South Side Family Newsletter
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!
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.
Kindergarten Round Up
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.
To shop online just use
We Hope to See You at the 2018 VIP Dance
Noble County Spelling Bee
Congrats to our County Bee Trailblazer, Lauren B. She won the school bee and traveled to Central Noble to compete in the county bee. Lauren did a great job representing our school and finished in fourth place.
Fourth Grade students received a visit from Science Central to teach us about energy. The kids had the opportunity to build working circuits that turned on lights, made fans spin, and alarms sound. The visit was made possible by the Noble County Community Foundation.
Students at South Side have been traveling the world with the help of Google Expeditions, a program that allows us to see 360 degree views of many places around the globe.
Noble County Spelling Bee
Many types of erosion
Fourth grade students recently learned about wind, water, and glacial erosion with a demonstration of each type with Ms. Roberts's erosion table.
The students pictured above are part of our school robotics team(s). Our robotics teams have been representing the school well with two competitions. They will travel to West Noble this Saturday.
Sixth grade students learned all about the American Dust Bowl with an exciting Amazing Race competition. This gave students an opportunity to collaborate with peers in order to learn about an important part of American History.
Many types of erosion
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!
*PLEASE NOTE: PARENTS ARE NEEDED TO START NEW TROOPS!!!
For additional information, or if you are unable to attend, please contact:
Stephanie Mounsey at 260.422.3417 x152 or Stephanie.firstname.lastname@example.org
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