CSA Lincoln Newsletter

November 6, 2015

Principal's Notes and Highlights

I hope you like the new newsletter! The tech geek inside me loves the clean format, options and analytics.

One of the things I love about working in an elementary school is seeing the pure joy and enthusiasm your children have in learning. Yesterday morning, I was greeted at my office door by a first grade student in Mrs. Newton's class. She had given him a choice to pick one person to read his first book too. He chose me. So we sat in my office as this young man proudly read his book. He informed me at the end that he thought it was a funny book. I told him he should be proud of himself for such a great accomplishment and thanked him for sharing the moment with me. Mrs. Newton told me later that he returned to class with a big smile and fist pumps. Simply put: Awesome!

Speaking of fist pumps of celebration, our boys basketball team picked up their first win of the season Wednesday night against Taylorsville! The girls are still winless, but are definitely improving. I have added a "Sports Report" section of our daily announcements and have been highlighting a few students after each game for hustle, passing, rebounding and defense. I'm sticking with the fundamentals!

Have a great weekend!

Veterans Day Presentation-Wednesday, November 11th

We will a have Veterans Day program from 8:00-8:30 a.m. on November 11th. Students are welcome to invite family members who are veterans to the program. They should enter through the downstairs doors for easy access to the gymnasium. For those veterans arriving early, we will have donuts and coffee available in the school library.

2015 ISTEP+ Rescore Letters

Grades 4-6 will be bringing home information regarding the 2015 ISTEP+ test. While we have not received last year's scores, they are scheduled to be made available soon. You as a parent have the ability to ask for a rescore of your student's results. Did they miss passing by a few points? I attached a letter and there is detailed information on how to request the rescore. There is a tight window for you to request the results. Please be aware of those dates.

Acuity B Testing

It is time for the 2nd round of Acuity testing. Please try to schedule appointments around these dates. There are two tests (English/Language Arts & Math).

3rd Grade is testing 11/10 & 11/11

4th Grade is testing 11/12 & 11/13

5th Grade is testing 11/10 & 11/11

6th Grade is testing 11/10 & 11/11

Lunch Time!

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.

United Way Campaign

It's that time of year again where 3rd grade hosts the United Way coin drive! Third grade has the coin tubes set up and ready to go. They run from upstairs to downstairs in the 4th grade corner of the school. Students should only drop coins before and after school as they make quite a bit of noise. Grade levels will be fighting to be the United Way Coin Drive Champion! The grade level that brings in the most coins will win a Breakfast party including donuts, orange juice, and milk! The coin drive ends at the end of the day on Monday, November 16th.

Note from the Nurse

It's that time of year again, the flu and cold season is upon us. Please remind your children to dress appropriately for the weather and to wash their hands before eating. A few things to remember are, if a child has a fever of 100.5, they need to stay home until they are fever free for 24 hrs. They cannot have had diarrhea or vomiting for 24 hrs.


Leesa Koopman LPN

Makeup, Perfume and Cologne

Please check and make sure your student is leaving these items at home. We have seen an increase in girls sharing makeup and lipstick on the playground. Teachers went over the health concerns with sharing these items with students this week.

Project Update

  • Our Kindergarten classes finished up their community helpers project and are creating a Veterans Day video to present next week.

  • First grade students are teaming up with the Fireman's Cheer Fund to spread cheer this holiday season during their current project. Please have your children bring in any new or gently used toys by November 20th.

  • Second graders will be working on a "Genius Hour" project all year- currently they are learning how because of "geniuses" we have improved many different aspects of our daily lives.

  • Third graders are currently working hard on their Rube Goldberg Projects. They will be presenting their machines at the Commons on November 16th.

  • Fourth grade are learning Indiana History and will be inviting Indiana "Living Legends" to come speak on how they have and are continuing to make a positive impact in the state and the world. Their most recent guests have included Elizabeth Choi-a Wish TV Reporter and Tom Rust- a sportscaster.

  • Fifth grade classes concluded their JA Biztown project with their trip to JA Biztown in Indianapolis November 5th. They used all the skills they have been working on from balancing checkbooks and paying bills to teamwork skills and even working short staffed at times.

  • Sixth grade students are still working hard on their Medieval Carnival that will be taking place on November 20th.
  • From the PTO

    Dear CSA-Lincoln Families,

    For those of you whose children attended, thank you for your participation in Fall Festival! The good news is that 214 kids were able to have fun with their CSA friends, teachers and administrators during non-school hours and strengthen the CSA community! Unfortunately not all of our efforts were as successful as the event itself.

    PTO is made up of dedicated parent volunteers and as parents of CSA students ourselves, we try to make decisions that we feel will be beneficial to all parents. Most of the time these decisions help to make school experiences better, but sometimes they just don't work out the way we planned. Despite our best efforts to put a dismissal procedure in place for this event that would improve safety and streamline the dismissal process, the execution of this idea missed the mark. We sincerely apologize to parents and pick up people who were inconvenienced by these efforts. Please know that we will be reviewing the Fall Festival issues to improve dismissal procedures for future events. We welcome all feedback and suggestions from you as a parent going through the dismissal process at ptocaslincoln@gmail.com to help guide these improvements.

    Thank you again and we look forward to hearing from you!





    Cheer practice 3-3:45, Choir 3:15-4:15


    Cheer practice 3-3:45, Lego Club 2:45-4:00


    Veterans Day Program 8-8:30, Basketball CSA Lincoln vs, Rockcreek 5:30 start @ Central


    Cheer practice 3-3:45, Lego Club 2:45-4:00


    Cheer practice 3-3:45


    CSA Lincoln vs. Smith 9:00 start @ Smith, Lego Competition @ FFY 9:00 a.m.

    Husky Gram Drawing Winners

    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!

    Aldrich-Jason Jones

    Newton-Dalton Jones

    Kean-Ethan Michaels

    Wright-Briceon Ernest

    Cook-Dominic Allman

    Sterling-Sydney Ingram

    Pickup-Sam Perez

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