students in grades 1-4 can be picked up in the front drive. In the front drive, cars will be moved up in line once the busses have been loaded and dismissed.
  • Traffic in both locations will remain stopped until students are loaded safely. Staff members will be calling names so that students come to the vehicles.
  • Remain in the car rider lines and follow staff direction for movement.
  • Please be patient during dismissal as we want to make sure that everyone remains safe.

Reminders

Absences

  • To report an absence for your child, please call the office at (765) 349-1486 by 9:00AM.
  • It is important for students to be at school unless of an illness and to be on time.

Checking A Student Out Of School Early
  • Only adults listed on a student's emergency contacts will be able to check out a student from school. In addition, anyone picking up a child, will need identification to be able to check a student out of school.


Visitors

  • No Visitors will be allowed beyond the front foyer area unless they have an approved, scheduled meeting. We will not be having visitors for breakfast or lunch. If a volunteer event is approved, a background check will need to be completed prior to the event.

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

SOUTH HONOR CHOIR STUDENTS

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Chess Club

  • Chess Club is for students in grades 2-4
  • Chess Club is sponsored by Bill and Beth Pilat
  • Chess Club meets every Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 at MHS cafeteria
  • Chess Club starts for new members on Wednesday, September 7th and September 14th
  • Chess Club Starts for All members September 21st
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Hat day

A big thank you to all that participated in Hat Day! We raised $162 for the Habitat for Humanity Partner Building.

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 “Get Involved Form” 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 September 6, 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.


PTO OFFICERS

Co-President: Bethany Willard & Samantha McDaniel

Vice President: Leslie Arthur

Secretary: Jessica Hostetter

Treasurer: April Shover

PTO Sponsor Calendar Fundraiser-Due September 16th

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PTO After School Movie-September 15th

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RVCC Annual Winter Coat Giveaway

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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.

https://artiescafe.org/schools/msdmv_2309140234403588/mealapps/Application_Packet_-_Form.pdf


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.

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A Note from Mrs. Wadlington, School Counselor

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