CSA Lincoln Newsletter

Friday, April 26th

Principal's Notes and Highlights

Happy Friday!

We had a hectic week, and I don't think it will be slowing down anytime soon. Here are the updates!

  • Coming home today are HRS Level 1 Magnets. This is part of our celebration for achieving Level 1- High-Reliability School Certification. Students got to choose their pose for the photo. We are excited about this recognition and want them to realize how big of a deal it is for our school. Enjoy!
  • On Monday, 5th-grade students traveled to nearby areas to clean up trash. This helps support the Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Foundation (LCNF) who is a great community partner with us.
  • Students in Grades 3-6 had a Medieval Pep Rally on Monday to set the tone for ILEARN testing. Each class was responsible for creating a shield that represented them and their goals. The shields are hanging on the classroom doors (photos included). Many echoed the school mantra of "Work Hard, Play Hard" and I have given teachers the flexibility to do just that after they work hard on the test. One parent mentioned to me that her daughter feels like a "rockstar" during testing because we treat them so well. In many ways, they are rockstars, and we want to reinforce the hard work they have put in this year. They also participated in our "Walk the Halls" tradition that afternoon. We have started testing small groups, and the support from both staff and students has been tremendous. The first test for most students will be next Tuesday.
  • First-grade students traveled to the Indianapolis Children's Museum on Tuesday. It was a great trip and thanks to the many parents who made it possible.
  • Thank you to the many families who attend the PTO kidscommons event last Thursday. We had a great turnout!
  • Finally, I am excited to introduce our newest Husky, Miss Melissa Sanders! We had 37 candidates apply for the kindergarten position. Our School Leadership Team, which included two parents, believe that Melissa is going to be a great addition to our team. I've included a message from her and a few comments from me.

Have a great weekend!


Please welcome, Miss Melissa Sanders!

Hello! My name is Melissa Sanders, and I am so excited to be joining the CSA Lincoln family as a kindergarten teacher next fall! I received my degree in business from Franklin College, worked in Corporate America for almost three years, and then went back to get my elementary education degree from Taylor University. I completed my student teaching at Schmitt Elementary School in a kindergarten classroom, and have taken over for a maternity leave in the same class. I am very passionate about teaching kindergarten, and cannot wait to get started in the fall! When I am not at school, I love playing and coaching tennis, spending time with family and friends, reading, cooking, and traveling through Europe!

Mr. Findley's Feedback

I believe strongly that a person's intangibles far outweigh experience when it comes to hiring. I am looking for someone willing to put the extra work in to be the best, is competitive, wants to improve, and has the intelligence and skill set to execute the job. We do not mince words with candidates about the high expectations that we (school staff, parents, and students) hold ourselves accountable too.

Melissa checks all those boxes and more. While she is new to teaching, she will be bringing a level of maturity as someone who is a few years removed from college. She is a great communicator. She has a background in athletics and understands the importance of teamwork and being competitive. She wants to be very successful, and that only bodes well for our students. Mrs. Aldrich and I had an opportunity to observe Miss Sanders in her classroom at Schmitt Elementary. She has great poise, awareness, and most importantly, she cares deeply about her students. You know this quality ranks high on my list. Ultimately, I would trust her to be Calvin and Audrey's teacher.

As she mentioned in her message, she is currently covering a maternity leave in a kindergarten classroom at Schmitt Elementary, so in many ways, she is gaining great experience that will help prepare her for next year. Please join me in welcoming Miss Sanders to CSA Lincoln Elementary!

Important Upcoming Dates

Please mark these dates on your calendar!

  • April 30-May 2, May 7-10th- ILEARN Testing (3rd-6th Grade)
  • May 8th- Bike to School Day
  • May 8th- Art Show
  • May 15th- Indianapolis Indians Game-CSA Reading Challenge- Home Run Hitters
  • May 16-17th- Chicago Trip (6th Grade)
  • May 23-24th- CYC Camp Trip (5th Grade)
  • May 24th- Kindergarten Graduation 1:00 PM
  • May 29th- Move Up Day
  • May 29th- 6th Grade Graduation-10:00-11:00 am
  • May 30th- Last Student Day (Donner Park Field Day)

Notes and Updates

  • Skip the stores and save a summer day! Why battle back-to-school shopping when you can easily purchase your child’s school supplies in a custom, pre-packaged kit? Each kit contains everything your teacher has requested and is affordably priced and delivered to the school before Open House day with your child's name on it. Paper order forms will be going home and are also available in the front office. You may also order online at http://www.shopttkits.com/ using account #30658. *Remember to order the grade your student will be in NEXT year, not their current grade. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail the PTO at csalincolnpto@gmail.com

  • Teachers are starting to think about class rosters for next year. As a reminder, we do not take parent requests for teachers. My job is to put awesome teachers in each room so that it doesn't matter who your student gets. I am confident I have the best team and our record speaks for itself. That being said, you are able to reach out to your classroom teacher to share feedback about your child.
  • The ever-popular Art Show will return on Wednesday, May 8th. If you are an artist or know an artist who would be interested in doing live demonstrations at the art show, please have them contact Mrs. Blackerby at morrowme@bcsc.k12.in.us. We had a couple of people participate last year and it was a huge hit.

Husky Gram Winners

Kennedy Coy

Holly Lennes

Jocelyn Vogel

Tyler Butcher

Elaine Li

Aydan Fields

Harshini Vemaverapu

Eli Henry

Gabriella Collins

Nolan Mugg

Graham Wheeler

Lydia Barrentine

Tucker Artis

Santi DeLuna

Staff Spotlight

Mrs. Kristen Shipley

This past Wednesday was Administrative Assistant Appreciation Day, so it only seems fitting that we celebrate Kristen this week as our Staff Spotlight. She wears many hats in her daily routine that helps keep our school running smoothly. Her husband, Stephen Shipley, is a teacher at CSA Lincoln. Also, her two daughters, Mary and Franny, attend school here.

Adult Humor

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PTO Update

PTO Updates

Glow Bowling

Please join us this coming Thursday, May 2, for our GLOW BOWLING NIGHT at Columbus Bowling Center. Students should have brought home a copy of the flyer. We have attached this as well.

When: Thursday, May 2

Where: Columbus Bowling Center

Time: 5:30 - close

Cost: $10/p (this covers shoes and up to 90 minutes of bowling or 2 games (whichever comes first).

Concessions will be available. Wear your neon and bust out your glow sticks! We hope to see you there!!!


Mrs. Blackerby is looking for volunteers to help with the upcoming Art Show on May 8. Please see the link if you are able to volunteer. PTO has provided volunteers and concessions to help make the Art Show a great event. Also, if you have an art skill you would like to share with students, please contact Mrs. Blackerby.

Here's the link to the art show volunteer sign up.


Art Show Volunteers 2019

Sheet1 Art Show Volunteers Wednesday, May 8th 2019 Set Up,Snack Stand,Clean Up 4:00-4:30,4:30-5:00,5:00-5:30,5:30-6:00,6:00-6:30,6:30-7:00,7:00-7:30 Steph Seaborne Steph Seaborne


Next PTO Meeting:

May 16


CSAL Library

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BCSC Pre-K is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year. Applications are available at all elementary schools and online at www.bcsc.k12.in.us under the 2019-2020 Pre-K Applications heading. Please call us at 812-376-4569 for more information about BCSC Pre-K.

CSA Lincoln on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter

You can now follow school events, photos, and updates on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. As a magnet school, it is important to promote all the wonderful things that are happening at our school. Please help us spread the word! #CSAL

Instagram: CSA_Lincoln

Facebook: CSA Lincoln Community

Twitter: @csaprincipal

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Community Fliers

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