CSA Lincoln Newsletter

February 12, 2016


Another great week at CSA Lincoln! Tonight we have our 5th-6th grade Friendship Dance. We had several community partners in this week to support current projects (see Project Updates). The PTO is running a fundraiser through Applebees next Wednesday, February 17th. Please see the PTO update for more details.

A special thanks to all the parents who came in to support the many Valentine's Day celebrations taking place. Dr. Quick, BCSC superintendent, came for his quarterly visit and several students shared their candy with him! He was also impressed with the extravagant designs of the V-Day boxes.

Have a great weekend!

Inside/Out Day- Friday, February 19th

Time to mix it up! Next Friday students are encouraged to dress "inside out". This might be mismatching their clothes (if they don't already) or wearing clothing the wrong direction or inside out. Just for fun!

Bookworm Winner!

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Date change for Staff vs. Student Bball game

The Staff vs. Student basketball game will be on Wednesday, February 24th (previously noted as Th, 2/25) as the Math Bowl competition is on Thursday, February 25th. The 6th grade will be hosting a Paw Pack (Grades 3-6) as a fundraiser for the Chicago Trip. All students and parents are welcome to attend the basketball game. Stay tuned for more details.

Early Departure

Please be mindful that when you remove your student from school prior to dismissal (2:45 p.m.) that is considered an early departure and does count against their attendance. Please feel free to wait in the main office or inside the main doors if picking up student "walkers".

This does not include doctor's appointments, etc. as those are considered excused.

Mrs. Deyerling & Mason's dance!

ISTEP/IRead TESTING- Save the date!

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: Tuesday, March 1st- Friday, March 11th

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

Parent Survey Results

Thank you again to all those who participated in our 1st semester parent survey. Our CIC met this past Wednesday to review the results and came up with two action plans to focus on for this semester.

Parent Survey Results

Note: There are two questions regarding the level of communication with parents and families. The first graph shows responses based at the classroom level and the second graph indicates responses based at the school administration level.

Action Plan


1. Improve authenticity of projects and strengthen community partnerships

2. Improve clarity and increase feedback regarding student progress

Detailed Action Plan:

Click here for detailed objectives, rationale, strategies and timeline for completing the two objectives.

Attendance Challenge

We will have a third quarter perfect attendance competition beginning January 19, 2016- March 11, 2016. Those students with perfect attendance will be eligible to win a Kindle Fire.

At the end of the school year, those students with perfect attendance for the entire school year will be eligible to win a laptop.

Perfect attendance means the student is present 100% of the time- no early dismissals, no late arrivals, and absences for any reason.

Contact our Guidance Counselor, Alisha Thompson, if you have questions (thompsona@bcsc.k12.in.us)


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.

  • More than 4,000 digital books ranging from illustrated and picture books to chapter books, graphic novels, literary non-fiction, photo and informational texts spanning multiple eras and cultures.
  • The collection includes 70% nonfiction, 10% Spanish or dual language and 20% Hi-Lo titles, and is continually growing.
  • A wide range of titles and topics provides varying levels of text complexity and support close reading in a range of genres and content areas, including history/social studies, science and technical works.
  • Books are available online anytime, anywhere students have access to an Internet connection, 24x7,
  • There’s no limit to the number of students who can read the same book at the same time on myON.
  • Click on this link - Students can download up to 20 titles for offline reading using free mobile apps for iPad and Android tablets.
  • Click here for detail instructions and information.


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.

Begin Reading! Click on All Books to browse through the entire myON Library and enjoy reading with your child this summer!

Get connected with Remind 101

Click here for directions on how to receive text message updates from Mr. Findley


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!

What is REMIND?

Principals everywhere are forgetting their complex phone trees and are using Remind as a simple way to keep their colleagues in the loop and build community at their schools.

Click on the Get Connected with REMIND above this article.

More than Lunch 2016

  • 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: For financial assistance with textbook fees, check the box on the back of the free/reduced lunch application
    • Elementary Backsacks Program: For weekend food, see school counselor
    • High School - ACT/SAT Testing Fees: See school counselor
    • High School - Dual Credit/AP Courses: See school counselor
    • Discounted Internet service :$9.95 per month through Comcast — Internet Essentials — 1-855-846-8376
    • Discounted Computer: $149.99 through Comcast — Internet Essentials — 1-888-710-4156
    • Discounts for Sports Program Fees: See school Athletic Director
    • iCare afterschool program: limited scholarships available - See BCSC website

  • Click here to access this information on the BCSC website.


  • Our Kindergarten classes are working on their helping Columbus pets project. They are working on how they can raise money to get supplies that C.A.R.E. needs.
  • First grade are still working hard on their habitat project. Mr. Pendleton with Guardian-K9 brought a search and rescue dog and showed to the students how she can help find missing people.
  • Second graders are continuing to work on their Genius Hour projects. Most students have had their interviews with their community partners and they are going to begin the research process of their project in the coming weeks.
  • Third graders will be rolling out their Pop Tab Contest project for the Ronald McDonald house in the coming weeks. Save those pop tabs.
  • Fourth grade are working on their Scientific Design project. They are learning about the scientific design process and will continue to grow these skills throughout the project.
  • Fifth graders are working on their Treasures project. They will be setting up displays at Viewpoint Books in the coming weeks.
  • Fifth grade and Sixth grade project managers for the Zero Heroes project have been working hard to come up with ways to measure and give feedback to classrooms on their recycling efforts. This has included the new launch of "recycle-grams" which are modeled after the husky grams and given to those students showing effort in recycling in the classrooms.

PTO Updates

Dining to Donate at Applebee's

Mark your calendars for WEDNESDAY FEB.17TH 2016 to get a delicious meal and support our school at our Applebee's Dining to Donate event. Just present the special CSA flyer during lunch, dinner or for any Carside to Go Order at the Applebee's on 25th St. and 15% of your purchase will be returned to the school! The special flyer will be sent home with your child a few days before the event or you can print it HERE. Hope to see you there!

Box Tops Competition Update

The competition is heating up and we currently have a tie between the first grade classes for first place! Mrs. Newton & Mrs. Cash's classes have each turned in 483 box tops, Mrs. Aldrich's class is next with 383, followed by Mrs. Kean's class with 233. For a complete listing and to see where your child's class ranks on our leader board after this week's box tops are tallied, check out the CSA Lincoln PTO Facebook page. The competition will run until Friday, February 19th so keep sending in those box tops!!

Pacers Fundraiser

REMINDER: If you are planning on attending CSA-Lincoln Night at the Pacers game, order forms and payment due Tuesday, February 23rd. Please make sure to get these items in on time as we cannot accept any late submissions. Thanks!

Nurse's Note

Please see this note concerning how to prevent and treat head lice. Like any school, CSA Lincoln is not immune to lice. Please read through these tips and feel free to contact our nurse, Leesa Koopman, if you have any questions.


Curious what school lunch is like these days? Maybe not, but we would love for you to come eat lunch with your student(s). It is a great opportunity to connect parents with the school. Are the grandparents looking for something to do? Send them in. Feel free to bring in something to eat or buy a school lunch. If you call ahead, they can prepare a chef salad for you (a staff favorite). Please stop in the main office, sign-in and put on a visitor's badge.


Students who are seen being SAFE, RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE, or a PEACEMAKER earn Husky Grams. The following students were caught following our school-wide expectations during the first two weeks and earned a reward!

Cole Carpenter

Jacob Pope

Calla Myers

Justin Schlaudroff

Cameron Naylor

Holden Conner

Cameron Stevens

Mrs. Aldrich

Logan Garcia

Big Brothers & Big Sisters

Information on this great program. Both here and at Northside Middle School I have seen HUGE gains for students who are partnered with a "big". If you have time or know someone who would be a good fit, please consider this program.