The Bulldog Bark

September 9, 2022

Students and staff members signed a beam today that will be part of our school's construction project. Their names will forever be part of Timothy Ball Elementary School!

E-Learning Day on September 21st

An e-learning day is scheduled for students on Wednesday, September 21. Teachers and staff will be participating in professional development and in a safety exercise called ‘reunification’ to practice reuniting students with their parents/guardian in the event of an incident requiring evacuation from a school to another facility. Whatever the cause, if an event happens at a school or during a school event, the goal is to keep students and staff safe and then reunify each child with their parents/guardians in an efficient, accurate, and secure manner.

Please click this link for lots of useful information about protocols for students on E-Learning Days!

A Note about Grades

Elementary schools will join our middle and high schools in reporting grades at the end of each semester. Previously, elementary report cards were finalized each nine weeks. We are shifting to reporting at the end of each semester so that students have a longer time to demonstrate what they know and can do. Our focus is on mastery learning and supporting a growth mindset in our learners.

On Tuesday, October 11th, students and parents will be able to view in-progress grades in RDS.

  • This ‘in-progress snapshot’ is an update of where students currently stand at the end of the first 9 weeks.

  • Report card comments will not be made on the 9 weeks snapshot.

  • Grades from specials (art, music, PE) will not be reported until the end of the semester.

After viewing the in-progress snapshot, there will still be plenty of time to ask for help if needed, complete work, and bring grades up before the end of the semester when grades are finalized.

Please reach out to your child’s classroom teacher should you have any questions about their progress or to learn more about how you can partner with us to support your child’s academic development.

We look forward to welcoming you to Parent Teacher Conferences in late October. During Parent Teacher Conferences, we encourage a collaborative dialogue that highlights how your student is transitioning throughout the first semester. We look forward to addressing questions parents/caregivers have, sharing relevant information (engagement, strengths, NWEA, classwork, socialization, areas for growth), and establishing on-going means for communication

Employability Skills Survey

We thank you for being valued partners as we work together to educate our students.

While many people often think of student success in relation to grades or test scores, it is also important to consider the social and emotional growth of our students. Starting September 19th-Sept 26th , we will ask students in grades 3-12 for their feedback via a 20-30 minute online survey completed at school.

Please click the link below to view the entire letter from the CPCSC Department of Education about the purpose of this survey for students in grades 3-5.

Check out the amazing work of our students by clicking on the Art Show below!

The Art Show is featured during the month of September at the CPCSC Administrative Service Center!

Picture Day on September 14

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Upcoming Events

9/9 - PTO Movie Night

9/14 - Picture Day

9/21 - Distance Learning Day

9/26-9/30 - Spirit Week (College and Career Week)

9/28 - Walk to School Day

Paw Tickets - Positive Behavior

We have a new positive behavior system this year that you may have heard about from your student. When students exemplify the values and expectations on the poster below, they can earn a Paw Ticket. Each week, a Paw Ticket winner will be selected from each grade level for a weekly prize. Our students are doing an amazing job!

Cafeteria Information

2022-2023 Meal Prices

Breakfast- $1.50

Lunch- $2.45

Birthday Treats - Please give us 1 week notice on Birthday ice cream celebrations to make sure we have enough in stock. When scheduling, please include students first and last name, birthday and teacher name and grade on this form. Deposits for payment can be made thru the mealtime app or by sending check (payable to Timothy Ball Café) or cash. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact the cafeteria manager at

Free/reduced lunch - The federal program that provided free breakfast and lunch for all students has ended. If you need meal assistance OR textbook assistance, you must complete a free/reduced application at

Fifth Grade Cross Country Race

Click on the flyer below to sign up for the CPCSC Fifth Grade Cross Country Race on September 15 at Lemon Lake Park!

From the PTO

1. Our first PTO meeting will be Thursday, September 15th at 4 o’clock in the Media Center.

2. Movie night September 9th in the gym -- 5:30 doors open.

3. We still need copy volunteers - if you are interested, please email

Transportation Information

Please have your students at their bus stop 10 minutes before the posted time. Bus times can change any day due to construction, weather, etc. The times posted in Bus Planner are estimates and are subject to change. Use this link here: FIND MY BUS STOP!

The phone number for transportation is 219-663-1465 - thank you!

Timothy Ball Elementary School

Mr. Ciochina, Principal

Mrs. Bock, Assistant Principal