South Side Family Newsletter

February 2018

South Side Families,

There is a lot to talk about in the month of February at South Side Elementary! The calendar is pretty full for the month with lots of exciting things happening (see below for details).

Third through sixth grade students will complete the first portion of ISTEP+ testing beginning on Tuesday, February 27. Third grade students will take three tests that week, one each on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Fourth through sixth grade will test during these days and also have one test on Friday. All make up tests will be conducted along the way and during the following week if needed.

A few tips for ISTEP testing week:

  • Expect much less homework if any at all during that week. At home reading needs to continue nightly!
  • Please be sure that your child gets plenty of sleep during that week. Research has shown the benefit of a restful night of sleep each and every night for school age kids.
  • All students need to have breakfast before testing. If your child does not eat at home please encourage them to eat school breakfast that week (their teacher will too).
  • Encourage your child to work hard and to take their time on the tests. ISTEP is a snapshot tests that only allows one chance for students to show what they know.

Third and fourth grade students will take the first round of ISTEP tests with paper and pencil. Fifth and sixth grade will take the tests online with their laptop.

The second part of ISTEP testing will take place between April 16 and May 4 with all students taking the test online using their school issued device. More information will be coming regarding that round of testing as we get closer to those dates.

Please contact me with any questions or feedback. Have a great February!

Jeff Harper




Twitter: @enssprincipal

Winter Conferences

Teachers sent out invitations to parents that they would like to meet with. If you did not receive a conference invitation but would still like to meet with your child's teacher, please contact them to arrange a time. Our conferences will be held on Thursday, February 15 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. Teachers are available at other times that may be more convenient for you, just contact them to set up a time if needed.

Science Fair Open House

The South Side Science fair is coming up Tuesday February 20th and with that will be our science fair open house. It will be from 5-6PM. It is open to all south side families. We will have over 70 projects on display! We will also have students from IPFW coming with interactive demonstrations for students to try. Topics will include light refraction, what is in a leak-proof bag, floating rice bottles, and floating and sinking fruit and more.

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Kindergarten Round Up

We will be holding Kindergarten round up on Thursday, April 12 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at South Side Elementary. Please share this news with family and friends that will have a Kindergarten student next year. Parents will need to provide shot records, a birth certificate, Social Security cards, and any custodial documents if applicable.

Book Fair

The PTO’s second book fair of the year will take place next week, February 12-16

during your child’s regular library time. We will also be open during parent/teacher

conferences on Feb. 15 from 3:30-6pm. If you can’t make it to the book fair you can shop online from Feb. 7-20. All online orders are shipped to the school for free and all orders still help the school out.

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We Hope to See You at the 2018 VIP Dance

The Annual VIP Dance for Riley Children's Hospital will be on February 16th from 6-8 pm. It will be held in the cafe/gym area. This is a dress to impress event. Our theme is "Roll out the red carpet for Riley." It costs $2 per student and $3 per adult to get into the dance. We will have other fundraising items for sale at the dance. All proceeds will go to Riley. Last year we raised $1000, and our goal is to beat that this year. Refreshments are also available at the dance.
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Girl Scout Information Meeting at South Side

For the last 105 years, Girl Scouts has been creating girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. As a Girl Scout, your girl will participate in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience–a one-of-a-kind program where she will discover her inner G.I.R.L.TM (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) and change the world.

South Side Girl Scout Join Night

When: February 20th, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Where: South Side Elementary School Library-Enter Main Door

Who: Girls K-6 and their parents

Parents, We need you. Without you there is no Girl Scouts!

You can make a difference starting today! As part of your daughter’s troop, you’ll be trained to show your girls that they’re capable of more than they ever imagined. Girl Scouts does not take time, it gives you quality time for you and your daughter to create memories together. You'll change girls' lives, and in the process you just might change your own!


For additional information, or if you are unable to attend, please contact:

Stephanie Mounsey at 260.422.3417 x152 or

Important Dates

Feb. 12-16 NEHS food drive

Tues. Feb. 13 4:00 PTO meeting in the library

Thurs. Feb. 15 Parent/Teacher Conference by invite only 3:30 to 5:30

Fri. Feb. 16 6:00 to 8:00 Student Council Dance

Fri. Feb. 16 End of trimester 2

Tues. Feb. 20 Science Fair Open House 5 to 6 pm (back up date is Feb. 21)

Tues. Feb. 20 Girl Scout info meeting for families in the school library from 6 to 7 pm

Wed. Feb 21 School Board meeting at South Side 6:00 pm

Thurs. Feb. 22 Report cards issued

Thurs. Feb. 22 5:00 pm Math Bowl competition at Hamilton

Tues. March 13 4:00 PTO meeting in the library

Tues. March 13 6:30 pm 2nd and 4th grade music program

Tue. April 10 4:00 PTO meeting in the library

Thurs. April 12 5:30 to 7:00 Kindergarten Round Up

Fri. April 13 Progress reports issued

Fri. April 27 Arbor Day Celebration...Info and time TBD

Tue. May 8 4:00 PTO meeting in the library

Tues. May 8 6:30 pm 5th and 6th grade music program

Fri. May 25* Report cards issued on last student day