Sonic FYI's

February 15, 2016

How can Parents Help Promote a Growth Mindset?

Over the next few newsletters, I'll share some strategies that parents can use to help their children develop a "growth mindset". Growth Mindset is a believe that students can learn anything given the right feedback, a variety of strategies, and hard work.

1. Have daily learning discussions about the process of learning...not outcomes (grades)

At dinner, in the car or at bedtime take time for both the kids and parents to share

the answers to these types of questions:

"What did you learn to day?” (So much better than “How was your day?”)

Possible Parent Response: "Wow, you continue to get smarter everyday!"

“What mistake did you make that taught you something?

Possible Parent Response: "I'm glad you were able to learn for that mistake."

“What did you try hard at today?”

Possible Parent Response: "It is good to see you challenging yourself."

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Pop Tabs for Popsicles Contest:

We had our first weigh-in this week! As a school, we have collected 68.2 pounds of TABS so far...Great job! Our goal is 100 lbs. Mrs. Layman's class is in the lead and Mrs Castillo's class in second. We will have our second weigh-in on March 1st and the last one on April 1st! Keep bringing them!

Science Saturdays!

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Make it a Date!

February 18: Smith Cheer Clinic

February 18: Talent Show Rehearsal 6-7PM

February 19: Talent Show 6-7PM

February 25: Math Bowl

February 29- March 11: ISTEP+ Part 1 Window for grades 3-6!

March 7: Kindergarten Round Up

March 8-11: Kindergarten registration in main office during school hours

March 8-10: IREAD testing for all 3rd graders

March 14-18: Spring Break

March 23: Regular School Day ( Snow Make-up Day #3)

March 24: Regular School Day ( Snow Make-up Day #2)

March 25: Regular School Day (Snow Make-up Day #1)

Reid's Race

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Year Book Orders!

2015-16 Yearbooks are on sale until March 10th. Order forms were sent home but extras can be picked up in the office. You can order on-line by going clicking the above link and enter the Yearbook ID code: 4183516

It's time to start getting excited about book fair!!! Feb. 11- Feb. 19!

The online portion of the fair will begin Feb. 6 and continue through till the end of the fair on the 19th. Books ordered online will be shipped to the school and distributed on Feb. 29th. Also, we will be having an ALL FOR BOOKS CONTEST during the book fair. ALL FOR BOOKS matches our collected donations to help provide books to those in need. Each class will receive a container to collect loose change in for the duration of the fair. Whichever class collects the most money will all receive reading themed bracelets! Families are welcome to shop each day before and after school and will also be invited to join us Friday, Feb. 19th between 5:30 and 8:30 PM as we will also be open during the school talent show.
Dyslexia, Girls Slow Pitch and Hockey

Click the above link to learn more about a Free Dyslexia Seminar, Girls Slow Pitch Softball and Free Hockey for a Day! Great opportunities!

Smith Cheer Clinic

February 18th from 2:45-5pm for grades K-6. Forms have been sent home or can be picked up in the office. Registration due by February 15th.
Northside Open House

Northside Middle School will host an open house for current 6th graders on Feb 18th. Click above for more information.

Central MS Open House (Click for CSA Information)

Central MS will host an open house on February 17th for all current 6th graders. CSA presentation from 5-6PM, meet coaches and teachers 6-6:30PM, general information presentation starts at 6:30PM.


BCSC is changing its pre-school program. We need to know NOW if you are interested in sending your child to pre-k at Smith - or to the Johnson Center. We want to be able to offer pre-k to your child Monday - Friday all day next year but need to know the interest NOW. PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION AT THE LINK BELOW.

Kindergarten Enrollment

Kindergarten Round-Up is scheduled to begin the week of March 7th. Register between 9:00 and 2:00 in the office Monday through Friday or come see us Monday, March 7th between 6:00 and 7:-00.

If you have a child you feel would benefit for early Kindergarten enrollment, you can view the application materials online beginning Feb. 1st. The deadline to turn in applications for early Kindergarten enrollment is April 1st. This is only for students younger than 5 by August 1st.


Did you know that the meal assistance is not just about lunch?

  • If your family meets the income qualifications for free or reduced lunch, and even if your child brings his or her lunch to school, there are several benefits that may be available for your family:

    • Textbook Assistance: For financial assistance with textbook fees, check the box on the back of the free/reduced lunch application
    • Elementary Backsacks Program: For weekend food, see school counselor
    • High School - ACT/SAT Testing Fees: See school counselor
    • High School - Dual Credit/AP Courses: See school counselor
    • Discounted Internet service :$9.95 per month through Comcast — Internet Essentials — 1-855-824-8376
    • Discounted Computer: $149.99 through Comcast — Internet Essentials — 1-855-846-8376
    • Discounts for Sports Program Fees: See school Athletic Director
    • iCare afterschool program: limited scholarships available - See BCSC website
    • Click here to access this information on the BCSC website.

Links to GREAT Information - More than Lunch 2016

Spanish version Spanish, More than Lunch

Questions? Please contact: Suzi Bruin, BCSC Nutrition Assistance Coordinator, at 812-314-3851 or