What's New

At South Elementary School of Communications

September 2021

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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.


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  • The doors open at 8:25AM.
  • School begins at 8:40AM.
  • 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.


  • PreK dismisses at 3PM. Pick up will be in the front drive.
  • Busses are loaded at 3:40PM
  • Walkers 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.
  • Kindergarten and Daycare students can be picked up in the circle lot. If a 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.


Families, to ensure we have the correct telephone, email, address information for your students, please complete our Returning Student Verification Packet in Skyward Family Access.
-Link -> https://webspeed1.msdtech.net/scripts/wsisa.dll/WService=wsEAplus/seplog01.w


To report an absence for your child, please call the office at (765) 349-1486 by 9:00AM.

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.


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, lunch, or in classrooms.


Free Breakfast & Lunch for All Enrolled Students

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will continue reimbursing the MSD of Martinsville for free meals to all students regardless of their income through the 2021-22 school year. Menus and additional information will be posted on our website at www.artiescafe.org.

Free & Reduced Application

Our Free & Reduced Application will be called Curricular Materials & Meal Assistance Application. This application is still needed for families to receive a possible discount on curricular fees and is used by multiple agencies to award additional funding to the district and students. This application can be completed via Family Access.

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Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program Grant Recipients

South Elementary School of Communications has been awarded the grant to participate in the United States Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) for the 2021-2022 school year. This USDA program offers a unique opportunity to broaden the palates of your students by introducing them to a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, ultimately impacting their nutrition and well-being. Students are enjoying these fresh fruit and vegetable options on Tuesdays and Thursdays for afternoon snack.

Mark Your Calendar with Important Dates

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

September 6: Labor Day- NO SCHOOL

September 8: Chess Club for Grades 2-4 at MHS cafeteria 5:30-6:30PM

September 9: WRE starts for participating 3rd & 4th graders

September 13: PTO Meeting 7PM; Please join us. The meeting will be held at South library or via Zoom. Here is the Zoom Link:


September 14: Colts Camp, Grade 2-4 for those that have a signed waiver (waiver will be sent home week of September 7th)

September 15: Midterms Posted

September 15: Chess Club for Grades 2-4 at MHS cafeteria 5:30-6:30PM

September 20-24: PTO Coin Wars

September 22: Chess Club for Grades 2-4 at MHS cafeteria 5:30-6:30PM

September 23: Picture Day; Picture Day event's Order Code is 59464MF

September 29: Chess Club for Grades 2-4 at MHS cafeteria 5:30-6:30PM

October 2: PTO Fall Harvest

October 4: PTO Meeting 7PM

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Chess Club

  • Chess Club is for students in grades 2-4
  • Chess Club is sponsored by Bill and Beth Pilat
  • Chess Club meets every Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 at MHS cafeteria
  • Chess Club starts on Wednesday, September 8th
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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.

PTO News

Want to get involved?!? Join South Elementary School PTO!!! This year's meetings will be in person, however a virtual option will be available as well. Click on this link to fill out the “Get Involved Form” and the link for our monthly meeting will be emailed to you each month. Meetings will be the first Monday of the month at 7:00PM. Our next meeting will be September 13, 2021. The meeting will be held at South library or via Zoom.


PTO has spirit wear available for purchase. There are South Elementary face masks, lanyards and shirts available. Link coming soon to be able to purchase spirit wear online.


President: Bethany Willard

Vice President: Stephanie Mills

Secretary: Samantha McDaniel

Treasurer: Leslie Arthur

Zonar My View Bus App Available

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Textbook & Consumable Fees

Below are the book rental/consumable fees per grade level. You can pay your fees at the South office if paying by check or cash. If you want to pay by credit card, you will need to pay at the Central Education Center.

Kindergarten: $174.76

First Grade: $182.65

Second Grade: $207.95

Third Grade: $227.48

Fourth Grade: $225.16

FUN TIMES at the PTO Bounce Back to School Event

Lots of fun was had by all at this year's Bounce Back to School Event. Thank you to our South PTO, South staff and parent volunteers for organizing and working this event. Also, thank you to our local organizations that were able to be present to provide our touch a truck event. Thank you to the families that joined us. It was a great night! We hope everyone had fun!

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