CSA Lincoln Newsletter

Friday, January 18th

Principal's Notes and Highlights

Happy Friday!

The Igloo

It was January 1996. I had to do a little research, but I'm 98.4% sure that was the year we built "it." "It" was an igloo and was made possible due to a snowstorm that swept across Indiana in the early days of January. I know it was still Winter Break because one of my friends was over to help with the birth of 4-H pigs and he ended up being snowed in at our house for a full week.

My dad used his Allis Chalmers WD 45 (That's a tractor. Photo example included.) with a snow blade to plow our gravel driveway and our road. The school superintendent’s home was around the corner and because we lived so far out in the county, we were always one of the last streets to see a snow plow. If dad couldn't get Dr. Halik out of his driveway, no one was going to school that day.

In the process of plowing our driveway, my dad created a considerable snow mound, and I'm talking about the size of a small barn. I remember that my brother, friend, and I took full advantage of that week off of school to convert that mound into a giant igloo. It was complete with two entrances, three interior rooms with shelves, and a window in the roof. We used a giant slab of ice that we cut from the frozen creek for the window. Looking back, it was probably not the smartest idea to install a massive piece of ice right above our heads. We spent all day in that igloo. That was over 20 years ago, and while the date is a bit foggy, the details of that igloo and the fun we had are still very vivid in my memory.

Calvin and I had a blast playing in the snow this past weekend. I was a bit sore on Monday from laying on my stomach and allowing him to ride on my back as we sled down the hill. I'd say I regret adding the ramp if I had known I would have been going down it face first, but the pure joy he experienced made it all worthwhile. He laughed and laughed and laughed.

It was a good reminder to cherish these types of moments while we can. Before long, these moments will become distant memories.

So here's to more snow days on the weekend. :)



  • A reminder that we will not have school on Monday, January 21st in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
  • The second PEP Night was held last night in the gym. Our attendance doubled from the first night and we received great feedback from parents on both presenters. A special thank you to Blake Reed and John Hayden for sharing their expertise with us!
  • CSA Lincoln Presents Book-CON Book Fair! This will happen from February 4th-7th. Please see the attached flyer for more details.
  • Remind.com App- Verizon is charging Remind for the distribution of text services. The fee will not apply to parents, students, or me as a sender, but because of the charges, Remind will no longer send text messages to stakeholders using Verizon as of January 28th. As you know, one of the methods I send the newsletter out is via Remind. If you use it on your phone, you will need to download the Remind app or set up notifications through email. I will continue to share the newsletter through Remind, email, on our website, and on the social media accounts listed at the bottom of the newsletter.

EBL Super Saturday Update

EBL participants and fans,

With winter weather moving into the area again this Saturday, 1/19, we want to communicate our plans in advance. We plan to have EBL championship basketball games and Elementary Cheer Day as scheduled on Saturday at Columbus North High School. In the event of a postponement of the basketball games due to weather, a message will be posted to the EBL website by 9:00 a.m. If weather conditions worsen throughout the day and Cheer Day needs to be postponed, that message will be posted and announced by 1:00 p.m.

If the basketball games are postponed, they will be held on Tuesday, January 22 at Columbus East High School beginning at 6:00 p.m., with the boys playing first followed by the girls’ game.

If Cheer Day is postponed, it will be held on Thursday, January 24 at Columbus North High School beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Staff Spotlight

Who is that person working car line? The suggestion came up at a CIC meeting to share information about our staff so you can put a name with a face.

Mrs. Helwig

Mrs. Kera Helwig is our school nurse. She has three children that attend BCSC schools. She joined us two years ago and has been a wonderful addition to our staff!

Husky Gram Winners!

Ayden Gilley

McKenna Biehle

Keira Loichinger

Logan Garcia

Jasmine Hendrix

Ali Fischvogt

Sadie Harris

Abram Stoner

Benjamin Bosley

Owen Gilley

Andy Bays

Blake Avery

Camden Smith

Gold/Silver Recognition

At the end of the 2018-2019 School Year, students in grades K-5 that achieve a high level of success in grade level critical standards will receive a certificate noting the success. While we believe there are many indicators of success, we do want to provide an opportunity to recognize those who are achieving at a high level. This will replace the Honor Roll (except for 6th Grade).

To achieve Gold, a student must earn a score of "3" on 100% of the critical standards.

To achieve Silver, a student must earn a score of "3" 3 on all, but two critical standards for that grade level. The breakdown of how many critical standards per grade level are listed below.

A "3" is meeting grade level expectations by the end of the school year for that standard.

Silver Qualifying Scores

K-19 of 21

1st-22 of 24

2nd-24 of 26

3rd-21 of 23

4th-17 of 19

5th-19 of 21

Track the Train!

This link was shared with me and I have saved it as an icon on my phone. The status box will change when a train has been detected at Count Road 950 South, indicating that there may be an upcoming traffic backup at SR 46 West.



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Community Fliers

Updated periodically by BCSC.

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