CSA Lincoln Newsletter

February 9th

Principal's Notes and Highlights

CSA Lincoln Family,

Small School, Big Heart

Before I share a story, I need to say thank you. In less than 24 hours, you signed up to make dinner for the Jessie family every week night until Spring Break. Your generous donations will have a huge impact on how we support Carson, Keegan and Bri at school for the next few years. The outpouring of love and compassion you have shown towards the family, students and our staff have been incredible. We may be the smallest school, but you have shown we have the biggest heart. Thank you.

On a personal level, I want to say thank you for your support. Earlier this week a parent tried to apologize for asking me to check-in on how their child was doing. She said she felt bad knowing how busy my week had been. I told her the following and I'll share it with you as well. They may be YOUR children, but they are MY students. I am fully invested. There is never too big of an "ask".

Back to my story. To be fully transparent, this is the second time I have shared it. Last Friday, I had a first grade boy in my office who was still struggling and I suggested we share our favorite memories of Savanna. I'm sharing it with you today, because if you did not know her, I hope it will help you understand why she was so special to many of us.

Thursday from 9-10 a.m. is my time to help in Mrs. Cash's class. I almost always manage a math station with small groups in the hallway. Every student cycles through my group during the hour I am there. Mrs. Cash usually has a math game planned so the students can practice and have fun. As you can guess, they love it. Now Savanna was good at just about everything, but in my opinion, math was definitely one of her strengths.

A few weeks ago, she was partnered up with a classmate at my end of the table. Each student took a turn rolling the dice and then had to solve a math problem to advance. It was the other student's turn and they were quietly struggling with how to solve the problem. With all the excitement of winning, usually the other player blurts out the answer after about five seconds of waiting. Not Savanna. Savanna leaned back in her seat with that big toothless smile and whispered the answer to me. I gave her a wink and that smile got even bigger. She could have blurted it out, but she waited patiently so her friend could solve it on their own. That smile. That's what I'll always remember about Savanna.

She loved school. She loved her friends. She loved Mrs. Cash. She loved her family. There was nothing not to love about that little girl. Small girl. Big heart.


The Pulse of CSA Lincoln

By mid-week students were back in a routine. I believe consistency and routine are good for students. Our school counselor, Mrs. Thompson, has done a phenomenal job working with students who have questions or need individual attention. She has also done empathy lessons with the grade levels that have siblings in it. I sat in on part of one lesson and it was a great opportunity for students to talk about strategies on how to comfort them when they return. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Mrs. Thompson or myself if you have questions.

Updates and Upcoming Events

  • The 5th/6th Grade Friendship Dance will be held Friday, February 16th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The theme is Back to the Past: 50's Sock Hop. Flyer linked below.
  • The Staff vs. Student Basketball Game will be held on Wednesday, March 7th. We will be having a Paw Pack Party for all grades after school on that date. The cost is $5 and will include a snack after school before the game and we will escort your students over to Central Middle School to watch the game. The game will start at 5 p.m. Admission to families or students who only want to attend the game is free. A permission slip will be coming home soon. Proceeds of the event will go to support the 6th Grade Chicago Trip.
  • We are in need of volunteer coaches for Girls On the Run and Trailblazers (boys) for this upcoming season. Registration opens on February 1st. Please email ashley@foundationforyouth.com if you would be interested. Attached below is important dates concerning both programs.

Please consider supporting Mr. Shipley's (6th grade) CAP Prom campaign!

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PTO Updates

We have lots of reminders this week!

CSAL Pacers Night - Pacers vs. Clippers on Friday, March 23rd! Send your order form and payment to the main office by Friday, February 16th!

"Show Your Love" Box Tops Contest ends next week so keep sending those in! Winning grade gets an ice cream treat!

To those participating in Kroger Community Rewards for CSAL, please log into your Kroger account and make sure that your assigned organization is CSAL. If you are currently not participating and would like to, log into/set up your account at www.kroger.com under the "Savings and Rewards" heading and assign CSAL as your organization (#11083) for your Community Rewards. A percentage of all your Kroger purchases will come back to help the school. Last quarter we received a check for around $350.00 with approximately 78 households participating! This is a great way for you, your friends, and extended family to "give back" to the school by doing things you are already doing anyway.

Upcoming Events:

"Show Your Love" Box Tops Contest - Monday, January 29 - Friday, February 16, 2018 Pacers Night ticket order forms due - Friday, February 16, 2018 CSA Lincoln Pacers Night - Friday, March 23, 2018

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Husky Gram 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 week and earned a reward!

Courtland Reed

Layney Henderson

Natalie Pickup

Rudy Monroy- Mendez

Kaitlyn Netser

Sophia Begley

Amy Bali

Kyrin Young-Bey

Keira Loichinger

MacKenzie Coy

Aksana Vivek

Araceli Ayala

Santi DeLuna

Dominic Allman


Our annual DARE ICE SKATE NIGHT will be on Saturday March 3rd from 6-8 p.m. We would like to invite 5th and 6th graders and their families out to Hamilton Center for this event. Admission is $5.00 per person. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Lt. D. Matthew Harris

Public Relations Officer

Columbus Police Department

123 Washington Street

Columbus, IN 47201

(812) 376-2605 dharris@columbus.in.gov<mailto:dharris@columbus.in.gov>

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