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September 2023

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Empowering Students Through Communications & Lifelong Learning

At South Elementary School, we are a learning community nurturing a culture to provide students the skills necessary to be active, productive, and responsible citizens while empowering students through communications.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events!

You can also view these events on the calendar by clicking on "Upcoming Events".

September 4: Labor Day, No School

September 5: PTO Meeting 7:00PM

September 8: End of Midterm 1

September 11: PTO Fundraiser ends

September 12-November 8: Tuesday and Wednesday after school Practices for Spell Bowl

September 13: Midterms Posted

September 14: PTO After School Movie

September 18-19: 4th grade PLTW Learning Trip

September 21-Oct. 18: PTO LaBraid Fundraiser (paper orders due 10/12, Online due 10/18)

September 22: 3rd Grade Field Trip

September 25: PTO Coin Wars

September 25-29: College Go! Week

September 29: Fall School Pictures

October 5: PreK field trip

October 6: End of 1st nine weeks

Week of 9: Parent/Teacher Conferences (more info to come)

October 11: Boomer Convocation

October 11: Report Cards go home

October 13: Elearning Day, Students do not report to the building

October 16-20: Fall Break

Spell Bowl 2023

Practices: every Tuesday and Wednesday

after school-4:45 pm

Starting Tuesday, September 12th - Wednesday, November 8th.

(We will not be meeting October 17th & 18th due to Fall Break)

Competition: Monday, November 13th at 5:30 pm

Lil Arties Boys Basketball

Online Registration for the 2023-2024 Lil Arties Boys Basketball Season is now open and will remain open until Friday, September 29th.

The Lil Arties Basketball League is a non-profit youth recreational basketball organization for boys in 2nd through 6th grades and is an extension of the Martinsville High School Basketball Program.

The registration fee per player is $75, and each additional sibling is $60. Siblings must be registered at the same time to receive the discount.

The 2023-2024 season will take place from November through February, with practices during the week and games on Saturdays.

To register your player, visit If you haven't already created an account, you will need to do so. If you have forgotten your username or password, click forgot username or password.

We are looking forward to another fun and rewarding season; Go Arties!

Questions, email

Indy Ball Tryouts

Martinsville High School basketball, along with Lil Arties, invites all boys that reside in the MSD of Martinsville, in grades 3-6, to try out for Indy Ball, formerly Indy Hoops. Indy Ball is a competitive travel/school-based program where teams travel to local schools and play on Sundays from November - February. To qualify, players must attend at least one tryout shown below and participate in the Lil Arties league (register online at One team per grade will be selected to participate in Indy Ball.


Sunday, September 24, at Martinsville HS

Grades 5-6; Register at 12:45 pm; Tryout is from 1:00-2:00 pm

Grades 3-4; Register at 2:00 pm; Tryout is from 2:15-3:15 pm

Wednesday, September 27 at Martinsville HS

Grades 5-6; Register at 5:45 pm; Tryout is from 6:00-7:00 pm

Grades 3-4; Register at 7:00 pm; Tryout is from 7:15-8:15 pm

Questions, email

Project Lead The Way

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Chess Club

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PTO Fundraiser August 24-September 11

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Upward Basketball Camp

Youth sports can be fun and challenging! With Upward Basketball Camp, you will develop athletic abilities and learn life skills that apply both on and off the court.

Upward Basketball Camp at Martinsville First Methodist Church offers premium play, principles, and purpose.

No experience? No problem! Beginners welcome!

Basketball Camp-with skill development through games and more--begins September 26 on Tuesday nights at 6pm to 7pm and runs through the last Tuesday of October.

Online Registration NOW OPEN @ website and sign up before September 5.

For more information: Call First Methodist Church of Martinsville (765) 342-3558

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Resources and School Information

After School Tutoring

The MSD of Martinsville is offering free after school tutoring. If you are interested in more information for your child, please contact your child's teacher.

Digital Learning Information

Google Classroom provides resources for families to learn more about the educational technology we use in our classrooms with their students.


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  • The doors open at 8:25AM, 10:25 on Wednesdays.
  • School begins at 8:40AM, 10:40 on Wednesdays.
  • We ask that all parents/guardians dropping students off remain in their vehicles during drop off.
  • We will have South staff members outside to guide the students into the school.
  • You can drop off students at the front of the building in the front drive or in the circle lot.
  • Staff will be located at both locations to assist.
  • Please be patient during arrival as we want to make sure that everyone remains safe.


  • Busses are loaded at 3:35PM
  • Walkers are dismissed and begin loading vehicles at approximately 3:45PM
  • Parents/guardians picking up students should remain in their vehicles during dismissal. Students will be called to each vehicle.
  • PreK, Kindergarten and Daycare students can be picked up in the circle lot. If a PreK or Kindergarten student has an older sibling at South, the older sibling would be picked up in the circle lot also.
  • Students in grades 1-4 can be picked up in the front drive. In the front drive, cars will be moved up in line once the busses have been loaded and dismissed.
  • Traffic in both locations will remain stopped until students are loaded safely. Staff members will be calling names so that students come to the vehicles.
  • Remain in the car rider lines and follow staff direction for movement.
  • Please be patient during dismissal as we want to make sure that everyone remains safe.

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Student Fee Information

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RSVP (Returning Student Verification Packet)

Before the start of school on August 10, please complete the RSVP for your student’s Skyward Family Access. This ensures that all contact information is up-to-date in our system. In the event of an emergency, it is vitally important to have updated information in Skyward.

Please log into skyward and check your address, phone number, and emergency contacts. Skyward Family Access -- LINK


To report an absence for your child, please call the office at

(765) 349-1486 by 9:00AM.

Doctor statements should be faxed to 765-349-5247 or given to the office.

Please make sure students arrive on time. The morning bell rings at 8:40 to start class. It rings at 10:40 on Wednesdays to start class.

Checking A Student Out Of School Early

Only adults listed on a student's emergency contacts will be able to check out a student from school. In addition, anyone picking up a child, will need identification to be able to check a student out of school. Students will be counted tardy if leaving school early.


No visitors will be allowed beyond the front foyer area unless they have an approved, scheduled meeting. We will not be having visitors for breakfast or lunch. All visitors must have a background check on file in the office before volunteering.
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Free/reduced applications are now available. Check out the video to learn the application supports in our District.

Meal Application Information:

The August Elementary Menu is posted at the following link,, and then used the arrows to scroll to August. Lunch cost is 2.75 and we are still offering Free Breakfast for all students this year.


The MSD of Martinsville will follow the same WELL Wednesday schedule as last year. The YMCA will continue to offer its regular YMCA morning childcare program at each school. However, if your family needs free child supervision before school on WELL Wednesdays, please contact the school principal or secretary. WELL Wednesday Schedule -- LINK


If your family needs free supervision before school on WELL Wednesdays, please contact the school principal or secretary now, so your child can be included. If your child will be enrolled in the YMCA program, you do not need to contact the school.


Morgan County’s YMCA and the Martinsville School District will continue to partner to provide before and after school programs. These programs provide adult supervision, homework help, activities, and snacks. Again this year, the YMCA is extending its services on Wednesday mornings from 6:30 A.M., to the delayed start of the school day.

The regular weekly schedule for before and after school care will not change. It will still be starting at 6:30 A.M., each day. For families who will utilize this program all week, the fee is $70 each week per student and includes the extended WELL Wednesday hours.

For families who are interested in utilizing the YMCA’s before school program ONLY on WELL Wednesdays, the fee will be $35 per student.

For all YMCA before and after school programs, families can apply for financial assistance. For questions about qualifying for financial assistance or program features, please contact Robin McDaniel at

To register for the YMCA before and after school program, please visit the following website:

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New Year, New Background Check!

Anyone wishing to volunteer in the classroom, help out with parties, or attend a field trip must have a background check completed before participating. This process can take time so please contact the office at least two days before your scheduled event. Request made at the last minute may prevent or delay participation in an event.

Title I Information

Federal funding has been made available through school-wide Title I services to South Elementary for the purpose of providing students with extra support in reading and language arts. This extra support is availabe for all students at South Elementary. Classroom teachers, Title I teachers, and instructional assistants will provide assistance in reading, language arts, and math through small group and indivdual instruction as children demonstrate need for support. Please contact Julie Sullivan at 765-349-1486 Ext. 1654 with any questions about support your child may receive.

A Note from Mrs. Wadlington, School Counselor

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PTO News

Want to get involved?!? Join South Elementary School PTO!!! The monthly meetings will be the first Tuesday of each month at 7PM. Our first meeting will be on September 5th at 7PM in the library. PTO has spirit wear available for purchase.


Co-President: Heather Goss & Samantha McDaniel

Vice President: Bethany Willard

Secretary: Jessica Hostetter

Treasurer: April Shover

A Look Back At August Events

Bounce Back to School

We had a great time at Bounce Back to School! Thank you to PTO, our volunteers, the community partners that participated in our touch a truck event, and businesses that donated items.
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First Week of School-Welcome Back, South Dolphins!

Open House

Kindergarten Camp

Quick View of Upcoming Events


Stay Connected: See What's Happening!

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*Please contact the office if you need this information provided in another language.